What are Reading Buddies? It’s when older students from a partnering class come to read with younger students and engage in fun activities. Having a Reading Buddy program in the classroom is one of the things that both older and younger students benefit from in so many ways.
The ‘Little Buddies’ benefit from:
At P.S. 173, reading is always an adventure! Our principal Ms. Garcia and our staff encourage students to begin and end each day with a good book. As we continue our Reading Adventures program, two eager readers are chosen from each class to journey inside P.S. 173’s Reading Adventures Cave! The “Cave”—a giant inflatable tube —is nearly seven feet tall and spans the length of the gym floor.
Coordinated by Mr. Brian Battaglini, the Reading Adventures Cave is prepared every other Friday morning for new winners. Our early-bird bookworms arrive in the gym to enjoy a 20 minute literary adventure inside the cave with friends and a great book.
The Reading Adventures program has hundreds of P.S. 173’s 3rd, 4th and 5th graders arriving with a book in hand, along with the hope of being selected for the next opportunity to “get lost” inside the Reading Adventures Cave with a great book.
This community has been eagerly awaiting the opening of the P.S.173 Library, and it was one of the most exciting moments this school year. A grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony took place to unveil the new P.S.173 Library welcoming the community to the new space.
The new library offer services for our P.S.173 community, including:
All of the P.S.173 staff are excited to welcome our energetic and vibrant community into the new library. We encourage our parents and students to stop by, say hi, and take advantage of our robust collection of books, programs, classes and other resources. We look forward to seeing you all!
Here is a few words about our new P.S.173 Library
“I am delighted to see the opening of the highly anticipated -P.S.173 Library, which will become an oasis for our classes. It will also provide so many services and materials to a bustling P.S.173 community, a special thanks to The Carmel Hill Fund for helping us achieve this dream.” said Principal Rachael Garcia. “With its welcoming Librarian Ms. Cayne and book collection tailored to the school, we believe this library is worthy of the passionate student community that it will long serve.”
"It's so amazing, it looks so amazing, I want to stay there for EVER and EVER and EVER!' said P.S.173 student, Issac Perez.
Special thanks to: District 6 Superintendent, Manuel Ramirez; PLF Refaela Landin; Dr. Judith Parker of Carmel Hill Fund; Ms. Damary Gonzalez and Ms. Brenda Addison of Carmel Hill Fund; Carmel Hill Fund staff; Accelerated Reader Coordinator, Teri Zenoz; Accelerated Reader Support Coach, Maria Garcia; Parent Coordinator, Wandaly Torres; School Librarian, Lauren Cayne, and P.S.173 Staff
"This March, our 1st and 2nd grade students had the chance to participate in their very own literacy night with Ms. Cayne, our library teacher. With assistance from Ms. Sangesland, one of our pre-k teachers, kids got the chance to enjoy the beautifully written and illustrated book 'The Circus Ship' by Chris Van Dusen, and take home their very own copy of the book. In addition, the kids and parents enjoyed a delicious snack and got the chance to make their own trapeze artists and circus ships. Here's to more literacy nights at P.S. 173!"
Family Literacy Night at PS.173 gave parents and their children a time, a place, and some helpful guidelines from our school Liberian Ms. Cayne. They were encouraged to draw, read and share ideas on the great holiday story "Llama Llama Holiday Drama." The greatest part of the night was the enjoyment from this family activity. First and second grade families please join Ms.Cayne at our next Family Literacy Night for some fun activities on March 22, 2017 from 4:00 - 5:30pm.
Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2—Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids and books. We like to Incorporate special activities to celebrate reading with our students. This year we add something a little different because children sometimes do not realize that the movies they watch were originally books. Beauty and the Beast is a fairy tale that has been around forever. Being that the movie will release in mid March, we thought that the children would enjoy hearing the actual story first. Jan Brett's version of this tale is lovely and includes beautiful art work. We think the children really enjoy the Dr. Seuss activity and the Beauty & the Beast twist, see for yourself. .
What is a reading cave? A special space for students to come in and secrete themselves in one cozy space and read. It's a fun way to encourage reading. Mr. Kryoneris and Mr. Alvarez encouraged students to read by handing out "GLODEN TICKETS" inviting them to the reading cave. Students received "GLODEN TICKETS" by reading in the auditorium, filling up reading logs and displaying good reading habits. Students love to be in the cave-like place, making a special space for themselves and for their friends carving out a place to enter the world of a book. Join us at the PS173 Reading Cave.
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