Central School

Media Center Newsletter

Fall Reading Challenges

The Central School students have been busy reading this fall!

First Grade

Our first graders participated in the Mercy Watson reading challenge. The students got to ‘butter’ Mercy’s toast with their name if they read one of her books. Check out the picture to see how much butter was added to Mercy’s toast!

Second Grade

Wow! Our second graders are off to a wonderful start to the school year! In coordination with their Journeys reading program, students had the opportunity to read a book from the Henry and Mudge series by Cynthia Rylant. Students were introduced to Henry and Mudge in their Journeys book and continued reading other books in the series from the library. In conjunction with the Henry and Mudge challenge, students also had the opportunity to read Mr. Putter & Tabby books. Students who completed these books received a dog bone or a telephone with their name on it displayed in the library. We had over 85% of the second graders participate!!

Third Grade

Our third grade reading challenge was mysteries! Third graders who read a mystery throughout the month of October got to sign our tombstones under the sign, ‘We’re ‘DYING’ to read Mysteries.” We had over 45 students participate!

5th Grade Harry Potter Challenge

The fifth grade Harry Potter challenge is well underway! The students started the year as members of their respective homerooms, but have now found their new homes with their respective Harry Potter houses, Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, and Ravenclaw! Students selected their houses through the Central School sorting hat! The students have been working hard designing their house crest and learning all about their new houses!

To earn house points for their houses, students have been busy reading!! At present, Hufflepuff is in the lead, but all the teams are close.

Book Check-out

Students started checking out books in September and haven’t looked back since!


Our kindergarten students are currently checking out one new book each cycle. We are focusing our lessons on the story events, specifically setting, plot, main events, sequencing, and character development.

First—Fifth Grades

Students in grades one through five are allowed to check out three books per visit. In the primary grades we are focusing on picture books, stories to read with parents/guardians at bed time, and some classics. Please continue to motivate and encourage your child to read their library books. A great activity is reading a story together each night! You can never be too old for this timeless activity!

In the upper grades, we are introducing grade-level appropriate chapter books! All our readers are enjoying our vast collection of chapter books in our juvenile section!

It is wonderful to see so many smiling faces each day! We really love helping all of our children locate the books they love in our library!!

Birthday Book Club

Thank you to all those families who signed up to be a part of the Birthday Book Club in the library. Currently, there are 200 students signed up for the 2013-2014 school year!!

Students have been selecting fantastic books thus far and have enjoyed hearing their special book read aloud to their class.

For information, please email Jessica Miller or Marianne Barr at jlmiller@haddonfield.k12.nj.us or mbarr@haddonfield.k12.nj.us!

Fall Activities in the Media Center:

* Our kindergarten students made ‘ghost’ bookmarks to help them keep their place with their library books!

* First graders made Halloween flip books to read at home with a family member.

* Second graders designed jack-o-lanterns that are displayed in the library.

* Third graders made bats that are decorating the upstairs hallway!

* Fourth graders made skeletons and used their artistic creativity to bring them to life!