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Wildcats Writing to Celebrate Poetry Month

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!

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Author Visits, Managing Screen Time Over the Holidays, and Library Fundraiser

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!

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Amazing Author Visit with Bart King and Jacob Wenzka

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!

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Book-a-Palooza, Reading Rock Star Party, and the Grinch

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.

Art:
1st- Diego
2nd- Alana
3rd-Jamari
Tech-
1st- Natasha
2nd- Adriana
3rd- Aaronn, Jonathon, Osmar
Trifold-
1st- Jael
2nd- Mayra
3rd- Riley
Writing-
1st- Soli
2nd- Zaniyah
Performance-
1st- Gus
You can watch our book trailers here:
We are very proud of all of our Reading Rock Stars, students who turned in three or more reading logs by December.  We will have our Reading Rock Stars party this Friday.  Check this link for participants and times.  Parents and guardians, please let me know if you’d like to volunteer.  
Lastly, thanks to Avid Bookshop and volunteer Beth Wagner Staton, the Grinch visited our school in December.  Check out pictures of the Grinch, Book-a-Palooza, and other library happenings in our slideshow.

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Book Fair, Books for Keeps, Battle of the Books

Welcome back from spring break! March is busy!  We have a couple of media center updates.
1.  The 5th grade Battle of the Books competition will be held this Wednesday, March 18 at 1:20 in the Media Center.  We are very proud of all of our participants. We would love to have our families join us, if your schedule permits.
2.  This Saturday, March 21, 2015, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., several of our students are participating in a Books for Keeps fundraiser, Are You Smarter Than an Athens Grade Schooler?  This event takes place at Holiday Inn, and helps raise money for Books for Keeps, an organization that provides 12 free books for every student (K-5) in our school!.
3.  The Book Fair is coming!  It starts next Monday, March 23 and runs through March 27 at 1:00.  We begin setting up Friday, March 20th at 1:00.  If you would like to volunteer, please sign up here.  I’d love to have your help!
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Wildcat News and the I Have a Dream Contest

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.

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Visit our Fall Book Fair!

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.

Featured Books Fall 2014

You can also shop online.

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Reading Rock Stars, Book Fair, Library Lessons, and…

We are hosting our Fall Book Fair October 10- 17.  We start setting up October 9.  I’d love to have your help. You can go to this link to sign up.  
This past month our first grade has been studying one of my favorite genres, fairy tales.  We have read several including Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin, the Three Billy Goats Gruff.  The students are great at identifying fairy tale characteristics and are currently writing them in their classrooms.  I can’t wait to read them!
We’ve been reading about community helpers in kindergarten, pairing informational texts with narratives.  The students really enjoyed covering librarians, which we paired with last year’s GA Book Award Nominee, Miss Brooks Loves Books (And I Don’t).  We have also studied teachers and police officers.  This week we are reading Work: An Occupational ABC.
Our 2nd and 3rd grade is learning to take notes from informational books. 2nd grade has been studying Georgia Habitats.  Our 3rd Grade has been learning about the Rocks and Minerals of Georgia.  Catch Ms. Kramer’s students in action in our slideshow.

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I’ve been introducing the Battle of the Books to our 4th Grade.  Our 5th grade has been going on scavenger hunts in the Dewey Decimal section.  They are earning their way around our library.  This will help them when they visit the Athens-Clarke County Library, as well as when they go to middle and high school.
I discuss the importance of reading daily with all of our students each week.  Last week we celebrated 100 plus for becoming Reading Rock Stars.  Way to go!
Last Friday we had several dozen parents attend our Parent PLD Session.  The next session will take place in our computer lab on Wednesday, October 15 @ 6 p.m.  Stop by our Book Fair afterwards!  We will be open until 7:30 that evening.
Have a great week!

 

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PLD Parent Training, Reading Logs Due

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.

Happy reading!

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Jennifer Holm Author Visit, Reading Rock Stars, Using the Media Center, & More!

We’ve had a busy few weeks in the OAES Media Center!

Author Jennifer Holm visited.  She met with two different groups of students from the 2nd- 5th grade.  She told us about the 14th Goldfish, her new book. She told us about her love for science, introducing us to a few of her favorite scientists (Curie, Oppenheimer, and Salk). She even drew Babymouse for us!

We celebrated our August Reading Rock Stars. Nearly 200 wildcats completed their reading logs!  Don’t forget- the next batch of logs are due September 23rd.  Remember, if you return three by December, you can attend the

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Our Pre-K and K classes have been exploring nursery rhymes. In 1st grade we have been comparing and contrasting different fairy tales. All of our grades have been practicing finding good fit books.  2nd -5th have been embarking on different scavenger hunts.  We’ve learned about the various sections of the library, and understanding how the Dewey Decimal section is arranged.  We’ve also practiced searching in the catalog by our interests and reading level, which will help when we begin researching our nonfiction reports.

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