There is this organization called the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award Committee that does an annual book award (hence the name!). They select 30 new young adult novels and kids around the state read and vote for their favorites. We have been doing that in the library and voting was just this week. This is their 60th year and the committee had an art contest asking students in grades 4-8 (the grades that can participate in the book voting) to design a poster celebrating reading and 60 years of this Dorothy Canfield Fisher book award. Guess what?! One of my students won! She did all the work, I just promoted the contest and submitted her entry, but I kinda feel like I won a little too! :) She gets two signed copies of the winning book (still being voted on) and she gets an award and recognition at the award ceremony! I was hoping to take a few students there, but now I’m totally going to do it!! I’m just waiting for them to announce the date! I’m so excited for her. :)
Hey all, in case this blog isn’t fascinating enough, check out my new school library blog. (You know you want to, Mom!) It’s filled with exciting things like library schedules and book awards! Of course I got a picture of Eve up there already! (Truthfully, I’m not sure yet on the media release situation, so I thought it best to stick to pictures of kids I know for now.) Enjoy!
Also, did you see I just did three blog posts in one evening? That’s my quota for the week! See ya next week! :)
This post is a few days delayed, but better late than never. Thursday was open house at school. Each grade does a 10-15 minute presentation of their curriculum, but I wasn’t sure if I could get out of the library that long, so Eve and I went for a sneak peek at her classroom. She showed me around, we did the scavenger hunt, and got full access to the teachers (ha!) until 6pm when Open House officially started and I scooted back to the library. I wasn’t sure what to expect for library attendance, but I was pleased that it was packed for the entire time! Kids stopped by to introduce me to their parents (while I desperately tried to recall the kid’s name in my head!) and parents that I’m friends with stopped by and it was very nice all around. The hour flew by!
I love seeing Eve’s work. Her poetry is amazing to me, and not just because it’s often about how much she loves me. :) Lately she has been sitting in her bed at night writing poetry. She has a great one about the holidays, and the “mom” poem she wrote me a few weeks ago. At Open House she showed me her, “I am from” poem that they did in class. I love it!
Today began a new chapter in this house. Lex headed off to 6th grade at the middle school, Eve started 4th grade, I had my first day at the Media Specialist in the school library, and Arlo got to spend seven hours in his crate! No big changes for Alan though, sorry. Alan brought Lex in and said drop-off went well. Eve and I walked to school. I start later than she does, so I was able to walk her (and Arlo) to school in the morning, then come home, shower, and get myself ready. It’s a plan that kind of works, but needs some refinement. It worked well today though!
I only had one class to teach today, but I also had lunch duty, meetings, and an assembly. Tomorrow it’s just recess duty and meetings, then Thursday and Friday I get classes back to back to back! I’ll be ready for the long weekend!
At the end of the day Eve came to meet me in the library and she was clearly excited about something. She said she wasn’t working on a project and I COULDNT NOT PEEK! She then asked me when my birthday is (precisely) and then decide maybe not to wait that long to share her project. After awhile she asked if she could take my picture and she set up the scene she wanted.
Then she asked to borrow my computer. The final output was an awesome poem called, “My Mom Poem.” She said she started working on it in study hall at the end of the day, not as an assignment or anything, but just because she wanted to. Sadly, she asked me not to share it because it was special for us. I’ll respect those wishes, though maybe I’m breaking them a wee bit by mentioning it here! I can’t help it though. She is amazing and I’m so proud to be her momma AND her librarian!
Lex took the bus to me after school and got off with a smile. There are a handful of middle schoolers that have parents in my building, so he wasn’t the only big kid getting off at the elementary school. He said the day went well and when I asked if he was planning to go back tomorrow he said, “I guess so.” Raves reviews from the boy! I haven’t heard much else from him.
I had a good day. I’m so happy to be part of a school community that I love. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside!
Arlo did not like his day and was VERY eager to get outside when we got home. He has been all teeth and claws ever since. He doubled one of the holes in the yard, scratched up Eve’s arm, and is chewing everything he can find. Apparently one 3-mile walk in the morning does not sufficiently counter seven hours in the crate! That’s a problem I’m definitely going to have to work on. Maybe Alan should take him to work each day! :)
I had in-service week last week and on Friday when I was chatting with other teachers they kept saying the were pretty ready for school to start and the more people who said that the more panicked I got that I was not feeling at all ready for school to start!!
Last weekend Alan helped clean up the robotics lab a bit and this weekend we went back for another marathon work session. It was great! I left this evening feeling a thousand times more ready for Tuesday. There’s still work to do, of course, and always will be, but I feel like I can do this!
Let me show you my library…