We will be having 3 book fairs this year. One with Scholastic in the fall and then a Follett one in December at the time of the Santa Breakfast, and then a BOGO fair in April with Follett. We are comparing the two companies to decide which direction we want to go as a school with our book fair business.
Important Book Fair News!!
Our fall book fair is scheduled for October and it is our regular Book Fair. Yes, this is a buy one item, get one item free fair. Students can mix or match anything, books, posters, etc. and it is all buy one get one free! For the book fair we will accept checks made out to ROCKLAND WOODS ELEMENTARY only (NOT to Scholastic), cash, and credit cards. We cannot accept a pre-paid credit card or type of gift card because of the approval that they require through credit card machines. You must include sales tax of 6% in all orders. A small brochure is coming home advertising the sale, DO NOT order from this; it is just a sale flier.
Along with the helpful volunteers, I try to guide students to things that are on their reading level, but many times they will pick things that are simply too hard. If you want your child to have completely free choice, please write that on the front of their money envelope. If we see an envelope that says free choice, that child can purchase anything, otherwise when possible; we guide students to things that are best on their reading level. Sometimes though, a student will just not budge, so make sure to talk through with your student about selecting appropriate reading materials to help this process. Also, if you do NOT want them purchasing any of the multitudes of trinkets Scholastic sends us (this is the erasers, pens, pointers, and other sundries), make sure to note on the envelope, no items from the front table, or say no TOYS. But this is the BOGO so they can get a book and take the fun item as their free choice, but please make a note if they should not be getting any of the “fun stuff!”
Kindergarten parents, I know it is scary sending in money with a little friend, but the volunteers do a great job in helping them to choose wisely. If you are sending a check you can make it out for the maximum you want them to spend and we can send home change (up to 10.00). And remind Kindergarten friends to keep their money in their backpack until they reach school and they can give it to the classroom teacher to hold until they come to the fair.
**If you can volunteer, please email me at email@example.com or message me through our school Facebook page, and if you need to speak to me by phone please call 301-766-8492 after 2:15 PM (I do not answer during class hours). The key timeframe is the 11:00-2:00 with the first grade, kindergarten, and second graders. They have a very hard time understanding the concepts of money, and how much they have to spend, and prices along with the BOGO concept. If you want to come shopping with your child, you can come in during their scheduled class time. Children will NOT be pulled from their classrooms to come shopping at any other time. This is disruptive to the entire classroom and educational process. There are NO exceptions. We will also be having a fundraiser with this fair with bubble gum and a stuffed animal raffle. We have been adding so many cool things to our media center makerspace this year, but we need some money to keep them going. We need things like filament for our 3-D printer, supplies for our Cricut, an iPad 4 to run our robotics, extra Lego bricks for our WeDo Lego sets, fancy duct tape and other little items like that which add up! So each piece of gum / raffle ticket will be a quarter. We will give away all the fuzzy prizes until they are gone!
Email me with questions or concerns about the fair, I will do my best to keep you filled in!