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Students are “Reaching for the StARs” in this year’s Accelerated Reader program!!

Updates to the hallway progress chart will be made between now and December 1.  Students are working hard this year to try and earn an AR brag tag – and possibly another fun AR celebration at the end of the year.  So far, Reading Roadrunners have earned nearly 5,500 AR points this year!!!

Summary of AR Point Clubs (as of November 18):

  • 5 Point Club — 190 students
  • 10 Point Club — 128 students
  • 25 Point Club — 49 students
  • 50 Point Club — 22 students
  • 100 Point Club — 9 students
  • 200 Point Club — 3 students
  • 300 Point Club — 1 student
  • 400 Point Club — 1 student

Last Friday, I had the privilege of being part of the 4th grade team during Regions of Virginia Day at RES.  Each teacher was assigned a region to review and students rotated through the different classrooms to learn & review each area of VA.  I transformed the Library-Media Center into the Valley & Ridge region…a place where I used to live!

Students sat in front of the display and explained what they would see if they visited there: farming (dairy & poultry), apple orchards, wildlife, and many Virginia universities (Virginia Tech, Radford, JMU, & VMI to name a few). Then the students were given the opportunity to taste cheese (to represent dairy farms) and apple juice (to represent apple orchards). While snacking, they watched a slideshow of images from the region including Abingdon’s Barter Theatre (the State Theatre of Virginia), the Bristol Motor Speedway, Natural Tunnel State Park (where I once worked as a Summer Ranger!), the Apple Blossom Festival, state parks, and more. After the slideshow, students listened to music from famous musicians from the region (June Carter Cash, Patsy Cline, Ralph Stanley) and created contrast art (high ridges & low valleys, warm & cool colors) using oil pastels borrowed from Mrs. Edmonds.

Students who came to the Library-Media Center were excited to see this display about the Valley & Ridge region of Virginia.

Students created artwork that depicted the Valley & Ridge region at sunset.

Thank you to the Stern family for the delicious snacks!

This year, the RES school theme is: Out of This World. My inner Star Wars geek was thrilled to get the chance to promote Science Fiction stories.  So, in addition to displaying some of my Star Wars collectibles, I created a bulletin board that features Origami Yoda from Tom Angleberger’s hilarious series.

May the force (of reading) be with you!

The RES Book Fair Oasis is here!

Last week, adult and student volunteers offered to help with the decorations to transform the Library-Media Center into an Ancient Egyptian temple.  I feel very lucky to be working with so many wonderful people!

Also, I want to make sure that a HUGE thank you goes out to the employees at the Short Pump Home Depot.  They donated $50 worth of items (such as duck tape, masking tape, dowel rods, and more) AND they loaned me some of the other items to use for the book fair displays!  Thanks again, Home Depot, for helping to make this fundraiser a success!

Students created cartouches and designed burial masks to display at the book fair.

Volunteers (including my Dad!) helped to make the decorations for the book fair.

The students in Mrs. Dinger and Mrs. K. Wilson’s 2nd grade classes reviewed Halloween books for the month of October.  Be sure to check them out on the Language Arts Committee’s October bulletin board, located near the stage door in the 1st grade hallway.


It’s officially October, which means students have already begun asking THE question…

Where are your Halloween books?

This morning, my AMAZING 4th & 5th grade Library Helpers created this display:


Be sure to check out some titles from the newly improved “Spooktacular Book Barn” during the month of October!

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!


Be sure to stop by the Library-Media Center from to participate in this year’s iSpy challenge!  The display case will be filled each month with a different iSpy theme – similar to Walter Wick’s popular book series, I Spy.

This month, the theme for the iSpy display case is “Wild About Learning.”  Which objects can you locate?


Randolph Elementary School is “WILD About Learning” for the 2013-14 school year!  Be sure to stop by the Library-Media Center to see our WILD window displays.

The entrance area is based on Maurice Sendak’s Caldecott award winning book, Where the Wild Things Are.  This year marks the 50th anniversary of this incredible story!  The display’s image of Max is filled with words that describe what our students do when visiting the library: collaborating, reading, borrowing, learning, researching, etc.

The exit area design is inspired by Wild About Books by Judy Sierra.  It includes images of books about wild animals that are available in our library collection.  The giraffe and warthog artwork was created by RES art teacher, Cindy Edmonds, for a safari-themed book fair that took place about 5 years ago.