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May 2, 2014

Avid Bookshop has some great authors coming in to share their books and have story time this month. Authors include Susan Nees (Missy's Super Duper Royal Deluxe series) and Anna Dewdney (Llama Llama series). For for information, please visit the Avid Bookshop web page here.

April 28, 2014

Can you believe it is almost time for summer break? Where did the school year go? But before everyone heads out for summer fun, we have a few more fun events to wrap up the year here in the media center. On Wednesday, the 4th grade will battle it out to see who knows the most about books in their Battle of the Books competition. Teams from Ms. Holt's and Mrs. Alexander's classes will be competing. To celebrate our fifth grade winners from Battle of the Books, they will get to ride a bus to Red Lobster on Thursday for lunch. Next week is our last book fair of the year. Author Susan Nees will be visiting our school to sign books. Don't forget to read this summer! Look on the resources page to find lists of some suggested books for students your age. And just because the school media center is closed doesn't meet you can't borrow books over the summer! Visit our Little Free Library on Quailwood Drive to borrow a new book or swap one of your old books for something new. 

April 1, 2014

Thanks to everyone who helped us have an awesome Spring book fair! Students and teachers were so excited to see all of the new books available! Please join us again in May for a very special book fair. From May 5-9, there will be a Buy One, Get One Free book fair in the media center. That means that you can choose one free book for every book you buy at regular price! It's a great way to stock up for summer reading. We will even have a special visit by author Susan Nees! She will be at the book fair on Monday, May 5th from 9am until 10am to autograph copies of books from her series Super Duper Royal Deluxe. To learn more about Ms. Nees, visit her website.

March 18, 2014

Have you heard of Battle of the Books? It's a competition on Tuesday for Whitehead Road 5th grade students that's been in the making for the past few weeks. Teams of students have spent time reading 10 books, paying close attention to details as they prepare to answer book trivia questions at the event. Each student will have only 30 seconds to answer a series of questions related to their books.

The winning team will then be crowned and granted the opportunity to compete against Battle teams at other elementary schools in Clarke County, a competition being held on April 7th. But regardless of who wins at the County competition, the winning Whitehead group will go on an awesome limo ride to a restaurant for lunch in May. 

We're proud of our Battle of the Books participants and wish them the best of luck as they show off their reading skills!

January 21, 2014

We just had an awesome time at the Spelling Bee here at Whitehead Road! Each class had their own competition, and the top four spellers in each class moved on to a school-wide competition in the Media Center. Parents and teachers came to cheer on the spellers, as well as Principal McDaniel! Students who participated received medals to show off and commemorate their epic spelling skills. The top finishers in the Spelling Bee were granted the privilege of participating in the county competition at Clarke Central High School on February 6th, allowing those who do well to compete in larger events that could lead to the Scripps National Spelling Bee shown on ESPN! Spelling bees are a fun way to sharpen our brains and encourage students to embrace reading and writing. 

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the students in the Spelling Bee!

October 31, 2013

Lots of great stuff has been going on in the Media Center this fall! We've had an author visit, the addition of a Little Free Library, and an awesome fall book fair!

On September 4th, Ms. Barbara Elizabeth Walsh came to visit with Whitehead Road fourth graders and share her book, The Poppy Lady. Ms. Walsh told us the story of Moina Belle Michael, an Athens woman who wanted to remember all of the American soldiers who served and sacrificed their lives in World War I. She started selling poppies in memory of American veterans. People still make and sell poppies to honor veterans today. The fourth graders asked really thoughtful questions and then had a chance to speak with Ms. Walsh individually as they left the presentation. Ms. Walsh provided bookmarks for all of the students and autographed copies of her book.

Our Media Center now has a Little Free Library! This library is located on the sidewalk on Quailwood Drive and is stocked with books for everyone to enjoy. Students, teachers, parents and neighbors have been enjoying reading and sharing the books inside. Our Little Free Library was even featured on the CCSD and Whitehead Road PTO Facebook pages! Looking for something new to read? Check out what our Little Free Library has to offer! Have a book you no longer need? Place it in the Little Free Library for someone else to enjoy!


