BCS Book Fair

This weekend is the kick-off to the BCS Scholastic Book Fair. Volunteers are still needed for both the Book Fair Family Night, Friday, March 23 from 5:30-7:00 PM and the duration of the book fair.

The Book Fair Family Night is open to all RSU 18 students and families–there will be pizza, desserts, crafts, a special guest, a photo booth, and book shopping from the Scholastic Book Fair! In addition to the Book Fair, Title 1 will be hosting their annual Parent Involvement night where Title 1 students will read a book with parents/families and earn a free book to take home!

On the Book Fair Family Night and throughout the week, there will be blue bins with teacher selected books called “classroom wishlists.”  These books have been chosen by teachers with specific knowledge of their students in mind and are available for parents and the community to purchase and donate to the classroom.  Families purchasing these books can fill out a nameplate that will be placed inside the book as recognition for their contribution. There are a wide variety of book titles and price ranges that can meet family budgets while still supporting the school.

Additionally, students will visit the Book Fair at some point throughout the week and create a “student wishlist” of books that they would like to purchase.  This is a great experience for students as they read through different titles and summaries, and work with money skills. Teachers in upper elementary turn this into lessons about calculating estimates and adding decimals.

The book fair is open during the school day Tuesday, March 27 through Thursday, March 29, usually 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM for students and parents to purchase books.  Parents may sign up for a new digital payment system for their child which will allow them to create an account online so their child will not have to bring cash to school to purchase books. Parents may sign up for the digital payment system and order books online at  http://www.scholastic.com/bf/belgradecentralschool1.  

There will be special activities throughout the week, such as surprise book give-aways and poster raffles! If there is a popular book at risk of being sold out, it can be ordered and shipped to school, usually overnight, at no extra charge!

The fair is run entirely by volunteers including teachers, staff members, and parents.  In the past, we have also partnered with student volunteers who earn community service hours from Messalonskee High School, the University of Maine at Farmington, Thomas College, and Colby College.

Volunteers are greatly appreciated and needed to make the book fair successful!  Volunteers on family night help with several aspects, such as serving snacks, helping with crafts, running registers, and moving the book fair from the gym to the hall where it will remain for the remainder of the week.  During the school week, volunteers mostly help students find books and run the cash register. No prior experience is necessary and it is easy to learn! Anyone interesting in signing up should visit: http://bit.ly/bcsspring18 or email me directly at ebrooks@rsu18.org.

Proceeds from the book fair go directly to classrooms in the support of new books and subscriptions to Scholastic News magazine.  Additionally, several new books are purchased for the school library and updated novel sets are purchased for the book room to be shared by classrooms using them for guided reading groups.  Proceeds have also been used to update furniture and supplies throughout the school. Typically, the Belgrade PTO earns 50% profit from the book fair as long as we meet a minimum sales goal for the fair!

This is an outstanding fundraiser for BCS as it infuses several new books into the school.  Teachers are excited to have new and engaging titles available to students.

Written by Eric BrooksBook fair BCS

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