The next meeting of the book club for 4th grade has been postponed to our first Friday back after winter break: Friday, January 6, in the library at lunch recess. I heard from many students that they hadn't had time to finish the book, in part because it was a little hard to find at first. Further, some students are heading out of town by Friday; and holiday parties will also be commanding a lot of attention that day. Although all students are welcome to attend book club regardless of whether they finished the book, I do encourage club members to read our selected book. It will make discussing it a lot more fun and interesting!
The book club for grade 5 met last Friday. Belly Up received a group rating of 4.26 stars out of a possible 5--a very favorable rating! Our next book is Orwell's Luck, by Richard Jennings. It can be ordered from Amazon, Barnes & Noble is working on getting us copies, and so is the Manhattan Beach branch of the public library. The next club meeting is Friday, January 13, in the library at lunch recess.
The library is looking for a fifth-grade student who would like to represent Pennekamp at an upcoming school board meeting at which I will receive a generous gift for the library from the Manhattan Beach Historical Society. Interested students are invited to write a paragraph on the theme "Why learning about history is important to me." One paragraph will be chosen to be read by the student who wrote it at the school board meeting on February 1, 2012 (date subject to change). Paragraphs are due to Ms. Barbara by Friday, January 6, 2012. This is not an assigned project--it is purely optional! However, Mrs. Curry will award one extra credit point to any student who turns in a paragraph by the deadline.
The library is closed while school is on winter break. I wish everyone safe, happy, and healthy holidays! See you next year!