Library/Tech Newsletter

Saint Andrew's Lower School, Spring 2015

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

We celebrated Dr. Seuss's 111th birthday during the month of March by reading his books, and doing Seuss'spired activities! In prekindergarten we read Horton Hear's a Who, and the students created their own clover with an image of themselves in the middle, because, as Horton says, "A person's a person, no matter how small!" In kindergarten we read The Cat in the Hat. The kids learned about the importance of the book's contribution to children's literature as a beginning reader book. They also designed a new hat for the cat. First graders enjoyed listening to the story If I Ran the Zoo, and painting their own "Tizzle-Tuffed Mazurka." Second grade had fun listening to the story On Beyond Zebra, and creating their own letter that goes beyond the letter Z, accompanied by a creative make-believe animal that starts with their make-believe letter. In third grade, we read The Lorax, and discussed the meaning of the story, and how they can help the Lorax protect the environment. Finally, fourth and fifth grade seemed very pleased to just given time in the library to read quietly. To find out more fun facts about Dr. Seuss, follow the link below!

Library Portfolios

Library Portfolios have been handed out for kindergarten through second grade. If you haven't already done so, please review these with your child, and return them to me by the end of May. :)

Birthday Book Club Celebration!

We will be celebrating the birthdays of students who donated a book to the library on Tuesday, April 28th. If your child would still like to donate a book before that date, it's not too late! Just email me to let me know what book you would like to donate, or, if you would like me to choose the book, you may turn in a $15 check made out to SAES (with Birthday Book Club in the memo).

Digital Citizenship

In our quickly evolving world of technology, it can be difficult to understand how to have discussions about responsible technology use and media literacy. Fortunately, there is a great resource out there! If you haven't already explored the Common Sense Media website, you might want to check it out. According to their mission:

"Media and technology are at the very center of all our lives today -- especially our children’s. Kids today spend over 50 hours of screen time every week. The media content they consume and create has a profound impact on their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Learning how to use media and technology wisely is an essential skill for life and learning in the 21st century."

Common Sense Media has a plethora of resources, including parent rated reviews of apps and video games, advice on internet safety and social media, and even book and movie reviews! You can find it here:

Doodle 4 Google in Fall 2015

Last year we participated in Doodle 4 Google in the Spring, however this year Google decided to move their competition to September of 2015. I will remind students about the competition next school year, and let them know what the theme will be once it is announced. In the meanwhile, get some inspiration by checking out last year's National winner below! You can also click on the link to see winners in each grade level category, as well as the 50 state winners and finalists.

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Typing Agent Awards

Students in grades 1-3 are highly encouraged to practice their typing with Typing Agent! They have been give an award in class if they achieved their grade level goal for Quarter 3. The goals for Quarter 4 (completed by May 29th) are as follows:

1st Grade: Unit 2

2nd Grade: Unit 4

3rd Grade: Unit 6