Dear Parents,

    Your child is learning one of the most important things they will ever learn — how to read. Just like you were there to help your children walk and talk, you’ll be there while they start to read words, sentences, stories, and more.

    Reading starts with learning the sounds and letters. iRead is a digital program designed to give children individualized experiences that will ensure they master the alphabet, phonemic awareness, phonics, and fluency, while building a vocabulary and comprehension. They will appreciate and master the power of words so that they can understand big ideas. When your child learns to read they will start to love to read because print will open the door to finding out about themselves, others, and the world.


    Click Here to Access the OPS iRead Portal

     Accessing iRead from a Tablet

    iRead is a online foundational reading program designed to close the achievement gap early and place ALL K-2 children on a predictable path to reading proficiently by Grade 3.



    Children progress at an instructional pace that matches their readiness. Placed at the appropriate starting point by an initial screener, children’s proficiency dictates content skill level, pacing, and practice opportunities. Once mastery is demonstrated, students reflect on their progress and advance to the next level.

    Based on the FASTT algorithm, each child’s performance is continuously monitored in order to create customized pacing, instructional load, and content. Mastery is achieved as knowledge is systematically moved from short- to long-term memory.
    Motivation surges as children are given the chance to create customizable reading buddy avatars to journey with them through the Beastie Hall program. Students collect accomplishments in a personal backpack and monitor their own progress.
    Immediately accessible technology enhances teacher efficiency by placing growth charts, lesson plans, and resources for professional development at their fingertips.
    Involved families make the difference between struggling learners and proficient learners. By accessing the host of available resources on the Family Portal, family members can act as partners with teachers.


    Ideas to Promote a Love of Reading

    • Reading at Home. Help your children develop and share a love of reading. Make reading fun!
    • Start with reading aloud. Reading aloud should start from birth. The more words your children hear from the beginning of their lives, the bigger their vocabulary will be. This will help them understand texts they read and lead to success in school and life.
    • Have lots of books in the house. Keep books in the bathroom, on the bedside table, in the backpack. Get your child a library card as soon as he or she is old enough, and take frequent trips to the library.
    • Model reading for your children by being a reader yourself. Make a point of reading a book, magazine, or the newspaper while your children are in the room.
    • Let your children help choose what to read. Allow your children to select their own books, even if they want to hear or read the same book over and over.
    • Keep track of your child's reading at home.  Show that you value every book your child reads. Keep track of books they read with you or on their own. Refrigerator Record 

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    Helpful Links

    Children’s Book Council www.cbcbooks.org/hot-off-the-press/ If you’re looking for reading material, check out the Children’s Book Council. Each month, the site updates its “Hot Off the Press” list, an annotated bibliography that features anticipated best sellers.

    International Reading Association (IRA) www.reading.org/General/Publications.aspx IRA is an organization of teachers, librarians, researchers, parents, and others dedicated to promoting high levels of literacy for all. Its online bookstore offers books, videos, and software for parents and caregivers.

    Reading Rockets www.readingrockets.org/audience/parents/ Reading Rockets provides information and activities about helping your child learn to read.

    Colorín Colorado www.colorincolorado.org/families/ Colorín Colorado is a bilingual website that provides information, activities, and advice for educators and Spanish-speaking families of English language learners (ELLs).

    Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF) www.rif.org/us/literacy-resources.htm RIF develops and delivers children and family literacy programs that help prepare young children for reading and motivate school-age children to read. RIF trains literacy providers, parents, and others to prepare all children to become lifelong readers.

    RIF: ¡Leamos en familia! www.rif.org/kids/leer/es/leerhome.htm Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) provides a bilingual website that is designed to help Latino families read, sing, and share stories together at home.

    National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) www.loc.gov/nls/ NLS is a free national library program of Braille and recorded materials for blind and physically handicapped children and adults.