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2020 Battle of the Books Update

Congratulations to our 4th-6th grade Battle of the Books team members. Our three SFX individual teams competed Tuesday against 6 teams from two other schools-Chiaravalle School and Roycemore. One of our SFX teams, Boomer Boulevard came in 1st place in the individual team competition and the SFX team Cool Kids 4.0 came in 3rd place. In the overall school competition SFX came in 1st place. I couldn’t be prouder o
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Announcing the Caudill Challenge Competition

I am excited to share that the Caudill Challenge, a competition with other schools in the style of Battle of the Books, is back!! This year we will be competing against teams from Solomon Schechter and Roycemore Schools. The competition is tentatively slated for April 22 and is open to 7th and 8th grade students. Students who want to compete should read as many books as possible from the 2020 Caudill Challenge Bookli
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Author April Henry to Visit Middle School

I am excited to share that author April Henry will be coming to SFX and having lunch with 6th-8th grade students in the library during Middle School lunch on Tuesday, February 11. Ms. Henry wrote Girl Stolen, The Lonely Dead and many other young adult mysteries. If your student would like to attend this special event, they should come to the library by February 6 to sign up. There is only room for 24 students to atte
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Revised Battle of the Books Update

It came to light on Tuesday that there was some confusion about February 5th being an early dismissal day. I have discovered that it is not. We will still have our qualifying competition on Feb. 5th at 2:00 p.m. but it will take place during the school day. Any students who register to participate in the qualifying competition will be excused from their regular classes so that they can attend the competition. Please
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Battle of the Books Update

The day of our big Battle of the Books competition is rapidly approaching. SFX students in grades 4-6 have an opportunity to participate in Battle of the Books, a literary trivia game. We wanted to update parents on the process for selecting the 12 students who will represent SFX in our interscholastic competition against teams from Roycemore and Chiravalle. Per the competition rules, each school can bring a maximum
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Inspiring Book About the Power of Faith and Catholicism

Happy New Year! Over the winter break, I read the adult book When Life Gives You Pears: The Healing Power of Faith, Family, and Funny People by Jeannie Gaffigan. This adult biography by producer and director Jeannie Gaffigan details the dramatic turn her life took when she was diagnosed with a pear-shaped mass at the base of her skull. The mother of five young children and the wife of a stand-up comedian, the author
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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. Great America has upgraded the program so parents can log their children’s reading time into an online readi
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Family Reading Night Highlights

Thanks to all who came out for our annual Family Reading Night and book swap. It was lovely to share the evening with Miss Ruth Bell from the Wilmette Public Library and many from our SFX and SJS parish. I hope to see many of you this Saturday, Nov. 23 at The Bookstall in Winnetka for the kickoff of our fall book fair. Be sure to mention SFX when you checkout so the school gets credit for your purchase.  We have a lo
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UPDATED: 4th-6th grade Battle of the Books

It has come to my attention that the original version of this post did not include the Battle of the Books reading list. I apologize for that and here is the update blog post with the list included. SFX students in grades 4-6 will have an opportunity to participate in Battle of the Books, a literary trivia game. This year we will play an interscholastic game with two other area schools, Roycemore and Chiaravalle. Whe
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4th-6th grade Battle of the Books

SFX students in grades 4-6 will have an opportunity to participate in Battle of the Books, a literary trivia game. This year we will play an interscholastic game with two other area schools, Roycemore 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 of the Battle o
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Library Pumpkin Patch Flourishes

Thank you to all the students who helped us create our first ever Library Pumpkin Patch. Such a fun array of pumpkins adorned the library shelves and brought much joy to all who visited the library this week. If your child brought in a pumpkin, please be sure to come to the library on Friday morning or at the end of the day to pickup the pumpkin as any that are left at the end of the day will go to the compost pile.
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Global Read Aloud Launches

For the third year in a row, our 2nd-5th grade students are participating in the Global Read Aloud project during their weekly visits to the library.  This project started two weeks ago and will run for approximately 8 weeks. The idea behind it is very simple; teachers around the world read the same book aloud to their students and then use technology to share the reading experience with these other classrooms.   Dur
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New York Times Bestselling Author Field Trip

Through our partnership with The Book Stall in Winnetka, our 5th-8th grade students have been granted a unique opportunity to attend a field trip to Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette on October 17th. Those who join us will hear a presentation by Alan Gratz, New York Times bestselling author of Refugee and numerous other historical fiction novels for Middle School students. Allies is Mr. Gratz’s newest no
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5th Grade and the Middle School Library Collection

It was wonderful to see so many of you last week at Back to School Night last week. 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 week, 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 few years
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Upcoming author visit with Matt Tavares

We are off to a great year in the library. Classes have been visiting our wonderful library space and we are learning/revisiting library routines and beginning to checkout to students in 1st-8th grade. Kindergarten students will begin checking out later this fall. I am excited to share that our first author visit of the year will occur this month. In partnership with the Book Stall in Winnetka, award-winning author M
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Welcome to the Library Blog!

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Book Fair Wrap-up

It is with much gratitude that I create this blog post. We broke records at last week’s book fair. We had over $11,000 in sales with half of that coming to the library.  I am so thankful to be part of such a strong reading community. With some of the funds raised we will be able to continue to provide our students with two exceptional online student databases: ScienceFlix and Scholastic Go!, which support their
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Book Fair and the End of the School Year

Hard to believe there are just two weeks left of school! I hope you all get a chance to visit the book fair taking place through Friday in the gym. Much thanks to all the parents have worked so hard to make the fair possible. There are a great selection of books for all ages and even great books for parents as well! I look forward to seeing you there and be sure to ask me if you need reading recommendations for your
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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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