Black History Month Performance

Yesterday we had an incredible Black History Month Performance here at Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary.  You can watch the video below.

The video is divided into four parts.

OAES Black History Month, Part 1:

Ms. Shearer Opening Remarks, 3rd Grade, Ms. Moye’s Kindergarten, Ms. Moye

OAES Black History Month, Part 2:

Ms. Marin’s Kindergarten, Kyndle, Ms. Blackwell’s Class

OAES Black History Month, Part 3:

5th Grade, Mr. Manzy, Step Team

OAES Black History Month, Part 4:

Step Team, Dr. Dunne



Make sure you turn in your February reading log!

Students and parents, make sure you read at home and complete your February reading log. All students who fill out their February reading log will receive a free ticket to Six Flags.  This log is due February 21. Happy reading!

Los estudiantes y los padres, asegúrese de leer en casa y completar su registro de lectura de febrero. Todos los estudiantes que completen su registro de lectura de febrero recibirán un boleto gratis para Six Flags. Este registro se vence el 21 de febrero. ¡Feliz lectura!

Author Visits, Managing Screen Time Over the Holidays, and Library Fundraiser

I love hosting authors at OAES because it allows our students to realize that regular people write and create books. We’ve had two more amazing author visits recently.  In October Joey Weiser shared with our 4th and 5th grade about the process of creating his graphic novel series Mermin.  The kids loved his presentation.  I have had to order an additional 15 copies from our lovely local Avid Bookshop because these books don’t stay on the shelves.

Avid bookseller Caleb Zane Huett visited in early December to promote his book Top Elf.  During this visit, Caleb modeled how to write a story using our students’ suggestions.  It was tons of fun!  At both visits, students won copies of books in our super special raffle.  Top Elf is another book that doesn’t stay on our shelves!

Looking for holiday presents?  Copies of books from all of our recent author visits- Mermin, Top Elf, Juniper Gets Wet, and The Girl Who Kept Night in Her Closet– may be purchased at Avid Bookshop.  If you’d like to purchase books for the library any time of the year, head over to our fundraiser page at Bound to Stay Bound. Thanks in advance for your support!

During break, students might be tempted to spend a lot of time on screens, a practice which can lead to lack of sleep, aggression, social problems, and obesity.  Families Managing Media has some great suggestions for activities instead, which include encouraging your child to play with Legos, blocks, Play-doh, to solve puzzles, create art, read, play musical instruments, and more. As a parent, I try to manage media consumption by not allowing screens in the bedroom, by setting time limits on how long my son stays on screens, and by modeling media use, something I’ve accomplished by limiting my social media use. OAES students are always amazed to hear that my 16 year old son is a proud carrier of a flip phone:).

Regardless, I hope you have a happy holiday! Happy Reading!

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Amazing Author Visit with Bart King and Jacob Wenzka

Last week author Bart King and illustrator Jacob Wenzka visited our K through 3rd grades. They discussed how they work together to create their picture books JUNIPER GETS WET and THE GIRL WHO KEPT NIGHT IN HER CLOSET. Our students were thrilled to learn about the process of making a book, editing, and seeing how Bart shares stick figure drawings with Jacob to convey his ideas.  They loved watching Jacob demonstrate how he sketches out ideas.  Several lucky students won a book, which were personally signed by our visitors! Didn’t get a book of your own?  Contact Mrs. Sugiuchi. Big thanks to Ms. Lewis for taking pictures and helping run the show and special thanks to Ms. Herbert for sharing her space!

On Friday, November 3, 4th and 5th grade will have a special author visit with Joey Weiser, author and illustrator of the popular MERMIN series.  He also colored several popular graphic novels from our collection, including LUNCH LADY, JEDI ACADEMY, and the SECRET SCIENCE ALLIANCE.  Want a signed copy of his MERMIN books?  Volumes 1-3 are available for only $11.69, and volumes 4-5 are only $17.99.  Please make checks payable to OAES.

In other library news, we wrapped up our book fair. We earned $1000 in scholastic books and $440 cash which will be used to support our media program. Thank you to all of our volunteers!

We also have been continuing our lessons on cybersafety in the upper grades, and have been exploring narratives in the lower grades. AS always, we talk about the importance of reading.  Have you turned in your reading log?  They are due today!

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The Book Fair Is Coming, BTSB Wishlist, and More!

More than anything, I want our students to love reading.  Each time our students visit the library, I show them how I track my reading on a reading log.  I also have made a reading wall of all the books from our library that I have read.  I add to this every week.


Today we celebrated our Reading Rock Stars at WOW.  Close to 200 students turned in reading logs! In the past, we randomly chose 12 students K-5 to win a prize.  This year we are also having those same four students share something  from their reading life on the Reading Rock Star window near the cafeteria. Last month I displayed pictures and quotes from our summer reading rock stars.

One way to buy books for your home and support the library is by shopping at our Scholastic Book Fair which will take place October 10-13.  If you would like to VOLUNTEER to help at the BOOK FAIR, please sign up here.

We have a special fundraiser at BTSB where you can purchase books to support our library.  Check out our wishlist here. 

This week in the the upper grades have been focusing on learning how to stay safe online and not sharing private information.  PK and I read my all time favorite book , WHERE the WILD THINGS ARE.  K and I discussed community helpers using the book WELCOME TO MY NEIGHBORHOOD, A BARRIO ABC, and 1st Grade and I learned about the importance of following your dreams with DRUM DREAM GIRL.

