Dear Parents,

It’s PARP time 2015! Parents As Reading Partners (PARP) is a program designed to encourage parents and children to spend at least fifteen minutes each day reading TOGETHER. Many of you already spend time reading with your children. Participation in this program gives your family recognition for this reading time! This year our school will participate in the PARP program from

March 2rd through March 27th!

Children learn reading skills at school, but the best instruction can be wasted without practice. Parents can make the crucial difference by reading with their children at home. We at Katonah Elementary School are hoping to establish reading habits that will continue throughout the years!

This year our theme is:

Celebrate 75 Years of Reading

Throughout the month, we will be doing many activities to celebrate reading. Click here to access the full calendar.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Your child will be keeping his/her own special Reading Buddy Booklet for the month of PARP! (See attached) Keep the Booklet in a safe place and use it to keep track of your child’s reading! Every Monday for the next 3 weeks, your child should bring his/her Buddy Booklet to school to receive a special Buddy PARP seal of participation! Please send in the booklet on Friday March 27th for the final seal. Your child will also receive a special PARP bookmark to recognize their participation in the program.
  • Community Read: This year the KES community will be reading the book Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton. This book was published 75 years ago in 1939, the same year our school was built! We hope that every family will read and enjoy the book during the month of March! To facilitate this, every classroom will have a copy that will be sent home with each child over the course of the month. Many thanks to the PTO for purchasing these books for us!
  • New this year! Each student will be asked to interview a parent about his/her favorite books when s/he was young. Look for more information along with Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel when your child brings it home.
  • Friday, March 13th will be Wear a Word Day. Please send your child to school wearing an article of clothing with appropriate words on it. Children will have a chance to read these words throughout the day!
  • On the evening of Thursday, March 26th from 7:00-8:00pm, there will be a special edition of “The Lunch Bunch” for fourth and fifth grade students and their parents. We will be reading and discussing The Liberation of Gabriel King by L. Going.
  • On the evening of Friday, March 20th, we will have our much-loved Starry Story Night from 7-8pm! This is an opportunity for families to listen to stories together in a fun and informal atmosphere (pajamas and teddy bears welcome)! This evening has become a favorite over the years and our staff looks forward to it as much as the children.
  • On Friday, March 27th we will conclude our PARP month with Character Day! Staff and students are invited to dress up as their favorite storybook characters. We will all get to show off our characters at the monthly Sharing Assembly.
  • We are again asking that each child in our school bring in one new paperback book (suitable for children grades K-5) during PARP month. At the end of the month, we will donate the books to The Community Center of Northern Westchester. If each child brings just one book, we will have about four hundred books!

We are very excited about the PARP program this year! Our students have the opportunity to develop good reading habits and at the same time reach out to others with the gift of books!

Guidelines for Reading Partners:

  • Read with your child for fifteen minutes a day, Monday through Friday. If you miss a day, you can make it up on Saturday or Sunday. If you have more than one child, you can all read together.
  • A child’s reading partner may be a parent, older relative or any interested adult.
  • Read aloud to your child, have your child read aloud to you, take turns reading to each other, use a variety of materials – books, newspapers, magazines, etc. Family members can also read their own books or newspapers individually, but sit together.
  • Enjoy these reading times. Don’t let them be a chore. They will be happy memories for you and your child!

Many thanks for your support!

Help us Celebrate 75 Years of Reading with your child this month!

Enid Linden – PARP Coordinator