Check It Out! Week of February 22nd

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This week, our grades 1-5 classes will begin learning about the history of comics. We did a brief introduction to comics and graphic novels in November that included vocabulary used when talking about this format. This time around, we will look at where comics started – comics strips in newspapers and the Golden Age of comics, which includes the first appearances of superheroes.

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Kindergarten will get a look at a few more books from our Monarch list. Next week, they will be voting for their favorite of the books we have been reading since September!

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Six Flags Read to Succeed Forms Due THIS Monday!

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Students in grades K through 6 are encouraged to read for fun.  Those who complete six hours (or 360 minutes) of recreational reading before the school’s deadline, which is THIS Monday, February 22nd, are eligible for a free admission ticket valid at our local Six Flags Theme Park.
You can download both the parent letter and reading log below.  If you are unable to print either of these, please encourage your child to see Mrs. Susina to pick up a hard copy in the library.
If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Susina atjsusina@stbenedict.com.
Download the Parent Letter and Reading Log.

Hooked on Books (Grades 3-5) Will Meet on Tuesday, March 22nd

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Come Join Mrs. Susina for the St. Benedict “Hooked on Books” Club

The “Hooked on Books” Club will meet on Tuesday, March 22nd, during recess.  We will be reading the 2016 Bluestem nominee, Sidekicks, by 2015 Caldecott Winner, Dan Santat. 

Captain Amazing, superhero and savior of Metro City, is getting old. He’s out all hours battling arch-villains, catching thieves, and helping little old ladies cross the street. He doesn’t even have time for his house full of pets. He needs – a SIDEKICK!

Captain Amazing’s four pets agree. But each one of them thinks HE should get the sidekick spot – and a chance for one-on-one time with the Captain. Get ready for sibling rivalry royale as pets with superpowers duke it out for the one thing they all want – a super family.  A BOLD and BRILLIANT graphic novel romp by Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat. 

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 $12 (cash if possible) to school by Monday, March 7th.  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 form: march-hooked-on-books

Check It Out! Week of February 15th

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This week, we look at the 600s of the Dewey Decimal Classification system. This section, sometimes referred to as “technology” or “applied science,” includes books on cooking, inventions, the human body, pets, and space science. We will read a few facts from “How Do You Burp in Space?” by Susan Goodman, a 2016 Bluestem nominee.

Check It Out! Week of February 8th

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This week, we are celebrating two author/illustrator birthdays, Mark Teague (grades K-2) and Jeff Kinney (grades 3-5)!

Teague is well-known for his work with the “How Do Dinosaurs…” series written by Jane Yolen, while Kinney is the author/illustrator of the super popular series, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.”

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Booked for Recess Selection for March

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Come Join Mrs. Susina for the St. Benedict “Booked for Recess” Club

 The “Booked for Recess” Club will meet on Tuesday, March 1st, during recess.  We will be reading a 2014 Newbery Award Honor book, The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes.  Students should have the book read before our meeting date so that we can discuss the entire book.

When Billy Miller has a mishap at the statue of the Jolly Green Giant at the end of summer vacation, he ends up with a big lump on his head. What a way to start second grade, with a lump on your head! As the year goes by, though, Billy figures out how to navigate elementary school, how to appreciate his little sister, and how to be a more grown up and responsible member of the family and a help to his busy working mom and stay-at-home dad.

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 Thursday, February 11th.  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.