Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Family Weekend Adventures

Parent Lending Library
South School welcomes parents to the learning commons on Friday afternoons between 2:00 and 4:00 to check out fun family activities for the weekend.

Board Games
Adventure Packs
Family Read Alouds
Door Prizes

Check out items on Friday afternoon and return them on Monday morning. Books may be checked out for a week and renewed if needed. Visit our online library catalog to see if we have a particular book you would like to read with your children. 

Cooking Adventure Pack
Our new family adventure packs were made possible with a Donors Choose grant. The cooking adventure pack has everything you need for a weekend cooking project. There's a rolling pin and cookie cutters, cupcake tins and cookbooks. Let the adventure begin!

Outdoor Adventure Pack
Spring is here and it's a great time to get outside. Our weekend adventure pack has everything you need to explore the outdoors including field guides, magnifying glasses, binoculars and granola bars. Hit the trail!

Monday, March 26, 2018

New Poetry From Shel Silverstein

We have a new book in the library by Shel Silverstein! Mr. Silverstein published his first book in 1963. He is well known for his silly poems and simple black and white illustrations. We even wrote songs, "A Boy Named Sue" that was recorded by Johnny Cash, and "The Cover of the Rolling Stone" recorded by Dr. Hook.  Shel died in 1999 but his poems continue to be popular with children. Be sure to visit his website to learn more about him and his work.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Good Trick Walking Stick

Walking Sticks are amazing creatures! See them in action by watching the videos below.

You can learn more about walking sticks at Pebble Go. Don't remember the login? See Mrs. Tibbetts. You can also find an article in Britannica Encyclopedia. Remember, you will find links to all of these resources right here on the learning commons website.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Maybe Something Beautiful

Maybe Something Beautiful is a FICTION book based on a true story about a community that decided to make their neighborhoods more colorful.

More about the Urban Art Trail. LINK

Monday, February 12, 2018

The Water Princess

Bring in coins for the 2017-2018 Ryan's Well school challenge to raise money for water in Kenya.

The Water Princess by Susan Verde, illustrated by Peter Reynolds, is one of 10 books nominated to receive the Maine Chickadee Book Award. Although it is a fiction story it is based on real life model, Georgie Badiel, who grew up in a village in Africa called Goundi, in the country of Burkina Faso. In Africa, many people have to walk great distances to get water. They then have to carry the water back to their homes where it has to be boiled to get rid of the contaminants. That water is used to wash clothes, bathe, to prepare food, and for drinking. Very often the water makes people sick. 
Burkina Faso
We can help the people of Africa get clean water by helping them to dig wells. These two organizations are working towards making this happen.

Real life model, Georgie Badiel.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Hour of Code is Coming!

December 4-10

Hour of Code takes place every year during Computer Science Education Week. Students in over 180 countries participate. At South School we will participate in our own coding activities during the week of December 18-21st. Anytime is a good time to learn about code. Check out these websites below. Remember, children under the age of 13 should not create their own accounts but parents can do it for you.

Places you can go to code. (web based)
Kodable (App)
Tynker (App)