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Summer is winding down—hopefully you had a chance to recharge your batteries for the 2017-2018 school year!

We are pleased to announce that membership is open for 2017-2018 school year!
Your membership in RARC gives you free admission to our local RARC conferences and a discounted registration fee for the annual VSRA conference(held in Richmond this year!)

Our RARC board has already been hard at work planning for this year and we have some exciting new ideas for the year.   We look forward to collaborating with YOU as we engage students, parents, teachers, and the community to promote a life-long love for literacy!

To become a member of RARC/VSRA for the 2017-2018 year:

  1. Go to www.vsra.org
  2. Click on the link on the VSRA homepage.
  3. Complete the membership form.
  4. Don’t forget to click on the SUBMIT button (scroll down to bottom of page).

Things to know: 

  • Select Richmond Area as your council – your membership is for both VSRAand RARC!
  • Members can pay via PayPal or by check.  On-line payment is encouraged.  If using a check, follow the directions on the screen.  Membership is not complete until payment (online or check) is received.
  • Members are asked to use personal emails, to prevent VSRA emails from being blocked or going to spam.

Don’t delay – cross RARC Membership off your “to-do” list before going back to school!

We look forward to this year and wish you all the best.

See you in October at our fall conference!

RARC Celebration and Cathy Collier Slides

We were so excited to see so many of you at our spring conference on Tuesday!  Cathy’s presentation was engaging, and offered 7 great tips for teaching vocabulary.  Below you will find the link for her presentations.  We hope you can try out one of her ideas before June!  RARC Vocablary Distributed Copy (c)cathycollier2017

The school year is winding down…. time for our annual RARC celebration!

Join us at Brio Tuscan Grille (Stony Point Fashion Park) on 5/11 to meet other folks who love to teach reading, enjoy some tasty snacks, and see what else RARC can offer.  

We will also honor our Reading Teacher of the Year nominees and celebrate this year’s winner along with other recipients of RARC grants and awards.

Full details are located in the attached flier.

Link to RSVP:  http://bit.ly/CelebrateRARC

We hope to see you there!

Deadline approaching for writing contest

The deadline for submitted entries to the RARC Young Writers Contest is February 13, 2017.  Please consider submitting your students’ writing! Visit our Young Writers page for forms.

The Writing Extravaganza Celebration will be held in April this year, which is National Poetry Month. Therefore, this year we are requesting that all entries in the Young Writer’s Contest be in the genre of poetry.  

Writing poetry with students can be both fun and challenging.  Below are a few links to assist you in getting started with launching a poetry unit. Or, you may choose to allow students to do some self-exploration and challenge themselves to create some original pieces of poetry.

http://teacher.scholastic.com/poetry/

http://www.poetry4kids.com/

http://www.readwritethink.org/search/?resource_type=16&type=28

https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/lesson-plans

Students in grades 3 – 12 are eligible to submit poetry entries in this year’s RARC Writing Extravaganza/ Young Writer’s Contest.  Please see the attached flyer and entry form.

Students who are selected as winners will be invited to attend the Writing Extravaganza Celebration which will be held on April 25, 2017.

Please direct questions to Jess – jdupont@hcps.us or Doris – dfavale@hcps.us

We look forward to receiving several entries this year and are excited to celebrate the efforts of the many young poets in the various districts represented by the Richmond Area Reading Council. 

Thank you,

Jess Dupont and Doris Favale

Young Writer’s Contest Coordinators

Snow Day Opportunities!

Happy Snow Day!!  I want to remind you of two wonderful opportunities available through your RARC membership:  the Teachers as Readers grant and the Parents and Reading workshop.   We would love to see the number of applications rise this year.  Remember, you can’t win the grant or the workshop if you don’t apply! What better time to complete the application than a snow day?

Teachers as Readers Grant

Want to get together with some colleagues to read a new professional book or new children’s literature?   Then the RARC Teachers as Readers grant is for YOU!

The Richmond Area Reading Council offers two grants for groups of teachers to purchase, read, and discuss children’s literature or professional books that further literacy instruction. One $250 grant will be awarded to a group from an elementary school, and one $250 grant will be awarded to a middle or high school group. A total of $500 we be awarded each year. 

The deadline for apply is January 13, 2017.

Apply here:  http://bit.ly/RARCREADERS

Parents and Reading 

This opportunity brings a parent workshop and FREE books to your school!  

Each year, the RARC works with one school to facilitate a Parents and Reading Workshop that includes free books! Parents and children attend this spring workshop together and will leave with books to take home. This workshop is designed to help schools with a financial need provide books to families.

Apply here: http://bit.ly/RARCparents

Save the date:   

Spring conference on Tuesday, April 18 with Cathy Collier

RARC Young Writer’s Contest

The Richmond Area Reading Council is pleased to announce this year’s Writing Extravaganza/Young Writer’s Contest!  

The Writing Extravaganza Celebration will be held in April this year, which is National Poetry Month. Therefore, this year we are requesting that all entries in the Young Writer’s Contest be in the genre of poetry.  

Writing poetry with students can be both fun and challenging.  Below are a few links to assist you in getting started with launching a poetry unit. Or, you may choose to allow students to do some self-exploration and challenge themselves to create some original pieces of poetry.

http://teacher.scholastic.com/poetry/

http://www.poetry4kids.com/

http://www.readwritethink.org/search/?resource_type=16&type=28

https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/lesson-plans

Students in grades 3 – 12 are eligible to submit poetry entries in this year’s RARC Writing Extravaganza/ Young Writer’s Contest.  Please see the following flyer and entry forms (2017-young-writers-contest-entry-form          2017rarcyoungwriterscontestflyer).

Students who are selected as winners will be invited to attend the Writing Extravaganza Celebration  which will be held on April 25, 2017 (location TBA).

Teachers, who teach in Hanover County, may submit entries and entry forms via the Pony to Jess Dupont at Cold Harbor Elem. or Doris Favale at Pearson’s Corner Elem. An address is provided on the flyer and entry form for those who teach in other districts.  

Please direct questions to Jess – jdupont@hcps.us or Doris – dfavale@hcps.us

We look forward to receiving several entries this year and are excited to celebrate the efforts of the many young poets in the various districts represented by the Richmond Area Reading Council. 

December Updates!

We want to welcome our new members to our fabulous organization, and are excited to announce that we have had over 80 people join since the beginning of October.   It is wonderful to see our organization growing!

Since we have so many new faces, we want to post our fall newsletter (rarc-newsletter-fall-2016).  This newsletter highlights many programs and events that we sponsor throughout the year.

Also, don’t forget to apply for two special grants/opportunities that we offer.  Links to apply are below and more information is located in the attached newsletters or fliers.

Teachers as Readers – we will be awarding two $250 grants through this program. For information click here: rarc-teacher-readers-2016-flier

Apply here:  http://bit.ly/RARCREADERS

Parents and Reading – This opportunity provides FREE books for students and a parent workshop to a school that demonstrates a financial need.   For more information click here: rarc-parentsandreading2016-17

Apply here: http://bit.ly/RARCparents

Know an outstanding literacy teacher?  Stayed tuned for some exciting news about our Reading Teacher of the Year event.   Nomination forms will be released soon!