Tag Archives: Deirdre Sugiuchi

Shelli Johannes Came to Visit OAES!

Last Friday we had an amazing author visit with Shelli Johannes, author of CeCe Loves Science. It was incredible! The kids LOVED meeting Shelli.  They loved having her read the book, and they especially loved asking questions. You should check out the website– there are lots of fun activities! Big thanks to Janet Geddis and Kate Lorraine of Avid Bookshop for bringing Shelli to Athens!

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Welcome Back, Wildcats!

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Welcome back Wildcats!  It’s been great to see all of you! Happy new school year!

We are finally settled into the new media center.  We love our new space!

Last Friday we just celebrated our first group of Reading Rock Stars.  We had so many people reading in August.  Way to go! This list is of our summer reading rock stars.  They are invited to a special reading rock star party on Friday, September 14th.  Parents, please send Ms. Sugi a picture of your student’s summer reading log to sugiuchid@clarke.k12.ga.us if your student’s name is not on the list. Let me know if your student read more than 100 books this summer.

Last of all, on Friday, September 7, from 1:30-2:15, author Shelli Johannes of CeCe Loves Science will be visiting K-2 in the cafeteria. It’s our first author visit in the new school!  Want to purchase a copy? Bring a check/ cash or credit- price is $16.19.

Our Book Fair is October 15-19th! This fall it will be hosted by Avid Bookshop.  Would you like to request a book for Avid to stock?  Complete this form!

Would you like a book to be purchased for the library? We have limited funds but will try our best.  Please complete this form! 

Questions? Email me.  Feel free to stop by the library anytime!

Happy Reading!

 

 

 

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2018 Recap

We’ve had lots of incredible events happen this year at Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary including:

  • We had 4 AMAZING author visits with Caleb Zane Huett, Abby Hanlon, Joey Weiser and with OAES parents Bart King and Jacob Wenzka;
  • 2 book fairs;
  • 2 Reading Rock Star field trips;
  • Summer Reading Rock Star Celebration;
  • Winter Reading Rock Star Celebration;
  • 9 WOWs where Reading Rock Stars were celebrated!
  • The Books for Keeps program, which distributed 12 free books to all students K-5!
  • Mr. Evan from Athens Clarke County Library shared info with all students PK-2 about our summer reading program.  Ms. Sugi shared the same info with everyone else.
  • We took part in MakerFest!
  • Ms. Sugi created Summer Reading Lists for each grade level!
  • Intern Hannah labeled fiction books according to genre
  • Ms. Sugi delivered lessons to all classes promoting love of reading, media literacy and staying safe online;
  • We continued our focus on developing a culturally relevant reading collection- the Black Panther series was a huge hit!
  • The Media Committee developed guidelines for technology use;
  • We packed (and are still packing) the library in prep for the move to the new school;
  • Mr. Perez and Ms. Sugi organized the tech distribution and collection in the fall and spring.

None of this would have been possible without the help of Mr. Perez, interns Melissa Serro, Hannah Sikes, Emily Walls, Max Rabb, and Dansbie Charles, as well as our amazing parent volunteers and teaching staff.  Thanks for a great year!

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Books for Keeps Is the Best!

The best thing about being a school librarian in Athens, Ga is that we have this incredible organization called Books for Keeps which raises funds ($30 per student- if inclined, donate here) so that all students K-5 are able to take home 12 books each year in order to prevent summer slide. Thanks to Leslie Hale, Melaney Cook Smith, Rainey Lynch, Louis Crow, and all the other individuals who make this day possible. You rock our world!

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Author Visits, Managing Screen Time Over the Holidays, and Library Fundraiser

I love hosting authors at OAES because it allows our students to realize that regular people write and create books. We’ve had two more amazing author visits recently.  In October Joey Weiser shared with our 4th and 5th grade about the process of creating his graphic novel series Mermin.  The kids loved his presentation.  I have had to order an additional 15 copies from our lovely local Avid Bookshop because these books don’t stay on the shelves.

Avid bookseller Caleb Zane Huett visited in early December to promote his book Top Elf.  During this visit, Caleb modeled how to write a story using our students’ suggestions.  It was tons of fun!  At both visits, students won copies of books in our super special raffle.  Top Elf is another book that doesn’t stay on our shelves!

Looking for holiday presents?  Copies of books from all of our recent author visits- Mermin, Top Elf, Juniper Gets Wet, and The Girl Who Kept Night in Her Closet– may be purchased at Avid Bookshop.  If you’d like to purchase books for the library any time of the year, head over to our fundraiser page at Bound to Stay Bound. Thanks in advance for your support!

During break, students might be tempted to spend a lot of time on screens, a practice which can lead to lack of sleep, aggression, social problems, and obesity.  Families Managing Media has some great suggestions for activities instead, which include encouraging your child to play with Legos, blocks, Play-doh, to solve puzzles, create art, read, play musical instruments, and more. As a parent, I try to manage media consumption by not allowing screens in the bedroom, by setting time limits on how long my son stays on screens, and by modeling media use, something I’ve accomplished by limiting my social media use. OAES students are always amazed to hear that my 16 year old son is a proud carrier of a flip phone:).

Regardless, I hope you have a happy holiday! Happy Reading!

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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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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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Exciting Events!

Tomorrow, author C. Alexander London will be visiting our media center.  We are thrilled!  London is debuting his new novel, the Wild Ones.  He is also the author of the Accidental Adventure series. Thanks Avid Bookshop for making this happen.

We have been having many fun lessons in the media center on how to find information.  First we went on scavenger hunts, then we filmed ourselves discussing the process with flipgrid, a technique that we really enjoy here because it requires us to actively think about what we are learning.  Our younger grades have been using flipgrid to share what they know about their favorite fiction books.

Check out our grids below!

2nd and 3rd grade:

Finding Fiction and Everyone Books

Using the Dewey Decimal System

K-1:

Fiction Books

(You can email me for the password at sugiuchid@clarke.k12.ga.us or find it on our facebook site).

Last week our Osmos arrived!  Osmos are a game system that allows children to use iPads in interactive play.  This week we have been trying out the tangram feature, which helps our kids think spatially, and introduces them to geometrical concepts. I first used an Osmo in Andy Plemmons Media Center at Barrow- and our kids and teachers LOVE! Check out pictures below.

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Our book fair will be held October 13-19.  More updates will be posted soon.

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Book Fair, Books for Keeps, Battle of the Books

Welcome back from spring break! March is busy!  We have a couple of media center updates.
1.  The 5th grade Battle of the Books competition will be held this Wednesday, March 18 at 1:20 in the Media Center.  We are very proud of all of our participants. We would love to have our families join us, if your schedule permits.
2.  This Saturday, March 21, 2015, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., several of our students are participating in a Books for Keeps fundraiser, Are You Smarter Than an Athens Grade Schooler?  This event takes place at Holiday Inn, and helps raise money for Books for Keeps, an organization that provides 12 free books for every student (K-5) in our school!.
3.  The Book Fair is coming!  It starts next Monday, March 23 and runs through March 27 at 1:00.  We begin setting up Friday, March 20th at 1:00.  If you would like to volunteer, please sign up here.  I’d love to have your help!
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