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Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

posted May 22, 2014, 11:07 AM by Tom Bear
Dear Parents,

Did you know that when kids don't read over the summer they are likely to fall behind when they head back to school? These learning losses are often called the "Summer Slide," and our school has made it a priority to keep our students' skills sharp by encouraging them to read all summer long.

Our school has signed up to participate in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, a free online reading program that motivates kids to read more books and strengthen their reading skills as part of a school team. The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge invites children ages 4 – 14 to log their reading minutes to help set a new world record for summer reading. The goal this year for schools around the world is to break last year's reading world record of 176,438,473 minutes! With your help, we can do it. 

I'm excited to share that the theme of this year's program is Reading Under the Stars; as kids log their reading minutes online, they will unlock star constellations and learn interesting facts about them. Plus, throughout the summer, kids will earn digital rewards and learn about great new books to read. You'll also find free articles, activity sheets, and book lists for parents on the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge website.

Don’t delay. You can start logging your child’s reading minutes today! The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge began on May 5 and ends on September 5, 2014. For the youngest students who can’t read on their own yet, you may count the minutes that you or someone else reads to them. The school that logs the most minutes will win a visit from a bestselling children's book author and will be featured in The 2015 Scholastic Book of World Records. We are also in a friendly competition against Albia to see who will log the most minutes this summer! And just because Moravia is smaller, doesn’t mean we can’t beat Albia! 

Although this is an online reading program, students who do not have Internet access at home can still participate. Students can keep track of their minutes manually over the summer in a notebook or journal. When they return to school in August, they will be able to retroactively log minutes during the last two weeks of the program - from August 25 to September 5, 2014. Alternatively, if the student or his/her parent has a smartphone, they can download the Scholastic Reading Timer, a free mobile app, to log minutes throughout the summer. More information on the mobile app can be found at http://www.scholastic.com/apps/scholasticreadingtimer.

I invite you to learn more about the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge at http://www.scholastic.com/summer. Your child’s username and password was listed on a letter that should have come home with your child the last week of school. The first time you log in, you will be prompted to change the password. Usernames cannot be changed, unfortunately. If you should happen to lose your username or first-time password, please contact Linda Stallman at (641) 724-3311 or contact Scholastic at 1-800-SCHOLASTIC. 

Have a great summer, and happy reading!

Leann Seddon
Teacher-Librarian
Moravia Community School 

For articles, tips, and free resources for parents, visit scholastic.com/parents.
For games, book recommendations, videos and free activities for kids, visit scholastic.com/kids
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