Monday, June 5, 2017

E for effort (or not)!

Well, I definitely failed on the updating-the-blog-regularly thing. Oops!

The school year finished off strong. I did a little rearranging the last day of school and I can't wait to show off the new configuration in August.

I'm also working on a few new programming ideas, one that will get our students more engaged with the Mark Twain Award Nominees and another promoting our digital magazines.

I know summer vacation just started, but I'm excited for the new year in August!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

The Book Fair is Coming!

The Scholastic Book Fair is quickly approaching! Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair!

Book Fair dates: February 13-16
Shopping hours: Monday, February 13: 3:30 - 7:30 PM
                           Tuesday, February 14: 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM
                           Wednesday, February 15: 2 – 4 PM
                           Thursday, February 16: 3:30-7:30 PM

If students bring money to school to purchase items from the Book Fair, they may do so on Tuesday, February 14 during the school day.

Beulah Ralph teachers will create Wish Lists baskets. Parents can choose a book right from his or her basket to purchase and donate to the classroom. Students will also have the opportunity to preview the fair with their classes and create wish lists. They will be found near the Teacher Wish List baskets.

We will also have an attendance drawing! Each student who purchases something from the fair will be entered in a drawing for a free book.

If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at Our Online Fair is available from February 6 – February 19.

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

A Long, Overdue Media Center Update

New Year, New Resolution to blog more.

There has been so much happening in and around the library, I'll start with our MakerSpace. :) I'll save another soon-to-be-written post about the other things we've been doing.

A few weeks ago, I opened our MakerSpace after weeks and months of collecting items. We started out with building materials. The goal of this MakerFriday activity was to expose students to different kinds of materials by which they could create and build.  Below, you see Brackitz and Magnatiles.

Next up, we used Ozobots! Our library has some but we borrowed more from our STEAM bus coordinator, Craig Adams. The kids loved getting to program these tiny robots! They used problem-solving skills to determine why things didn't work and how they could fix them. It was great to see their minds at work! Their solutions were great!

Before the holiday break, I introduced the engineering design process. This is the model I used with our students:
We discussed how the "Create" and "Improve" sections really repeat themselves as they build and test over and over.

Classes had to engineer snowmen, gumdrop towers, and "snowball" catapults.

After the new year, we got a little crafty, working with duct tape to make a bookmark. January is National Hobby Month, so I wanted to expose our students to a potential new hobby.

Our MakerFridays will continue throughout the school year, along with the MakerSpace and its materials being used by classes any day of the week. I look forward to all that the rest of the school year will bring!

Monday, October 24, 2016

A little more in the library...

I love books and reading, don't get me wrong, but I felt as if the Media Center was lacking a few things. I've always loved the public library and the choices it offers. Sooo... This week, we are introducing a few more choices into the Media Center.

We have 3 additional options after checkouts: Brain Games, Puzzles & Coloring. The Brain Games are meant to stretch minds and problem solve in a fun way. The puzzles are a great way for students from the same class, and the whole school, to work in a common goal. And coloring is relaxing and soothing... sometimes all I want to do is color.

Below are a few pictures from our first morning.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Osmo fun!

This week, I've had the pleasure of working in our first grade classrooms working with Osmos.

The classes are using the Numbers and Tangram apps for Daily 4 stations (math) and the Words app for Daily 5 (literacy).

I have seen so much excitement from all the students... They love interacting with them!

A special thanks to our first grade teachers for letting me spend time in their classrooms. They are fabulous. Here are a few pictures of the students at work.  

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Special Delivery... iPads!

Today marked the last day for deployment of 1:1 iPads to grades 3, 4 & 5. All grades were so excited to have them in their hands to start learning and creating.

Fifth grade may be taking iPads home at some point in the school year. However, third and fourth graders will keep theirs at school throughout the school year.

I will be working with these classes throughout the school year on a variety of topics, including digital citizenship, digital reading, and more. They will also dive deeper into their apps in Media Class this year.

Learn more about the CPS 1:1 iPad Program and as questions arise, feel free to contact me at any time.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Checkout week... success!

What an awesome week! I got to spend each day working with each class in our brand new library. The joy on the kids' faces made all this hard work so worth it. Here are a few pictures of the week. Be sure to check out our Policies page to learn about checkout information.