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October 2016 Newsletter

Read up on all the latest happening with SAYL!
 Upcoming events, Reading Buddy updates, & more!
Your Monthly News & Updates – October 2016
A Note from Our Executive Director
 
This month I am just going to say a big THANK YOU to everyone and anyone who either helped to plan, worked on, or participated in our annual fundraising luncheon. It was a great success, not only from a financial point of view, but also for the enlightenment provided by our panel, Dr. Brian Gottardy, Mr. Pedro Martinez and Dr. Brian Woods and moderator, Mr. Bob Rivard of The Rivard Report. The audience and community at large learned about the the current state of 3rd grade literacy in Bexar County in particular, and education in Texas in general. Read more here…
Upcoming Events
 
Cocktails for a Cause
Thursday, November 17, 5-8 p.m.
Blue Box Bar at the Pearl, 312 Pearl Parkway
Join us for this fun event at Blue Box Bar at the Pearl! A percentage of all drink sales between 5-8 p.m. will go towards the SAYL Reading Buddy Program. Hourly raffle prizes include gift cards, wine, and more! Stop by after work and bring a friend!

Mission to Mission Charity Bike Tour

Saturday, December 3, 7:30 a.m.
Missions Park Pavilion, 802 VFW Blvd.
Come out and bike for a cause! Join Mission Trail Rotary in their annual bike tour featuring routes and tours for all experience levels, including a family ride that stops at four of the Missions along the San Antonio River. SAYL is one of sixteen area organizations that receive funds from the tour. Register today!
Reading Buddy Insider
Establishing Expectations
Although it does not happen too often, as a Reading Buddy you might have a student who tries to test you and push the rules. If you are experiencing any behavior issues with your student check out these tips (link below), and remember you can also reach out to your SAYL Program Manager for assistance. See the tips and worksheets here.
 
 

Refresher Training Series 2016-2017

Part One – Learning to Read
New Session Added! Saturday, December 3,10:30 a.m.
In Part One of our two-part refresher training series the focus will be on strategies to help students learn the skills required to read accurately and fluently. The workshop will be presented by our new Program Manager, Kelly Daus, a former 2nd grade teacher with a degree in Elementary Education from Duke University.
Book Buddy News
Book Buddies is gearing up for the fall/winter book drives to provide books for our Book Celebrations at Title I elementary schools in May. This year our goal is to provide several books to every child in eight schools – double our achievement last year. But for that we need LOTS of gently-used children’s books suitable for children from Pre-K through Grade 5. Read more here…
(pictured to the right are proud IWC Alpha Sigma Alpha volunteers, having just completed sorting and boxing a huge pile of books.)
Reading Buddy Spotlight
This month we are honoring husband and wife duo Hal and Melva Manzke. The Manzkes have been serving as Reading Buddy volunteers with SAYL since the 2010-2011 school year and have been doing so at their old alma maters. Read more here…
Site Director Spotlight
Our Site Director for October is Ms. Beth Fouse, the Instructional Interventionist for Northern Hills Elementary. She has served as our Site Director for the past six years, and has gone above and beyond to help the SAYL Reading Program get off to a smooth start. She has personally come to meet with all of our Reading Buddies for their first session and has given each a tour of possible locations for tutoring.
Donor Spotlight
A huge THANK YOU to the following organizations for their ongoing support:
We would also like to recognize an anonymous donor who purchased two new titles, “Pet Show” and “Lola at the Library” for the Reading Buddy Program. Our anonymous donor purchased enough copies of each book to include in all our Reading Buddy trunks, a combined total of 140 books! We appreciate your generous donation and we think the students are going to love these new titles!
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