Dr. Seuss’s Birthday is March 2nd!

dr_suessWe will be celebrating Dr. Seuss all week in the Maybeury Library — reading his books and talking about this talented author.  Classroom teachers have special activities planned also.  We will also be celebrating World Read Aloud Day on March 4th.  We  have students from Freeman High School coming to read aloud to our younger students (Seuss stories, of course)!  We are very excited to have them join us for this event.  It will be fun to have some former Mallards come back for a visit, but it’s very special that they are coming to share their love of reading.  On Friday, March 6th – we will be celebrating with PAJAMA DAY.  We are also encouraging our students to bring in their own Seuss books – so they can share with their Book Buddies.  (Make sure to put your name in your books so they can be returned to you.)

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Happy New Year – Time to READ!

2015WordArt Over the next few weeks, I will be introducing Follett Shelf E-books to our students in grades 3-5.  Eventually, I’ll introduce them to our younger students.  All of our students have specific logins to access our Ebooks.  I’ll be providing this information during our lessons.  The students should keep this in their agendas so the information is always available to them.  For more information about these electronic books, see my page on Ebooks.  If you have your login, and you’re ready to check out a book, simply click on the link to the right for the Follett Shelf E-books. If you have a child in grades K-2 and you would like the login for your child, please contact me.

Note:  At this time, electronic devices are NOT allowed at school.  Not to worry, we still have PLENTY of good old-fashioned paper books at school!

BookStackMany of our students in Grades 2-5 are participating in our 30 Book Challenge this year.  We’re about 1/2 way through the year.  How is your child doing with the challenge?  Students should be recording their books in their Reading Journals or Reading Logs.  We will have a big celebration at the end of the year for the students who meet the challenge.  Keep READING!

FOURTH GRADERS — look for information coming home on January 5th about BOOK CELEBRATION.  See the Programs page for a copy of the Book Celebration List for 2015.  We will have an informational meeting on Friday, January 9th.

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November Notes from the Library

  • BookDriveThe Henrico Christmas Mother is collecting books!  The letter went home requesting toys for the Christmas Mother, but it didn’t mention that they would love to have books also.  Those books can be new or gently used.  The collection date for items for the Christmas Mother is from  December 4th through the 15th.
  • The Maybeury Library is also happy to accept book donations!  If your children’s bookshelves are exploding, and you need more room for new books (what a nice problem to have) – then consider giving your gently used books to Maybeury.  I frequently use these books as rewards for our students.
  • Thank you to the many parents who have volunteered in the library.  We now have a couple volunteers for each day of the week.  That should be sufficient, but if you are ever at school and have some time available – feel free to stop in to see if we need help.
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It’s Lemonade Time!

lemonade war 2Our reading of The Lemonade War begins on Monday, September 22nd.  We can’t wait to get started!  I hope our families really enjoy sharing this story together.  See our schedule below.

Week One:

Monday, 9/22                        Families begin reading Chapter 1 at home:  The Slump

Tuesday, 9/23                       Chapter 2: The Breakup. (The teachers will begin reading.)

Wednesday, 9/24                Chapter 3: Joint Venture (Morning trivia questions will start. )

Thursday, 9/25                    Chapter 4: Partnership

Friday, 9/26                         Chapter 5: Competition

Week Two

Monday, 9/29                      Chapter 6: Underselling

Tuesday, 9/30                      Chapter 7: Location, Location, Location

Wednesday, 10/1                 Chapter 8: Going Global

Thursday, 10/2                    Chapter 9: Negotiation

Friday, 10/3                         Chapter 10: Malicious Mischief

Week Three

Monday, 10/6                     Chapter 11: A Total Loss

Tuesday, 10/7                     Chapter 12: Waiting Period

Wednesday, 10/8               Chapter 13: Crisis Management

Thursday, 10/9                   Chapter 14: Reconciliation

Friday, 10/10                       Teachers finish reading.

 Week Four

Monday, 10/13                      Student Holiday

Tuesday, 10/14                     Final trivia.  Wrap up activities

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One School~One Book will begin Sept. 22nd

Our One School~One Book  selection for 2014 is The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies.  Here’s a blurb about the book:

lemonade thumbnailEvan Treski is people-smart.  He is good at talking to people, even grownups.  His younger sister, Jessie, on the other hand, is math-smart — but not especially good at understanding people.  She knows that feelings are her weakest subject.  So when their lemonade war begins, there is no telling who will win — or if their fight will ever end.

This is a fabulous story of sibling rivalry – and a great story to share and discuss with your family.  The schedule for reading will soon be posted, and will be provided to families at our Back to School Night.  Books are still available, and will be for sale at Back to School Night for $6.99.  Stop by the library to get your copy!


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It’s Summer – Let’s READ!

I hope everyone has been enjoying their summer – and doing a little reading every day.  I want to remind all students to sign up for the Henrico County Public Library’s summer reading program. The program is open until August 30. For students through 5th grade, you just have to read 10 books or 10 hours to be eligible for great prizes. There are programs for teens and adults too (and the goals vary for older students and adults).  I have recorded my books.  Have you?  The public library has lots of great programs throughout the year.  Check out their website and find out what’s happening at the Henrico County Public Library.
fizz boom read

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Thank you BBGB!

BBGB is a local bookstore specializing in children’s literature. They provided a wonderful new Book Fair for us in June. We focused on summer reading, and I hope a lot of you got some great things to read for summer. BBGB has been located on Kensington Avenue in the Museum district, but they’ve now moved to Carytown. Please stop by and check out their new store at 3003 West Cary Street.
BBGB store
Check out their website too. You can sign up to get news about authors and events at their new store.

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Eric Litwin was a BLAST!

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Students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade were treated to a great performance by Eric Litwin on Tuesday. Thank goodness he came before the snow! Kindergartners proudly wore their Pete the Cat hats that we created the morning before the performance. … Continue reading

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Eric Litwin @ Maybeury!

eric litwin Eric Litwin is the author of the first four Pete the Cat books. Pete the Cat – Rocking in My School Shoes, Pete the Cat – I Love My White Shoes, Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons, and Pete the Cat Saves Christmas. He is also an award-winning musician. We are so excited that he will be at Maybeury on January 28th. He will have two presentations for us — one for the Kindergarten classes, and another for 1st and 2nd grade. The library has purchased a book for each classroom to have in their library, and he will autograph all of those books. Check back for pictures from our event!

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One School ~ One Book!

winn dixieThe entire Maybeury community will be reading the book Because of Winn Dixie from October 22 through November 22. With great appreciation to our PTA, we are able to provide a copy of the book to each Maybeury family. The goal is to read the book aloud at home with your child. We will have trivia contests and classroom activities to go along with the book in school. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.
Here is our reading schedule:
23 – Chapter 1-2
24 – Chapter 3-4
25 – Chapter 5
28 – Chapter 6
29 – Chapter 7
30 – Chapter 8
31 – Day off for Halloween
1 – Chapter 9-10
4 – Chapter 11-12
5 – Chapter 13
6 – Chapter 14
7 – Chapter 15
8 – Chapter 16
11 – Chapter 17
12 – Chapter 18
13 – Chapter 19
14 – Chapter 20
15 – Chapter 21
18 – Chapter 22-23
19 – Chapter 24
20 – Chapter 25
21 – Chapter 26
22 – Closing activities

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