Archive for March 2010

The hall is full of book characters!

March 29, 2010

Since Read Across America Day (March 2), the fourth/fifth grade hall has been decorated with the most wonderful assortment of book characters.  Fifth graders worked hard in Library classes and Art classes in February to produce these works of art.  The tape is wearing out, the edges are tearing, and it is time for them to come down.  Before I remove them, I thought I would share some of my favorites on the blog. Thanks, fifth graders, for brightening the hallway for the month of March!

The star of No, David by David Shannon was drawn by Sabrina:

Here are Zoe’s.  She drew two strong, spunky girl characters.  Left is Cally Vee from The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, and the “Camp Half Blood” girl is Annabeth from the Percy Jackson series.

Jodi from Mrs. Keane’s class  did this awesome picture of Arthur’s little sister D.W.:

Here’s Faith’s picture of GrayStripe from the Warriors series:

Wynter drew this picture of the princess in Dealing with Dragons:

Here’s a nice little trio of animals.  The Canada Goose is from The Fledgling, drawn by Kim Drew.  Grady drew the “Warriors” cat  and Caitlin drew the dog, named Pearl, from

Finally, Read Across America Day wouldn’t be complete without a few awesome Dr. Seuss character.  This one was drawn by Caitlin,

And last but not least, Thing One and Thing Two were drawn by Willis.

Happy Spring

March 23, 2010

I always bring in a planter of fresh green grass on the first day of spring.  Yesterday was the day.

As I walked down the hall to the library in the morning, I heard kids saying “Oh!  She brought the spring grass!” , and every class who came to the library yesterday enjoyed smelling, feeling, and marveling over this little piece of spring in a pot.  Here is a picture of Miss Merrill’s third grade class enjoying the sensation of fresh grass after a long Maine winter:

Book Character Day!

March 21, 2010

Last week, thanks to Student Council, CPS celebrated many special days: Pajama Day, Twins Day, Crazy Hat Day, and Dress as your favorite Character Day. I was happy to see lots of students choose to dress as Book Characters; they had a lot of fun with their costumes. Here are some pictures!

Many students in Mrs. Wight's 2nd grade class, from "Pippi Longstocking"to "Percy Jackson"

"Violet and Sunny Baudelaire" from the Series of Unfortunate Events

"Hermione" and "Dobby" from Harry Potter

"Hermione" and "Dobby" from Harry Potter

"Goldilocks"

"Andre the Seal"

"Andre" the seal

"Laura", "Katie Kazoo", "Ramona", and "Julie"

Karen in the Woods by Abby

March 18, 2010

Here’s a great story written by a third grader in Ms. Lavoie’s class:

KAREN IN THE WOODS

One day, Karen sat on a log in the woods by the fence of her sister’s farm.  She was tired anyways from walking in the woods for a mile.

Karen cut her shin on a sharp piece of metal.  On the fence in front of her it said, “DO NOT ENTER!”  Underneath the sign, Karen found a piece of paper under a rock.  The code to open the gate to Pamela’s farm was on the paper.  The code was #823519.

Karen is a detective.  She is in the woods because she is on the way to her sister’s farm.  Karen is on her way to the farm because suspicious things have been happening to her sister, Pam.   Pam called Karen to investigate a ghost horse and shadows in the house that are moving around.  Also, the back door is opening and closing on its own.  The hinges are so rusty they squeak.  Karen will be at the farm for a month.

To solve the mysteries, she worked hard.  First, Karen discovers that the ghost horse is running on batteries.  I know what you are thinking, “How did the horse glow in the dark?”  The horse is lit up by an invisible glow in the dark light.  When the horse is running, the light follows it around! A man named Davy Crockett made the ghost horse because he was trying to scare Pam and her family off of the property so he could have the farm.  Next, Karen finds out about the door opening and closing on its own.  The hinges are squeaking because theey are rusty.  The wind is causing the door to open and close.  Last, Karen discovers what the shadows are in the house.  They are Pam’s 15 dogs and 2 cats.  Now all of the mysteries are solved so Karen can go home.  She can relax until another mystery pops up!

Where the Mountain meets the Moon by Grace Lin

March 16, 2010

Words that come to mind when describing this year’s Newbery Award runner-up: enchanted, elegant, exciting, timeless, beautiful…

Minli (whose name means “quick thinking”) and her parents live in the shadow of Fruitless Mountain, in China. They work hard in the rice fields yet they are still very poor, with barely enough rice to eat. Minli’s mother worries and complains about their hard life, but her father brightens their evenings with storytelling. One day Minli sets out to find the Old Man of the Moon, hoping he will tell her the true secret to good fortune. Along the way she makes new friends including a flightless dragon, an orphan, a group of greedy monkeys, and a king. Interwoven with Minli’s quest are tales told by her father and by those she meets on the way, which are drawn from traditional Chinese folklore. The author’s full-color illustrations are stunning. Grace Lin has created a strong, likeable heroine and a fascinating glimpse of another country.

Thanks to all our community readers!

March 4, 2010

Read Across America Day was successful, as always, because of the “guest readers” from the community who came to share their love of books with our students. We had a few Telstar seniors, Lynn Arizzi’s Senior Players, and some Rotary Club members entertaining our students for the last hour of the day. EVERYONE enjoyed the celebration of reading.

Here are some pictures of our fun day . (if you click on a picture, it will give you a larger view of it. Then use your back arrow to come back to the main screen.)

Happy Read Across America Day!

March 2, 2010

Today is a big day in elementary schools all across America: Read Across America Day, otherwise known as Dr. Seuss’s birthday. The goal of this day is for ALL children to be read to, and we at CPS are doing our part. Some members of the local Rotary Club and the Senior Players are coming, as well as some students from Telstar High School. Check in tomorrow to see some pictures of our celebration.