St. Augustine School
Box 10, 28 Wallace Street
Wilcox, Saskatchewan S0G 5E0
Fax: (306)732-4743 Phone: (306)732-2077
Email: [email protected]
November 27, 2015
Room III Secret Santa - The Room III students will be doing secret Santa during the week of
December 14 and 18. We have set a limit of $15.00 for the gift(s). Students may spread out
their gifting throughout the week or have a one day presentation.
Accelerated Reading (AR) Website for book selection and articles on reading may be found
at or Google www.learnalytics what kids are reading.
Gymnastics – will be held each Monday in November at 3:30 p.m. for K- Grade 8 students.
Thank you to Jen Kaip and Alison Jackson for organizing this activity.
Respect, Responsibility and Reaching Out Award:
Room I – Thalie –has been working so hard on her reading, and the results are amazing. Way
to go Thalie!
Room II – Reid – is an all-around great student. He is a good friend to others, and a pleasure
to have in the classroom.
Room III – Ashley for her dedication to Excellence in all that she does and her Christian
kindness to all.
Important Dates
December 1 – SCC Meeting – 7:00 p.m.
December 4 – School Mass at 9:00 a.m.
December 6 – Notre Dame Christmas Performance for the Community at St. Augustine School,
7:00 p.m.
December 17 – Christmas Concert, 7:00 [email protected] St Augustine Church – Lunch to follow at
December 18 – Last Day of Classes – Christmas Vacation Begins at 3:25 – Pajama Day
January 4 – Students return to school (except Kindergartens) – Happy New Year
Advent Prayer
God, we wait for the coming of your Son, Jesus, into our hearts and lives this Advent.
Help us to always follow him as the light of the world.
We give you thanks for the blessings of this holy Advent season.
You are the source of life, of hope, and of all good things.
We look forward to the coming of the light of Christ at Christmas.
Help us to turn toward that light in our lives.
We rejoice at the gift of your Son who taught us to love in your name.
May we be people of peace and justice all the days of our lives.
Your kingdom come and your will be done now and forever.
What Kids Are Reading 2016 Reveals New Insights on Student Reading, Strategies for Growth
Annual Report from Renaissance Learning Examines Reading Pathways to College and Career
Readiness, Ranks Most Popular Books Read in Each Grade
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., November 10, 2015 - Renaissance Learning today revealed its annual What Kids
Are Reading report, the most comprehensive look at the nation's K-12 reading diet. On the heels of
sobering national reading scores recently released by the National Assessment of Educational Progress,
the 2016 What Kids Are Reading report, which examines reading practices of 9.8 million students
nationwide, offers valuable insight into how student reading maps to college and career readiness and
suggests strategies for growth. The study also includes reflections from renowned authors and ranks the
top 25 fiction books and top 25 nonfiction articles read at every grade level.
"With changing standards and more rigorous expectations, we need to equip our students with both the
passion and skills to read well and become well-read," said Eric Stickney, Renaissance Learning's director
of educational research. "The findings underscore just how valuable reading is in preparing students to
succeed in all stages of their academic and professional careers. What's more, by examining and
implementing effective reading practices, we can move toward closing achievement gaps in education."
Key findings include:
How Student Reading Compares to the level required in College and Careers
Readership of books within new college and career difficulty bands is inconsistent throughout
students' schooling. The addition of concerted efforts to read nonfiction-such as with informative
articles-is a viable option for keeping student reading at recommended levels.
Likewise, students in grades 1-12 are selecting books to read at levels far lower than the reading
they'll be responsible for as an adult and in workplace settings. Informational articles can begin to bridge
this gap.
Very few high schoolers are choosing to read books at levels that reflect their grade level.
Books with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) topics are lacking from students'
reading diets.
The impact of new standards on expectations for nonfiction reading can be seen nationwide;
however, nonfiction reading is still far below where it needs to be, with girls, in particular, trailing their
male counterparts.
How Struggling Students Can Regain Their Footing
The data show that the return on investing a few extra minutes per day in reading can effect
startling change over the long term.
Struggling readers who start out the school year in the bottom quartile aren’t stuck there. With
dedicated, high quality daily reading practice, they can make great strides in reading and achieve
college- and career-readiness benchmarks.
The right combination of high-quality reading practice characteristics can make students more
likely to meet college and career-readiness benchmarks.
Goal setting can have a powerful impact on students' reading success, boosting the amount of
time and effort they put into their reading practice.
The report also features top books and nonfiction articles read by students in grades 1-12. While the
two recent dystopian novels The Hunger Games and Divergent rank among the top ten books in grades
seven to 12, classics like To Kill A Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men still make appearances on the list.
Popular authors also offer personal essays on the importance of reading and writing. Guest contributors
include Jay Asher (Thirteen Reasons Why), Alyssa Satin Capucilli (Biscuit series),Judith Viorst (Alexander
and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Vel}' Bad Day) and Jeannette Walls (The Glass Castle).
To download the full report, visit, and visit the full Lea analytics site for the
latest interactive content and insights from Renaissance Learning.
About the Study
The most comprehensive annual look into the nation's K-12 reading diet, What Kids Are Reading is based
on data from 9.8 million students in over 31,000 schools who read over 334 million books and nonfiction
articles during the 2014-15 school year, using Renaissance Learning's core reading practice tool,
Accelerated Reader 360.
About Renaissance Learning
Renaissance Learning is a leader of cloud-based K12 assessment and learning analytics with a presence
in more than one-third of U.S. schools and 60 countries around the world. By delivering deep insight into
what students know, what they like and how they learn, Renaissance
Learning enables educators to deliver highly differentiated and timely instruction while driving
personalized student practice in reading, writing and math daily. Renaissance Learning is comprised of
top researchers, educators, content-area experts, data scientists and technologists who create and
perfect classroom-proven tools.