Whole School Summer Read: Fish In A Tree

Dear Parent(s),

Respect. Compassion. Integrity.  These are just three of the traits essential for building the Peaceful Environment At Kenston (PEAK) that we all strive to maintain.  The KIS Staff is excited to announce an opportunity that has arisen to put these traits at the forefront of our everyday building culture.  Ganley Chevrolet of Aurora and Kenston Intermediate School PTO have graciously offered to support KIS in creating a shared reading experience for our students, their families and the KIS staff.  

Summer is a time for family, fun, friends, swimming, playing, daydreaming and reading! To prepare to SOAR (KIS Students, Organized Materials, Act Responsibly, Respect People and Property, Strive for Excellence) at KIS, we are asking each current third and fourth grade students, along with their families to read the novel Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. This heartwarming novel will be a catalyst for ongoing discussions and journal writings throughout the 2019-2020 academic year.

Fish in a Tree is a highly acclaimed book, having received the Schneider Family Book Award, ALA Notable Children’s Book, and The Buckeye Children’s Book Award. Fish in a Tree aligns with Kenston’s PEAK initiative as it focuses on hard work, gratitude, positive attitude, compassion and believing in your own talents. Additionally, the themes align with our health and wellness initiative, Play Blue, where we develop the whole child through social and emotional awareness.  

Upon returning to school in August of 2019, the students, staff and families of KIS will partake in multiple activities establishing a building community that embodies our Kenston PEAK traits.  This will include discussion on how great minds don’t always think alike, how everybody is smart in different ways, and what it means to have a “Peaceful Environment At Kenston.”  Students will continue to learn and discuss PEAK traits and how they relate to current and relevant issues, allowing us to grow together as a building.  

The staff at KIS is excited for the literacy collaboration with Ganley Chevrolet of Aurora and Kenston Intermediate School PTO who have generously donated copies of the book for each student and staff member. Students will receive their copy of Fish in a Tree during the last week of this school year.  An audio version of the book will be available on the website.

To kick off this shared literacy experience the staff at KIS shared a trailer with students. We hope that each family can share in this same experience; the link to this trailer is provided on the website. Continue to check the KIS website over the summer for more information and activities related to Fish in a Tree.

Happy Reading,

KIS Staff