About fifteen students were brave enough to take to the stage and recite their poems. There was even an 8th gr/6th gr duo which was fun to see.
Every year our sixth grade students have the chance to participate in America's Battle of the Books. This year Cassandra W., Mika M., Eli S., and Mia A. represented CMS at the annual CUSD Battle of the Books held at Canalino School this year. They, along with 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders had a lively competition. Mika was a member of the winning team. Now they are getting ready for the country battle to be held on the 23rd.
I hope you like poetry! I know I do and this year to celebrate National Poetry month I will be posting favorite poems of mine and hopefully yours as well. Each year the month of April is set aside as National Poetry Month, a time to celebrate poets and their craft.
We'll also have a week of Magnetic Poetry at lunch during the week of April 16th to 20th. What's that you say? What's magnetic poetry? Well it's:
individual words—often related to a particular theme or topic—printed on small magnets which can be creatively arranged into poetry on a metal surface.
Poetry Slam April 26th
Where: On the stage
When: At lunch
Prizes awarded for: Most original
Best use of rhyme
Poetry must be submitted to Mrs. G for review before the 26th.
What's that you say? What's a poetry slam? Well it's: a competition where poets read or recite original work in front of judges and an audience.
Poem in Your Pocket Day April 27th
Every April, on Poem in Your Pocket Day, people celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, and on Twitter using the hashtag #pocketpoem.
Poem in Your Pocket Day was stated in 2002 in New York City as part of the city’s National Poetry Month celebration. Then in 2008, the Academy of American Poets made the initiative national, encouraging individuals across the country to join in. We've been participating for the last 3 years and each year more students get involved.
We'll be sharing our pocket poems on Thursday for Poem in Your Pocket day. Students and staff will share their poems with each other all day. In the library there will be a poetry (of course) scavenger hunt.
A huge thank you to all those students who took a chance on love...literary love that it! Some matches were made and some were not. But that's okay! It was exciting to take a chance and perhaps find a match. That's what it was all about!
Some matches: Mia read Twisted by Laurie Anderson Halse and really enjoyed it.
Oscar read See You Later Gladiator by Jon Scieska and liked it.
David read Egg Monsters from Mars by R. L. Stine and wanted more by Stine!
To celebrate Library Lover's Month I will be hosting a book speed dating event on Valentine's Day, the 14th. Students are invited to visit at lunchtime to participate. They will find a group tables with a pile of books on it to peruse and hopefully, end up with a list of books they can read in the next few months. They will also share titles of books that they have really enjoyed with each other. Over the years some of my favorite books have come by way of recommendations. There will be romantic music, candy, and LOTS of books!
And while we are talking romantic nothing says romantic more than a blind date but we're in middle school so we'll blind date with a book! How does that work you ask? Well, going on a blind date is a lot like opening a new book, you never know exactly what you are going to get....not that any of you have experienced that!
Starting Feb. 14th until the end of the month select your "date" from the display of specially wrapped books, check it out, unwrap and hopefully, it's a match! Don't worry there won't be any hard feelings if you don't like your date. After you have finished the book rate your "date" with the form that is in the book, return it to me before by March 9th and it will be entered into a drawing for a gift. It's that easy!
On Monday, many of our students took the time to sign our pledge to stay drug free. They decided it was crazy to do drugs and to show that spirit they have been wearing different kinds of clothing. Pajamas, Disney wear, Twin day, Super Heroes culminating in wearing red on Friday.
Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don't, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations. (Red Ribbon.org)
Surprising isn't it? The things we don't talk to our kids about I mean. This is one conversation that is so important especially because our kids are so overwhelmed with information. Raise awareness. Have that conversation...go ahead...I dare you.
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