April is poetry month. I always tell the kids it’s my favorite month to teach. PK-3 and I have been exploring the question “What is poetry?” using Eloise Greenfield’s poem, Things.
The upper grades and I have been writing poetry. This past week we used Lucille Clifton’s “why some people be mad at me sometimes” as a mentor text. Our kids have had a great time writing. Enjoy their poems!
I love hosting authors at OAES because it allows our students to realize that regular people write and create books. We’ve had two more amazing author visits recently. In October Joey Weiser shared with our 4th and 5th grade about the process of creating his graphic novel series Mermin. The kids loved his presentation. I have had to order an additional 15 copies from our lovely local Avid Bookshop because these books don’t stay on the shelves.
Avid bookseller Caleb Zane Huett visited in early December to promote his book Top Elf. During this visit, Caleb modeled how to write a story using our students’ suggestions. It was tons of fun! At both visits, students won copies of books in our super special raffle. Top Elf is another book that doesn’t stay on our shelves!
Looking for holiday presents? Copies of books from all of our recent author visits- Mermin, Top Elf, Juniper Gets Wet, and The Girl Who Kept Night in Her Closet– may be purchased at Avid Bookshop. If you’d like to purchase books for the library any time of the year, head over to our fundraiser page at Bound to Stay Bound. Thanks in advance for your support!
During break, students might be tempted to spend a lot of time on screens, a practice which can lead to lack of sleep, aggression, social problems, and obesity. Families Managing Media has some great suggestions for activities instead, which include encouraging your child to play with Legos, blocks, Play-doh, to solve puzzles, create art, read, play musical instruments, and more. As a parent, I try to manage media consumption by not allowing screens in the bedroom, by setting time limits on how long my son stays on screens, and by modeling media use, something I’ve accomplished by limiting my social media use. OAES students are always amazed to hear that my 16 year old son is a proud carrier of a flip phone:).
Regardless, I hope you have a happy holiday! Happy Reading!
Last week author Bart King and illustrator Jacob Wenzka visited our K through 3rd grades. They discussed how they work together to create their picture books JUNIPER GETS WET and THE GIRL WHO KEPT NIGHT IN HER CLOSET. Our students were thrilled to learn about the process of making a book, editing, and seeing how Bart shares stick figure drawings with Jacob to convey his ideas. They loved watching Jacob demonstrate how he sketches out ideas. Several lucky students won a book, which were personally signed by our visitors! Didn’t get a book of your own? Contact Mrs. Sugiuchi. Big thanks to Ms. Lewis for taking pictures and helping run the show and special thanks to Ms. Herbert for sharing her space!
On Friday, November 3, 4th and 5th grade will have a special author visit with Joey Weiser, author and illustrator of the popular MERMIN series. He also colored several popular graphic novels from our collection, including LUNCH LADY, JEDI ACADEMY, and the SECRET SCIENCE ALLIANCE. Want a signed copy of his MERMIN books? Volumes 1-3 are available for only $11.69, and volumes 4-5 are only $17.99. Please make checks payable to OAES.
In other library news, we wrapped up our book fair. We earned $1000 in scholastic books and $440 cash which will be used to support our media program. Thank you to all of our volunteers!
We also have been continuing our lessons on cybersafety in the upper grades, and have been exploring narratives in the lower grades. AS always, we talk about the importance of reading. Have you turned in your reading log? They are due today!
Today we had our first Book-A-Palooza, a contest where our students celebrated their love of books by creating projects in five different categories- Art, Performance, Technology, Tri- fold, and Writing. We are super proud of all of our participants. A complete list of our winners is below.
We just started our 2nd semester of interest clusters. Some of our students chose Wildcat News, where they write, direct, and create their own newscast. Check out this week’s edition.
We are very proud that one of our own 3rd graders, Giana Bermudez, was recognized in the CCSD I Have a Dream contest. Way to go, Giana! Watch Giana and other winners share their dreams below.
Book Fair began Friday. We have lots of great books. Come by and visit!
Friday, October 10, 7:30-2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 14, 7:30-2:45 p.m.
Wednesday, October 15- Late Night!– 7:30a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 16, 7:30-4:00 p.m.
Friday, October 17, 7:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Last Thursday evening we hosted our first training for parents about our student PLDs (personal learning devices). Over 100 parents attended this session. In order for your child to take home a device, you must 1. sign the form and 2. attend a parent orientation session either here or at another school. If you choose to attend a session elsewhere, let us know and I will verify it.
We will be offering additional sessions soon.
1. Friday, October 3 @ 7:30 in the Media Center (Principal’s Coffee)
2. Wednesday, October 15 @ 6:00 p.m. in the Computer Lab– stop by our Book Fair afterwards!
Our students have been reading books galore! Make sure you turn in your reading log today.