Students in the upper grades (3, 4, 5) will be permitted to take an extra book over the winter holidays, so third grade may have four books; fourth grade may have five; fifth grade may have six. I hope that gets the students even more excited about reading over the break!
The fifth-grade book club had a wonderful first meeting on Monday, December 16. What a great group of committed, thoughtful readers. I'm going to have to be "on my game" to keep up with them! Our first book is Jinx, by Sage Blackwood. Copies are available at the Manhattan Beach public library, which now operates from its "express library" bookmobile at the old library site. The hours are Tuesday through Friday from 2 to 6, Saturday from 10 to 2. I suggest you call first to make sure they have copies, as they are being brought in from various branches to meet our need. The number is 310-545-8595. Thanks to our awesome children's librarian, Melissa Messner, for helping me arrange this.
I wish the whole Pennekamp family a joyous and restful winter break.