Cushing Upper Elementary Library

November Newsletter

Read the Sequoyahs!

Fourth grade has been introduced to this year's master list of fifteen quality books. We (the third and fourth grades) participate in this annual Oklahoma book award program. Oklahoma is unique in that it offers the students the opportunity to choose the winner. We vote on our favorite the week before Spring Break so there is ample time to read these titles.

To be able to vote, a student needs to read--or have read to him/her--at least three of these books. That includes audiobooks and/or ebooks.

I have made another offer to the students. If they read the entire list and fill out the Sequoyah reading form for each title, these prizes will be awarded:

  • An author-graphed new book
  • Pizza lunch in the library

Students have until the end of April to finish the entire list and our lunch will be scheduled for a day in May. The Sequoyah reading form is posted in their Google Classroom.

Google Classroom, by the way, is accessible from any device with a wifi connection and the student's Google log-in.

Our library has all titles on the master list, and they are also accessible from the public library.

Second Grade Reads Redbuds!

There is a state award list for K-2 students also: The Redbuds. We have just begun our list this year with The Good Egg by Jory John. It was partnered with The Bad Seed (also a Jory John book) which was on last year's list. This was an excellent pair of books with lessons on how to change ourselves to be good, what are good actions vs. bad choices, and how it is okay to not be perfect. Stress relief activities were also discussed.

Our next title is The Very Impatient Caterpillar who really has to learn how to be patient. This can be pretty tough but do-able.

We will focus on one or two titles a week, reading and discussing, followed by an activity from the story.

Our votes for our group favorite will be submitted in the spring right after Spring Break.

Makerspaces : Tuesday-4th grade, Wednesday-3rd grade, Thursday-2nd grade!

Learning's a Game

Play a learning game or create your own. It's free.

The Reading Racer app ( motivates kids to read out loud by using speech recognition to listen interact with, and reward students for words read correctly.

American Icons will introduce students to each of our presidents with these free 60-second Presidents Videos. These are also available in Spanish. PBS Learning Media

Digital Citizenship - for Parents : Click the "For Parents" tab at the top

Veterans' Day Assembly

Monday, Nov. 11th, 10am

316 North Steele Avenue

Cushing, OK



"A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say." --Italo Calvino, The Uses of Literature