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Jack Cheng Author Visit Gr 6-8

posted by Anne Reader

Nicola's Books has once again offered us an exciting opportunity to visit with an author! Jack Cheng, native Michigander, has written his first book for publication, See You in the Cosmos, Carl Sagan. He will visit A2 STEAM on Thursday, March 9 from 1:50-2:50pm to speak with students in Grades 6-8 about his book.

Here is a short description from the publisher:

11-year-old Alex Petroski loves space and rockets, his mom, his brother, and his dog Carl Sagan—named for his hero, the real-life astronomer. All he wants is to launch his golden iPod into space the way Carl Sagan (the man, not the dog) launched his Golden Record on the Voyager spacecraft in 1977. From Colorado to New Mexico, Las Vegas to L.A., Alex records a journey on his iPod to show other lifeforms what life on earth, his earth, is like. But his destination keeps changing. And the funny, lost, remarkable people he meets along the way can only partially prepare him for the secrets he’ll uncover—from the truth about his long-dead dad to the fact that, for a kid with a troubled mom and a mostly not-around brother, he has way more family than he ever knew.

We are thrilled to have this opportunity brought to our school! As in the past, books will be available to purchase in advance and signed by the author. Students will have the chance to speak with him at the time of signing.

The Order Form is attached at the bottom of this blog post. Please turn in all forms to your classroom teacher no later than March 3. Limited copies will be available for purchase on the day of the event.

The Media Center will be purchasing copies of the book for our library. Happy Reading!

Read It Forward is Coming!

posted Feb 8, 2017, 7:48 AM by Anne Reader   [ updated Feb 8, 2017, 7:59 AM ]

We will have some very exciting events coming up during March is Reading Month, the first of which is the Read It Forward program! The idea behind Read It Forward is to get everyone in school to read the same book, which is currently a well-guarded secret. Excitement builds as students await March 1st and the big reveal! 

Once the program starts, students read the book, sign their name on the inside cover of 1 book, and then pass it on to a friend. This continues throughout the month of March, getting as many students and A2 STEAM faculty reading the book as possible. As an added incentive, once they've read it, students may come down to the Media Center to pick up a book-themed prize. 

Let's see how many of us can read this book in March! 

Gr 3-6 SciFi Junior High Forms Due Friday!

posted Feb 6, 2017, 9:42 AM by Anne Reader   [ updated Feb 6, 2017, 9:54 AM ]

We have an author/illustrator duo visiting grades 3-6 on Tuesday, February 21, hosted by Nicola's Books. Scott Seegert and John Martin have teamed up to write a new series called SciFi Junior High. Sure to appeal to students ages 8-11, we are thrilled to have this opportunity brought to our school! 

As in the past, books will be available to purchase in advance and signed by the duo. Students will have the chance to speak with them at the time of signing. If you would like to purchase the book ahead of time, please fill out the attached form and send in to school no later than this Friday, February 10. 

Limited copies will also be available for purchase the day of the event.  

SciFi Junior High Authors Coming to A2 STEAM!

posted Jan 19, 2017, 7:13 AM by Anne Reader   [ updated Jan 20, 2017, 11:36 AM ]

Nicola's Books has once again offered us an exciting opportunity to visit with both an author and an illustrator! Scott Seegert and John Martin have teamed up to write a new series called SciFi Junior High. They will be coming to A2 STEAM on Tuesday, February 21 from 1:50-2:50pm to speak with students in Grades 3-6 about their book. 

Here is a short description from the publisher: 

Kelvin Klosmo isn't just the new kid at school - he's the new kid in the galaxy Welcome to Sci-Fi Junior High: an inter-galactic space station with students of all shapes, sizes, smells, and... slime content. As the son of Earth's two most famous geniuses, Kelvin isn't just the smartest kid in the world....he's the smartest kid in the UNIVERSE. At least, that's what everybody at Sci-Fi Junior High thinks. 

So, maybe Kelvin lied a little about being a genius to fit in. And maybe a mad scientist is about to take over the universe unless Kelvin can stop him. Maybe everyone is doomed. 

Well, at least Kelvin won't have to worry about math homework anymore. 

Sci-Fi Junior High is an out-of-this-world story about friendship, accepting our differences, and the fight against evil... bunnies. Yes, evil bunnies - don't ask.

Sure to appeal to students ages 8-11, we are thrilled to have this opportunity brought to our school! As in the past, books will be available to purchase in advance and signed by the duo. Students will have the chance to speak with them at the time of signing. 

