Although it feels a bit early, this week I am beginning stories about coming to America. The United States is composed largely of people whose ancestors came to this land from somewhere else, excepting those who are part of the Native American nations, tribes, or cultures. Thanksgiving seems to me an ideal time to think about how and why people make the decision to set out for a new life elsewhere, despite the challenges of doing so. It so happens that our upcoming book fair (from December 1 to 5) will have an international theme, so this week's readalouds also head us toward that exciting event. Next week we are off school both Monday and Tuesday, which means that most classes that attend library on those days will simply not visit as a class next week. The week after that I will preview book fair selections, and then it is already Thanksgiving break!
Last but not least, the library's food drive has concluded, and I am so grateful for our school's generosity! We gathered a tremendous amount of food, which I will deliver to the L.A. Regional Food Bank on Monday, November 11. To everyone who participated in the drive, thank you for helping those in need.