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Guam Council International Reading Association September 2010 AN AFFILIATE OF THE INTERNATIONAL READING ASSOCIATION PROMOTING READING ON GUAM SINCE 1968

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Highlights of the 55th Annual IRA Convention The focus of this month‘s meeting is Reading in Many Languages, Highlights from the 55th Annual Convention. The delegates who attended the convention in Chicago, Illinois from April 26 – 28, 2010 will present a variety of topics during our breakout sessions. The convention‘s theme was ―Expand your knowledge. Broaden your community. Spark your inspiration. Reading in Many Languages.‖ Rania Al Abdullah, Queen of Jordan and the opening keynote speaker, gave an inspirational, warm, uplifting, and eye opening address to thousands of attendees. In her speech, she stated, ―As literacy empowers us, cross-cultural literacy enriches us.‖ From this belief, Queen Rania authored The

Sandwich Swap which is her

first brush of ―something different.‖ The home of Barack Obama, Chicago, is widely known as the ―Windy City‖ for it is naturally breezy and near Lake Michigan. Our Chicago home was the Intercontinental Chicago Hotel, which was located on the Magnificent Mile known to be ―One of the Great Avenues of the World.‖ This vibrant and fast-paced city is enriched with architecture, historic buildings, attraction sites, baseball stadiums, and many shopping areas. The convention was hosted at the McCormick Place, the premier convention facility in North America, which has four state-of-the-art buildings. Imagine the size of this facility which has 2.6 million

square feet of exhibit halls, 1.2 million square feet on one level, a 4,249 capacity seat theatre. The area we visited was only a fraction of the building. As we were acclimatizing to the extremely chilly and rainy weather of Chicago, the excitement of which sessions to attend, the awes of the sessions clashing in time, the thoughts of the walking distance between sessions, and most of all the experience of spending time at the Candy Land for educators, the exhibit hall, filled us to the brim! During the convention, we had the opportunity to meet and greet many authors, reconnect and reminisce with those who visited our great island and the hospitality we shared.

Reading in Many Languages Inside this issue: Read-A-Thon 2011: ―Read to Succeed‖

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IRA Website Features

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USD, Grants, and Book Exchange

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Guam Water Kids

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Kenn Nesbitt to Visit Guam Schools

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St. Francis Goes Green

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Important Information

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President‘s Message

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Poet Kenn Nesbitt to Visit Schools on Guam Kenn Nesbitt writes funny poetry for kids. He will be bringing his ―stand-up‖ comic poetry presentations to the IRA General Membership Meeting on October 16 and will visit 14 schools during the week of October 18-22. Kenn first started writing poetry in 1994 with the poem, ―The Scrawny Tawny Skinner,‖ that was inspired by a friend‘s daughter who was trying to get out of eating her dinner. He then wrote a few poems each year and published his first

collection of poetry in 1998 called, My Foot Fell Asleep. His first collection of humorous poems about school, When the Teacher Isn‘t Looking, was published in 2005 by Meadowbrook Press. His latest books, The Tighty Whitey Spider (2010) and My Hippo Has the Hiccups(2009), feature fun poems about animals that ―he totally made up.‖ We will have some of his books available at our October meeting and you can get them signed by the author. You may even have some of his poetry in the

anthologies of poetry that were available last year, My Teacher‘s in Detention,

What I Did on My Summer Vacation, and If Kids Ruled the School. His poetry has

also appeared in reading and language arts textbooks, magazines, restaurant placemats, and on television. RhymeNow is an ―app‖ for the iPhone and iPod Touch that he has written to help writers find just the right word for writing poetry or prose. Every day of the week, Kenn posts a new poem on his website,

www.poetry4kids.com. Kenn invites teachers and students to visit the site, read his poems, and comment on them. Most of them aren‘t published in any collections of poetry yet, so you get to read them first and help him decide which ones will get published next. Just click on the title of one of his poems and read. You can also listen to some of the songs he has written for others to sing. He has word search games, songs, and poetry lessons to explore, too. Visit Kenn‘s website at

www.poetry4kids.com


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Read-A-Thon 2011: “Read to Succeed” Hafa Adai Everyone! We hope you had a great summer. Are you ready to get into gear with reading? If you haven‘t heard, this year‘s Read-A-Thon theme is ―Read to Succeed.‖ We will be recognizing different careers to coincide with this year‘s theme. Please forgive me if I forget to list your career; however, you can email me your career at readathon2011@gmail.com and the month it is celebrated. I‘ll make sure to add it to my list. We will be recognizing all careers. Yes, all! Since Labor Day is celebrated this month, let‘s thank everyone for

their hard work. We are also highlighting different events you can celebrate or acknowledge each month; it‘s really up to you. These are some special events that will be occurring in September: Autumn Begins, Banned Books Week, Children's Good Manners Month, Constitution Day, Deaf Awareness Week, Elephant Appreciation Day, International Day of Peace, International Literacy Day, Labor Day, Library Card SignUp Month, National Grandparents Day, National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 - Oct. 15), National Honey Month, National Keep Kids Creative Week, National Peanut Day, National

Piano Month, Patriot Day, Punctuation Day, Talk Like a Pirate Day, and US Constitution Signing Month. If you‘d like to support Read-A-Thon 2011 ―Read to Succeed,‖ please contact me at 477-8340, extension 4816 or stop by my table during our general membership meeting. I hope to see you! Adios, Nel

IRA Website Features Latest IRA News In our effort to ―Go Green,‖ the Guam Chapter of the IRA website offers various electronic features with the touch of your fingertips. Check out http:// iraguam.blogspot.com to explore the following: Latest IRA News IRA Newsletter IRA Calendar of Events IRA Workshop Handouts IRA Grant Applications IRA Membership Form Effective Literacy Websites Guam IRA Memoriam

IRA Pamphlet Guam IRA Archive Guam IRA Newsletter Archive Guam IRA Author Visits Archive ABC‘s of Family Literacy The above are just some of the features on our website. You‘ll have to visit it to find out more information. While you‘re there, please be sure to sign our Guam IRA Guest Book by clicking on, ―Click here to view and sign the Guam IRA Guestbook.‖ Thank you!

BOOK EXCHANGE

USD GRADUATE CREDIT Sign up for this class is in September. It‘s ONE CHANCE ONLY! The cost is $75. See Erlinda Arriola at the USD Table.

GRANTS Do you need books for your classroom? Do you have a great idea you have been putting off because you don‘t have the books you need? Here‘s a perfect opportunity to get books into the hands of your students. Fall grant applications will be available at the

L-R: Grace Griffin, Nilfa Milan, Catherine Au, and Margaret Asuncion at the Scholastic Dinner in Chicago.

September 2010 IRA General meeting. They will be due on the October 2010 at the IRA General membership meeting (no later than 11:00 A.M.) For more information head to the grants table at the September meeting. Also, you may download all grant forms at www.iraguam.blogspot.com.

For more information, call Tina Buendicho at 482-7788 or email hooray4reading@yahoo.com or Evelyn Topasna at 6899455 or e-mail edptopasna@yahoo.com.

This exchange is for us. The Book Exchange table needs books for this year. IRA gave three boxes of books to the Alee Shelter last June so we are in need books for this year. If you are a retired teacher or a teacher who has changed grades and have material you are not going to use please bring them to the September meeting for new teachers. Thematic Unit Books, games, hands-on material and bulletin board material are some ideas to bring in.


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'Guam Water Kids' Offered To Public Middle Schools Public middle schools are being offered a guest presentation of "Guam Water Kids," to explore the natural resource of fresh water on Guam. Project manager Ann Card said the presentation includes a multimedia show with animated segments and provides teachers with additional materials which are all specific toGuam and are DOE approved. "We use our model 'Guam Water Kids' to ask their peers to think about the importance of fresh water. All the photos, maps and illustrations about the fresh water in Guam's aquifer, rivers and lakes and how we can protect it," Card said. "Guam Water Kids" is a presentation of WERI: the Water and Environmental Resources Institute of the Western Pacific,

University of Guam, with funding from the U.S. Geological Survey. Free teacher materials supplied with the presentation include a CD copy of the slide show, two teacher lesson plans, follow up activities, and a glossary of related terms in Chamorro. The supplemental materials are also downloadable at www.guamwaterkids.com, the companion website where students can explore information about Guam's fresh water on their own. Prepared by consulting teacher Jennifer Berry, the lesson plans are correlated to Guam standards and are applicable to Science Language Arts, Social Studies, Chamorro Studies, Spelling, Vocabulary and Art, grades 3-7. The Guam DOE has

approved the materials for use in elementary and middle schools.

For information about scheduling a presentation, please contact Jennifer Berry at 483-6161 or 472-2466 or email jberry2466@gmail.com or Ann Card at 565-2213 or email ann@cardandcard.com.

