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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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Reading Rock Star Party!

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Last Friday 182 of our students took part in a special celebration for our Reading Rock Stars.  To be eligible they had to have turned in at least 3 months of reading logs– not an easy feat (yes, I do understand it is a pain to write things down!).  We had a dance party, and cupcakes provided by Bell’s.  Good times!  Best of all, we are reading at home– a win for all!

Books for Keeps Is the Best!

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Growing up I had a library. I’m a big reader because  my grandmother made sure I had lots of books.  If all were right in my world, every kid in our school would have their own library at their house.  Thanks to local organization Books for Keeps, this goal is happening. The past two days,  every single student in our school Grades K-4 has taken home 12 free books, which they were able to choose for themselves.  (5th grade will receive their books on Thursday).  It’s been thrilling!

I LOVE the way Books for Keeps organizes their distribution- every student self-selects their books.  Afterwards, they conduct exit survey asking the kids what books they are most excited about, and what they wish we had more of.  They base their entire method on this study. It works!

The past two days, I have had so many kids come up and hug me and tell me how excited they are about reading.  Every time I walk into a classroom or into the hall, I spy a kid with their head in a book.  The past few weeks the kids and I have had great discussions about the best way to thank Melaney, Leslie, Vicky and all of the volunteers is by reading every day.  I’m already seeing this in action.  Chills!  Way to go, Wildcats!  Keep up the good work!

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Upcoming Events and Poetry Month Pics

Greetings, Wildcats!  Hope you are enjoying poetry month.  We are having a blast with our poetry month centers! We have several different stations where our students read poems, write poems, illustrate poems, copy poems, or create poems of their own.  See some of our magic in action below.

This month is flying!  We have several upcoming events planned.

Thursday, April 24th is Poem in Your Pocket Day.  Make sure you have a poem in your pocket to share with those you love! Can’t find the right poem?  Haven’t written one yet?  Make sure you stop by one of our poetry stations, which will be in operation through Wednesday, April 30.

It’s super important to read during the summer break.  If you don’t, you lose valuable reading skills. The Athens- Clarke County Library has a great summer reading program to encourage all of you to come in and check out books. On Thursday, May 1, ACC Librarian Ms. Kim James will visit OAES to discuss the summer reading program.  I will also introduce our summer reading lists, which we are compiling this week.

Don’t have enough books to read at your house?  On Monday, May 5 and Tuesday May 6 volunteers from awesome Athens organization Books for Keeps will be here to distribute 12 free books to each student in our school grades K-5. This is our first I am so THRILLED, and I know you all will be too.

Wednesday, May 7 Mr. Marty Barrett and his crew from the Woodruff Arts Center will share their Poetry Off the Page Program.  This event was sponsored by AthFest Educates and our P.T.O.  Thanks AthFest!  Thanks, P.T.O.  We ❤ you!

Thursday, May 8 Ms. Lauren Knowlton from the Young Adult Program of the ACC Library will discuss their summer reading program with our 5th Grade.  We also will have the Books for Keeps Distribution for our 5th grade.

Monday, May 12 all library books are due for inventory.  Make sure you get them back to us no later than Friday, May 16– the last day of school!

 

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Poetry Month!

Welcome, Wildcats! Happy Poetry Month! We love poetry here at Oglethorpe, and we have lots of fabulous poetry oriented centers for you to explore when your class visits the library. You can write poems, decorate poems, &  read poetry all month long. Remember, if you would like to check out a poetry book, you can find them in the 811’s and 821’s.

This morning our fifth grade school champions traveled with Mr. Todd and me (Mrs. Sugiuchi) to Clarke Central High School to participate in the District Battle of the Books. We are so proud of their hard work! Make sure to congratulate Aida, Tavia, Leo and Jay for representing the Wildcats in the last battle.

Exciting news! Our intern Clarissa Raybon and I were awarded a grant from First Book UGA. We will be able to purchase books for all of our CLASE students to read with a mentor and take home next semester. We so appreciate Ms. Clarissa’s help, not just with this grant but for all her hard work. Make sure you thank our interns (Todd, Clarissa, Jane, Molly,Shelby, Kristina, and Laura Frances). They help make our LMC great!

And lastly, thanks to all of our students and teachers and families. It’s an honor to work with all of you!

Happy Reading!

PS:  Super thanks to everyone for supporting our book fair.  We raised nearly a $1000 which we will use to buy supplies and pay for special programming for our LMC.

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