Ms. Ellison

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Posted: April 2, 2020

NB Public Library System: TUMBLEBOOKS!!

NOW!! You've received your NBPLS Number, time to hit the Tumblebooks section of the library! You help them to log in (for those who do not know how to do it, you simply type in your library card number into the section provided.) Log your children in and let them do the rest! Trust them to help you navigate and access all the fun stories in here!! 
Have fun and read a LOT!
Thank you!
Ms. Ellison

Posted: April 2, 2020

New Brunswick Public Library System Online Children's Resources.

Once you've received your library numbers for your children, and you as well, please go to the online resources for children and allow your children to explore the different links for the NB Public Library System that are provided. 
Also, please allow them to access Tumblebooks through the next link I am providing.
Thank you
Ms. Ellison

Posted: April 2, 2020

New Brunswick Public Library System: Link to request a Library Card Number.

I am requesting that all families who have internet access from your homes, please access this link and sign your children (and yourselves) up for a free New Brunswick Public Library Card and Number. I will include the Children's Library Links and Tumblebook access in the next notes. 
Please have your children read a MINIMUM of 30 minutes per day to build daily reading stamina. 

Posted: April 2, 2020

Note for Parents and Students: 
Please ensure that your children are continuing to practice their learning at home. Our goal is reading for 30 minutes per day to build up reading stamina. 

Why Your Child Should Read for 20 Minutes Every Day

“Why can’t I skip my 20 minutes of reading tonight?”
Let’s figure it out —MATHEMATICALLY!

Student A reads 20 minutes five nights of every week;
Student B reads only 4 minutes a night…or not at all!

Step 1: Multiply minutes a night x 5 times each week.
Student A reads 20 min. x 5 times a week = 100 mins./week
Student B reads 4 minutes x 5 times a week = 20 minutes

Step 2: Multiply minutes a week x 4 weeks each month.
Student A reads 400 minutes a month.
Student B reads 80 minutes a month.

Step 3: Multiply minutes a month x 9 months/school year
Student A reads 3600 min. in a school year.
Student B reads 720 min. in a school year.

Student A practices reading the equivalent of ten whole school days a year.
Student B gets the equivalent of only two school days of reading practice.

By the end of 6th grade if Student A and Student B maintain these same reading habits:
Student A will have read the equivalent of 60 whole school days
Student B will have read the equivalent of only 12 school days.

One would expect the gap of information retained will have widened considerably and so, undoubtedly, will school performance. How do you think Student B will feel about him/herself as a student?

Some questions to ponder:
Which student would you expect to read better?
Which student would you expect to know more?
Which student would you expect to write better?
Which student would you expect to have a better vocabulary?
Which student would you expect to be more successful in school….and in life?



*If daily reading begins in infancy, by the time the child is five years old, he or she has been fed roughly 900 hours of brain food!

*Reduce that experience to just 30 minutes a week, and the child’s hungry mind lose 770 hours of nursery rhymes, fairy tales, and stories.

*A kindergarten student who has not been read aloud to could enter school with less than 60 hours of literacy nutrition. No teacher, no matter how talented, can make up for those lost hours of mental nourishment.


*Therefore…30 minutes daily = 900 hours
30 minutes weekly = 130 hours
Less than 30 minutes weekly = 60 hours
Guess you now understand why reading daily is so very important. Why not have family night reading? It is great to just shut off the television for 20-30 minutes and read… and share.

Homework from Ms. Ellison
Thursday, January 30, 2020!
Please check at your homes for any books that may need to be returned to my classroom on Monday, February 3, 2020!
Have a great long weekend! 
Happy February and see you on Monday, February 3, 2020!

Due Date: 

Thursday, January 30, 2020

To the Students of each of my grades: Please be sure to read your book or assigned section of reading to an adult (parent or guardian) tonight.
**If you have a book that needs to be returned, please be sure to pack it in your homework folders tonight and return it to me tomorrow! 

