Wanamaker Library Newsletter

February 2020

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It's Book Fair Time!

Our annual Scholastic Book Fair will be held Feb. 14-20. Our first day of business will be Valentine's Day--come and check out the fair after your child's Valentine party at school! We will also be open the following week (the week of P-T Conferences).

The theme this year is "Elephants, Tigers, and Books, OH MY!" Students will preview the fair during library classes and create their wish lists. If you're looking for a valentine treat for your students or maybe a new book for them to read on their days off for P-T conferences, please come and check out the fair!

Shopping online is also an option for families through Friday, Feb. 21. It is a new online shopping experience this year. Families now have access to the Scholastic Store where thousands of best-selling books, collections, new releases, educational toys, games and more can be purchased. All online orders will be shipped to your home!

Another new option this year is the availability of a student eWallet. It's a digital payment option for students and a way for parents to go cash-free!

The proceeds from the fair are used to buy books and other supplies for our library. We are excited to see you during book fair week!

Click below to view the book fair hours, sign up to volunteer, learn about the eWallet option, download the book fair app, or to shop online.

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Beginning Researchers Study Jungle Animals

Our first graders had a taste of "research" this week in their library classes! In keeping with our upcoming Book Fair theme, each first grade class learned more about a specific jungle animal--giraffes (Decker), lions (Crumb), monkeys (Greene), and snakes (Macha). Students used the database PebbleGo to obtain their facts on the animals. They shared their findings by writing/drawing on colorful paper used in a hallway display for others to view.

They did a great job! Stop by and check out their work while you're in the building for P-T conferences, and you might learn something new about these fascinating animals!

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Media Literacy and the Super Bowl

Sixth graders learned about media literacy this week in their library classes. Using past Super Bowl commercials as examples, they took a look at the techniques advertisers use to "hook" and keep their audience's attention while trying to persuade them to purchase their products.

We talked about WHY advertisers are willing to spend approximately 6 million dollars to purchase and produce a 60 second spot during the Super Bowl, and the factors they consider when creating their commercials.

Students determined what techniques advertisers use to persuade their audience---emotional appeal, humor, pets or cute animals, jingles, slogans, and the use of celebrities or high profile events. We watched several past Super Bowl commercials to see those techniques in action.

Students are bombarded daily with advertising, and it's important for them to be able to scrutinize what they are seeing. Hopefully, when they see commercials or other forms of media advertising in the future, these 6th graders will know to be discerning about what they see and hear.

Brighten a Child's Valentine's Day!

How about brightening a hospitalized child's Valentine's Day while having fun as a family? Cards for Hospitalized Kids (CFHK) is an internationally recognized charitable organization that spreads hope, joy, and magic to hospitalized kids across America through uplifting, handmade cards. Over 100,000 kids in hospitals in all 50 states have received cards through this organization.

People have the option of sending a holiday card or a general card. Hospitalized kids welcome positive sentiments anytime of year! During our days off from school for P-T conferences, drag out the crayons, markers, and ribbon, and help your kiddos brighten another child's day!

Click on the following link for more details and guidelines for creating cards.

Bucks 4 Books Campaign

The WE Student Council will be sponsoring a Bucks 4 Books campaign for 3 weeks during February and March. It will run from Feb. 4 to March 5. There will be incentives for students to donate to the fundraiser throughout those 3 weeks. Some of the incentives include: Cuddle Buddy Day, Penny Day, Nickel Day, Dime Day, Quarter Day, Dollar Day, and Digital Dining Day.

The classroom donating the most money will be treated to a free lunch, and the classroom with the highest total in each grade level will earn an extra recess. This campaign is a fun way to help teach the youngest students their money concepts, and it also provides our students with a chance to help other libraries in need.

The proceeds from this fundraiser are donated to the American Library Association to help rebuild libraries around the world that have been affected by natural disasters. A few years ago Wanamaker Elementary was featured in an American Library Association online article and recognized for their contribution to the Haiti Relief Fund. Other monies from the Bucks 4 Books fundraiser are donated to local literacy efforts and also to our own library.

Upcoming Dates

Feb. 4--Morning Book Club meeting at 8:00 a.m. in the library. Please bring your copy of The Benefits of Being an Octopus and wear your t-shirt if you would like.

Feb. 7 & 13--Student Council meetings at 8:00 a.m. in the library.

Feb. 11--Mrs. Reinert attends Dyslexia Information Night at the District Office

Feb. 13--Set up for Book Fair

Feb. 14-20--Scholastic Book Fair

Feb. 19-20--Parent Teacher Conferences

Feb. 21--No School

Feb. 28--Battle of the Books meetings during 4th, 5th, and 6th grade lunch hours.

Feb. 17-Mar. 5--Bucks 4 Books Campaign sponsored by Student Council

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