Special Education Survey Deadline Extended to 3/29

Dear Parents/Guardians of Students with Special Education Services,

This year the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District hired an independent consulting firm, Public Consulting Group (PCG) to conduct a survey of our special education services. The purpose of this survey is to follow up on the survey previously conducted by this firm and is part of our ongoing commitment to evaluate how we support students with IEPs and to improving our practice.

All parents/guardians of students who are currently on an IEP are asked to provide feedback through this anonymous survey.  Please know that your feedback will help to improve special education services across the district.   The survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. If you have more than one child currently on an IEP, we ask that you complete a separate survey for each child.

Please access the survey online with the link provided until March 22nd

http://surveys.pcgus.com/s3/ARPS-Special-Education-Parent-Survey

If you have any questions or need assistance accessing a computer to complete the survey, please check in the main office at your child’s school or call the Special Education Office at 413-362-1834.

El 4 de marzo de 2019

Queridos Padres/ Guardianes de Estudiantes con Servicios de Educación Especial,

Este año el Distrito Escolar Regional de Amherst-Pelham ha empleado a una empresa de consultoría independiente para conducir una evaluación completa de nuestros servicios de educación especial. El propósito de esta encuesta es hacer un seguimiento de la encuesta realizada anteriormente por esta firma y es parte de nuestro compromiso continuo de evaluar cómo apoyamos a los estudiantes con IEP y mejorar nuestra práctica.

Se le está pidiendo a todos los padres/guardianes de estudiantes que están actualmente en un IEP que provean su opinión a través de esta encuesta anónima. Por favor sepa que su opinión ayudará a mejorar los servicios de educación especial a través del distrito. La encuesta debería tomar aproximadamente 15 minutos para completar. Si usted tiene a más de un niño actualmente en un IEP, pedimos que usted complete una encuesta separada para cada niño.

 Por favor, tendrá acceso a la encuesta en línea hasta el 22 de marzo en:

http://surveys.pcgus.com/s3/ARPS-Special-Education-Parent-Survey-Spanish

Si usted tiene alguna pregunta o necesita ayuda para accede a una computadora para completer la encuesta, por favor valla a la oficina general de la escuela de su niño o llame a la Oficina de Educación Especial al 413-362-1834.

Three Minute Thesis Competition

UMass-Amherst brings their Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition to the Jones Library on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 3:00 pm in the Woodbury Room.

Graduate students at UMass-Amherst conduct exciting research on a variety of timely topics, from food safety to improved water delivery systems to election reform. UMass’s Three Minute Thesis competition challenges graduate students to communicate the significance of their research to a general audience, in three minutes or less. Competition finalists will give their talks live at the Jones Library and audience members will have the chance to vote on the $500 People’s Choice award winner.

Free and open to the public.

This program is brought to the Jones Library by the University of Massachusetts Amherst Graduate School.  For more information, please contact Janet Ryan at 413/259-3223.

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Janet Ryan

Head of Programming & Outreach

Jones Library

Graphic Novel Book Club @ Jones Library

The graphic novel book club will meet 2 weeks in a row —first on April 2nd at the Jones Library to discuss Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol and create our own mini comics, and then on April 9th we’ll meet at the Carle to tour the special exhibit “Out of the Box: The Graphic Novel Comes of Age.”

 More information about the exhibit can be found at https://www.carlemuseum.org/content/out-box-graphic-novel-comes-age-0

Amherst Education Foundation is seeking new board members

AEF gives approximately $30,000 in grants to our public schools every year. We are seeking Board members who are dedicated to our mission of supporting our regional public schools in providing a challenging and enriching educational experience that maximizes the learning potential of everystudent and prepares them to succeed in the 21stcentury.

AEF’s all volunteer Board of Directors accomplishes this by:

  • Providing financial support to educators and administrators by funding grants that benefit the students in our schools
  • Fundraising throughout the community
  • Holding community events, including the Trivia Bee and a Spring Party
  • Educating the community about issues integral to public education

This is where you come in! AEF is run by a volunteer Board that meets monthly during the school year. Board members volunteer for projects and work independently throughout the month at their convenience.

