Greetings Oasis Reading Mentors!
Welcome to our December 2020 Mentor Monday.
I am excited to share that we are mentoring students online and yes, it is working! We started with Lew Wallace ES in October, and now our team of 100 volunteers are being scheduled in thirteen other elementary schools in Albuquerque and Bernalillo. Thank you to all of you who embraced this initial techno challenge to support our students. Now, I am hoping that all of the other volunteers who committed to a January start date, will contact me this month for next steps. All you need is a pc or mac with stable internet and a willingness to learn! If you have been reticent about mentoring online, give me a call and I’ll be glad to share success stories!
This year has simply sped by, and although COVID has impacted all of our lives, we at Oasis are finding lots of new benefits for staying at home.
- You can take online classes with Oasis! A new catalog of online classes should arrive in your mailbox soon. Step outside of your comfort zone and try a few Zoom classes- you’ll enjoy them!
- We have learned how to mentor students still using our literacy approach, but from the comfort of our home. If you are not already scheduled, contact me for January Google training.
- We can have a lot more volunteers in the support meetings without overcrowding! Look for a Children, Youth and Families Department presentation in January 2021.
Our Oasis library/resource room is re-opening effective Tuesday, December 8th. Finally, the barcoding is complete and we have official library cards for all current volunteers. Thanks to COVID, we are limiting the hours and scheduling appointments. So, the library will be available at 9:30am, 10am, 10:30am, 11am, 11:30am and 12 noon. There will be one person in the room at a time for fifteen minutes to allow for distancing mandates. Simply call the office to schedule your time in advance. Once our state numbers improve and mandates allow for more hours, we will send out an official notice.
Online reading possibilities for sessions:
Are you looking for additional ideas on how to share your books in your session?
- Check out the ABQ/Bernalillo Public Library system to download picture books for your sessions.
- Audible: Free Book resource
- ReadWorks: Provides free reading passages by grade level and interests.
- Dictionary.com: Free word games and word of the day for vocabulary enrichment
- Ornithology enthusiasts!
- Kid Tested Session Plan: Cultural Heritage
Winter Music Interludes
So, I end this communication with several requests or challenges. I hope you will commit to mentoring a student or two this coming semester. I hope if you are already mentoring, that you will share a quick story in the comments below for our other members. Since I appreciate a good cookie recipe, if you have a tasty, easy recipe you would like to share, please place it in the comments below. Finally, if you have a special family holiday tradition that you would like to share, we would love to hear from you. Clearly, I am promoting sharing in our comment section below!
Til we see each other again – stay safe, be well, and happy reading!
This may not be the kind of holiday tradition you are thinking of but it is very funny. For years a green plastic hand handgernade has been showing up as a wrapped Christmas present for one of our family members. I think it was started by my dad who died 20 years ago so it had been going on a long time! Somehow no one ever knows who has it and when it shows up it is met with much “explosive” laughing and hilarity. For several years the handgernade was lost and then suddenly showed up again. I haven’t seen… Read more »
Jenni! It made me laugh. Have you ever been the one to send it our anonymously? Probably after the laughter, there would be time to share stories beginning with good memories of your Dad. Be Well!
Getting through it all very carefully and safe distancing always, but would be ready to start tutoring the spring semester. Will need some tutoring on ZOOM and tutoring via Zoom.
It is a very beautiful day today,but am looking forward to snow tomorrow.
I’ll be in touch to schedule training, fingerprinting and having fun with students!
This fall I am trying out different cookie recipes, and this soft ‘crumpet’ is nice any time of day. Reduce the sugar by 1/4 and it’s fine!
Thanks Joanne! I will try the recipe – looks like a basic sugar cookie, so either way it should be delicious!
Vicki, I am reading to mentor a student starting in January. I too need training.
I posted (I think) a recipe for Cinnamon Nut Cookies.
We are ready for you to return as well. Contact me for next steps please.
I am looking for the Cinnamon Nut Cookies. Where did you post?