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Myth Busters

This week we are busting myths about the BOOK IT! program and answering frequently asked questions about our new digital option, our traditional paper materials and our homeschool program.

Read all about how we are improving BOOK IT!, growing our program and keeping it Simple, Flexible, Fun and, as always Free to our participants!

 

Traditional Teachers Participating in our Digital Program

When I tried to enroll, the digital program was the only option available. Why?

There are a few reasons for this. Depending on the time of year, we may be out of paper materials for the year or we may have already shipped to your campus once. We try to ship just once to each campus. This helps us keep costs low, which helps us offer BOOK IT! to even more schools throughout the country.

How do I reward students in the teacher dashboard?

To issue the Reading Award Certificate, move the slider next to the students’ names all the way to the right. This will send the certificate directly to the parent. If you would like to print or resend the certificate, you can do that on the Reward tab. You can move the slider, daily, weekly or monthly, whatever you prefer! Please note that the reading tracking feature is only enabled after parents have clicked “yes” on the parent approval email they received.

Where do parents log in and track reading?

We do not have a parent portal at this time. When you enter the parent’s email in the teacher dashboard, they will receive an email asking them to approve their students' participation in BOOK IT! After that, they will receive the Reading Award Certificate by email each month when you mark that a student met their reading goal in your digital dashboard. We suggest continuing to send home our free paper tracking calendars to track at-home reading.

Parents will not receive any other emails from us outside of the permission email and the Reading Award Certificates.

Where do I find tracking calendars or the parent letter?

You can find tracking calendars and parent letters in the resources section of our website. We have created two different parent letters this year, one for teachers using the paper materials and one for teachers using the digital materials.

Parent letter

Parent letter Spanish

Digital parent letter

Digital parent letter Spanish

Tracking calendars

How often do I have to log in and track student reading? How long do I have to reward students for the month?

You can track student reading daily, weekly or monthly. If you are using paper reading trackers to track at-home reading, we suggest logging into the dashboard when you receive them at the end of the month and marking off students that have met their monthly goals. You will have until the 15th of the following month to reward students. (Ex. You will have until November 15th to issue rewards for October.)

Can I print the certificate?

Yes! You will still need parent permission by email to track and reward the student. On the Reward tab you have the option to resend the certificate or print the certificate for the student.

How will parents redeem certificates?

Parents will receive a digital Reading Award Certificate that can be redeemed online, by phone or in store. They will not need to print the certificate. They can just read or show the code to a Pizza Hut Team Member via phone or in store. (Note that digital Reading Award Certificates offer parents more options for redemption than our traditional paper Reading Award Certificates, which can only be redeemed in store. More options means more ways for parents to celebrate their students.)

How do I celebrate my students in class?

We offer Classroom Mode for your BOOK IT! in-class celebrations. On the Report tab, click the button that reads “Classroom Mode.” This will start a fun animation that recognizes each student by name and their reading success that month. Each student is shown as an astronaut who’s reading helps to power a rocket to space. This was created with projectors and smart boards in mind. Every student will get recognized in this animation for the work they did toward their goal, even if they did not meet it that month.

 

Traditional Teachers Participating in our Paper Program

My email is blocked or not active. What now?

You do not need to login to access all of our free resources you know and love. Looking for tracking calendars or parent letters? Those are all under resources. At this time, our digital dashboard is only for teachers participating in our digital program.

Is anything different about paper materials this year?

No, BOOK IT! is still the same program you know and love. You set monthly reading goals for your Kindergarten-6th grade students and reward them with Reading Award Certificates when they meet their goal. Your paper materials include instructions, a poster for your classroom, a parent letter you can copy and send home and the Reading Award Certificates. Parents are able to redeem the Reading Award Certificates you provide by taking them to one of our restaurants to receive their child’s Personal Pan Pizza.

I didn’t receive enough certificates for all of my students. What if I run out of paper certificates?

We ship a standard classroom packet with enough certificates for 20 students for October through March. If you have more than 20 students in your classroom, we’re happy to send more. However, please wait until after January to give us a call or use our contact form to request more.

How many paper packets should I request?

When requesting paper materials, please request one packet for each class you personally teach. Kindergarten teachers who have AM and PM classes should request two packets. Sixth grade teachers who teach multiple sections of reading or language arts should request one packet for each section.

 

Homeschool Families participating in our Digital Program

Where are my BOOK IT! Materials? I haven’t received them in the mail this year.

This year our homeschool program is all digital. Please read on for the many benefits this change provides.

How often do I have to log in and track student reading? How long do I have to reward students for the month?

You can track student reading daily, weekly or monthly. The goal for homeschools is set to 20 minutes a day, 5 days a week. If you wish to use a different goal, set a goal with your students using a paper tracking calendar. When they meet their goal, you can log in and issue the certificate by moving the slider all the way to the right. This will send the certificate to the email you used to enrolled. You will have until the 15th of the following month to reward students. (Ex. You will have until November 15th to issue rewards for October.)

How do I redeem the certificate?

You will receive a digital Reading Award Certificate that can be redeemed online, by phone or in store. You do not need to print the certificate. You’ll read or show the code to a Pizza Hut team member via phone or in store.

How do I celebrate my students at home?

You also have access to our celebration animation, Classroom Mode. On the Report tab, click the button that reads “Classroom Mode.” This will start a fun animation that recognizes each student by name and their reading success that month. Each student is shown as an astronaut who’s reading helps to power a rocket to space.

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