The Library Express
Absecon Schools Media Center Newsletter February 2016
In This Issue
- The Marsh Currents Volume 24 Issue 1 January 2016
- Author Visit Update
- 20th Anniversary of Out Book Talk Program
- Attales Library Time and Student Library Assistants
- STEAM in the Media Center
- Help Us Build Our Makerspace
- Reading and Homework Resources
Author/Illustrator Visit with Jarrett J. Krosoczka - New Date
Tuesday, March 22nd, 8:45am-2:30pm
Happy 20th Anniversary Book Talk!!
For our 20th Anniversary celebration we have our visitors from the past 20 years displayed on the walls of the Media Center. It is quite an impressive sight. We have had the famous and not so famous, the funny and the heart tugging, and even our own teachers. All had their own stories and experiences to share with our children. And, each child walked away with their own personal experience.
I have worked with these visitors for the past 13 years and I can truly say they have influenced my life. When I meet up with any of them at a conference it is like greeting a long lost friend.
Each visit has its amazing memories, but I would like to share the one that had the most powerful impact. Thanks to the hard work of Mrs. Evelyn Herron, we were honored to have the amazing Ruby Bridges visit with us for two days in 2005. She met with all of the students from the Attales School. Her first day here coincided with a visit from the American Boy Choir to the Marsh School. When the boys heard she was here they asked if they could sing for her. We brought Ruby down to the Media Center. They boys were in awe. And then they sang. (It is still giving me chills to type this as I think of it) The song they chose was Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel. Ruby sat in the middle of the room with the boys in a semi-circle in front of her, and then they began to sing, Their beautiful voices reverberated off the walls in here and by the end of the song there was not a dry-eyed adult in the room. It was a truly moving experience.
Thank you to all of the teachers who came before me to put this program in place. Their hard work and innovative ideas, along with the generosity of our benefactors, have put our school in high regard by all who have visited over the past 20 years. We will be celebrating this milestone with cake and cupcakes when Jarrett J. Krosoczka, our 20th visitor, finally arrives in March.
Below are a few of the visitors who have come to our schools.
2016 Caldecott Medal Winner for Finding Winnie.
Author of the My Weird School and Baseball Card series.
Amazing illustrator who does reverse painting.
Author and Civil Rights icon.
Author and daughter of Jackie Robinson.
Author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library.
Attales Library Time and Student Library Assistants
STEAM in the Media Center
Our third graders have been using recycled materials to create new spy gadgets for the main character in the Lunch Lady series. We began the project by reading the Lunch Lady books and then reading Rosie Revere Engineer, which tells us that not every invention works on the first try. The children had to design the gadget, collect the materials they would need, and then proceed to build. Our projects are now complete and the finished product will be put into an Augmented Reality app on our iPads to show our visitors how the gadgets works.
First grade has just jumped into animal research using our PebbleGo animal database. They are very excited to learn about their animals. After they find all of their facts, the students will use the Chatterpix app to animate a drawing of their animal. We would also like to create habitats for our animals (E for engineering) using Legos but we do not have enough in the Media Center. If you have any extra and would like to donate them we would be ever so grateful.
Fourth grade will be doing two projects. The first is to complete their Lenni Lenape tales which will be put into a digital flip book using the same web tool that produces our Marsh Currents. Their second project will be creating book trailers in Animoto for Caldecott Medal books.
Second grade and Kindergarten will also be doing STEAM projects to be announced at a later date.
The photo below has a sample of our spy gadgets: a Hamburger Frisbee Shooter, Spy Cups, and Sandwich Walkie Talkies.
Help Us Build Our Makerspace
Reading and Homework Resources
And don't forget about our wonderful PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next databases. The username/password for both are absecon/read.