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It's Read Across America Day; School is Open, with Some Changes

Brenda A. Nemcek

Monday, March 3, 2014 • 6:32am

WARREN, NJ - School is opening on time today, March 3 and Read Across America events will go on as planned.

At Warren Middle School, the food day scheduled for Monday, March 3 has been cancelled at Middle School. You will receive a credit if you have purchased food, but it is imperative that you send a lunch in with your student.
 
Starting Monday, the traffic pattern at Warren Middle School for the morning drop-off only will change.  In an attempt to further address the volume of parent drop-off traffic in the morning at the Middle School, and in consultation with the Warren Township police department and Dr. Crader, Superintendent of Schools, this change is being implemented.
 
For the morning only, all parents will use the second driveway on Old Stirling Road and students will be dropped off in “bus swing” area.  All school buses will access the first driveway and drop students off in the front of the building, which parents previously used.  By implementing this change,  parents are provided a longer drop-off area as more cars can fit in this driveway.
 
Mr. Achtau, Dean of Students, and  Mr. Comba, Principal, will be in the “bus swing” to direct parents.  Warren Township police will be present for the first week of this implementation to assist in directing parents to the second driveway on Old Stirling Road and away from the front of the building where the buses will now drop off students.
 
This plan is only for the morning drop off.  The regular pick up and bus dismissal will be in effect for the afternoon.  If you have any questions, contact the office.  
 
Read Across America will be celebrated Monday, March 3. Wear red, white and black.
 
Schools have uniquely created terrific ideas leading up to it during the day, for the week, or for the month of March. 
 
At Central School, Library Media Specialist Lindsay Chell created a unique rhyming contest  in honor of Dr. Seuss' clever, wacky rhymes. ALT and Mt. Horeb will also participate in a rhyming contest. Students were asked to come up with a rhyme about how they "Shine Brighter Every Day".  Winners will get a prize.
 
Guest Readers will read to students, Reading Buddies will share books, each  grade will be given a Dr. Seuss related worksheet while they eat to play a lunch time trivia game with the winner from each grade winning a prize and a school wide D.E.A.R (Drop Everything And Read) will take place where all students will sit out in the hallway and read together for 10 minutes. 
 
At ALT, Library Media Specialist Susan Jackson is doing a door decorating contest to promote reading in some way and make ALT school "shine brighter with reading!" The official theme for this year's Read Across America Day is "Take a Bite Out of Reading." The  second grade Lorax party that was scheduled for Monday after school will be postponed until Thursday, March 6 right after school. 
 
At Mt. Horeb, Monday,March ­3 is Dr. Seuss Day. Wear your striped hat or Dr. Seuss gear, or simply, wear RED. Tuesday, March ­4 is  STEM Day- Science ­ Technology ­ Engineering ­ Math.See what adventure your teacher will create. Wednesday, March ­ 5 is Vocabulary Day. Decorate your shirt or a hat with your favorite word or a new word you just learned.Be CREATIVE. Thursday, March ­ 6 is Read for Health Day.Read a book about health today.Eat a healthy snack. Friday, March ­ 7 is Book Character Day.Dress as your favorite book character.You may choose a superhero.Each class will have two winners: Most Creative and Most Look­ Alike.
 
Mt. Horeb’s students will also be working toward a school goal as they embark on the MILLION MINUTE MARATHON. This reading goal is to promote literacy and reading at home. Each student will receive a log in order to calculate minutes read per night.
 
At Woodland,  Library Media Specialist Nancy Darby retired as of Feb. 28,  yet she planned and organized a Read-a-Thon throughout the month of February.  Maintaining a log of minutes read, students read from February 3 to February 28. Each student who submits a log will be entered into a raffle and grade-level prizes will be awarded . Due to impending bad weather  the Read Across America Day Assembly on March 3 has been cancelled.
 
The new Library Media Specialist at Woodland is Suzanne Lathrop. 
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