Literacy Week 2020!

Promoting Literacy Awareness
Posted on 02/18/2020
Literacy Week 2020

Literacy Week at Newburgh Public School


Family Literacy Day takes place every January 27th to raise awareness about the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family. Since 1999, thousands of schools, libraries, literacy organizations and other community groups have taken part in the initiative. Taking time every day to read or do a learning activity with children is crucial to a child’s development, improving a child’s literacy skills dramatically (abc Life Literacy Canada).

Newburgh Public School celebrated a week of literacy to promote awareness of the importance of reading and writing skill development during the elementary school years. On Monday, January 27th, the whole school spent the first thirty minutes of the day engaged in reading for enjoyment, learning and skill development. Students found a comfortable spot in their classrooms and read a variety of material from a range of relevant genres. Some read books from classroom or home library collections, others used technology including accessing selections from their SORA accounts, and a few of our younger readers worked on reading skill development using their Lexia licenses.

On Tuesday, students wore T-shirts bearing logos and phrases that were personally meaningful. Over the course of the day, we stopped one another to read each other’s shirts and share stories and anecdotes that explained the relevance of our choices. Classes also participated in a shared story activity that was thoroughly enjoyed by all. The kindergarten class started us off with a story opener composed on chart paper. From there the story travelled from class to class with students contributing to the developing narrative. The completed piece was read by the dynamic Mr. Lang over the announcements on Monday morning to the delight of everyone! The completed composition can be found below.

 NPS Story 1

NPS Story 2
NPS Story 3
NPS Story 4
Finally, on Thursday morning, all our older students were buddied up with our younger children, and the pyjamaed partners shared stories in the gym by flashlight! Great fun was had by all!


Families got involved at home by completing their “Reading For the Love of It!” bingo cards. Congratulations to our lucky winners: Zoey (Kindergarten), Matt (2/3) and Savannah (7/8), whose cards were pulled in the draw. These students won $100 each to spend on books for their classroom library. They will work with their teachers to choose books that their classmates can enjoy.

Thank you to the entire Newburgh Public School community for helping make this Literacy Week a memorable one and for helping us to develop both skills and enthusiasm for reading and writing in our students!