November 3

Book Adventure Contest

We are so proud of the many students who have been reading and participating in Book Adventure. Now, your child can participate in a contest through Book Adventure. It is the Walking with Dinosaurs Reading Contest. Here are more details!


NEW Walking with Dinosaurs Reading Contest

Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school.

Help children discover that reading can be fun!

From November 1 – December 20, read  books offline and then quiz online to earn points and enter for a chance to win prizes!

3 Grand Prize Winners each win:
4 movie tickets and a set of all official movie companion books

5 First Prize Winners each win:4 movie tickets

5 Second Prize Winners each win:
Select official movie companion books

25 Third Prize Winners each win:
Official movie posters


Let’s see how many Brecknock students can be winners in this contest!

June 7

Summer Library Information! Get Your Read On!

CC licensed photo shared by Flickr user Enokson

The Brecknock Elementary School Library will be open this summer from 6:00 – 8:00 PM on the following Monday evenings – June 18th, June 25th, July 2nd, July 9th, July 16th and July 23rd.  All Brecknock students and their families are invited to attend!

There will be a story time for younger children and a craft/activity for everyone to enjoy! If you are unable to come for story time @ 7:00, you may “drop-in” anytime during the evening for book check-out.  Each student may check out 5 books per visit!

Just for fun – the following themes will be used during the summer library program.  Every week there will be a prize related to our theme and everyone who attends may register to win!

June 18         Fitness Fun – activities in the gym and stories about sports

June 25         Puppet Pals – make a puppet and enjoy craft/drawing books

July 2             See the USA – wear a t-shirt or bring an item from another state and hear stories/songs about the USA

July 9             Super Snacks – make a simple snack and cookbooks will be featured

July 16           Digital Learning – Computer stations to enjoy some awesome internet sites

July 23           Celebrate Reading – Return your books and enjoy a treat

Don’t miss this great chance to continue reading over the summer.  You will have lots of fun and see your Brecknock friends at the library.  See you there!

-Mrs. Putt and Mrs. High

February 13

Let’s put the “READ” in Reading Royals!

Dear Brecknock students and families,

All students are invited to participate in a reading incentive program sponsored by the Reading Royals ice hockey team and Capital Blue Cross.

Students are asked to read 300 minutes during the dates of February 12 – February 29. Use the tracking sheet (on purple paper) to keep track of your minutes each night!

When you reach 100 minutes read, have a parent, guardian, or teacher initial your Reading Royals bookmark! Do the same for 200 minutes! And when you finish after reading 300 minutes, turn your bookmark in to your teacher. She will then give you an informational sheet to take home so you can order your FREE TICKET to the Reading Royals!

Game dates are: March 14, March 18, March 23, and March 28

And there’s more! Parents and family members, you are encouraged to order your tickets for the game through the same website that will be listed on the informational handout. Proceeds from your ticket sales will be donated to our school, for use in our library and to support classroom reading!

Participating schools will be highlighted at the games. Special appearances by Reading Royals team members and their mascot, Slapshot, will be arranged for schools that have the greatest participation!

So let’s get reading and have some fun!

-Mrs. Hilt

October 26

A few updates!

Hello! Don’t forget, our Race to Education is this Friday, October 28! The schedule is posted here. Parents and visitors, please park on the far right parking lot (the newest lot, where the former gr. 6 playground used to be). From there, follow the signs, and you should be able to see the track and walk directly to the race area without having to enter the building.

Did you know Brecknock participates in the FundingFactory Recycling Program? Details can be found in this parent letter found on our Resources page! 

Clip art by Phillip Martin

The next PTO Meeting will be held Monday night, November 7, at 7:00 PM in the library. Hope you can join us!

The book fair is coming! It will be held Monday, November 14 through Tuesday, November 22. Hours are 9-4 PM, and on Thursday, November 17, there will be evening shopping hours from 4-7 PM.

Don’t forget to return your Dads & Donuts RSVP! It will be held Friday, November 18. Details found here!

Parent-teacher conferences are coming up! Please return the scheduling information form that was sent home this week as soon as possible. As soon as teachers schedule conferences, you will receive a confirmation form indicating the date/time of your conference. Conferences will be held Thursday, November 17, from 4-7 PM; Monday, November 21 from 12:30-3:30, and Tuesday, November 22 from 12:30-3:30 PM. We look forward to our continued partnership in education! Your role in supporting your students’ learning is vital. We thank you!

September 25

What is The Daily 5?

One of Miss Heller's kindergarten students engaged in "Work on Writing!"

Many of our teachers plan to utilize The Daily 5 framework in their classes this year. This is a framework that helps best organize time during literacy block to ensure students are engaged in meaningful reading and writing activities. This framework encourages reading independence and gives children the skills needed to create a lifetime love of reading and writing. It consists of five tasks that are introduced individually. It is modeled and supported by teachers throughout implementation. It is not something that is implemented in a week or two, so classes using this framework will be working hard over the next several weeks to fully implement. When each task is introduced, students discuss what it looks like, sounds like, and feels like to engage in the task independently, as teachers model the task. There are specific student behaviors associated with each of the tasks, and there is also a focus on continuing to build a strong classroom community! Students then work towards building “stamina” until they successfully achieve independence.

Daily 5 tasks include:
1. Read to self
2. Read to someone
3. Listen to reading
4. Work on writing
5. Word work

When students can read and write independently during these times, it allows the teacher the opportunity to work with small groups of students to teach and reinforce essential reading skills. Your child will be taught how to select “Good Fit Books,” and we will work to provide a large variety of reading materials for students, from all different genres and print types.

What’s really exciting is that a group of Brecknock’s teachers are working and meeting together in a study group to discuss The Daily 5 and to support one another throughout the year. This is a very powerful form of professional learning, and I am proud of their team efforts thus far!

The Daily 5 was designed by educators Gail Boushey and Joan Moser. More information about The Daily 5 can be found here: The Daily 5.

August 17

Get “Caught” Reading!

There are still plenty of days left to “catch” your children reading in fun places!

Last summer, we really enjoyed receiving all of your postcards from the exciting places you visited! This year, thanks to an idea Mrs. Swavely shared with me, Brecknock Elementary School wants to catch you reading in some fun places throughout our community and beyond!

“Get Caught Reading is a nationwide public service campaign launched by the Association of American Publishers to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read.”

It’s simple: Snap a photo of our Brecknock students, families, and friends reading books anywhere! At home, in the backyard, at Brubaker park, at Boehringer’s, at Hershey Park, at the beach, in the car… anywhere and everywhere!

Next, there are three easy ways to share your photo with us.
1. Email the photo to
2. Mail the photo to Brecknock Elem., 361 School Road, Denver, PA, 17517
3. Bring the photo to Brecknock anytime over the summer or once school begins!

Don’t forget to include the name(s) of the people included in the photo and the location where the photo was snapped! I can’t wait to see where reading has taken you this summer!
To read more about this campaign and see posters of celebrities who have been caught reading, visit