Kenn Nesbitt’s Visiting Schools The following schools have earned a visit by Author Kenn Nesbitt by their commitment to literacy, their outstanding participation in RAT 2010 and their continuing support of the fund raising efforts of the International Reading Association, Guam Council. Agana Heights Elementary Astumbo Elementary H.S. Truman Elementary Liguan Elementary Marcial Sablan Elementary Montessori Preschool

―GO GO GREEN, GO READ!‖— READ!‖—Crusaders bring this year‘s IRA theme to life Now that we are in the midst of the IRA year, the students of St. Francis Catholic School have found ways to allow this year‘s theme to come to life! The Crusaders of St. Francis have taken their love for reading and their willingness to share to another level after being inspired by this year‘s ―Go Green, Go Read‖ theme. Youth volunteers from the Santa Teresita Catholic Church offered time this summer to go class to class to collect used chapter and picture books. Rather that disposing of the old, ripped, discolored books, the volunteers dusted them off, cleaned them up, boxed them, and got them ready for the new school

Ordot Chalan Pago Elementary Cpt. H.B. Price Elementary Saint Francis Catholic San Vicente Catholic St. Paul's Christian, North Talofofo Elementary Upi Elemementary Wettengel Elementary

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year. Then an eighth grade student approached the Student Affairs Office to establish a Book Club. What perfect timing! Within the first week of school, a Book Club was established, a room was set aside, and tables were covered with the boxed-up old books. Students in Kindergarten to grade 6 were invited to come and browse through and choose a book for themselves to keep. Students were then challenged to read and understand the book, make their own illustrations, do a report or a write-up for the teacher, pull it out when they are finished with their in-class work, or even swap it upon completion. You should‘ve seen the smiles of children as we yelled ―free books!‖ all along the halls of the school.

Students display their selected 'classic' books at the beginning of the school year. St. Francis students have come together to let this year's theme come to life by reusing, cleaning, and swapping old books that are headed to the trash.

Our next step at St. Francis is to invite parents and family members to donate old books to the Book Club. Our intention is not to purchase new books, but to allow old favorites to live on in the hearts of this generation of readers. The concept of ―Go Green, Go Read‖ does not just allow everyone to ―recycle‖ their knowledge with others based on what they have learned and read. It‘s also about taking what you have – way before you turn it in for actual recycling – and using it over and over again. After all, old books aren‘t really ‗old.‘ They‘re ‗classic.‘ Kevin AN Delgado is Administrator of Student Affairs at St. Francis Catholic School.


SEPTEMBER MEETING SPECIAL —INTERNATIONAL MEMBERS -NEW AND CURRENT will be given

Guam Council International Reading Association

two chances for the trip to the International Convention in Orlando, FL. Bring proof of membership— your International Membership Card or label from a Journal. Fill in the blank next to your name on the sign in sheet or note your number and expiration date on the line for International Members on the Membership Form. Be sure to include both your number AND the expiration date.

IRA INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP DRIVE— DRIVE IF YOU JOINED IN MAY FOR 2010-2011 -RECEIVE A $5 CHIT FOR EVERY NEW MEMBER YOU BRING TO THE SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER MEETINGS. IF YOU JOINED IN MAY FOR 2010-2011 -RECEIVE A $5 CHIT FOR EVERY NEW MEMBER YOU BRING TO THE SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER MEETINGS. JOIN IRA IN SEPTEMBER AND RECEIVE A $5 CHIT FOR EVERY NEW MEMBER YOU BRING TO THE OCTOBER MEETING.

SCHOOL MEMBERSHIP DRIVE —HELP IRA MEET ITS MEMBERSHIP GOAL FOR 2010 - 2011: 300 ©

MEMBERS—When the goal is reached, a raffle will be conducted. The winner will select $200 worth of reference materials to be donated to the school library of his/her choice.

P.O. Box 21733 Barrigada, GU 96923

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT— DEVELOPMENT Include IRA MEMBERSHIP AND ATTENDANCE in your Profes-

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sional Development Plan (Standards 4 and 5). Pick up the form at the Membership Table and have it stamped at every meeting you attend. sheet at the membership table.

INFORMATION UPDATE —Please update email addresses and international membership information on the attendance sheet.

DID YOU KNOW? IF you join the International IRA and our local IRA at the same time you will receive a 50% reduction in Local Dues for this year. Local Dues = $12.50 + International Dues (amount depends on number of journals you choose). Application forms will be at the Membership Table. This is a one -time offer. Subsequent local dues will be $25.

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GENERAL REMINDER—Before filling out a new application form, check the sign in sheet to REMINDER be sure you didn't join in May.

President’s Message Hafa Adai! I would like to extend a warm and sincere welcome to all, as we are the International Reading Association, Guam Council family. I am excited for this council year to begin and would like to personally thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve as our council‘s president. I would like to wish all a great school year as we have thousands of students who believe in us as we believe in them. Great News! Our meetings will be held at the Sheraton Laguna Guam, the former Palace Hotel, ballroom located below the lobby. Accessible parking to the ballroom is located to the immediate right of the main entrance. There are three restaurants available for lunch which offer Japanese, international, and local cuisine. Discounts are available if you are a Premier Club cardholder. The Premier Club membership cost $50; however, if you are a member of the Calvo‘s Insurance Driver‘s Club, this membership is free. For more information, please call Calvo‘s Insurance. The Guam Delegates are ready to share the ideas from the 55th Annual Convention: Reading in Many Languages held in Chicago, Illinois. The following are the scheduled presentations. ABC, it's easy as 1, 2, 3 by Therese Volstead. The focus of this session will be on the connection between non-fiction books and ABC themed books, learning to help your students‘ develop and create their own individual ABC books, and a mother reads to her child‘s ABC book… priceless!

THIS YEAR‘S MONTHLY THEMES

In Nilfa Milan‘s Responsible Fundraising: What You Always Wanted to Know there will be a discussion of the responsibilities and ethical practices of a good fundraising, including financial oversight and the particulars of IRS contribution requirements Listen to the Wind and Three Cups of Tea by Dr. Greg Mortenson. This session, led by Verna Mendiola, will discuss Dr. Mortenson‘s and his promise to change education one school at a time through the social studies, language arts, and art content areas .

S-W-R: A Strategy for Teaching All Students to Be Skillful Writers and Readers . Do you want to learn more about how to integrate spelling, listening, writing, and reading in an easy and convenient way to foster thinking and learning? Spell, Write, Right! might just be the answer. This highly versatile strategy is driven by instruction that supports students in becoming strategic and independent readers and writers as shown by Grace Griffin. Going Green with Green Screen Adventures . Watch students‘ stories come alive on the web. Green Screen Adventures features stories, reports, poems, and drawings by students in the 2 nd – 8th grade using sketch, comedy, story theatre, game shows, storytelling, and puppetry. Lastly, we invite you to visit our website iraguam.blogspot.com, where you will find updated information regarding our organization and links to other helpful websites.

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Guam Council International Reading Association October 2010 AN AFFILIATE OF THE INTERNATIONAL READING ASSOCIATION PROMOTING READING ON GUAM SINCE 1968

Poetry 4 Kids with Kenn Nesbitt Kenn Nesbitt writes funny poetry for kids. In fact, that is the name of the website he created-poetry4kids. It is full of fun and funny poetry, from Animal Antics to Wacky Weirdness. You can click on and read 10 of his newest poems, play games and read his hints for writing poetry and making it funny. He even has a free online rhyming dictionary. His poetry is also available in these books: The Tighty Whitey Spider, My Hippo Has the Hiccups, When the Teacher Isn’t Looking, The Revenge of the Lunch Ladies, and The Aliens Have Landed at Our School. Kenn was born on February 20, 1962 in Berkley, California. He grew up in Fresno and San Diego and now lives

in Spokane, Washington with his wife, Ann, and two children, Max and Madison. They live in a big, old house with a collection of pets, cats, dogs, mice, and goldfish. Before becoming a published author and poet, Kenn was as a computer software developer. No wonder his website is so much fun! Kenn visits 50 schools throughout the year. He says, ―The goal of my"standup comedy, poetry-writing assembly programs" is to show kids just how much fun they can have with a book and how easy it is to write poetry that they and their friends will enjoy.‖ For more information check out Ken n ’s w eb si te: www.poetry4kids.com Call Cyndy Pruski for information about Kenn’s Guam Tour.

Kenn Nesbitt to visit the Barrigada Branch Library

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Enriching Poetry with Kenn Nesbitt on October 16 at the Sheraton Laguna

Bring your kids after school to the Barrigada Branch of the Guam Public Library on Thursday, October 21, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm for Poetry Hour ―Poetry 4 Kids with Kenn Nesbitt‖. Turn at either San Roke St. off Route 8 or on Route 10 to reach the library. It is right across from San Vicente Church and next to the Barrigada Mayor’s Office.

Inside this issue:

Poetry Workshop with Kenn Nesbitt for Teachers Enrich your teaching with this poetry workshop with Kenn Nesbitt. Poetry 4 Teachers Workshop will be at the Ordot Chalan Pago Elementary School Cafeteria on Tuesday, October 19, 2010, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. An ―Alternate Activity‖ for USD students. Everyone is welcome.

