The book club for 5th-graders met last Friday, October 7. We had a terrific time and chose our first reading selection: A Tale Dark and Grimm, by Adam Gidwitz. The next meeting for the 5th-grade club will be Friday, November 4. New members are welcome!
This week the library's book club for 4th-graders begins on Friday, October 14. All 4th-grade students are invited to participate. The club will meet once per month in the library at lunch recess. Club members will be given a membership wristband. The wristband will ensure their ability to make their way to the library on meeting days, as library is typically closed on Fridays at lunch recess. Students must eat lunch before coming to the meeting. It might be easiest to bring lunch on book club days; but for students who buy lunch, the wristband will allow them to "cut" the cafeteria line on club meeting days. Signups will be taken at the first meeting, and we will choose our first book at the meeting, too.
The two book clubs are identical in format but will meet separately throughout the year. Each club will choose its own book--the two clubs need not choose the same book.
October 9 to 15 is Fire Prevention Week. All families are encouraged to discuss fire safety, and the National Fire Protection Association site has information, handouts, and activities to promote fire safety, especially for families. For younger students, BrainPOP Jr. (to which Pennekamp subscribes) has a fire safety "movie" that is informative without being frightening. If you haven't seen BrainPOP yet, it is full of terrific short movies with quizzes and activities on subjects throughout the sciences and humanities. Your classroom teacher can explain how to log on to BrainPOP (as can I, if you'd like to drop by the library).
Please support the Girl Scouts "One Warm Coat" drive, which is going on this week. Donate a clean, gently used (or new) coat of any size to help a needy person stay warm.
Students in all grades are urged to submit a bookmark design for the County of Los Angeles Public Library bookmark contest. The theme this year is "Picture the Adventure--READ!" Contest forms are available in our library and school office; completed entries can be turned in at our library, school office, or any County of Los Angeles library. The due date for submissions is October 29. Designs must be done in black ink--no pencil, no color. Forms can also be downloaded from the County of Los Angeles Public Library's website: Bookmark Contest.
Scholastic book orders are due October 13. Thank you for purchasing Scholastic books! The points generated by your orders provide the library with high-interest titles at no cost, which is a huge benefit to our students.
Readaloud themes this week are as follows: DK--fall; K--fire safety; 1st--fire safety; 2nd--nonfiction and the Dewey decimal system; 3rd--library map exercise; 4th--maps and reviewing the map of our library; 5th--World Food Day (October 16) and reviewing the map of our library. To see specific titles, take a look at this week's Weely Readalouds post.