We recently wrapped up our fall book fair. Complete with toilet paper mummies and tiny palm trees, the library was turned into a "Reading Oasis"! Students came to preview and make wish lists early in the week. Thursday night was our Family Night event where parents and students could shop together. Eight lucky students won prizes from our book fair drawing! We sold $5000.00 and raised $1100.00 for the Media Center. Thanks to everyone who came out to support the book fair

April 22, 2013
 
This is the last week for the interns who have been working in the media center at Whitehead Road Elementary. For me, helping here in the media center has been an awesome experience. As a UGA senior who is only taking one class this semester, I originally was interested in the internship just to fill some of my time. It immediately became more than a time filler as I genuinely came to enjoy the time I spent here in the media center. From checking in books to creating displays, Mrs. Andrews always had things for us to do. Now I know how busy life is in the media center! Even when there aren't many students in checking out books, there are always things that need to be done and prepared. Two of my favorite times during the internship were helping with the Scholastic Book Fair and being a scorekeeper for Battle of the Books. During both events, I got to see kids who were truly excited about reading books. And you don't see kids getting excited about reading very much these days! I also loved helping students locate books that they wanted to check out. It took me down memory lane to my elementary school days because I was that kid who LOVED going to the media center to pick out a book. I have learned a lot and gained so much experience over these past three months. So thank you, Mrs. Andrews and Whitehead Road, for allowing me to be a media center intern this semester! I have truly enjoyed it. :)
 
-Abbie Robinson
 
April 8-12, 2013
 
This week in the media center we are reading Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin to all the first graders. Dear Primo is about two cousins, Charlie and Carlitos, who write letters back and forth. Charlie lives in America and Carlitos lives in Mexico. After reading the book, we are having each student write their own letter to Carlitos and describe what is going on in their lives-just like Charlie does in the book. Many of the letters talk about the field trip that the students went on and how they saw lots of animals. It is also a common theme to see students writing about what they like to eat for lunch. Our letters to Carlitos have been a fun activity this week! We chose a few of our favorites and displayed them outsite the media center.
 
 
March 25-29, 2013

Last week was an exciting time here in the media center because the Scholastic Book Fair was back in town. It is always fun seeing kids get excited to buy new books. The theme for this spring's book fair was "Story Laboratory" and we decorated by making our counter look like a setting from a chemistry classroom/haunted house. We had a beaker full of fake eyeballs and a plastic skull. Some kids were upset to discover that the props weren't for sale! We sold a lot of great books that we hope the kids enjoy reading. (And, of course, we sold many bookmarks and erasers as well!) Thanks to all the parents who provided their kids with money for the book fair. Because of you we ended up selling $5,800 in books!

March 18, 2013

Ever wondered how the blood travels around your body or what the layout of the White
House looks like? With Whitehead Road’s newest online feature, all of these inquiries
and more can be answered with interactive online books, informative videos, and
comprehension activities.

Trueflix offers an array of subjects, ranging from ancient civilizations to ecosystems.
Each subject expands into a series of books from which the student can choose.

From there the student can explore and learn all about the subject by reading through
each book or even having it read aloud to them. With so many pictures, videos, books,
and activities to pick from, your student can personalize and maximize their learning
experience-all on their own! Check out True Flix on the Resources page.


March 4, 2013

Today is the final competition in Battle of the Books! Battle of the Books is a quiz competition where our 5th graders battle over book trivia. The Skittlez team and the Swaggarific team will compete to become Whitehead Road Elementary School's new championship team. The Skittlez team and the Swaggarific team are competing for some great prizes. The winning team gets to go out to lunch at a restaurant, but it gets even better. They will be driven to lunch in a limousine! The winning team will also compete with other school's winning teams on March 19th. The Battle of the Books competition started last Friday in the media center. 12 different teams competed in the competition, and each team read a total of 10 different books!

February 20, 2013

Last Wednesday was a special event here at Whitehead Road Elementary. We were excited to have Gail Langer Karwoski come and speak to our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. Gail is a distinguished children's book author who has written a variety of books from historical fiction to picture stories for younger children. During her presentation at Whitehead Road, she talked about the process of writing a book and discussed three topics that she has written about. These topics consisted of the San Francisco earthquake, Georgia history and the Jamestown colony. The following is a list of Gail's books that are related to the topics she covered. You can find more information on each book by visiting Gail's website here!
  • Surviving Jamestown: The Adventures of Young Sam Collier
  • Quake! Disaster in San Francisco, 1906
  • The Tree That Owns Itself, and Other Adventure Tales From Georgia's Past
After her presentation, Gail told stories with third grade students, autographed books for the library, and had a pizza lunch with six students who were nominated by their teachers. It was a very special day for our students and we are so thankful that Gail was willing to come talk to us!




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