READ ACROSS AMERICA
Fall Book Fair
California Young Reader Nominees for 2016-2017!!
20 Alternatives to Television/Electronics
Here are a few tips and suggestions for turning the TV off next week.
- Take a Walk What a great activity to do with the whole family, and it’s healthy too!
- Clean Up and De-clutter Take this extra time to get organized and focused. Chores are more fun when done together. Just think how neat and organized your home could be after a week spent together de-cluttering if everyone chipped in and did it together.
- Be Crafty Make a bracelet or jewelry.
- Hang Up/Make a Bird Feeder Check out this website for ideas on some homemade bird feeders, before Turn of the TV Week. http://happyhooligans.ca/32-homemade-bird-feeders/
- Have a Family Read-a-Loud Why not pick a book and spend the evenings taking turns reading it out loud to each other?
- Shake things up in the kitchen Learn some new recipes, try some new to your family cuisines, make something from scratch you might not have considered before. Try out some ice cream recipes and come up with a signature family flavor.
- Look Up Become star gazers for a week. Observe a week’s worth of sunsets. See what you notice about the weather without the local TV weatherman filling you in.
- Create a large piece of art together as a family A collage, painting, or sculpture?
- Grow Something How are those Spring gardening plans coming along? Start some seeds together or purchase a few new houseplants and spend some time learning about them. Start a container garden on your kitchen window sill or plant some some culinary herbs for your kitchen adventures (see idea number six).
- Board Games When was the last time you played Monopoly? Checkers? Or Apples to Apples?
- Paper Games Tic tac toe, hangman, crossword puzzles, word searches are all favorites.
- Do some painting Water color and crayons are a great way to make little masterpieces.
- Jigsaw puzzles They come in a variety of themes and levels of difficulty, so you can really cater to your individual family. Get out the card table and work some puzzles together.
- Family Lego Creation contest Assign a theme to each day and see who can come up with the most creative invention. Head over to the Lego Quest blog for some ideas to get you started.
- Explore your neighborhood. Become a local tourist. Go into that little shop or cafe you’ve been meaning to step into every time you pass by. Learn the names of those trees that line main street. Visit your town’s historical sites.
- Have a picnic In the park, in your backyard, or on your living room floor.
- Look through family photo albums
- Pull out the play-doh Have fun making silly, colorful creations with play-doh.
- Ride the Metro Take the metro to somewhere local, even to Old Town Pasadena.
- Call a relative - your Grandma, Grandpa or Great Aunt Ester If possible, go visit them. They would love it and how many times have you been telling yourself that you’ve been meaning to drop in on them anyway?
Turn Off the TV Week is coming soon! May 2-8
Turn off the TV & Electronics! It's time to meet your family again!
Arroyo Vista families will be spending a lot of quality time together during Turn Off the TV & Electronics Week, May 2 - May 8. No TV-watching, video, computer or electronic games will be allowed as we play, talk, sing, read, walk, run and actually do things together. It's fun!
We celebrate together at Arroyo Vista as students, families and staff come to the Courtyard for a fun-filled Pajama Story Hour under the stars.
Stock up on good books for the week. Remember, it's good to read to friends, parents, and pets, too.
Encourage your child to learn to read by reading to them. Here are a few tips on how to be a good storyteller--click here.
Volunteers Needed for Each Class
Students and Volunteers Get Community Service Hours
BOOK FAIR ADVENTURES
South Pasadena Public Library
In case your students need to use Internet at the South Pasadena Public Library to access their assignments,parents will need to know about the Library’s Internet policy and the students will need to have their own Library card and Internet User’s Agreement on file. Please see the at policy and Library card application in the Library Resource Locker below.
To summarize, if the student is under 13 years old, their parent needs to know that Internet access at the South Pasadena Public Library is unfiltered. The student needs to have his or her own Library card and the parent/guardian needs to be present when they turn in the Internet User’s Agreement. If the parent/guardian elects to not sign the Internet User’s Agreement, the parent/guardian must sit with the student and monitor the child while he/she is working on their assignment on the Library’s Internet workstation.