Hooked on Books Club LOVED January’s Book Selection


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We had a great time during our book club discussions yesterday! The students really had an interest in the events of “Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio” by Peg Kehret. Rumors of how good the book was made it’s way around in December, which is why it was chosen as the January book selection. It was wonderful to hear how some of the students were so interested in the topic of polio that they did their own research at home.

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Ball and Auction Teacher Treat – Librarian for a Day!


Would you like your child to be Librarian for a Day??

The SBPS Ball and Auction is coming up on Saturday, February 28th. For the 2nd year in a row, Mrs. Susina’s Teacher Treat is for a student to be Librarian for a Day. The highest bidder will be allowed to read aloud to all classes that day, check books in and out, create books displays in the library, and more. Lunch will also be provided.

Check out this picture of one of last year’s librarians getting her lessons ready for the day.


Check It Out! Week of January 26th


Since we are kicking off Catholic Schools Week with a crazy hat and sock day, we will read the very funny book, “The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf” by Mark Teague in Grades K-2.

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For the next couple of weeks, grades 3-5 will be listening to our 2015 Bluestem nominee read-aloud “Wild River.”

Mock Caldecott – Part 2


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This week in grades K-5, we will continue to look at our Mock Caldecott books.  The students have been enjoying the books so far.  They are thinking critically about the media used to create the illustrations and I have overheard some great conversations about the relationship between text and images in telling the stories.

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Booked for Recess Book Club for Grade 2



The “Booked for Recess” Club will meet on Tuesday, February 17th, during recess.  We will be reading the 2013 Newbery Award winner, The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.  Students should have the book read before our meeting date so that we can discuss the entire book.

Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated novel is told from the point of view of Ivan himself.  Having spent twenty-seven years behind the glass walls of his enclosure in a shopping mall, Ivan has grown accustomed to humans watching him. He hardly ever thinks about his life in the jungle. Instead, Ivan occupies himself with television, his friends Stella and Bob, and painting. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, he is forced to see their home, and his art, through new eyes.

Students can check this book out of our school library or the public library.  If you would like Mrs. Susina to order a copy of the book for you, please send $8 (cash if possible) to school by Friday, January 30th.  This will allow enough time for the books to arrive and for your child to have the book read by our club date.

Click here for the RSVP/book order form: feb-booked-for-recess