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Author Webinar Recap

On Thursday, our 3rd and 4th grade students participated in an author webinar with children’s book authors Kate Messner and Traci Sorell. Ms. Sorell is one of the authors of the book Indian No More, which is our Global Read Aloud book for 4th grade. The webinar was titled “Rethinking Thanksgiving,” and offered a thought-provoking author visit based on their books about the real histor
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Welcome to 2020-2021 SFX Blogs

You have been subscribed to receive classroom news through our SFX blog system. Please note what this looks like, by grade, below: 1 – Kindergarten will use See Saw to share classroom news and updates this year across both the SJ and SFX campuses. Watch for an update here soon! 2 – Grades 1-4 will continue to share weekly updates and overviews through the SFX blog system. You are automatically subscribed
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Have a Great Summer!

It seems like I was just sitting here writing the first library blog post of the 2019/2020 school year and now it is the time to write the last blog post. What an interesting school year it has been! Mrs. Clohisy and I continue to be so grateful for our beautiful SFX library space and working to connect your children to books and information that interests them. We look forward to doing that when we all undertake the
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Happy Monday!

Today’s video is from Welcome to Monday’s with Michelle Obama! Join Michelle and her special guest, Barack Obama, in a reading of two of her favorite children’s books, “Giraffe Problems” by Jory John and illustrated by Lane Smith, and “The Bear Ate Your Sandwich” by Julia Sarcone-Roach! I hope you enjoy these books. Mrs. Sawyer
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Resources on Racism

I have heard from quite a few of our SFX parents seeking additional resources featuring books for children and young adults that deal with racism. The New York Times has curated a wonderful list of resources to help parents speak with their children about protests and racism. EmbraceRace was founded in early 2016 by two parents (one Black, the other multiracial Black/White) who set out to create the community and gat
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Library update

I hope it was a successful and fun field day for all of you on Wednesday. Just a reminder that Thursday and Friday of this week when there are opportunities for you to pick up your children’s school items, please return their SFX library books. Today’s video is Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match by Monica Brown, a book that celebrates Marisol’s individuality and ethnic diversity. I hope you enjoy
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Great Books for Middle Schoolers to Read This Summer

Ms. Taubensee and I invite all current 5th-7th graders to join us this week for a special book club. Instead of discussing a particular book we are asking anyone who wants to come to the meeting to come prepared to talk about a chapter book and a graphic novel they would recommend. We will share our suggestions with each other and then at the end of the session have a great list of books to read over the summer. If y
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The Return of SFX Library Books

Just a reminder to please return your SFX library books when you come to your scheduled time for curbside pick up of your children’s items pulled from their classrooms. Mrs. Clohisy and I loved seeing the SFX parents and students who came by Thursday and hope to see more on Friday. I want to share how very proud we are of our 7th grade Battle of the Books team who competed against a team from Roycemore on Wedne
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J.K. Rowling’s New Children’s Book

On Tuesday, it was announced that J.K. Rowling is releasing a new story called “The Ickabog,” which will be free online for her fans, young and old to enjoy during this pandemic.  Rowling wrote the fairy tale for her children as a bedtime story over a decade ago. The first two chapters were posted online Tuesday on the Ickabog website, with daily installments to follow until July 10. The book will be publ
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Next Graphic Novel Book Club Devoted to Nathan Hale

Since we have been sheltering in place, I have been meeting with any interested 4th-6th grade students for a weekly Zoom book club. We have discussed a variety of books and this week we will be meeting on Friday, May 29 at 3:00 p.m. to discuss two graphic novels by Nathan Hale, who visited SFX last year. We will be discussing his Revolutionary War books, One Dead Spy, as well as his book Lafayette. Both of these book
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Happy Memorial Day!

Today’s video is of author Rachel Vail reading from her charming early elementary chapter book series A is for Elizabeth. The videos are broken down into two chapter segments. I hope you all have a very enjoyable Memorial Day weekend and don’t forget to share those #getcaughtreading photos with me. I love receiving them. Mrs. Sawyer    
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James and the Giant Peach Read Aloud

Thanks to all of you who have shared how much you are enjoying the Harry Potter celebrity read alouds. I wanted to inform you that the Roald Dahl estate has just released very engaging celebrity read aloud episodes of Dahl’s beloved book, James and the Giant Peach via the Roald Dahl YouTube channel Congratulations to Alex Keenan who won our book fair raffle and will be hosting a special Zoom bedtime storytime w
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More Chapters of Harry Potter Read Aloud Released

