Friday, November 30, 2018

November was a busy month that seemed to fly by!

We started off the month with an author visit from Stonehedge’s favorite poet, Kenn Nesbitt. Mr. Nesbitt had us all rolling on the floor laughing as he read his fantastically funny poems and shared some silly songs. He read excerpts from his hilarious book The Ultimate Top Secret Guide to Taking Over the World. Before he left, Mr. Nesbitt turned us all into poets by sharing his never-fail formula for writing fun poetry and leading us in the writing of original Stonehedge-made poems. Thanks again to the PTA for bringing this popular guest to Stonehedge.

Although November had quite a few half days, vacation days and even a snow day, we still managed to squeeze in a lot of library learning. Grades 3-5 reviewed using the Dewey Decimal System and our Online Catalog to find what we need in the library. (Yes, we still teach Dewey…did you know that Melvil Dewey was born and raised in Adams Center, NY?) K-2 read great stories about how our words and actions affect others, being thankful and the history of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. 

Next stop...December! Happy Holidays from all of us at the library!
Don't forget to "Read4Fun!"

Mrs. Abbott

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Hi Everyone!
Here we are at week 7 of the new school year and library is off to a great start. We spent the first few weeks going over library procedure and responsibilities. (If you hear your child talk about treating their books “like a baby” you’ll know they were listening.) 

We’ve now moved on to getting everyone introduced or reacquainted with the library Chromebooks. Grades 3-5 are using “Type To Learn” keyboarding system and K-2 are investigating PebbleGo, everyone’s favorite information database. Next, we’ll be returning to the Story Steps for seasonal literature.

 Many of our 4th and 5th grade teachers have introduced reading challenges with their students. In library, we’ve be concentrating on highlighting various genres and award-winning books to help the students find great reads to meet those challenges. This two-pronged approach has really motivated the students to expand their book selections beyond the predictable favorites.

Don’t forget that October is “Pick a Reading Partner” (PARP) month at Stonehedge. There will be an Open Library Night on Tuesday the 23rd from 6:30-7:30. The library will be open for browsing and sharing books, and students can even check out books that are separate from their regular library checkouts.  It’s a fun chance to see the library “AT NIGHT” (ask your student). At the end of PARP, our incredible PTA will be bringing Stonehedge’s favorite poet Kenn Nesbitt to school for an author visit on November 5th. To see Mr. Nesbitt’s fabulous website and get a sampling of his kid-centric poetry, check out

Until Next Time,
Don’t forget to READ4FUN!
Mrs. Abbott

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Hi Stonehedge Families!
The thermometer may say 90, but the calendar says “end of September”, so I’ll say “Happy Fall!” Our first few weeks have flown by. The library has been a flurry of back-to-school activity. We’ve reviewed library procedures and expectations and talked about how to treat our books (“like a baby”). We’ve reviewed the dangers that water bottles and other “Backpack of Doom” items pose to library books and the students have been taking items out and bringing them home. We’re off to a great start!

October is PARP (“Pick a Reading Partner”) month. It’s a great time to set up a regular “reading for fun” schedule with your kids. As little as 15 minutes a day does so much to boost your child’s vocabulary and fluency. Our awesome PTA will be hosting the Scholastic Book Fair on October 3rd, 4th & 5th from 3-7pm in the Gold Lobby. We will also be having Open Library Nights on October 10th and 24th from 6:30-7:30. This is a time you can bring your family to the library “AT NIGHT” to browse the shelves, read for a while and even check out extra library books.
As a kick off for PARP, the PTA is bringing graphic novelist Frank Cammuso to Stonehedge on Friday September 29th. Mr. Cammuso was a political cartoonist for the Syracuse Post Standard. He also teaches at Syracuse University. His graphic novel series “The Misadventures of Salem Hyde” and “Knights of the Lunch Table” are already popular choices in our library…just wait until the kids have seen him in person. Stay tuned for pix!
Until next time,
Don’t forget to “Read4Fun”!

Mrs. Abbott