Reading Book Club Grades 1 - 4
Dear Parents of 1st through 4th Grade Students,


My name is Isabel Yoingco and I would like to introduce an after-school/ weekend reading program at SJB.  I have two daughters who attend the school, one is in the 3rd grade and the other is a first year preschooler.  I know how important reading is and how it can affect the success of a student’s academic life.  My goal is to introduce a program that will make reading fun and get students to enjoy books as much as they enjoy their favorite shows and movies.


With this in mind, I was hoping to start a reading program for grades 1 through 4 at SJB.  My initial thought was to set up this program so that it mirrors an adult book club, but obviously at a child’s level.  I was thinking that maybe I could start off by picking a book and reading it to the children in the first session.  Then the ones who are more proficient can get the book at a library, etc. and continue to read on their own.  The second session could include some group reading and discussion of the story.  Future sessions would continue to replicate this process.  My intention is not to put any child on the spot or make them feel uncomfortable with their reading skill level.  This would be a group effort and not a competition.  I want to promote a fun environment and remind the children that they need to be patient and help one another because we are dealing with different grade levels and we all want to have a successful reading program.


I would like some input on setting up a time for this program.  I have attached a form for you to fill out and return to me.  I am looking at a weekday or a weekend schedule.  If we do a weekday, we could have it at the school.  If we pick a weekend we would meet at the library.  The most important thing is to keep the kids interested and excited about the book club and reading in and of itself.


Please fill out the attached form and return to school with your child.  If you have any questions or concerns, I can be reached by phone at (413) 433-0181 or by e-mail at  Thanks so much for your time and consideration.


-Isabel Yoingco




Please check the appropriate blanks to indicate your availability.  I will review these and get back to you with a date that is most convenient for those interested.



____  Wednesday afternoons from 4:00pm to 5:00pm


____  Saturday afternoons from 2:00pm to 3:00pm




Also, please indicate your child’s name and grade.



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Child’s Name                                                           Grade




If your child is interested in joining the group but you have a scheduling conflict, please let me know.  There may be others in your situation.  I will do my best to accommodate as many as possible.  Please provide any suggestions below: