Northvail’s Family Read Night


Students, parents, and teachers attended the annual Family Read Night on Tuesday, March 19 at Northvail Elementary School.   The main objective of the evening is to illustrate to students and parents the importance of reading.  The event began with a presentation by Marcie Aboff.  She has written many fiction and non-fiction books for children. Ms. Aboff talked about her life as an children’s author, how she gets her story ideas, the people that work together to make a book, and how editing can make a good story even better.

At the second session kindergarten, first, second, and third grade students and parents participated in an interactive Study Island demonstration in the classrooms.  Study Island is a software program available to students in the Parsippany-Troy Hills school district.   It is designed to help students practice responding to various reading skill questions.  The program allows students to work at their own pace.  Students receive immediate feedback regarding correct or incorrect answers.  Parents should encourage their children to use Study Island at home.

Fourth and fifth grade students participated in a mini-writing workshop, “What’s Your Story,” led by Ms. Aboff.  The author gave insights that will help students develop their own stories.  She discussed the beginning, middle, turning point and end of stories as well a vocabulary choices, description and dialogue.

The evening was a great success.