On Wednesday, March 14th, one month exactly from the date of the horrible shooting at Stoneman Douglas, the Bolles Middle School will hold a seventeen minute period of silence in honor of the lives lost that day. Please join us in supporting the grieving community of Stoneman Douglas by wearing their school colors:
I will be wearing an official Stoneman Douglas High School T-Shirt on March 14th. If you would like to help support Stoneman Douglas High School, their community is selling merchandise at:
Stoneman Douglas High School is a grieving community. As a nation, we grieve with them. If you need to talk about your feelings regarding this tragedy, please see your school counselor or call the concern line located in the Bolles Portal.
In this video, Principal Thompson of Stoneman Douglas High School sends out a message of love to his students.
From the Bolles Middle Library, we hold all the "Eagles" in our hearts! #MSDSTRONG
Please visit the Women's History Padlet to learn more about the struggle for equality and respect for women in America and around the globe.
This year's "Paws for Books" Scholastic Book Fair to support Love Grove Elementary School's Library Program raised over $1400 in Scholastic Dollars! Love Grove can use this credit to purchase books for their Library Collection. Thank you, Bolles Middle, for your support!
For those of you who purchased from the fair, see the attached spreadsheet to determine if your raffle ticket is a winner!!!
WINNING RAFFLE TICKETS AND PRIZES
Every year, we give the proceeds from our Book Fair to our neighbors at Love Grove Elementary School. This year, we will celebrate book fair week with a "Paws for Books" theme. Who are the stars of this year's fair? The Pets of The Bolles Middle School. Please enjoy the slideshow of our (mostly) furry family, and don't forget to visit the library from 2/20 to 2/23.
We had a truly enlightening time at the Future of Education Technology Conference. I am looking forward to employing much of what I learned both in my classroom and in my collaborations with teachers.
I am in Orlando at the Future of Education Technology Conference this week. When I return, I will have more innovative ways to teach you about Information. See you next week!
My 6th graders beseeched me to purchase Tui T. Sutherland's Wings of Fire series, and the result is DRAGONMANIA!
Tui T. Sutherland is a Venezuelan-American author who has co-written under the pen name Erin Hunter for the Warriors series and as Rob Kidd for Pirates of the Caribbean books. She writes Wings of Fire on her own and under her true name. Here is a quick synopsis of the series from the Scholastic Website:
"The seven dragon tribes have been at war for generations, locked in an endless battle over an ancient, lost treasure. A secret movement called the Talons of Peace is determined to bring an end to the fighting, with the help of a prophecy—a foretelling that calls for great sacrifice. Five dragonets are collected to fulfill the prophecy, raised in a hidden cave and enlisted, against their will, to end the terrible war." (http://wingsoffire.scholastic.com/books/wings-of-fire-series-1)
Some of my 6th graders are SO into these books, that they have taken to drawing the characters in their spare time. One such student is Alex B.
Alex has discovered a real talent for drawing and a deep love for reading through the Wings of Fire fandom. Here are just a few of Alex's beautiful fan-art pieces:
Today, thanks to your generosity and the hard work of the Library Media Ambassadors, we were able to deliver 330 books, $350 in Publix Gift Cards, and a whole lot of joy to West Riverside Elementary School. This was our 3rd year fulfilling their "Winter Wishes" and we look forward to many more to come.
West Riverside Elementary School is Florida's oldest continually operating public Elementary School. They are a Title I school filled with wonderful kids who deserve the happiest of holidays!
Each year, The Bolles Middle School's Library Media Ambassadors partners with West Riverside Elementary School to assist with their literacy goals. We do this by ensuring every student at WRE has a book of their very own.
Please help us to make wishes come true this holiday season by purchasing a book off of the West Riverside Elementary School Wish List.
Each book entry shows the name of a student, their grade, and their teacher's name. When making your purchases, be sure to ship items to the Bartram Campus. The Library Media Ambassadors will then gift wrap and hand-deliver your gifts to the West Riverside students on December 13th.
If you include your own child's name in the "gift Receipt" we will give them a "Holiday Sweater and Jeans Day Pass" for December 14th as a thank you.
We are so fortunate to have such a loving, generous community! Please have the happiest of holidays!