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Book Fair Volunteers Needed!  

Come help your child and all students at SES enjoy the Book Fair!

Sign up to volunteer today!

 

 


Read Across America Week February 27-March 3  

Let's celebrate the joy of reading every day!

In honor of Dr. Seuss and his contribution to children's literature, students and staff are encouraged to dress up each day following this schedule:

 

Monday: Wear red or blue in honor of One fish, Two fish, Red fish, Blue fish

Tuesday: Wear CRAZY socks and roll up your cuffs so we can seen them in honor of Fox in Socks

Wednesday: Wear green in honor of Green Eggs and Ham

Thursday: Wear a "place" t-shirt (showing a place you have visited) in honor of Oh, the Places You'll Go

Friday: Dress up as your favorite book character! (ANY book character, not just from a Dr. Seuss book!)


Dress as a Book Character Day  

Dress as your favorite book character on Friday, March 3.

This day ends our week-long celebration of reading and honoring the contribution of Dr. Seuss to children's literature.

I can't wait to see who you choose to be!


Scholastic Book Fair March 6-10  

Come support our school's Scholastic Book Fair!

Online shopping is March 1-12

Book Fair shopping in the library is March 6-10.

Special activities for students will be held March 6 from 3:30 - 5:00.

The book fair will be open during parent/teacher conferences until 6:30.

 

 


FYI Franklin County Public Library Closed Feb. 6-11  

Add books to your home library  

It's fun to get a brand new book!

Scholastic, Kellog's and Walmart have teamed up to help families earn FREE books.

All the details are here.


ebooks now available!  

SES now has a limited number of ebooks available!

These books can be accessed from any device with a web browser--almost any tablet, smart phone or computer will work!

Wi-fi is required to access the ebook initially, but most of the ebooks can be downloaded to read anywhere. Licensed Marvel titles cannot be downloaded.

Try it today and let Mrs. Bruce know what you think of this option.

username: Sewaneetn

password: tigers

 

Abdo Digital Bookshelf

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November Read20 Book of the Month  

The First LAdy of the state of Tennessee, Chrissy Haslam, invites all families to participate in the Read20 "Book of the Month" activity.

 

The book for November is The Hoboken Chicken Emergency, deemed a close winner in the SES Best Funny Chapter contest just two years ago. 

 

Here is a link to all the Book of the Month selections


One Book--One School: A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee  

Students at SES are exploring the world with our camping theme.

Our One Book, One School project reflects this theme: A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chris van Dusen

All students, teachers, and staff will be reading this story this month.

Parents can hear it, too, by clicking here.

Join us Friday, November 18 at our Friday morning assembly as we hear the story read aloud and pretend to be on a camping trip. 

Wear your PJs and get ready to have "s;more fun" at SES!


Peace Pole--Friday, Oct. 14 8 AM  

SES will host its annual Peace Pole ceremony on Friday, Oct. 14 during its morning assembly at 8:00 am

Every year students learn to say "May Peace Prevail on Earth" in a different language. The 4th grade classes research the country learning its history and literature and culture. The 5th grader classes perform a musical selection.

The first Peace Pole was created in 1955. That same year the song, Let there be peace on earth, was extremely popular in the states. SES students have used a verse from this song, Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me, as their big idea as we discussed how we each can act to make the world more peaceful.

This year's language is Polish:

Niech pokój zapanuje na Ziemi

Book Fair Sept. 26-30 and online, too!  

Ahoy! If ye be a book lovin' landlubber, make yer way to the SES library this week!

Come find fun, interesting books to share with your child!

The Scholastic Book Fair will be open Monday, Sept. 26-Friday, Sept. 30

Parents may shop and attend Parent/Teacher conferences while students enjoy some crats and activities in the cafeteria from 3:30- 5:00 on Monday, Sept. 26

Online shopping begins Sept. 19 and continues through October 2

All proceeds go toward purchasing literacy materials for our SES students, including books for the library.

Bookaneers know that books are the treasure!

 

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Super Summer Readers Announced for 2016!  

As a school, Sewanee Elementary Students read 66,426 minutes during the 2016 summer break! All students were encourage to participate in reading and keeping track of their minutes. 

According to the reading logs submitted, the total minutes read in each grade are:

K  11,141

1st 9,463

2nd 9,815

3rd 12, 929

4th 18, 661

5th 4,419

The students who read the most minutes in each grade are recognized as a Super Summer Reader!  The 2016 Super Summer Readers are:

K: Harris Young

1st: Mason Sparacio

2nd: Miren Colbert

3rd: Eliot Sparacio

4th: Saida Thomas

5th: Anja Dombrowski

 

Well done, everyone!

 

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Summer Reading Logs Due Monday, August 15!  

The students who read the most minutes in each grade will be identified at the Friday morning assembly on August 19!


Ramona Quimby Age 8: August First Lady Red 20 Book Club Selection  

Families: Join the Tennessee First Lady's Read 20 Book Club (free) and enjoy great stories together all year!

Crissy Haslam knows a key way to help your child succeed in school--reading together!

