Thursday, April 16, 2015

National Poetry Month in the Lower School Library

We are celebrating National Poetry Month here in the Lower School Library in many different ways!  In addition to the usual display and exploration of fantastic poetry, students will receive their own short poem to keep and share with others (did you know April 30 is Poem in Your Pocket Day?).  Fourth graders in Mrs. Taylor’s class are creating their own poems on International Literacy Association’s Word Mover site.  Create your own poetry here!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

5th Graders Share Their Love of Books

In celebration of School Library Month, and to help kick off next week’s first annual Lou Fernandez Literary Festival, fifth graders during their Library classes have been creating “book love” projects—book trailers, posters, and interactive presentations—to share out their favorite books with the OES community.  Highlights will be shared at this week’s Lower School assembly, and next week we will be sharing the book trailers here on the blog.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Book Ninjas in State Finals!

Our amazing 4th grade OBOB team, "The Book Ninjas", represented OES at State in Salem this past Saturday.  In an exceptionally close battle, they took 2nd place in the finals.  From class competitions onward they fought and won in over 30 battles. Thank you to Mrs. Sathyaraj and all the parents who helped coach and support our students in their reading pursuits. Congratulations to Maxwell, Leela, Jeremy, Jacob and Arun!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Writing Insights from Bestselling Author Brandon Mull

Build your imagination!  Brandon Mull, author of the Fablehaven, Beyonders, Five Kingdoms and Spirit Animals series, encouraged our 4th and 3rd graders to keep their imaginations active by observing the world around them and by reading.  He shared about his family, his journey as a writer, and tips on how to become an author.  He also showed the fantastic trailer for the Five Kingdoms series.  Thanks again to Powell's for connecting us to such amazing authors!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Welcome to Brandon Mull

Author Brandon Mull is Visiting the Lower School Library!

On Thursday, April 2 at 1 pm, Brandon Mull is visiting the LS Library!  Mull is the creator of several well-loved books including Fablehaven, The Candy Shop Wars, and his latest series The Five Kingdoms.  Third through fifth grades will be attending, but we would like to offer all families the chance to purchase signed copies of his books.  Order forms are due this Friday, March 20. Thanks again to Powell's for this visit!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Mighty Girls!

I often get requests for books which feature strong female characters both from teachers and parents especially in connection to 2nd Grade Hero Reports.  Here is a super site to browse and know that many of the books are here for you to borrow!  You can also find this link over in our Reading Resource Links just to your left.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Fancy Nancy!

What fun we had this morning with Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser during their OES stop as part of their Fancy Nancy RV Tour.  From balancing bananas (!) on our heads to singing along to "Deep in the Heart of Texas" they kept us entertained and enchanted with "fancy" words.  Thanks to Powell's for making this visit possible!