Check It Out! Week of November 16th



This week, our kindergartners through second graders will celebrate author/illustrator Lois Ehlert’s birthday! Ehlert’s book, “The Scraps Book,” is a 2016 Monarch Award nominee. She is also well-known for the classic book, “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.”

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In grades 3-5, we will finish reading the 2016 Bluestem nominee, “Alex the Parrot: No Ordinary Bird.” We will also watch a video so that the students can watch some of Irene’s work with Alex. So far, they seem to be really enjoying seeing Alex in action!


The Scholastic Book Fair is Less Than a Month Away!


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Mark your calendars now for our Scholastic Book Fair!

The SBPS Library will be holding their Scholastic Book Fair from Sunday, December 6th through Friday, December 11th.

This is the perfect opportunity to find books to give as holiday gifts! Students will shop during their regular library times, but families can visit that Sunday and most days after school. Hours will be announced shortly.

Check It Out! Week of November 9th



This week, grades 3-5 are hearing the first part of “Alex the Parrot: No Ordinary Bird,” a 2016 Bluestem nominee. Kindergarten is visiting the world of an old friend, “Curious George,” while grades 1 and 2 are listening to some past favorites, such as “Strega Nona.”

Hooked on Books Club Discusses “The 13 Story Treehouse”


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Yesterday, the “Hooked on Books Club” met to discuss “The 13 Story Treehouse.” 37 students talked about what they liked and did not like about the book, as well as who their favorite characters were in this very humorous story.

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The club will NOT be meeting in December, but we will read our new book, “The Adventures of a South Pole Pig” by Chris Kurtz, at the end of January. Details to come in December.

Check It Out! Week of November 2nd



This week, we are talking about comic books and graphic novels. These books have been VERY popular with our students recently. Last year, two of our most attended book clubs for grades 3-5 included graphic novel books. This form of visual storytelling is great for all ages!

We will be specifically talking about the similarities and differences between comic books and graphic novels, as well as the vocabulary used when talking about comics. We will continue to revisit the topic of comics and graphic novels throughout the rest of the school year. The kids seem very excited!

Booked for Recess Club Met Yesterday!


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“Piper Green and the Fairy Tree” earned a lot of thumbs up from the Booked for Recess Club yesterday!

We will be taking a break in December due to the book fair and the shorter month, but will meet again in January.

Our next book will be “The Chocolate Touch” by Patrick Skene Catling. I will send home print flyers in early December.