End of the Year Wrap-Up

Well, the end of the school year has arrived and as I pack up the library for the summer, I am feeling immensely pleased with the way that my first year as OQS librarian played out.  The students reflected on their favorite things about library in their journals last week, and the response was so broad that I was happy that I was able to personalize the library so that it was enjoyable to so many.

We read oh so many books and dabbled in technology.  I now know for sure which books must be ordered for next year and which ones are surprisingly not so popular.  I have a plan to combat the surprisingly low interest in fiction, though, which will be coming later this summer!  I piqued their interest in the Makerspace and since we every grade will have one hour dedicated to STEAM next year, I am glad they are intrigued!  We made connections to what we read to our lives and other stories, and studied genres and the elements of fiction.  We had lots of fun and adventures, and now that the kids know me, I think it’ll just pick up right where we left off in the fall.

To all of you, thank you for sharing this journey with me, and for parents, thank you for sharing your children with me!  Enjoy your summer and keep your students reading! I’ll be helping with the summer reading program at the Quechee library on Tuesdays at 4 pm.  I hope to see you there!

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Help Support Our Makerspace!

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We have a very exciting endeavor to announce! OQS wants to make sure our students have the materials they need to succeed, so Mrs. Dumont and I created a DonorsChoose.org classroom request.

STEAM and Technology Supplies for Makerspace

Give to our project within the next seven days and your donation will be doubled thanks to DonorsChoose.org. Just enter the code LIFTOFF during checkout and you’ll be matched dollar for dollar (up to $50).

In return, you’ll get awesome photos of your gift in action and our heartfelt thanks.

Thank you so much!

P.S. If you know anyone who might be interested in supporting public schools, please feel free to pass this message along.

What Do You Do With An Idea?

In kindergarten and first grade this week, we celebrated imagination, and read about the amazing Dr. Carl Sagan and how he took his big ideas out of this world!

We stretched our imaginations and asked many interesting questions. Kindergarten especially had lots to say and wonder about the Earth’s atmosphere, gravity, and the solar system.  Lots of budding scientists in the making!

First grade had time to do an open-ended art project; they could draw what their ideas about outer space, what they would grow in their garden, or what their imaginary friends would look like.  They were especially excited about the googly eyes!

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They had so much fun, I’m hoping to have time to do the same with 2nd grade when they finish their Cinderella folktale comparison project.  OQS students’ imaginations are out of this world!