Mystery Readers Welcomed at TJL


In early February, students at Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School were surprised by a “Mystery Reader” as part of the Parents as Reading Partners (PARP) week. Mrs. Thompson’s fourth-grade class was privileged to have Superintendent Frank Carasiti come into their classroom to read Snowflake Bentley, a Caldecott Medal picture book. The book, written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and illustrated by Mary Azarian, tells the story of Wilson Bentley, the first person to learn that snowflake crystals have six branches and that none are ever alike.
In appreciation for serving as their “Mystery Reader,” Mrs. Thompson’s class created a book of thank-you notes to Superintendent Carasiti. They used some of Wilson Bentley’s snowflake photographs and wrote in white to mimic the snowflake crystals. The students also discussed the many snow days that the district has had this year, and encouraged the Superintendent to call delayed openings for future snowstorms. The students all agreed that they would rather have days off during warmer weather.  Of course, Mr. Carasiti agreed that he too is tired of the snow, and would do the best he could do.  The children truly enjoyed having this special guest as their “Mystery Reader” during PARP Week.