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 resource 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?
How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, by Jenny Odell
His eyes are soft. “Do you know why I became a librarian?”
I wait for him to tell me, because of course I don’t.
“Dewey,” he says. “As in the decimal system.”
I’m not sure if he’s joking or not, but he continues, “I like order. I like organization. The idea of all the information in the world, all organized, everything in its place—I like that idea.”
He clears his throat. “But I’ve been doing this job for a long time. And the thing I’ve learned is that stories aren’t about order and organization. They’re about feelings. And the feelings don’t always make sense. See, stories are like …” He pauses, brow furrowing, then nods, satisfied in finding the right comparison: “Water. Like rain. We can hold them tight, but they always slip through our fingers.”
I try to hide my shock. Joe doesn’t seem like the poetic type.
His caterpillar eyebrows knit together. “That can be scary. But remember that water gives us life. It connects continents. It connects people. And in quiet moments, when the water’s still, sometimes we can see our own reflection.”
--From When You Trap a Tiger, by Tae Heller, winner of the 2021 Newbery Medal