Read-A-Thon 2011: ―Read to Succeed‖

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Kenn Nesbitt to Visit Guam Schools

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Grants

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Membership Drive Poem 2 UOG’s Language Arts Conference

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Book Exchange

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Board Directory

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Membership

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President’s Message

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UOG’s LANGUAGE ARTS CONFERENCE TO FOCUS ON READING AND WRITING FOR PACIFIC ISLAND STUDENTS The University of Guam’s 23rd Annual Regional Language Arts Conference (LAC) is an annual event in which Western Pacific educators are provided with opportunities for professional growth and enrichment in literacy. The c on f e r e n c e t h e m e i s ―Scaffolding Reading and Writing Instruction for Pacific Island Students.‖ The conference will be held Friday and Saturday, November 5 and 6, 2010 at the University of Guam and Guam Marriott Resort and

Spa respectively. For more information, go to http:// w w w . u o g . e d u / languageartsconference. This year’s keynote speaker, Dr. Junko Yokota, is the Director of the Center for Teaching through Children’s Books and Professor at National – Louis University in Chicago, Illinois. She is the author and co-author of several books, eight book chapters, several hundred thousand dollars of grants, forty journal articles, and an encyclopedia article. Yokota has

given over a hundred presentations in her career, including an invited speech to the Annual Convention of the American Library Association this June. Her specialty is Asian-American language acquisition, and she was one of the co-leaders of a U.S. delegation to China focused on ―Children’s Literature and the Language Arts‖ in November 1994. The LAC will also offer two graduate credits for those who possess at least a bachelor's degree or three CEUs for

those who do not hold a degree. As part of the course requirements, students must complete the following: full attendance at the conference; classroom application of one or more of the strategies/ techniques learned at the conference; write a brief reflection for each session attended; and write a five-page, typed, double-spaced paper explaining how the Language Arts Conference has increased their knowledge and understanding of using reading and writing for Pacific Island students. (Continued on page 2)


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Enriching Poetry with Kenn Nesbitt

Read-A-Thon 2011: ―Read to Succeed‖ Hafa Adai, It was great to see everyone at last month’s general membership meeting. So many things have happened since the summer and it was nice to hear everyone catching up. If you stopped by the Read-A-Thon table during the meeting, you would of noticed the new Read-A-Thon 2011, ―Read to Succeed‖ T-Shirts. If you are interested in purchasing a T-Shirt, contact me at 477-8340, extension 4816 or email me at

readathon2011@gmail.com. Since so many events happen in the month of October, it would be a great

opportunity for everyone to stock up on these career books: explorers, fire fighters, magicians, scientists, bus drivers, artists, and caregivers. The following events will be celebrated or recognized in October: Children’s Magazine Month, Columbus Day, Computer Learning Month, Dictionary Day, Fire Prevention Week, Halloween, International Magic Week, Kids Care Week, National Arts and Humanities Month, National Book Month, National Chemistry Week, National Go on a Field Trip Month, National Grouch Day, Read for the Record (Jumpstart), Squirrel Awareness Week, Teen Read Week, and Untied Nations Day.

Finally, mark your calendars! Read-AThon 2011 will begin Saturday, February 5, 2011 until Saturday, February 12, 2011. The 2011 committee members are working really hard to ensure it will be a memorable event. Keep reading every month for latest news! Adios, Nel

MEMBERSHIP DRIVE POEM

GRANTS

KENN NESBITT

Hey, hey what do you say? Become a member of IRA. For twenty five dollars, you can attend all our meetings, Think of the benefits of buzzing, browsing, and buying. Great door prizes await your name, All IRA members hope for the same. The convention in Orlando is around the corner, Winning the random drawing would be an honor. Continental breakfast is served promptly at eight, Become a member today, why wait. If you are a visitor for today There is a $10 per person fee you’ll need to pay Member or non-member what shall it be The Guam Council of IRA is one GREAT BIG FAMILY. —Margaret Asuncion

Got any great literacy ideas, but just don't have the money to purchase those books? IRA Grants has up to $500 dollars to give away for the 2010 Fall Cycle! All you need to do is--1) visit our website at www.iraguam.blogspot. com for the guidelines and grant application 2) if you qualify, fill it out the application as thoroughly as possible 3) submit application no later than 11 a.m. on October 16, 2010 (IRA membership meeting) or via email. This is a great opportunity to get books into the hands of your students...for FREE!! Any questions, please email--Tina Buendicho at hooray4reading@yahoo.com or Evelyn Topasna at edptguam@yahoo.com. As a reminder for previous Grant recipients (Fall Cycle 2009 and Spring Cycle 2010), please submit your evaluation as soon as possible. The evaluation forms may be downloaded from our website. Thank you for those who submitted the evaluation on time.

Ken Nesbitt will be at these schools during the week of October 18-22, 2010. Monday, October 18 · San Vicente Catholic · Price Elementary · St. Francis Catholic Tuesday , October 19 · Agana Heights Elementary · Ordot Chalan Pago Elementary Wednesday, October 20 · Montessori School of Guam · Liguan Elementary · Wettengel Elementary Thursday, October 21 · Astumbo Elementary · St. Paul's Christian · Upi Elementary Friday, October 22 · Marcial Sablan Elemetary · H .S. Truman Elementary · Talofofo Elementary

UOG’S Language Arts Conference (Continued from page 1)

Students must register for the conference before they register for the graduate credits/ CEUs at the Professional International Programs, 2nd floor, MARC, Computer Center, PIP Building, Room #217. For more information, students may call 735-2601 or fax 734-1233. They may also e-mail the instructor, Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera: mnrivera1@yahoo.com. The LAC registration fee includes the following: *IRA members, UOG students, presenters $40

*On-site registration - $55 Pre-registration payments for the LAC will be accepted at IRA’s general membership meeting on October 16, 2010. Cash and check payments will be accepted. Make checks payable to UOG LANGUAGE ARTS CONFERENCE. For additional information regarding the conference, participants/presenters may call Debbie Respicio at 735-2725 or e-mail her at uguam.languageartsconference@yahoo.com

BOOK EXCHANGE Bring-A-Book-Take-A-Book! Remember your books for the Book Exchange Table! We do have a small supply now so come check them out. Teaching Supplies for New Teachers If you have material you are no longer using bring them to the January meeting to give to new teachers. New Teachers are welcome to take used but still good material for your classroom. This is also for college students who will be graduating soon.


Volume 19, Issue 2 Margaret Asuncion

Nel PendonLimtiaco

Stephanie Flores

Martha Sudo

Verna Mendiola

Sandy Liberty

Melissa Lujan

Lillian Cruz

Sherilyn Tenorio

Jennifer Blas

Jovonne Aguon

Therese Volsteadt

Vickie Loughran

Grace Griffin

Kristi Shimizu

Nilfa Milan

Dolores Cayanan

Rosemary Ferguson

Danielle Bansil

President

President-Elect

Treasurer

Recording Secretary

Corresponding Secretary

Membership

Membership

Membership

Membership

Elementary

Elementary

Young Adult

Young Adult

Hardcover / Newsletter

Hardcover

Novelties

Novelties

Software

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BOARD DIRECTORY Council Year 2010-11 Email:

gogreen.rat10@gmail.com

Contact No.:

797-5300

Email:

readathon2011@gmail.com

Contact No.:

477-8340

Email:

swf_099@yahoo.com

Contact No.:

688-3848

Email:

mjsudo@gmail.com

Contact No.:

969-1455

Email:

vernamendiola@gmail.com

Contact No.:

777-4078

Email:

sliberty@guam.net

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789-1374

Email:

mlujan60@gmail.com

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477-9645

Email:

zoemickey@hotmail.com

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477-9645

Email:

aktenorio@gmail.com

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477-9645

Email:

jmsblas98@gmail.com

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734-2212

Email:

jovonne_aguon@yahoo.com

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565-5128

Email:

t.volsteadt@gmail.com

Contact No.:

632-5520

Email:

pricegate1@yahoo.com

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734-2159 ext. 3343

Email:

iraguam1@gmail.com

Contact No.:

686-8666

Email:

shimizu_kristi@yahoo.com

Contact No.:

688-8591

Email:

babynilfa@yahoo.com

Contact No.:

300-1680

Email:

dcayanan@guamcell.net

Contact No.:

477-9645

Email:

rqferguson@yahoo.com

Contact No.:

482-0050

Email:

daniellebansil@gmail.com

Contact No.:

635-4363

Jodie Barnhouse

Veronica Ramirez

Cyndy Pruski

Jane Rayphand

Professional

Professional

Author Visit

Book Exchange

Email: Contact No.:

johappyjo7@hotmail. com 688-8161

Email:

vsr_k_r@yahoo.com

Contact No.:

688-7220

Email:

guamsafari@guam.net

Contact No.:

789-1996

Email:

janerayphand@guam. net 653-4129

Contact No.: Jennie Laguana

Audie Unpingco

Candi Hernandez

Door Prize

Door Prize

Door Prize

Email: Contact No.:

988-1123

Email:

audie_lin@yahoo. com

Contact No.:

472-6785

Email: Contact No.:

Melissa Balajadia

Tina Buendicho

Evelyn Topasna

Dr. Marjorie Raess

Erlinda Arriola

Dr. Matilda Rivera

Door Prize

Grants

Grants

Grants

USD

Webmaster

488-0157

Email: Contact No.:

486-5833

Email: Contact No.:

hooray4reading@ yahoo.com 482-7788

Email:

edptguam@yahoo.com

Contact No.:

565-6710

Email:

marjorieraess@hotmail. com

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734-2240

Email:

lynnarriola@gmail. com

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646-8058 ext. 1872

Email:

mnrivera1@yahoo. com

Contact No.:

789-0750

September Grand Prize Winner Congratulations to Gregory Nanay, Southern High School teacher, for winning a round trip ticket to any one of Continental Micronesia destinations within the Asia/Pacific region. Special thanks to Continental Airlines for the complimentary ticket. Join us at the Sheraton Laguna on October 16. You might be the lucky winner of these great prizes! 5-in-One Printer Time Tracker Apple Letters Space Place And much, much more.


