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Literacy Committee

Brown’s Literacy Committee 2014-2015

The purpose of the committee is to educate, advocate and support teachers, students, and parents on issues surrounding literacy. This includes and embraces current Brown library activities and wishes.
Our goal is to promote an enriched environment through parent, teacher, administrative and student support where all types of learners can enhance their strengths and express their creative minds as confident learners.


Volunteers Wanted
Volunteer opportunities are currently posted at:


This year, we will be starting our very own BOOK SWAP! The event gives children, at all grade levels, an opportunity to donate unwanted books and take home other gently used books for winter reading.

Drop off: Tuesday, Dec. 9th – (3:30-4:15pm) & Wednesday, Dec. 10th– before and after school (8:30-9am & 3:30-4:15pm).

Where: Front hallway during drop off times .You will get one ticket for each book that you bring.

Pick up: Thursday, Dec. 11th, and Friday Dec. 12th after school (3:45-4:30pm). Bring your tickets and a bag!

Where: Pick up will be downstairs in the community room both Thursday and Friday.

*First come, first served basis

What kinds of books can be donated?

  1. Books must be in readable condition. (no torn or missing pages and no coloring over illustrations)
  2. Books must be appropriate for elementary students. (no board books, coloring books, magazines, high school or adult books)
  3. Books can be in other languages.
  4. Books can be fiction or nonfiction.

If you have questions about the book swap, please contact Jackie Rodriguez at

** We will gladly accept books, Even if you don’t want to swap. All leftover books will be donated to the teachers at Brown.

Friday Book Cart
Friday Book Cart gives over 2,000 books to Brown learners. ALL Brown Students are encouraged to come to the book cart, Fridays, on the playground, after school, to find a FREE book to take home. The books are for students to take, read, share, return or keep forever. Brown’s Literacy Committee believes every student deserves the opportunity to find their forever book, if not, something for the weekend. Regardless, promoting literacy starts with having a book in hand unconditionally. The books have been donated by Brown families and friends. We send a huge shout out to all our donors. THANK YOU! This endeavor is nothing without your contribution.
Donating books – If you have books to donate please drop the books into the donation box at the front office or contact Emily Ceccanti at to coordinate.

books and bagelsBooks & Bagels

Books and Bagels is an opportunity for your student to invite family into their classroom to share their classroom books and reading skills. A light breakfast of bagels, cream cheese and juice is served while you and your reader peruses classroom reading selection, chooses their favorite classroom book and read. Books and Bagels is held on the 4th Friday a rotating basis for each grade. This is a before school event starting at 8:30 to morning bell. Stay tuned for the 2014-1015 schedule.

Reading Roundtable: A Parent Toolbox for Reading Fun
Reading Roundtable is designed to give parents a list of tricks, tools, perspective, motivation and ideas to empower their readers to read and develop a love of reading. There will be a quick introduction on why reading and developing the love of reading is so important. This will include perspectives shared by the parents of resistant readers. The rest of the time will be turned over to the parents to share, discuss and receive ideas on how to motivate, encourage, and create the love of reading at home.

O.G Teaching Training
PTA generously fulfilled Literacy Committee’s request to fund 6 Brown teachers to attend a 40 hour summer Orton Gillingham literacy training. We are very excited to experience the multi-sensory methods of learning they bring back to our classrooms.
For more information about Orton-Gillingham go to:

Mr. Falker Award – Teacher Appreciation
Almost everyone has the permanent image of that one special teacher who reached them. That teacher who reached into themselves to find the best in you. That teacher who reached into your thoughts and pulled them out. The teacher who showed you how to reach your fullest potential. That teacher who showed you how to reach for things yourself.

The Literacy Committee would like to honor these special teachers who have reached into their joy of teaching to truly reach our readers. We are calling this special honor the Mr. Falker Award. Thank You, Mr. Falker is a heart wrenching and warming story about the author, Patricia Polacco, who struggled with reading, school, and bullies. Here is your opportunity to say thank you when thanks you is not enough. Nominate your “Mr. Falker” today.

The nomination form can also be accessed through the Brown Yahoo pages or by e-mailing it to
AR Flyer (see attached)
Learning to Read is Like Riding a Bike (see attached)

Other Literacy Committee activities includes: Page Turners (Brown’s Book Club), PAWS (reading with a therapy dog), RIF/Reading Is Fundamental, Spring/Fall Festivals to raise activity funds, Scholastic Book Fair to raise funds for school library, Reading Information Night for Families of Struggling Readers, Understanding Dyslexia 101 (a teacher training), M.S. Read-A-Thon, and Back to School Night Child Care with Literacy Activities, behind the scene parent/family/student reading support.
“Take those emotions and energy you have for your child and turnthem into actions – turn it in to something positive and be acatalyst for change.” Jennifer Blair-Cockrum/Denver Dyslexia Awareness Campaign.


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