Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Dynamic Landscapes

I here at Dynamic Landscapes in beautiful Burlington, Vermont today and yesterday (which was rainy and less beautiful).  There is so much great information here and inspiring student projects. 

Yesterday I attended a presentation panel about Book Battles and a variety of ways do host them.  I am excited to do a Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Battle with my 4th and 5th graders next year! 

In the afternoon I went to a fun workshop about "Putting the Creative in STEM" where we played with Spheros, Dash, and a basketball that can provide feedback to help you improve your game!

This morning attended a presentation by Diana Laufenberg all about how help kids determine what is true in this age of alternative facts and truthiness.  We talked a lot about what it means to be a kid these days.  I've got a few great ideas to include in my digital safety lessons. 

I just finished an eye-opening presentation on copyright and the Creative Commons.  So much to know and so much knowledge to share!

On deck for the afternoon is info about Vermont Online Library, Red Clover books, and putting it all into action! 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Airplane Engineering

In 1B this afternoon we read Rosie Revere, Engineer and Violet the Pilot, both books about creative children building flying machines.  The kids loved the books and were inspired!

Rosie Revere, Engineer by [Beaty, Andrea]            Violet the Pilot by [Breen, Steve]

The first graders were inspired and went right to work building their own airplanes out of paper and Legos.  Everyone wants to fly!

Last week to check out books!

Believe it or not the school year is quickly coming to a close!  This is the last week for students to check out books from the school library.  I am talking with each class this week about why we need to stop check-outs before the end of school and about the importance of returning all library books before June 15th.  I have the big job of inventorying all the books in the library and it will be much easier if the books are here. :)

Next week I will send home overdue notices.  Please help your child find any missing books and send them back to school.  If you find books that have been damaged, please send them back as well.  I'd like to see them and update our catalog appropriately.  If you cannot find a book after searching high and low, please let me know.  I'll mark it lost in the catalog.  I don't want any child to have to start the new school year in August with "over due book" notices.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Thank you notes

A sweet delivery girl.  :)

Today the students who earned Standing O's got to deliver all the thank you notes to the teachers.  The children wrote adorable and thoughtful notes.  I felt very appreciated when I read my notes and very happy when I ate some treats.

My thank you note bundle.

And tasty treats galore!

Thanks DBS community!  

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Teacher Appreciation Week

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week and our PTO put together a very sweet thank you note writing station in the library.  Each class has had time to write thank you notes to their teachers and any other teachers and staff in the building.  They are all excited to write notes and even more excited to mail them in this adorable mailbox a fourth grade friend built!