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attendance sheet, PLEASE update your expiration date when you renew your International Membership on the attendance sheet. Membership expires on the last day of the month. EXAMPLE: Expires on 10/30/09

EMAIL ADDRESS UPDATE UPDATE— —If you did not receive your Newsletter via email, please check the e-mail list at the membership table.

DID YOU KNOW? IF you join the International IRA and our local IRA at the same time you will receive a50% reduction in Local Dues for this year. Local Dues = $12.50 + International Dues (amount depends on number of journals you choose). Application forms will be at the Membership Table. This is a one-time offer. Subsequent local dues will be $25.

President’s Message Buenas yan Hafa Adai! The Guam delegates shared some ideas from Chicago at our first meeting, The greetings were endless and the camaraderie amongst all was a great feeling. For October, we will be Enriching Poetry with Kenn Nesbitt, As we have been anxiously awaiting his visit. We would like to share the Hafa Adai spirit from our beautiful island of Guam, Our community is like a rainbow, many colors which blend into one. He has had quite a journey, coming from Spokane, We promise him a memorable experience, like others have claimed. A goal of the International Reading Association Guam Council family, Is to make Guam an Island of Readers and continuously promote literacy. This visit was made possible by our annual Read-A-Thon in which many school children participated, Their dedication and energy has kept us elated. Our children have read thousands of hours in two weeks, Our gratitude has no words, their actions speak. Kenn’s presence in our community is as sweet as a box of chocolate, As we give the community the opportunity to meet and greet an author and poet. His programs will be full of knowledge and jubilance, Our community will remember this rare lifetime experience.

Yoshi

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GUAM COUNCIL INTERNA TIONAL READING ASSOCIATION

December 2010

AN AFFILIATE OF THE INTERNATIONAL READING ASSOCIATION PROMOTING READING ON GUAM SINCE 1968

You, Me, and the Community Book Fair Kathryn Erskine wins National Book Award Kathryn Erskine will be the keynote speaker at the January meeting of the Guam IRA at the Sheraton Laguna Resort. Her book, Mockingbird, received the 2010 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature from the National Book Foundation.

tion, other books she has written, the playlist of music she listens to while writing, and the writing workshops she will be presenting to our secondary students while visiting the Guam schools from January 17 - 21.

It is the story of a young girl as she works through the problems she faces including the death of her brother. Find out more by visiting www.kathrynerskine.com .

Kathryn Erskine’s book, Mockingbird, will be available at the Guam IRA Book Fair on Saturday, December 11, at the Agana Shopping Center. Look for the ―Author Books‖ table. We will also feature copies of Kenn Nesbitt’s new book, More Bears, autographed, of course!

The site provides biographical informa-

Cyndy Pruski

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Book Exchange

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Fall 2010 Grant Recipients

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“The Gift of Books”

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Membership

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President’s Message

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It is the Time to Be Jolly…with Books! It is that time of the season when the Guam Council gets families and friends together for its annual community book fair. This year’s fair will be on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at the Agana Shopping Center from 10:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. We will be having exciting performances and appearances. The local council believes that one book can make a difference; therefore, we will behaving an array of books just for you! There will be paperback and hardcover books, young adult literature, and even an assortment of professional books—all at affordable prices. There

will be software, novelties, and brand new Read-A-Thon 2011: ―Read to Succeed‖ stocking stuffers. Books for IRA’s upcoming visiting author, Kathryn Erskine, will also be on sale.

Award-winning author, Kathryn Erskine, will be on island this January.

This year’s Community Book Fair is sponsored by: Tango Theatres, Fiesta Resort, World Cafe, Tan Holdings Corp., Central Lanes and many more. Detailed listing is on page 2.

Happy Reading & Happy Holidays!

Vickie Loughran and Jodie Barnhouse have a good time with books.


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Read-A-Thon 2011, “Read To Succeed” Seasons Greetings! If you are looking for that special gift for someone in your life or a ―just because‖ gift, then stop by the Read-A-Thon 2011 table. During this festive season, we will be having our annual T-Shirts available just for you. We have adult (Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, 2X, and 3X) and youth (Extra Small, Small, Medium, and Large) sizes at affordable prices. Read-A-Thon 2011, ―Read To Succeed‖ has been scheduled for February 5 – 12, 2011. We are also changing our Read-A-Thon Top IslandWide Student Prize. This

Lynn Arriola smiles while she is manning the USD Table. This year’s Community Book Fair is sponsored by: Tango Theatres, Fiesta Resort, World Cafe, Tan Holdings Corp., and Central Lane, Island Tinting, Margarita's Burritos & BBQ, Proa Restaurant, Sweet Relief Pastry Shop, Sheraton Laguna Guam, Fish Eye Marine Park, Town House Furniture, Pizza Hut, Bank of Guam, Jamaican Grill Restaurant, Talofofo Falls Resort Park, Fast Copy, Guam Marriott Resort, Westin Resort Guam, Tony Roma’s, and much more.

time it is a trip to California’s Great America. There will be more details next month. Make sure you read our monthly newsletter or visit our webpage at iraguam.blogspot.com. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 477-8340, extension 4816 or email me at readathon2011@gmail.co m. Let’s not forget our monthly highlights! We would like to emphasize some of the special events happening this December such as Read a New Book Month, Safe Toys and Gifts Month,

Nel Pendon Limtiaco emceed last year’s book fair.

Special Education Day, Universal Human Rights Month, Boston Tea Party Anniversary, Boxing Day, Card Playing Day, Christmas, Hanukkah, Human Rights Day, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, National Cookie Day, National Day of the Horse, National Stress-Free Family Holidays Month, New Year’s Eve, Pearl Harbor Day, and Poinsettia Day. There are many people that make these events a success, so make sure you give them kudos this month! Happy Reading & Happy Holidays,

Nel

Rose Ferguson assists customers at the software table.

Book Exchange We will have the Book Exchange at the Community Fair. Bring a book and take a book to read! We have a selection of paperback novels and other books that are available to exchange for what you have already read.

Books and Teaching Material for New Teachers For Our January Meeting! Retired and retiring teachers can bring their books and other teaching tools to be given to new teachers and college students who will be graduating soon.

New teachers and college students who will be teaching soon are welcome and take these used and usable teaching items. Student teachers this may be a help, too.

Jane Rayphand


Grant Recipients Congratulations to the Fall 2010 Cycle Grant Recipients: 

Martha Sudo – Title: Reading About Guam and Learning About Earth Science Jennifer Woodard — Title: Guess the Genre

Monique Storie — Title: Picture Yourself in a Book

Mark Kempen — Title: New & Desirable

Doreen Blas — Title: Sharing Stories from Japan, Part II

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Reminder IRA Grant recipients from Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 Cycle, if you have not submitted your evaluation, please do so as soon as possible and/or contact T. Buendicho or E. Topasna for more information. Tina Buendicho and Evelyn Topasna

Martina San Nicolas — Title: Book Lovers’ Club

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And shine like a star, no matter where you are Imagine... give it a whirl and then a spin,

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Then allow the magic to begin So join us on Saturday, December 11, 2010, at the Agana Shopping Center At our You, Me, and the Community Book Fair.

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MEMBERSHIP UPDATE COMMUNITY BOOK FAIR—DONʼT FORGET TO SIGN IN! CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS WHO BROUGHT NEW MEMBERS TO IRA. Pick up your MEMBERSHIP CONTEST CHITS at the Membership Table!

P.O. Box 21733

Dolores Atalig

Fumiko Harada-Zeimer

Carmen Paulino

300—242 58 MEMBERS NEEDED TO REACH OUR GOAL!

Barrigada, GU 96923 www.iraguam.blogspot.com

Read-A-Thon Incentive Teachers who are members of IRA receive 25% of Read-A-Thon money raised. Non-members receive 20%.

E-mail: iraguam1@gmail.com One book can make a difference.

JOIN IRA NOW! There is still time to qualify for an all expense paid trip to the IRA Convention in Orlando, Florida.

