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This week’s Special Guest Reader was not able to join us on Thursday, so one of our 5th grade students stepped up to the plate and read to Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd grade classes!

The Library-Media program has BIG plans for the 2013-14 school year!

  • Third grade boys will be given the opportunity to join the “No Girls Allowed” Book Club, which will meet on Friday afternoons.
  • Fourth and fifth grade students are encouraged to participate in Reading Olympics on Wednesday afternoons.
  • Second grade students will be participating in an arts-integrated grant-funded unit titled “Discovery: What Lies Beneath the Surface”, created by Mrs. Edmonds and Mrs. Vaughan.
  • Students who turned in their “Read to Win” summer reading forms will be awarded blue ribbons at Field Day of the Past on Sunday, September 22nd.
  • All students will participate in the “Read for the Record” program on Thursday, October 3rd.
  • Kindergarten will go on the first-ever Library Field Trip on Monday, November 4th to see a theatrical production of Skippyjon Jones at University of Richmond’s Modlin Center for the Arts.
  • An Ancient Egyptian-themed book fair will take place from November 4th-8th.
  • A second book fair is scheduled from March 1st-7th (theme TBA).
  • A famous special guest author/illustrator will be visiting RES to speak to students during Reading Month in March.
  • Dr. Seuss Day will be on Monday, March 3rd.
  • RES will be hosting the 2014 Reading Olympics tournament on Thursday, April 3rd.
  • Students will be working together throughout the year to create productions for the first annual Student Film Festival on Fine Arts Night in April.
  • Accelerated Reader awards will be given out throughout the year…and grand prizes awarded at the awards assemblies in May.

More than ever, volunteers are needed and appreciated to make all of our Library-Media dreams come true.  Please contact Susan Vaughan if you are able to donate some of your time to these wonderful projects lined up for the school year.

If you have a Facebook account, please help Randolph Elementary School WIN a visit from author and illustrator, Jan Brett.

As of January 25th, RES was in 85th place out of the top 100 schools with votes!

How to Enter Jan Brett’s Contest

  • Go to Jan Brett’s Facebook page (from a computer, not a phone or iPad).
  • Click the “Like” button at the top of the page.
  • Click on the the “Contest” button. This will open the official contest entry form.
  • Fill in the information for your…
  • first name
  • last name
  • school name (Randolph Elementary School)
  • school city (Crozier)
  • school state (Virginia)
  • school zipcode (23039)
  • Click “Submit.”

Be sure to tell all of your friends, family members, neighbors…everyone to enter!  Each Facebook account can only enter once, so please spread the word!

The Special Guest Reader program continues on Thursdays in the Library!

Students have an opportunity to come each week and listen to volunteers read their favorite stories.  Many of our visitors have been from the Rotary Club of Goochland, who generously donate new books to our library.

As November ends, we would like to let all of our past and future Special Guest Readers know that we are thankful for the time they give to read to our children.  We appreciate it!

This year’s Special Book Fair Guest Reader is former teacher and Skippyjon Jones superstar – Heather Wilckens!

Mrs. Wilckens will be reading the newest Skippyjon Jones title, Skippyjon Jones: Cirque de Ole!  She will be in the Library-Media Center on Tuesday, November 6th from 1:40-3:00 PM.

The students are beyond excited!  Stay tuned for posted photos after the big event.

Don’t forget, the All-Star Book Fair where “Every Reader is a Star” begins on November 9th and ends on November 15th!


38 students attended last week’s special Harry Potter presentation featuring author, J.K. Rowling.

In last week’s webcast, J.K. Rowling spoke about some of her favorite Harry Potter experiences and answered questions that were submitted from schools across the world.

The most important message that I got out of the webcast was when J.K. Rowling said that there is a definite sign of someone who is serious about writing.  Someone who truly wants to write and become an author is someone who actually finishes what they’ve started.

Ms. Rowling also spoke about her favorite new project, Pottermore, a website devoted to the books and created with the author’s imagination.  Students who are interested must get parent permission before accessing this website.

Students who attended the event (and RES Principal, Mrs. Crowder!) were excited to begin our very own Harry Potter Book Club at RES.  Suggestions for meeting activities included…

  • Having a Harry Potter dress-up party
  • Logging into Pottermore
  • Playing Jeopardy-style question games
  • Getting 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Sowers, to read the books (in her British accent)
  • Creating a Quidditch field and playing (with the help of PE teacher, Mr. Simons)
  • Taking a field trip to an air & space museum so that students can learn how to fly
  • Making a wand craft project (with the help of Art teacher, Mrs. Edmonds)
  • Creating a Harry Potter Book Club blog that is managed by the students

Who knows?  Maybe a Harry Potter Book Club is in the future for our Roadrunners!

Calling all Harry Potter fans!

This Thursday, J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter book series, is “visiting” RES!  Students in grades 3-5 who are fans of the book series are invited to the Library to attend this virtual author visit.

The event will begin at 12:00 PM on Thursday, October 11th.  Hope to see you there!