Saturday, October 23, 2010

Scholastic Book Fair Dec. 6-10: "Here's to Our Heroes"

"Here's to Our Heroes: Reading Saves the Day!" is the theme for our annual Scholastic Book Fair, which will be held in the library from December 6-10. Students may shop during their class’s library time or during lunch. Proceeds from the fair (about 30-40% of sales) go directly to support our library and our annual author visit. Flyers (with a list of some of the books available at the fair) will go home with students in late November.

Click on the image below to visit our book fair homepage:

Mark your calendar for the Book Fair Family Night on Monday, Dec. 6 from 6-8 p.m. At Family Night, students will have the opportunity to enter contests to win gift certificates for the fair. This is a great time to shop for gifts and pick up some hot new books. Hillside teachers’ “wish lists” will also be on display at the fair!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me!
Mrs. Eley

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Go Phillies!

Students at Hillside were so excited today to participate in a Phillies pep rally organized by one of our wonderful dads who works for Comcast SportsNet, a regional TV sports program! Staff and students alike were encouraged to wear their Phillies red, and we listened to Ricky Battalico speak of his ups and downs and his forecast for the Phillies this year.

The Phanatic

The biggest surprise of all, however, was when the Phanatic emerged from behind the curtain on the stage!

Mrs. Donia and Mrs. Winkel

Go Phillies!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Farewell Mrs. Kinsey

Hillside School bid farewell to a beloved 4th grade teacher on Friday, October 1st. Ms. Frances Kinsey, Fran to all her friends, has retired after over 30 years in teaching. The faculty gathered for a surprise luncheon on her last day to celebrate Fran and all her achievements. Fran was a teacher who never failed to inspire her students, to make them hang on her every word during a read-aloud of the newest chapter book, to discuss "bigger issues" of character during her morning meetings, to hold onto every little piece of treasure (read: someone else's junk) in case it was needed in the classroom, to pass on her love of nature and the outdoors, and to make enduring memories in the minds of her students.

Fran's goodbye cake:

Mrs. Hanks, Mrs. Lucerna, and Ms. Fran Kinsey:

Mrs. Kinsey, we will dearly miss you.

Friday, October 15, 2010

3rd and 4th Graders Write Online Book Reviews!

Our third and fourth graders have been thoughtful reviewers this week. Their task was to search in our online catalog for a book that they would like to review. They learned how to login to the system and write a review of at least 2 sentences, 1 stating why they liked or didn't like the book and 1 stating some summary information about the characters or plot.

When their review is saved, Mrs. Eley will check it for spelling and then approve it. Then it is available for all students in the district (and the rest of the world) to see when they view the record for that book!

Example by Sean L.:

Monday, October 11, 2010

3rd and 4th Grade "Back to School Survey"

After viewing Keisa Williams' back to school survey that she created for her elementary library learners at the Monarch Academy in California, I decided to use Google Forms to create a survey for our 3rd and 4th graders. I wanted to know about their reading habits and technology use, in order to plan some things for the library.

Our students used our school's iPod touches to complete the survey, since the laptops were not available during the first week of school.

Click here to view the survey
(and please - give no more responses at this time!).

Here are the results, with 185 responses. It seems about half our students want audio books, so I will have to do some thinking about that.