You have received several notices about the Literacy Week activities via flyers home and emails. The entire schedule is posted on the home page of the SAA website as well. In conjunction with the activities, PTO is sponsoring a Read-a-thon to encourage reading and raise money for SAA projects related to reading. Flyers were sent home with every student last Tuesday. (In fact we mailed some that were left behind by the students as they exited the classroom.) If you did not receive the newsletter and/or Read-a-thon flyer, please contact Kathy at 377-2278 for a replacement.
Celebrate Literacy Week is a state-wide project jointly sponsored by the Just Read, Florida! Office and the Florida Department of Education and joined by Florida's First Lady Ann Scott. The theme this year is Literacy Changes Our World. All SAA students should have a book or reading material with them at all times. Students are encouraged to share a book with someone and make a difference in their community, school, and family. Encourage an older sibling to read to a younger one. Maybe there's an older person who would like to share a story with a young one. With the support of First Lady Ann Scott and the Florida Lottery, the Florida Department of Education is promoting this week‐long celebration for the sixth year to help students strengthen their literacy skills and become better prepared for academic success.
We are excited to be participating in National School Choice Week as well. Governor Scott has designated January 24 through January 30 as School Choice Week. Florida offers many options for parents to make a choice for their child's education. These options include Public School Open Enrollment (partial), Public Charter Schools, Public Magnet Schools, Online Learning, Private School Choice, and Homeschooling Freedom. We are so very glad that you have chosen Sarasota Academy of the Arts, a public charter school, for your child! As part of the celebration, the middle school will perform the 2016 choreography as part of the national event. Look for the video on our SAA website. There are more than 15,000 events scheduled nation-wide with over 1500 in Florida.
The middle school auditions for Anything Goes were held last Thursday evening. (Results can be found on the SAA website in the Principal's Corner.) It was very impressive to have so many of the students audition. There truly is a lot of talent spread though our middle schoolers. As talented as they are, the respect and support they showed each other was even more impressive to me. It was so good to listen to the students clapping and congratulating each and every one of the performers.
Ms. Julie has asked for volunteers who like to sew to help with costumes for the younger students, especially for the 3rd and 4th grade production of Peter Pan. Disney seems to have costumes for the kindergarten age and adults but not those in between. We need a costume for Peter Pan, Smee, Tinker Bell, and Wendy. Play pictures are scheduled for mid-February so if you can help, please call Julie as soon as you can.
Have a great week and do join us in our celebrations this week! Don't forget Thursday night with the speaker, cook-out, and book exchange.
Cecilia R. Blankenship