The CYRM contest voting took part largely during February. The winner at Pennekamp of the Primary category was The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors, by Drew Daywalt. The PK winner in the category Picture Books for Older Readers was Her Right Foot, by Dave Eggers. Still to come on March 11 and March 18, students in grades 4 and 5 who read all three Intermediate nominees will be voting at special pizza party events. For more information about our annual participation in CYRM, please click here. Statewide winners will be announced on May 1.
Rotary Readers from the Manhattan Beach Rotary Club will be reading to our students during the week of March 2, 2020. The students always enjoy meeting these service-minded community members and hearing about their love of reading. There will be readers for grades TK, K, 1, 2, and DHH.
The children's librarian from the Manhattan Beach public library is visiting on March 5 to distribute student library cards and promote our awesome public library. I love our public library very much--you can run into me there every weekend.
March is Women's History Month and includes Pi Day as well as the start of spring. Readalouds will focus on those themes. Grade 5 is studying the American Revolution, so they will hear some stories related to that event.
The book club for grade 5 is reading The Great Trouble, by Deborah Hopkinson. This historical fiction science mystery ties in nicely with classwork on historical fiction (and, purely coincidentally, with current concerns about infectious diseases). The club's next meeting is March 25.
I urge you to attend the Richstone Feast on March 26. I never miss it. The Richstone Center assists women and children who have experienced domestic violence. Pennekamp's long commitment to raise funds for this very worthy organization is something for which Pennekamp can be especially proud. And further, the feast is just a really fun event.
The library will be open for open house. Please come by and say hello, if you have a chance.