Famous Failures

Here’s a little something for my students (and all of us) to think about. Never, ever give up. Love this video:

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K5 Book Reviews!

K5 students had a blast on their last day of library with each one writing a book review on one of their favorite books in the St. Eugene Library. Mo Willems was a particular favorite, as were Walt Disney and Mary Pope Osborne (the much loved Magic Treehouse adventures).  But many different authors and books were also chosen. Students placed a book stick in the shelf to mark the place where they found their book, then they wrote their reviews, writing down the title, author, and giving the book one to three stars. Finally, they drew a picture of their favorite part of the book. I hope to do a book display in the fall for the incoming K5 class with these reviews attached. The new K5 will love seeing and checking out all the favorites from this class! Thank you, Mrs. Andres for the great idea. Wonderful job, K5!first 4first8first1first6first2first5first7

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Mrs. Falk’s Birthday!

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We had a special surprise today when our music teacher, Mrs. Falk, donated a birthday book in honor of her own birthday to the library. Such a great idea! You don’t have to be a student to donate a birthday book. Just think how many wonderful books the library would gain if everyone in the school donated a  new book to the library for their birthdays or half birthdays! Mrs. Falk donated Of Thee I Sing: A Letter To My Daughters, by Barack Obama. It is illustrated by Loren Long who is one of my favorite illustrators. In this book, President Obama writes a letter to his daughters and includes a celebration of thirteen Americans who have helped shape our nation; such as Georgia O’Keefe, Jackie Robinson, and George Washington. “Have I told you that you are strong?” He writes, and then he tells the story of Helen Keller and what she taught all of us. This is a lovely book and a delightful addition to our library collection. Thank you, Mrs. Falk!

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Happy Birthday, James!

7th grade 2   What a wonderful idea and a great way to celebrate a birthday and benefit the library! Special thanks to the 7th Grade Class for donating books to the St. Eugene library for James’ 13th Birthday. The 7th grade Class was able to donate over 50 new and gently used books in addition to a monetary donation. Thanks again 7th Grade for all your generosity! It’s a gift to have students like you!

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Put A Poem In The Pocket

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For April’s National Poetry Month, we asked students to put a poem in the pocket on the door of the library. Many did! I had a great time reading them: short poems, longer poems, serious, silly, some with drawings, some typed up neatly, and lots of deep thoughts about life. All were a delight. Here are a smattering of the poems that we received:

From Matilda in Grade 1:

I saw a mouse in a house                                                                                                                   eating cheese with the bees.

Eliana Grade 1:

The wind goes to different places. It is a golden place.                                                                 a trick is near so get ready for a treat.                                                                                                           The wind goes east and west and north and south to golden places                                          you, yes you, will never know.

Natalia Grade 1:

A little star is far just God can see it because he made it.                                                          The moon is not far for God, too.                                                                                                        I can only see it in a telescope.

Milla Grade 2:

I love all animals.                                                                                                                             Some you can have as pets and others you can’t.                                                                       Animals can fly or swim.                                                                                                                     We are animals.                                                                                                                                    I’m glad we are animals.

The 3rd grade boys got a little silly:

Ryan Grade 3:

Dogs are lean                                                                                                                                                            Cats are green                                                                                                                                              Horses are keen                                                                                                                                           I am me                                                                                                                                                And bears are mean

John Grade 3

Life is like a tree                                                                                                                                                                               it is long and hard                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            my life is like a flower                                                                                                                                                                                           it is bright and good

Sean Grade 3

Bunnys are white                                                                                                                                                                                                      dogs are blue                                                                                                                                                and I’m making some stew                                                                                                                                         well, I’m eating you

Jacob Grade 3

Firecrackers are like roses                                                                                                                                                         that are about to explode

And finally Emily in Grade 3:

Life is a roller coaster                                                                                                                       Going round and round                                                                                                                           I don’t know when it will stop because I promised to go around                                                     life can make you vomit like a roller coaster does                                                                                        but just keep on swinging                                                                                                                                                                    Because life never was, but is, life itself.

Elise Grade 4

Make life as much of an                                                                                                                adventure as you can                                                                                                                                   Don’t make life just another thing                                                                                                         to cross off your bucket l

Bucket List                                                                                                                                             Be Artistic                                                                                                                                                  Live                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Complete everything you try                                                                                                                                                                                                   Make every moment worth it                                                                                                               Make all your dreams come true

Here’s a beautiful one from Carlos Grade 6

April Rain silently falls,                                                                                                                   April Rain, so clear,                                                                                                                                so pure.                                                                                                                                                      Gentle rain drops slowly fall,                                                                                                      streaking down my face,                                                                                                                                            like small silver tears.                                                                                                                              A wave of cold passes over me,                                                                                                           I’m surrounded by a gentle breeze,                                                                                                  with an icy touch.                                                                                                                                          A bumpy carpet of grass                                                                                                               Decorates the earth,                                                                                                                                                       the earth is rough and uneven                                                                                                                   The earth…root of all nature.                                                                                                                    From the earth giant trees do grow,                                                                                                        They stand great and tall displaying their magnificence                                                                  Proudly hanging their branches outstretched.                                                                             Tiny dewdrops hang,                                                                                                                        from the branches of the great trees,                                                                                                              Liquid gem drops.                                                                                                                                         The birds do sing,                                                                                                                                like small chirps of lightning,                                                                                                                                A soft chorus of feathered angels.

And Charlie Grade 7 with a Shel Silverstein impression:

Do you want a horse                                                                                                                                that you don’t have to force into                                                                                            leaning morse code to find                                                                                                                      the power source? Of course!

 

I think everyone had fun and so did I!

 

 

 

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Happy 85th Birthday, Nancy Drew!

imageThank you for the years of reading pleasure you have given to millions of young readers! We love you!

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Short Story Contest Winners!

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Here are the 2015 Short Story Contest winners! From the left are: Imani, Tesse, Peter and Emily. You may have seen these students before on this blog. Do you want to know my opinion of why they won the contest? Each one of them loves to read and loves the library, and big readers instinctively learn how to write well.  All of our entrants wrote wonderful stories; it was hard for our panel of judges to choose the winners! Each story is judged blindly (no name) by a team of three teachers and they all told me we had an excellent selection of stories this year. Congratulations to all our winners! Your stories were outstanding!

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