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Buenas yan Felis Pasgua, Every year at Christmas time, we have that warm cheery glow. The lights are up, the bells are ringing and many places to shop and go. As we indulge in the season of giving, join us at our You, Me and the Community Book Fair which will be held on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at the Agana Shopping Center from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Here you will find an array of books, Read-A-Thon 2011 ―Read to Succeed‖ t-shirts, and a variety of novelties at affordable prices for your friends and families. In addition, there will be entertainment in the center court and many raffle prizes to

be given away. So mark your calendars as this event will be fun for the whole family. Our January meeting is around the corner and I am pleased to announce that Kathryn Erskine, will be our visiting author. Her visit will definitely be a treat, as her latest work, Mockingbird, was recently nominated for the 2010 National Book Award for Young People's Literature from the National Book Foundation and won. Her books will be available for purchase at the Community Book Fair. I would like to recognize the Language Arts Committee,

Erlinda Arriola, Danielle Bansil, Jodie Barnhouse, Rosemary Ferguson, Stephanie Flores, Grace Griffin, Sandy Liberty, Christian Limitiaco, Ha’ani Limtiaco, Neldie Limitaco, Vickie Loughran, Melissa Lujan, Nilfa Milan, Veronica Ramirez, Martha Sudo, Therese Volsteadt, together with the members who attended the University of Guam’s 23rd Annual Language Arts Conference, which made it a great success. Thank you for being Partners in Literacy. Felis Pasgua from my family to yours! Yoshi


GUAM COUNCIL INTERNA TIONAL READING ASSOCIATION AN AFFILIATE OF THE INTERNATIONAL READING ASSOCIATION PROMOTING READING ON GUAM SINCE 1968

Volume 19 Issue 5 January 2011

Crafting a Story with SASS KATHRYN ERSKINE WRITES WITH SASS Kathryn Erskine, 2010 National Book Award winning author of Mockingbird, will be the speaker at the January meeting of the Guam Council of the International Reading Association at the Sheraton Laguna Resort on January 15, 2011, from 8:00 am to 11:00 A.M. She and her daughter, Fiona, will be traveling from Charlottesville, Virginia, to share her ―SASSy‖ writing tips, how to ―Snag your reader, Act your character, Show your story, and Shake your world‖. School visits are Tuesday, January 18 to Friday, January, 21. A teacher workshop and a teen writing workshop are also included in the schedule. Kathryn was born in the Netherlands and grew up in Israel, South Africa, Scotland, and Newfoundland, Canada, before returning home to America where she now lives with her husband, two children, and their dog, Maxine. She attended school in Scotland at a school similar to Hogwarts, with ―houses,‖ prefects, detentions, and earning ―extra points‖ for her house. She finished her education and was a lawyer for 15 years before becoming an accomplished writer of

several novels for young adults. Writing has always been Kathryn’s first love, and growing up in six different countries has given her the perspective and empathy to write ―things that people...want to read.‖

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Mockingbird, her latest novel, tells the story of Caitlin, a young girl who has lost her older brother and is having a difficult time adjusting to life without him. She has Asperger’s Syndrome and had depended upon him to explain ―how things work.‖ Her father is grieving, too, and doesn’t seem to be able to help her much. Now she must depend on her school counselor to help her sort things out. Mockingbird is the winner of the 2010 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Kathryn has also written Quaking (2007), Ibhubesi: The Lion (2004), and The Absolute Value of Mike (June 2011).

Teens Reading Teens

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International Children’s Digital Library

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Grants Committee

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More About Erskine’s Visit

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Membership News

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President’s Message

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Vocabulary List for

Mockingbird Find out more about Kathryn, her books, the workshops, her research on Asperger’s, and the perspective, empathy, playlist she uses when writing at her closure, finesse, friendship. website, www.kathrynerskine.com.

Cyndy Pruski

TEACHER WORKSHOP

TEEN WRITING WORKSHOP

The workshop for teachers, ―Getting Into Character‖ will be at the Ordot Chalan Pago Elementary School Cafeteria on Monday, January 17, from 8:00 to 10:00 A.M.

Teens and Tweens in middle school and high school are invited to attend the workshop, Writing with SASS, with Kathryn Erskine, on Saturday, January 22, 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., at the IP Coffee Co, in Mangilao, on University Drive, at the entrance to UOG. A light lunch will be included.

(Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a GDOE holiday). The event is an alternate for all taking the USD course this year.

Inside this issue:

HOW TO PRONOUNCE ―ERSKINE‖ Visit the website, www. te a c h i n g bo ok s .n e t/ pronounce, Enter her name and she will tell you herself. Erskine rhymes with ―her skin.‖ You’ll learn a few more facts about her as well.


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READ-A-THON 2011, “READ TO SUCCEED”

READ-A-THON 2011 ―READ TO SUCCEED‖ KICK OFF WILL BE HELD AT ORDOT-CHALAN PAGO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CAFETERIA

Happy New Year! The midnight oil has been burning for the Read-A-Thon Committee, with this year’s read-a-thon just around the corner. We’ve been working diligently to ensure this event is memorable. Every year, we try to change the prize for the Top Teacher from Each School, this year we’ve not only changed that prize, but also the Top Student Prize. Thus, we’ll be having a Mandatory School Representative Meeting on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at Agana Heights Elementary School Cafeteria from 8:00 to 10:00 A.M. We hope to see all

school representatives at the meeting! Should you have any concerns, please email me. We also have our Read-A -Thon 2011 novelties available for you, your friends, or family members at the general membership meeting. The only thing I can tell you is its…affordable… affordable…affordable. Since this year’s theme, ―Read To Succeed,‖ recognizes all professions and there are just too many professions to mention. We’ve highlighted some special events in January instead: Appreciate a Dragon Day, Australia Day, Belly LaughDay, Chess for

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2011 BOOK EXCHANGE TABLE Remember to bring your books for the Book Exchange Table and pick up something new to read. I hope to see you at the meeting.

MATERIAL FOR NEW TEACHERS Teachers who are retiring or have retired can give their used but good material to new teachers or those who have changed grade levels and need some different material. This is a good place to share and give away what you will not be using. New teachers, come and check out what has been given. There are thematic books, bulletin board material, reading books for your students, etc. Also, teachers in the DEED program can pick up things to use.

Kids Day, Chinese New Year, International Creativity Month, Martin Luther King Day, National Clean Off Your Desk Day, National Eye Care Month, National Get Organized Month, National Puzzle Day, National Soup Month, Poetry Break Day, Save the Eagles Day, Squirrel Appreciation Day, Universal LetterWriting Week, and Word Nerd Day. What’s your resolution for this year? Well, one of my resolutions is to promote reading, reading, and reading! So, help me accomplish my goal by supporting this year’s Read-A-Thon! Adios, Nel

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS January 15, 2011, Saturday Pick Up Parent/Guardian Permission Forms explaining purpose and procedures at the Sheraton Hotel from 8:00 to 10:00 A.M.

January 17, 2011, Monday Distribute Parent Permission Forms to students.

January 18, 2011, Tuesday

Procedures and pick-up materials for Read-A-Thon at Agana Heights Elementary School from 8:00 to 10:00 A.M. Submit list of teachers and students participating.

(DO NOT DISTRIBUTE BEFORE MONDAY, JANUARY 31, 2011).

January 24, 2011, Monday

SOLICIT and COLLECT PLEDGE MONEY.

Conduct an Orientation of Procedures for teachers and distribute materials provided by the council.

January 28 – 31, 2011, Fri - Mon

Review and return signed Permission Form to teacher.

Print all required information on pledge cards clearly.

January 22, 2011, Saturday

January 31, 2011, Monday

Attend Mandatory Orientation of

Distribute pledge cards to students

January 31 – February 16, 2011 Monday - Wednesday

February 5, 2011, Saturday Read-A-Thon 2011 Kick-Off at Ordot-Chalan Pago Elementary Cafeteria from 8:00 – 11:00 A.M.

Teens Reading Teens by Roberta Abaday, JFKHS grant Teenagers will read what teenagers write. That is the premise of the grant ―Teens Reading Teens‖ which provides the students with copies of the magazine TEEN INK every month. In Fall 2010, the students in the classroom were able to read two of the issues of the magazines which were delivered to the school.

TEEN INK includes student poetry, essays, art work, and photos. One of the magazines even published a cover view from a JFKHS student! That is our second cover in 10 years! The second issue focused on college and provided statistics for the students on college costs. Students are able to submit

their work via the internet and regular mail. However, it will take a few more months before we may see some published. If you want your teenagers to read – get them material written by teenagers. IRA encouraged reading through the support of the purchase of the TEEN INK magazines. Thank you IRA.


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The International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL) If you attended the Language Arts Conference in November, you heard the keynote speaker, Dr. Junko Yokota, Professor of Reading at National-Louis University, Chicago, challenge the educators of G u a m t o u s e www.childrenslibrary.com to teach their students about the literature and folklore of other countries. The tutorial program on the website gives teachers information about the library, ideas to use with your students and the Blackline Masters to imple-

ment your lessons. There are lesson plans and adaptations for grades 1-5. You can search the site for books and authors from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Americas. This is also the place to share legends and stories about our island so that children in other parts of the world can read about Guam. We can ―put Guam on the world map‖ by uploading stories or poems that you and your students write about the history, culture, or other things Guam.

The International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL) has thousands of stories from hundreds of countries in digital format. The ICDL mission is to inspire children to become members of the global community, to understand other cultures and be tolSCHOOL VISIT erant of other cultural SCHEDULE viewpoints. The ICDL makes the best of children’s literature available to all. If you have a Tues, Jan. 18 computer, you can use the site. No password is George Washington needed.

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Cyndy Pruski

Grant Committee Awards Seven Grants The Grants Committee awarded a total of 7 grants for th e Fall 2010 Grant Cycle amounting to a total of $3,283.28. Congratulations to the following grant recipients: Martha Sudo (Reading About Guam and learning About Earth Science); Jennifer Woodard (Guess the Genre); Monique Storie (Picture Yourself in a Book); Mark Kempen (New & Desirable); Doreen Blas (Sharing Stories from Japan, Part II); Martina San Nicolas (Book Lovers' Club); and, Marilyn Jackson (Interactive Homework: How Parents and Teachers can help Young Children Develop Emerging Literacy Skills with the Innovative

Felt Board Model).

