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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.

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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.”

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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.

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

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Book Fair is next week!

Next week, March 20-24th, is our spring book fair. All purchases benefit our school. If you would like to volunteer, please sign up here.
Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com

Monday, March 20, 10:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m.

Tuesday, March 21,  7:30-2:45 p.m.

Wednesday, March 22,  7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23, 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Friday, March 24, 7:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

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Move to the EastSide!

In December we left our location on Oglethorpe Avenue for a temporary stay at 280 Gaines School Road.  In order to prepare for this move, we sorted our collection (about a third of it is in storage).  We then packed our books and materials in color coded boxes.  We are in a much smaller facility here at Gaines- a double wide trailer, which the kids and I like to call the Teeny Tiny Library.  It’s compact yet fun!

I had so many awesome parents, friends, and community members help. I could not have done this without the local organization Books for Keeps, which provided many volunteers.  Big thanks to my husband, Chris, as well.

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Wildcat Writers!

In January, my awesome interns Max and Melissa and I offered a special after school program, the Wildcat Writing Club.  We met with 15 students for four weeks and practiced different styles of writing- poetry flags, personal narratives, and fiction.  It was great fun!

Many of our students entered their writing into the Young Authors Contest.  Julian, Ollie, and Allison all placed!  Way to go!

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