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Join in celebrating Family Literacy Day, Friday, January 27, 2017

January 27 is recognized as Family Literacy Day throughout Canada. It is a great time to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.

Taking the time to read with children can have a significant positive outcome on their ability to learn and improve their literacy skills. According to ABC Life Literacy Canada [1], “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, and can help a parent improve their skills as well.”

Two priorities in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan [2], Achieving Excellence & Equity and Learning & Leadership, contain goals about students achieving success, and cultivating student leadership and voice. In addition, the Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement and Well-Being [3] (BIPSAW) prioritizes literacy from Kindergarten to Grade 12 with early primary reading as a key area of focus.

To further support our literacy focus, each month school newsletters include Home-School Connections, a one-page flyer with handy ideas about enhancing student learning at home. The January 2017 issue [4] contains snippets about encouraging children to read critically and ask questions, and more.

Join in celebrating Family Literacy Day on January 27 and every day!

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

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