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Good luck and we look forward to you sharing your literacy project to our IRA members. REMDINDER: The Spring Grant applications are due March 12, 2011 by 11 A.M. to the Grants Committee. For an application, you may visit our website at

grants. Contact Information

Wed, Jan 19 Agueda Johnston Benavente Thurs, Jan. 20 Southern

Tina Buendicho Ph. 482-7788; Oceanview Email: h o o r a y 4 r e a d - Notre Dame ing@yahoo.com Fri, Jan 21 Evelyn Topasna Ph. 689-9455; Email edptguam@yahoo.com

Simon Sanchez F.B. Leon Guerrero Okkodo

www.iraguam.blogspot.com

or give us a call. Grant evaluation reports for Spring 2010 is past due and Fall 2010 will be due to the Grants table during the May 21, 2011 meeting. Failure to submit an evaluation of your project and receipts will result in the loss of consideration for future

IRA donates books to the Guam Public Library. l-r Nel Limtiaco, Frank Aflague, GPLS coordinator, Kenn Nesbitt, and Cyndy Pruski.


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MEMBERSHIP UPDATE JANUARY MEMBERSHIP SPECIALS! JANUARY IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO JOIN IRA AND QUALIFY TO WIN AN ALL-EXPENSE-PAID TRIP TO THE INTERNATIONAL READING CONVENTION IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA. 1. FILL OUT ENTRY FORMS AT EACH IRA MEETING 2. BE OVER 18 YEARS OF AGE

P.O. Box 21733

3. ATTEND THREE MEETINGS ( Be sure to sign in).

Barrigada, GU 96923

4. MUST BE PRESENT AT THE MARCH MEETING TO WIN 5. AGREE TO (HONOR, ACCEPT) THE TERMS OF ACCEPTANCE

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• SERVE ON AN IRA COMMITTEE THE FOLLOWING YEAR

MEMBERSHIP CONTEST - Carmen Paulino and Fumiko Harada-Zeimer, please pick up your chits.

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Buenas yan Hafa Adai, Crafting a Story with SASS….. with the award winning author of Mockingbird, the 2010 National Book Award for Young People, Kathryn Erskine. Kathryn and her daughter, Fiona, will SASSing their way to the following schools… George Washington High, John F. Kennedy High, Agueda Johnston Middle, Vicente S. Benavente Middle, Southern High, Oceanview Middle, Notre Dame High, Simon Sanchez High, F.B. Leon Guerrero Middle, and Okkodo High. Get your writing utensils ready and mark your calendars as Kathryn will host a Teacher Workshop on Monday, January 17, 2011 at Ordot-Chalan Pago Elementary from 8:00 to 10:00 A.M. and a Teen Writing Workshop on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at the IP Coffee Co. in Mangilao from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. I encourage all to attend and be ready to experience the SASS of writing. Read to Succeed: Read-A-Thon 2011 is just around the corner. Neldie Limtiaco, Read-A-Thon 2011 chairperson, will be distributing the parent/guardian permission forms on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at Sheraton Laguna Guam Ballroom from 8:00 to 10:00 A.M. to authorized Read-A-Thon School Representatives. Hope to see all school representatives there. We are looking for a diversity of career presentations for our February meeting. If you or someone you know would like to present on February 5, 2011, please email Neldie Limtiaco at readathon2011@gmail.com. A special thank you to our Partners in Literacy: ACEI, Agana Shopping Center, Anne Doi, Atkins Kroll, Inc., Bank of Guam, Coca-Cola, Continental Airlines, Copy Express, Fast Copy, Fiesta Resort Guam, Fish Eye Marine Park, Froots, Guam Marriot Resort, IRA Board Members, Island Tinting, Jamaican Grill Restaurant, King’s Restaurant, Margarita’s Burritos & BBQ, Maria Elena Blas, McDonald’s of Guam, Notre Dame Honor Society, Onward Agana Beach Resort, Outrigger Guam Resort, PBS Guam, Pizza Hut Restaurant, Proa Restaurant, Sheraton Laguna Guam, Southern Crafts, Sweet Relief Pastry Shop, Taco Bell Restaurant, Talofofo Falls Resort Park, Tango Inc., Tony Roma’s Restaurant, Town House Furniture, Unity Development Corporation, and Westin Resort Guam in making our ‖You, Me and the Community‖ Book Fair a SUCCESS.

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Launching Read-A-Thon We will be Launching Read-AThon 2011 “Read To Succeed” this year at Ordot-Chalan Pago Elementary School’s Cafeteria. We hope to inspire you in a whole new way by providing you an unforgettable program. Mildred Lujan Afaisen, Program Director for the College Access Challenge Grant Program (CACGP) at the Guam Community College will be providing us valuable information on how we can assist our students, children, or relatives in the future. CACGP’s mission is to significantly increase the number of underrepresented students in the middle and high schools that are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education. Don’t miss out on this opportunity for our future leaders because their handouts will definitely disappear from the table! Dr. Marilyn Jackson from the University of Guam will be presenting Interactive Reading Homework: How parents and teachers can help young children develop emerging literacy skills with innovative felt board storybook model. This mini workshop will be able to assist daycare and preschool professionals in providing countless visual surprises. Margaret Asuncion, Maria Elena Blas, and Anne Doi from OrdotChalan Pago Elementary School and H.B. Price Elementary School will be presenting ABC Jobs. This hands-on mini workshop will take you through the alphabet, one letter

at a time. You will be able to exInside this issue: perience the different careers through a kid friendly approach. 2 Join their journey of paper, glue, RAT 2011— and….shampoo?! Participating Schools Suzette Nelson from Andersen Middle School will be sharing Digital Trailers, an idea that turned out to be a Guam CouncilIRA Grant winner. As a Language Arts teacher, she was able to use technology to promote reading. Her innovative approach was not only a gravity defying moment, but it also lead to an unexpected bonding between family members. You would certainly want to put your mobile phone on silent for this mini workshop!

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We hope you will be able to Door Prizes come and experience the mixture of songs, cheers, presentations Annual Essay/Poster and discover the Read-A-Thon Contest 2011 ―Read To Succeed‖ world where anything can happen if you let it! Nel Pendon-Limtiaco

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS January 31 – February 16, 2011 Monday – Wednesday Distribute Read-A-Thon Pledge Cards February 5, 2011 Saturday Read-A-Thon 2011 ―Read To Succeed‖ Kick-Off Ordot-Chalan Pago Elementary Cafeteria 8:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.

SPECIAL RECOGNITION We would like to thank the following schools for joining this year’s Read-A-Thon: Adacao Elementary School, Agana Heights Elementary School, Astumbo Elementary School, Carbullido Elementary School, Chief Brodie Elementary School, D.L. Perez Elementary School, F.Q. Sanchez Elementary School, Finegayan Elementary School, H.S. Truman Elementary School, H.B. Price Elementary School, Inarajan Elementary School, J.M. Guerrero Elementary School, L.B.J.

Elementary School, Liguan Elementary School, M.A. Ulloa Elementary School, M.U. Lujan Elementary School, Machananao Elementary School, Marcial Sablan Elementary School, Merizo Martyrs Memorial School, OrdotChalan Pago Elementary School, P.C. Lujan Elementary School, Talofofo Elementary School, Tamuning Elementary School, Upi Elementary School, Wettengel Elementary School, Agueda I. Johnston Middle School, Astumbo Middle School, V.S.A. Benevente Middle School, F.B. Leon Guerrero Middle School, Inara-

February 16, 2011 Wednesday Turn in Pledge Cards and Money to Teachers (ON-TIME MONEY IS DUE TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR

Student Prize List

Top Ten Student Prizes Island-Wide

Category A

1st Place—Experience Great America

Paperback Book

TOP 10 STUDENT PRIZES ISLAND-WIDE)

Category B

February 18, 2011

Prize A Plus a Non-Woven Book Bag

Friday th

5 Annual Writing / Poster Contest Entries DUE March 12, 2011 Saturday Read-A-Thon 2011 ―Read To Succeed‖ Winners will be announced at the Sheraton Hotel

jan Middle School, Jose L.G. Rios Middle School, Oceanview Middle School, L.P. Untalan Middle School, George Washington High School, John F. Kennedy High School, Okkodo High School, Simon Sanchez High School, Southern High School, Notre Dame High School, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School, San Vicente Catholic School, St. Francis Catholic School, St. Paul Christian Schools, Just Kidding Day Care, Little Ones Daycare, Montessori School of Guam. We hope to have more schools, preschools, and daycares to join our annual event.

Category C Prize A and B Plus a Hard Cover Book

Category D Prize A, B, and C Plus a ―Success Book Pack‖ or The Guinness Book of World Records 2011 and Ripley’s Believe It or Not 2011

2nd Place—Sony Vaio Notebook 3rd Place—Home System 4th Place—Apple iPad 5th Place—Sony PS3 6th Place—Sony Netbook 7th Place—Movie Madness 8th Place—Apple iPod Touch 9th Place—nook color 10th Place—Nintendo DSI XL *For more details visit our website at

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KATHRYN ERSKINE’S HIGHLIGHTS Teen Writing Workshop Twenty teens attended the writing workshop with Kathryn Erskine on Saturday, January 22, at the IP Coffee Co. in Mangilao. The workshop started slowly; everyone strangers, not knowing what to expect. Kathy put them at ease with the first writing exercise. She asked them to think of ways to use a wire hanger. As they shared their ideas, the fun began. Kathy walked around the tables reading what each teen had written and commenting on their ideas. For two hours she led them through brainstorming and role playing activities that loosened their inhibitions and allowed them to write from their hearts. Kathy loved it, you could tell.

