Our Reading and Literature Committee offers programs at both our elementary and middle schools, each geared to best suit its target student audience.
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (ES) READERS
ES Readers is a PTA sponsored program that encourages parents and children to read together. Four times during the school year (September, December*, January and March), book titles are selected with guidance from our school librarian. (Books are obtained from the library, local book stores, or on-line vendors.) Students and parents choose their favorite title(s) from the list to read together. Several weeks later, reading groups facilitated by parent volunteers and Pleasantdale staff convene at the elementary school for a fun evening of discussion, crafts and other activities centered around the books. (*Note: December selections are not discussed as a group. Instead, students are asked to write a book review or “Critics Corner” over the winter break.)
MIDDLE SCHOOL (MS) READERS
MS Readers is a program that encourages students to come together with an adult facilitator (faculty or parent volunteer) to discuss books of their choosing. Groups are formed by the students themselves. The groups meet three times a year during their scheduled lunch periods. Books are chosen by the students, under the guidance of our school librarian, and provided to the students by the district. The selections vary from award winning titles to the most recent popular fiction. On discussion day, students gather in the school library to enjoy a lunch provided by the PTA and talk about their titles. Over the last few years, this program has grown in popularity among our middle school students as evidence by the large number of students who participate. Interested students should see Mrs. Stelter, our librarian, about upcoming events.