Thursday, February 19, 2015

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Goodbye to the Year of the Horse and welcome to the Year of the Sheep!  During our library classes, our Beginning School and First Grade students have been investigating the Lunar New Year and it's celebrations through folktales and picture books.  We have learned about the importance of color (red!), the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, and special traditions around the holiday including hongbao.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Book Ninjas Conquered the Top Spot

Our Lower School Library was bursting with energy this morning as nine teams battled for the right to represent OES at the regional OBOB Battle on March 7th.  Congratulations to the Book Ninjas-Jacob, Leela, Arun, Maxwell and Jeremy- and the Sparks-Sean, Julian, Ashley, and Barrett-who made it the finals.  The final score was Book Ninjas, 50, and the Sparks, 30 in a closely fought battle. Honorable mention goes to The Purple Pygmy Breakdancing Hippos-Piper, Lily, Olin, and Carson- since they won two battles and were strong contenders.  Watch the Final Battle!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Welcome Jennifer Holland and Rojo the Llama!

Today we welcomed National Geographic author, Jennifer Holland, to our Lower School Library to visit with our Primary, 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders.   Jennifer talked about the importance of empathy between animals and also humans.  She shared some of her favorite stories that she has written about in her Unlikely Friendship series.  Rojo, the llama, was part of the visit. Rojo's story is part of Jennifer's most recent book "Unlikely Heroes" and lives just north of us in Vancouver Washington.  I even got a kiss from Rojo himself! We were lucky to have both him and Jennifer join us! Thanks to our wonderful contact, Sheila Nathan, and Powell's for making this visit possible!