Tag Archives: Deirdre Sugiuchi

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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Author Quest

This week we will be exploring the everyone and fiction sections of our media center.  The goal is to learn about new authors and see where their books can be found.  The videos below remind you about proper shelf marker procedure, as well as how to use the end markers on the shelves.  Happy seeking!

2nd Grade Padlets:

Ms. Blackwell

Mr. Mize

Mr. Messori

Ms. Shearer

Ms. Dykes

3rd Grade Padlets:

Ms. Lane

Ms. Wheeler

Ms. Kramer

Ms. Collins

Ms. Buchanan

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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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Reading Rock Star Party, PLD Protocol, Upcoming Author Visit with Jennifer Holm

Last Friday we celebrated our sumeer Reading Rock Stars. Over 30 of our kids participated in a summer reading program. We signed the Readers Are Leaders banner, ate ice cream sundaes, and received prize bags loaded with book-related gifts from Avid Bookshop. We are very proud of our kids!

Last week we checked out over 400 laptops to our students and teachers. Every student grades 3-5 has the option to take their device home this year, provided their parents complete a training. Our first training is on September 18 @ 5:00. Students, make sure you follow these guidelines when using your devices.

Thursday, August 28, author Jennifer Holm will visit grades 3-5.  You can order her books in advance, or purchase when she visits. If you need an order form, stop by the Media Center.

 

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Books for Keeps Is the Best!

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Growing up I had a library. I’m a big reader because  my grandmother made sure I had lots of books.  If all were right in my world, every kid in our school would have their own library at their house.  Thanks to local organization Books for Keeps, this goal is happening. The past two days,  every single student in our school Grades K-4 has taken home 12 free books, which they were able to choose for themselves.  (5th grade will receive their books on Thursday).  It’s been thrilling!

I LOVE the way Books for Keeps organizes their distribution- every student self-selects their books.  Afterwards, they conduct exit survey asking the kids what books they are most excited about, and what they wish we had more of.  They base their entire method on this study. It works!

The past two days, I have had so many kids come up and hug me and tell me how excited they are about reading.  Every time I walk into a classroom or into the hall, I spy a kid with their head in a book.  The past few weeks the kids and I have had great discussions about the best way to thank Melaney, Leslie, Vicky and all of the volunteers is by reading every day.  I’m already seeing this in action.  Chills!  Way to go, Wildcats!  Keep up the good work!

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Upcoming Events and Poetry Month Pics

Greetings, Wildcats!  Hope you are enjoying poetry month.  We are having a blast with our poetry month centers! We have several different stations where our students read poems, write poems, illustrate poems, copy poems, or create poems of their own.  See some of our magic in action below.

This month is flying!  We have several upcoming events planned.

Thursday, April 24th is Poem in Your Pocket Day.  Make sure you have a poem in your pocket to share with those you love! Can’t find the right poem?  Haven’t written one yet?  Make sure you stop by one of our poetry stations, which will be in operation through Wednesday, April 30.

It’s super important to read during the summer break.  If you don’t, you lose valuable reading skills. The Athens- Clarke County Library has a great summer reading program to encourage all of you to come in and check out books. On Thursday, May 1, ACC Librarian Ms. Kim James will visit OAES to discuss the summer reading program.  I will also introduce our summer reading lists, which we are compiling this week.

Don’t have enough books to read at your house?  On Monday, May 5 and Tuesday May 6 volunteers from awesome Athens organization Books for Keeps will be here to distribute 12 free books to each student in our school grades K-5. This is our first I am so THRILLED, and I know you all will be too.

Wednesday, May 7 Mr. Marty Barrett and his crew from the Woodruff Arts Center will share their Poetry Off the Page Program.  This event was sponsored by AthFest Educates and our P.T.O.  Thanks AthFest!  Thanks, P.T.O.  We ❤ you!

Thursday, May 8 Ms. Lauren Knowlton from the Young Adult Program of the ACC Library will discuss their summer reading program with our 5th Grade.  We also will have the Books for Keeps Distribution for our 5th grade.

Monday, May 12 all library books are due for inventory.  Make sure you get them back to us no later than Friday, May 16– the last day of school!

 

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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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