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Great America Certificates Have Arrived

The tickets for the children who completed the Great America Read to Succeed Reading Club have arrived and will be sent home this week via your child’s classroom teacher. Please note the dates listed on the vouchers for the eligible time frame to use the free admission passes as they expire before the end of summer. If for some reason, the voucher doesn’t makes it way home, please don’t hesitate to
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Library Happenings

What a great week we have had so far! On Monday, we were so lucky to have New York Times bestselling author Nathan Hale spend the day at the school. He spoke with our 3rd-8th grade students, had lunch with our Battle of the Books team, had lunch with our 6th-8th grade Caudill Challenge team, and then conducted two drawing workshops with a select group of students in the art room. Much thanks to all who contribute to
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Luke Flowers Author Visit for K-2

Hi, As part of our upcoming spring Scholastic Book Fair, Scholastic is giving our Kindergarten-2nd grade students the opportunity to meet author/illustrator Luke Flowers. He has illustrated numerous books and he is the author/illustrator of the popular Moby Shinobi series. Mr. Flowers will be here on Monday, May 6. We are offering preorders of Mr. Flowers’s books. If you would like to get one of his books, plea
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Exciting Art Workshop Opportunity

As previously shared, bestselling author/illustrator Nathan Hale will be conducting two hands-on drawing workshops with our students while he is at our school on Monday, April 29. These workshops will take place during the school day. Mr. Hale will meet with all 3rd-8th grade students the morning of April 29 and that afternoon he is able to conduct two cartooning workshops: one for 3rd-5th grade students and one for
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Nathan Hale Author Visit

We are very excited to welcome bestselling author/illustrator Nathan Hale to SFX on Monday, April 29. He will spend the whole day here with our 3rd-8th grade students. He will be conducting drawing workshops with students, as well as presentations about how he writes his books and does the extensive historical research he needs to do to create his non-fiction Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales series. This series fe
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First Grade Library Checkout

Throughout the school year, first grade students visit the library weekly and they checkout 5 books that they keep in their classrooms to have for reading during the school day. These books are a mix of picture books, beginning readers, and, as of this week, transitional chapter books-books with controlled vocabulary but more pages and fewer illustrations than beginning readers. Starting this week, first grade studen
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SFX Election Results

While adults are getting ready for local elections in early April, our SFX students spent the last week voting in the Illinois Readers Choice Award elections and here are the results: For the Monarch Award, which is for Grades K-2, I read to the students the 20 books that were on the nominee list over the course of a few weeks and they cast their votes. Our students chose as their favorite book from the list Claymate
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Family Read-In Night Photos

Thank you to all the families who came out Thursday night and made our SFX Family Read-in a great event. I loved seeing all the families reading together in the new early childhood classrooms. The library was filled with middle school students busy reading. Everyone had fun swapping books at the book swap and all the leftover books will be donated to Bernie’s Book Bank. Much thanks to Mrs. Tessers, Mrs. Sage, a
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Getting Ready for Battle of the Books

Many of our 4th-5th grade students have been furiously reading in preparation for the Battle of the Books. In the next week,  4th-5th grade students will be placed in teams with their classmates and the week of February 25 they will be competing in qualifying battles taking place in the library. There are two rounds for each battle. During the first round students work with their team to earn points. In the second ro
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3rd and 4th Grade Mock Caldecott Results and ALSC Youth Media Awards

Monday was a very big day in the world of children’s literature. Monday morning, the Association of Library Services to Children (ALSC) announced their annual award winners for outstanding children’s books published in 2018. This is like the Academy Awards of children’s literature. A complete listing of the award winners can be found on the ALSC website One of the awards announced today was the 2019
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Six Flags Great America Read to Succeed Reading Program

Before we leave for winter break, your child will bring home a reading log from the Six Flags Read to Succeed Reading Program. This program is open to children in grades K-6. Any child who independently reads or is read to for 6 hours and completes the reading log will earn one free admission to Great America. Completed forms should be returned to the school library no later than February 15, 2019. A replacement read
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SFX Alumna to Kickoff RED Campaign

We are happy to share that our RED campaign for the 2018-2019 school year will feature the theme “We are Changemakers.” The Respect Each Difference (RED) campaign, now in its 4th year, serves to help our students understand that our differences are to be celebrated and not judged. On Tuesday, December 18th, Erin Marie Nolan-Tella (pen name Erma Note and SFX’94) returns to Wilmette from her home in M
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Family Reading Night

