March 1,2021

Dear CES Families,

During the month of March we will celebrate Read Across America, or as we like to call it Read Across CES.  Our goal is to spread the joy of reading while creating and celebrating a nation of diverse readers.   

What will we be doing as a CES Community to Celebrate Read Across America?

  • Each morning on the morning announcements, Mrs. Amado will highlight diverse authors.  She will read books that focus on empowerment, empathy, and cultural pride. These books give voice to authors and illustrators of color and a variety of cultural backgrounds who are typically underrepresented in the literary world.

  • We will share the book Eliott the Penguin written by one of our own Bacon Academy graduates, Kris Lee.  Ms. Lee has agreed to create a video of herself reading this fun-filled book about the adventures of Eliott the Penguin as he models ways to show kindness to  others in his community.  Our generous PTO will purchase a copy of the book for each of our classrooms.

  • We will have an incredible school-wide virtual assembly presented by one of our favorite Storytellers, Len Cabral, who will be sharing a performance the week of March 1st. The performance will be approximately 30 minutes long. To make Len’s performance more personable for CES students, he’ll answer any questions our Cardinals may want to ask him prior to his taping.Teachers will share his newest Haitian tale prior to March 1st, How the Rabbit Lost its Tail.   

    Picture of author and new book

  • We’ll begin our week on March 1st @ 8:50-9:10 with a school-wide DROP EVERYTHING and READ after morning announcements. 

  • Spirit Week will be held March 1st-5th.  The book and activity for each day are listed below.

Read Across CES Spirit Week! 

March 1st-5th

Each day, Mrs. Amado will feature the book and author listed for the day on the morning message. The authors featured represent a variety of diverse backgrounds. The books will be read aloud during the morning message for the whole school to enjoy together.

Let’s have some fun as we celebrate a nation of diverse readers this month!

Monday - 3/1 Tuesday - 3/2 Wednesday - 3/3 Thursday - 3/4 Friday - 3/5

Anansi's Narrow Waist: An African Folktale

By: Len Cabral

Anasi's Narrow Waist book cover

I am Love

By: Susan Verde

Illustrated by: Peter Reynolds

I AM LOVE book cover

Dim Sum for Everyone!

By: Grace Lin

Dim Sum for Everyone book cover

Island Born

By: Junot Diaz 

Illustrated by: Leo Espinosa

Island Born book cover

Hair Love

By: Matthew A. Cherry

Illustrated by: Vashti Harrison

Hair Love book cover

Animal Day

Bring in a stuffed animal to read with today.

Share the Love Day

Wear red today to represent a heart full of love to spread to others.

Food Celebration Day

Bring in a snack or lunch that is your favorite from your culture. Share with your classmates why you enjoy it so much. To add to the fun, If you have a t-shirt or outfit that has food pictured on it, wear that today too.

Rainbow Day

Wear the most colorful outfit you can find to celebrate the colors of the Islands and all of the colors of the great places each of us come from.

Hair Day

Let’s celebrate how unique everyone’s hair is by doing something fun and different with your hair today!

Home Connection: Read a book with a family member that features an animal as a main character in the book. 

Home Connection: Read a book with a family member that teaches a lesson about love, kindness, or gratitude. 

Home Connection: Read a book with a family member that features a food you love.

Home Connection: Read a book with a family member about a place you love.

Home Connection: Read a book with a family member that celebrates a unique trait that a character has.

As always, we thank you for your continued support and partnership.  CES looks forward to celebrating Read Across America Month.

Be well,

Judy O’Meara, Principal

Meghan Amado, Assistant Principal

If you’d like more information about NEA’s Read Across America, please click on this link:  National Education Association.

Colchester Youth Services

Colchester Youth Services is offering a Kinship Care Support Group for K-2 children living in non-nuclear families

Please click here to learn more: Kinship Care Support Group

Colchester's Leo's Club Shoe and Sneaker Drive

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Susan Verde's Author Visit

Students loved Susan Verde's visit, Thank You PTO! You can still order an author signed book by Viewing the flyer .

Collect Box tops to Earn a Pajama day

  Collect boxtops to help our CES Cardinals earn a PJ party on March 19th.

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Types of boxtops to collect

CES Goes Out

NEW DATE: Join us March 6th from 10-3pm at Kidsignments and shop to benefit the CES PTO. 

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CES Yearbooks are now on sale.  $18.00 Each.

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