For more information:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSearXrpHw2zhvAt15jEYrUH0_OtojTq9MQE32TKHEBVbb1UKQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

 

RSVP for Family Math Night on Thursday, March 21

Wildwood Elementary School Presents a Title 1 and PGO Sponsored Family Math Night. We are all Mathematicians!

Thursday March 21, 2019

5:45 – 7:30 pm*
“Play and Take” Math Games

Pizza dinner in the cafeteria:  5:45-6:15
Math games in rooms around school:  6:15-7:15
Grand prize raffle in the Gymnasium:  7:15-7:30

RSVP by Monday March 18th

*​Buses will pick up ​at entrance​ (​and drop off after​ the event): Boulders @ ​5:15,​ ​North Village @ ​5:25​, ​Village Park @ ​5:35​, Olympia Oaks @ ​5:40

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View Flyer in English

View RSVP to print and return to your child’s teacher

You can also RSVP by email to pretele@arps.org and include the ALL the information requested in the printed RSVP sheet

Please sign up to volunteer for Math Night and help out in any way that you can.

Fresh Air Fund Call for Volunteers

Fresh Air Fund provides summer experiences for low-income children from New York City, and they rely on volunteer host families to open their hearts and homes to children who might not otherwise be able to enjoy a summer away. With your help, we hope to send more Fresh Air children to the Pioneer Valley on a free, enriching summer experience!

Learn more and sign up to volunteer here.

Screenagers Viewings

Mark your calendars for viewings of Screenagers at Wildwood April 30th at 6 PM and on May 1st for students in grades 4, 5, and 6.  All will be invited to watch the documentary and participate in a discussion afterward. The evening viewing is recommended for students in 4th grade and up as it deals with primarily tween/teen issues of social media, but more and more younger students are dabbling in different social networks, online gaming, and the obsession with the screen.
Learn more or register to come by clicking here.
Here is part of their promotional synopsis:
“Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and also offers solutions on how adults can empower their kids to best navigate the digital world to find balance.SCREENAGERS addresses the most pervasive parenting issue of our time head on—depicting teen struggles over social media, video games and internet addiction. The film empowers kids to best navigate the digital world and provides practical resources to help them do it.

Save the date for Math Night on Thursday March 21, 2019

On Thursday March 21st, Wildwood is having it’s 7th Annual Family Math Night!
Pizza, Math games, and Bus transportation will be available again as in previous years.
NEW this year:
  • Our 5th & 6th grade students have created MATH games in the MAKERSPACE and these will have their debut at our Family-fun event!
  • Our Games’ Volunteer Team includes members of the Women in Finance Society from  UMASS – be sure to play a “commodity/stocks” game!
  We are so excited and cannot wait to see you at Wildwood for Family Math Night, Thursday March 21st!

Volunteers needed for Math Night

In a few short weeks, on March 21st, Wildwood will host Math Night. This is a school-sponsored event, but relies on several PGO volunteers to make it successful. Elizabeth Pretel and Mila Sherman have been working hard to organize this event and have created a sign-up sheet online. Please visit using the link below and sign-up to help in any way that you can.
Thank you very much for considering this request.

ARMS volunteer info for 6th grade parents

Message from the ARMS PGO for 6th grade parents & guardians:

 

We are looking forward to your families joining ARMS in the fall, and wanted to share information about volunteer activities organized by the Amherst Regional Middle School (ARMS) Parent Guardian Organization. We hope you will consider getting involved.

Our current year activities have included:

  •         Welcome picnic and ice cream social
  •         Educational grants to teachers, staff and student clubs
  •         Team Parents/Weekly blog
  •         Winter Carnival
  •         ARMS Educator Award
  •         Annual Staff Appreciation Luncheon
  •         Online ARMS gear store and fundraising activities
  •         8th grade end-of-year activities

If you would like to be added to our interested volunteer list for 2019-20, or have a specific interest, please email us at armspgo@gmail.com.

