Arts Attack Newsletter


A look back at 2017 for creative inspiration!

Find out why teachers are loving the Great Masters Virtual Museum series.

Do you want your students to learn more about the Great Masters and their works of art? We have recently introduced a new Series called The Great Masters Virtual Museum. This is a compilation of over 90 beautiful digital Art Prints accompanied by information, questions, and suggested activities. LEARN MORE

Arts Attack is extremely Teacher Friendly and easy to teach, its developmental/sequential approach to teaching art elements and principles – as well as drawing, technique, artist appreciation, art history, multi-cultural art, media exploration, self-expression, etc. – can always be counted on to get great student results in any classroom environment.
Email to request a Scope and Sequence. 

Arts Integration can make subjects more meaningful.

Teachers can expect to have students that are more engaged because they are able to utilize other parts of their brain through the learning process.

The Art of Ed talks about the importance of Art in schools.

We would love to share success stories of any schools, teacher, or parent volunteers that are using Arts Attack in the classroom or in an Afterschool Program!

Nominate a Teacher of the Month

Meet Marcia Osterink

Program Director / Creator
Marcia is a passionate believer in the importance of art in the elementary school and the critical role it plays in enabling students to reach their full potential.

GRANT RESOURCES and Funding Options

Lowe’s Toolbox
The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes
Philanthropic Ventures 
Brown Rudnick Community Grants
USA Grant Application

Grants & Upcoming Events
Krystal Foundation STEAM Grants Open
Through December

Rural Districts Land STEM Grants with
Funding STEM: How Schools Can Get Creative with Federal Dollars

Arts Attack has recently partnered with PledgeCents! You can now raise funds to get Arts Attack Products in your classroom. Follow these steps to get started in seconds.
1) Visit the Arts Attack Pledgecents page
2) Select the Arts Attack Product that best suits your needs.
3) Click “Create My Fundraising Page”

Now Available: Regie Routman’s new book, ‘Literacy Essentials’


Special Edition:

Regie Routman’s new book, Literacy Essentials, is now available!


“As far as I’m concerned every single teacher and administrator needs Regie Routman’s new book, Literacy Essentials: Engagement, Excellence, and Equity for All Learners.”
—Dr. Mary Howard, Author and Educator

How do we ensure that all students are engaged each day in meaningful, challenging, and joyful work and have equal opportunity to learn?

That is the central question Regie Routman addresses in Literacy Essentials: Engagement, Excellence, and Equity for All Learners. Her response is that such an outcome is only possible within a culture of empowerment in which all students and teachers feel encouraged and supported to let their voices be heard, explore their passions and interests, develop deep knowledge, and become their fullest and truest selves.

Based on her ongoing teaching, leading, and coaching in diverse schools and districts, Regie offers K-12 teachers and leaders practical, easy-to-implement tools to help students develop as self-determining readers, writers, and learners including:

  • Extensive Take Action sections with specific suggestions for authentically teaching, assessing, and learning;
  • Important research that is easily accessible and actionable;
  • Personal Stories that connect to literacy teaching and learning;
  • A content-rich website that includes a comprehensive lesson plan, class-authored books, and links to short, easy-to-read, professional articles, blogs, videos, and research referenced in the book.

If you are a fan of Regie’s other “Essentials” books, including Reading EssentialsWriting Essentials, and Teaching Essentials—or new to teaching—Literacy Essentials is your must-have professional book.

Preview the entire book online and order:

Literacy Essentials
Engagement, Excellence, and Equity for All Learners
Regie Routman
Grades K-12 • 496 pp/paper • $41.00 • Available now
For Canadian customers:

Make the most of Literacy Essentials with your colleagues by using the free, downloadable Study Guide to inspire your professional discussions. Organized around the three sections of the book (Engagement, Excellence, and Equity), the guide will help you deepen your understanding and apply the ideas in the book to further your teaching, leading, and learning.

Download the Study Guide:

In a recently recorded podcast, Regie talks about why she wrote Literacy Essentials and how she hopes the book will bring sanity, as well as joy, back to teaching:

Follow Regie on Twitter and Facebook and discuss the book with #LitEssentials. And join her for a #G2Great Twitter chat January 11, at 8:30 p.m. EST—follow the #G2Great hashtag for details.

For more information on Stenhouse Publishers please contact one of your local representatives below:

Anne Bagatelos
Educational Consultant
Cayton Resources, Inc.
Cell: (650) 888-7294
Fax: (650) 312-9599

Marguerite Pollard
Educational Consultant
MPollard Educational Solutions
Cell: (916) 799-8703
Fax: (916) 685-4907

Summer Reading Grant Closing Date is Nearly Here!

Looking for a Summer Reading Solution?

Let RIF help!  The Summer Success program is adapted from Reading Is Fundamental’s evidence-based Read for Success program and is a comprehensive solution for summer reading programs for K-5 students.

In celebration of National Reading Month this March, RIF is offering a matching grant opportunity for just $25 per child to support implementation of Summer Success as part of your summer 2018 programming.

Grant Parameters:
  • A minimum of 20 participating students is required.
  • Grant applications must be received by March 25, 2018
  • Matching grants will be made in the form of RIF book allocations to grantees to support Summer Success programming.
  • Grantees will be invoiced for the local portion of matching funds* at $25 per student, upon signature of a grant award letter.

Please contact for information or any questions.

Centered around motivating children to read, Summer Success provides:

  1. Summer books for students to choose and own — 6 books per student, 120 books total!
  2. 20 high-quality classroom books
  3. enriching STEAM-themed classroom activities for each of the 20 classroom books
  4. professional development for teachers and facilitators
  5. parent engagement resources
  6. tote bag and student summer journal for each child

Applications due by March 16, 2018 (Date is being extended to March 25th)


  • The application only takes 5 minutes to complete.
  • You can complete one applications for your entire district.  Be sure to note the number of classrooms and the number of students.  Just $25 per student!
  • We have extended the date and encourage you to apply even after the closing date.  The donors and Read for Success want to have children reading this summer and we will try to accommodate later grant applications.
  • Please reach out to us if you have any questions.

Please access this google form link to submit your application:  (We can send a link, just email!)

Research indicates that 80% of students in need experience summer learning loss each year.  Read for Success, tested over two years among 33,000 students from 16 states, reversed this trend and in fact, 57% of the participating students saw gains in reading proficiency when tested from spring to fall.


*Your local matching funds can be provided from federal or state funds like Title I or 21st Century Community Learning Centers, a local business supporter, or, a civic organization in the community.

For more information, please contact:

Marguerite Pollard
Educational Consultant
MPollard Educational Solutions
Cell:     (916) 799-8703
Fax:     (916) 685-4907