Judy Witte was awarded a plaque from the PTO for
all her efforts for the Lincoln School Reading Program.
In honor of Read Across America Newbery and Caldecott Award
books have been donated to each school's media center and
the Wyckoff Public Library.
To commemorate Read Across America Day, Washington School
took part in many special events. The Honors Senior English
classes from Ramapo High School were invited to celebrate
with book presentations to generate enthusiasm for reading.
Each student was given a special pencil and our Media Center
will be given the 2005 Caldecott and Newberry Award winning
books all donated by the Pride Committee of the WEA.
Each specialist at Washington School collaborated on unique
and creative activities. Dr. Seuss always believed, “Children
want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged,
to be entertained and delighted.” What better way is
there to fulfill these desires, than through a book?
The PRIDE committee is devoted to increasing communication
and interaction between the WEA, the community, the Wyckoff
Board of Education and the parents. PRIDE promotes the
collaboration and support of community and districtwide
events. We heighten the awareness of excellence in the
Wyckoff Public Schools while fostering a closer relationship
with our parents throughout the year. This is all done
through a grant awarded to us by NJEA.
Many projects are conducted throughout the year. During
the fall, our families were given notepads and “100
Ways to Praise Your Child” magnets when attending workshops
and conferences. A special breakfast was held for our parent
volunteers hosted by the Media Centers in each of our schools.
During the winter months, Eisenhower held a “Bullying” workshop
for its parents. At that workshop, pads and special magnets
were distributed. Coffee mugs were purchased for those who
participated in the Eisenhower Book Club, as well as mousepads
that were distributed during February School Spirit Week
at Eisenhower. Also, a reading class at Eisenhower invited
their significant “seniors” to join them in an
academic sharing lesson and a special lunch afterwards, paid
for by PRIDE.
On March 2nd, 2005 every student in the district was given
a commemorative pencil to celebrate “Read Across America” day.
The 2005 Caldecott and Newberry Award winning books were
also donated to each school’s library.
Our upcoming projects include a thank-you brunch for all
the volunteers who work at each Media Center. We will also
be congratulating our eighth grade graduates with a special
commemorative pin to wear on graduation day.
We are now beginning to plan next year’s activities
and expand on our ideas for the 2005 - 2006 school year.