Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Newbery Honor Author

Newbery Honor Award Author, Ingrid Law will be at Somers Elementary School, Somers, Connecticut March 29th and 30th. On Monday, Ingrid will present to the fifth and third grades, along with having a luncheon with aspiring writers. After school, the author of SAVVY and future SCUMBLE will speak with teachers and staff on the topic of "Word Choice..." On Tuesday, Ingrid will give two assemblies, the first to sixth grade and a final one to fourth. She will also enjoy another luncheon with students who have a passion for writing. Tuesday night will conclude with a book-signing beginning at 6:15 in the media center, followed by a talk open to the public in the SES Auditorium at 7:00 P.M.. New, or gently used books will be collected at the door, and will be donated to our Somers Public Library "book sale", and to Readers to Readers, a non profit group that distributes books to needy inner-city and rural communities across the United States.
More information regarding Ingrid's visit and presentations can be addressed to Mr. Maciolek,
Fourth Grade Teacher at SES (mark.maciolek@somers.k12.ct.us) or to Pat Clark, Media Specialist, SES (pat.clark@somers.k12.ct.us)

Friday, March 5, 2010

Passion for Reading

Author Ingrid Law shared this video on her Straight From The Jar blog. I've posted it on my school website and shared it with our fourth grade students as well. I can't believe how much fun it has created and how contagious the message is. Yesterday, at the end of the day, I managed to end with playing the video right before busses were called. It really promotes a strong sense of community. Each month fourth grade students participate in a "Reading Challenge," however, the ultimate challenge, as we all know, is for students to continue to read on their own. I hope you enjoy the fine work of these students, and by the way... don't be afraid to turn it up!