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

October was full of treats in the ITC!

Book Fair a huge success!

A new vendor, moving the book fair to conference week, and tremendous support from families and staff all contributed to make this year's book fair one of our best ever! Thank you so much to each of you who volunteered your time, especially my co-chair, Heather Hester! The library is so lucky to have such a dedicated group of parents!

4th Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest Breaks Records!

78 pumpkins decorated by 104 Avoca students and their families created a festive atmosphere all month in the ITC! Each and every pumpkin was unique, and seeing the pride on each students face was priceless. To quote one wise student, "It doesn't matter who wins, it's just really fun!" Enjoy this video demonstrating what a creative bunch of kids we have!

 

Student Created Note Cards Now Available!

With help from Avoca parent, Jennifer Volkadov, each grade level recently created a scene from our school that features individual student self-portraits. They are beautiful! The full-size art work will be framed and displayed in the library, but note card sets will be available to purchase throughout the year. Please use the attached order form and/or contact me with any questions. Orders will be filled on a monthly basis, and proceeds will support the library.

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Looking Ahead...

In the weeks ahead we are looking forward to welcoming our therapy dogs back, kicking off a genre challenge called "RINGO" for 3rd graders, helping 4th & 5th graders prepare for Battle of the Books, and exploring this years Monarch Award nominees with our kindergarten-2nd grade students.  A special thanks to the following Avoca parents & community members: Lynn Pikhotz, Bas Metti, Mike Lepley, and Alanna Gordan. Your help in the library each week is so greatly appreciated!

 

 

The Great ITC Pumpkin Decorating Contest!

Celebrate your love of books this fall by decorating a pumpkin for the
4th annual Avoca West Library "Great Pumpkin Decorating Contest."
Enjoy this video of last year's entries!

Pumpkin Contest Rules:
One entry per child. (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 between 10/31-11/1.
Winners to be announced on Halloween!

Avoca West Celebrates International Dot Day!

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"International Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration, began when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot on September 15, 2009.

The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe.

And each year on International Dot Day the inspiration continues. What started as a story in the pages of a book is transforming teaching and learning around the world as people of all ages re-discover the power and potential of creativity in all they do."(http://www.thedotclub.org/)

This will be our 2nd year celebrating Dot Day in the library at Avoca West, and I couldn't be more excited! Follow us on Twitter (@AvocaWestITC) and/or check back here next week for lots of "dotty" photos and videos!

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Welcome to the Avoca West Library!

My assistant, Barbara Vogelstein, and I are geared up for a great year of reading, learning and fun with both returning, and new Avoca West students! Volunteers are always welcome to come in whenever it's convenient for you to help with shelving. In addition I would love to have some kindergarten and 1st grade parent volunteers to help with students while they are in the library. Please email me if you are interested in either/both of these opportunities.

This year we have a new friend in the library, and students are voting on his/her name. In the meantime he/she is enjoying listening to some wonderful readers!
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We are hoping to begin book checkout in the next 2 weeks. Please let me know at any time throughout the year if I can help you find books, resources, answer questions, etc...!

Sincerely,

Susan Geidner
ITC Director

Marvelous May in the ITC!

News:

May is a busy time in the ITC as we track down library items in preparation for summer. It is always a little sad seeing favorite titles get shelved for the long break, but we are also very excited to start preparing for all of the new things we have in store for next year!

Important dates:

  • Saturday, May 11th: Heather Hester & Larissa Petrakis will host our first Dollie and Me tea to benefit the ITC! (Advanced reservations required.) Pictures coming soon!
  • Friday, May 17th: Last day for student checkout.
  • Friday, May 24th: ALL ITC materials due!

We will soon be sending notices for those that have late materials. If your child has lost an item, the cost to replace it will be noted. We appreciate your prompt payment for any lost items as it gives us time to re-order titles for the fall. (Please do not purchase and send in your own replacement copy, as we buy library bound editions that come to us pre-processed.) Checks can be made out to "Avoca School District 37." The first grade level to return/pay for all of their materials will get dibs on new books in the fall!

Check back in June for information about summer reading programs and suggested reading lists!

2nd Grade Picture Book Chalk Drawings:

The Haunted Toy Chest:

This is a book written by Jonathan Rand, author of the very popular American Chillers series, that is being published one chapter at at a time for students through schools.  Check back weekly to read along! Students can turn completed activity pages into the ITC for bonus points!
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THTC-Chapter 6
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THTC Chapter 11
THTC Chapter 12
THTC Chapter 13
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April Events in the Avoca West ITC!

April 2nd: 2nd Annual Monarch Award Breakfast!

A special event for kindergartners-2nd graders, their parents and teachers.

April 10th: Tom Watson, author of Stick Dog, visits Avoca West!

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April 18: Put a Poem in your Pocket Day!

April is National Poetry Month! Bring a poem in your pocket to school and trade poems with your friends!

Congratulations to the 2013 ITC March Madness Champions!

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The Haunted Toy Chest
This is a book written by Jonathan Rand, author of the very popular American Chillers series, that is being published one chapter at at a time for students through schools. There will be 16 chapters total. Check back weekly to read along! Students can turn completed activity pages into the ITC for bonus points!
THTC-Chapter 1
THTC-Chapter 2
THTC-Chapter 3
THTC-Chapter 4
THTC-Chapter 5
THTC-Chapter 6
THTC-chapter 7
THTC-chapter 8
THTC chapter 9
THTC chapter 10
THTC Chapter 11
THTC Chapter 12
THTC Chapter 13
THTC-Chapter 14
THTC-Chapter 15

March Reading Madness in the ITC!

