Wednesday, January 10, 2018

December Re-cap

With fewer days in school, we did not have as much traffic as usual. However, it doesn't look like it by our circulation numbers! I'm so proud of how many books (print and digital) our Trailblazers have been reading.

Some of my favorite teaching moments this month were:
*Surprise poetry slam with 5th
*Learning about and making snow
*Snap circuits
*Hour of Code lessons with all grades

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

November Re-cap

As you can see, November was another great month! Our circulation numbers continue to go up every month. I think this is partly to do with us having a larger population this year, and students can now checkout 3 items on MackinVIA at a time.

This month we also gained a new staff member to our Library Team! We are lucky to now have a second (part time) library assistant. Mrs. Rose (middle) continues to work for us in the mornings, and we now have Mrs. Benoit-Charles (left) working in the afternoon.

I'm so grateful for these ladies! They keep our library running and I can't do my job without them. 

I'm working on my "To-Read" list for Winter Break. Do you know what you'll be reading?

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Book Exchange TOMORROW!

At the end of the day tomorrow our library will be having a book swap! Bring in up to 3 gently used books that you'd like to switch out for some new ones.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Author Visit from Chris Barton

Yesterday our school had the pleasure of hearing from author Chris Barton! He shared with us the design process that he goes through as a writer. We will always remember these 2 quotes "Write what you know" and "Almost finished, finished finished."

This year, all of our 3rd-5th graders at Joe Lee Johnson have read his Bluebonnet Nominee book called "Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions."
We were able to use this book as a mentor text for persevering through life challenges, and it fit so well with our JLJ Engineering Design Process. Students also had the opportunity to invent solutions to some unique challenges. 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who shopped our Book Fair last week! The money that we earned will be used to pay for our 3 planned author visits this year. If you missed out, don't worry, we'll have another Book Fair in February!

Here's an overview of how our Book Fair went:

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Book Fair

Wild West Book Fair, October 2-6
Click the picture above to shop online! Online shopping ends October 10th.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Dot Day 2017

We had so much fun celebrating International Dot Day this year! Students got to participate in several enriching activities around the school. In the library, students (depending on their grade) got to:

-Use the Ozobots to use different colored "dots" to code a path for it to follow
-Use the Garage Band app to remix the Dot Day song by Emily Arrow
-Create a dot and watch it come to life with the Quiver app
-Make a video using a homemade portable green screen saying how they would make their mark on the world.

We also wore our most creative "dot" outfits on Friday. Here are the winners from each grade level! They each won a signed copy of a graphic novel by Nathan Hale.