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Teacher: Mrs. Kristen Frost (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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The library has been lonely all summer, and we are thrilled to have our students back to enjoy all the great books here! The first month of school we will focus on getting back in to the library routine. Students in grades K-3 may check out one book per week and grades 4-8 may check out two books per week. The lending period is two weeks for books, but students can return them each week to get new titles if they would like. Parents will receive notices for overdue books when necessary.
A few new improvements have taken place over the summer. Our rocking chair received a spiffy new look through the magic of decopage. The Camp Summer Leap students also created a decopaged alphabet for the library. It looks amazing and will help us find our fiction books, as they are organized on the shelves in alphabetical order by the last name of the author. A new area for some of our paperback series books is also under way this year to make those books easier to find. Stop in the next time you are at school to see our newest changes.
The other exciting news from this end of the school is that we are adding a makerspace in the library/media center wing. This area will give students a chance to try out engineering/arts options like woodworking, sewing, building things, making crafts, robotics and more. Information is being sent home to families to provide more details about this awesome new offering at SBS. It is going to be another amazing year! We can't wait for all the terrific learning and fun!
Cut and paste the link below in to your browser to see the fables written by our 4th grade students along with their collage illustrations. Enjoy!
End of Year Library News
Here we are in June, and it is the time of year when book borrowing at the school library ends and summer reading with visits to the public library begins. If your child still has a library book checked out, please have him/her return it as soon as possible. Late notices with replacement fines will be mailed out at the end of this week. Thank you for helping get all of our collection materials returned!
It has been another fun year in the library at St. Bernard School. Our 7th and 8th grade students are glad to be finished with their research papers, and by the looks of the drafts I read, the results were really terrific. Congratulations to all students on your accomplishment! Sixth grade students wrapped up their study of genre with a fun game of "Wheel of Genre," and we've been enjoying a little down time with realistic fiction story "Lawn Boy" by Gary Paulsen. This book helps us look ahead to summer aspirations and ties in with all the money knowledge Mrs. Lavoie focused on this spring. In fifth grade, we completed work on text element collages, identifying typical features found in non-fiction texts and how they help us as readers. We read a novel in poems called "Gone Fishing" which was a nice way to celebrate National Poetry Month in April and usher in spring. Fifth grade also had the chance to have some Bookface fun. Check out the bulletin board with their "bookfaces" in the hallway near the library. We hope the photos inspire everyone to get their face in a book this summer. Fourth grade is wrapping up their work on fables that they illustrated in the style of Eric Carle. Their work will be published in an online e-book called "Fableous Fables." I will post the link as soon as it is ready. We also recently enjoyed a lovely visit to the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA. What a fabulous place! Third grade has been soaking up poetry--various styles and rhyme schemes/patterns. We took advantage of last week's warm weather to head out to the outdoor classroom and observe nature in our pursuit of writing Haiku poems. (One of my personal favorite styles!) Third graders also had loads of fun with Tall Tales this spring. Second grade worked on poetry this spring and also heard many Porquoi tales. Ask your second grader what a Porquoi tale is all about. They are experts now! First grade has been focusing on biography as a genre lately. They've heard Tomie DePaola's autiobiography, "26 Fairmount Avenue," and they are now writing and illustrating their own autobiographies. It has been a joyous endeavor! Kindergarteners took a tour of fairy tales comparing traditional stories to more updated versions. We are now ending the year with what I'm calling "fun books." Why not?
Be sure to read all summer long and take advantage of the programs at the local Enfield Public Libraries or at the public library in your town. The Nutmeg Children's Book Award Lists have recently been announced and are great options to read over the summer. Listed below are the links to the lists for the various age groups.
Elementary--grade 3 and under: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UXtoHyLjv5u_9Nl2UFMEEyeqGMvzatE-/view
Intermediate--grade 4-6: https://drive.google.com/file/d/10l544Da05RSEOdGWQkyyXjeaQUzBqhpP/view
High School--grade 9-12: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ofyKJrftm4MH0WDaOFSrzeopt6sroj5W/view
The Nutmeg Book Award is promoted every year throughout the state of Connecticut. Students around the state are encouraged to read as many titles as they can from the nominee list and vote for their favorite each spring. The winners become the top children's/young adult books in our state. The nominated books are selected by a committee of teachers, students and librarians from all over the state of Connecticut and are considered based on their strong characters, striking language, well-designed plot and satisfying conclusion. They are considered exemplary books for young people that have been published within the last five years. Enjoy as many as you can this summer.