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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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Every Single One of Us Needs to Read!

I love books and I love kids, which is why I’m a children’s librarian. My goal is for every kid at OAES to recognize how important it is to read. I can’t explain it any better than Jason Reynolds, author of GHOST and of GA Book Award Nominee AS BRAVE AS YOU,  does in this video. He reminds us why “Every single one of us needs to read.”

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I read every day. Each week I share my reading logs with our students so they will know that I am not just asking them to read and record it on their reading logs, but that I am reading as well.

 

When I was in the first grade, I won the reading contest at my school. I found it exciting to be rewarded for reading. It motivated me to become a better reader. I’ve tried to replicate that thrill for our students with the Reading Rock Star program (details here). Please encourage your children to read every night and to record  what they read on their reading log (linked here). September reading logs are due September 26.

One way I stay excited about reading is by visiting the library.  I often search the online library catalog before I go to the library so that I have time to browse. I have been teaching grades 2-5 to access our online library catalog.

However, this week, due to Tropical Storm Irma, the students and I have been reading a nonfiction book, HURRICANES, which describes how hurricanes form.  Afterwards we have been reading an incredible fictionalized account of surviving a hurricane, Myron Uhlberg’s A STORM CALLED KATRINA. Colin Bootman’s illustrations are exquisite!

 

Lastly, Ms. Goeckeritz (4th grade) made this incredibly sweet video about our media center at OAES.  You can learn about our media program here. Thanks Ms. Goeckeritz!

 

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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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