Monday, December 21, 2015

Our Successful Scholastic Book Fair!

Last week we far surpassed our goal and sold $8598.41 worth of books and other items! We earned $4046.31 in Scholastic Dollars to be spent on books for the library and periodicals (Scholastic News) for all classrooms.

Students raised $43.00 (and Scholastic matched) in the All for Books program to go towards books for students at Memorial.

The huge success of the Book Fair was only possible because of the amazing parent volunteers (Lisa Ramirez, Shawn Turnquist, Karen Donahue, Tammy Hall, Theresa Gibson, Binita Agarwala, Lisa Cline, and Chiamaka Porter) who helped set up, restock, assist students, manage cash registers, count money, and break down. Thank you parent volunteers! Thank you Lisa Russell, Adrienne Heenan, and Christyl Skelton for helping manage the cash registers. Thank you Alex Harrison, Courtney Kushmerek, and Paula Weldon for taking my duties for the week. Thank you Amy Percoskie for donating a huge bag of change. Thank you Shawn for busting out your credit card when students didn’t have enough money to pay for the tax on their books...we owe you! Thank you teachers for being so patient and for helping students select just right books.

A few of my favorite moments are captured below.
A student purchased Amy Krouse Rosenthal's I Wish You More for his sister who will be born in March. 
Ms. Conceison was caught purchasing a chocolate smelling eraser and a cupcake pencil sharpener for a girl she tutors.
A student purchased a cook book for her mom. (Gift wrapping was available when we had enough adult help.) 
 Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Hour of Code

In celebration of Computer Science Education Week, we are focusing on digital literacy via the Hour of Code in the Memorial Learning Commons.

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 40 languages. No experience needed. Ages 4 to 104.

Kindergarten and first grade students are participating in Unplugged: Happy Maps (provided by They’re learning about algorithms.

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Mrs. Sullivan working with her kindergarten students.
(She has more patience than any other teacher I have ever observed.)
Mrs. Farrell and a few of her first grade students.
Second and fourth grade students are participating in Unplugged: Graph Paper Programming (provided by They’re learning about algorithms and programs.

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Two of Ms. McLaughlin's second grade students.

Mrs. Gonzalez's students.

A few students are struggling with the concepts and I’m trying to push them to have a growth mindset. Instead of saying, “I can’t do this,” they’re being prompted to take a deep breath and say, “I can’t do this, yet.”

These unplugged/off-line coding activities are connected to problem-solving across the curriculum. Most students are having a lot of fun as they learn to code.

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Scholastic Book Fair

The whole school is excited about our Book Fair. An amazing selection of books is here!

At the Book Fair you will find the latest and finest titles for kids, as well as books of interest to parents. Here is an app to help you select just right books for your child:

The Book Fair is a great way to get everyone excited about reading. And, you can contribute books to your child's classroom library. (Classroom teachers made a wish list available in the library!) 

Please check your child's teacher's blog to find out when your child will preview the books (Monday & Tuesday, December 14th or 15th). Students will fill out their own Book Fair Wish Lists when they preview the Book Fair. Students will have a chance to buy books (December 16th or 17th). 

Parents are welcome to come to the Book Fair anytime during the school day Monday through Friday at noon. Checks should be made payable to "Memorial School". We take credit card as well!  

We are collecting donations. Scholastic will match these donations and the proceeds will go towards providing books for Memorial Students.

If you would like to purchase books online, you may do so here:

See you at the Book Fair! 

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