It’s been a while since I updated the library blog! Here’s the latest in what we’ve been up to around here. Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook and Instagram; it’s easier for me to update those quickly and frequently!
4th and 5th Grades
We have been continuing to read the fantastic book Just Like Jackie, which is nominated for the Vermont state book award for middle grade novels. The author, Lindsey Stoddard, will be coming to visit our school this Friday and we cannot wait to ask her about her journey toward becoming a writer, her inspiration for her books, life growing up in the Upper Valley, and if she can relate to Jackie as a person. It’s such a treat to have such a fantastic author here in person!
2nd and 3rd Grades
2nd and 3rd grade have been reading one of the Jake Maddox series, On Guard. I chose this book because I think it’s a sport that most students are familiar with through PE. The illustrations and edge-of-your seat action kept everyone engaged, and they were excited to find out how it ends after break! I love how reading this series inspires kids to read more sports books! We have some great titles in that section!
Kindergarten and 1st Grades
Besides previewing books for the book fair and reading Valentine’s Day books, the kindergarten and first grade students created a heart tree for February that really cheered up the hallway!
We’ve also read some great books about space as we touch base on non-fiction texts, and we will be watching a video of an astronaut reading Ada Twist, Scientist from the International Space Station next week! This was all inspired by the great picture book, Moon! Earth’s Best Friend, that I purchased for the library at the book fair! What a fantastic book filled with facts! I can’t wait to buy the other two in the series!
Spelling Bee & Book Fair
Thank you to everyone for your amazing support of the school book fair, which funds our awesome STEAM program here at OQS! We raised over a thousand dollars and earned $1500 in Scholastic bucks, which I am going to use to perk up the non-fiction section!
And congratulations to Liam Woods, our spelling bee champion, who is only in 2nd grade!! He beat out two fifth graders, Jaidin Bennett and Andre Banks, to win the title! He will be moving on to the Scripps Vermont State Spelling Bee later this month! Good luck, Liam!
Although all of this amazing learning put a hold on our hunger research, we will be kicking it off again next week! I can’t wait to unveil all the research and reflection the kids have been working on all year!
Thanks again to all the local restaurants who have been creating menu items inspired by the students and sharing them with the community! This week, Tuckerbox has a special soup co-created with the first graders that is healthy and delicious! Check it out before it’s gone on Friday!
We have had such a wonderful winter in the library!