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Book Lovers Breakfast Recap

What a fun breakfast we hosted on Wednesday morning to celebrate the children who completed our Reading Without Walls Summer Bingo Challenge. Over 50 students completed the program. At the breakfast, they had so much fun creating food art. It was heartwarming and a testament to the strong community we have here at SFX to watch our older students assist and create with our younger students. Mrs. Sawyer    
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Books to Help During Difficult Times

Sadly many times when we turn on the television there are images of the sadness that is going on in the world. Our children see and hear about these tragedies and it is hard for them to process it. The Association for Library Services to Children has compiled a list of comforting books to read in difficult times. It also includes resources for parents on how to have difficult conversations with children. I share thes
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Lisa McMann Visit Follow-up

What a great morning we had with author Lisa McMann this week. The students were so enthralled by her storytelling and hearing about the interesting research she does to create her fantasy novels. We were so honored to be her very first stop on her new book tour. If students would like to obtain an autographed copy of a McMann title, the order form should be submitted along with a check made payable to The Book Stall
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RED Campaign Kickoff and Author Visit

On Tuesday, October 17, SFX will be hosting Caitlin Alifrenka, co-author of I Will Always Write Back. She will be speaking with our 5th-8th grade students about her life-changing experience of becoming pen pals with a young man from Zimbabwe. Their letter exchange lead to an enduring friendship that continues to this day and permanently changed the way they view their lives, as well as the lives of others who live ar
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6th and 7th Grade Science Fair Research

Over the next couple weeks, 6th and 7th grade students will begin working on research for their science projects. I will be working with students either during their designated library time or in science class to highlight various online resources that can be used for the research portion of the project. The school has the Scholastic Go! suite of databases that is available to all students and contains some resources
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Back to School Night

I will be in the library during Back to School Night and welcome any families who would like to stop by to please do so. I am happy to make book recommendations for your student or demonstrate for you some of our online resources that can support your student during their upcoming research projects. Also, when you stop by you can sign your child up for our birthday book club program. Look forward to seeing you tonigh
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Special 6th-8th Grade Opportunity with Author Lisa McMann

New York Times best-selling author Lisa McMann will be visiting SFX on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 10:00 a.m.  She will be speaking with our 4th and 5th grade classes but would also like to connect with our 6th-8th grade students while she is here as we know that she is quite popular with many of those students. If a 6th-8th grade student would like to attend Ms. McMann’s presentation they may choose to skip study hall
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UPDATED POST: Author Lisa McMann coming to SFX

Unfortunately the earlier blog post about this contained an order form that didn’t have pricing for the books. I have just received the corrected form and here is the link to it Lisa McMann order form 2017 I am very excited to announce that our first author visit of the year will be for 4th-5th grade. Author Lisa McMann will be here the morning of Oct. 3 speaking with our students about how she writes her two h
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5th Grade and the Library Collection

This week library checkout began for most grades except for kindergarten. Since the library supports a wide age range of students, we have a Middle School Collection geared towards and limited to our 6th-8th graders. When both 5th grade classes visited the library this week the first thing they asked me was, “Now that we are in middle school may we check books out from the middle school collection?” They
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Welcome Back from the Library!

How wonderful it was to welcome back our students this past week! I was able to see many of the classes this past week and look forward to seeing more this week. It is exciting to have the children tell me about the great reading adventures they had this summer and have them excitedly tell me about their new favorite book. With our 3rd-8th grade students I have been busy talking about how as they progress in school,
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Summer Reading and the Wilmette Public Library

Last Friday Mrs. Joseph from the Wilmette Public Library visited our school and spoke to students in Kindergarten-5th grade about all the great offerings the library has for children this summer. From great family entertainment to reading clubs, as well as volunteer opportunities for middle school students to help younger children over the summer, the library is the place to visit this summer. This summer’s rea
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Bill the Poet returns to SFX

Bill Buczinsky, this school year’s poet in residence who spent a week teaching poetry to our students last fall, stopped by the school yesterday to meet with our 5th/6th grade poetry group. The group has been busy working with Mrs. Pritchard and me on creating and animating their original poems. It was heart-warming to watch the students respond excitedly to Bill as he walked around the school. While in the sch
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Kirby Larson’s One Author One Community visit

What a wonderful day we had on Friday with our visiting author, Kirby Larson. When Mrs. Larson arrived at SFX, she was greeted by our official student greeter, a 2nd grade student, who had read almost all of Mrs. Larson’s books as he was so excited that she was coming to the school. How wonderful to see so many students excited to finally meet Mrs. Larson and have her at our school. Mrs. Larson gave three prese
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Great America Read to Succeed Vouchers

