Today the entire school had the opportunity to vote for president. Teachers were able to sign up to come to the library to vote for president with their students.
The ballot looked like this...
This was created as a Google Form so I could see in an instant how the votes were going. I have a few pictures of kids voting but honestly it was so fast that it was difficult to be one of 2 poll workers on site! :-)
Here are a few classes voting...
This is a snapshot of the results from our voting experience.
Sadly I spent the entire day Wednesday in Urgent Care, and several doctor's offices. I have a kidney stone and missed the ENTIRE conference. Thankfully my buddies who attended have shared all of the knowledge they obtained. It's not the same as being there! Boooooo!!!!
It's FINALLY here! My favorite week of the year! I hate being away from school but this is the BEST place to be if you have to be out of work. THREE days of pure joy... GaETC, the Georgia Educational Technology Conference. My head gets so full of stuff in those 3 days I could never do it all. I get to see friends I sometimes only see at conferences... I just adore every minute of it. Check back here for updates of the day... IF I have enough energy at the end of the day to tell you about it!
Today was an exciting day for our students at JPES! We had visitors and administrators read the book, The Bear Ate Your Sandwich! I have pictures of most of our readers. One slipped away but hopefully I can add a picture later. All of the readers read the same book as we participated in the world’s largest shared reading experience. Hopefully we helped break the World Record!
Thanks to all of our guests and Dr. Dye for taking time out of their busy day to come read to our kids. Thanks also to all of the teachers for their support.
If you would like to read the book, you may do so by going to this webpage - https://www.jstart.org/campaigns/read-for-the-record Scroll down toward the bottom and you can see a picture of the book. Choose English or Spanish!
FINALLY! A crisp morning air! I LOVE fall! Of course at Jefferson Parkway, October means that Pre-K and Kindergarten are listening to and performing Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman. This book has become a "tradition" at JPES. Yes, I know it by heart. Every single word! It's not a book we READ.... There is an adorable song that goes with the book. I have recorded me turning the pages while the music plays with our HoverCam Solo 8 so that I can help the characters act out the entire book. They have costumes and seem to have a BLAST!
I'll share a few pictures of the performances!
A very worthy cause very near and dear to my heart is the Coweta FERST Foundation. Many of your children may have benefited from this foundation before they started school. The Coweta FERST Foundation is a non-profit public foundation whose mission is to “provide books for local communities to prepare all Georgia preschool children for reading and learning success.” The books are mailed each month to registered children in Coweta County from birth to age five. Money to pay for these books must be raised by the Coweta County Ferst Team who are all volunteers.
Ferst Foundation is involving Coweta County Schools in a coin drive to help raise money for these wonderful books. Some of the children may have younger brothers or sisters who are now receiving the books which are mailed at no cost to the preschooler.
Please consider sending any donation to help us with our coin drive. We only have until Wednesday, September 28th!
TUESDAY, September 27th we are having a Read-a-thon! If you bring $2.00 to donate to Ferst Foundation, you may bring a blanket to snuggle with during reading time! All of the money goes directly to Ferst Foundation for books for kids!
TEACHERS! You may purchase jean stickers for $5.00!
It takes me forever to get the library back together after a book fair. Yesterday in between helping people I did a variety of things - mostly so I wouldn't kill my back!
One thing is that I started labeling shelves. I have ordered some book stops for the shelves but they aren't here yet. Meanwhile I have a TON of labels left over from last year's reorganization. I don't have many but thought this could help kids find books since they can't seem to find them by looking at spine labels. Seriously can't find that white label! Ahhhhh!
I don't know how long they will last but here's an ATTEMPT at helping the kids!
...in other news...eBOOKS!
In other news... We FINALLY have Destiny Shelf in operation. Since I purchased some awesome books at the end of the last school year, we now actually have a collection of eBooks. To search for eBooks on Destiny do the following.
NOW... for the REAL time consumer! Dr. Susan Mullins donated the paint AND her time to paint the walls. We just finished touching up and we're letting it sit before taking the tape off the wall. It is soooo bright and cheery! We came up with this idea several years ago and just never did it. This will save us from handing paper ALL OVER this hallway. Now we (ummmm Mary Elizabeth Vaughn) can decorate without it taking 2 days to put up that background paper. Thank you Dr. Dye for allowing us to do this. Now we thing that each grade level should have a color so that it's all kinds of pretty soothing colors down the hallways instead of Coweta Cream!
Saturday morning we hit the town. We checked out all of the booths that had cool looking stuff and then we started meeting authors. There were a lot of authors at this festival. We especially loved the children's books authors.
Now for some of the pictures of Jeffery with a few of the authors he was anxious to meet!
My name is Mary Dean. I have been a library media specialist since 2007. I have taught Pre-K, 1st and 2nd grades. I was also an Instructional Technology Specialist and worked with all grade levels as well as teachers.