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Upcoming Events
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March 1, 2016 Local author, Ginjer Clark, visits Harry E. James 
March 2, 2016 Read Across America- Dr. Seuss's birthday
March 10, 2016  Author, Kimberly Johnson, visits Harry E. James 
March 10, 2016  SOL Parent Night 
March 17, 2016 Early Release- Parent Teacher Conference Day
March 25, 2016 Early Release
March 28- April 1, 2016 Spring Break


February/March News


Virginia Readers' Choice 2015-16


The Virginia State Reading Association has chosen the following titles as the Virginia Readers' Choice books for this year.  Students at Harry E. James will read or listen to books from the appropriate list and vote for their favorites in April.


Primary- Grades K-3

The Cart That Carried Martin by Eve Bunting

Eat Like a Bear by April Pulley Sayre

Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons by Jon J Muth

The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig

Lion vs. Rabbit by Alex Latimer

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale by Duncan Tonatiuh

The Snatchabook by Helen Docherty

Sparky! by Jenny Offill

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown


Elementary- Grades 4-5

Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut: Bowling Alley Bandit by Laurie Keller

Charlie Bumpers vs. the Teacher of the Year by Bill Harley

Elvis and the Underdogs by Jenny Lee

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

Flight of the Honey Bee by Raymond Huber

Gone Fishing, a Novel in Verse by Tamera Will Wissinger

Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball by J. Coy

Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle

Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

Three Ring Rascals: The Show Must Go On! by Kate Klise





Parent Tips for Reading Aloud


  • Make reading together a habit.
  • Create a special time and place for reading.
  • Choose a book that is fun and interesting for both you and your child.
  • Be a ham!  Read with expression and feeling.                                                                      .
  • Sit close together and enjoy each other's company.
  • Visit the library and let your child help select books for you to read aloud.
  • Encourage your child to be involved by talking about the book.

So turn off the TV and READ!

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English SOL Objectives- Adopted January 2010
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