Tuesday, October 29, 2013

We have a winner! Tara Lazar "Monstore" Skype on Halloween Contest!

First and second grade students at Hillside read author Tara Lazar's book The Monstore and entered a contest to win a Skype visit with her on Halloween.

Four out of the five finalists were from Hillside School.  474 votes were received, and the winner of the contest is Katie F. in Mrs. Abate's class!  Whoo!  We are so excited!

Tara Lazar has graciously agreed to Skype with the whole first grade and second grade and we are looking forward to our Skype calls with Ms. Lazar on Halloween morning.

Book Fair December 9-13

Scholastic Book Fair
December 9-13

Our Scholastic Book Fair will be from Monday, December 9 through Friday, December 13.  The Book Fair is a great way to connect your kids with books they want to read! 

We are having our biggest fair ever this year!  3 more cases of books are coming from Scholastic - normally we only have 6 cases and this year we will have 9 cases!

You can look over the Book Fair flyer (coming home first week of December) with your child.  If your student wishes to purchase items at the Book Fair, students can make their own selections at the fair (Mrs. Eley and other adults will help as needed) or you may complete the order form on the back of the Book List and send it to school with your child. 

Many more books are offered than those shown on the flyer

Children may bring cash or checks (payable to HILLSIDE SCHOOL). 


Your child’s class will be able to shop the book fair on their library day as follows:

Monday 12/9:                   Carr AM & PreK, Pierce AM & PM
Tuesday 12/10:                Waddell, Newhart, Rosenberg, Mellin
Wednesday 12/11:            Mansolino, Schmidt, Clark, Christiance
Thursday 12/12:               Morrone, Sonnie, Winkel, Maccri
Friday 12/13:                   Sterling, Jones, Golick, Zimmerli, Abate

Children may also shop during any lunch/recess if they miss their library day.

**Book Fair Family Night is Tues., Dec. 10 from 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.** This is a great opportunity for your family to shop together.  Credit cards will be accepted.  Students who attend will have a chance to participate in contests and win book fair gift certificates!  Many teachers will also have a “wish list” posted and you have an opportunity to purchase a book for a favorite teacher or classroom and insert a bookplate in the front of the book.

Thank you for encouraging your child to read.  We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you at the Book Fair.  About 40% of the proceeds from the fair go to support the Hillside library and our author visit assemblies!

Mrs. Susan Eley, Hillside Librarian

Ben Carson's story reinforces our school theme of effort

On Wednesday and Thursday mornings, the special area teachers (Art, Music, PE, Library) host a grade level morning meeting in the All-Purpose Room.  These meetings serve dual purposes: to allow the teachers to meet and plan, and to allow an entire grade level to participate in activities together.

This month with the students, we discussed the 2013-2014 school theme of effort, hard work, perserverance, and grit.  (For explaination of "grit," see the following video from Angela Duckworth that our principal, Mrs. Fitzgerald showed at a recent faculty meeting: http://www.ted.com/talks/angela_lee_duckworth_the_key_to_success_grit.html )

Mrs. Eley opened our discussion by explaining the life of Ben Carson, who went from being called a "dummy" in 3rd grade, with terrible grades, living with gangs, rats, and roaches, to now being a leading pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins University Hospital.

Here is the video shown to all students:

Thank you to Christine Petrell Kallevig!

Our students were absolutely thrilled with our visiting author and origami artist Christine Petrell Kallevig's assembly on Thursday, October 24th.  Grades K-4 arrived in the All Purpose Room and could not hold back the "WOWs" and "OH MY GOSHs" as they saw her amazing creations on display on stage.

Ms. Kallevig told several stories including origami, and explained to the students that origami cranes are reported by Japanese legend to bring good luck.  She finished off her presentation by handing out paper squares to every audience member, and led everyone in a folding story that allowed everyone to leave with their very own origami paper cup!  The teachers especially appreciated her advice at the beginning - if you get lost or frustrated, just put your paper down.  No one will help you!  :)  This is especially apt to reinforce our school theme of "effort" this year.

Thank you Ms. Kallevig (and thank you PTO for funding her visit)!  We enjoyed your presentation and wish you well!

"The Lightning of the Frightening" by Luke W.

Luke W., a Hillside Third Grader, wanted to share his book with everyone who uses the Hillside Library!  Here is Luke's creation as a Flipsnack book!  Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Book Location: An Essential Library Skill

Much of September and October is spent reviewing how to locate books using our online catalog:

http://destiny.mtlaurelschools.org - Click on "Hillside"

The students love the "look" of our DestinyQuest catalog.

The "big idea" for this practice in library class is that once they are comfortable locating books, it will be easier for them to find what they need in not only our library, but in the Mt. Laurel library and the middle / high school libraries too!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

"Storigami" author Christine Petrell Kallevig to visit October 24th!

Christine Petrell Kallevig is an award winning author and storyteller who will present a “STORIGAMI” (Storytelling + Origami) assembly at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 24th.  Thanks to the PTO for generously funding her visit to our school!  We are so excited to meet her and learn about origami!

Many kids love origami (or at least folding paper “footballs” or “fortune tellers”), so let them channel their paper-folding tendencies and dive into some STORIGAMI!  

Click here to download and print the book pre-order form to order one of Ms. Kallevig's books.  She will personally sign the books and your child will get to take the book home on Oct. 24!