Monthly Archives: December 2014

Holiday Happenings @ OAES

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Our Wildcats adore Ylvis’ What Does the Fox Say? Lucky for us, Athens- Clarke County Library had the picture book!  This last week, after our lessons (we’ve been learning about Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and how Christmas is celebrated in Mexico- with posadas!) we have read the book, then had a dance party.  Fun for everyone!  Check out the two videos below. (Ms. Kaitlin made the second one).

Last week, Wildcat parent Robin Grundstein shared a Hanukkah story and activity with our 1st grade.  We made dreidls with marshmallows, pretzels, and kisses.  Super yum!

Yesterday our 3rd grade had a special screening of Polar Express in the library.  Ms. Kaitlin, Ms. Jennifer, and I made everyone hot chocolate.  Fun!

The sad thing about the semester ending is that we are bidding farewell to some fabulous interns.  This week we said goodbye to Ms. Caitlin Clark, Ms. Jennifer, and Mr. Thaxton.  We hope they visit soon! Lucky us, Ms. Alex and Ms. Kaitlin Taylor are staying on.

Lastly, we have SO MANY READING ROCK STARS this month- way to go! 181 wildcats are eligible for the Reading Rock Star Cupcake Party, which will be held the afternoon of January 9.  Our students had to turn in three or more logs to be eligible for this event- I’m super proud of their hard work!

Parents, if you would like to volunteer at our celebration and/ or provide cupcakes and decorating supplies, please email Ms. Sugiuchi at 

Hope you have a fabulous holiday.  Happy Reading!

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December Diversions, Alan Gratz Author Visit, and Reading Rock Star Fun!

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I love to get our wildcats excited about reading, because  I do believe that reading is the most important thing in the world.  I created the Reading Rock Star program because I know winning the 1st grade reading contest back at Kathleen Bankston Elementary helped me become the reading rock star I am today.

This year I started tracking our logs with gold stars (I copied it from a similar program at my gym).  I added parties because we all love events.  We already have over a hundred kids who have turned in 3 or more logs and are attending the Reading Rock Star party in January (cupcake decoration= fun, fun, fun!). Last week, Dr. Dunne and I added a new incentive!  Every student who turns in 5 or more logs by April 21st gets to go on a field trip to the Georgia Museum of Art in May.  It will be super fun!  Get those logs in!

In other news, last Wednesday our 4th and 5th graders had an author visit with League of Seven’s Alan Gratz.  It was dynamite!  He told us all about his new book, and about his writing process.  Super thanks to Will Walton, Rachel Watkins and Janet Geddis of Avid Bookshop for helping set this visit up.

Want to read the League of Seven?  Let me know if you want me to add your name to the waiting list.

I have been teaching research skills to 5th grade. Need a refresher on tips for using the encyclopedia?  Check out this video!

Last week K-3 and I read How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  We brainstormed ways we could do nice things for others and grow our hearts. My fave- let your parents sleep in! Our 3rd grade and I also have been writing thank you notes to Sandy Creek Nature Center for our recent field trip.  We even learned to address envelopes!

Have the best week ever!  Happy Reading!

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