Wildcat Summer Reading Program

We hope you have had the best year ever, Wildcats!  We sure are going to miss you this summer.

Summer reading is very important.  BOOKS BUILD BRAINS. Make it your goal to READ EVERY DAY. This week we sent home suggested reading lists. You can find those books at your local library or at Avid Bookshop. The ACC Library and Avid both have exceptional summer reading programs-  I hope you will take part in them.  All students who read at least 20 books or 10 hours and either bring back an ACC Library “Fizz, Boom, Read” reading certificate or a certificate from Avid will be able to take part in a special Wildcat Reading Rock Stars party in August.  I will also accept a reading log.  You can find one here.

I made a video about our summer reading program.

 You can watch it here.




The last week of school, Ms. Rebecca from the Athens-Clarke County Library visited.  She told us about the Summer Reading Program at the library and she taught us the Library Chant.  Check out this video with our 3rd grade singing along to the library chant.  Props to Mrs. Lane for capturing the magic in action!

All of our reading lists and information about our summer reading program can be found here. Happy Reading!

Read Across America Week, Upcoming Events, Book Club Trailer

This week we are having a week long literacy celebration.  We have several literacy stations set up in the OAES School Library Media Center. Kids and adults have LOVED!

The kids have enjoyed reading and relaxing with Dr. Seuss books at Seuss Stations. At “What’s Your Favorite Book?” we already have over a hundred titles collected on hearts.  They have enjoyed creating poems at Poetry Word Scramble, and writing down favorite lines from poems at Poetry Bookmark.  A surprising favorite has been the letter writing station , where the kids can write a letter to their favorite author or to someone they love.  The iPad station has been the most popular; our kids and teachers have had a great time exploring our ebooks and apps.  It has been fun to experiment using different stations in the library. I have great ideas for the rest of this year and next.

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A group of our 5th graders completed their first book club trailer to Linda Sue Park’s A Long Walk to Water.  <3!

Also, our intern Molly Faust was profiled in the Athens Banner Herald for volunteering. We so appreciate the work all our volunteers do! They help make our media center into a place our kids love.

We have three big events happening soon.  On Thursday, March 20th, author Nancy Krulik will meet with our 2nd grade and discuss the writing process.  Can’t wait! Book Fair will be held March 24-28.  Information about volunteering will be linked soon. And 5th grade, read your heart out-  5th grade Battle of the Books will be held Monday, March 24 @ 8:45.

Happy reading to all of you!

Wildcats Love to Read!

Our students share why reading is important to them in this video. Thanks to CCSD Instructional Technology Director Djamal Balbed and ESOL instructor Marilyn Murphy for helping us create this film.

Wildcat Coffee

Support our school. Purchase Wildcat Coffee Blend either at Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary or at Hendershot’s Coffee Bar at 237 Prince Avenue. It’s delicious!

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Athfest Educates Presents the Pied Piper, Reading and Tech PACTS, Upcoming LMC Challenges and Events

We’ve been busy in the OAES school library media center!

Actors from the Woodruff Center of the Arts performed the Pied Piper of Hamelin for grades K-3.  This performance was made possible by a grant from Athfest Educates, with additional expenses covered by your book fair. We learned the origins of the phrase “You must pay the piper,” and also discussed the importance of keeping one’s word.  Great fun was had by all involved. Again, thanks Athfest.  We think you rule!

Mr. Barrett and Mrs. Sugiuchi led a discussion on Digital Literacy in CCSD and focused on the importance of setting media family rules. Missed our session?  We will be hosting a recap in January‘s K-3 PACTS- any OGL community member is welcome to attend.
Mrs. Sugiuchi also hosted the November K-3 PACTS in the media center.  Parents and kids read together and practiced checking for understanding– kids rolled a dice and answered the question asked.Watching our families read together was the best!

Several of our 4th and 5th grade reading groups have wrapped up their book clubs.  Come check out our library displays!

The poetry cluster ended.  We read poems at the Fall Cluster Fair.  We printed a poetry book which you can check out from the media center. We had the best time, and now that it is over, are oh so sad.

 Our fifth grade girls library lunch bunch is preparing to interview Bertis Downsmanager of R.E.M about how Oglethorpe students created the backdrops that were used in R.E.M.’s Shiny Happy People video. We will interview former OAES teacher April Chapman about how her class created the murals in January. These murals are still in our cafeteria.

All November Reading Rock Stars earned a limited edition OAES Library Sticker.  There will be no December Reading Rock Star Celebration- though special stickers will be earned by those who read lots. Show Mrs. Sugiuchi your reading log when you get back from Christmas Break and she will award you a special prize.  
Also, all Wildcats should take part in the December Writing challenge.  All students who write 20 journal entries in 31 days are eligible to receive a special prize.  Note: these journal entries will not be due until we return on January 6.  (I am giving you extra days.)

Several of our interns are either graduating or moving on to other extracurricular activies.  Make sure you say goodbye and thank them before you go on break!

Please take note of these upcoming events:

December 5- Woodruff Center for the Arts presents Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory. This performance is made possible by an Athfest Educates grant.
4th grade performance at 10:00
-5th grade perfomance at 11:15

Wednesday, December 11 at 12:30- Pre-K book distribution from Books for Keeps- our students will be receiving free books!