Dear Sands Families,
SMPO is excited to host the 2021 Sands Montessori Read-a-Thon! New this year, we are hosting the event entirely online in order to continue this well-loved event, but in a safe way.
Read-a-Thon has grown to be our largest fundraiser of the year and because we were unable to host other events and fundraisers, we’ve got a big goal – raising $25,000 through sponsorship pledges collected by students. We love that this event serves a dual purpose of encouraging our youngscholars to establish habits that will take them far in the future, as well as raising much-needed funds for Sands Montessori. We need your help to meet this goal!
SMPO uses funds raised each year to directly support our teachers and classrooms, so 100% of the money raised will be used at our school to benefit our children. We give teachers, specialists and administration funding for supplies and expenses not covered by the district; field trip opportunities for each class; subscriptions for National Geographic for 6-9 students, planners for 9-12 students; and so much more.
Students may start collecting pledges on Friday, February 5. Friends and family can sponsor your child’s reading either as a flat rate or per minute pledge. Reading will officially begin on Friday, February 12. Students have 15 days to read as many minutes as they can. Prizes will be awarded for fundraising efforts, as well as minutes read.
Krystan Krailler and Priya Rolfes
Sands Montessori Read-a-Thon Co-Chairs
How it Works
February 5–11: Gather sponsors using your student’s unique fundraising page.
February 11: Family Reading Night Kick Off Event, more details to come.
Feb 12–26: Read-a-Thon! Read and log reading minutes. We’ve created a tracker to help.
March 1–5: Complete the 2021 SMPO Read-a-Thon reading log form for each student to submit their total minutes read.
Check your email for your student’s unique fundraising page. Claim it and begin customizing it. Share the page with family and friends via social media, email or other method to help your student collect pledges.
Start recording reading minutes on February 12 using this tracker.
The Reading Tracking Sheet should be used to track the minutes you read or are read to, both at school and at home, each day.
No guessing minutes. Please look at a clock or use a timer to count your minutes.
Parents must verify the Reading Record Sheet to confirm that their child read their logged minutes. This will help to assure fairness. Parents will complete this form with their student’s total minutes read to finalize their Read-a-Thon participation.
What Minutes Count:
These minutes DO count!
These minutes DO NOT count!
|Reading at home.||Reading on the bus.||Reading before February 12.|
|Being read to by a parent, teacher, or friend.||Reading to your pet.||Reading after February 26.|
|Reading at school (up to 30 minutes per day).||Reading with a silly hat on your head.||Reading when you are supposed to be doing your math work.|
|Using audiobooks if you need or want to.||Reading before bed.||Working on regular classroom assignments.|
|Reading after bedtime, under the covers, with a flashlight (if your parents say it is ok!).|
Every student who turns in a reading log and sponsorship form will receive a prize!
The more pledges you collect, the more prizes you earn! Prizes are cumulative; be sure to collect as many pledges as you can to ensure you receive ALL these great prizes.
- Participation: Pencil and bookmark
- $10: Free coney, courtesy of Gold Star
- $25: Fidget toy
- $50: Glow-in-the-dark surprise toy ball
- $100: $10 Amazon gift card
- NEW $200 or more: Additional $10 Amazon gift card (total $20 possible to earn)
EAGLE READER CLASSROOM
The classroom with the highest total minutes read in each level will win the Eagle Reader distinctionfor the year and a $50 Scholastic Books credit to outfit the classroom with brand new books, courtesy of Ms. Robyn Appino! One prize will be awarded to a 3-6, 6-9 and 9-12 classroom.
We’re giving away lots of great prizes to our top students. You can win Snap Circuits, book bundles, 3D Doodle pens, or the grand prize — a brand new Apple iPad! We’re hosting a drawing for all these prizes, and there are two ways to receive entry:
- Any student who raises $100 or more will earn one entry into the drawing.
- The top 10 students in each grade with the most minutes read will receive one entry into the drawing.
Students may receive up to two entries in the drawing. The drawings will be held in mid-March after all money and minutes have been tabulated.
The student with the most minutes read from each grade will also receive a $75 Joseph Beth gift card to spend on books and other great items!
For Parents: How Read-a-Thon works this year
As you know, the 2021 SMPO Read-a-Thon is all digital this year. If you signed your student up for Read-a-Thon prior to the deadline, you should receive an email from our digital partner, 99Pledges.com, to claim your student’s fundraising page. If you did not sign your student up before our initial deadline, it’s not too late! Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, phone number and best email address, as well as your student’s name, room number and grade level and we will establish a page for them.
Once you’ve received the link to your student’s page, you’ll be able to share it with friends and family via email, social media, text and other methods of communication to help your child gather sponsorships. You will be able to upload a photo of your student to their individual fundraising page if you’d like. Sponsors can donate a flat donation or pledge per minute, so be sure to let them know how many minutes your reader has set as a goal. Sponsors can click the link to go to your student’s page and make their pledge immediately. They will be able to process a payment via a secure website easily and quickly. Goals per grade level shown on the website are not able to be customized, so be sure to let your sponsors know what your reader’s personal goal is when they decide what to pledge.
Once Read-a-Thon begins on Feb. 12, be sure you and your student are tracking minutes read (no guessing!). We’ve created this handy tracking log to assist you. You can elect to save a digital copy and track via Google Drive, or you can print it out and have student’s log their minutes manually.
Beginning Saturday, Feb. 27, assist your student with adding up their minutes read for a total. Submit your student’s total minutes to the Read-a-Thon committee by completing this form: https://forms.gle/ZqRJgUcRq9s8EX2v5. Please be sure to complete one form for each reader in your family. This form should be completed by a parent or guardian who has reviewed their student’s reading log and verified the information is accurate. Since such great prizes are at stake, this is a requirement to ensure fairness and accuracy. Students can be disqualified from prizes for purposefully submitting inaccurate information. Forms should be submitted no later than Friday, March 5. Prizes will be awarded on or before March 19 after all information has been turned in by students.
If you have any questions about the 2021 SMPO Read-a-Thon, including how to gather pledges, track minutes or submit final totals, please contact Read-a-Thon Co-Chairs Krystan Krailler and Priya Rolfes at email@example.com.
Krystan and Priya
2021 SMPO Read-a-Thon co-chairs