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 January 17th through February 7th 



The PTA’s annual Roosevelt Read-a-thon is an event-filled and important fundraiser that promotes literacy and creates good reading habits that will last a lifetime.  It is also a time to help our school raise needed funds for future programs that benefit all the children of Roosevelt.  

Here are some frequently asked questions about the Read-a-thon, how it works and helpful links to flyers from the Read-a-thon Packet:  

How does my child participate in the Read-a-thon?

During the Read-a-thon EVERY CHILD in the school maintains a reading log.  For younger students who are not independent readers yet, this includes their “being read to” time and even “sitting and looking” at a book.    





Your child has the option of gathering sponsors to make pledges for their reading time or for a flat donation.  Any amount raised will help and is greatly appreciated!  These sponsors are typically you, family, close friends and neighbors, and parent’s work associates.  No child should go door to door.  



How is the Read-a-thon a competition?  

Due to popular demand, the Grade Level Competition is back!   Each classroom will have the opportunity to win a prize for the whole class! As students turn in their reading logs each week the committee will calculate the total minutes read for the entire class.  We will post the standings for each grade on the Main Hall Bulletin Board every Friday during the Read-a-thon. 
The class with the most minutes read in their grade level will win a party at the Santa Monica Activity Center! The second place class will win a pizza party from Dagwood’s Pizza.  Note:  1st graders will only be competing with other 1st graders; 2nd grade with other 2nd graders, etc.    Winners will be announced on February 14th during the Spirit Assembly.

Grand Prize:  The student who raises the most money from sponsors will win an HP Chromebook!
New Prize – 6 Top Readers:  The student reading the most minutes in their grade level will win a Kindle Fire 8 Kids Edition!

Click here to download the Prize Sheet for students with 8 sponsors or raising a minimum of $70.


What makes the Read-a-thon special and fun?

  • TV Turn Off Tuesday – January 23rd, January 30th, and February 6th

Commit to ditching the TV and other electronic devices and “get caught” reading!  For students who turn in their TV Turn Off Tuesday permission slip (enclosed in this packet), our Teacher/Parent volunteer teams may arrive at your home to “catch you reading!”  There are party horns, a bookmark & a special bracelet good for a FREE Book at Popcorn Friday for each child they catch.

Make sure TV Turn Off Tuesday permission slips are turned in to your child’s teacher or the office by Friday January 19th.  NO LATE FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Click here to download the TVTOT Permission Slip


  • Roosevelt Read-a-thon AUTHOR VISITS Return!

We are very excited to welcome two inspiring authors, Janet Tashjian and Betsey Rosenthal in grade level assemblies for our students.  Ms. Tashjian and Ms. Rosenthal will talk about their experience as writers and the importance of reading.  

Wednesday, January 24th
10:15 am Janet Tashjian presents her series, My Life as a …  to 4
th & 5th Graders

Click here to download the Book Order Form for 4th & 5th Graders

11:15 am Janet Tashjian presents her middle grade series to 2
nd & 3rd Graders
Einstein the Class Hamster; Marty Frye, Private Eye; and Sticker Girl
Click here to download the Book Order Form for 2nd & 3rd  Graders

Wednesday, January 31st
10:15 am Betsy Rosenthal presents her books Porcupine’s Picnic and An Ambush of Tigers to TK, Kindergarten & 1
st Graders   

Click here to download the Book Order Form for TK/K/1st Graders


  • Pajama Night – Thursday, February 1st   

All TK, Kindergarten and 1st Grade students are invited to return to school in their PJ’s at 6:00 pm for a special story time.  Our fabulous teachers will be reading their favorite bedtime stories in the kindergarten classrooms.  A parent/guardian must stay for story time; this is not a drop-off event.   Milk and cookies will be available at the conclusion of storytime.

Click here to RSVP and let us know you’re coming!

  • Reading Lounge – Monday, January 29th through Friday, February 2nd    

The Auditorium is transformed into the Reading Lounge with comfy sofas, bean bag chairs, and area rugs to give students an additional opportunity to log minutes during lunchtime recess. Students may bring their book buddy or choose from a selection of Roosevelt Library books.   Volunteers are needed to help monitor the Reading Lounge from 11:30 am to 1pm. 

Click here to sign up for a shift.


What can I do to be involved?
Encourage your child to read, read, read and spend 20-40 minutes each day reading to your younger students. Join the Read-a-thon experience by signing up to volunteer for one of our many Read-a-thon events!  We need an incredible amount of volunteers to make this a fun and successful fundraiser for our kids!  For more info and volunteer opportunities, contact Rebecca Terlizzi at   


Important Read-a-thon Dates

Jan 17 – Read-a-thon Kicks off with a Spirit Assembly on the Big Yard 

Jan 19 – TV Turn Off Tuesday Permission Slip Due  (link to permission slip)

Jan 23 – TV Turn-off Tuesday #1
Jan 24 – Author Visit for 2
nd/3rd Grade & 4th/5th Grade with Janet Tashjian (link to book order forms on the Grade Level)

Jan 29- Feb 2 – Reading Lounge located in the Auditorium
Jan 30 – TV Turn-off Tuesday #2

Jan 31 – Author Visit for TK/K/1st Grade with Betsy Rosenthal (link to book order form)

Feb  1 – Pajama Night for TK/K/1st Grade @ 6pm

Feb 6 – TV Turn-off Tuesday #3

Feb 7 – Read-a-thon Ends – Reading Logs DUE!  (link to reading logs & sponsor form)

Feb 9 – DEADLINE for Reading Logs to count for Prize Eligibility!

Feb 14 – Winners Announced at the Spirit Assembly – Top Readers & Classroom Prizes!

Feb 16 – Pledge Money Due to count for Prize Eligibilty 

The Roosevelt Read-a-thon Committee would like to thank our Sponsors & Community Partners!