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Ms. Mary Ellen Schiavone, Reading Resource

Hi!! My name is Mary Ellen Schiavone. I am the Reading Specialist here at St. John Fisher. I taught third grade for 8 years and although I am going to miss it, I am very excited to be working in our new Reading Intervention Program (RIP)! I was raised on the Southside-- I went to St. Bede the Venerable, Mother McAuley, and St. Xavier University. I recently received my masters in Literacy Curriculum and I can honestly say I love all things Reading! I am so lucky to work with such amazing students, faculty, and families here at SJF and love the sense community this school offers! So much so, that I have my own little Falcon here in our preschool program!

A few fun facts...  I enjoy traveling, music, all things about Chicago, the Cubs, learning new things and of course reading. I can't wait to meet all of you and start the school year!!

Welcome Back from Spring Break!

Posted on Apr 20, 2020

Hello All,

I want to welcome you back from the much deserved, but cold Spring Break. I hope your time with your family and Easter was nice and you were able to relax from the E- Learning life. Although break seemed to fly by, the news of school being closed the rest of the year and our continuance of E Learning was upsetting. I understand the difficulty of this type of education, but I have no doubt that our students, families, faculty, and staff will get through this. We are a strong parish that is known for working together, so the unknown realm of remote learning seems a little brighter when I remember that.

I understand schedules are full, so I want to remind you that everything I share is supplemental and can be used whenever. Please continue to check the emails, and most importantly make sure your children are reading. They have all come so far, and the best way to better reading habits is to continue to read.

Please know, I am here to support you and if you need any help or your children need any help, please do not hesitate to contact me. Although this is not at all how I pictured our year to go, I am fortunate to work with amazing families and am grateful we can all work through this together!

Stay well!


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Week 3 of Quarantine

Posted on Mar 30, 2020

Hello all,

I hope you are doing well and staying healthy during this crazy time. I miss everyone so much and I am so happy that I have been able to get a chance to see many of my kiddos on our Zoom meetings. Please know, I understand how hard this time can be. I hope you know any of the activities that I send out through email, post on the FSA Facebook, or put on Seesaw are supplemental and can be used as extra resources for all learners. Any practice with reading is good practice and can also be a good stress reducer during a time like this.

Please know, I am here and willing to help in way. I will continue to do check ins with my groups and share a few stories!

Stay healthy and positive! You are all doing amazing and your children are very lucky to have you!

 *Remember, better days are coming!

Extra Reading Practice

Posted on Mar 13, 2020

Extra Practice with Reading:

To ensure our students maintain their reading level during the time off, it is expected that each child should read at least 20 minutes each day. Independent reading, partner reading, or listening to a book on tape/ Audible/ Epic, are all great ways to continue reading practice. Discussion on the text or story should be had. Please check my blog for ideas and questions to ask. Remember the more practice with reading the better!

Thank you,

Ms. Schiavone

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Happy New Year!

Posted on Jan 06, 2020

Happy New Year!! I hope you all were able to enjoy your Christmas holiday and were able to find time to spend with family and friends! I am shocked at how fast it went by, but I am also very eager to get back into the swing of things. After meeting with all my wonderful students today, we have all recommitted our promise to grow with our reading. Our groups discussed the importance of stretching out words, practicing their sight words, rereading the daily story, as well as completing the post it question that the kids may bring home twice a week. Each student set a goal, whether it is simply to just get their reading done or as detailed as paying close attention to punctuation. These practices will truly help with their reading and I know they are all willing to put in the work! I am so very proud of all my readers and I am excited for the rest of the school year!

Here’s to happiness, health, and reading growth in 2020!!

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December News

Posted on Dec 02, 2019

Wow, I can’t believe we have already hit December! I hope you were all able to enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday and it was so nice to meet with many of you at Parent Teacher Conferences. These kids are working so hard and showing lots of progress! I am very impressed. We will continue to strengthen our sight word knowledge through word work, focus on comprehension skills, and practice our reading accuracy and fluency.

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November News

Posted on Nov 04, 2019

Happy November! Wow, I can’t believe it’s already November. I am truly grateful for all of your wonderful children and I love being able to work with them to build their reading skills! It is truly my passion and I have seen amazing progress!

Ways to help with reading at home…

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As always, thank you for all that you do at home! I am very thankful for all of you and the support you give your children!

Halloween Week!

Posted on Oct 28, 2019

Happy Halloween Week! Everyone is very excited for the upcoming activities! We are continuing on with our leveled text and practicing our reading strategies. Wednesday we will take a little break from our LLI work and hear a couple spooky Halloween stories!

I hope you all have a Fa”BOO”Lous week!

Below are some Spooky Inference Riddles… Enjoy!

Riddle #1: I am the color of darkness. Some people say I’m bad luck. Others say I have nine lives. Witches keep me as their pet. What am I? Answer ______________

Riddle #2:  I’m creepy.  I love to crawl around. I have eight legs. I trap bugs and eat them. What am I? Answer ____________________  

Riddle #3: I am part man and part monster. I have a great sense of smell. I love the full moon. I howl at the night sky. What am I? Answer ____________________

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October Happenings!

Posted on Oct 08, 2019

Happy Fall! We are in the swing of things here in the Reading Intervention Program. Please remember students will be bringing home a nightly Take Home Book. These should be reread and it is always best to discuss the stories.

**A few suggested discussion questions (depending on the type of story): What is happening in the text? How does the character feel in the beginning/ end of the story? How do you know? What do the illustrations help you see or understand? What type of story is this and how do you know?

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Week of September 23, 2019

Posted on Sep 26, 2019

We have officially begun sending home Take Home Books! Students are very excited about this and I love hearing that they are enjoying the daily stories! Don't forget, most nights they will be taking home the book we read in school. They should read it at home and it is always a good idea to discuss what they have read! Please make sure the book and the book folder is coming back to school each day. 

These kiddos are already doing great with our intervention program and really getting our routine down! I love working with each of them and seeing their confidence with reading bloom!

Be proud because your kids are awesome!!

Welcome Back 2019

Posted on Aug 20, 2018

Welcome Back!! I hope you all enjoyed your summer vacation, got plenty of rest, and are ready for a great year!

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