Sunday, August 28, 2016

First Full Week Back To School

In The Library This Week...

We worked on rules, manners and expectations in the library. With these lessons we shared Library Lion by Michelle Knudson and If You Take a Mouse To School by Laura Numeroff with 1st graders.
They created a Mouse of their own and even did a bit of writing. Here is a sample:

I also introduced our students to the new Golden Ticket Store in our library. At Kennedy Primary we started a new, positive reinforcement  to our students behavior. The students have the opportunity to earn golden tickets for positive behavior. For all students making good choices and doing what is expected.

Each week students will get to come into the library and spend their golden tickets. They will have the opportunity to purchase snacks, books, bookmarks, erasers, pencil grippers, notebooks, gel pens, coloring books, puzzles, crayons, water bottles, pencil boxes/bags and large note books.

A few photos of our first shopping day...

I shared some books that are represented on our wall in the library with my kindergarten friends.
Corduroy by Don Freeman and Clifford The Big Red Dog By Norman Bridwell.
The character from left to right: Koala Lou by Mem Fox, Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss, Curious George By H.A. Rey, Franklin By Paulette Bourgeois, The Nook (One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish) Dr. Seuss, Arthur by Marc Brown, Clifford by Norman Bridwell, and Corduroy by Don Freeman.

What I've Been Reading

I finished the book Remember Me by Sabine Durant
 Remember Me This Way is a spine-tingling, suspense-laden psychological thriller. The novel is full of clever twists and turns. Leaving you wondering until the end.

On the one year anniversary of her husband Zack’s death, Lizzie Carter is finally ready to visit the site of his accident and finish settling his estate. She is surprised to see that someone has left a bouquet of memorial flowers at the accident scene, but it is the attached message that rouses a few suspicions. When she reaches his cottage, she is further unsettled by some missing items that lead her to believe that Zack might have faked his own death. After she returns home, Lizzie becomes certain that is Zack alive and he is stalking her. When no one takes her fears seriously, she begins her own investigation and Lizzie quickly discovers that she really did not know Zack at all.

Lizzie is a somewhat unreliable narrator because she is rather fuzzy on the day to day details of her life. She feels guilty for some of the events that occurred in the days leading up Zack’s death and her lingering grief further clouds her judgment. There are also some very strange occurrences that bolster her belief that he is still alive but why would Zack fake his death? The answer to that question is revealed bit by bit through the lies that Lizzie uncovers and her memories of her relationship with Zach.

The most chilling revelations are share through passages from Zack’s point of view. As he reflects on his previous relationships and his marriage, a frightening picture begins to emerge. In the days and months leading up to his death, he becomes increasingly controlling of Lizzie and his behavior grows more volatile and erratic. 

This story leaves you guessing clear up to the end. I loved it.

The Sunlight Pilgrims, by Jenni Fagan, takes place from November 2020-March 2021. The polar caps are melting, and a new Ice Age appears to be imminent. The world’s leaders are unprepared to deal with a catastrophe of this magnitude. Still, some stockpile food and warm clothing, prepare fuel to heat their homes, check their generators, and keep a close eye on the forecast. No matter how prepared the survivalists are, however, the fact remains that temperatures are plummeting; major rivers are icing over; people are freezing to death; a huge iceberg is headed towards Scotland; and if spring does not bring a major thaw, Earth could become uninhabitable. 

This book is wonderful and the writing is truly amazing. 5 stars for me.

I just started this beauty, The Ex by Alafair Burke.  I will let you know my thoughts next week.


Once again it is time for the Books N Bloggers Swap by the lovely ladies at Chaotic Goddess Swaps.
Important Dates to Remember
  • Sign-Ups Close on August 22nd, 2016
  • Partners Assigned by August 24th, 2016
  • Packages Ship by September 3rd, 2016
  • Swap Show-Off Post  September 7th, 2016
  • This is one of my most favorite swaps hosted by Chaotic Goddess! So excited!

The Girls On The Same Page

On the Same Page


The What:

The Secret Sister project is essentially a cheer club. Think Secret Santa but all year round (in 6 month intervals) with less emphasis on big presents, and more thoughtful notes, cards, small somethings sent just to let your secret sister know that you are thinking about her!

The When:

  • Sign-ups will go live on July 16, 2016
  • This round will run from August 2016 through January 2017

 Please share what you are reading in the comments.

Happy Reading.
Mrs. Shamhart