ARMS PGO Co-chairs,

Jeff Lee

Suzanne Schilling

Rie Traub

Find more info about the ARMS PGO on our blog and Facebook.

PIED PIPER PERFORMANCES!

It’s almost showtime!

THE PIED PIPER Performance

What do you do when your town is overrun by rats?  You call THE PIED PIPER!  On Saturday, March 9th, take a trip to Hamelin Town with the Missoula Children’s Theatre, as over 50 local students present THE PIED PIPER, an original musical adaptation of this classic tale.

This original musical production is part of the Missoula Children’s Theatre’s unique international touring project and is presented locally by Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater. Tickets are $8/adults and $5/children and seniors, and are available at the door.

For more information, see www.alsct.org, or call 413-461-6722.

Two one-hour shows at Amherst Regional Middle School on
Saturday, March 9th  at  1:30 and 4.

Come join us as we weave our way through a landscape full of surprises!!

Questions? See us at our website ALSCT.org

FaceBook at ALSCT (Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater)
or email us at missoula@alsct.org

National School Breakfast Week March 4th – 8th!

Come help us celebrate National School Breakfast Week next week (March 4-8, 2019) at your child’s elementary school.  This event highlights how eating a nutritious breakfast helps students “Fuel Up for Success” in the classroom and beyond.  Studies have shown that children who eat a nutritious breakfast are better able to learn, have better attendance, and improved grades. And when parents rely on school breakfast, they can be ASSURED that their child will receive a healthy breakfast.

 

Our goals are to:

  1. Promote healthy menus offered by School Nutrition Department to increase participation in collaboration with the Farm to School Community, Curriculum and Cafeteria teams.
  2. Raise awareness with parents, administration and other stakeholders about the importance of the school breakfast program for student’s success through surveys, menu sampling etc.

 

We, at Amherst Food, invite you to celebrate this week with a number of planned activities and to assist us in getting the word out to parents/guardians in an effort to increase participation.

 

Here is a list of activities that are happening in each school. We welcome your participation in any or all events! Please go to  https://goo.gl/forms/sBLP5tw8DC28HH462 to sign up.

 

Monday March 4, 8:00 to 9:00 am:  Kick Off event at Crocker Farm and Wildwood

 

Volunteer to serve breakfast to students in the Cafeteria at Crocker Farm or Wildwood Elementary. All you need to do is spread your enthusiasm and support this important effort!

 

Tuesday March 5, 8:00 to 9:00 am: Family Breakfast at Wildwood

 

Parents and Guardians are invited to sit and have breakfast in the Cafeteria with their kids. The Farm to School teams as well as Project Bread will be showcasing activities for parents/guardians to spread the word about the importance of a healthy breakfast, and our future plans of switching breakfast from the cafeteria to a breakfast in the classroom model. Volunteers are needed to help distribute surveys and assist with menu item sampling. This is also a good time to meet the Amherst Farm to School Team volunteers.

 

Wednesday March 6, 8:00 to 9:00 am: Family Breakfast at Crocker Farm

 

Parents and Guardians are invited to sit and have breakfast in the Cafeteria with their kids. The Farm to School teams as well as Project Bread will be showcasing activities for parents/guardians to spread the word about the importance of a healthy breakfast, and our future plans of switching breakfast from the cafeteria to a breakfast in the classroom model. Volunteers are needed to help distribute surveys and assist with menu item sampling. This is also a good time to meet the Amherst Farm to School Team volunteers.

 

 

 

 

Thursday March 7, 8:30 to 9:15 am: Teacher Thank You Celebration at Pelham Elementary

 

All grades at Pelham Elementary will be piloting Breakfast in the Classroom throughout the week. On Thursday, an appreciation breakfast will be served to teachers as they eat with their their students.  During this time volunteers are needed to visit with the teachers and thank them for the hard work they put in to make this pilot a success. Volunteers are also welcome to read to the students while they eat.

