Friday, October 31, 2014

November is Literacy Month

November is Family Literacy Month as declared by Governor Deval Patrick. This is the eighteenth year that Massachusetts has set aside this month to focus on reading, writing, speaking and listening in the home.
Once again McGovern will be joining in the literacy celebration. Look at all we have planned:

  • Literacy BINGO - Bingo cards were sent home with all students last Friday.  See how many literacy activities you and your child can complete this month.  Any child that returns the form with all squares completed will be entered into a drawing for a Barnes and Noble gift card.  Please return the forms by December 5, 2014.
  • Family Literacy Night was held on Wednesday October 28th.  Over 100 families came out to get in the literacy spirit!  Take a look at the fun we had.

  • We will be Tweeting with a literacy tip each day for the entire month of November.  Follow @pyanuskiewi  or @MrsBaldi2  or  #mcgov to receive the hint.

Friday, October 17, 2014

How Can I Help my Reader at Home?

Time and time again parents ask their child's teacher the same question: What can I do at home to help my child? There is really one simple answer to that question and that is: 


There really is nothing more beneficial to your child's literacy development than to spend time reading to your child.  So that begs other questions such as:

What do I read to my child? or How do I read to my child?

For answers to these questions and more, head over to my blog page filled with links to resources to find the answers.  I've included book lists, reading aloud tips, pointers to setting up a home library, ways to use magnetic letters, and more.  Simply click here:  Literacy Resources

OR:  Join us on October 29th after the book fair at 6:00-6:45 pm at McGovern School for our Family Literacy Night. 

The evening will consist of several reading and writing activities for you to enjoy. We hope you can join us!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Star Citizens at McGovern

Mrs. Ward handing star certificates to McGovern students
This week McGovern School began their star citizen program with the awarding of certificates and receiving handshakes from our principal Mrs. Yanuskiewicz.  The program officially kicked off last Friday with a whole school assembly focused on good citizenship. The students generated a list of the behaviors that would constitute being a good citizen such as being nice, cooperating, helping others, being a good friend and listening to others.  To remind children that they CAN be good citizens, the children listened to the storybook: The Little Engine That Could.  Throughout the school year teachers will be looking for children that exhibit good citizen traits and handing students the red tickets. Each Friday red tickets students will receive their certificates, shake the hands of the principal and have the ticket with their name on it added to our hallway display.  
The I Can School display ~ This week's focus:  I can be nice