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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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Read Across America Week

We love to read at Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary, and we love Dr. Seuss.  To celebrate Read Across America Week,we had several Seuss stations in the media center, and a special visit from everyone’s favorite cat!

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Black History Month

Our school had a great black history month celebration this year.  Many of our classrooms performed.  Athenian Ken Dious spoke.  Check out our awesome performers here.

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Wildcats Win the District Book-a-Palooza!

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Way to go, Wildcats! Our students won 1st place in the District Book-a-Palooza, and we got to bring home the coveted trophy. Congrats to Soli Nackashi (1st place, Writing), Natasha Williams (2nd place, Technology), Gus Waldrip (3rd place, Performance), Jael Flores (3rd Place, Tri-fold) and Diego Somilleda (Honorable Mention, Art). Big thanks to Ms. Porter and all the other teachers who encouraged our kids to compete. And of course, I’m beyond thrilled- we’ve never taken home the trophy before!

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Hour of Code

We’ve been busy!

This month we are taking part in the hour of code.  Today Marilyn Cole, who works at Digital Insight, a company that makes online banking software, came and spoke with Mr. Mize’s class about the importance of coding.

Want to code at home? Our younger grades are using a free app called the Foos. Our upper grades are using the resources at Hour of Code.  We’re learning to not just play games but to make them. Try them out!

Our 3rd-5th grade is gearing up for Bookapalooza, which will be held January 20.  Questions about a project?  Check out the CCSD Bookapalooza site.

We have been enjoying our new Osmos!  We’ve had fun with the drawing feature, tangrams, and words.  If you have an iPad at home, you might want to check Osmo out.  Feel free to stop by the media center and see what they do!

Lastly, don’t forget to read at home. Our next batch of reading logs will be due next Tuesday, December 15! If you have three turned in by that date, you are invited to our Reading Rock Star party.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

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