Kick off this school year with a commitment to reading with your children 20 minutes a day. Reading a fun novel is a great way to begin!

Ramona Quimby Age 8 by Beverly Cleary stars a relatable 8 year old who gets into mischief! Enjoy reading it together.

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Summer Reading: Just Keep Reading!  

We are half-way into our summer vacation! Woo-hoo!

Keep reading!

Do you have a favorite reading spot?

Don't forget to log your reading minutes. You could be the next Summer Super Reader!


Buy One Get One Book Fair May 16-18  

What a bargain!

Scholastic's Buy One Get One Book Fair provides great books for your family to purchase while getting a book of equal or lesser value for free!

Wow!

A great way to stock up on summer reading material!

 

May 16-18! 3 days only!

 

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Scholastic Book Fair February 29-March 4!  

We are all Feelin' Groovy about the upcoming Scholastic Book Fair!

Mark your calendars for February 29-March 4 for a week of shopping fun! This is a great way to celebrate Read Across America week!

There will be supervised activities for children in the cafeteria from 3:30- 5:00 on February 29 so that you can shop and visit with your child's teacher during Parent/Teacher Conferences that evening.

 

All proceeds go to benefit literacy activities at Sewanee Elementary School, including purchasing new, award-winning books for the library collection for all to enjoy. 

 

 

FYI--The school district does not give the SES library funds. The book fair and the SPO donation provide the entire budget for the library. Your generosity is appreciated by all of our students who are eager to read the latest children's books and all of our teachers who are eager to supplement their teaching with quality literature through reading groups and read alouds.

 

 

Simply sign up here!

 

 

As always, thank you for supporting your child's love for reading!
~Kathryn Bruce
kathryn.bruce@fcstn.net

 

 

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Book Character Day!  

Madeline, Nate the Great, Clementine, Percy Jackson, Clifford, Pinkalicious.....who will you be for Book Character Day, Tuesday, Nov. 24?

 

I look forward to seeing you!

 


Mobile Sewanee Library Catalog  

The following free mobile app is available for Atriuum

 

 

 

Atriuum on the Go

This mobile app gives your patrons instant access to search the library catalog from their favorite mobile device. Search for DVDs, CDs, and more. Access My Items to manage their account, bookbags, and more.

Download from:

                   


Book Fair! Sept. 28-Oct. 2  

Make plans to find great reading materials for fall break at the Fall 2015 Scholastic Book Fair.

Join us Monday, September 28 for fun from 3:00 - 6:30 pm

Shop before or after your Parent/Teacher conference time. Games and activities related to the book fair will be held in the cafeteria.

Fun for everyone!

Click here to learn more about the book fair and how you can shop online!


Super Summer Readers Named!  

Congratulations to all of our summer readers. Sewanee Elementary School students read 46, 660 minutes this summer....a record!

The fifth grade students and 2nd grade students read more minutes than all other grades.

These students were named the Super Summer Readers and will pick out a book for the Barnes and Noble bookstore to donate to the Sewanee Library. These students will be first to check out their special book!

Mason Sparacio--Kindergarten

Marcus Briggle--1st grade

Eli Sparacio--2nd grade

Saida Thomas--3rd grade

Anja Dombrowskil--4th grade

Madison King--5th grade

 


SES Scholastic Reading Update!  

Just like the temperature, the reading meter at Sewanee Elementary School keeps going up! As of Monday, July 20, SES students have recorded reading 19,248 minutes! Wow! Think we can read 20,000 minutes before school starts?! Go to ww.scholastic.com/summer to log in your minutes or keep track of them on a paper log (available from the school website or from local area libraries). Keep reading!


Reading Record Setting continues!  

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

As of June 28, SES students have logged over 16,108 minutes of reading at scholastic.com/summer.

Remember, tracking your minutes on paper is a-ok, too!

Mrs. Bruce is reading Mouseheart as she sits on the beach. She read I survived Hurricane Katrina yesterday and another Ivy and Bean adventure during the long car ride. What are you reading?


Summer Reading 2015!  

This year SES students are encouraged to keep track of the number of minutes they read from May 4 - September 4. Sewanee Elementary students will join students from around the world to break the Scholastic World Record for Summer Reading. 

Students may record their minutes on a paper log or online at Scholastic.com/summer Unique usernames and passwords will be given to each student.

Generally, students in grades K-2nd grade students typically read (and have read to them) picture books and beginning chapter books. Students in grades 3-5 read more novels, chapter books. However, students read by ability not by chronological age, so it is important to let your student try out the book by reading a few paragraphs and self-check his/her ability to decode unfamiliar words and comprehend what is happening in the story.

Wondering what to encourage your child to read?

Check out these links:

Scholastic Summer Reading Booklists This page also has a link to a copy of the paper log

Scholastic Book Search   This link provides a list of suggested titles based on ages and interests of your child

Accelerated Reader Suggestions This link allows you to search by reading level and interest level such as 2.1 to 2.5 (second grade 1st month to second grade 5th month).