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March Madness has arrived in the ITC! While I cheer on my Indiana Hoosiers on the basketball court, 64 books will fight their way to the final four in the library! Check back throughout the month for updates and in the meantime, GO IU!
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Congratulations to the 122 Avoca West students that completed the Six Flags Read to Succeed program! Your tickets will arrive at the end of the school year. Think summer!!! 6

March 1st: National Education Association's Read Across America Day! "You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child." Unplug with your family tonight and READ!
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March 2nd: Celebrate Dr. Seuss's 109th birthday with your family! Green eggs and ham for everyone!

March 5th: Author Nancy Krulik visits kindergarten-2nd grade students!
katie Ms. Krulik has written over 100 books for children, including the Katie Kazoo and George Brown, Class Clown series for emerging readers. She says, “Those of us who care deeply about reading are definitely fighting an uphill battle when it comes to convincing kids that reading is quite possibly the most exciting and thrilling activity they can engage in. And I don’t just say that as an author fighting to keep her chosen field from extinction. I say that as a reader, who has had some of her most memorable experiences while reading.” The titles below are available on a pre-order basis and can only be guaranteed if your order is received by Monday, March 4th. Prices reflect a 10% discount, plus tax. Ms. Krulik will be happy to sign and personalize books for students. You and your child can preview her work and discover a lot more about the author by visiting http://www.katiekazoo.com.

March 6th: World Read Aloud day
worldreadaloud Imagine a world where everyone can read...Celebrate by reading aloud, giving away a book, or taking action in any way you can to Read It Forward on behalf of the 793 million people who cannot read.

March 1st-March 15th: Monarch voting!
Monarch-Logo For the 1st time in Avoca West history we have had several classes listen to ALL 20 of this year's Monarch nominees! Students in grades k-2 are looking forward to voting for the favorite, and submitting our votes to be counted along with hundreds of other Illinois schools. ISLMA will announce the winner on Friday, March 22nd as we begin our spring break. We will be revealing the news to students on April 4th with our 2nd annual Monarch Butterfly Breakfast in the ITC. Watch for more details to follow soon!

March 20: First day of Spring!
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March 22nd-April 1st Have wonderfully relaxing SPRING BREAK!

The Haunted Toy Chest
This is a book written by Jonathan Rand, author of the very popular American Chillers series, that is being published one chapter at at a time for students through schools. There will be 16 chapters total. Check back weekly to read along! Students can turn completed activity pages into the ITC for bonus points!
THTC-Chapter 1
THTC-Chapter 2
THTC-Chapter 3
THTC-Chapter 4
THTC-Chapter 5
THTC-Chapter 6
THTC-chapter 7
THTC-chapter 8
THTC chapter 9
THTC chapter 10
THTC Chapter 11
THTC Chapter 12

February Events in the ITC!

photoThanks to the PTC for these mighty great books for our anti-bully zone!
bugsSix Flags Read to Succeed Program!
Avoca will once again be participating in the Six Flags "Read to Succeed" program. This is an optional reading program which is open to students in grades k-6. Students must read (or be read to) for 6 hours or 360 minutes during the month of February. All students that meet their goal, will receive a free ticket to Six Flags. An information letter and reading log is attached below. All k-5 logs are due back to Mrs. Geidner at the Avoca West library by Thursday, February 28th. 6th graders should turn their logs into Mrs. Stotz by the same date. Six Flags will not accept any forms submitted after this date.
Six Flags Parent Letter
Six Flags Parent Letter (Spanish)
Six Flags Reading Log
Six Flags Reading Log (Spanish)
9780525478614February 1st: Bubble Gum Day! Donate .50 cents (or more) for the chance to chew gum in school! All donations will support our therapy dogs at Adventures with Bailey. The class that brings in the most donations will be able to enjoy lunch with the dogs on Feb. 7th! Students may bring gum from home or purchase gum during their lunch period for $1.00. Thank you to Kathleen Wolff for her donation of bubble gum!

$655.05 RAISED!  THANK YOU AVOCA WEST!!

Congratulations to Mrs. Crispin's class for donating the most money with $92.00!    Hope you enjoyed lunch with the dogs!

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7wondersFebruary 6th: Author, Peter Lerangis, returns to Avoca West to visit with 3rd-5th graders. His new book, Seven Wonders: The Colossus Rises, will be released on 2/5/13. Visit his site for an interactive map of the ancient seven wonders of the world, a free prequel, and more! We are thrilled to welcome back this phenomenal author!
Frank's interview with Peter Lerangis
The Haunted Toy Chest
This is a book written by Jonathan Rand, author of the very popular American Chillers series, that is being published one chapter at at a time for students through schools. There will be 16 chapters total. Check back weekly to read along! Students can turn completed activity pages into the ITC for bonus points!
THTC-Chapter 1
THTC-Chapter 2
THTC-Chapter 3
THTC-Chapter 4
THTC-Chapter 5
THTC-Chapter 6
THTC-chapter 7

Happy 2013 from the ITC!!!

I am greatly looking forward to a year filled with new adventures in reading! I hope that you are as excited as I am to discover both some new, and old, favorite titles! I would love to know what your 2013 reading goals are! Please comment below, and next week I will share my own goals.

I am pleased to say that we are not the only ones who are enjoying new books in the new year! I received the letters below from Bernie's Book Bank today thanking us for our donation of books to children in need! The coin wars and the book drive right before the holidays brought many smiles to local children who greatly appreciate your generosity. I'm so proud of our school for sharing the gift of reading!

Mrs. Geidner