Dear Parents,

We had a great day last Thursday when our students assembled in the gym before lunch and we celebrated “World Read A Loud“ Day. We heard from several upper grade students and a few shy but brave 4th and 5th graders. Then at the Valentine dinner the crème de la crème. A kindergartener, young master Samuel, read his story on Whales to everyone at the event. Our day had a cherry on top. As we enter our third month of 2017 we also get closer to our new signature fundraising event. We role out our Read A Thon this spring. Each student will be urged to read as much as possible from March 17 to April 20. All the funds will go to placing large 4K high definition TVs in each room. Our cost will be about $800.00 per room so we will need each student to average about $90.00 of donations. SVAS is so fortunate to have Mrs. Yin, a new family member, come to my rescue as she is willing to head this new exciting program. Please stand ready to support this singular spring feature. Not only will this raise money for a highly needed project, (The TV’s will fit seamlessly back into our reimaged rooms once they are renovated) but this type of fundraiser will also encourage all of our students to increase their reading dimension. We all know the importance of reading but I am glad to say that SVAS is going out of its way to create a real desire to read.

While your child is reading for their donations let me make a not so subtle suggestion, read with them. No, not the same books, park yourself down next to your child and when they are reading their Llama Llama book you show them that reading is a life long pleasure and treasure by pulling out something to enrich your life. Have the entire family set aside at least 30 min each night to read. Imagine the conversations you will have at the dinner table once you finish a book. Reading unlocks the door to every thought. If I may, I would like to make a few suggestions. You will find several on page two. IF you have a great book for me to read, pass it on!

Last point, we are making our security and emergency plans more secure here at school. Why not use the me at home to make sure you also have all your emergency plans in store. Being ready is always in style.

In Gratitude,

Stephen Stokes

Download the full PDF version: Echo, Vol 3, February 23, 2017