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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.


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!


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!


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!


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!


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!


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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Searching, Similes, and the Soundtrack of John Coltrane’s Life

It’s been a great week here in the OAES library media center!  Our 4th grade have been using our new iPads to explore similes and idioms.  We researched different poems exploring similes.  Our new favorite is Willow and Gingko by Eve Miriam. We identified the similes, then created a few of our own using the Animal Idioms app.  It’s not my favorite app but was fun to try out, especially since it was free.

I like to tell our students how even though I have been a lifelong library geek, I never really understood how libraries worked until I was in college.  Consequently, one of my personal passions is teaching our students how libraries are organized and how to find materials on their own. This past week our  1st and 2nd grade classes have been using the iPads to search our library collection for books and resources that they love.  Then our interns, their teachers, and I have been helping them locate these materials.  It’s been exciting for everyone involved!

Our kindergarten and I have been reading about saxophonist John Coltrane.  We love Carol Boston Weatherford’s Before John Was a Jazz Giant which explores the sounds Coltrane heard as a child, and how he incorporated them into his music. We also learned about John Coltrane at his official site. We finished by watching excerpts from the following video, which has footage of John Coltrane playing live.


Lastly, we have been organizing our spring book  clubs.  Some of our students have even begun their book clubs with our new interns.  We have some fabulous interns working with us the semester.  Check back next week- we will have a post introducing them.

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AthFest Educates Awards OAES a Mini-Grant!

AthFest Educates just awarded Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary another mini-grant for $500. We will use these funds to provide a poetry performance in April (Poetry Month) by Mr. Marty Barrett and his crew from the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta. Thanks, AthFest!  We you.

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Wildcat Coffee

Support our school. Purchase Wildcat Coffee Blend either at Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary or at Hendershot’s Coffee Bar at 237 Prince Avenue. It’s delicious!

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