She hardly wanted to leave. The teens and their parents stayed to chat after the workshop, too, and finished the delicious lunch of turkey wraps, ―friend‖ fries, gummy worms, fruit salad, and punch.

“Getting Into Character” with Kathryn Erskine Teachers who attended Kathy’s writing workshop on Monday came away with many ideas for engaging their students. Kathy stressed that laughter and fun is what loosens the writing muse. She led us through activities that ranged from brainstorming, uses for a paperclip, to role playing a scene of a parent waiting up for an overdue teen. She recommended dressing, eating, and acting like our characters to make them real in our writing.

Writing exercises Kathy recommends

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Describe an emotion. Think of words or phrases to show an emotion; List ten reasons why your character acts the way he or she does; Use creative way to describe your character, a habit, a look, a comment from other characters; Create a word bank or a set of five or more seemingly unrelated words to be used to write a short story; ex. Frame, Jack of Diamonds, potato, tire, flower; Let your students meditate with eyes closed as you guide them back to a favorite room, a dresser, then a drawer and ask, “What is it you find in the drawer?”

Kathryn Erskine mentioned these books as examples of good writing and the effective use of writing to: Snag your reader with the first line Witch Way to Murder by Shirley Damsgaard Walking on Glass by Alma Fullerton Unwind by Shusterman

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My Mother the Cheerleader by Robert Sharenow Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning by Dannette Haworth

Give your Character Voice Catherine Called Birdy by Karen Cushman

Kathryn Erskine with Teachers’ Workshop participants.

Act Your Character Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick

Kathryn Erskine with Teen Writing Workshop participants.

Shake Up Your World and Set Up Obstacles

BOOK EXCHANGE Remember to bring a book or more for the Book Exchange Table. Great way to get books to read without forking out any money. Books will be given to the Alee Shelter at the end of the school year.

Leigh Pereda of PBS, Fiona Erskine, and visiting author Kathryn Erskine.

The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z by Kate Messner Looking for Alaska by John Green

Books for the Classroom

Alabama Moon by Watt Key

Books for new teachers’ classroom libraries are available. If you are a new teacher or teaching a new grade level this year, come check them out. Kathryn Erskine with students.


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MEMBERSHIP UPDATE 1. INTERNATIONAL MEMBERS— MEMBERS—CURRENT AND NEW! SPECIAL DOOR PRIZE DRAWING: Home Lighting Decoration 2. MEMBER ALERT— ALERT—ONLY TWO MORE MEETINGS TO FULFILL YOUR MEETING REQUIREMENT TO WIN AN ALL EXPENSE PAID TRIP TO THE INTERNATIONAL READING CONVENTION IN ORLANDO!

300—274

P.O. Box 21733 Barrigada, GU 96923 www.iraguam.blogspot.com

3. LAST CHANCE READREAD- A THON TIP— TIP—JOIN IRA IN FEBRUARY AND YOU WILL QUALIFY FOR 25% INSTEAD OF 20% AWARD FOR READ-A-THON MONEY SUBMITTED ON TIME.

26 MEMBERS NEEDED TO REACH OUR GOAL!

One book can make a difference.

4. Membership Contest— Contest—When the goal of 300 members is reached, a raffle will be conducted. The winner will select $200 worth of reference materials to be donated to the school library of his/her choice.

THIS YEAR’S MONTHLY THEMES

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September 11. nriching Poetry with Kenn Nesbitt—October

16.

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November 6.

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Spend it Now"—April

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athering Together for the Year in Review—May

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MEMBERSHIP DOOR PRIZES Continental Airlines Promotional Ticket

19" Television

Blue Ray Disc Player

and many, many more.

ANNUAL ESSAY/POSTER CONTEST


GUAM COUNCIL INTERNA TIONAL READING ASSOCIATION AN AFFILIATE OF THE INTERNATIONAL READING ASSOCIATION PROMOTING READING ON GUAM SINCE 1968

Volume 19 Issue 8 March 2011

Instilling Literacy Through our Cultures Going Green with IRA to

recycle the paper instead of trashing it.

Impact Culture in the Pacific

Spend the afternoon picking up litter in your community.

“We must be the change we want to see

Take advantage of the sun by exploring ways you can use solar energy to power electronics.

in the world.” -Gandhi In this presentation, Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera and Grace Griffin highlight the efforts and reasons by the Guam Council of the International Reading Association for going green. The presenters showcase some of the winning entries of last year’s poster/essay contest and suggest reasons for the council to stay earth-friendly. We hope that you will join the Guam IRA in its ―Going Green‖ campaign, so that we can save the planet Earth together for generations to come in the Pacific and beyond!

Shut down computers when they’re not in use to conserve energy.

Some Go Green Tips*

Unplug non-critical electrical items (such as hairdryers and power chargers) when they’re not in use. It’s a simple way to reduce energy consumption and energy bills.

Dedicate bins to different kinds of recyclable materials – blue for glass, red for aluminum cans, green for paper. Then, spread the word to family members and friends. Start a garden to grow your own vegetables and fruit – you’ll not only be more green, you’ll save green too. Turn off the lights when you leave the room to conserve energy. Before you toss something in the trash, consider how you might be able to reuse it. For example, an empty tissue box becomes a great plastic bag dispenser and old sheets can be used as drop cloths for painting or blankets for the beach. Recycle organic waste by creating a compost pile. It will not only reduce landfill waste, it also produces (free!) nutrient-rich soil for gardens. Celebrate trees by saving them. Think twice before you hit print. And, when you must print,

When you brush your teeth, turn off the water to reduce water waste.

Inside this issue: “Read To Succeed” Report

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Top Ten Schools

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Free Books for Your Classroom

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News Items of Past Print pages double-sided to reduce paper Visiting Authors usage. Replace light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs to conserve energy and save money on energy bills. Show your appreciation for trees by planting one.

Recycle electronics such as computers and DVD players. ―eCycling‖ reduces pollution from hazardous elements inside electronics and recycles natural resources such as copper and gold. When cleaning, forego paper towel and other disposable materials for washable, reusable materials – even consider reusing old t-shirts as rags. Transport and store food in reusable containers to reduce packaging waste. Instead of paper invites and cards, choose emails, evites and ecards, and consider opting in for electronic statements and online bill pay.

And more…… *Source: Elmer’s Glue Clue Recycling Program

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IRA Children’s Choices for 2010

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Book Exchange

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Membership News

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President’s Message

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Reminder! Our March 12 meeting is at Ordot-Chalan Pago Elementary School Cafeteria from 8:00 to 11:00 A.M.

See you there!


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READ-A-THON 2011 “Read to Succeed” Buenas yan Hafa Adai! We would like to thank everyone for a successful Read-A-Thon 2011 ―Read To Succeed‖ Kick Off Meeting. Most especially Governor Eddie Baza Calvo & First Lady Christine Calvo, Katie Black from Continental Airlines, Rebecca G. Perez, Principal of Ordot-Chalan Pago Elementary, Read-A-Thon 2011 Committee, Guam Council Board Members, Mildred Afaisen from Guam Community College, Leigh Pereda from PBS Guam, Margaret Asuncion, Maria Elena Blas, Anne Doi, Dr. Marilyn Jackson from the University of Guam, Suzette Nelson, Rosemary Ferguson, Norma Mafnas, Juanet Yoshida, Anthony Cepeda, Principal of Liguan Elementary School, Tess Garcia, Alona Hall, Nilfa Milan,

Rose Sizemore, and the board member’s families. In addition, we would like to thank the Read-AThon 2011 School Representatives, teachers, students, and families for a successful week! The students around the island were able to raise $127,628.91. The Top Schools will be announced during our March 12, 2011 General Membership Meeting at Ordot-Chalan Pago Elementary School’s Cafeteria. We will also be announcing the School Representatives that are eligible for a trip to the International Reading Association’s Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida. We hope to see you there! Adios, Nel

Top Ten Island-Wide Schools Simon Sanchez San Vicente Catholic School George Washington Mount Carmel Catholic School Saint Francis Catholic School

H.B. Price Elementary John F. Kennedy Juan M. Guerrero Harry S. Truman Agueda I. Johnston

Top Secondary Agueda I. Johnston 3068.5 hours of reading

Top Elementary St. Francis Catholic School 876.75 hours of reading


Free Books for Your Classroom! Yes! The Guam Council-IRA Grants committee will give you up to $500 dollars to purchase books for your classroom. Just complete the grants application forms before our n e xt m e e t in g in April. You must be willing to share your ideas with our members, be a current member (by February 2011), must have attended at least one meeting, submit an evaluation form on time, and did not receive a grant from the Spring/Fall grant cycles. Applications for the Spring 2011 grant cycle will be due on Saturday, April 9th (no later than 11 A.M.) to Tina Buendicho or Evelyn Topasna. As a reminder to the recipients of the Spring and Fall 2010 grant cycles, your evaluations will be due at the last IRA general

membership meeting on Saturday, May 21st. Please ensure that your evaluation and corresponding documents are submitted to avoid jeopardizing your chances of receiving grants in the future. For further inquiries, please visit the grants table or email us at h o o r a y 4 r e a d ing@yahoo.com 482-7788 (Tina) or edptguam@yahoo.com 6899455 (Evelyn). You may also visit our website at www.iraguam.blogspot. com for all grant forms.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

BOOK EXCHANGE Remember to bring a book so you can take a book to read. Books go to the Alee Shelter at the end of the school year.

