BMS Media Center Monthly

May, 2013

Book Battles!

Our book battles have been underway! Below are pictures of the 8th graders preparing for their grade level battle (love the signs!)

Congratulations to our grade level winners!

On May 30th Mrs. Girouard's class will battle Mrs. Parrish's for the 5/6 championship. Mrs. Reilly's class will battle Mrs. Beaudoin's for the 7/8 championship!

Good luck to all of the teams!

Website of the Month!

Do you find that you are overwhelmed by all of the great websites and articles that are emailed to you, or found online, through Twitter or elsewhere? Wouldn't it be great if there was a safe place you could keep it for later where you would actually find it? How about your pocket!

Pocket (formerly "Read it Later") is a website and free App that lets you save online resources, videos and images in one place so that you can actually find them again when you try to search later.

This is a great resource for staff members, but can also be shared with students as a way to save the sites they are using for research so they can retrieve them later!

Do you miss Study Island? Try this ...

Are you looking for additional places to find free, interactive online activities for your students? Our access to Encyclopedia Britannica includes "Learning Materials" across grade levels in Language Arts, Science, Math & Social Studies. The "Learning Materials" include interactive tutorials, online activities, printable worksheets and more.

Our Encyclopedia Britannica access if funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners & may be accessed from our database page:

Other sites to try:

Summer Reading & Book Battle Preview

Our Summer Reading List & Book Battle list for next year are now available online:

Books are also available to purchase through Eight Cousins book shop now through May 22nd. Order forms are being sent home and are also available at the above link. Please encourage your students to take advantage of this opportunity to purchase their books tax-free and help the BMS Media Center earn 15% of each purchase!

Also - I will have the books available for "book previews" one day only on Tuesday, May 21st. Please schedule your class to come check them out!

All orders are due on Wednesday, May 22nd to ensure delivery by the end of the school year.

Staff Reading Suggestions

Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella
“When her old boyfriend Ben reappears and reminds her of their pact to get married if they were both still single at thirty, Lottie jumps at the chance. But not everyone is thrilled with Lottie and Ben's rushed marriage, and family and friends are determined to intervene. Will Lottie and Ben have a wedding night to remember ... or one to forget?”

The End of the Point by Elizabeth Graver
“A place out of time, Ashaunt Point, a tiny finger of land jutting into Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts; has provided sanctuary and anchored life for generations of the Porter family, who summer along its remote, rocky shore. But in 1942, the U.S. Army arrives on the Point, bringing havoc and change. That summer, the two older Porter girls; teenagers Helen and Dossie; run wild. The children's Scottish nurse, Bea, falls in love. And youngest daughter Janie is entangled in an incident that cuts the season short and haunts the family for years to come. As the decades pass, Helen and then her son Charlie return to the Point, seeking refuge from the chaos of rapidly changing times. But Ashaunt is not entirely removed from events unfolding beyond its borders. Neither Charlie nor his mother can escape the long shadow of history; Vietnam, the bitterly disputed real estate development of the Point, economic misfortune, illness, and tragedy. An unforgettable portrait of one family's journey through the second half of the twentieth century, The End of the Point artfully probes the hairline fractures hidden beneath the surface of our lives and traces the fragile and enduring bonds that connect us. With subtlety and grace, Elizabeth Graver illuminates the powerful legacy of family and place, exploring what we are born into, what we pass down, preserve, cast off or willingly set free.”

Book Annotations from CLAMS:

Bourne Middle School Media Center

Lynn M. Weeks, Library Media Specialist