The Order Form is attached at the bottom of this blog post. It will also be sent out to families via Bloomz. Please turn in the forms to your classroom teacher no later than February 10. Limited copies will also be available for purchase the day of the event. 

The Media Center will be purchasing copies of the book for our library. Happy Reading!

Recent Grants Awarded to A2 STEAM Media Center

posted Dec 15, 2016, 12:52 PM by Anne Reader   [ updated Dec 15, 2016, 12:53 PM ]

The Media Center is pleased to announce that it was recently awarded two grants! The first, from the Ann Arbor Educational Foundation's Karen Thomas Fund, is given in the amount of $1000 to support the American Revolution study that occurs at A2 STEAM in 5th grade. 

In order to really delve deeply into the subject matter, students read both a biography of a person from the American Revolution time period, as well as an historical fiction. This allows them to gain a unique perspective on this period in our history. The funds from the grant will go toward increasing our collection of American Revolution biographies. Thank you, Ann Arbor Educational Foundation!

The second grant is a Donors Choose grant for $430 solely for contact paper. Before a paperback book can be added to the Media Center collection, it is covered with clear contact paper to protect it and extend its shelf life. As you might imagine, we go through a lot of contact paper at A2 STEAM! This grant enabled us to purchase 11 rolls just in time to start covering all of our Book Fair purchases! Thanks very much to those in the A2 STEAM community who donated to the cause!

Hooray for the Book Fair!

posted Dec 5, 2016, 7:51 AM by Anne Reader   [ updated Dec 5, 2016, 7:51 AM ]

Thanks to the A2 STEAM Community's generous support, we had an extremely successful Book Fair, earning over $6,000 for the Media Center! All proceeds from the Fair go directly back to the library through book purchases for students and staff. 

Thank you for supporting this fundraiser - I can't wait for students to check out all of the new books we will have on our shelves!

The Book Fair is ON!

posted Nov 16, 2016, 7:56 AM by Anne Reader   [ updated Nov 28, 2016, 5:14 AM ]

Thank you to those who responded to my message about volunteering for the Book Fair! We are currently at 93% volunteerism, so the Book Fair is a go.

Set up will take place after school on Monday, 11/28. Tuesday 11/29 and Wednesday 11/30 are Preview Days, when students come down to look and make a wish list. Thursday 12/1 and Friday 12/2 are Purchase Days, and card, cash or checks made out to A2 STEAM at Northside will be accepted. Please remember to include tax!

We also have our after school event on 12/1 from 3-6 pm and will be open for families to purchase books.

Friday 12/2 at 3pm will begin the packing up of the Book Fair, so be sure to get your shopping done early!

The Online Fair wraps up 12/4 at midnight, so if you miss the fair during school hours, you can always purchase online through Sunday.

Thank you for your support!

The Book Fair is Desperate for Volunteers!

posted Nov 14, 2016, 9:38 AM by Anne Reader   [ updated Nov 14, 2016, 9:45 AM ]

The A2Steam Book Fair needs volunteers or we are in danger of losing the Preview Days and the after school Purchasing Event for Families. 

Please sign up today! https://goo.gl/NTKVrF Thank you!

Book Fair Coming 11/28 - 12/2

posted Oct 10, 2016, 10:06 AM by Anne Reader   [ updated Nov 28, 2016, 5:14 AM ]

The 2016 Scholastic Book Fair will run from Tuesday, November 29 through Friday, December 2

In order to make it run smoothly, we need the help of many volunteers! Click here to access our Sign-Up Genius and pick a time to help out. 

Want to shop online? Click here for a link to our Scholastic Book Fair Online Shopping site

Proceeds from the fair will be used to add more books to our Media Center. Thank you for your support of this important fundraiser!

Laurie Halse Anderson a Revolutionary Speaker!

posted Oct 7, 2016, 11:32 AM by Anne Reader   [ updated Oct 7, 2016, 11:32 AM ]

We were honored to have New York Times bestselling author, Laurie Halse Anderson out to A2 STEAM yesterday! Ms. Anderson presented to 5th through 8th grade students about her latest book, Ashes

Ashes is the final installment of her trilogy that began with Chains and continued with Forge. It is set during the time period of the American Revolution and is told from Isabel's point of view. 

Ms. Anderson was a highly engaging speaker, often bursting into lines from the musical "Hamilton" and getting our students engaged in history. We are so thankful to have her at our building and can't wait to read the book! 

A special thanks to Nicola's Books for bringing this opportunity to A2 STEAM!

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