Thursday, December 12, 2013

Books for Keeps, AthFest Educates Funds A Christmas Memory, R.E.M. Interview, & New Books Galore

Yesterday Books for Keeps Executive Director Leslie Hale, founder Melaney Smith, and several volunteers (including former Athens mayor Heidi Davidson) met with the Pre-K students here at Oglethorpe. They gave six books to every Pre-K student in our school.   In May they will give every single student in our school 12 books.  The goal-  for our students to become better readers by having books to read at home!   We are very excited about this new partnership.  You may read more about Books for Keeps and their mission here.

Last Thursday Mr. Marty Barrett and other actors from the Woodruff Center for the Arts presented Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory to our 4th and 5th grades. We loved it!  This performance was made possible via a grant from AthFest Educates. We cannot thank AthFest enough!

Mrs. Sugi says, "Thanks AthFest!"

Last Wednesday Mr. Bertis Downs, manager of R.E.M., stopped by our school. Several of our 5th grade girls interviewed Mr. Downs about the making of R.E.M.'s video, Shiny Happy People.  The backdrops from this mural were painted by OAES students. Some of our students were in the video.  These murals still hang on our cafeteria walls.  We are making a video of our interview.  Check back in January for updates.
After the interview, we watched R.E.M. videos.
We also received hundreds of new books last week- most of which (thanks to our amazing interns) are ready for you to check out! Stop by- there are hundreds of titles to choose from such as Giant Steps to Change the World, the complete Tin-Tin, Nino Wrestles the World, Mi Frida, Chickenhare, Albert II: the First Monkey in Space, Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, Round Is a Tortilla, and nonfiction sets galore.  I hope you love them as much as I do!  

Our library helpers choose their new favorite books.

Library helpers unpacking the new books.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Skyping in the OAES Spectrum Class

Mrs. Thoms, one of our spectrum instructors, recently collaborated on a fun skyping activity between her class and other schools.   

Fourth grade Spectrum classes are extending social studies, math and language arts standards into Mystery skyping lessons.  Skyping is a lesson that requires collaborative planning not only on the part of the students but also on the part of the teachers. The concept is simple: classrooms skype call each other and try to guess where the other classroom is located either in the United States or in the world.  On the day of the call, students divide into multiple jobs such as greeters, google mappers, paper mappers, mapquesters, inquirers, logical reasoners, note takers, videographers, photographers and tweeters.  Students then use their resources to try to beat the other class in locating the state, city and sometimes exact school they are skyping.  The session is ended with a friendly question and answer session sharing information about the two locations.  So far we have established new friends in California, Georgia,  Idaho and New York City! 
-Sandy Thoms

Buy Wildcat Blend Coffee to Support Oglethorpe Avenue!

   Do you love coffee?  We do! Guess what? You can now purchase coffee to support our school. The proceeds will fund books, uniforms, mini-grants for teachers, incentives for kids, school supplies and more! You may also purchase the Wildcat Blend at Hendershot's (which is now located at 237 Prince Avenue).

   Super thanks from all of us at OAES! And special thanks to OAES intern Taylor Gordon for creating this video and to Family Engagement Specialist Rob Barrett for assisting with the backdrop, which was painted by OAES parent Stanley Bermudez. We love you!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Athfest Educates Presents the Pied Piper, Reading and Tech PACTS, Upcoming LMC Challenges and Events

We've been busy in the OAES school library media center!

Actors from the Woodruff Center of the Arts performed the Pied Piper of Hamelin for grades K-3.  This performance was made possible by a grant from Athfest Educates, with additional expenses covered by your book fair. We learned the origins of the phrase "You must pay the piper," and also discussed the importance of keeping one's word.  Great fun was had by all involved. Again, thanks Athfest.  We think you rule!

Mr. Barrett and Mrs. Sugiuchi led a discussion on Digital Literacy in CCSD, but focused on the importance of setting media family rules. Missed our session?  We will be hosting a recap in January's K-3 PACTS- any OGL community member is welcome to attend.

