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March 24, 2018

3/10/2018 7:29:00 AM
Dr. Seuss March Madness at Pelican
Mike Cheslock
Community Education Coordinator

Pelican Elementary School recently celebrated Read Across America with multiple Dr. Suess-related activities.

Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of children's author Dr. Seuss.

To kick off this event, a Seuss March Madness bracket is displayed in the gym with each classroom battling their "book buddies" with reading a Seuss classic to determine which is their favorite book. The winning books moved on to the "Elite Eight" during the following week.

The school-wide favorite Seuss classic will be crowned March 23. Also during last week, Pelican students were able to dress as their favorite Seuss character and all families were invited to a Seuss Family night on March 1. Read-alouds of Seuss classics and Seuss-themed craft activities took place at this fun-filled family event.

Crescent parents are poppin' in for Popcorn and Reading

Crescent Elementary School parents were recently invited to pop into their student's classroom to read books and enjoy a popcorn treat. Some classrooms planned special presentations or guest readers for the afternoon, as well.

4K and first grade parents joined their students in the classroom on Thursday, Jan. 18, and kindergarten parents joined their students on Feb. 16. Second-grade parents were invited to join their students on Friday and parents of third graders will join them on March 23. It's always exciting to have families visit the classrooms.

Crescent first graders celebrate Dr. Seuss day

The first graders at Crescent Elementary celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday by participating in a variety of reading activities on March 2. The students visited each first grade classroom.

First grade teacher Mrs. Schmidt read "Bartholomew and the Oobleck." After reading Dr. Seuss's popular book, the students made oobleck using cornstarch and water. The students learned that the oobleck can change from a solid to a liquid. The students were excited to take oobleck samples home.

In another first grade classroom, Ms. Wakey read Dr. Seuss' best-selling book "The Cat in the Hat" to the first graders. Then the students used their best drawing talents to draw the Cat in the Hat. After the students completed their drawings, they pretended to be like the famous cat in the story by trying to balance items on their head.

Mrs. Deitz read "Green Eggs and Ham" to the students. The students were surprised that Green Eggs and Ham was only written using 50 different words. After showing the students a mango, Mrs. Deitz learned that many students had never tasted a mango. The students were asked if they thought they would like the taste of a mango. Their responses were graphed. Then the students tasted the mango and to their surprise, the majority of them liked the mango. The students learned that they should keep trying new foods.

Theodor Seuss Geisel, known as Dr. Seuss, was an American illustrator and writer who changed the way authors wrote books for children. He wrote 46 children's books. His first book "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street" was rejected 27 times before it was finally published in 1937. Dr. Seuss died in 1991.

March family night at Pelican Elementary School

Families joined staff and community members March 1, 2018 at Pelican Elementary School for a free dinner and family night.

The Scholastic Book Fair was open for everyone to browse and purchase books. A special thank you to the Parent Advisory Committee volunteers for setting up this year's "Paws for Books" Scholastic Book Fair and organizing opportunities for all learners to have time to look at books. Children and their families heard a variety of Dr. Seuss stories by community members Mike Michalak, Tom Hurlburt, Nathan Bates and Luke Drummond (who was Sparky the Dog) and created bookmarks. Families also had the opportunity to get their photo taken for the school wall display. It was a wonderful evening!

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