The Six Flags Read to Succeed Reading Challenge vouchers have arrived and were distributed to classroom teachers on Wednesday. All children who read the 6 required hours and submitted the reading log to the school earned a free day pass to Six Flags Great America. The vouchers are valid from June 12-August 6, 2017. Be sure to be on the lookout for these vouchers to come home in your child’s backpack. Mrs. Sawye
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7th Grade Battle of the Books

On Monday we started the week with our 7th grade Battle of the Books competition. Fourteen 7th grade students volunteered to be on our two 7th grade Battle teams for our interscholastic battle. They had to read all the books that were on the 2017 Rebecca Caudill Reader’s Choice nominee list and be prepared to answer questions from those books. The competition was fun with the 6th grade and 7th grade serving as
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End of the year for the Library

It’s hard to believe we are just a few weeks away from the end of the school year. In an effort to get all school library materials back and inventoried before we leave for the summer, all library books checked out to students need to be back to the school library no later than Tuesday, May 30. Students may continue to checkout library books until Friday, May 26. In an effort to help children remember to return
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Kirby Larson’s Visit to SFX

It is hard to believe it is May already. It seems like just yesterday that the language arts/reading teachers and I were talking about what author we would like to have for our One Author, One Community project this year and now this year’s selected author, Kirby Larson’s visit, is just around the corner. Kirby will be with us on Friday, May 19 and will be speaking to our students in Kindergarten-7th grad
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Spring Library Happenings

I hope everyone had a joyous Easter! It is hard to believe we are almost to the end of April and the school year is winding down. We continue to have many fun things happening in the library. Book Fair Wrap Up Much thanks to all the families who shopped our Spring Book Fair held at the Book Stall in Winnetka. 20% of the sales made by SFX families will come back to the school library and enable us to buy new books for
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Mike Lupica Visit

Tuesday we were so fortunate to host author Mike Lupica. His visit was made possible through the generosity of The Book Stall in Winnetka. Mike came to SFX earlier than planned and joined our 4th-6th grade Battle of the Books team members at the ice cream party we had to celebrate their accomplishment. After ice cream Mike addressed our 4th-8th grade students and spoke of his love of sports and how he always knew tha
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Book Fair This Weekend

Today, Betsy from the Book Stall, spent the afternoon with our students promoting just some of the wonderful titles that will be available at this weekend’s spring book fair. It is always so fun to watch the students get so excited when they hear about new books. The book fair takes place at the Book Stall in Winnetka and runs Saturday, Sunday and Monday. For the first time, we will have a special storytime imm
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Battle of the Books Update

Congratulations to our 4th-6th grade Battle of the Books team members. Our three SFX teams competed Monday against six other teams from two other schools-Baker Progressive School and Chiaravalle School.  Two of our SFX teams came in 2nd and 3rd place in the individual team competition and in the overall school competition SFX came in 2nd. I couldn’t be prouder of how well these students worked together and how
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Library Happenings in March

There has been much going on in the library this month. The first week in March we held our qualifying competitions for our annual Battle of the Books competition for 4th-6th grade students.  We had to narrow it down to a finite number of students so the 12 students with the highest scores in our Battle of the Book game show will be representing the school on Monday, March 20 at 4:00 p.m. when we compete in an inters
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April Book Cafe

Last week, we had a great time during Book Cafe where we discussed Masterminds by Gordon Korman. Our next meeting of the group will take place on Tuesday, April 11 during 4th and 5th grade recess and lunch. Dessert will be provided.  The discussion is open to all students in 4th and 5th grade.  We will be reading Last Man Out by Mike Lupica, who will be visiting SFX on that same day to talk with all 4th-8th grade stu
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Busy week in the Library

What a fun and busy week we had in the library last week. On Monday. local author Songju Ma Daemicke came to talk about her book A Case of Sense, a folktale she wrote based on a tale she was told when growing up in China. Second grade enjoyed hearing her talk about her journey to become an author and they even got to try out the author’s Chinese gong, an integral part of her book. On Thursday, we celebrated the
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Photos from Last Week’s Author Visit

What a great time our 5th-8th grade girls had with author Elizabeth Eulberg last week. She gave us a sneak peek of the cover of her forthcoming book due out later this year, gave our students an opportunity to purchase her brand new book, Just Another Girl, which isn’t out in bookstores until later in March. Elizabeth thoroughly engaged our students with her wit, humor, and candor. She told the girls that SFX i
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