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Elementary Literacy Night Is March 1
Middle School Lit Night is March 2
Elementary and middle schools will celebrate the anniversary of the birth of beloved children’s book author Dr. Seuss with their annual literacy nights. Elementary schools will celebrate on Wednesday, March 1, while the middle schools will celebrate on Thursday, March 2. The evenings will include family activities that often include hands-on activities and free books for students. For more information, contact your schools.
Arcadia Elementary School
Arcadia will be “Exploring the Real World” through nonfiction writing and reading. Children will receive nonfiction books. Families can visit classrooms to read, research and explore through books, the Internet, and nonfiction publications. Join the fun at Arcadia.
Edison Environmental Science Academy
To honor refugee students and its diverse student body, Edison families will be taking a "Journey to the Seven Continents.” After a storytelling event, each grade will be the experts of one continent, and families will rotate through the grades to participate in activities.
El Sol Elementary School
5:30-7 p.m., Kalamazoo Public Library, Central branch, 315 S. Rose St.
The students and staff at El Sol invite families to learn about “Writing About Science.” Each student will share a published piece of informational writing about a science topic. Discover new information about earth science, physical science, life science and more.
Escribiendo sobre Ciencias
Los estudiantes y el personal de El Sol, invitan a las familias a que vengan a aprender sobre ciencias. Los alumnos estarán presentando un trabajo escrito en el cual muestran lo que han estado aprendiendo en la escuela acerca de ciencias. Acompáñenos para descubrir nueva información acerca de las Ciencias de la Tierra, Ciencias Biológicas, Ciencias Naturales, y mucho más.
Greenwood will host “Super Literacy Night,” when superheroes and super sleuths use reading strategies to engage in games, stories, snacks, and activities. Students will leave with a book and resources on grade-level strategies for reinforcing reading at home.
Indian Prairie Elementary School
“Literacy Around the World” is the theme as each grade features an activity based on a book or author from a different country. Families can prepare snacks, complete a word-building activity, and make art. Completed “passports” can be turned in for a special incentive.
King-Westwood Elementary School
With “Game On!,” students can play book bingo, do the book walk, and participate in a book exchange. Students will make bookmarks, participate in Dr. Seuss and Eric Carle activities, and show off their computer skills. Everyone leaves with goodies. Pizza will be provided.
Lincoln International Studies School
Each classroom will have a take-home literacy activity. The evening also includes a scavenger hunt with a book exchange, reading to a therapy dog, a raffle, and free books. When a student completes a scavenger hunt punch card, the turn the cards in for dinner.
Milwood Elementary School
Literacy night will be a collaboration between art and literacy. The hallways will showcase visual art along with instrumental student ensembles, which will allow students to talk about their artistic talents to their families and community. Working artists will help students create, perform, observe and respond to art. Milwood received a grant from the Jack Hamilton Memorial Fund to support the activities.
Northeastern Elementary School
Dr. Seuss’ “Oh The Places You’ll Go!” will help families celebrate the milestones of education and the Kalamazoo Promise through literacy-based activities. “You're off to Great Places! You're off and away! You can reach all your goals! By reading a book each day!”
Northglade Montessori School
The night will celebrate Northglade's Golden Rules, "I can respect myself. I can respect others. I can respect my environment." A writing project with the theme, "What it Means to Show Kindness" will be written by students. Art and music will be part of the evening.
Parkwood-Upjohn Elementary School
Parents will experience what students do at math and reading workstations for each grade. There will be presentations on the Compass Odyssey Math Program and the online MSTEP practice test. Parents are also requested to complete a school survey.
Prairie Ridge Elementary School
"Reading Is Our Super Power" is the theme for the night, which includes a “books for bikes” giveaway, a superhero photo booth, book giveaways, a book fair, a free dinner provided by Loaves & Fishes, and student-made ceramic bowls available for donations.
Spring Valley Elementary School
"Literacy Alive" will showcase activities, games, and performances to make the curriculum come alive for students. Events may include: “historical figures” reciting quotes, a spelling bee, skits, a poetry slam, visual displays and games. Pizza and salad will be provided.
Washington Writers' Academy
Washington will host its second annual Promising Futures Career Fair on literacy night. The career fair will expose Promise students and their families to potential careers, colleges, tech programs, and even businesses that can help them realize their dreams.
Students and families can apply literacy skills to hands-on science activities. Students will learn why literacy is critical in science as they read and write about science concepts and experiment outcomes. Families can also visit the Winchell Science Fair in the gymnasium.
Woods Lake Elementary
5- 6:30 pm
“It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No! It’s Super Readers!” Students will use their super powers to participate in activities that energize their superhero reading skills. They will explore other cultures as they learn every hero has a story. The evening concludes with a free book and snack. Shazam!
Woodward School for Technology and Research
Woodward’s theme will be African American authors and literature. Kalamazoo author (and Woodward alum) Sonya Bernard-Hollins will read her book "Benjamin Losford and his Handy Dandy Clippers.” There will be literacy activities that focus on reading and tech.
Hillside Middle School
Hillside will be joined by the nonprofit Fathers Do Read, as they celebrate the all-school read David Lubar’s “Hidden Talents,” about a 13-year-old misfit who discovers he has special powers. The evening will include a book fair, poetry reading, and photo booth.
Linden Grove Middle School
“A Night at the Movies” will feature books made into films. Families will receive “tickets” with titles such as “Hidden Figures,” “The Giver,” and “Divergent.” Participants will complete tasks at “movie stations” to earn free books, admission to entertainment, and the book walk.
Maple Street Magnet School for the Arts
Literacy night will kick-off the all-school read, RJ Palacio’s “Wonder,” which tells the story of Auggie, who has a facial deformity and an enormous spirit. Games will be held in Maple’s 600 hallway. The main hall activities include Arabic culture activities, “Wonder” art and numeracy games.
Milwood Magnet School
M.E. Castle’s book “Popular Clone” will be the focus of literacy night. Activities, musical performances, an obstacle course, and a “Popular Clone”-themed meal are planned for the evening.
Alternative Learning Program
2:30-4 p.m. (extended school day)
Poetry will be the focus of the event. English students have been working on writing poetry, and each group in the school will create posters about poets who write for young readers. Students are encouraged to dress as poets while they visit poetry stations. Youth United Way volunteers will attend and share their own poetry.