This week, DK students will hear books about bears, in support of their class work on the topic. Grades K, 1, and 2 will continue to hear nominees for the California Young Reader Medal. Grade 3 will hear a poetry picture book telling the (true!) story of sightings of a possible sea serpent of the coast of Gloucester, Massachusetts. With reference to their ongoing study of California history, students in grade 4 will hear two books in commemoration of the anniversary of the discovery of gold in California on January 24, 1848. Grade 5 will hear a book set in the mid-1800s, when thousands of Chinese immigrants worked under extremely demanding conditions to complete the transcontinental railroad. The book touches on heritage, discrimination, and life in America in the 1800s, to add to the students' current study of the conditions of slavery as well as the notion of ancestry.
The winner in Pennekamp's voting for the California Young Reader Medal in grades 3, 4, and 5 is John, Paul, George & and Ben, by Lane Smith! It won across all three grades, and in every class except that of Mr. Ahrens, in which the winner was Four Feet, Two Sandals, by Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammed. Winners for the state of California will be announced on May 1.
The Scholastic book order forms going home in this week’s Tuesday envelope are due February 4.
The library’s book club for students in grades 4 and 5 is meeting next Wednesday, February 2. Participants must have already signed up. Contact the library for information on future meetings.
The library is no longer open Tuesday from 2:15 to 2:45. It will now be in use at that time for a class visit.
This week, the library will close on Wednesday at 1:15, as Ms. Barbara must attend a meeting of the district's library media specialists.