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Yes, it’s summer, but DON’T FORGET TO READ!

Last week Mr. Evan came to visit from the Athens- Clarke County Library to tell us about the summer reading program. Kickoff is Saturday, May 18th at 10 a.m. at the Athens-Clarke County Library. More information about the summer reading program and how to be a SUMMER READING ROCK STAR can be found here, but for now check out the cuteness!

This week we sent home lists of book suggestions. They can be found below, along with tips for how you can be a SUMMER READING ROCK STAR!

2019 SUMMER READING SUGGESTIONS:

So you want to be a reading rock star. This is how…

1. Read. Read on your own. Read with a friend. Have someone read to you. Any reading counts!

2. Track your reading.  This could be on a log for the Athens Clarke County Library (pick one up at the library on Baxter Street).  You can use one of our logs, or you can write them down on a sheet of paper.

3.  Remember that you have to read at least 15 hours or 30 books but that reading 25 hours or 50 books is the best because WE WANT TO WIN THE READING TROPHY!

4.  Turn in your log or certificate of reading from Athens Clarke County Library to Mrs. Sugiuchi in August.  Then you will be invited to our ice cream social!

Remember: if you read 30 books or 15 hours, you will be invited to a Special Reading Rock Stars Party in August If you read 50 books or 25 hours, you can help OAES win the reading trophy. We only need 70 students to make this happen.  Be ONE OF THESE STUDENTS!!! Kick off your summer reading with a party at the ACC Library on Baxter Street on May 18th.

KICK OFF YOUR SUMMER READING WITH FAMILY FUN DAY

Which happens this Saturday, May 18th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. when the Summer Reading Program officially begins! Explore outer space and a Universe of Stories with the Library! Pick up your reading log and join us for a host of fantastic family activities at our fabulous summer kick-off! The first 500 children to sign up will receive a free Universe of Stories tote bag.

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Sam’s Path Petting Zoo/Space Crafts, Games & Activities/Astronaut Photo Booth/Virtual Reality Station/Music with Maggie Hunter.

12:00 p.m. – Puppet Show: Master Puppeteer David Stephens of All Hands Productions: The Pied Picker Puppet Show! For children of all ages. In Multipurpose Rooms.

(Find more information about their program here.

Last week we also celebrated our Reading Rock Stars!

Last week, we celebrated our reading rock stars with grade level parties. We had nearly 200 students who had turned in 6 or more reading logs throughout the school. So proud of all of our wildcat readers! We were having SO MUCH FUN we didn’t take many pictures….but enjoy these!

Happy Reading!

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Books for Keeps was the best!

The best thing about being a public school librarian at a Title I school in Athens, GA is knowing that each of my students K-5 is going to receive 12 free books to help prevent summer slide, courtesy of local organization Books for Keeps. I can’t explain the magic any better than I did in this video back in 2015, when founder Melaney Smith was nominated for a L’Oreal Woman of Worth award.

Books for Keeps visited our school April 29-30th. Every child grades K-5 was able to take home 12 free books, a feat made possible by fundraising they do all year. It only costs $30 to sponsor a child. If you would like to donate, please visit their site.

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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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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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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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Maker Faire and Spring Musical

This Saturday, April 1st, Clarke County School District is hosting its first Maker Faire at Clarke Central High School from 2:00-4:00 p.m.  There will be exhibits featuring over 100 groups from throughout the school district, including our own Wildcat Weavers, who took part in our Make-a-Palooza Cluster.  More info can be found here.

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Recently our Kindergarten and 1st Grade had their spring musical.  You can watch it here.

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Book Fair is next week!

Next week, March 20-24th, is our spring book fair. All purchases benefit our school. If you would like to volunteer, please sign up here.
Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com

Monday, March 20, 10:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m.

Tuesday, March 21,  7:30-2:45 p.m.

Wednesday, March 22,  7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23, 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Friday, March 24, 7:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

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Move to the EastSide!

In December we left our location on Oglethorpe Avenue for a temporary stay at 280 Gaines School Road.  In order to prepare for this move, we sorted our collection (about a third of it is in storage).  We then packed our books and materials in color coded boxes.  We are in a much smaller facility here at Gaines- a double wide trailer, which the kids and I like to call the Teeny Tiny Library.  It’s compact yet fun!

I had so many awesome parents, friends, and community members help. I could not have done this without the local organization Books for Keeps, which provided many volunteers.  Big thanks to my husband, Chris, as well.

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Wildcat Writers!

In January, my awesome interns Max and Melissa and I offered a special after school program, the Wildcat Writing Club.  We met with 15 students for four weeks and practiced different styles of writing- poetry flags, personal narratives, and fiction.  It was great fun!

Many of our students entered their writing into the Young Authors Contest.  Julian, Ollie, and Allison all placed!  Way to go!

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