Thank you!
Ms. Ellison

Due Date: 

Monday, January 14, 2019

January Book Orders!! Middle School-Due: Monday, January 21, 2019
Hey Middle School! 
I have sent home the January book orders.
The orders will be due on Monday, January 21, 2019 with the order filled out and the money for your order. 
Please use the GREEN PRE-TAX SECTION PRICE of each book order!
Thank you and it is a pleasure to know that you are enjoying the treasures of reading!
Ms. Ellison

Hi Parents and Guardians!
My weekly homework consists of either 20 minutes of reading per night (minimum) OR assigned reading (marked off in sections if the book contains more text).
Please assist your child with difficult words, by asking them to use the strategies that can help them problem-solve: Breaking larger words into smaller chunks, finding smaller words in larger words. Always have them identify the first sound of the words and work from there. Remind your child to pay attention to ending parts of words as well, example: small-smaller, begin-beginning.
My reading request: I am asking that all parents and guardians have their child read to them (or read with them) every evening during homework time. It is imperative that a child has someone to read out loud to because this strengthens their verbal skills, word bank knowledge, fluency in reading and as well, their reading stamina. 

Not only does reading out loud to someone help build these strengths in reading, it also provides bonding time between parent/guardian and child. As well, having a book read to your child helps them to feel security, comfort and enjoyment in reading. There is nothing more exciting than having a book read to you when you are little and you can curl up, relax and listen to the story!
Please share reading and enjoy the bonding time! 

Due Date: 

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Monday, October 22, 2018!!
October Book Orders (Middle School) from Ms. Ellison!! 
Hey Everyone!! I'm sooo glad to see that there are many interested readers in our school, this is not only fantastic but super important to be reading during leisure (relax) time as well as the reading that we do daily in our work or homework!
I will be collecting October's book order on Monday, October 22, 2018 with your child's book order filled out, their name and please use the GREEN PRE-TAX section to calculate your child's order! Please include their total and I will have their orders sent out. 
I am so pleased to see so many interesting book orders and only continue to encourage your children to read, read, read and when you can purchase from their book orders, we appreciate that so much because you are helping fill our classroom libraries!! Super cool! 
So, with that, by 3:00 pm, Monday, Oct. 22, 2018 orders and money I will be collecting!
Thank you in advance and have a great weekend!!
Ms. Ellison

Posted: October 19, 2018

Happy Mid-October, Students, Parents and Guardians!! 
As you know, I have started working with my awesome students and we've been practicing lots of reading and other important parts of learning to read in my class! 
As you may have noticed, I've been sending homework home to your child. This homework usually consists of 20 minutes of reading per night OR the assigned reading that I will have left in a little note in your child's book! 
I strongly advise parents and guardians to be consistent with your child's reading practice in the evening. Sometimes, I will send home a book that will be for you to read TOGETHER, which usually means, there are more difficult words that your child will require your help with. Other times, TOGETHER simply means that it's a book that parent or guardian will read to the child. 
Always, please, check the book and use your judgement as well on the TOGETHER books, as this book might be for your reading but for the enjoyment of both of you.
I STRESS always, if the book proves to be too difficult for the child, you will know, because they may be slightly or very frustrated. If this happens and they are not comfortable reading it themselves, PLEASE JUMP in and read to them.
We do not want to cause distress on the learning and practicing reader, we want them to enjoy what they are reading and if it is not completely within their comfort zone, then we as adults can jump right in and help them out! 
You may feel you need to make a note if the book was too difficult for them and that's ok! We try new books all the time, so when one might be very comfortable, another in that level or genre may not be as comfortable or easy to read!
This is my little note for now! 
I hope everyone has a great weekend and remember, on those rainy cold days when it's too cold or wet to play outside, we can grab a cozy blanket and a cozy book for enjoyment as well!! 
Ms. Ellison
Literacy Support.


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