South Elementary

 Reading Specialists



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Reading Specialists


Reading specialists provide instruction, interventions and various supports for students. Classroom teachers work closely with reading specialists in order to fully support students. To view our Reading Specialists' websites, click on the links to the right.

  • Reading News for March 10th, 2017

    Posted by Rachelle Johnson at 3/10/2017 3:35:00 PM


    Just a reminder to come out to Barnes and Noble, Saturday, March 11th if you can.  See the information below:


    Barnes and Noble Book Fair
    Join us this Saturday, March 11th at Barnes and Noble in Crystal Lake for an action packed day. Here are some fun events that are planned:
    9:30: Junie B. Jones read aloud- Mrs. Johnson
    10:00Yoga- Mrs. Platek
    10:30: Juggling/Cup Stacking Challenges- Mr. Houk
    11:00: B&N National Read Aloud- Mrs. Kondrad
    11:30Surprise Read Aloud- Mrs. Adams
    12:00: Elephant and Piggie Activities- Mrs. Heidrich/Mrs. Stlaske
    1:00: Maisie read aloud- Mrs. Gelsosomo
    2:00: LEGO Batman make and take
    2:00-4:00: STEM activities- Mr. Ludwig
    All proceeds will be used to purchase books for the South LMC! Hope to see you there!
     If you are wishing to purchase yearbooks the orders are due on March 15th.  They are not accepting late orders.  Remember to bring it in so you don't miss out.
    Please keep reading your books and doing your sentences at home.  We are finishing up our PARCC testing next week, so we will be back to a normal schedule.
    Have a great weekend!  Hope to see you at Barnes and Noble.
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  • Reading News for February 24th, 2017

    Posted by Rachelle Johnson at 2/24/2017 4:00:00 PM

    We hope everyone has had a chance to get out into our beautiful weather this past week.  We are turning around back into the cold.  We would like to thank everyone that donated personal items to our South Senators Kindness event.  The school was able to donate many items to local homeless shelters. 


    We are well on our way with our second round students.  We have been spending time building on what our students already know to prepare them for our regular lessons starting in the coming weeks.  These first ten lessons provide the student the comfort to know that our time is a safe place to take chances and really stretch themselves.  It is also fun to build up a strong relationship with our readers.  Look for students to be bringing home their books and cut-up sentences in the near future.


    Keep reading at home and have a great weekend!

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  • Reading News from February 10th, 2017

    Posted by Rachelle Johnson at 2/10/2017 3:30:00 PM


    Hi Families,


    We hope you are all staying warm.  We have completed our first round testing.  We are happy with the students' progress.  Please continue to read with your child at home and encourage their reading independently.  First round students will be tested again at the end of the year to show their growth, and they will be receiving a bag of books at the end of the year to help them keep up their reading this summer.  Thank you all for your support with your child's reading throughout this 20 week process.




    The South Senators are hosting a "Kindness Week Collection"  from February 13-17. We will be collecting toiletries for those who are in need.We are collecting trial size toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, deodorant and lotion) which will be donated to our local county PADS shelters for distribution. We hope everyone will take part in this collection, so we can demonstrate our kindness and good citizenship towards our community. We appreciate all of your cooperation with this worthwhile cause!

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  • Reading for February 3, 2017

    Posted by Rachelle Johnson at 2/3/2017 3:25:00 PM

    Happy February!  We have been working on completing our testing of the RR students this week and wrapping up their 20 week intervention.  We are happy about our students' progress and would like to celebrate the growth that they have made.  We will be contacting you in the near future to let you know the result.  


    There is a school dance, today, February 3rd, after school. We hope everyone is able to come out and have a wonderful time. Thank you to those of you that were able to make it out to the Chik fil a night. This coming week we have our Jersey Mikes fundraiser. Hopefully you have your coupons for that.


    Enjoy Superbowl weekend!  We will see you back on Monday.

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  • Reading News for January 13th, 2017

    Posted by Rachelle Johnson at 1/13/2017 3:30:00 PM

    We have had a busy two weeks, coming back from break.  Next week, Mrs. Goodwin and Mrs. Johnson will be at The Illinois Reading Recovery Confernence in Chicago on Thursday and Friday.  We will be sending home extra books with the students on Wednesday, and they will not have lessons again until Monday, January 23rd.  We are excited to hear about the new research on supporting our students with their literacy learning.  


    We are also coming to the end of our 20 week intervention within the next three weeks.  During this time Mrs. Goodwin and Mrs. Johnson will be switching students to assess them on the growth they have made over the 20 week intervention.  After the assessments are completed we will be contacting you to share the results.


    We would like to make you aware of the Crystal Lake Library Reading Program.  We are attaching the flyer for the program.


    Join the Crystal Lake Library's Winter Reading Program 
    January 23 - March 18
    Get rewarded for reading* and earn a chance to win $100 worth of books for South's LMC!


