Maker Faire and Spring Musical

This Saturday, April 1st, Clarke County School District is hosting its first Maker Faire at Clarke Central High School from 2:00-4:00 p.m.  There will be exhibits featuring over 100 groups from throughout the school district, including our own Wildcat Weavers, who took part in our Make-a-Palooza Cluster.  More info can be found here.

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Recently our Kindergarten and 1st Grade had their spring musical.  You can watch it here.

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Book Fair is next week!

Next week, March 20-24th, is our spring book fair. All purchases benefit our school. If you would like to volunteer, please sign up here.
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Monday, March 20, 10:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m.

Tuesday, March 21,  7:30-2:45 p.m.

Wednesday, March 22,  7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23, 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Friday, March 24, 7:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

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Move to the EastSide!

In December we left our location on Oglethorpe Avenue for a temporary stay at 280 Gaines School Road.  In order to prepare for this move, we sorted our collection (about a third of it is in storage).  We then packed our books and materials in color coded boxes.  We are in a much smaller facility here at Gaines- a double wide trailer, which the kids and I like to call the Teeny Tiny Library.  It’s compact yet fun!

I had so many awesome parents, friends, and community members help. I could not have done this without the local organization Books for Keeps, which provided many volunteers.  Big thanks to my husband, Chris, as well.

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Wildcat Writers!

In January, my awesome interns Max and Melissa and I offered a special after school program, the Wildcat Writing Club.  We met with 15 students for four weeks and practiced different styles of writing- poetry flags, personal narratives, and fiction.  It was great fun!

Many of our students entered their writing into the Young Authors Contest.  Julian, Ollie, and Allison all placed!  Way to go!

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Read Across America Week

We love to read at Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary, and we love Dr. Seuss.  To celebrate Read Across America Week,we had several Seuss stations in the media center, and a special visit from everyone’s favorite cat!

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Black History Month

Our school had a great black history month celebration this year.  Many of our classrooms performed.  Athenian Ken Dious spoke.  Check out our awesome performers here.

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Two Amazing Author Visits

We had two amazing author visits this past semester!

Lois Ruby, author of The Doll Graveyard and other Oglethorpe faves, came and led a writing workshop with our fifth graders in September!  It was amazing!

 

Later that month, author and illustrator Ben Hatke came and spoke with our 3rd and 4th graders.  He spoke to us about how he creates his graphic novels and picture books, which include the Zita the Spacegirl series and Mighty Jack!

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Dia de Los Muertos

Our school is moving in December to a different location, so it’s been a crazy semester. We still had time for some Dia de Los Muertos fun! We set up an ofrenda in the media center, learned about the holiday, and made some crafts- papel picado in the upper grades and paper flowers in the lower grades.

Reading Rock Star Party and Upcoming Events

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Last Friday we had our Reading Rock Star Party. It was so much fun!  Big thanks to all of our volunteers- I could not have pulled it off without you!

Don’t forget, logs are due this Tuesday, August 23rd!

On September 6, in honor of National Library Card Sign-Up Month, Mrs. Sugiuchi will meet you at the Athens-Clarke County Library to sign up for a library card, explore the library, or just check out books.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

We have two upcoming author events.  On Monday, September 19th, author Lois Ruby will be visiting our 5th grade.  And on Wednesday, September 28th, author Ben Hatke will be visiting our 3rd and 4th grade. Don’t forget to turn in your forms to reserve your own copy of a signed book!

Happy reading!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome Back!

Hey all, 
 
Welcome back! Hope you had a great summer! So happy to see our students:).  They will begin visiting the library next week.  We checked out computers and textbooks this week.
 
Summer reading logs are due tomorrow, Friday, August 12th. August logs are are due August 23. Info about the Summer Reading Rock Star Incentives can be found here. 
 
Books for Keeps is a local organization that donates 12 free books to every child in our school ( as well as several others).  Their annual fundraising book sale, located in the former Vision Video in Homewood, starts today.  They have lots of great books priced to sell from $.25 to $3. More info can be found here.
 
We have distributed personal learning devices to every student grades 2-5. They will not start going home until Monday, and then per teacher’s discretion. This is a link to the Learning Technologies Overview, which covers acceptable use guidelines. It will go home in your child’s folder by next week. Please review with your child. 
 
Please let me know if you have any questions.  Enjoy the rest of your week!