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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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Welcome, Wildcats!  Hope you are having the best week ever.  It’s been great to be back from our unexpected snow break. Here in the Media Center there is so much going on.

Our 2-5th grade is continuing our reference blitz.  2nd- 3rd grade is continuing to delve in to dictionaries.  Our 4th and 5th graders are learning all about almanacs- annual publications that in our case (we use the Scholastic Book of World Records) contain information about a particular year’s statistics and facts.  We’ve been focusing on using indexes to search for answers to different questions- including fun ones like “Which celebrity shares your birthday?”  Fun fact:  When Mrs. Sugiuchi was waiting tables in college, she waited on her celeb birthday twin, soccer player Mia Hamm.

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Our kindergarten and 1st grade are enjoying this week’s read aloud- Angela Johnson’s Wind Flyers, a story in which a young boy learns about his uncle’s time serving with the Tuskegee Airmen (their nickname was the Red Tails).  We viewed archival footage of the Red Tails flying, and looked at pictures of their planes in a nonfiction book.  We love learning that they were the best fighter pilots in the U.S.Air Force- they didn’t lose one plane!

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Our UGA interns have been creating exciting displays.  They created two different ones to celebrate Black History Month. They also created this beautiful collage of Fairy Tales from Around the World.

Students, you know that your reading improves with  practice. You know that books build brains. We know that you have been hard at work reading at home, and we want to reward you!  Don’t forget- Reading Rock Star logs are due February 25.

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This Tuesday we received more than $4000 of new books.  We are currently processing them.  I can’t wait for you to check them out!

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Red Tails, Reading Rock Stars, Reference, and More!

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Reference Skills, Reading Rock Stars, the Return of Poetry Party, and Rap a Tap Tap

This week we have been practicing our reference skills. 4th and 5th grade has been locating key places in the atlas. Our 2nd and 3rd graders have been using guide words to locate definitions.

Our Kindergarten and I have enjoyed reading about tap-dancing legend Bill Robinson, otherwise known as Bojangles in Leo and Diane Dillon’s Rap a Tap Tap. We all agree- there’s no better way to start your day than dancing. Afterwards we enjoyed dancing along to Bojangles videos we discovered online.

Last Friday over a hundred of our students were recognized as Reading Rock Stars.  We are very proud of all our students who practice their reading at home.

And yesterday (Wednesday) marked the return of Poetry Party in the Media Center.  We decorated our poetry journals and began writing and reciting our first poems.

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Meet Our Spring 2014 Interns

We have lots of great new interns.  Learn  about the people who will be working with us  below.

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Ms. Laura Frances Kelley

Ms. Laura Frances Kelley is currently a fourth year student at the University of Georgia. She will graduate in May with her Bachelor’s Degree in English and Latin, and she looks forward to becoming a media specialist in a school someday. In her spare time she loves to read (her favorite book is Jane Eyre) and to spend time playing outside with her fluffy dog Holmes. She is very excited to be working here at our Library Media Center, where she enjoys shelving books and spending time with our awesome students!

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Ms. Jane Toddy

Ms. Jane Toddy is a second year student at the University of Georgia. She is studying to major in English Education and hopes to become an English teacher someday. She plans on teaching English abroad when she first graduates. Jane enjoys going to concerts, reading books, and watching movies in her free time. Jane is so happy to be working at Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School with all of the school’s wonderful students! She cannot wait to encourage reading, lead book groups, and be surrounded by such a great environment!

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Ms. Clarissa Raybon

Ms. Clarissa Raybon is a fourth year student at the University of Georgia. She is a double major in Theatre and English. She also has a minor in TESOL –Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She enjoys reading, writing –especially plays –singing and acting. Her favourite books are Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell and Ulysses by James Joyce. Clarissa is very excited to work with everyone who ventures into the wonderland that is the Library Media Center. She LOVES  to read anything and everything, so don’t be afraid to go up to her if you want to discover or simply discuss different books!

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Ms. Molly Faust

Ms. Molly Faust is a third year student at the University of Georgia. She is majoring in English and English Education, and is planning on becoming an English teacher after she graduates in May of 2016. She loves to travel, and she hopes to study abroad in Europe during the summer. In her spare time she enjoys reading, hiking, listening to music, and visiting her family in Charlotte, North Carolina. Molly is very excited to meet all of the students who visit the Library Media Center, and cannot wait to lead book groups and spend more time at Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School!

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Ms. Kristina Clark

Ms. Kristina Clark is a third year at the University of Georgia where she majors in English Education. She also has an ESOL endorsement as well as a certificate in British Irish Studies. Kristina hopes to one day teach high schoolers all about British Literature. Kristina loves playing music and she plays the violin, the piano, the guitar, and the ukulele! One of Kristina’s favorite things to do is reading and she is so excited to share her love of books with the students of Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School! Some of Kristina’s favorite books are Harry Potter and The Great Gatsby, and cannot wait to hear about everyone’s favorite things to read!

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Ms. Alex Ponder

Ms. Alex Ponder graduated from the University of Georgia in December 2013. As her Bachelor’s degree is in English, she feels right at home in the OAES library. She is currently applying to MAT graduate programs for Early Childhood Education because she has a big heart for children and really wants to share her love of learning with as many as she can. When she isn’t at the library, she is reading, running, laughing, or chasing her silly cat, Izzy. Alex is so excited about this opportunity and cannot wait to explore the magic of reading with young people AND to get reminded of that magic herself!

Ms. Erin Cheatham

Ms. Erin Cheatham

Ms. Erin Cheatham is a December 2013 graduate of the University of Georgia. She has a degree in English Literature and plans to attend graduate school in the fall to study English and Digital Humanities. She loves traveling (she’s in Paris in the picture above!), music, writing, and reading. Some of her favorite books are Jane Eyre, Harry Potter, and The Book Thief! Erin is so excited to help out around the Media Center, and will be working on some exciting new things for the website and blog!

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