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2014-10-20 04.53.59The Book Fair was a great success.  Thank you to the many parents, grandparents, and others who purchased books for their students.  We were able to add more than 50 books to our library collection and the preschool collection.  In addition to books, we are able purchase  from the Scholastic Resource Catalog.  We recently purchased some science equipment for the preschool and primary grades. This equipment is made for easy use by little hands.

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rwb_art_bw_logoThe Online book fair begins Wednesday, March 12 and will continue through April 1.  Remember anything ordered online benefits the school library.  All purchases will be delivered free to the school. Check it out:  http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/hayspringspublicschool
The In School Book Fair will begin on Monday, March 17 and will close on Monday, March 24.  We will be open all evening during Parent-Teacher conferences.

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Read Across America, begun in 1997, is a day set to celebrate reading. It is celebrated each year on or near March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss.  This year members of the High School National Honor Society were our guest readers.  Seth, Eli, Jordan H, Joey, Whitney, Kat, Jenn, Nate, and Kolter shared books and activities related to Dr. Seuss books with the preschool and elementary students.


The Little Hawks Book Bags reached a milestone this month. Aubrey Anderson, the daughter of Matt and Jessie Anderson, was the first to have 500 books read to her.  She was recognized at a special presentation during Read Across America.

Little Hawks Book Bag program started in October 2012 with a  goal to have all preschoolers be read 500 books by the time they start kindergarten.  Book bags were purchased through a generous donation by Security First Bank.  The books were labelled and bags filled by Ms. Bila and the National Honor Society.

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The Pre School and Elementary students celebrated Read Across America a little differently this year. Rather than read Dr. Seuss books we read our way across America. Guest readers from Chadron State College, Kyle King, Josh Breske, Nate Ross, and Treston Decoud read four books from different states. California – The Squirrel and Mr. Muir – The story about a little girl who while growing up in the Yosemite Valley in the 1800s. She meets John Muir, an American naturalist and preserver of American wilderness. Oklahoma – The Jingle Dancer – The story of a girl who wants to jingle dance in the next powwow. She gets a row of jingles from an aunt, a cousin, a neighbor and her grandmother. With these rows of jingles she is able to make her dress sing at the powwow. Tennessee – Wilma Unlimited –The story of Wilma Rudolph, crippled by polio as a child, who went on to compete and win at the 1960 Olympics in Rome. Massechusettes – Make Way for Ducklings – The story of a pair of ducks looking for a place to raise their family. The story takes place in and around the Boston Public Gardens. A Google Lit trip accompanying the reading shows the actual locations in the Boston area. Thanks to staff and students, who helped keep things organized and moving smoothly.

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Mr. Badje’s class just finished a project for the library. Five chalkboards now mark the five sections of the library collection. Thanks to Marshall, Brett and Mr. Badje.

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The Book Fair is coming next month.  Sales will begin on Monday, October 22, 2012 after school and continue throughout the week.  Students will get a sneak peak at some of the books and the authors who wrote the book during the week before the sale.  As always the fair will be open all evening during Parent-Teacher conferences.

An added feature this year will be our online book fair.  The online book fair will be available from Wednesday, October 17, 2012 until Tuesday, November 6, 2012.  All proceeds from the online book fair will be credited to our school.  Orders made online will be shipped free of charge to the school.  The address for the online store is: http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/hayspringselementaryschool or click below.

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The Elementary classes are learning about safety and security when working with computers and online.  Over the year we will also look at topics relating to evaluation of websites, cyberbulling, rights and responsibilities in a digital world.  We are using materials from Common Sense Media. (http://www.commonsensemedia.org)  This is just a portion of the material on their website.  The websites has information about a variety of media.  Take a look at the site, there is much more for parents.

 

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The turnout for this year’s book fair was the best year that Mrs. Matthews has ever had. Around 100 books were sold and brought in a total of about $800. Mrs. Matthews said that she saw more middle school and high school students participate in this year’s book fair than she has in the past years. For anyone looking for more great books, Mrs. Matthews recommends they go online to http://scholastic.com/schoolbookfairs. This website provides a variety of books for everyone, from preschool to adults. Books can be searched by age, grade, price, or topic. Any orders can be shipped to the school until November 11, and the shipping is free. This is a great website for anyone who might be looking for books for Christmas. Mrs. Matthews said, “It was a very good year; I was very pleased.”

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Reading is the key. This year’s book fair will be October 24-31. The book fair will take place in the library and be open after school. The program is for grades K-8 but high schoolers are welcome. The books will come from the Scholastics Book Club and will range from four dollars and up. Mrs. Matthews will be sending out brochures to the elementary and middle school grades shortly before the book fair. There will be a variety of books at the fair and at least 100 different titles. The main goal of the book fair is to help introduce kids to an assortment of books and help get them interested in reading. The system is also very helpful if anyone would like to stock up on books over the year.

Mrs. Matthews said, “It’s good because we don’t have access to books without going out of town or on line.”

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