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Second Graders write an ode to Good Books!

Library classes have been recognizing April as Poetry Month with a Poetry Open Mic.  Some students have even written their own poems to recite aloud.  Second graders Mencia S., Kate W., Adriana P. and Kingston S. composed this ode to good books:
Good Books
There are so many kinds of books for both young and old.
All sorts of stories have been told.
When you turn the pages of a good book,
the story comes alive to make you look.
Some books make you joyful,
and some make you sad.
The world of books is a wonderful place,
but in the end all you want is to be glad.

Eighth Grade created their own BookFace MashUps, using the book jackets of popular titles and the Library's Sony Bloggie cameras.  Check out all of their mashups in my Photo Album.

Mentos & soda powered rocket vehicle

4th graders were introduced to a cool, new mystery/science series about Nick & Tesla Holt, by "Science Bob" Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith. Each book provides detailed instructions for the same science projects engineered by the books' characters. Mrs. McGoldrick showed off her video of the Mentos & soda rocket vehicle that she made following instructions from Nick & Tesla's High-Voltage Danger Lab.
Kindergarten Library classes read Ten Apples Up On Top, by Theo LeSieg, aka Dr. Seuss, and then collaborated to engineer towers using only cups and paper squares in a follow-up STEM activity (Science Technology Engineering & Math).
Crazy Day was crazy indeed in the Library today!  6th Grade classes played massive games of Left-Right-Center after checking out books and ordering their Accelerated Reader prizes for Third Quarter.
The Tooth Fairy visited St. Rita today!  Kindergarten & First Grade students watched a super cute and informative video and then learned how to take care of their teeth by brushing, flossing, eating healthy snacks and drinking lots of water!  They even practiced "flossing" between student "teeth" with a large lenght of soft cord as dental "floss".
Thank you to Mrs. Lane for inviting the Tooth Fairy and for sharing her with us in the Library.
Kindergarteners enjoyed a little monkey business with Mrs. Mount.  After reading the classic Caps for Sale, by Esther Slobodkina, the students designed caps to put on top of their teachers' heads!

Texas Bluebonnet Readers

Third through sixth graders recently voted for their favorite Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee.  All students in those grades who've read at least 5 of the titles nominated this year by the Texas Library Association registered their votes and received yummy bundtinis for dessert during Catholic Schools Week.  Our Reading Champions committee brought the treats and handed them out during grade-level lunch periods.  Votes by SRS students and other 3rd thru 6th graders across the state will be tabulated and the recipient of the prestigious Texas Bluebonnet Award will be announced in March.