Friday, November 9, 2018

Media Center Elections 2018 - 2019

Week of November 12th - Vote for your favorite pig !!!

We will be casting our ballots to elect a new President and Vice President of our library.   Each candidate is connected to a book in our library and we will hear about these books/series prior to voting.  We have upgraded to electronic voting this year but all voting must take place in the Media Center.  Click here to access the ballot.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Media Center - Read-A-Thon and Voting

Week of November 5th, 2018

In support of our Read-A-Thon next week, we will be hiding purple Whisker's paws similar to the ones the students stand on when they come into the library.  They will be hidden on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  The class who finds the paws each day will get our stuffed Whiskers in their classroom for the day.  In addition, we will have our Book Character Dress up Parade on Friday, November 9th starting at 8:30.

Please include this information in your Monday morning message and talk with your students about book characters.  If you have students who need help or want suggestions for your classroom, please let Lori or I know. 

In the Media Center all week, students will be making necklaces in the shape of Whiskers' paws.  They will be decorated with the word "READ". 

Book Character Parade Details
This will take place on Friday morning, November 9th beginning at 8:30 AM.  Students can dress as their favorite book character with the focus more on the book/character than the costume.  It does not need to be elaborate.  Students can wear a costume to school, or bring it with them but please make sure they can spend the remainder of the day in regular school clothes.  They may also choose to carry their favorite book if they would prefer not to wear a costume. 
Route:  Exit the front of school, turn right on Avery, right on Poplar Circle, past the trailers through the parking lot, right into parking lot, along the trailer on wood chips to Pavilion, circle Pavilion, up ramp to cafeteria and back to class.  First and third grade trailers can come into the building and exit out the front door. Second grade trailer classrooms should start at the pavilion, come up through the Cafeteria, up to the second floor to exit out the main door.

Week of November 12, 2018

Students and interested staff will be voting for the new President and Vice-President of the library.  Stay tuned for an announcement about candidates !!!

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Book Fair News - Week of October 22nd - 26th

Students will be visiting the Book Fair with their classes this Monday and Tuesday, which will include making “wish lists”.  The “wish list” is a list of books they “wish” they could have, but are not obligated to purchase.  If you are unable to attend the Book Fair with your student, you may choose to send money for your student to purchase books.  Students should go to class in the morning as usual and their teacher will send them to purchase the books during the school day.  If you visit the Book Fair together, you are welcome to select other books not on the list. 

As we want every student to visit the Book Fair before we open for purchasing, the Book Fair will be open at the following times for book sales:

Tuesday, October 23rd - 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday, October 24th - 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday, October 25th - 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday, October 26th - 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

We accept cash, checks and credit cards.  Checks should be made out to Winnona Park Elementary School.

Any questions, please let me know -  Ms. Ilene Zeff at or stop by the library.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

In the Media Center - October 15th and the last few weeks

As my position is half-time Media Specialist and half-time Instructional Technology Specialist, I have a lot to teach our students in the half hour I see them each week.  And as their time in the library also includes book check-out, it doesn't leave a lot of time.   I have tried many different ways to alternate instruction on books and library with technology but this year, it seems to be several weeks of activities around literature followed by several weeks of technology.  For the last two weeks, and continuing into this week, kindergarten is finishing a project using KidPix.  They are drawing their home and including their address number.  We have been revising rough drafts and they will print their final product this week which will go in their "All About Me" book.
First, second and third graders were introduced to the keyboard and what I call "Very Important Keys", as well as to the alphabet.  They practiced opening and closing the Microsoft Word application, the Control, backspace, shift, caps lock, and enter/return keys in addition to the letters.  I emphasize proper posture for using the keyboard, as well as using both hands.  I have a line down the middle of the keyboard on the computers in the media center and they are instructed to keep their hands on either side of the line.  The purpose of all of this is to make them more independent when they are using computers in the classroom and at home, as well as setting them up to learn to actually type.  Second and third graders will be using Typing Club this year with personal logins.  This will happen after the Book Fair.  First graders will practice throughout the year using Dance Mat Typing.
For first grade this week, I am going to introduce "Kenny and the Dragon" as I know teachers are either already reading it, or will be reading it. 

Featured New Titles - October, 2018

We have several new titles in this chapter book series about a girl who has a fairy for a mother and a vampire for a father.  It was recommended by second grader, Alana M.   You can visit the author's website here.   AR - 3.6.  DRA - 34 - ish.

Mystery, fantasy and science with Zoey and her cat, Sassafras.  Another new chapter book series that is perfect for second and third graders.  Visit the author's website here.  AR - 3.6.  DRA - 34 - ish.

Kayla and her dog , King meet the new neighbor dog and then solve the mystery of who at the two missing peanut butter treats.  This book can be found in the library in the purple cart.  AR - 2.2 or DRA - 18 - ish.

Subtitle: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again.  Humpty Dumpty's recounts his experience falling off the wall, and what it took to get back up again.

Visit Todd Parr's website here.

An oldie but goodie - published in 1947.  

Bored badgers decide to "help" Ma Badger with the laundry.  

Animals join together for an epic ocean journey.  A good example of collaboration, the pictures are what make this book so unique.

Although our students would not be familiar with a "pen pal", the children in this book correspond by letter and discover their similarities and differences.

Community is created as a neighborhood re-purposes a broken down bus.  

Violet is a mechanical genius - she loves to build things and especially machines that fly.  Although the other kids think she's a little strange, she doesn't care and in the end, she becomes their hero.  

Sunday, September 23, 2018

On the Same Page - Kenny & the Dragon

This year's "On the Same Page" community read has been announced and it is age appropriate for our students this year.  Some of the themes include: friendship, tolerance, diversity, responsibility, and honesty.  It would be great for teaching point of view and there are additional resources - "extras" on the book's website.  Second and third grade teachers will be reading the book in class.  Kindergarten and first grade teachers will probably not read it in class but we have several copies available in the media center for families to check out.  Please come see us to borrow your copy - it would make a great family read aloud.  You can also visit Little Shop of Stories to purchase your own copy.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Week of August 13, 2018

In the Media Center this week, kindergarten and first graders used laptop computers and Kidpix, a drawing program to practice for their MAP test.  Practice included using the trackpad, opening and closing the KidPix program or app, and changing colors.  I has become more important for us to do this type of practice as so many of our students are used to using touch screens.  Second and third grade students checked out books for the first time.  Most students checked out two books but others preferred to start with one.  Please help remind your child about being responsible for library books by remembering the following:
1. Leave library books in his or her backpack at after-care, at a friend's house, on the bus, etc.
2. Make sure water bottles are tightly sealed.
 3. Do not lend a library book to a friend but instead, let the friend check out the book themselves so that it is under their name.

I have just updated the media center FAQ tab which has other information about our media center.  I cannot figure out why the text keeps changing to the wrong size so I apologize for that.