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Classroom teachers have been given packets so that their students can participate in the 2013-14 Pizza Hut BOOK IT! program.

What is BOOK IT?

This free program began in 1985 when the company’s president had a son who was struggling with reading. His son was rewarded with a pizza celebration for his efforts to work hard to improve his reading.

Who can participate?

ALL students at RES may participate in BOOK IT!

What is National BOOK IT! Day?

National BOOK IT! Day is the first day that students may begin participating in the BOOK IT! program.  To kick off the event, be sure to visit the BOOK IT! website.

Click here to see an exclusive video of Jeff Kinney (author/illustrator of The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series) reading his book Splat!, which was created just for BOOK IT! participants!

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.

Friday, March 1st marks the NEA’s 16th annual Read Across America Day!

Students who visited the library today learned about the upcoming Dr. Seuss themed Reading Month events that will take place at RES in March.

Some classes had the opportunity to watch a live podcast from the New York Public Library which included celebrity readings from actress Uma Thurman and “Wizards of Waverly Place” actor Jake T. Austin.  They were also thrilled to use the Promethean Board and an iPad to play the “Truffula Shuffula” game!

Stay tuned for more Reading Month updates!

Friday, March 1st marks the beginning of Dr. Seuss Month with NEA’s Read Across America Day at RES.

An information flyer similar to the one listed below will be sent home with students on March 1st.  Be sure to mark your calendars for some exciting events happening throughout the entire month!

Dr. Seuss Month Information Flyer

February is Black History Month!

Did you know that the American Library Association has a special award given ”to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values”?  It’s called the Coretta Scott King Award – and we have many of these titles available to borrow from our library-media center!

Learn more about the Coretta Scott King Author & Illustrator Award.

Click on the following links to learn about some other fantastic titles worth reading.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s African American Books for Preschoolers

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s African American Books for Upper Elementary Students

Kindergarten and first grade classes are celebrating Clifford the Big Red Dog’s 50th birthday this week!



All for Books™ provides an easy and effective way to unite the school community and provide more books for kids and teachers. All funds collected through All for Books are used to buy more books from the Book Fair. Funds can be used to:

  • Give more students a chance to participate in the Book Fair.
  • Add books to the school library.
  • Help teachers build and refresh their classroom libraries.
  • Donate to another school or community organization in need of books.

Scholastic matches the monetary donations schools generate, with a donation of up to one million books to two national non-profit organizations dedicated to helping kids and families in need: Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc. and the Kids In Need Foundation.

By working together, we can help connect kids with more books than ever before.

Donate your spare change to our GIRLS vs BOYS contest!  The money that we raise through the All for Books donations will go toward sending soccer balls, recorders and art materials so that children who attend our partner school in Haiti can have PE, Music & Art – just like us!

During the first day of the book fair, the results are:

  • BOYS – $5.83
  • GIRLS – $11.06

Last Friday, our amazing Art teacher, Mrs. Edmonds, invited a special guest speaker to come to the LMC and speak with the 5th grade students about the Day of the Dead. The students have been learning about this special holiday in art classes.  Mr. Alford, parent of a 5th grade student, shared his passion for collecting objects connected to this holiday.

Book Character Day is nearly here!  To prepare for this special occasion, students have been learning about characters during library lessons for the past few weeks.

The kindergarten and first grade classes learned about the difference between a character and the main character in a story.  To illustrate how the main character is who the story is mostly about, we previewed the book Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse written by Kevin Henkes.


We kept tally marks for how often each character in the story appeared in the illustrations.  By the end of the story, it was obvious to the students that Lilly was definitely the main character!

After learning this information, we then read the story and talked about how to easily create a Lilly costume (or any other favorite book character costume) for our upcoming Book Character Day.  Then, students were given a copy of Lilly’s signature red boot and were asked to draw a picture to share something important about their character.


On October 31st, RES will be celebrating Book Character Day.

Students are encouraged to dress as their favorite book character for the day.


  • The student must read the book and bring a copy of the book to school on October 31st.
  • The student must be prepared to share why this character is his/her favorite.
  • The student must wear an appropriate costume for school OR bring a prop.  (No masks, gore, weapons, or super-scary items allowed.)
  • Classroom teachers will be giving students additional details.

It’s not too early to begin selecting and reading a book for Book Character Day!  Forms with information for parents should be sent home this week.