Books for the Classroom There are still used books for new teachers classrooms. If you have been teaching for three years or less come get books for your classroom library.

News Items of Past Visiting Authors

Page 3 Children’s Choices for 2010 GRADES K–2 BEING A PIG IS NICE. Sally Lloyd-Jones. Dan Krall, Ill. RHCB/Schwartz & Wade. *THE BIRTHDAY PET. Ellen Javernick. Kevin O’Malley, Ill. Marshall Cavendish. BOO TO YOU! Lois Ehlert. Beach Lane Books. COOL DOG, SCHOOL DOG. Deborah Heiligman. Tim Bowers, Ill. Marshall Cavendish.

Warriors in the Crossfire by Nancy Bo Flood has been awarded the American Library Association Notable Book Award for Global Learning. Shoo Rayner has written eight books in his Axel Storm series, two about Guam. Axel Storm, Jungle Fortress is dedicated "For all my friends in Guam" and Axel Storm, Pirate Curse is dedicated "For Jeff "Pirate Jeff" Pleadwell. Both are 62 page illustrated chapter books and are available from Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Watch for the Public Service Announcement on PBS Guam featuring Kathryn Eskine. sometimes following Arthur on Mondays and Wednesdays. The Panel Theater of Japan will be visiting 3 schools on Guam, Tender Shepherd Preschool, LB Johnson Elementary, and Carbullido Elementary Schools. Thanks for supporting Guam IRA ReadA-Thon 2010!

DOGS DON’T BRUSH THEIR TEETH. Diane deGroat. Shelley Rotner, Ill. Orchard. DON’T BE AFRAID, LITTLE PIP. Karma Wilson. Jane Chapman, Ill. Margaret K. McElderry. FIREFIGHTER TED. Andrea Beaty. Pascal Lemaitre, Ill. Margaret K. McElderry. THE GINGERBREAD PIRATES. Kristin Kladstrup. Matt Tavares, Ill. Candlewick. THE HAIR OF ZOE FLEEFENBACHER GOES TO SCHOOL. Laurie Halse Anderson. Ard Hoyt, Ill. Simon and Schuster. HOW MANY BABY PANDAS? Sandra Markle. Walker Books. I DON’T WANT TO GO TO SCHOOL! Stephanie Blake. Random House. IF I WERE A JUNGLE ANIMAL. Amanda Ellery. Tom Ellery, Ill. Simon and Schuster. LET’S DO NOTHING! Tony Fucile. Candlewick. *LULU THE BIG LITTLE CHICK. Paulette Bogan. Bloomsbury Children’s. *MOUSE WAS MAD. Linda Urban. Henry Cole, Ill. Harcourt Children’s. *THE ODD EGG. Emily Gravett. Simon and Schuster. *OPPOSNAKES. Salina Yoon. Little Simon. SILLY TILLY. Eileen Spinelli. David Slonim, Ill. Marshall Cavendish. THE SLEEPY LITTLE ALPHABET. Judy Sierra. Melissa Sweet, Ill. RHCB/Alfred A. Knopf. SNEEZY LOUISE. Irene Breznak. Janet Pedersen. Random House. STICK MAN. Julia Donaldson. Axel Scheffler, Ill. Arthur A. Levine. THERE WAS AN OLD MONSTER. Rebecca Emberley. Adrian Emberley. Ed Emberley. Ill. Orchard. TROUBLE GUM. Matthew Cordell. Feiwel and Friends. TURKEY TROUBLE. Wendi Silvano. Lee Harper, Ill. Marshall Cavendish. WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO HUMPTY? Jeanie Franz Ransom. Stephen Axelsen, Ill. Charlesbridge. WHICH PUPPY? Kate Feiffer. Jules Feiffer, Ill. Simon & Schuster, Paula Wiseman. WINK THE NINJA WHO WANTED TO BE NOTICED. JC Phillipps. Viking. THE YELLOW TUTU. Kirsten Bramsen. Carin Bramsen. Random House.

GRADES 3–4 ADVENTURES IN CARTOONING. James Sturm. Alexis Frederick-Frost. Andrew Arnold. Roaring Brook Press, First Second. AMERICA FERRERA: LATINA SUPERSTAR. Sheila Anderson. Enslow Publishers. AYE-AYE: AN EVIL OMEN. Miriam Aronin. Bearport. BABYMOUSE #11: DRAGONSLAYER. Jennifer L. Holm. Matthew Holm. Ill. Random House. BACKPACK STORIES. Kevin O’Malley. Albert Whitman & Company. BEN ROETHLISBERGER. Michael Sandler. Bearport. BLUEBERRY GIRL. Neil Gaiman. Charles Vess, Ill. HarperCollins. *THE BOOK THAT EATS PEOPLE. John Perry. Mark Fearing, Ill. Tricycle Press. BUG-A-LICOUS. Meish Goldish. Bearport. CHIHUAHUA: SEÑOR TINY. Natalie Lunis. Bearport.

Autographed Book Plates for Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine have arrived and will be distributed at the March meeting to those who signed up for them.

*CORETTA SCOTT. Ntozake Shange. Kadir Nelson, Ill. HarperCollins. CROW CALL. Lois Lowry. Bagram Ibatoulline, Ill. Scholastic Press. THE DAY-GLO BROTHERS. Chris Barton. Tony Persiani, Ill. Charlesbridge. THE DUNDERHEADS. Paul Fleischman. David Roberts, Ill. Candlewick. FACE TO FACE WITH GORILLAS. Michael Nichols. Elizabeth Carney. National Geographic. FACE TO FACE WITH SHARKS. David Doubilet.

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Jennifer Hayes. National Geographic


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MEMBERSHIP UPDATE WILL YOU BE GOING TO ORLANDO? The time has come to draw the name of the IRA member who will attend - all expenses paid - the IRA Convention in Orlando. YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN - SOOOO - BE SURE TO ATTEND THE MARCH IRA MEETING!*

P.O. Box 21733 Barrigada, GU 96923 www.iraguam.blogspot.com One book can make a difference.

THIS YEAR’S MONTHLY THEMES

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eading in Many Languages: Convention Highlights—

September 11. nriching Poetry with Kenn Nesbitt—October

16.

C

ultivating Professional Learning with the Language Arts Conference—

November 6.

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ou, Me, and the Community Book Fair—December 11.

C L

rafting a Story with SASS--

January 15.

aunching Read-A-Thon 2011 "Read to Succeed"—

February 5.

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nstilling Literacy Through our Cultures—

March 12 (OCPES).

N

urturing our Students with Resources. "Spend it All,

Spend it Now"—April

9

(OCPES).

G

athering Together for the Year in Review—May

21.

*You must be 18 years or older, an IRA member and have attended 3 meetings this year. You must also plan to be on Guam next year and actively participate in Guam IRA.

300—296 4 MEMBERS NEEDED TO REACH OUR GOAL!

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Buenas yan Hafa Adai, TURN IT ON! May 8 - 11, 2011. Are you going to IRA’s 56th Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida? You must meet all the requirements. In celebration of Chamorro Month, our theme is ―Instilling Literacy through our Cultures.‖ This meeting will feature two presentations. The first presentation will be by Christine Quitugua, a local wordsmith. The second presentation will be by Dr. Rivera and Grace Griffin, which is themed Going Green with IRA to Impact Culture in the Pacific. Last year’s winning entries of the Go Green! Campaign will be showcased as they suggest reasons for staying earth-friendly in the Pacific and beyond. I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to all who have contributed in one way or another to the success of Read-A-Thon 2011, ―Read to Succeed.‖ It would not have been possible without your support and time. Thank you for being a Partner in Literacy. Congratulations to the top ten schools island-wide, which are Simon Sanchez High School, San Vicente Catholic School, George Washington High School, Mount Carmel Catholic School, Saint Francis Catholic School, Captain H.B. Price Elementary School, John F. Kennedy High School, Juan M. Guerrero Elementary School, Harry S. Truman Elementary School, and Agueda I. Johnston Middle School. Let us remember Margaret Ann Camacho. She was a past president for the Guam Council during 1988 – 1989. In her journey, Margaret Ann was a friend, teacher, and administrator to many and dedicated her energy and efforts to our island children’s education. Thank you to our sponsors: Continental Airlines for donating the round trip ticket to any Continental destination in Asia Pacific. Liguan Elementary School’s Cheerleaders and Advisors for a great opening performance. Neldie Pendon-Limtiaco, President-Elect and her Read-A-Thon 2011 Committee for organizing a great meeting and Launching Read-A-Thon 2011; and Governor Eddie Calvo and First Lady Christine Calvo for proclaiming Read-A-Thon Week February 5 -12, 2011. Yoshi


Guam Council IRA Newsletter CY 2010-11