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Weekly News Update
May 2, 2005    

Sign Up for the May Clubs!

Volunteers should reserve themselves a spot at the May 14th Reading Clubs by clicking here to RSVP!

This month we're looking for nearly 300 volunteers because we're anticipating lots of kids at our schools, especially Noble. This great school just welcomed a new principal, Margaret Espinosa-Nelson, who came from Fullbright Avenue Elementary School in Canoga Park. Ms. Espinosa-Nelson is excited about Reading to Kids and the challenge of being the principal of Noble Elementary. She has great ideas for motivating her students to come out and join the Reading Clubs. Please join me in welcoming Ms. Espinosa-Nelson -- let's try to match her enthusiasm and come out in record numbers!

Making the Most of Your Craft Time

This month's books are on the theme of "Family." Some readers may not be aware that craft ideas and discussion topics are listed ahead of time online by our hardworking Curriculum Committee. You can access the craft ideas here.

Some of the craft ideas, like those for Chicken Sunday, include a "bring ahead option." This is one of those crafts that would be particularly special if volunteers supplemented the crayons, paper, and glue in the school craft kits with their own supplies.

Generally, good craft items to bring include yarn, colored pens, plastic "googly" eyes, cotton balls, and magazine clippings. Read up on the craft ideas for your book this month and plan accordingly -- you'll have an even better time!

Special thanks to Taskforce Curriculum Committee member Janet Yu, a fifth-grade teacher, who prepared die-cut bunnies and craft supplies for all of our kinder groups this month -- you'll enjoy them on the 14th!

What to Expect from Each Grade Level

Do you remember what it was like to be five? How about ten? I know I certainly don't!

If you'd like to get a little more information on what to expect from each grade level, please check out this guide on our website. It's a great resource for both newer volunteers and veterans who've tended to stick with the same grade as readers.

In addition, a document called "Occupational Therapy Tips for Craft Time" is available online. These tips can help you to guide your kids through their craft time with an eye to their overall development. This is a fantastic resource compiled by volunteer Melanie Bergthorson, a Pediatric Occupational Therapist.

Thanks for all your support!


Maryanna Abdo
Program Director
Reading to Kids
1600 Sawtelle Blvd, Suite 210
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 479-7455
(310) 479-7435 (FAX)

In this issue...
- Sign Up for May 14th!
- Making the Most of Craft Time
- What to Expect from Each Grade Level
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May 2005
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Magnolia 53 70
Noble 43 88
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