This year's winner of the Spring Story Smackdown is "A Unicorn Named Sparkle" by Amy Young!
Each spring, students host a book tournament by voting between two books. Each winning book, moves onto another round (much like the NCAA basketball tournament). In our final round, the winning book beat out "Penguin Problems" by Jory John by only 13 votes!
All books in the smackdown are new to the library this year and many go on to be Monarch books in coming years.
Thursday, February 16th
Belle Valley Cafeteria
All Belle Valley students will have the chance to meet the New York Times Bestselling Author, Aaron Reynolds, at school on February 16th and 17th. He is the hilarious author of Nerdy Birdy, Here Comes the Destructosaurus!, Carnivores, and the Caldecott Honor Winning book Creepy Carrots! Mr. Reynolds is a “Air Force kid” and graduated from O'Fallon High School when his dad was stationed at Scott Air Force Base. Students and parents are invited to meet Mr. Reynolds on Thursday, February 16th for a fun and exciting event that includes a book signing!
Books will be available for purchase at the event.
Harry Potter Book Night is coming to Belle Valley Thursday, February 4th!. Fifth through eighth grade students are invited to join us in celebrating with the professors of Hogwarts. There will be games, wand making, a photo booth and PRIZES! See you there!
We were able to add over $200 in books to our library! We were also able to use additional money to help fund an upcoming author visit in February.
Thank you, everyone!
To see more pictures, click here!
Students in Kindergarten--8th grade celebrated National Poetry Month by reading Firefly July: A Year of vEry Short Poems and participating in a poetry walk near the school's outside concession stand.
Before the walk, 5th--8th grade students practiced reading poetry out lous and selected their favorite to read to younger students. On April 21, K-4 students walked through 20 poetry stations, listening and reacting to poetry selected for them. The weather cooperated beautifully and students were able to enjoy nature and poetry at the same time!
Congratulations to everyone who entered our pumpkin decorating contest! Here are the winners!
To see all the pumpkins click on the picture!
BEST REPRESENATION OF A CHARACTER
1ST PLACE: Brycen Brown – Tin Man
2ND PLACE: Marvelous White – Cookie Monster
HONORABLE MENTION(S): Olivia Kraus – Olivia & Vanessa Stacy--Olaf
BEST REPRESENATION OF A BOOK
1ST PLACE: Riaynn Pellman—Rainbow Fish
2ND PLACE: Lauren Knox – Bad Kitty
HONORABLE MENTION(S): Nalani Joseph – Dog in Charge & Jelila Blue – Lady and the Tramp
1ST PLACE: Aspen Royer—Gingerbread Girl
2ND PLACE: Cayden Brown—Captain America
HONORABLE MENTION(S): Madison Harmon—Alice the Fairy & Damoni Douglas—Life in the Gumball Machine
Celebrate your love of books this fall by decorating a pumpkin for the Belle Valley Great Pumpkin Decorating Contest! Pumpkins may be decorated in any way that represents a book or book character.
For ideas, watch this slideshow!