It’s Elementary by Brandy Blanton

School pictures have been rescheduled. They will now be taken on September 18th. Students may wear a shirt of their choice with uniform bottoms on this day only.

Thank you to Amanda Cornett for her generous donation of Coke tops to Fair Elementary. The codes under the tops are entered in the My Coke Rewards program to earn points for our school. The school is then able to obtain PE equipment from the points that are earned. You can bring these tops or labels to the school at anytime. Your donation will be greatly appreciated. Thank you also to Mary Kennedy and Patricia Carter for their donation of clothes to our clothing closet.

The annual cookie dough fundraiser will kick off on September 5th. Please purchase cookie dough from any Fair Elementary student. If you do not know a Fair student, you can come by the office to purchase cookie dough. The money from this fundraiser will be used to help purchase promethean boards for the classrooms and other miscellaneous items that are needed. In the past the cookie dough fundraiser has helped in purchasing supplies, computers, and other miscellaneous items for the classrooms. This money is also used to help pay for the Perfect Attendance Party that is held at the end of the school year.

Parents please remember that your child’s Wildcat and Fair Elementary T-shirt order forms and money are due on September 7th. The T-shirts are 10 dollars each.

Tips to get your kids to read more: The start of a new school year is a great time to emphasize the importance of reading at home. Solid readers perform better in school and in the workplace, have a healthy self-image, and become lifelong learners.

Research shows that 45 percent of children ages 3 to 5 are not read to daily, and this lack of literature can take a negative toll on school performance. Luckily, there are many things parents can do to make kids passionate readers.

If you are looking to make reading a bigger part of your children’s lives this school year, here are some great tips to get them motivated: • Start young. Reading aloud to children at an early age is the most effective way to help them attain critical language and communication skills and instill great habits. • Be sure your house contains plenty of books to choose from on a variety of topics. • Launch a children’s book club with other parents. Take turns hosting your children’s friends for snacks and a lively discussion on the book of the month. • Kids love getting mail! Subscribe to children’s magazines so they will have something fun and beneficial to look forward to each month. • Make sure children become frequent patrons at your local library. • Be it the morning paper or your favorite novel, set a great example by making reading a daily habit for yourself. **Reading stimulates children’s imagination and expands their understanding of the world around them. Take steps this school year to emphasize the importance of reading! Remember: • School Day Pictures have been moved to September 18th. • Keep collecting Box Tops, Coke Rewards Products, and stamps from Vowell’s Market Place.