We have a striking new piece of art in the library thanks to St Philip’s Academy’s good friends, Greg Taylor and Alvina Ling.
Artist, Bryan Collier won the 2100 Coretta Scott Illustrator Award for his illustrations for Laban Carrick Hill’s book Dave the Potter which tells the story of this remarkable artist, poet and slave who lived and worked in South Carolina in the 1800s. Collier shares some background about the book and his illustrations here.
Kindergarteners read Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians this week and talked about how to use the five finger method to find books that are not too hard for them to read and not too easy, but just right. Here is an article from Reading Rockets about Finding ‘Just Right” Books.
Last year Mrs Buell won the opportunity to choose the name of a character in a book by Gary Paulsen. Students voted and chose the name JC , to honor the memory of our beloved former chef JC Silva, and Mrs Buell chose the surname Tucker to honor her mother. At the end of the school year we learned that, not only had Gary Paulsen included a character named JC Tucker in his book, but that he’d also included a character named Betsy Putnam ( Mrs Buell’s maiden name) and dedicated the book to everyone involved in this wonderful story!
The new book, Crush, hasn’t been published yet, but you may well have seen it poking out of school backpacks because Gary Paulsen’s publisher Wendy Lamb sent us a box of Advance Reader Copies so that St Philip’s students could be among the first people in the whole wide world to read it!!!! She also sent a picture of the cover art and the dedication page which reads : This book is dedicated to my friends at
St. Philip’s Academy in Newark, N.J.
Who brought us all together.
October is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month. In the video above. children’s author Patricia Polacco recalls the day that her teacher discovered her dyslexia. Polacco wrote the wonderful book, Thank you, Mr. Falker , which you can find in the picture book section of our library, to honor her teacher.
Please email your homework to Sr. Elizabeth by Nov.14.
Here are some resources to help you research your country for U.N. Day: