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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Read Across America Week

We love to read at Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary, and we love Dr. Seuss.  To celebrate Read Across America Week,we had several Seuss stations in the media center, and a special visit from everyone’s favorite cat!

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Black History Month

Our school had a great black history month celebration this year.  Many of our classrooms performed.  Athenian Ken Dious spoke.  Check out our awesome performers here.

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Two Amazing Author Visits

We had two amazing author visits this past semester!

Lois Ruby, author of The Doll Graveyard and other Oglethorpe faves, came and led a writing workshop with our fifth graders in September!  It was amazing!


Later that month, author and illustrator Ben Hatke came and spoke with our 3rd and 4th graders.  He spoke to us about how he creates his graphic novels and picture books, which include the Zita the Spacegirl series and Mighty Jack!

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Dia de Los Muertos

Our school is moving in December to a different location, so it’s been a crazy semester. We still had time for some Dia de Los Muertos fun! We set up an ofrenda in the media center, learned about the holiday, and made some crafts- papel picado in the upper grades and paper flowers in the lower grades.

Reading Rock Star Party and Upcoming Events

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Last Friday we had our Reading Rock Star Party. It was so much fun!  Big thanks to all of our volunteers- I could not have pulled it off without you!

Don’t forget, logs are due this Tuesday, August 23rd!

On September 6, in honor of National Library Card Sign-Up Month, Mrs. Sugiuchi will meet you at the Athens-Clarke County Library to sign up for a library card, explore the library, or just check out books.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

We have two upcoming author events.  On Monday, September 19th, author Lois Ruby will be visiting our 5th grade.  And on Wednesday, September 28th, author Ben Hatke will be visiting our 3rd and 4th grade. Don’t forget to turn in your forms to reserve your own copy of a signed book!

Happy reading!

















Welcome Back!

Hey all, 
Welcome back! Hope you had a great summer! So happy to see our students:).  They will begin visiting the library next week.  We checked out computers and textbooks this week.
Summer reading logs are due tomorrow, Friday, August 12th. August logs are are due August 23. Info about the Summer Reading Rock Star Incentives can be found here. 
Books for Keeps is a local organization that donates 12 free books to every child in our school ( as well as several others).  Their annual fundraising book sale, located in the former Vision Video in Homewood, starts today.  They have lots of great books priced to sell from $.25 to $3. More info can be found here.
We have distributed personal learning devices to every student grades 2-5. They will not start going home until Monday, and then per teacher’s discretion. This is a link to the Learning Technologies Overview, which covers acceptable use guidelines. It will go home in your child’s folder by next week. Please review with your child. 
Please let me know if you have any questions.  Enjoy the rest of your week!

Happy Last Day!

Happy last day everyone!  Will miss you this summer!  Make sure to take part in our summer reading program.  Details may be found here.

We did so many cool projects at the end of the school year that I did not have time to post- our tech support quit so I was doing my best to keep the computers working during any spare time:).  However, I am linking all the projects I can remember creating for your summer viewing pleasure.  Enjoy!

3rd Grade Wax Museum:

Our 3rd grade class researched historical figures and dressed up as them.  Our 4th graders shot the video.  Awesome intern Madison Ingram helped me string the shots together.

Ms. Buchanan’s class

Ms. Collins’ Class

Ms. Wheeler’s Class

Ms. Lane’s Class


Poetry Is Poems by Blackwell, Lane, Buchanan, Mize,  Messori, Dykes and Wheeler’s Class

PRE-K made some cute poems!

Ms. Garcia’s Class

Ms. Emory’s Class

Several grade levels and I made Magnet style Poetry using an app called Lark.  We also made Blackout Poetry.  We linked it all together using an app called Shadowpuppet.  I love their poems!

Book Fair, Visits with Henry Cole and Judge Makin

In February, we had the most amazing visit with Henry Cole,  author and illustrator of OAES favorites Unspoken and A Nest for Celeste.  He was here to promote his most recent book, The Somewhat True Adventures of Sammy Shine.  I can’t say enough about how amazing and entertaining this visit was.

Yesterday Judge Makin came to speak to our 3rd grade about being a judge and the judicial branch.  It was very informative.  The kids were enthralled!

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Our Book Fair begins next week, but you can start shopping now at our online book fair. If you’d like to volunteer at our book fair, please sign up here.  Our book fair will be open March 21-March 25.  Come support our school library!

Monday, March 21, 11:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m.

Tuesday, March 22,  7:30-2:45 p.m.

Wednesday, March 23,  7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 24, 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Friday, March 25, 7:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.


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Wildcats Win the District Book-a-Palooza!

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Way to go, Wildcats! Our students won 1st place in the District Book-a-Palooza, and we got to bring home the coveted trophy. Congrats to Soli Nackashi (1st place, Writing), Natasha Williams (2nd place, Technology), Gus Waldrip (3rd place, Performance), Jael Flores (3rd Place, Tri-fold) and Diego Somilleda (Honorable Mention, Art). Big thanks to Ms. Porter and all the other teachers who encouraged our kids to compete. And of course, I’m beyond thrilled- we’ve never taken home the trophy before!

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