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Teacher: Mrs. Kristen Frost (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Our first month (plus) of school has been busy and fun in the library! Students in grades K-2 have been busy learning the rules of the library and best practices for book care. First and second grade classes prepared their top ideas to share with the kindergarten students regarding book care. All of the projects turned out spectacularly!
Second grade used their knowledge of book care and library manners and turned it in to an ebook for the kindergarten students to read. Here is their work for you to enjoy:
Grade three has been learning about the organization in libraries, thanks to our shelf elf, Skoob. They are now focusing on learning the ins and outs of the Dewey Decimal System. Grades 4-6 had some fun checking out a language learning database called Mango Languages on National Speak Like a Pirate Day! Ask one of them how a pirate would say, "Holy cow! The ship is sinking!" Fourth grade is focusing on how to use a Thesaurus, and just completed a project where they brainstormed adjectives that describe themselves with even better adjectives from the thesaurus to complement them.
Grade five is deep in to learning the best practices of study skills with the program Study Smarts. So far, we have focused on self-worth, intrinsic/extrinsic motivation and attitude. They are ready to be the best students ever this year! Grade six is delving in to the pitfalls of plagiarism just prior to starting our first research project on world explorers. Grades 7 and 8 are learning about legends as we focus on "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." They will be the first students to have a connecting project in our new Makerspace!
In Makerspace news, we have received so many wonderful donations from our school and parish communities! Thank you to all who have been able to donate gift cards, materials, tools and equipment so far. A wishlist of additional items has also been prepared on Amazon.com, if anyone would like to further contribute to this upcoming hub of activity in our school. The official opening will be this month! We are so excited to have this space for creativity in our school.
SBS Makerspace Wish List
As always, thank you for checking in to see what is happening in our school library!
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!