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What's Happening in the Month of December?
Read a New Book Month; National Stree-Free Family Holidays Month; Safe Toys and Gifts Month; Universal Human Rights Month

Dec. 1 - Rosa Parks Day; Author Jan Brett's birthday

Dec. 2 - Author David Macaulay's birthday; Special Education Day

Dec 3 - Full Moon ("Cold Moon")

Dec. 4 - Author Sterling North's birthday; National Cookie Day; National Sock Day; World Wildlife Conservation Day

Dec. 5 - Walt Disney's birthday

Dec. 6 - Feast of St. Nicholas; No Mass today

Dec. 7 - National Pearl Harbor Day/Remembrance Day

Dec. 8 - Feast of the Immaculate Conception; Mass at 9:45 am

Dec. 9 - Feast of St. Juan Diego; Author Jean de Brunhoff's birthday

Dec. 10 - Human Rights Day

Dec. 11 - International Mountain Day

Dec. 12 - Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe; Hanukkah begins at sundown; National Cocoa Day; Poinsettia Day

Dec. 13 - Feast of Santa Lucia/ National Day of the Horse

Dec. 15 - Bill of Rights Day; National Cupcake Day

Dec. 16 - Las Posadas (December 16-24); National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day

Dec. 17 - Wright Brothers' Day; Clean Air Day

Dec. 19 - Author Eve Bunting's birthday

Dec. 20 - Last day of Hanukkah

Dec. 21 - First Day of Winter ( winter solstice); No School; World Peace Day

Dec. 22 - No School; Author Jerry Pinkney's birthday

Dec. 23 - Author Avi's birthday

Dec.24 - Christmas Eve; Egg Nog Day

Dec. 25 - Christmas Day; Happy Birthday, Jesus; No School; Author Pam Munoz Ryan's birthday

Dec. 26 - No School; Kwunzaa begins (December 26-January 1); National Candy Cane Day

Dec. 27 - No School

Dec. 28 - No School; Author Carol Ryrie Brink's birthday; Holy Innocents Day

Dec. 29 - No School; Author Molly Bang's birthday

Dec. 30 - Author Jane O'Connor's birthday; Author Rudyard Kipling's birthday; Author Mercer Mayer's birthday; Bacon Day

Dec. 31 - New Year's Eve

Great Holiday Books and Read Alouds

Follow this link to discover lots of books to read during the holiday season...both to read aloud and to read on your own

December - A Good Month to Read Something Joyful

'Tis the Season to Read!
Stop in at the St. Stan's Library to read for the season! Check out the display of Christmas books and enjoy a good story that will remind you of the "reason for the season". There are chapter books, short stories, poems, Bible stories, legends, and Christmas traditions from around the world.

Find out about Advent, St. Nicholas, St. Lucy, St. Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe, las posadas, the origin of the Christmas tree, how to make Polish Christmas ornaments and much, much more.

What better way to prepare our hearts and minds for Jesus' coming?

"Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all people shall see it together." Isaiah 40:5

A Blessed Christmas to One and All!
Best wishes for a blessed Christmas and a grace-filled New Year. Let's always remember the reason for the season and live the peace of Christmas all year long.

Mrs. Nicklay 

Connect Your Reading to Holidays and Seasons
Reading Tips from Sylvan Learning Center

To visit Sylvan Learning Center, cut and paste the following link into your browser window: or click on the link below.

Connect your reading activities to seasons and holidays.

* Explore the seasons by reading about seasonal sports, weather and special events.
* Read about how seasons are different in different parts of the world.
* Look at maps while you are discussing what you have read.
* Read about holidays that are important to you and your family.
* Find books that have activities related to your favorite holidays.

Easy to Use AR Quiz/Book Level List Available at AR BookFinder
Are you at home and you want to see if there is an AR quiz for a book you own, want to buy, or have borrowed from the public library? Want to check the book/reading level of a book you are interested in reading?

Welcome to the Accelerated Reader BookFinder!

The Accelerated Reader BookFinder is online! We are very excited to have the Accelerated Reader Enterprise Program up and running. Through this online version students will be able to take quizzes on over 140,000 books, with more being added every week. Taking a quiz will still be done at school only, but you can check to see if the book you are reading is an Accelerated Reader book by clicking on the following web address: You can also copy and paste this address into your browser window and you will go right to the website. Don’t forget to bookmark the site as one of your Favorites.

This AR BookFinder allows you to search for a book by Title, Author or Topic using the Quick Search Tab. To search by Reading Level or Interest Level just click the Advanced Search Tab. Fill in as much information as you can and then click GO – the BookFinder will do the rest. Reading Levels and Interest Levels are all displayed once you have successfully found a book in the list. Reading Level is indicated next to the letters BL. Interest level is shown next to the letters IL.

Read on!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mrs. Nicklay ( or 452-3766, ext. 1211)

Reading Strategies Guide
Good Readers:
1. Predict/Infer *Look for important words. *Look at the pictures. *Try to figure out what will happen next.

2. Self-Question *Ask questions while reading.

3. Think About Words *Figure out words by thinking about letters/sounds and word parts. *Think about what makes sense and look at the illustrations.

4. Monitor *Ask themselves if they understand what they are reading.

5. Summarize *Think about the important parts of the story. *Include the characters, setting, and major events for the stories. *Include topic, main idea, and important details for informational reading.

6. Evaluate *Decide if they like what they have read.

--Houghton Mifflin

Explore and Rate the Maud Hart Lovelace Titles on BookTalk
Now you can explore and rate the Maud Hart Lovelace titles on Mackin's BookTalk! Read a summary of each book. Learn more about the author. Find similar books. Rate your favorites and see what other kids recommend.

Just go to and click on the Maud Hart Lovelace logos. Or, click on the Booktalk logo at the bottom of the home page.

See what other kids are thinking about the Maud Hart Lovelace nominees and rate them yourself!

Pass On the Gift of Reading!
Pass it on!

Access to books is essential to reading development. However, 61 percent of low-income families have no books for the children in their homes. Over 80 percent of childcare centers serving low-income children lack age-appropriate books. Now you can help each day with a free click!

Visit The Literacy Site at daily and click the red "Give Free Books" button. This quick, simple action helps give a book to a child in need, many times the first book of their own.

There is no cost to you! Funding for the books is paid by site sponsors and goes to First Book, an award-winning nonprofit that uses all funding generated by The Literacy Site to provide free books to children from low-income families -- books that they can take home and keep.

The Literacy Site is new, and its success depends on the number of people who visit the site and click every day!

Please click at The Literacy Site once a day and forward this email to friends and family. Together, we can give more books to children in need and help spark a life-long love of reading.

Thank you!

Note from Mrs. Nicklay
Hey! Have you read any good books lately? Stop in at the library and tell me about them! I'm always looking for a good book to read and share with others!! See you soon :)