 

Friday March 8, 8:30 to 9:15 am: Project Bread Breakfast in the Classroom Press Event at Fort River

 

Amherst School Nutrition and the Farm to School Teams are partnering with Project Bread, Congressman Jim McGovern, and Blue Cross Blue Shield to host a Breakfast in the Classroom Press Event at Fort River Elementary. Come support this important effort, share your opinion and hear why Alternative Models of Breakfast can benefit our district. There will be presentations and food sampling from Project Bread’s Chef Sam and the Farm to School Teams.

Save the Date: Listening Sessions Regarding a Proposal and Application to the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA)

Get details of the current proposal for state aid to build a new school for Amherst, and participate in a facilitated discussion to share your thoughts. Mark your calendars–more information to come soon!

Amherst Town Councilors and Amherst School Committee members will be present at each of these meetings.

Remaining sessions:

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6: 4:00-6:00 P.M. AT CROCKER FARM ELEMENTARY

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6: 7:00-9:00 P.M. AT ARHS LIBRARY

(ALTERNATE SNOW DATE ONLY) THURSDAY, MARCH 7: 4:15-6:00PM; 6:30PM-8:00 P.M. AT ARHS LIBRARY

QUESTIONS? PLEASE EMAIL ORDONEZA@ARPS.ORGOR MCDONALDA@ARPS.ORG.

To view the flyer: click here.

Fort River School Building Committee Feasibility Study: Two Opportunities to Learn More!

Over the fall, the Fort River School Building Committee has continued to make progress with its feasibility study. The designers, TSKP Studio, have been attending the committee’s meeting and have come up with a series of design proposals for Fort River that encompass a wide range of options: new construction, different degrees of addition renovation (from 50% new, down to 10% new). All these satisfy the educational programming needs from the school and include a range of possible heating and cooling options and take into account the Zero Energy Bylaw from the Town.

There are two opportunities this week to learn more about the feasibility study.  These meetings are unrelated to the MSBA statement of interest process.

On March 4th at 12 pm at the Town Room (Town Hall), there is a community meeting for the architects to present the options they have been working on with the committee and to ask for feedback from the community.

On March 7th at 3:15 pm, please join members of the committee at the Wildwood Music Room for an informational meeting and informal discussion about the work of the committee and the options developed.

The committee and designer’s work, along with other documents, can be found here. If you would like to be notified about upcoming meetings and receive press releases directly to your inbox, you can join the listserv by signing up through the webpage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[image text: The town-funded (phase 1) Feasibility Study of the Fort River school and site is almost complete. Come learn about the Committee’s work and see the options developed for a potential new or renovated school on the Fort River site.  This meeting is unrelated to the MSBA Statement of Interest process. Thursday, March 7th, 3:15 pm. Wildwood Elementary School, Music Room.]

LSSE Summer Camp Fair March 2nd!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[abridged image text (english version) ]Thinking about joining a camp, but not sure which one is right for you? Come explore area summer camps and programs from around western MA.  March 2nd, 2019 from 11am – 2pm at the Woodbury Room, Jones Library.  For more information please visit http://www.lsse.org.]

AEF Spring Celebration Date Change

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Please make note of the DATE CHANGE for our Spring Event! The new date is Thursday, May 30, 2019.

It’s the party of the season, and we don’t want you to miss it! AEF honors YOU, our generous supporters, as we celebrate 25 years of support for our elementary and regional public schools.* Join us to raise a glass as we toast everyone who makes our schools thrive!

Enjoy a world-class dining experience courtesy of UMass Catering while we reflect on 25 years of community partnership. We hope to see YOU there!

Science Night update

We are happy to announce the scheduling of the first Amherst-wide Science Night to be held the evening of April 10th at Amherst Regional Middle School.  This will be an evening of demonstrations and activities with scientific professionals from our community with topics ranging from astronomy and biochemistry to material science and zoology.  We are working with the support of PGOs and principals from all three elementary schools as well as ARPS central administration to bring this event together.
We are seeking scientists who are interested in presenting an activity station for the students. The commitment would likely be for about 2 hours on the evening of April 10, depending on the amount of setup time required. We seek activities and topics that are age-appropriate for elementary students. (The Science Night planning committee will work with presenting scientists to discuss some limitations on the activities as well as connections to curriculum for this age group.) If you are interested or would like to recommend someone for us to invite, please contact Jon.Reichard@gmail.com.
 
