Today is the last day of the 2004-2005 school year. So long, fifth graders!
Tomorrow marks the start of the 2005-2006 year, with the "official" first day
back in class next Tuesday, July 5th. Help us start the new school year
with a bang -- join us in July!
Independence and Growing Up
A great selection of books awaits our July readers!
In honor of the new school year (and everyone's favorite fireworks day) the
theme of the month is "Independence and Growing Up." For a list of this month's
books and some excellent craft ideas to go along with them, please
Frances is back this month in Kindergarten! This month, the singing badger is
avoiding lights-out in
for Frances. And, once in bed with her stuffed animals, she's sure she's
surrounded by an array of beasts and monsters. Our Curriculum Committee has a
great "bring-ahead option" idea for craft time: bring paper bags, pipe
cleaners, googly eyes, and anything else you can think of to make puppets of the
Hyenas and other African animals abound in
-- a beautifully illustrated story from Stellaluna author Jannell Cannon.
Hyenas are odd-looking creatures, and poor Pinduli, a young hyena separated from
her mother, is mercilessly teased by the other East African animals -- until she
scares them into being nice! This is our second grade selection and is
definitely a crowd-pleaser.
And, new release
Declares Independence is our fourth grade selection. Judy Moody, who has a
mood for every occasion, decides on a visit to Boston's landmarks that she's
ready for revolution. A fun craft session is in store for fourth-grade readers
-- particularly if they can bring old postcards to the Reading Clubs --
the kids can write postcards to friends as though they're in Boston, China, or
whatever foreign place they'd like to visit.
You can read more about these titles and the three other July books,
When I Was
Little: A Four-Year-Old's Memoir of Her Youth,
and Wendy, and
for the Dreamer, on our website
Hear ye, hear ye! We'll be sending out notices soon detailing our upcoming Comedy Night at the Improv on August
11th. Save the date, and we'll let you know about the details as soon as
Best wishes for an awesome Independence Day, everyone!
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