Don’t forget to read every night and write it down on your reading log.  Happy Reading!




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Every Single One of Us Needs to Read!

I love books and I love kids, which is why I’m a children’s librarian. My goal is for every kid at OAES to recognize how important it is to read. I can’t explain it any better than Jason Reynolds, author of GHOST and of GA Book Award Nominee AS BRAVE AS YOU,  does in this video. He reminds us why “Every single one of us needs to read.”


I read every day. Each week I share my reading logs with our students so they will know that I am not just asking them to read and record it on their reading logs, but that I am reading as well.


When I was in the first grade, I won the reading contest at my school. I found it exciting to be rewarded for reading. It motivated me to become a better reader. I’ve tried to replicate that thrill for our students with the Reading Rock Star program (details here). Please encourage your children to read every night and to record  what they read on their reading log (linked here). September reading logs are due September 26.

One way I stay excited about reading is by visiting the library.  I often search the online library catalog before I go to the library so that I have time to browse. I have been teaching grades 2-5 to access our online library catalog.

However, this week, due to Tropical Storm Irma, the students and I have been reading a nonfiction book, HURRICANES, which describes how hurricanes form.  Afterwards we have been reading an incredible fictionalized account of surviving a hurricane, Myron Uhlberg’s A STORM CALLED KATRINA. Colin Bootman’s illustrations are exquisite!


Lastly, Ms. Goeckeritz (4th grade) made this incredibly sweet video about our media center at OAES.  You can learn about our media program here. Thanks Ms. Goeckeritz!


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Curriculum Night Fun!

Hi families,

We are looking forward to seeing you tomorrow at Curriculum Night! Please stop by and visit the library (cottage 904, next to the 4th and 5th grade academy).  We have a fun activity planned- creating a shelf talker celebrating your favorite book!  You can also just look around the library or find out ways families can be involved in our school library program.

We loved watching the eclipse! Don’t know what to do with your eclipse glasses?  You can recycle them in the front office or the media center.  We will send them to Astronomers Without Borders, who will send them to schools in Asia and South America- they will experience the eclipse in 2019. Check out the cool pictures of the sun’s shadow in the slideshow. Notice how it rotates!

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, September 12th!  In conjunction with National Library Card Sign Up Month, Oglethorpe will be celebrating a special night Night at The Library! Mr. Bush will share “The Great Antonio” a fun program for all ages (including Pre-K and K) about how to discern between fact and fiction and fabulous people. This event will take place from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Have you been reading at night?  Don’t forget to turn in your reading log! Logs were due August 22.  Find out all about our Reading Rock Stars Program here.

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OAES School Library Media Center Updates/ Books for Keeps

Hi families,

Hope your school year is off to a great start.  2 big things.  We have added an important dates section to the website to help you keep track of media center happenings.  It will be updated throughout the year. I have listed everything so far below.  Also, this weekend is the Books for Keeps sale.  In case you didn’t know, Books for Keeps is an amazing program that provides 12 free books EVERY YEAR to our K-5 students. You can help support their mission by shopping for books at bargain prices!

From the BFK website:

This year’s sale is again being held in the old Vision Video space at 2405 Jefferson Road, the Homewood Village shopping center.

Saturday, Aug. 12, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – $2 hardbacks, $1 paperbacks, $1 children’s books, and our discount books are reduced to 25 cents.

Sunday, Aug. 13, 12 to 4 p.m. – Bag Day! Fill a plastic grocery bag with books for $5 or a canvas BFK tote for $20; Our Teacher Free-for-All is from 4 to 5 – bring a valid school ID or proof of educational nonprofit status and cart away our excess books for FREE! No early birds please.


Important Dates:

August 15: Summer Reading Logs Due

August 22: August Reading Logs Due

September 1: Summer Reading Rock Star Celebration @ 2 p.m. (Friday) Contact me if you’d like to volunteer!

September 12: Night at the Athens Clarke County Library, 6 p.m.

September 26: Reading Rock Star Logs Due

October 9-13: Fall Book Fair

October 24: Reading Rock Star Logs Due

November 14: Reading Rock Star Logs Due

December 18: Reading Rock Star Logs Due

January 12: Mid-Year Reading Rock Star Celebration, K-2 @1:00, 3-5 @ 2:00

January 23: Reading Rock Star Logs Due

February 20: Reading Rock Star Logs Due

March 26-30: Spring Book Fair

March 27: Last batch of Reading Rock Star Logs Due

April 5th: Book-a-Palooza

April 23-24 (tentative): Books for Keeps

May 9: Reading Rock Stars Field Trip

Welcome Back! Reading Rock Star Info

Welcome back!  I hope you had a great summer! I’m looking forward to seeing all of you on August 9th.

If you read this summer on your own, or if you took part in the summer reading program at Athens-Clarke County Library, please turn in your reading logs to your homeroom teacher by Tuesday, August 15th. Your reading log could be either a certificate from the library OR a list of the books you read.

In case you are new to our school, we have a reading program called the Reading Rock Stars. We ask students to read each night and write down what you read. Each class will set their own reading goal; usually this is to read a half hour each night. August reading logs are due Tuesday, August 22nd.

Don’t know what to read?  Check out our summer reading lists.

Happy reading!







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.


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

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