Winter happenings in the ITC!

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Cold temperatures and gray skies are the perfect excuse to curl up under a blanket with some great books! Many new titles have arrived in the library recently! Be sure to stop in and check them out!

More Flags, More Fun!

The Six Flags Read to Succeed challenge is back and is open to students in grades k-6! Read for six hours and earn a free ticket to Six Flags! Please return your completed reading logs to Mrs. Geidner by February 26th! Unfortunately late logs cannot be accepted. Additional copies of the parent letter and reading log are below.
6flagsStudentReadingLog

6flagsParentLetter

Battle of the Books!

Good luck to all of our 4th and 5th graders who are participating in the Battle of the Books at the Glenview Public Library! You have worked hard to prepare and will make Avoca proud!

Welcome Aaron Reynolds!

Thank you to The Bookstall in Winnetka for bringing best-selling author, Aaron Reynolds, to Avoca West last week! Kindergarten-3rd graders learned and laughed a lot as Mr. Reynolds stressed the importance of writing what you are passionate about. He also read aloud his most recent book, Nerdy Birdy, which teaches children how to break the "friendship force field" and embrace not only the commonalities that they share with others, but also the differences. A wonderfully positive and powerful presentation!

Fall into Reading!

Our annual pumpkin decorating contest is back!

(2014 Pumpkin Entries)

Pumpkin Contest Rules:

One entry per child/group. (one entry=one book display)
Pumpkins/gourds may be created individually, with friends, or as a family.
Pumpkins should be decorated in a way that represents a book or book character rather than a TV or movie character.
Be creative! Feel free to use pumpkins/gourds of various shapes and sizes!
Please do not carve pumpkins!
Bring your decorated pumpkin to school anytime during the month of October, ideally the week of 10/19.
Students and teachers will be voting during the last week of October.
Pumpkins need to be taken home on Halloween.
Have fun!

Summer is (almost) Here, and the Reading is Easy!

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It's All About Them Books! No Kidding!

Click on the link above to watch a fun video reminder that all library books are now due! The first grade level to have all books returned and fines paid, will enjoy a special prize! Thanks for getting all of our treasured books back to be enjoyed again next fall!

Summer is (almost) here, and there is no better time to get lost in a great book! I have attached several reading lists with suggested titles. Future 6th graders can't go wrong by getting a head start on some of the titles from the 2016 Rebecca Caudill list. Likewise, future 3rd-5th graders can start reading books from the Bluestem list! The 2016 Battle of the Books (BOB) list is for future 4th & 5th graders who would like to get a head start preparing for next winter's book battles! (More info about BOB can be found on Glenview public library's website-see link below.)

2016 Rebecca Caudill List

2016 Bluestem List

2016 Battle of the Books List

Still looking for more reading fun? Try some of these links to area reading programs, ebooks, more lists, games, author visits, and more!
Book recommendations & resources for parents: http://readkiddoread.com
More book recommendations & contests: http://www.kidsreads.com/
Book reviews by kids for kids: http://www.spaghettibookclub.org/
Arbordale ebooks: http://www.sylvandellpublishing.com/sitelicense.php?sc=A1GFYP
Free online summer reading club: http://www.bookadventure.com
Free Barnes & Noble book club:www.barnesandnoble.com/summerreading
Author & book events at The Book Stall in Winnetka:http://www.thebookstall.com

In addition, don't forget to sign up for any of the amazing summer reading programs at the Glenview, Winnetka, Northfield, and Wilmette public libraries!

Glenview Public Library

Wilmette Public Library

Winnetka-Northfield Public Library

I hope you will find these resources to be helpful!

It's been another great year in the ITC filled with great books and your wonderful children!!   Best wishes for a summer full of great stories, imagination, and adventure!

Mrs. Geidner

 

Snow is falling, and books are calling!

Winter-Reading

 

Too cold to go to the library?  No problem! A new ebook service called, Epic! will bring the library to your child! Think of it as a Netflix for children's ebooks with thousands of high quality books. The service is $4.99 a month, but there is a 60 day free trial which will hopefully get us to warmer weather! Please click the link above, or contact Mrs. Geidner (geidners@avoca37.org) for more details.

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  • February 2-February 6: Coin Wars & Bubble Gum Day were a huge success! Click this link to watch a highlight video: Bubble Gum Day 2015!  Thank you for supporting our therapy dogs from Adventures With Bailey!
  • February 20th: SIX FLAGS READ TO SUCCEED FORMS DUE! (Grades k-6)
  • March 2nd: National Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss Day) 2015

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  • March 9th: Award winning author, Dav Pilkey & Caldecott award winning illustrator Dan Santat, will be presenting together for grades k-3!
  • Early March: Monarch Voting (Grades k-3)
  • Mid March-Early April: Reading March Madness!

The Fall Season is Full of Treats in the ITC!

d3 Students, staff and parents at Avoca West came together with 1,884,017 participants from 84 countries around the world on September 15th-ish to celebrate International Dot Day! Here is a video that captured some of the ways in which we made our mark. Watch for the next edition of The Vision for more highlights!

The Great Pumpkin Decorating Contest!

Celebrate your love of books this fall by decorating a pumpkin for the
5th annual Avoca West Library "Great Pumpkin Decorating Contest."
Enjoy this video of last year's entries!

Pumpkin Contest Rules:

One entry per child/group. (one entry=one book display)
Pumpkins may be created individually, with friends, or as a family.
Pumpkins must be decorated in a way that represents a book or book character.
Pumpkin cannot be carved.
Bring your decorated pumpkin to school anytime during the month of October.
Students and teachers will be voting during the last week of October.
Pumpkins need to be taken home on Halloween.

