Archive for May 2013

ELEMENTARY Reading Olympics (grades 4 & 5)

For those of you who are as excited as I am to read next year’s Reading Olympics books, I’m attaching the official 2013-14 Reading Olympics flyer to this blog post.  A copy of this flyer will go home to all rising 4th and 5th grade students in the end of year report cards.  More detailed information about the Reading Olympics program will be sent home in August.

Click on the following link to view the elementary Reading Olympics flyer:

 2013-14 flyer


MIDDLE SCHOOL Reading Olympics (grades 6 & 7)

If you are a rising 6th grade student, I hope that you consider joining the GMS Reading Olympics team!  You can contact the GMS Library-Media Specialist, Beverly Cooley, for more information.

Click on the following link to view the middle school Reading Olympics book list:

GMS 2013-14 Reading Olympics book list


Once again, it’s that time of year…the time to return all borrowed materials to the Library-Media Center!

The last day of school is quickly approaching, so please take a moment to locate your overdue books, videos, Playaways, iPads, and everything else you may have borrowed this year.  We’d love to be able to let someone else use these things when school starts again in August!

Overdue notices will be sent home to all families by the end of the week.

Thanks so much!

Each year, we celebrate National Poetry Month in April during Library classes.  This year, every student from kindergarten through the fifth grade read and wrote some form of poetry.

Third, fourth and fifth grade students created an iPoetry manual that taught and gave examples of various forms of poetry including: Cinquain, Sensory, Number, Haiku, Limerick, Alliteration, and Concrete.

Second grade students read the book, Meow Ruff: A Story in Concrete Poetry  by Joyce Sidman.  They created Concrete rainbow poems, where each color of the rainbow contains words that are related to that color.

A concrete rainbow poem created by a second grade student during Poetry Month 2013 in the Library-Media Center.


First grade students listened to the story A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams and then created their own Freestyle poem that was a river filled with words.

Kindergarten students enjoyed listening to books about springtime and the month of April.  Then they created an Acrostic poem about April.  To do this, the kindergarten students brainstormed words about spring.  Then they each chose 5 cards from 5 different piles, each card beginning with one of the letters from the word, April.

Click on the images below to view enlarged examples of the poetry on display in the Library hallway during the month of April.