Monthly Archives: March 2014

Our Book Fair is online!

Our Book Fair is online!

Shop the Scholastic Book Fair online.  You can also order Minecraft Handbooks directly from Scholastic (we are out!).


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Nancy Krulik Author Visit, Book Fair, Battle of the Books, Books for Keeps Fundraiser

Welcome back, Wildcats!  Hope you had a great spring break!

Today author Nancy Krulik visited our Media Center.  She shared excepts from each of her series, Katie Kazoo Switcheroo, George Brown, Class Clown, and the Magic Bone Series. She spoke with the 2nd grade about all aspects of the writing process. She stressed the importance of revising your work.


An anonymous benefactor donated money that enabled us to purchase  five of Ms. Krulik’s books for each classroom.  Another Wildcat friend’s donation helped Mrs. Sugiuchi purchase complete sets of all three series for our SLMC.  We are all thrilled to read our gifts! Thanks to Janet Geddis, Rachel Watkins, and Will Walton from Avid Bookshop for arranging this visit and for making it a success!

Next week we are hosting our spring book fair. We are already excited about the books- we’ve been watching and discussing different book trailers this week.  If you or someone you know would like to volunteer for the book fair, you can sign up here.

Next Monday @ 8:45 we will be hosting the 5th grade Battle of the Books in the cafeteria.  May the most well-read team win!

This Saturday, seven of our students will be participating in “Are You Smarter Than an Athens Grade Schooler?,” a fun, family-friendly event benefiting Books for Keeps, an organization that provides free books to students. This May all of our students will be receiving books from Books for Keeps.

If you have time, please join us!  Details below:

What: Are You Smarter than an Athens Grade-Schooler?

Where: Holiday Inn Athens

When: This Saturday from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Who: Students from Alps, Fowler, Oglethorpe, and Winterville Elementary Schools competing against adults from Athens’ business community.

Visit Books for Keeps’ website, to buy tickets and check out the adult teams, as well as the Facebook event page. Seating is limited, so buy tickets in advance!

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Read Across America Week, Upcoming Events, Book Club Trailer

This week we are having a week long literacy celebration.  We have several literacy stations set up in the OAES School Library Media Center. Kids and adults have LOVED!

The kids have enjoyed reading and relaxing with Dr. Seuss books at Seuss Stations. At “What’s Your Favorite Book?” we already have over a hundred titles collected on hearts.  They have enjoyed creating poems at Poetry Word Scramble, and writing down favorite lines from poems at Poetry Bookmark.  A surprising favorite has been the letter writing station , where the kids can write a letter to their favorite author or to someone they love.  The iPad station has been the most popular; our kids and teachers have had a great time exploring our ebooks and apps.  It has been fun to experiment using different stations in the library. I have great ideas for the rest of this year and next.

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A group of our 5th graders completed their first book club trailer to Linda Sue Park’s A Long Walk to Water.  <3!

Also, our intern Molly Faust was profiled in the Athens Banner Herald for volunteering. We so appreciate the work all our volunteers do! They help make our media center into a place our kids love.

We have three big events happening soon.  On Thursday, March 20th, author Nancy Krulik will meet with our 2nd grade and discuss the writing process.  Can’t wait! Book Fair will be held March 24-28.  Information about volunteering will be linked soon. And 5th grade, read your heart out-  5th grade Battle of the Books will be held Monday, March 24 @ 8:45.

Happy reading to all of you!