We are also looking for volunteers to help with the event. Volunteer opportunities include: helping set-up and break down, welcoming and orienting student participants, managing timing and group sizes and helping them move through activity stations, and assisting sponsors in demonstrations. We will be sending out a sign-up form for volunteers with more details soon.
Thank you.
Science Night Team
Wildwood’s reps: Julie HawkOwl and Jon Reichard

Save The Date – Listening Sessions Regarding a Proposal and Application to the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA)

Get details of the current proposal for state aid to build a new school for Amherst, and participate in a facilitated discussion to share your thoughts. Mark your calendars–more information to come soon!

Amherst Town Councilors and Amherst School Committee members will be present at each of these meetings.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27: 3:30-5:30 P.M. AT BANGS COMMUNITY CENTER

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27: 7:00-9:00 P.M. AT WILDWOOD ELEMENTARY

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28: 4:00-6:00 P.M. AT FORT RIVER ELEMENTARY

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28: 7:00-9:00 P.M. AT JONES LIBRARY, WOODBURY ROOM

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6: 4:00-6:00 P.M. AT CROCKER FARM ELEMENTARY

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6: 7:00-9:00 P.M. AT ARHS LIBRARY

(ALTERNATE SNOW DATE ONLY) THURSDAY, MARCH 7: 4:15-6:00PM; 6:30PM-8:00 P.M. AT ARHS LIBRARY

QUESTIONS? PLEASE EMAIL ORDONEZA@ARPS.ORGOR MCDONALDA@ARPS.ORG.

View the english flyer.

View the spanish flyer.

Children’s Music Series at Jones Library and School Vacation Week Fun

Information about upcoming programs at the Jones Library during vacation week:

Family Movie Matinee & Crafternoon

February 20th 2:00-5:00pm in the Woodbury Room

From 2:00-3:00 we be crafting a paper collage feast.

At 3:00 our movie will start, starring a rat who dreams of becoming a chef.

Feed the Birds Drop-in Activity

February 21st 3:00-4:00pm in the Crafts Room

Make a simple craft and healthy snack for our feathered friends!

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Lego Club (ages 5-10)

February 22nd 3:00-4:30pm in the Woodbury Room

Use our library LEGO collection to engineer and build a cool creation.

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We’ll conclude vacation week by kicking off our annual Children’s Music series with a performance by The Nields! Flyers for all music series events are attached as jpegs and more information can be found on the library website at www.joneslibrary.org/musicseriespgo

Mia Cabana

Head of Youth Services Department

Jones Library

43 Amity St.

Amherst, MA 01002

Audition For The Pied Piper On 3/4

PIED PIPER horizontalAuditions will be held for the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) musical production of THE PIED PIPER Monday, MARCH 4th at the Amherst Middle School Cafeteria from 4:15 pm to 6:15 pm. All those auditioning should arrive at 4:00 pm and plan to stay for the full two hours. Some of those cast in the show will be asked to stay for a rehearsal immediately following the auditions.

What do you do when your town is overrun by ravenous rats? Sara, an orphan girl, and the other Townspeople of Hamelin Town turn to the Mayor of Hamelin and the Council when their town is threatened. They then call on the Pied Piper to save them from the troublesome creatures. The Mayor’s children, staff, and the Cooks also join in the endeavor. Find out what happens when the town chooses not to pay the Piper and the children are led away from the town along with the rats! Follow the original twist on this familiar story as it weaves its way through a landscape full of surprises!

Students from Kindergarten to 12th grade are encouraged to audition. Assistant Directors will also be cast to aid in rehearsals throughout the week, and to take on essential backstage responsibilities. There are 50-60 roles available, with parts in every age group. This is a group audition, and no advance preparation is necessary–though a smile always helps! There is a $55 Registration Fee due at the audition for all those who are cast—additional siblings $30 (fee waivers are available).

