Monthly Archives: December 2013

AthFest Educates Awards OAES a Mini-Grant!

AthFest Educates just awarded Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary another mini-grant for $500. We will use these funds to provide a poetry performance in April (Poetry Month) by Mr. Marty Barrett and his crew from the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta. Thanks, AthFest!  We you.

Tagged , , , ,

Books for Keeps, AthFest Educates Funds A Christmas Memory, R.E.M. Interview, & New Books Galore

Yesterday Books for Keeps Executive Director Leslie Hale, founder Melaney Smith, and several volunteers (including former Athens mayor Heidi Davidson) met with the Pre-K students here at Oglethorpe. They gave six books to every Pre-K student in our school.   In May they will give every single student in our school 12 books.  The goal-  for our students to become better readers by having books to read at home!   We are very excited about this new partnership.  You may read more about Books for Keeps and their mission here.

Last Thursday Mr. Marty Barrett and other actors from the Woodruff Center for the Arts presented Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory to our 4th and 5th grades. We loved it!  This performance was made possible via a grant from AthFest Educates. We cannot thank AthFest enough!

Last Wednesday Mr. Bertis Downs, manager of R.E.M., stopped by our school. Several of our 5th grade girls interviewed Mr. Downs about the making of R.E.M.’s video, Shiny Happy People.  The backdrops from this mural were painted by OAES students. Some of our students were in the video.  These murals still hang on our cafeteria walls.  We are making a video of our interview.  Check back in January for updates.

After the interview, we watched R.E.M. videos.
We also received hundreds of new books last week- most of which (thanks to our amazing interns) are ready for you to check out! Stop by- there are hundreds of titles to choose from such as Giant Steps to Change the World, the complete Tin-Tin, Nino Wrestles the World, Mi Frida, Chickenhare, Albert II: the First Monkey in Space, Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, Round Is a Tortilla, and nonfiction sets galore.  I hope you love them as much as I do!

Tagged , , , , , , ,

Wildcat Coffee

Support our school. Purchase Wildcat Coffee Blend either at Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary or at Hendershot’s Coffee Bar at 237 Prince Avenue. It’s delicious!

Tagged , , , , ,

Athfest Educates Presents the Pied Piper, Reading and Tech PACTS, Upcoming LMC Challenges and Events

We’ve been busy in the OAES school library media center!

Actors from the Woodruff Center of the Arts performed the Pied Piper of Hamelin for grades K-3.  This performance was made possible by a grant from Athfest Educates, with additional expenses covered by your book fair. We learned the origins of the phrase “You must pay the piper,” and also discussed the importance of keeping one’s word.  Great fun was had by all involved. Again, thanks Athfest.  We think you rule!

Mr. Barrett and Mrs. Sugiuchi led a discussion on Digital Literacy in CCSD and focused on the importance of setting media family rules. Missed our session?  We will be hosting a recap in January‘s K-3 PACTS- any OGL community member is welcome to attend.
Mrs. Sugiuchi also hosted the November K-3 PACTS in the media center.  Parents and kids read together and practiced checking for understanding– kids rolled a dice and answered the question asked.Watching our families read together was the best!

Several of our 4th and 5th grade reading groups have wrapped up their book clubs.  Come check out our library displays!

The poetry cluster ended.  We read poems at the Fall Cluster Fair.  We printed a poetry book which you can check out from the media center. We had the best time, and now that it is over, are oh so sad.

 Our fifth grade girls library lunch bunch is preparing to interview Bertis Downsmanager of R.E.M about how Oglethorpe students created the backdrops that were used in R.E.M.’s Shiny Happy People video. We will interview former OAES teacher April Chapman about how her class created the murals in January. These murals are still in our cafeteria.

All November Reading Rock Stars earned a limited edition OAES Library Sticker.  There will be no December Reading Rock Star Celebration- though special stickers will be earned by those who read lots. Show Mrs. Sugiuchi your reading log when you get back from Christmas Break and she will award you a special prize.  
Also, all Wildcats should take part in the December Writing challenge.  All students who write 20 journal entries in 31 days are eligible to receive a special prize.  Note: these journal entries will not be due until we return on January 6.  (I am giving you extra days.)

Several of our interns are either graduating or moving on to other extracurricular activies.  Make sure you say goodbye and thank them before you go on break!

Please take note of these upcoming events:

December 5- Woodruff Center for the Arts presents Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory. This performance is made possible by an Athfest Educates grant.
4th grade performance at 10:00
-5th grade perfomance at 11:15

Wednesday, December 11 at 12:30- Pre-K book distribution from Books for Keeps- our students will be receiving free books!