Archive for September 2013

The students at RES would like to say a HUGE thank you to the staff at Sony Pictures!  Each student at RES received an awesome FREE Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 poster and an activity booklet during Library classes this week!

Why?  Because Sony Pictures was helping to promote literacy during International Literacy Day at the beginning of September.  Hopefully RES students will be inspired to read the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs book, written by Judi Barrett.  It really is one fantastic book…what imagination!

And interestingly enough, the sky is getting very cloudy at the moment.  I hope it doesn’t rain meatballs – I forgot my fork at home!

The FREE Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 poster was an exciting surprise for RES students!

Students, if you loved Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs as much as I did, be sure to read another Judi Barrett classic, Pickles to Pittsburgh!

The movie opens today, September 27th, in theaters!  I’m sure that many RES students will enjoy it just as much as the book.

Thanks again, Sony Pictures!

This week is Bookmark Week in the Library!

Kindergarten and 1st grade classes are listening to the beginning of the story, Penelope Popper, Book Doctor by Toni Buzzeo.  In this week’s part of the story, students learn three important rules for taking care of books:

  1. Always wash your hands before you read.
  2. Turn the pages carefully and slowly.
  3. Never dog-ear a page. Always use a bookmark.

After reading, students visited the RES Book Hospital, where books go when they are “sick” and need to visit the Book Doctor (me!).  They explored what happens to books when the three rules (above) are not followed.  At the end of class, students earned a NEW bookmark to keep and use in the books they borrow.


3rd-5th grade classes had a “maintenance week” with bookmarks in the library.  They learned how to edit their bookmarks bar in Safari, a web-browser.  They deleted bookmarks that they wouldn’t use in school and added bookmarks that were important to them (like links to Accelerated Reader, their teacher’s blog, the RES website, and more).  These students also learned how to set their homepage in Safari to the RES website, making it easier to access the information they need and avoid taking extra steps to get to where they want to go when using the Internet.

During library classes, students in 3rd-5th grades have been given information about the Accelerated Reader program. Be sure to click on the link at the top of the page to learn more about AR.  This program is open to all students in Kindergarten through 5th grade.

Prizes will be given away throughout the year to students who participate in this program and grand prizes to the top point earners in the school will be given out during the End of Year assemblies in May.

Students in Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd grade have been learning about some WILD animals during Library time the past few weeks.

During the first week of Library classes, we read one of my favorite books, Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen.  This story taught about the importance of following the rules in the Library.  It also gave our little ones the chance to ROAR a few times, which they loved!

The second week, we participated in an interactive reading adventure using the Wild About Books app for the iPad.   We had a lot of fun listening to the story and interacting with the pages.  Plus, students learned about bookmobiles and reading for fun!

This week, we received a shipment of NEW books and decided to continue with our wild animal theme by reading When Lulu Went to the Zoo by Andy Ellis.  In this story, a little girl named Lulu attempted to help the animals in the zoo find an improved place to live.  The 1st graders were especially excited to read this story because they are going on a field trip to the Metro Richmond Zoo in a few weeks.  When they return, I’ll be asking them to compare the zoo in the story with the one they visited.

After listening to the story, Kindergarten & 1st graders created some pretty amazing giraffes for the Library bulletin board.

Second graders visited research stations, complete with nonfiction books about giraffes, giraffes fact sheets, and laptops connected to the National Geographic Kids webpage to learn facts about giraffes.  Each student at the station was responsible for writing one new thing that they learned about giraffes.  These facts will be added to the bulletin board next week.

Second graders worked together to learn facts about giraffes.

Here are a few things that we discovered.

Did you know that…

  • Giraffes are the tallest animals in the world.
  • A young giraffe is called a calf.
  • A giraffe’s tongue can be up to 21 inches long.
  • Giraffes can go weeks without drinking water.
  • A newborn giraffe is about 6 feet tall.

Each giraffe’s face has its own individual personality! Priceless!


The Student Council Association has already been hard at work this week in the Library.

A volunteer from GHS helped one of the SCA candidates film her commercial.

Students who are campaigning for an Officer position have been coming to the Library every day to create and edit their commercials, which will air next Wednesday at school.  The commercials were made with the iMovie app on the school’s iPads.  The results are simply awesome!

The SCA Officer candidates worked together and helped each other film their commercials.

We would like to send out a HUGE thanks to Mrs. Zoe Parrish, the new elementary ITRT, for her amazing guidance and assistance with this project!  We couldn’t have done it without you!

The RES SCA Officer candidates worked closely with ITRT, Mrs. Parrish on their commercial projects.

Students do not have to wait until their scheduled Library class to exchange books.  They may visit the Library any day during Open Library times!  These times are:

MONDAYS – 8-8:30 AM

TUESDAYS – 8-8:30 AM & 2:30-3 PM



FRIDAYS – 8-8:30 AM