Our book fair was amazing this year! Our themed dress up days were: Favorite Fairytale Character, Hat Day, Favorite Book Cover Day, Super Hero Day, and Extreme Spirit Day! We had great participation in our dress up days! Our book fair sales goal was $12,500 which we hit! The library raised over $4000 to purchase books, materials, and technology! It was a great week to put books in the hands of students!
As the second week of school approached, it seemed as though the class schedule was beginning to line out, and things were beginning to fall into place. However, I wasn't feeling very well due to what I thought was a strained calf muscle. After suffering with it for about three weeks, and two doctor visits, I finally decided to go to the ER because the pain was immense. After some tests, the doctor found a deep vein thrombosis, or DVT. A DVT is a blocked or partially blocked vein. Unfortunately, the blockage partially broke away and settled in my lungs, which is why I didn't feel well. Needless to say, my plans for the second week of school were cut short.
Normally, I would have introduced the students to Destiny Quest, had them set reading goals, introduced my centers, and assigned leadership jobs. However, the library was run by a sub (which did an awesome job!), and I had to put my introductory to the library on hold. However, starting this week, I am hoping classes will be back to normal and I can settle into my routine again. So, with all that being said, I have introduced one of the Kentucky Bluegrass Award nominees to the second grade classes. The Watermelon Seed, by Greg Pizzoli, has been a hit so far. Here is a book trailer of this fun book. Students also learned what "renew" means using a Whole Brain technique of "Mirrors & Words" to edit. I also added a fun Rocket Reading corner in the library, too! I am hoping to have everything back on track by the end of this week. So, while I was ready to hit the ground running, I had to take a step back and regroup, but it will all come together in the end!
This year I have decided to do something new! I will be doing centers in grades k-2. I also plan on having 3-6 do two projects each 9 weeks. I am REALLY excited about doing centers this year and have a couple of permanent centers that will constantly change, but remain the same, too. One of those centers is a Boggle center. Here, students will try to see how many words they can find with touching letters. At the end of the week, I will award a prize to the student that finds the most words! Another center is Where is Dewey? Each week I will have a special Dewey Decimal number posted and challenge students to find that number on the shelf! A surprise will be waiting when they find it! Another center I will have this year is the Question of the Moment center. This center will not change as frequently, but I am hoping that students and STAFF will get involved! The Question of the Moment is, "What is the nicest thing anyone has said to you?" You can answer this question in the library by using the sticky notes and pens located by the question and by placing your answer in the library window! I am excited to see some of the answers! I really look forward to seeing all the smiling faces next week when we will officially start school! I hope everyone has a great first week!
Mrs. Dee Dee Webb
My name is Mrs. Dee Dee Webb and I am the media specialist at Jody Richards Elementary School. I enjoy reading (of course :), spending time with my family, camping, studying history, being frugal, and incorporating technology into the library!