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!
At the end of the last school year, I received a grant of Osmos from Donor's Choose.org. It was right at the end when I was doing inventory and awards days and another book fair! Busy month. Well, now that school is back in full swing, students are able to play all of the different games on 4 extra Osmos. I had one that I purchased when they first came out but we certainly needed more. This is a very popular "center" in the media center.
Yesterday I remembered to capture the fun when 5th graders played various games on Osmo. I think they didn't want to leave!
THANK YOU DONORS CHOOSE!!!
I will be posting more projects soon. If you would like to donate to one of my projects go to http://www.donorschoose.org/mary.dean
During orientation Jeffery Panther, our mascot shows students library procedures and library rules.. If 5th graders have been here since Kindergarten, they have seen a Jeffery video every year for 6 years. Yesterday 5th grade spent the day with me. I heard a few comments about the video. One kid said to his friend, "This is cheesy!" Then he proceeded to giggle throughout the video. Of COURSE it's cheesy! WHY would Jeffery and I make a video that ISN'T cheesy!? Hopefully listening to Jeffery will help students remember what to do.
Today we distributed Chromebooks to all 3rd - 5th grade students. I think they were a bit excited! It makes me a bit nervous but then I worry about library books! These are much more fragile!
Orientation is going well.. Since 3-5 are now swapping classes, I have been knocking out a grade level a day. The most exciting thing is that kids are getting books to read. The other exciting part about checking out books is that Pokemon are hiding in our books! If a student checks out a book and a Pokemon is hiding in that book, the student gets to choose a QR code to scan to see which Pokemon they caught. If they catch 9 1 Star Pokemon, they get a prize. If they catch 4 2 Star Pokemon, they get a prize. If they catch 2 3 Star Pokemon, they get a prize. Prizes could be a cool bookmark, ice cream, a book, or a gift certificate to the Book Fair! Who knows what these crazy little "Pocket Monsters" will come up with to try to get kids reading! Once they "catch" their Pokemon (QR Code scan). I will mark their library card with a special pen. Students MUST have their library patron card to check out books and to "catch" a Pokemon!
This shows the back of the student library patron card. You can see the list of Pokemon who have been hanging out in the library. They are divided by 1 Star, 2 Star and 3 Star!
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.