On May 10, 2012, Mountain View School hosted a family PencilPALS party. Families were invited to dinner at the school to hear about the writing program and see the letters that their students had written and received since the beginning of the year.
Karen O’Keefe, reading coach, explained the program to the parents and outlined the specific steps the teachers had taken to teach the proper way to write a friendly letter. Fourth grade teachers, Diane Distler and Jenna Mott and Stacey Smith, helped serve dinner and mingled with the families who were delighted to review the letters their students and sent and received.
Principal, Mike Christensen and Assistant Principal James Spellman also attended the event to support the efforts of the teachers in improving written literacy among their students.
Parents were asked to sign permission slips to allow their students to continue writing to their partners during the summer. They were happy to do so.
The PencilPALS program has helped students improve their writing skills; test scores rise when students have a reason for writing and have instruction and practice. Thank you to Mountain View School and all the volunteer BookPALS writers for making PencilPALS such a meaningful program.