Monday, May 17, 2010

Poetry and Song Night - Joe "Silly" Sottile

Poetry and Song Night with Joe "Silly" Sottile

Poetry and Song Night was a smash hit on May 6th in Jefferson Avenue Elementary School, Fairport, New York. Second grade teacher Mrs. Sheila Cocilova inspired her students to learn some funny songs, pick a favorite poem to present with props to their parents, and to lend an ear to Silly Sottile on their special day and evening. In the classroom, Silly Sottile presented a slice of his poetry from Waiting to See the Principal and Other Poems. Then they wrote a class poem with him using their original ideas based on Silly’s poem “I Can’t Write Today Because.”

After a ten minute “Q & A” period was squeezed in, the kids happily marched to rehearse their show in the afternoon. The show in the evening was a big hit, followed by punch cookies, and a book signing. Waiting to See the Principal and Other Poems was also very popular with parents. As the kids and adults enjoyed the punch and cookies, everyone was elated the joy of poetry and song in the air, and the power of a gifted teacher, Mrs. Cocilova, who was instrumental in creating memories that all will cherish. She could have called the night: “Poetry and Song Will Knock Your Socks Off!”

What a terrific event. Looks like a grand time! Visit Joe at:


  1. What an original idea!

    And I love your new photo, Donna.

  2. Sounds like everyone had a great time. Thanks for sharing about this Donna.

  3. To Donna,

    Thanks for sharing this. Everyone did have a great time. The next day a student e-mailed me, "Mr. Sottile, I love your book. I can't stop reading your book. I am going to write my own book." Does it get any better for a poet?

    Donna, your latest photo is a gem. There is a twinkle in your eyes!

  4. Great times, and what a talent. I am sure everyone had a wonderful time. And your new picture is awesome, I agree with Joe. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Sounds like a wonderful time. I'm sure those kids will remember it always.

  6. Great idea! I love to write class poems with the kids too. I know kids love silly, funny poems. I bet they had fun.

  7. Hi's been a pleasure announcing your visit. Looks like a grand time was had by all!

    Diane, Susanne, Terri, Sherry, and Kathy...thanks for stopping by and visiting with Joe. Much appreciated.

    And doubly thanks for your lovely comments on my new pic.

    Warm regards,

  8. How much fun this must have been. The kids look like they are having a ball.

    But then Joe looks like he always has a ball!

  9. Great way to get kids involved and INSPIRED!

  10. And fun was had by all. The kids will remember that day for a long time.

    What everyone else said about your photo. Very nice.


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