Thursday, Nov. 15 is designated Family Reading Night in Illinois. In recent years, we have hosted an event here at SFX but due to construction we won’t be having it this year but plan to see it’s return next school year. In lieu of a SFX Family Reading Night, we encourage all families to read together Thursday night and we do want to invite our SFX families to come to a special book party we are having on
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SFX Book Fair Updates

The Book Fair runs November 18th-20th just in time to stock up on titles for holiday gift giving! Join us at the Book Stall in Winnetka on Sunday, November 18th when we kick off the fair. Store hours are 11am-5pm and special events will be happening in the store including: Silly Storytime from 1-1:30pm on Sunday, November 18th Join Mrs. Clohisy, Mrs. Fahrenbach, Mrs. Larkin and Mrs. Sawyer for fun-filled stories and
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4th-5th grade Battle of the Books

SFX students in grades 4-5 will have an opportunity to participate in Battle of the Books, a literary trivia game. This year we will play an interscholastic game with three other area schools, Roycemore, St. Joseph, and Chiaravalle. When we return from winter break, more information will be made available to students on how teams will be formed and how to earn a slot on the team but until that time, this is the list
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Laurie Keller Author Visit

We are very excited to have the opportunity to host award-winning author/illustrator Laurie Keller here at SFX on Thursday, Nov. 8. Her visit is made possible by our partnership with the Book Stall of Winnetka. Ms. Keller will be here promoting her hilarious new picture book, Potato Pants. She will be speaking with our Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade classes sharing how she generates the ideas for her books and
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Follow up from Jon Agee author visit

What a great time we had on Tuesday with author/illustrator Jon Agee! The students were enthralled by his ability to draw while telling them the story of his new book, “The Wall in the Middle of the Book.”  He was such a nice man and really spent a lot of time talking with our students. Much thanks to the Book Stall for making this event possible. If your child would like an autographed copy of one of Mr.
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Birthday Books for the Library

Our Birthday Book program in the SFX library is getting a revamp. The Birthday Book program allows families to celebrate their child’s birthday by buying a gift book for the SFX library. In the past families had to sign up for this but now you will receive an paper invitation during the month of your child’s birthday via your child’s backpack. If you would like to buy a book for the SFX library, the invit
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Area Author Events

The Book Stall is hosting two wonderful picture book author/illustrators this Friday, Sept. 28. At 4pm Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes will be at the Book Stall in Winnetka reading from his new book and autographing books. Mr. Henkes is a delightful person and fans of his books won’t want to miss this opportunity to meet him. No registration is necessary. More information can be found on the Book Stall’s
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Science Fair Research

Dear Parents, Mr. Van and I have been busy introducing this year’s science fair information to our 6th-8th grade students. I have gone over with them what makes a credible website and highlighting science websites that are appropriate for them to use for the science fair project. I have curated this list of great resources for our students to use for the science fair and shared it with our Middle Schoolers. We
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5th Grade and the Middle School Library Collection

It was wonderful to see so many of you last night at the Middle School Back to School Night. I wanted to share digitally the form that would allow 5th grade students to checkout from the middle school library collection. For those who couldn’t make it last night, during the evening I spoke to the 5th grade parents about how we have a Middle School Collection geared towards and limited to our 6th-8th graders.  A
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Upcoming Author Visit for Grades 1-3

Through our partnership with the Book Stall, they are bringing us children’s  author/illustrator Jon Agee the afternoon of Tuesday, Oct. 2. I got a chance to meet Mr. Agee this summer at the national library conference and he is very engaging and fun so I am very excited that our students have the opportunity to meet him.  He will be talking with our 1st-3rd grade students.  Ms. Taubensee and I are collaboratin
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Dr. Seuss and Harry Potter

As we are getting ready for the move to our new library space in the coming months, we are busy going through the books in the library and sprucing up the collection. We are finding that our Dr. Seuss books and our Harry Potter books are looking quite well-loved and worn with ripped pages and broken spines. Before I buy fresh copies, I thought I would reach out to our SFX families to see if any of you have any gently
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Chipotle Summer Reading Rewards

If your child completed a summer reading program at any public library, please ask him or her fill out this form and return it to Mrs. Sawyer by next Friday, September 7th. Proof of participation in any summer library reading program, or completion of our Tower of Books Challenge, earns your child a voucher for a free kids meal from Chipotle! Simply bring your library reading program certificate or your Tower of Book
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Welcome Back to the Library!

Hi! I am so excited to see all our students when they return to school on Wednesday. Plans are progressing for our new library and in the meantime, we are making the most of our existing space and getting it ready for students to return. Be sure to stop by the library during the family orientation on Aug. 21 when students can learn about some of the authors coming to SFX this year, review our online databases to supp
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