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2019 - 2020 School Year



The Mouse and The Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Once again, Heritage School will be embarking on a special project, an all-school book club called One School, One Book™. Every family will receive a copy of the same book – Beverly Cleary’s The Mouse and The Motorcycle – and will be asked to read it together at home over the summer. We are personally asking you to make the time so that your family can participate in this special activity.

Reading aloud at home is valuable because it better prepares your child to be an effective reader, and it is also a fun, worthwhile family activity. With the One School, One Book™ program, we aim to build a Community of Readers at Heritage School. Everyone – students, parents, teachers, even administrative staff.

Your child will receive a copy of The Mouse and The Motorcycle and information about the culminating activity to be completed over the summer when you have completed the book. Activities will vary by grade level. It is generally recommended that you read about 15 minutes each night.

At the start of the new school year on Friday, September 6th, your child will have the opportunity to participate in a day-long trivia contest and win prizes. We will also be hosting a whole school gathering to celebrate the book with fun activities and snacks. You will soon find that your child will take pride in knowing and anticipating the details of the story. Throughout the first few weeks of school, everyone will be talking about The Mouse and The Motorcycle!

One School, One Book™ is a novel program in that children of all grade levels will all be listening to their parents read the same book. Strange or daring as that may seem, it actually makes sound educational sense. Reading professionals recommend reading material out loud that is beyond a child's own reading level. We also believe that you can and should continue reading chapter books with your older children, even when they are able to read by themselves. We have selected a title that can be followed and understood and enjoyed by younger students, but will still captivate and stimulate older children.

I know that you’ll enjoy this special reading time with your children. "When a whole school reads a book, there's a lot to talk about." With your help, we can build a Community of Readers at our school.


Kathleen Pastore, Principal, Nancy Eisnor, Reading Specialist, Melissa McCarthy, Gr. 4 Teacher


Grade 5 Information

Please choose one of the following books to read this summer. Although there will not be a written component to your summer reading assignment, we believe it’s important for you to spend time this summer practicing this important skill.

  • THE BLACK STALLION By Walter Farley
  • THE BIRCHBARK HOUSE By Louise Erdich
  • THE BAD BEGINNING By Daniel Handler