Mrs. Sugiuchi also hosted the November K-3 PACTS in the media center.  Parents and kids read together and practiced checking for understanding- kids rolled a dice and answered the question asked. Watching our families read together was the best!

Several of our 4th and 5th grade reading groups have wrapped up their book clubs.  Come check out our library displays!

The poetry cluster ended.  We read poems at the Fall Cluster Fair.  We printed a poetry book which you can check out from the media center. We had the best time, and now that it is over, are oh so sad.

Our fifth grade girls library lunch bunch is preparing to interview Bertis Downs, manager of R.E.M., and former fifth grade teacher April Chapman about how Oglethorpe students created the backdrops that were used in R.E.M.'s Shiny Happy People video. These murals have hung on our cafeteria walls ever since.  How cool!

All November Reading Rock Stars earned a limited edition OAES Library Sticker.  There will be no December Reading Rock Star Celebration- though special stickers will be earned by those who read lots. Show Mrs. Sugiuchi your reading log when you get back from Christmas Break and she will award you a special prize.  

Also, all Wildcats should take part in the December Writing challenge.  All students who write 20 journal entries in 31 days are eligible to receive a special prize.  Note: these journal entries will not be due until we return on January 6.  (I am giving you extra days.)  

Several of our interns are either graduating or moving on to other extracurricular activies.  Make sure you say goodbye and thank them before you go on break!

Please take note of these upcoming events

December 5- Woodruff Center for the Arts presents Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory. This performance is made possible by an Athfest Educates grant.
-4th grade performance at 10:00
-5th grade perfomance at 11:15

Wednesday, December 11 at 12:30- Pre-K book distribution from Books for Keeps- our students will be receiving free books! 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

We've been busy!

We've had a busy few weeks at the OAES LMC!

The newlyweds! Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence and their two dogs.

One of our interns Mr. Todd got married on October 26th! He and his wife Summer honeymooned at New Smyrna Beach in Florida and had a wonderful time.  One highlight of the trip was visiting Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios.  Mr. Todd is an avid Walking Dead fan and they had a whole section themed after this show.  Mr. Todd leads a Battle of the Books reading group and while he was on his honeymoon, they all sent him handmade cards congratulating him on his wedding. He was so excited to receive them!

Ms. Ashleigh saw Snow White in the parade!

The same weekend, Ms. Ashleigh was also in Florida and she went to Disney World! She was so excited to see the shows and meet lots of characters. One of her Battle of the Books reading groups is reading Whatever After: Fairest of All, which is a fractured fairy tale based on the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.  Ms. Ashleigh actually got to meet Snow White (one of her favorite princesses) and she told her all about the book they are reading.  Snow White even wrote a note to the students encouraging them to keep reading and keep wishing!

This Saturday, Ms. Sugiuchi went to her first UGA football game (yes, she knows there is no good excuse:))! She was THRILLED to see two of our interns performing on the field at halftime for the Homecoming game.  Ms. Jane is a clarinet player in the Redcoat Band and Ms. Ashleigh is on the Flagline.  There was a special halftime show for the 40th anniversary of the Redcoat Alumni Band, so all current Redcoats and alumni from years ranging from 1950-2013 performed together.  There were almost 1,000 people performing on the field!  The Dawgs won the game against Appalachian State 45-6 and Ms. Sugiuchi and her son had a great time.

Ms. Jane with Uga!
Ms. Ashleigh with Hairy Dawg!

Ms. Jane playing the clarinet at halftime.

Ms. Ashleigh performing on the field at halftime.

Ms. Sugiuchi also went to the Georgia Educational Technology Conference with Ms. Wheeler, Ms. Taylor, and Ms. Hanks.  They learned lots of new tools and tips.  Ms. Sugiuchi even attended a special session on digital and information literacy.  She can't wait to share what she has learned!
Ms. Wheeler, Ms. Taylor and Ms. Sugiuchi @ GAETC in ATL