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Reading Rock Stars, Book Fair, Library Lessons, and…

We are hosting our Fall Book Fair October 10- 17.  We start setting up October 9.  I’d love to have your help. You can go to this link to sign up.  
This past month our first grade has been studying one of my favorite genres, fairy tales.  We have read several including Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin, the Three Billy Goats Gruff.  The students are great at identifying fairy tale characteristics and are currently writing them in their classrooms.  I can’t wait to read them!
We’ve been reading about community helpers in kindergarten, pairing informational texts with narratives.  The students really enjoyed covering librarians, which we paired with last year’s GA Book Award Nominee, Miss Brooks Loves Books (And I Don’t).  We have also studied teachers and police officers.  This week we are reading Work: An Occupational ABC.
Our 2nd and 3rd grade is learning to take notes from informational books. 2nd grade has been studying Georgia Habitats.  Our 3rd Grade has been learning about the Rocks and Minerals of Georgia.  Catch Ms. Kramer’s students in action in our slideshow.

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I’ve been introducing the Battle of the Books to our 4th Grade.  Our 5th grade has been going on scavenger hunts in the Dewey Decimal section.  They are earning their way around our library.  This will help them when they visit the Athens-Clarke County Library, as well as when they go to middle and high school.
I discuss the importance of reading daily with all of our students each week.  Last week we celebrated 100 plus for becoming Reading Rock Stars.  Way to go!
Last Friday we had several dozen parents attend our Parent PLD Session.  The next session will take place in our computer lab on Wednesday, October 15 @ 6 p.m.  Stop by our Book Fair afterwards!  We will be open until 7:30 that evening.
Have a great week!

 

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Poetry Month!

Welcome, Wildcats! Happy Poetry Month! We love poetry here at Oglethorpe, and we have lots of fabulous poetry oriented centers for you to explore when your class visits the library. You can write poems, decorate poems, &  read poetry all month long. Remember, if you would like to check out a poetry book, you can find them in the 811’s and 821’s.

This morning our fifth grade school champions traveled with Mr. Todd and me (Mrs. Sugiuchi) to Clarke Central High School to participate in the District Battle of the Books. We are so proud of their hard work! Make sure to congratulate Aida, Tavia, Leo and Jay for representing the Wildcats in the last battle.

Exciting news! Our intern Clarissa Raybon and I were awarded a grant from First Book UGA. We will be able to purchase books for all of our CLASE students to read with a mentor and take home next semester. We so appreciate Ms. Clarissa’s help, not just with this grant but for all her hard work. Make sure you thank our interns (Todd, Clarissa, Jane, Molly,Shelby, Kristina, and Laura Frances). They help make our LMC great!

And lastly, thanks to all of our students and teachers and families. It’s an honor to work with all of you!

Happy Reading!

PS:  Super thanks to everyone for supporting our book fair.  We raised nearly a $1000 which we will use to buy supplies and pay for special programming for our LMC.

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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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