Wanamaker Library Newsletter
Thank you, Bridget Heos!
Bridget's age-appropriate presentations included details regarding her personal writing/publishing journey as well as practical, valuable research and writing advice-- details that could be applied to the students' own reading and writing.
Ms. Heos stressed the importance of persistence and hard work. She received many "NO THANK YOU'S" from publishers before her dream of publishing a book came true. Hopefully, those words will be a reminder to the students to never give up on their dreams, especially when things get difficult and require patience.
After spending several weeks preparing for the visit in their library classes, students were excited to get to meet Bridget in person. When the day finally arrived, Makenzie (Kindergarten) told her teacher, "I can't believe we are going to meet a REAL author today!"
The older students valued the research tips that Ms. Heos shared with them. Savanah (6th grade) said, "I liked how she told us about her research for her non-fiction books, especially the research she did for Blood, Bullets, and Bones and the topic of forensic science. She stressed the importance of using reliable sources and fact-checking your research."
One student's name was drawn from each class and that student received an invitation to participate in an Author-Student lunch the day of the visit. Bridget spent time visiting with the students while they enjoyed a pizza, veggies, and cake lunch. The cake, featuring edible Mustache Baby frosting, was a big hit with Ms. Heos and the students!
Following the author visit, pictures of the day's activities were displayed on a hallway bulletin board for the school community to enjoy.
A big thank you to our faculty and staff for their flexibility and help to make this day a wonderful literary experience for our students. A special thank you to the Wanamaker PTA for their support and partial funding of the author visit. We really appreciated it!
Our Day in Pictures
2nd and 3rd graders visually demonstrate the importance of being persistent, even after hearing "No Thank You" many times.
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Bridget gives practical, valuable research and writing advice to the 4th, 5th, and 6th graders.
4th, 5th, and 6th graders enjoy lunch while visiting with Bridget Heos.
First grader Grayson gets to know Ms. Heos during lunch!
Grades K-3 chat during lunchtime with a real live author!
Ms. Heos signed many books for our students and for our school library. Kenneth points out a favorite page as she signs his copy of Mustache Baby.
Hallway display featuring Kindergarten artwork after listening to Twinkle Twinkle Little Lamb in library class.
With the help of our art teacher, Mr. Weatherford, the first graders created self-portraits, including mustaches, after listening to Mustache Baby in library class.
Lunch and Listen
All types of picture books can be used to engage students with the joy of reading. Picture books are also great resources for exploring visual and written language, imagination, values, and themes. The best way to enjoy a picture book is with someone else-- give it a try with your child, and be ready for a fun bonding experience!
Who wants to play a game?
Thank you for your support of the Spirit Stick fundraiser! The proceeds benefitted the district's visiting author fund.
Dec. 13--Student Council meeting in the library at 8:00 a.m.
Dec. 16-19--Student Council sells Holiday Grams in the library. Forms will be sent home with students. Proceeds from this fundraiser is used for StuCo's Holiday Service Project.
Week of Dec. 16--Guidance and library classes combine to bring Guibrary to all WE students.
Dec. 20--Holiday Assembly. Student Council and the different grade levels present their donations to the organizations of their choice.