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CR-B's Book of the Year

'Charlie Bumpers vs. The Teacher of the Year'

March 04, 2019

This school year Coon Rapids-Bayard School District will again be participating in an all-school reading adventure called CR-B’s Book of the Year (formerly One School, One Book.)  Every family with a PreK-4th grade student will have a copy of the book Charlie Bumpers vs. The Teacher of the Year by Bill Harley and will read it together at home from March 25 to April 12.

Charlie Bumpers vs. The Teacher of the Year is a book that can be enjoyed at all levels.  The book is told from the perspective of Charlie, a fourth grade boy.  Charlie can’t help but be a likeable character even though trouble seems to find him.  Readers will be rooting for him as the story teaches lessons of tolerance, kindness, and being helpful.

CR-B families with children in PK-4 received letters this week so they can order books for this program.    CR-B is asking families to try to make time to participate in this reading project. If the community would like to join in on the fun, books are currently being sold at the Coon Rapids and Bayard Newspaper Offices for $5 each.  The public libraries in both towns also have books to check out and read during this program. The more the children/families see the book around town in the businesses, churches, etc., the better.

CR-B’s Book of the Year will kick off on Monday, March 25 with an assembly.  Books will be handed out to the oldest in the family that day.  Reading bookmarks will come home with the books and reading starts that night, Monday, March 25 and goes for 3 weeks until April 12.   CR-B’s Book of the Year will have its own webpage on the school’s website.  On that site, families will find the reading schedule and questions that go along with the chapters.  Questions are optional, but may enhance the reading experience. Families will also find the audio versions of the chapters to listen to if they wish.  The CR-B's Book of the Year website is found at: https://rachelmn.wixsite.com/crbbookoftheyear.

Family Fun Night will be held on Tuesday, April 16 from 6:00-7:00.  Families can participate in Charlie Bumpers reading and math activities then.  

Reading aloud together at home is valuable because it better prepares children to be effective readers and listeners.  It is also a fun, worthwhile family activity. With CR-B’s Book of the Year program, the school aims to build a community of readers.   Everyone - students, parents, teachers, administrative staff, and community members - will be participating and can all reap the many benefits.

“We decided to change the name of our program this year to CR-B’s Book of the Year, “ explained Connie Ankenbauer CR-B’s Title Reading Specialist.  “We no longer buy books from the One School One Book program, so it needed to be done. The new name is kind of exciting, actually!” 

CR-B’s Book of the Year committee would appreciate any support from the community.  Financially, the school will use funds from the CR-B Foundation and Reading Is Fun (RIF) and any donations from the community and/or businesses to help offset the cost of books and materials.  The books do cost more than $5, but with donations the school will be able to offer it at the discounted $5 price per book per family. “Our community support has been great!” said Ankenbauer.  “I want to thank everyone who has donated and participated in our program!”

“The schools want everyone talking about this great book!” Ankenbauer continued.  “We really are excited about sharing this reading experience with everyone in the community.”

Please contact Connie Ankenbauer if you have any questions or want to support this important and fun cause (connie.ankenbauer@crbcrusaders.org, or 999-2208).

Book of the Year Parent Letter

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