Spring 2017

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ATPE NEWS 7 FEEDBACK Ostolia Garcia Prekindergarten teacher Mathis Elementary, Mathis, TX Thank you for your Winter 2016 article "Once Upon a Time," about literacy programs for students. I was particularly interested in the section "Focusing on Preschool Readiness." Mathis Elementary has been fo- cusing on pre-K writing and reading for the past four years. It's amazing how our four- and five-year-olds' brains can focus. Their brains are like sponges. Yes, I've had some kin- dergartners and first graders reading already! It can be done. Thank you for that article. Dear Editor, Mathis Elementary prekin- dergarten students focus on reading and writing. DO YOU HAVE FEEDBACK FOR ATPE NEWS? Send letters to *Eligibility, terms, and conditions apply. Save time when you need it most. ATPE offers up to $8 million in professional liability insurance, extensive employment rights defense insurance, and no-cost access to staff attorneys for eligible members. * Join or renew your membership for the 2017-18 school year with ATPE starting April 1, and you'll be covered the moment school starts. So you can focus on the things that really matter. Visit ATPE.ORG to join the state's largest and most influential educators' group starting April 1. Mathis Elementary student photo courtesy Ostolia Garcia

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