50 Top Choices for each grade   Scholastic has a list of the top 50 picks for each grade.

Finally, the Franklin County library offers storytime each week along with a special activity. Their website, like Mrs. Bruce's, offers a link to TN R.E.A.D.S., the TN 1st Lady's Book Club, and the Tennessee Electronic Library. The Monteagle May Justus library will also be hosting a summer reading program with weekly storytime and activities.

 

image source: summer reading image from www.harrisonschools.org

 

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Eaglets are hatching!  

The 5th grade classes are following three nestcams to observe three pairs of Bald Eagles and learn about these national birds.

1. The Decorah, Iowa nest has three eggs in its clutch. Egg #1 hatched Friday, March 27 in the evening. Egg #2 hatched on Sunday, March 29. Both parents were there. How cool! Egg # 3 should hatch soon!

Follow the Decorah nestcam during spring break and watch these marvelous birds.

 

2. The Harrison Bay State Park clutch has two eggs and they have hatched too!

Follow the Harrison Bay Park nestcam and watch these cutie pies grow!

 

3. The nest at Berry College had two eggs in its clutch. They hatched during our "snow break" and are preparing to fledge the nest. 

Follow the Berry College eaglets and watch them fly!

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More new books!  

The Franklin County Humane Society/Animal Harbor recently donated several books to our library that feature tales of lovable animals, animal facts, and adventure stories. 

Come check out these new great books!


Preparing for Summer  

Spring is here!

Here is a resource that may interest you and your family.

 

Look for information about Summer Reading soon!


New Books!  

The second order of books ordered using the proceeds from the 2014 Fall Scholastic Book Fair has arrived.

Look for new titles such as

The Survivors, bk 4

Dork Diaries, bk 7

Jedi Academy, bk 2

Fnancy Nancy and the Fabulous Fashion Boutique

Star Wars early readers

Frozen Little Golden Book

Deborah Wiles' Revolution

Sharon Creech's fun poetic sequel to Love that Dog called Hate that Cat

and more!


New Dates--Spring Book Fair March 2-6  

It's time for another Scholastic Book Fair! Click here to volunteer and join the fun!

Under the Sea--an Ocean of Books awaits you at the Sewanee Elementary School Library Marh 2-6.

 

We'll be open Monday, March 2 from 3:00-6:30 during Parent/Teacher Conferneces! SPO will have games and activities for families from 4:30-6:00.

 

Find lots of good titles to enjoy!


Keep Reading During Break!  

Any of these sites would be a GREAT way to practice your reading during weekends and breaks away from school. Keep having fun reading!

 


Star Fall

www.starfall.com

Practice your phonics skills

with these read-along stories.


Storyline Online

www.storylineonline.net
Have some of your favorite stories
read to you by movie stars!


ABCYA

www.abcya.com

Practice math and reading skills
all while playing fun games!

 

 

 


Book Character Day--Friday, November 21, 2014  

Come as your favorite book character or author!

Henry (or maybe Mudge) from Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant?

Hermione (or maybe Harry) from The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling?

Emily Elizabeth (or maybe Clifford) from Clifford, the big red dog by Bridwell?

How about Pinkalicious, Frog (or Toad), Jack (or Annie), Laura Ingalls Wilder, Dr. Seuss, The Big Bad Wolf, the gingerbread man, Junie B Jones, Alexander (who had a terrible, no good, very bad day).


New Books are here!  

The first order of new books has arrived! Come check out the great reads waiting for you in the library!


Peace Pole ceremony Oct. 3  

The 4th Graders are preparing for the annual Peace Pole ceremony. This year we will add the phrase "May Peace Prevail On Earth" in Vietnamese. Working with a university student, the students are learning how to pronounce this phrase using the tonal language of Vietnamese. The students are also developing their information research skills using atlases, almanacs, encyclopedias, nonfiction texts and online resources to learn about this country.

The students will display and share what they have learned on Friday, Oct. 3 during the Peace Pole ceremony.

The community at large is welcome to join us!


Scholastic Book Fair Sept. 22-26  

The Scholastic Book Fair has books for all the readers in your life!

Come celebrate reading as a family and shop during the Parent/Teacher Conferences Monday, Sept. 22 from 3:00 -6:30 pm

There are many opportunities for you to volunteer with the Book Fair, too!

And what could be more convenient than shopping online?! You can shop online for even more goodies beginning Sept. 17 and continuing through October 7. This is a great way to encourage grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, to make purchases for holiday gifts and support the library at your child's school. What a win-win!

Look forward to seeing you at the book fair!


Summer Reading Programs at Area Libraries  

Projects and Special Events

Summer reading programs are happening at a library near you! 
FIZZ, BOOM, BANG!
Each week: Wednesday at 1:30 at the Franklin County Library and Thursdays at 10:00 the May Justus Memorial Library in Monteagle. 

Be a Summer Super Reader! Record what you read this summer and you may be the winner in the fall!
Reading log sheets can be printed from the SES website or from the Summer Reading Forms section of this site.

Looking for ways to practice reading comprehension with your child? Register for a free account at a resource site many teachers use:ReadWorks.org. This link will take you to a selection of passages you can read with your rising 1st or 2nd grader, but once you are logged in, you can access a whole lot more!

 

 


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