Monster Madness at Ridge Elementary

Monster Madness at Ridge Elementary

Author Fran Wilde creates wonderful monsters.  On Tuesday March 22nd, she shared some of her monster-creating secrets with 5th grade students at Ridge Elementary.  She also shared her experience of writing her new novel Updraft and gave the students some insights into what it takes to be a writer.  Of course, doing lots of research and reading good books are  important to the process.  The students were very inspired to create their own monster madness!

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Seusstacular at Mehfoud ES

Seusstacular at Mehfoud ES

We love all of the work that our teacher librarians do and below is an example of a great event that was planned for Mehfoud Elementary.

“We [Mefoud] just had our big Dr. Seuss event on Friday, March 4, 2016.  Seusstacular is a whole school yearly event that involves our boys and girls rotating in and out of the library with a passport to engage in various fun and stimulating stations.  Stations include: differentiated math skills, reading skills, technology skills, art skills, library skills and more.  I always make sure we have a Kindness Station to go along with our MindUP Program.  We partner each year with BE A NOBLE KID for this station.   Another favorite part of our event is a movement piece where whole classes go into the gym for a Dance Party with the “Dancing Angels” (as our students call them – 2 of Henrico’s ITRTs).  I could not do this event without the support and flexibility of  Mehfoud’s faculty and staff as well as all of our volunteers who help to run the stations. Volunteers include retired teachers, parents, HCPS ITRTs, and staff members.   A big shout out to Mehfoud’s ITRT, Julie Smith, who helps to organize the technology stations and the technology trainers! It’s a fun and exciting day for our boys and girls and a great way to celebrate us all being readers during Read Across America Week.”

Deanna Pollard, Proud Teacher Librarian at Mehfoud Elementary School

 

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Pajama Day at Ratcliffe ES

Pajama Day at Ratcliffe ES

Recently, Ratcliffe Elementary School had a school-wide pajama day and since reading is an activity well-suited for a day hanging out in pajamas, librarian Karen Stein decided to invite classes into the library to do just that.  Below is a picture of her with a class of second graders taking a break from their schedule to just read.

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Librarians Attend Shenandoah’s Summer Conference

Librarians Attend Shenandoah’s Summer Conference

Aaron Reynolds, author of several children’s books, presented at Shenandoah’s Summer Conference.  The audience was captivated by his hilarious personality and stories.  Part of his presentation was an interactive skit with the audience to explain how a book was published.  Our own Nancy Hally was chosen to be the “publisher” of the story.  We all walked away laughing.  There is not a serious bone in his body.

 

Author Aaron Reynolds

Author Aaron Reynolds

You can visit his webpage here .

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Nancy is in the middle holding the $ bag.

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Crestview Students Enjoy Trip to Theater

Crestview Students Enjoy Trip to Theater

Mrs. Cross and Mrs. Cannell at Crestview Elementary took a group of third through fifth grade students to the Children’s Theater at Willow Lawn to see Treasure Island. This trip was the reward for the winners of the Ultimate Reading Challenge. The students had to choose books from a reading list and complete an online summary. The summaries were reviewed and awarded a ticket per accepted entry. They were then put into a drawing for four students in third, fourth, and fifth grade. The students were respectful leaders that made the school proud!

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Reading Warriors back for more

Reading Warriors back for more

The Reading Warriors from Henrico High School are out reading to elementary students again. This time they visited Glen Lea Elementary School.

Henrico High librarian Christina Thrasher said about the event: “We had a great experience at Glen Lea ES this morning, when our Reading Warriors shared their love of reading and literacy with our future Warriors. Our readers today were comprised of boys and girls basketball players, as well as our outstanding cheerleaders (av. GPA of 4.1!).”

HCPS-TV was also there to share it through the county, and the piece about the Reading Warriors program from earlier this year can be viewed here.

It is great to see these Reading Warriors build relationships with future Henrico High students. Way to go!!

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