Monday, October 11, 2010

Bye Bug

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Skyping Yertle

The Second Grade Grizzlies met Ms. Hennessy's second grade class from Sylvania, Ohio via Skype today. What a fun experience for our first class to class Skype! The two classes took turns reading pages from Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss (Happy Birthday!) They each shared a little bit of information about home cities. We agreed that we'd love to get together again soon. Collaborating with others who live far away is the way of the 21st century, and we're doing it!

Saturday, November 21, 2009


Sunday, August 30, 2009

A New School Year

I'm always excited about the start of school, and this year there are many new additions to our library to be excited about. Our new SmartBoard was installed just a few weeks ago. It was part of our library lessons this first week. The SmartBoard was a new experience for the children in pre-k and kindergarten. Their eyes danced as images and words appeared and disappeared. I'll be exploring different ways to use this incredible tool.

Last spring I noticed an article in the New York Times describing the renovation of some children's libraries in the Bronx. The talented artist, Christoph Niemann's creation of a "Book-Toothed Dinosaur" captured my attention. When I wrote to him to tell him how much I loved his mural, he generously offered to allow us to make a print so that we could enjoy his work in our library, too. Long time Parish teacher, Marilyn Calwell, provided for the printing and framing as a retirement gift to the library. You'll smile when you see it...look closely!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Back to School Display

In her book, The Book Whisperer, Donalyn Miller wrote about our reading roots. She included a quote from William Wordsworth.
What we have loved
Others will love.
We will teach them how

Our back to school display in the library includes pictures of teachers and staff reading books that were important to them as beginning readers. It is fun to see what books led to the book lovers that we all became.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Flip Video Camera

The Flip video camera is going to be fun to use! It seems to be very easy to maneuver, and the picture is pretty good quality. I love how quickly the videos can be saved and shared. The Flip will get a lot of use this year!
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