• GPA's Principal's Book Of The Month

    The Principal’s Book of the Month is a program where the teachers read the same book in each classroom during the school year.  We have 10 books that the Leadership Team has picked out that have a message to give to our students.  The message could be on responsibility, culture, friendship, bullying, etc.  Each month the teachers read the book and then the students write a response.  This will help our students with reading comprehension, having book talk as well as helping to build student vocabulary.
    Click the picture to see a video of our book of the month.

    The Colors of Us
    Written and Illustrated by Karen Katz

    Summary:  The Colors of Us - Fall is filled with beautiful colors we see on trees, bushes, grass, and even in the sky.  Fall is also a great time of the year to remind us that people come in the most beautiful colors and that we should love the skin we're in.  The book, The Colors of Us by Karen Katz, illustrates this so beautifully.  This book is a fabulous story about celebrating diversity.  Children enjoy listening to the vivid, wonderful adjectives that describe Lena's family and friends.  The illustrations are great.  This book opens a terrific discussion about finding the beauty in all people.
    Hey Parents.....Here are a few questions you can ask when you discuss this book with       
                                          your child!

    • What words would I use to describe the color of my skin?
    • How am I alike and different from my friends?
    • Can the color of a person’s skin on the outside tell us what the person is like on the inside? What are things we can do to get to know what someone is like on the inside?

    Pre-K  - 5 Suggested Activities & Questions:  After you have read the story to your students, have a classroom discussion; complete the response to literature page, I am thankful for my friend.  (see attachment)

    Remind the students that we are all friends in the classroom and we appreciate each one of us.  Put everyone’s' names into a container and then each student picks one name.  It is then their responsibility to talk to that person and find the answers to the statements about their friend and complete their paper.  This is a great way for students to build relationships with each other.
      Students can color and cut out the palette.