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The Spring Book Fair is fast approaching. We will open the store in the library on Monday, March 16 after school. Students will receive flyers about the books and view a preview video the week before the fair. The video will also introduce some of the authors including Tammi Sauer who wrote Nugget & Fang about a shark and a minnow, and Katherine Applegate, author of The One and Only Ivan.
Students will preview the fair on Monday and Tuesday during their library time. However, sales will only be made after school hours.
We will again have the online book fair for those unable to attend the fair in person or just looking for a different selection. The online fair will be available from Wednesday, March 11 until Tuesday, March 24. All orders from the online store will be shipped free of charge to the school. They will be shipped 7-10 days after March 24. The online book fair can be found at http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/hayspringspublicschool.
Looking for a new book to read? Check out these book trailers by the sixth grade for some new ideas. The sixth graders used Movie Maker, Creative Commons or Public Domain images, and Creative Commons music to make their trailers. Click on each link below to watch the trailer!
Camp, Counting By 7s, Divergent, Famous Last Words, Joey Pigza, Joey Pigza(again!), Joey Pigza(last one!), Joey Pigza(another one?!?!), The Cay, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas(again!), The Hunger Games, The Little Vampire Book 2, and Warrior Cats: Into the Wild.
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.