    We hope you all had a great time at the Extreme Wheels skating party.  The pictures looked awesome.  Enjoy your long weekend and we will see the students back on Monday.


    CL Library Reading Program

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  • Reading News for December 16th

    Posted by Rachelle Johnson at 12/16/2016 3:00:00 PM

    Happy Holidays!  


    We wish you all a safe and fun winter break.   Please try to read each day.  We have attached the reading log in case you misplace it.  See you in 2017. 


    reading log winter

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  • News for December 9th, 2016

    Posted by Rachelle Johnson at 12/9/2016 3:35:00 PM

    We are getting down to the final days before Winter Break.  We realize that it is a busy time for family with all the extra activities added into our already busy schedules.  We would just like to emphasis the importance of having your child take the 15 minutes wherever you can take it, to have them read their books.  The students have worked so hard this year that they need to continue to practice their skills so that they don't loose any of their achievements.   We will be sending home a reading log for your child to complete over the break.  Please remind them to do their reading, two books a day rather than waiting until the end of break to try to read them all in one night.  The continued practice is the ideal situation.  It helps to set a routine up, for example, every morning when they wake up read two books to start their day.



    We sent home progress reports on Wednesday, December 7th with our students in their reading bags.  If you have not seen your student's report, please let us know and we will get you an additional copy.



    The classrooms are still collecting hat, glove/mitten, scarf, and sock  donations in the front hall for Project Mistletoe. If you are able to donate, it is greatly appreciated.  Also the South Reading Incentive program is in full swing.  The books the students read for us count toward this reading.  



    We wish you all a safe and happy Winter Break.  Stay warm. 

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  • Reading News from November 22nd, 2016

    Posted by Rachelle Johnson at 11/22/2016 4:00:00 PM

    We have sent home extra books for your child to read over the long Thanksgiving break.  They should also have a reading log with turkeys.  For every day they read, they can color the turkey or cross it off.  We ask that they try to read two books each day.  Family gatherings are a great place for your child to show off all their hard work.


    We wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving!  See you on Monday, November 28th.

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  • Reading News from November 11th

    Posted by Rachelle Johnson at 11/11/2016 3:35:00 PM

     Thank you all for your generous support for our APEX fundraiser.  The students had a great time with the indoor glo run.  We all feel very fortunate to have such great support from our families.


    South News


    South Senator "Project Mistletoe"


    Our South Senator project this month is collecting new hats, scarves, mittens, gloves, and holiday socks for those in need.  These items will be donated for distribution to Turning Point in Woodstock and to “Project Mistletoe” in memory of Hope Fuller.  Please have your donations to school by Friday, December 16th.  Please put any donations on the tree in the front entrance way.  Thank you for help in making this project successful! 

    Coat-A-Kid runs through the first week of Dec. 5th.  A  donation box is in the South Elementary front entryway. Both child & adult sizes are needed.  The items collected will be distributed to local children and families in need by The Rotary Club of Crystal Lake. Thank you for your donations!”


    “For morning arrival, if your child is a car rider, please ensure they are dropped off between 8:30-8:50am. Students dropped off between 8:50-9:00am, need to proceed through the front door and go directly to their classroom. Any child being dropped off at 9:00 am or later, since classroom instruction has already begun, will need to be brought in the building by a parent to sign the child in at the front office.  Thank you for your assistance in making sure our students are here on time, ready to start their day!”


    “Progress Reports will be available Dec. 7 via ParentVue. Parents must have their Synergy ParentVue log-in and password to view their child's progress report.  If you need assistance with your log-in/password,  contact”


    “South is collecting food donations in cooperation with the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce Food Drive for Community Harvest.  This will run until Nov. 16th.  The items can be placed on the benches in the main entryway of the building. Thank you for your donations!”  


    What to check for

    We will be sending home a special reading log for over the Thanksgiving Break on Tuesday, November 22nd.  Your child will have extra books so that they can read two books each night while they are off.  It is a great time to let your child show off to relatives or friends on how much they have grown with their reading skills.  


    We wish you all a fabulous Thanksgiving Holiday!!  Keep Reading!

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  • Reading News for October 28th, 2016

    Posted by Rachelle Johnson at 10/28/2016 3:30:00 PM

    We would like to express our appreciation to all of the parents we were able to speak with at conferences.  The support of our students' reading at home is a key factor in their success at school.  It was great to share information about what we are seeing happening with your children.


    We are currently working on our Fundraiser at South.  The students are seeking pledges for their APEX run.  Please continue to have those pledges rolling in.  This money raised goes directly to your child's classroom teacher for use with supplies.


    Next week kicks off with Halloween.  The students will have their parade and classroom parties.  They will have reading books come home, but they will not miss their classroom activities for their reading time.


    Have a safe and enjoyable weekend!

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