Thursday, March 31, 2011

What a successful book fair we've had this week. Thank you so much to all the PTA moms who have worked so hard to make it a huge success!
Last week, each student filled out his/her wish list from the book fair.

Students used their math skills to estimate how many toys were in the large jar.

To raise money for our Guided Reading Library, students brought in dollar bills and change to fill up their grade level jar. The grade level that brings in the most money will have a pajama party!

Lunch with Loved Ones was a lot of fun. Our students invited moms, dads, grandparents, and other family members and friends to have lunch with them and then to shop at the book fair. There are lots of new books in the homes of our Allen families!

Monday, March 28, 2011

For our Pre-Twilight fans, here's a good book to really sink your teeth into!

Svetlana Grimm has recently discovered she’s a vampire. The clues are all there: she can eat only red foods, has to sleep under the bed because of her heightened sensitivity to light and noise, and can read others’ thoughts. But this new discovery is making her transition from home-schooling to attending sixth grade at Sunny Hill Middle School that much more difficult. After all, what can she possibly have in common with those jellybean-eaters in her class? She prefers to watch them from afar in her hidden lair atop the Oak of Doom in her backyard.

But things get more interesting when Svetlana’s cruel yet beautiful science teacher, Ms. Larch, reads her thoughts. Svetlana is excited to have found another of her kind—until her new neighbor, The Bone Lady, fills her in on Ms. Larch's true identity and her own. What happens when your sixth-grade science teacher might also be your immortal enemy?
F HAR (Recommended for grades 4-6)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Monday, March 21st to April 1st
Hours 7:30am to 3:30pm
The book fair will close on Friday, April 1st at 12:00pm.

Monday, March 28th-The book fair will be open in the evening from 6:00-7:30 during the PTA Program.

Wednesday, March 30th-Lunch with Loved Ones
Students, invite your loved ones to lunch with you on Wednesday, and then shop with them at the book fair!

On the week of March 21st-25th, students will preview the book fair to make out their wish lists.

Students will follow the schedule below to make purchases on the week of March 28th-April 1st. Parents are welcome to join them at that time.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The kindergarteners had pajama day yesterday. Can you guess who their favorite characters are?

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

More Book Fair Books

When Pinkalicious loses a tooth, it's not just any tooth—it's her sweet tooth! Suddenly candy no longer tastes sweet! With her pinkatastic pen, Pinkalicious writes a note to the Tooth Fairy and tucks it under her pillow... only to hear from Cupid, the Easter Bunny, and a Christmas elf instead. It is not until the Tooth Fairy finally responds—and works some magic—that Pinkalicious discovers where sweetness really comes from.
Fairy-tale characters and sparkling scenes make Silverlicious a sweet treat for all.

Riley has crossed the bridge into the afterlife—a place called Here, where time is always Now. She has picked up life where she left off when she was alive, living with her parents and dog in a nice house in a nice neighborhood. When she’s summoned before The Council, she learns that the afterlife isn’t just an eternity of leisure. She’s been assigned a job, Soul Catcher, and a teacher, Bodhi, a possibly cute, seemingly nerdy boy who’s definitely hiding something. They return to earth together for Riley’s first assignment, a Radiant Boy who’s been haunting a castle in England for centuries. Many Soul Catchers have tried to get him to cross the bridge and failed. But all of that was before he met Riley . . .

Monday, March 7, 2011

We love book fair, and it is coming soon...the week after Spring Break. I'll be highlighting some titles this week that you'll be seeing there.

Hooper and Cooper are ready, but where's Zoomer?

Zoomer is waaaaay too busy for school today. Although his dad begs him to get ready, how can Zoomer make time for school with such a full schedule? He has to blow the world's biggest bubble, build a brontosaurus out of sand, launch a rocket ship—and that's just the beginning!

Ned Young paints Zoomer's world with fun, detailed illustrations that showcase the silly side of everyday life. Kids and their parents will laugh out loud at the surprise ending that proves Zoomer knows best after all.

Meet Homer Pudding, an ordinary farm boy who's got big dreams-to follow in the footsteps of his famous treasure-hunting uncle. But when Uncle Drake mysteriously disappears, Homer inherits two things: a lazy, droopy dog with no sense of smell, and a mystery.

Why would his uncle call this clumsy dog his "most treasured possession?" And why did he put a gold coin on the dog's collar?

And who will continue Uncle Drake's quest-to find the most coveted pirate treasure in the world?

Join Homer, his sister Gwendolyn, and Dog on an adventure that will test their wits and courage as they leave their peaceful farm and head into a world where ruthless treasure hunters hide around every corner. Where they discover that Dog has a hidden talent and that treasure might be closer than they ever imagined.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss

Interesting Facts About Dr. Seuss:
The author didn't have children of his own. He was uncomfortable sitting on the floor to play with them and was hesitant carrying on a conversation with kids not knowing what they would do or say next.

Dr. Seuss' first book was rejected twenty-seven times before it was published in 1937 by Vanguard Press. The title was And to Think That I Saw It on Mulbery Street.

Bennett Cerf promised to pay Dr. Seuss $50 if he could write a book with only fifty words in it, so in 1960 he wrote Green Eggs and Ham.

Dr. Seuss liked to wear a hat called his "thinking cap" while working, sometimes up to eight hours a day, in an old observation tower in LaJolla, California that he and his wife bought.

He was born in Springfield, Mass. and lived on Mulberry Street...used in the title of his first book.

Ever read a Dick and Jane book? Dr. Seuss has been given credit for their demise by replacing them with books that contained interesting characters plots, and funny rhymes. Thank you, Dr. Seuss!!

One in four American children receive a Dr. Seuss book as their first title.

Dr. Seuss wasn't really a doctor. He added that title to his name as a joke, because his father wanted him to get a doctoral degree and teach as a professor in college.