Summer Reading Rock Star Party

Last Friday we celebrated our summer Reading Rock Stars with a special ice cream sundae party in the cafeteria. We had a great time! Big thanks to all the parents who helped. Way to go, Reading Rock Stars!

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Shelli Johannes Came to Visit OAES!

Last Friday we had an amazing author visit with Shelli Johannes, author of CeCe Loves Science. It was incredible! The kids LOVED meeting Shelli.  They loved having her read the book, and they especially loved asking questions. You should check out the website– there are lots of fun activities! Big thanks to Janet Geddis and Kate Lorraine of Avid Bookshop for bringing Shelli to Athens!

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Welcome Back, Wildcats!

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Welcome back Wildcats!  It’s been great to see all of you! Happy new school year!

We are finally settled into the new media center.  We love our new space!

Last Friday we just celebrated our first group of Reading Rock Stars.  We had so many people reading in August.  Way to go! This list is of our summer reading rock stars.  They are invited to a special reading rock star party on Friday, September 14th.  Parents, please send Ms. Sugi a picture of your student’s summer reading log to sugiuchid@clarke.k12.ga.us if your student’s name is not on the list. Let me know if your student read more than 100 books this summer.

Last of all, on Friday, September 7, from 1:30-2:15, author Shelli Johannes of CeCe Loves Science will be visiting K-2 in the cafeteria. It’s our first author visit in the new school!  Want to purchase a copy? Bring a check/ cash or credit- price is $16.19.

Our Book Fair is October 15-19th! This fall it will be hosted by Avid Bookshop.  Would you like to request a book for Avid to stock?  Complete this form!

Would you like a book to be purchased for the library? We have limited funds but will try our best.  Please complete this form! 

Questions? Email me.  Feel free to stop by the library anytime!

Happy Reading!

 

 

 

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2018 Recap

We’ve had lots of incredible events happen this year at Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary including:

  • We had 4 AMAZING author visits with Caleb Zane Huett, Abby Hanlon, Joey Weiser and with OAES parents Bart King and Jacob Wenzka;
  • 2 book fairs;
  • 2 Reading Rock Star field trips;
  • Summer Reading Rock Star Celebration;
  • Winter Reading Rock Star Celebration;
  • 9 WOWs where Reading Rock Stars were celebrated!
  • The Books for Keeps program, which distributed 12 free books to all students K-5!
  • Mr. Evan from Athens Clarke County Library shared info with all students PK-2 about our summer reading program.  Ms. Sugi shared the same info with everyone else.
  • We took part in MakerFest!
  • Ms. Sugi created Summer Reading Lists for each grade level!
  • Intern Hannah labeled fiction books according to genre
  • Ms. Sugi delivered lessons to all classes promoting love of reading, media literacy and staying safe online;
  • We continued our focus on developing a culturally relevant reading collection- the Black Panther series was a huge hit!
  • The Media Committee developed guidelines for technology use;
  • We packed (and are still packing) the library in prep for the move to the new school;
  • Mr. Perez and Ms. Sugi organized the tech distribution and collection in the fall and spring.

None of this would have been possible without the help of Mr. Perez, interns Melissa Serro, Hannah Sikes, Emily Walls, Max Rabb, and Dansbie Charles, as well as our amazing parent volunteers and teaching staff.  Thanks for a great year!

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Books for Keeps Is the Best!

The best thing about being a school librarian in Athens, Ga is that we have this incredible organization called Books for Keeps which raises funds ($30 per student- if inclined, donate here) so that all students K-5 are able to take home 12 books each year in order to prevent summer slide. Thanks to Leslie Hale, Melaney Cook Smith, Rainey Lynch, Louis Crow, and all the other individuals who make this day possible. You rock our world!

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Wildcats Writing to Celebrate Poetry Month

April is poetry month. I always tell the kids it’s my favorite month to teach.  PK-3 and I have been exploring the question “What is poetry?” using Eloise Greenfield’s poem, Things. 

The upper grades and I have been writing poetry.  This past week we used Lucille Clifton’s “why some people be mad at me sometimes” as a mentor text.  Our kids have had a great time writing.  Enjoy their poems!

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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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