This week (November 6 to 13) classes visit the book fair. Below find the schedule. The fair is open most days from 7:45 to 1:30. Thursday, November 9, the fair opens early for the "Donuts with Dad" event at 7:15 a.m. Everyone is on early release next week. Friday, November 10, is the observance of Veterans Day, so there is no school that day. The book fair schedule is right here, in case you'd like to see when your child's class is going to the fair. (Sorry the type is so small.)
Another important Pennekamp event is going on right now: our food drive to benefit the L.A. Regional Food Bank. Please consider donating nonperishable food items to help the 1.4 million people in Los Angeles who are "food insecure." The Pennekamp PTA will provide a popsicle party for the whole school if we reach 500 pounds (or more) of food this year. The video below tells a bit about how the L.A. Regional Food Bank works (but as always, beware of YouTube comments, ads, and sidebars that may not be appropriate for children).
Finally, I'd like to urge students in grades 3, 4, and 5 to participate in the upcoming Super Literacy Quiz Bowl (SLQB). Taking place during the PK Literacy Event (February 5 to 26, 2018), the SLQB is a trivia game in which students are quizzed on facts and details from a grade-specific list of 13 books. Participation in this activity is optional! In order to participate, students need to read at least 10 books from their grade's book list by mid-January 2018 and return a signed parent consent form. Teams will be randomly assigned, and competition will take place during the week of February 12 at an assembly. And you know what's great? The terrific Michael Mackavoy, librarian for children and youth at the Manhattan Beach public library, has obtained multiple copies of the books on the SLQB reading lists. The books are displayed under the big staircase in the library (as pictured below). This should really allow any and all interested students to participate, so please do make use of this wonderful source of support.
Barbara Siegemund-Broka, library media specialist, maintains this blog to inform Pennekamp students and families about library news and related content. Any opinions expressed here are solely her own.
What's Ms. Barbara reading?
The Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek Library, by Linda Bailey
Part of what makes paper a brilliant technology may be, in fact, that it offers us so much and no more. A small child cannot tap the duck and elicit a quack; for that, the child needs to turn to a parent. And when you cannot tap the picture of the horse and watch it gallop across the page, you learn that your brain can make the horse move as fast as you want it to, just as later on it will show you the young wizards on their broomsticks, and perhaps even sneak you in among them.
--from "The Merits of Reading Real Books to Your Children," by Perri Klass, in New York Times, August 8, 2016