On Wednesday, February 1, the Manhattan Beach Historical Society is scheduled to go before the school board to present the libraries of our district with a monetary gift for the purchase of history-themed books. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m., and the presentation is likely to take place early in the meeting. The students are in the process of signing a thank-you poster, which I will present at that meeting, representing our school's gratitude for the society's support. Further, a student will represent our school at the meeting by reading a paragraph on the value of learning about history. All Pennekamp students and families are welcome to attend the meeting to show our school's gratitude. The society does many wonderful things to preserve the history of our town. Third-grade has a field trip coming up to visit the museum operated by the society in Polliwog Park. As this is Manhattan Beach's centennial year, the society is creating a commemorative book of our town. You can have your name added to the book free of charge! Join the society, submit your name for the book, or just learn more about the society at its website: Manhattan Beach Historical Society. And thanks again so very much to the society for its generosity and vision.
The book club for 5th grade met last week and chose a new reading selection for the coming month: The Merchant of Death, by D. J. MacHale. The next meeting will be Friday, February 10, at lunch recess--the Friday of Authors Week, during which D. J. MacHale will be visiting Pennekamp! The Manhattan Beach branch of the County of Los Angeles Public Library will be obtaining copies for our club's use. Thanks to Melissa Messner, children's librarian at our local branch, who arranges for these copies.
The book club for 4th grade is reading The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, by Tom Angleberger. Copies for participants are already on hand at the public library. Please go check one out and start reading!
Next week, starting January 23, I am potentially on jury duty. I apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.