Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Book Fair!


The Book Fair is Here!!

On November 16-20th, the Scholastic Book Fair will be visiting our library.  All classes will have a chance to preview the books on Monday November 16th.  Books will be for sale at the following times:

Tuesday: 7:30-9 & at lunch
Wednesday:  7:30-9, lunch, 2:30-5:30
Thursday: 7:30-9, lunch, 2:30-7:30
Friday 7:30-3:30

Book prices range from $1-$25 with the majority falling between $5-$10.  If any of those times are not convenient for you, the book fair is online too!!  Visit this website (http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/moretownelementaryschool) to purchase books between Nov 9-29.  

Reading with your child is a great way to help them develop as lifelong learners and critical thinkers.  It also is just great quality time with your child.  Find books for all interest and reading levels.  Don't forget that books make good gifts too!  All proceeds go to our school.

If you have any questions or want to volunteer please see Mrs. Wood!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Financial Literacy

         


            Moretown School is participating in a statewide program called Reading is an Investment. The goal of the program is to teach elementary-aged children personal finance concepts. We are one of 135 Vermont elementary schools who will use the program this school year. The program is managed by the Vermont State Treasurer’s Office. Participating schools are sent three new books each year that highlight a specific personal finance theme. Through lessons and activities in the school library and personal reading, students are introduced to basic financial concepts. The 2015-2016 personal finance theme is “Money Business!”
            There are two parts to this program—personal reading and school instructional activities. As a parent, you have the opportunity to help your child complete a reading log that will then be entered into a drawing for a $250 college savings plan account. Last year, more than 5,600 students statewide completed logs and entered the drawing. Twenty prizes will be awarded this year. In order to complete a reading log, a student must read three books from a recommended money reading list and complete additional free reading requirements. The reading logs and recommended money reading list are available through our school library. You also may print a reading log and reading list by going to www.MoneyEd.Vermont.gov. The deadline to complete a reading log and mail it into the State Treasurer’s Office is March 15, 2016.
            Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd graders read 3 money books in library class.  These books were Lots and Lots of Coins by Margarette Reid, It All Started with a Turtle by Lisa Holthouse, and Betty Bunny Wants Everything by Michael Kaplan.  Students in other grades are encouraged to visit the library for a money reading list and reading log.  This is a great opportunity to gain financial understandings and start saving for college.  I hope that you take advantage of this opportunity.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate


Jackson begins to worry that he is going crazy.  Crenshaw, his imaginary friend from when he was in 1st grade, starts to show up again.  No one else seems to notice him except the dog.  Jackson is a little embarrassed to be seeing his imaginary friend.  Maybe this is because Crenshaw is a big black and white cat who likes to do goofy things like stand on his head or make a bubble beard in the tub.  But Jackson is also emotionally distressed about his family's financial problems.  Jackson and his sister, Robin, often go to bed hungry.  They had to sell a lot of their belongings.  And now it looks like they might have to live in their car.  Crenshaw gives Jackson a friend to lean on and advice to guide him through this tough time.  This story is sweet  and heartfelt.  As for kid's experiences during difficult times, It rings true.  It deserves a read and a spot on your shelf if only for children to gain a better understanding and capacity for empathy for those who face homelessness and hunger in our own community.  

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