Just a reminder that J.K. Rowling is continuing to release chapters of the first Harry Potter book read by celebrity narrators. These read-alouds are so engaging. To find the complete listing of chapters and links to their recordings visit the Wizarding World  website.       Today’s video is a read-aloud of the book, We Are Not Friends, a very popular book in the SFX Library. The video features t
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The Return of SFX Library Books

It’s hard to believe Memorial Day is next week and the school year is drawing to a close. With that in mind, Mrs. Clohisy and I will begin emailing families later this week with a detailed list of the books each of your K-8th grade children have checked out. We will be sharing more details about how to return those library books in the next week or so but in the meantime, you will receive a list from us so you
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Touring Wilmette

On Saturday, my family and I took a drive to Wilmette to deliver the Towervale books to the students who had ordered them prior to our shelter in place. We also got to see some of the amazing SFX/SJS murals created by our school families. Please know how appreciative I am of all the joy that was put into those charming murals. They are amazing. I also wish to express my gratitude to all of you who purchased books thr
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Upcoming Virtual Author Visit Opportunity

I know our students love author visits and while we can’t have any of those in-person at these times, the Glenview Public Library is hosting a virtual book club of the book The Doughnut Fix with the book’s author, Jessie Janowitz.  Superfudge meets The Lemonade War in this funny, heartwarming series debut about change, adventure, family, and of course, doughnuts. You can check out a copy of the eBook or e
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Scribbles and Ink Story and Drawing Demonstration

Today’s video features author/illustrator Ethan Long reading his book Scribbles and Ink Out of the Box book followed by a drawing demonstration by the author. I think you will be inspired to play the scribbles game at home with our family. As a parent, you are juggling many new things in this world of ELearning and my hat is off to you all as you are doing an amazing job. As a parent myself, I know it can be ch
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Happy Wednesday

Today’s video is B.J. Novak reading his hilarious book, The Book with No Pictures. This book is a fan favorite at SFX and is always checked out. Enjoy a story guaranteed to even make the adults laugh. Each week since we have been ELearning, Miss Taubansee, Mrs. Clohisy and I collaborate to create library/art/tech art lesson plans for our 1st-4th grade students. This week we are studying Frank Lloyd Wright and b
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Drop in storytimes

I have so enjoyed seeing so many of my SFX students come to our drop-in storytimes. They take place on Tuesdays from 1-1:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 11:00-11:30 a.m. Please refer to the Zoom info previously sent out or email me if you want the links. Please know there is no requirement to attend every session. Just have your student come by as your schedule permits. I am always happy to see them. Today’s video c
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Bad Kitty’s Timely New Book

Nick Bruehl, author of the very popular Bad Kitty series, has created a free dowloadable book featuring Bad Kitty. The book is called Wash Your Hands, where she learns why it is so important to WASH YOUR PAWS! This FREE black and white downloadable story is the perfect way to keep kids engaged and entertained, while also emphasizing a very timely message. Print it out, read it aloud, and color the pages! Today’
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A Heart Filled with Gratitude

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for coming out on Thursday and showing us how much we are loved and appreciated. Mrs. Clohisy and I were so touched by all the smiling faces, kind words and fabulous posters. We are so blessed to be able to work with all these amazing students and their parents. I hope you all enjoy your day off from school on Friday. Here is a video you can enjoy. It’s Wolfie the Bunny a
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Parade Day

I am very excited to see my SFX students at Thursday’s parade. I want to thank all of the students who have come to my Zoom storytimes, and thank the parents and students who have dropped by during my office hours for help with some of our online resources or seeking book recommendations. I love being able to stay connected with you all during this time when we can’t all be together in the school building
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Harry Potter Read Aloud Treat

Wizarding World, the online home of Harry Potter and all his wizard friends, has gathered an all-star cast to read Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone, one chapter at a time on the Wizarding World site, as part of the Harry Potter at Home program. Chapter one is read by none other than the original Boy Who Lived, Daniel Radcliffe. Radcliffe will be joined by other famous faces including Stephen Fry, Dakota Fanning,
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Celebrate Cinco De Mayo

Happy Cinco De Mayo! Today’s video is of the book Marco’s Cinco De Mayo by Lisa Bullard, a fun book that gives children some background on the holiday. In addition, maybe some cooking might be on your agenda for today. Here are some kid friendly recipes you can make to celebrate the 5th of May! If you and your kiddos make a special Cinco de Mayo inspired recipe feel free to share pictures with me and I wo
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Graphic Novel Book Club Dates

Ms. Taubensee and I had a great time with students during our graphic novel club meeting last Friday. At the conclusion of our discussion, our amazing art teacher taught us all how to draw one of the characters from the book. She and I have decided to continue with the theme of graphic novels and discuss a different graphic novel each Friday afternoon for the rest of the month. We will meet every Friday from 3:00-4:0
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