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Jefferson School Celebrates Read Across America


Jefferson School Celebrates Read Across America




ROXBURY, NJ (March 17, 2017) Every year the Roxbury Township Public Schools celebrates the birthday of Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) on March 2nd as Read Across America Day! Jefferson School this year dedicated the entire week to the beloved Dr. Seuss by incorporating a plethora of activities to foster a love and appreciation for recreational reading. 

Katey McAuliffe, media specialist, and Joanne Saul, reading specialist at the school worked closely with Sandra McBeth, a parent, and the RAA committee to plan and implement a week of wacky fun! 

“Reading is the foundation of learning. Our goal is to promote positive reading experiences that lead children to a love of lifelong reading enjoyment,” says Joanne Saul. 

“The school kicked off the week with Crazy ‘Fox in Socks’ Day Monday morning. On Tuesday, the students were encouraged to dress up like Dr. Seuss characters. We welcomed author, Tara Lazar, to Jefferson School. She shared the life of an author and read one of her acclaimed fractured-fairy-tales, Little Red Gliding Hood. A number of lucky students were invited to have lunch with Tara Lazar as a reward for their participation in a school-wide contest where they had to design a book cover and create a title for their own fractured-fairy tale,” explained Principal Melissa Cosgrove. 

Fourth grader, Isabella McHugh shared, “I enjoyed meeting Tara Lazar. She is fun and not serious like some other adults. I am writing a book at home too about magic!” 

Mid-week the reading continued with a visit from EMS students. Children from Mrs. Kim Farina’s seventh grade came to read the children’s storybooks they created on their own to the first-grade children in Ms. Erica Iuvone’s classroom. 

Students wore crazy hats on Wednesday and cozied up with a good book on Thursday while wearing pajamas to school. 

“Pajama Day was so fun,” said Jack VanWert, kindergarten student. “It was like reading before bed, but we were in school!” 

On Friday, students and staff participated in a “Reading Train” throughout the building. Students came out into the hall to participate in school-side sustained reading. 

There were a number of activities taking place all week in the media center as well. 

McAuliffe had recently been facilitating makerspace activities for students and incorporated the creation of “truffula trees” and a STEAM task entitled, “If I Ran the Zoo” where students designed and created cages with designated items. 

The big finale was a culmination of activities at Family RAA Fun Friday Night! Jen Bauman, swim coach was the honored guest reader and families enjoyed beach-themed books and activities connected to the theme “Reading at the Beach.” 

Jefferson PTA members presented awards for the most logged hours for reading in February through our Six Flags Reading Contest. Jefferson students read for over 710 hours! Students that kept logs will receive a free ticket to Six Flags Great Adventure. This was a tremendous week that encouraged the children to READ! 

PHOTOS ATTACHED (courtesy of Jefferson School)

Mrs. Kristen Meiser’s 4th grade Reading Train

- Mrs. Kirsten Goodnick’s Kindergarten Reading Train

Mrs. Janice Eberding's 3rd grade Reading Train

Mrs. Lauren Becker's 3rd grade

Saladino Schnabel Riska Schnabel (pictured left to right): Aidan Saladino (Gr 4), Anthony Schnabel (Gr 4), Nicholas Riska (Gr 4), and Maria Schnabel (Gr 3)

Ms. Kasey Fox’s 3rd-grade class

Mrs. Jennifer Toupet’s 2nd-grade class

- Mrs. Stacey Carroll (Gr 4 teacher) and Mrs. Ashley Cicchino (Guidance Counselor)

Mrs. Lauren Becker’s 3rd-grade class showing off crazy socks

Mrs. Kelly Lamont’s Kindergarten class showing off crazy socks

Lunch with an author Tara Lazar winners of the contest pictures 1-2 – student winners were: Nadia Bailey (K), Aimee Gatto (K), Sahana Bhagavatula (K), Colleen Aretz (Gr 1), Ava Guadagnina (Gr 1), Caitlyn Contreas (Gr 1), Devin Morin (Gr 1), Louis Shadiack (Gr 2), Derek Gatto (Gr 2) and Nolan McAdams (Gr 2), Leonardo Picone (Gr 3), Isabella Contreas (Gr 3), and Isabela McHugh (Gr 4)

Mason Scafati and Molly Williamson in Mrs. Lauren Becker’s 3rd grade class

Mrs. Kelly Lamont's Kindergarten class

Mrs. Kelly Lamont (Kindergarten teacher) and Ms. Erica Iuvone (Gr 1 Teacher)

Riley Farina 1st grader Ms. Erica Iuvone's class - cross-age teaching with EMS students

Mrs. Erica Iuvone 1st grade students with Mrs. Kim Farina’s 7th-grade students from EMS

Mrs. Lauren Becker's 3rd-grade students

Ms. Kasey Fox's 3rd-grade students

Mrs. Jennifer Toupet's 2nd-grade students

Mateo Sosa & Nicholas Riska 4th grade Mrs. Stacey Carroll's class

Addison Christian, Soham Bhagavatula, Makenzie Crist, Achal Agnihotri 3rd grade Mrs. Janice Eberding's class

Michael Mecca, Guerard Dawson, Tyler Consentino 4th grade Mrs. Stacey Carroll's class

Alyssa Pavese, Emilia Nallabathula, Elena Cassella, Brady Capko Mrs. Michele DiBiase's 2nd-grade class

Raelyn Fincke & Kate McDougal Mrs. Stacey Carroll 4th grade students

Mrs. Kelly Lamont's Kindergarten class 


For more information, contact: Roxbury Community Relations coordinator Ann Rhodes at or 973-584-7699. 


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