Chat & Chew

Chat & Chew

belinder pta logo text no background -chatnchewChat & Chew is a Belinder discussion-based book club held six times during the school year during the lunch period. Participants will read five fun, educational, discussion-worthy books for 3rd-6th graders.

A Taste of Chat & Chew is a Belinder lunchtime book club for 2nd graders in which one book is read during the year, then discussed with peers.

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Chat & Chew is voluntary and encourages students to read and discuss designated books with other students facilitated by parent volunteers.

The Chat & Chew committee curates a library of age-appropriate books and loans them out to students one-by-one for the duration of the program.

One book will be assigned for each month, November through April. The appropriate book should be read prior to each month’s meeting. On each meeting day, students will bring their book, a sack lunch, and water to school. During their designated lunch period, students will meet in a classroom with their group and two parent volunteers to discuss the book while eating their lunch.

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2017-2018 Books

2nd grade:

Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss

Race the Wild: Rainforest Relay by Kristin Earhart

3rd grade:

The BFG by Roald Dahl

Freckle Juice by Judy Blume

Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

Gone Fishing by Tamera Will Wissinger

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

4th grade:

El Deafo by Cece Bell

Frindle by Andrew Clements

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

5th grade:

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes

A Night Divided by Jennifer Nielsen

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

6th grade:

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Ok for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

Out of my Mind by Sharon Draper

Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

The Watsons go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis

Chat & Chew Dates

Monday groups: Nov 13Dec 11Jan 8Feb 12March 19April 23
Tuesday groups: Nov 14Dec 12Jan 9Feb 13March 20April 24
Wednesday groups: Nov 15Dec 13Jan 10Feb 14March 21April 25
Thursday groups: Nov 16Dec 14Jan 11Feb 15March 22April 26
Friday groups: Nov 17Dec 15Jan 12Feb 16March 23April 27

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Chat & Chew FAQs

How do I sign my student up and/or volunteer? Simply complete the form below and click submit.

Can my child participate even if I can’t volunteer? Of course! Every child is welcome!

Why are two books listed for 2nd grade, but the description of A Taste of Chat & Chew says only one book is read? Based on the group’s interest, the students and leaders may choose which book to read and whether to read the second book or not.

Where will we get the books to read? PTA will provide the books. Students will be responsible for care and return.

Awesome! What do parent volunteers do?

Parent volunteers MUST be/become MVP certified by SMSD.

Contact Rhonda Gasser, school secretary, to confirm your MVP status for 2017-18.

More information on becoming MVP certified is available in the Belinder PTA weekly newsletters or by visiting:

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If you have questions, comments, or suggestions for the Belinder Elementary Chat-n-Chew committee, please click here.  If you would like to volunteer to help out or lead the Chat-n-Chew committee, please click here.