Read Across America Week 2016

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Every year, schools all across the United States spend the first week of March celebrating the wonderful works of Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. This year Dr. Seuss’ birthday fell on a Wednesday (March 2nd!), and we spent the whole week celebrating his life, his passion for literature, and his wonderful books.

Check out the photos below from our silly, spectacular, surprising, stupendous, Seuss-alicious Dr. Seuss themed spirit week!

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On Monday, we celebrated the Cat in the Hat by with silly hats. Above, pre-k students enjoy a 10 Apples Up on Top dance party with some wacky headgear!

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Tuesday we were all about Fox in Socks – with crazy socks and shoes. I saw some truly awesome combinations on feet that day, but Rashid, on the left above, sported one of my favorites! The pink polka dotted slippers made me laugh all day!

Wednesday we had a double-dose of excitement. Wacky Wednesday inspired some truly magnificent outfits, but I was too busy enjoying them to get very many pictures! Kindergarten and first grade classes got a special visit from the University of Virginia’s Pi Beta Phi service sorority. These lovely ladies celebrated their annual day of service by leading a story time and a craft with students all afternoon. They shared Seuss stories and helped students to make bookmarks to continue their reading at home.

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Thursday was another jam-packed day, with another very special visitor. We used our imaginations to travel all over the world for a day based on Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Students were invited to dress for the favorite vacation spot, whether real or imagined. In the top photo, I’m sharing a silly story with pre-k in my best beach gear!

Next up, we got our annual visit from the Cat in the Hat – one of my favorite moments of the year. I love watching students’ faces when he saunters into the room with that iconit hat and bow tie! The Cat was extra prepared this year, with hugs, fist bumps, and dance moves (he was dabbing all over the place, much to students’ delight). Helping to bring beloved stories and characters to life is one of the best parts of this job, and there is nothing quite like the moment when a story jumps off of the page. Thank you to our dedicated and very patient Cat in the Hat for bringing this joy to Johnson every year!

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The action didn’t slow down on Friday, with one last guest and the most popular spirit day of the week. In the top photo, kindergarten gets a classic Seuss story (Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?) from a guest very close to my heart – my mom! She spent the day shelving and reading with us in the library, and loved this opportunity to read with some of our littlest Leopards. It’s easy to see the joy on her face!

Finally, the wockets came out in full force for Friday’s There’s a Wocket in my Pocket day. Students were invited to bring their favorite stuffed animal from home and carry it in their pocket all day long. You can see third graders above sharing stories with their wockets during their library checkout time. What a fun spirit day!

Thank you to Johnson’s Leopards, staff, and families for helping to make this another wonderful Read Across America week. I had so much fun celebrating with all of you!

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