Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Last Battle, Poetry Month, and More....

The 4th Grade Battle of the Books is happening this Thursday, April 4th, at 1:15 p.m.in the OAES cafeteria. Four teams will compete. Participants include: 

Aida, Kameron, Isabella, Jasmine,

Daisy, Leo, Kelly, Jamie, 
Zhamyiiah, Shaniyah, Jasmine C., Jamaesha, Nya, Jaquavious, Kiara, Veronica, and Tyrus

They have been practicing with our oh-so awesome UGA interns Amanda, Hannah, Claire, Leslie, Ana and Kaitlynn. We are super proud of all our kids!

Have you all spotted the poems lining the OAES halls? Wondered why? April is Poetry Month! We have lots of fun events planned! Next week we will be exploring different poems to perform during Poem in Our Pocket Week (April 15-19)- though we would love for you to recite poems of your own! 
We are also super stoked about our Poetry Off the Page Celebration. It takes place next Friday, April 12th, for grades 2-5. The works of Dickinson, Lawrence Dunbar and Sandburg will be performed by Marty Barrett and Pat Bell, but we'd love for you to bring your own poems to share. Awesome fact- this performance was funded by a grant from Athfest Educates. Thanks Athfest! We <3 you! ¡Eres el mejor!

Keep your ears and eyes open on April 23, 2013. We might have a stupendous surprise.

We sold over $3500 worth of merchandise at our scholastic book fair, which raised over $800 to support library programming (4th and 5th BOTB participants- that pizza party is happening soon!). We also purchased dozens of new titles. Thank you so much for your support. And super thanks to all the awesome volunteers who made this sale a success. I cannot thank you enough! You rocked my world!

Also, mark your calendars for the Oglethorpe Avenue Poetry Picnic, which takes place Monday, April 29 from 5:30-6:30. I can't wait to taste whatever dish you bring to share! We have lots of amazing events planned- like Poetry Word Scramble, Poetry on Demand, Poetry Walk, and more. I can't wait to see the 2nd grade "Do the Rosa Parks." Families, friends, and staff please sign up to help here.

Speaking of new titles, the majority of books from our 
$4000 Laura Bush grant have been processed.  These books were chosen to help provide materials for our spectrum population. Most of the titles were chosen by our students. We also focused on finding materials that represented our Hispanic and African American population. We have lots of crafting and drawing books, graphic novels, high interest fiction and nonfiction, award winners, new series like Freddy Zapato and Inkdeath (a Sugiuchi favorite!), and really cool additions like Alice Walker's There Is a Flower at the Tip of My Nose Smelling Me, Langston Hughes' I, Too, Am America, Rebecca Stead's Liar and Spy (Stead's When You Reach Me is one of my favorite books), new Mo Willems, the graphic version of the Little Prince, and more. Come check them out! Finally the last Reading Rock Stars deadline will be Wednesday, April 24th. Students, make us all proud! Fill out those reading logs!

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