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Lunch Book Club

This is an optional program for students in grades 2 – 6. (Grades 3-6 signed up in fall. No additional requests can be accommodated at this time.)

We are excited to bring this program back to school this year, but remember we are limited by space and safety precautions.

Parents, we need you to lead! This student sign-up form also has fields to capture your availability to run a group discussion. Sample questions/leader books are provided. All parent volunteers must meet school rules regarding proof of vaccination status/negative testing.

2nd Grade: You will be invited to sign up and participate in Book Club during the winter session. It is important to allow our younger students to build critical reading skills this fall before diving into Jr Great Books short story discussions. Watch your email in January for sign-up information!

Two reading choices! When you sign up, cast your vote to read:

Junior Great Books (Gr 2-6)

Weekly short stories that promote critical thinking and a thoughtful, respectful exchange of ideas.  Groups typically meet for 7 weeks. (Note: Based on reading skills, 2nd grade will do JGB  short stories during the winter. )

OR

Classic Youth Book (Gr 3 & up)

All publications are youth versions and under 180 pages total; weekly chapter assignments will be given by leaders (chapters are of similar length as JGB short stories). These groups would meet for longer than the 7 week JGB option.

3rd Grade – Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
4th Grade – The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
5th Grade – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6th Grade – Little Women By Louisa May Alcott

Due to space and volunteer limitations majority rules for these votes! If enough students & parents sign up we can accommodate two groups per grade based on topic. So tell your friends!

Depending on the number of students interested in participating, some students may need to meet in the fall and others after winter break (dates TBD based on interest/reading choices). Smaller size groups will allow for more productive and enjoyable meetings for everyone. There is no guarantee that students will be placed with their friends and special requests will not be honored. Your parent volunteer will regularly communicate important details of the program.

Please consult your child before signing them up and make sure this is something they really want to do because they enjoy reading and want to participate in a thoughtful group discussion!

Note: There will be a $10.00 charge for lost books.

2021-2022 Schedule

Fall Session

  • 3rd grade – Black Beauty – Leader: Beth Green – Mondays starting Nov 15th
  • 5th grade – Huck Finn – Leader: Carrie Blonigen – Wednesdays starting Nov 17th

Winter Session

  • 2nd grade – Junior Great Books – Leader: Lindsay Richardson – Fridays starting Feb 18th

Note: Schedule subject to change. Parent volunteers will email parents of any cancellations/change in day of the week.

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