Battle of the Books!

Recently the school liaison from the Glenview Public Library came to talk with our 4th and 5th graders about the Battle of the Book program. Registration begins online on Wednesday, Oct. 1st. Visit this link for more information, and to view the 2015 book list. I look forward to cheering on many Avoca West students in the next few months as they prepare for battle! Please let me know if I can answer any questions. GO VIKING READERS!

The PTC/ITC Book Fair is coming!

We are beyond excited to again be using Anderson's to host our fair this fall from October 20th-23rd! Watch for flyers to come home with students soon, as well as more details both on the PTC website and in the Thursday blasts. The fair is always a big hit with students, staff, and family alike and we are so grateful to the PTC for making it possible!

Author Visits!

Accomplished author, David Adler, visits with kindergarten-2nd Graders on November 11th! Visit Mr. Adler's Website to learn more about him in preparation for this wonderful visit sponsored by The Book Stall in Winnetka!

New York Times best selling author, Chris Grabenstein, will present to 3rd-6th Graders also on November 11th! In addition to his American Library Association notable award winning book, Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library, Mr. Grabenstein has written: The Riley Mack Adventure series, and The Haunted Mystery series. He has also co-authored The Treasure Hunter series, The I Funny series, and Daniel X: Armageddon with best selling author, James Patterson. This visit is generously sponsored by our fabulous PTC.

There is no better way to learn about the writing process than interacting with authors! We are very fortunate to have these two accomplished authors coming to share both their secrets, and their passion, with our students! Watch for order forms for signed books from both authors to come home soon!

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Summer’s here! Get lost in a book!

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Summer is here, and there is no better time to get lost in a great book! I have attached several reading lists with suggested titles. Future 6th graders can't go wrong by getting a head start on some of the titles from the 2015 Rebecca Caudill list. Likewise, future 3rd-5th graders can start reading books from the Bluestem list to prepare for a brand new reading challenge coming to the ITC next fall! The 2015 Battle of the Books (BOB) list should be out any day now, for future 4th & 5th graders who are thinking of participating in that program and want to get a head start! (More info about BOB can be found on Glenview public library's website-see link below.)

2015 Caudill List
2015 Bluestem List
Battle of the Books

Still looking for more reading fun? Try some of these links to area reading programs, ebooks, more lists, games, author visits, and more!
Book recommendations & resources for parents: http://readkiddoread.com
More book recommendations & contests: http://www.kidsreads.com/
Book reviews by kids for kids: http://www.spaghettibookclub.org/
Tumblebook ebooks: http://www.tumblebooks.com/ (Username: avocawest Password: books)
Sylvan Dell ebooks: http://www.sylvandellpublishing.com/sitelicense.php?sc=A1GFYP
Free online summer reading club: http://www.bookadventure.com
Free Barnes & Noble book club:www.barnesandnoble.com/summerreading
Author & book events at The Book Stall in Winnetka:http://www.thebookstall.com

In addition, don't forget to sign up for any of the amazing summer reading programs at the Glenview, Winnetka, Northfield, and Wilmette public libraries!

I hope you will find these resources to be helpful!

As always, I love to receive photos of kids reading in unique places! Snap a picture of your reader and email it to me to be included in a special back to school display!

It's been another great year in the ITC filled with great books and your wonderful children!!   Best wishes for a summer full of great stories, imagination, and adventure!

Mrs. Geidner

Reading in a Winter Wonderland!

 

Bubble Gum Day! 

indexDuring the week of February 3rd, we will be preparing for National Bubble Gum Day which is on Friday, Feb. 7th. Bubble Gum Day was created by local author, Ruth Spiro, in 2006. On Bubble Gum Day, students who donate .50 cents, will receive a piece of gum and the privilege to chew their gum in school. (Students will receive 3 pieces for $1.00.)

Mrs. Spiro will visit Avoca West to present to 1st-5th grade students at 2:00 on 2/7. Kindergarten students and their parents are welcome to join the presentation. If you would like to order a signed/personalized copy of Mrs. Spiro's book, Lester Fizz Bubble-Gum Artist, please print and return the form below by Jan. 24th.

Bubble Gum Day book order form

Start searching for coins! During the week leading up to Bubble Gum Day, we will have daily coin wars. Students may bring coins to school each morning and deposit them in the jar of their choice. (Jars will be located in the gym until 8:20, and then in the ITC.) Winning jars will be announced the following day on ionavoca. The battles will be as follow:

  • Monday 2/3 Penny Day! Students vs Staff!
  • Tuesday 2/4 Nickel Day! Fiction vs Non-fiction!
  • Wednesday 2/5 Dime Day! Grades k-2 vs Grades 3-5!
  • Thursday 2/6 Quarter Day! Cubs vs Sox!
  • Friday 2/7 Anything goes (coins, bills, checks*)! Boys vs Girls! *Checks should be made out to "Adventures with Bailey."

All money collected will be donated to Adventures With Bailey. This organization donates their time to Avoca West on a weekly basis by bring their certified therapy dogs to the library to read with students. We are so appreciative of their services!

Think Summer! Think Six Flags!

6 flags CaptureSix Flags reading forms are due on Friday, Feb. 28th. I have already received a great deal of completed forms, and am thrilled to see so many Avoca readers that are excited to participate in this program! More information and a link to the reading log is below.

Read to Succeed Parent Letter

Read to Succeed Student Reading Log

Battle of the Books!

Good luck to all of our 4th and 5th graders that are participating in the Battle of the Books! You have all worked so hard to prepare! I know that you will do great at your upcoming meets, and will represent Avoca West with pride!

Mrs. Geidner