The Missoula Children’s Theatre touring productions are complete with costumes, scenery, props and makeup. The MCT Tour Actor/Directors will conduct rehearsals throughout the week from 4:00-8:30 Monday, March 4th – Friday, March 8th. Not everyone will need to be present at every rehearsal.

THE PIED PIPER will be presented on Saturday, March 9th at 1:30 pm and 4:00 pm at the Amherst Middle School Auditorium. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students under 18 and seniors.

For more information, go to “Children’s Theater” at ALSCT.org, or call Susan at 413-461-6722

Girls on the Run Registration Open Now!

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Flyer Text: Girls on the Run Spring 2019 Registration Now Open

Girls on the Run inspires 3rd-5th grade girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experienced-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

NO RUNNING EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY!

Meeting twice weekly, each lesson integrates games and a workout geared towards preparing participants to complete a 5K. Trained volunteer coaches, lead teams through a curriculum that teaches valuable life lessons such as:

SETTING GOALS • ESTABLISHING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE • RESISTING PEER PRESSURE

PREVENTING BULLYING • CHOOSING GOOD FRIENDS • SERVING THE COMMUNITY

Space is limited to 15 girls and teams selected by lottery.

Team Information:

WHERE: Wildwood ES

WHEN: Begins March 12th for 10 weeks ending with GOTR 5K on June 2nd.

PRACTICE DAYS/TIMES: Tues/Thurs 3:15- 4:45pm

Registration: $150 with a sliding scale to $5. No girls turned away. Register at: http://www.girlsontherunwesternma.org.

For more information: Alison Berman, 413 687- 2726, alison.berman@girlsontherun.

Press Release from Fort River School Building Committee January 2019 

Over the fall and winter, the Fort River School Building Committee has continued to make progress with its feasibility study.

A community meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, February 13th at 6:30pm at the Amherst Regional Middle School auditorium, 170 Chestnut St, Amherst, MA 01002, with a follow up meeting two weeks later in Town (location and time TBD).
During this meeting, the designers will present the options we have been working with and ask for feedback from the community. These meetings are un-related to the MSBA statement of interest process.

The designers, TSKP Studio, have been attending the committee’s meetings and produced a series of design proposals for Fort River Elementary that encompass a wide range of options: new construction, different degrees of addition/renovation (from 50% to 10% new). All satisfy the educational programming needs for the school, including a range of possible heating and cooling options, and comply with the Net Zero Energy Bylaw of the Town.

The committee and designer’s work, along with other documents, can be found at https://www.amherstma.gov/frsbc .You can be notified of upcoming meetings and receive press releases by clicking “sign up for notifications” in our web page.

The public is welcome to attend our regular meetings and can also contact the committee at fortriversbc@amherstma.gov.

Winterfest Returns Saturday 2/2

winterfestFebruary 2, 2019 – February 9, 2019
https://www.facebook.com/WinterFestAmherst/

WinterFest Amherst 2019 is back with 8 Days and 7 Nights of winter fun and over 35+ events! The festival kicks off this Saturday, February 2 and runs through February 9, 2019. Mark your calendars and attend the Pioneer Valley’s largest winter carnival!
Fun and free events this weekend include: LSSE Polar Bear Splash at the ARMS pool. at 1PM on Saturday as well as 2,000 light  Luminaria on the Town Common beginning 5 PM on Saturday.

African-American Read-In and All-School Assembly Tuesday, February 5th

Wildwood will be celebrating its sixth annual African-American Read-In on Tuesday, February 5th, as a joyous way to kick-off Black History Month. The African American Read-In Day was started by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) in 1990. It is a means of recognizing and becoming more familiar with the stories, books and poetry of African-American authors. Guest readers, such as community members, parents, extended family members, and older students are invited into each classroom on this day to read a favorite book written by an African-American author. All families are invited to an all-school Assembly, which will include presentations by our students, to launch the day at 9:10 AM on Tuesday, February 5th.