If you are a J.K. Rowling fan then listen up! She is releasing her newest book, The Ickabog, one chapter at a time from May 26th - July 10th. It is a story that she began writing years ago, but it had gotten put up in her attic for another day. And that day is today!!! And what makes it even better is that she wants children, that may be looking for a little something to do while stuck at home, to do the illustrations! So if you are interested, you can read more about it on her website (<click there). If you decide to do any illustrations, I'd love to see them!
Photo credit: S.macken6 / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)
Each year on Memorial Day, NBCS honors those in the military that have passed away or died in the line of duty with our Memorial Day Assembly. I always enjoy this day, with students singing patriotic songs, veterans speaking, and everyone respectfully honoring those who have served our country and given the greatest sacrifice. I will miss hearing "A Toast to the Flag", In Flanders Field and Mr. And Mrs. Towne talking about the members of the military and their service. Take some time to reach out and thank a current or former member of the military for their service. Send a card, make a phone call, FaceTime or video chat. Tell them that we all appreciate the hard work and sacrifices they have made to protect our country. Please watch the following video to learn a bit more about Memorial Day.
Click on this link to view a video talking about Memorial Day.
Jason Reynolds, author of the Track series (Ghost, Patina, Lu, Sunny) has been chosen by the Library of Congress as their National Ambassador For Young People's Literature. Since he cannot go out and tour and meet kids all across the country, he has created a "GRAB THE MIC: Tell Your Story" video series. He talks a bit about himself, his passion for writing, and offers writing challenges to kids. Here is one of the videos challenging you to write a story about an imaginary tiny neighborhood. I hope you give it a try!
I've been working hard supporting your teachers and friends in this Connected Learning place. But I finally had a chance to record a story for you to watch/listen to. It is an old favorite around NBCS. We do love Bear and his caring friends!! Their acts of kindness show us how to treat one another, even if Bear sometimes makes silly choices!
This week we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day!!! So I wanted to share some cool resources and activities with you.
NASA has amazing Earth Day posters that they have created! You can view them or even print them from here. Check out other great NASA resources in their Earth Day 2020: 50th Anniversary Toolkit as well!
How about some gardening activities for Earth Day? KidsGardening.org has some super fun activities for all ages! Click here to explore and find some fun to have outside on these warm spring afternoons.
For those of you that like to noodle around with programming, Google has created a tutorial that allows you to create your own Earth Day themed Google Doodle! I had a lot of fun making my own, and I hope you do too! You can find everything you need by clicking the Google doodle below - no login necessary!
Hey Bobcats and families!
I hope this post is finding you safe and healthy. I have been working hard from home and I know you have been too! This Connected Learning from home is tricky! But I have confidence in all of you! And I miss you! I miss seeing all of you and sharing books and computers and other library stuff. So I thought I would remind/tell you about of a couple places you can go to find books to read from home!
Those of you in 3rd grade and up might remember that we have e-books through MackinVIA. You can find the link to get there on our library catalog - The Magic Book on the Library Learning Commons page of our school website. (I have also put it below) We own around 400 books, but Mackin is letting us borrow the whole elementary school library for free! So now we have more than 5,000 books!!! I am sure some of this could keep you busy! There are non-fiction and fiction from Pre-K through 6th grade. Some of the books read-aloud to you (search for interactive) and some you can read yourself.
We also have access through a few more great publishers to a ton more e-books!
MackinVIA - School: New Boston Central School Username: nbcs Password: bobcat
Capstone Publishing - Username: continue Password: reading
Abdo Publishing - Username: ABDO Elementary , Password: 2020
Crabtree Publishing - Username: read Password: free
Junior Library Guild - no username or password needed if accessing with a computer
So enjoy books to your heart's content!
According to Factcite - one of our great database resources...
Today in History:
1917: Jeanette Rankin attended her first session of Congress, becoming the first woman representative. Carrie Chapman Catt and other suffragists accompanied Rankin, who represented Montana, to the Capitol for her first legislative session. Women in Montana had won the right to vote in state elections in 1916, four years before national suffrage for women was achieved in 1920.
Go read some more about this amazing woman on Factcite!
"Rankin, Jeannette." U.S. and World Biography Online. Lincoln Library Press, 2012. FactCite, www.factcite.com/useh/3015894.html.
As we all get adjusted to the current situation, I wanted to post a link to a great resource of picture book read-alouds. I am planning to post some of my own local librarian read-alouds once I have author permissions. In the meantime, Storytime Online has some amazing books read by some of your/your child's favorite celebrities. Mom and Dad, take a moment to load one up for your child and then get yourself a cup of coffee, take a shower, or just step outside and breathe. We can do this! Together!
Have your kids come home talking about a boy named Caine? Have they been bubbling over with ideas about things they can build with cardboard? Have they been talking about boxes not being just boxes? Then you should ask them about the Global Cardboard Challenge. Inspired by a boy named Caine, our school is about to embark on our third year of participation in the Global Cardboard Challenge. Feel free to watch the video below to learn more about Caine and what inspired a creative play movement.