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Results! The First Annual Adelaide Preston Grande Olde Reading Bee

Library Patrons and Library Fans,

This year’s First Annual Adelaide Preston Grande Olde Reading Bee was a fierce competition that the headmistress herself would have been proud to preside over.

The Reading began heatedly from Day 1, with 2nd and 3rd grade jumping out to early leads. But the Bee became even more intense as 1st and 5th grades battled back within minutes of our early reading leaders.

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We tracked progress for our Reading Bee by giving each participating class their own box to zip line across the library bulletin board. The reading was so vast and expansive, we would need a wide angle lens to capture all the action.

At high noon on Wednesday, March 23, the First Annual Adelaide Reading Bee concluded, and the sheer numbers are astounding.

Our Lower School amassed 83,527.76 minutes over the span of 10 days.

83,527.76 minutes. That’s the equivalent of 1,392 hours. 58 days. 8.2 weeks!

Those are numbers of would have caused Adelaide Preston herself to yawp a resounding, “Huzzah!”

In the lower division, 2nd Grade took the victory by amassing 12,920 minutes.

In the upper division, 5th Grade nabbed a late lead to finish with 19,270.

In the coming weeks, 2nd & 5th Grade will receive their plentiful reward:  a Party-in-a-box ziplined to them from atop our school.

Congratulations to all our young readers. Each and every class posted such impressive numbers. We’re already plotting next year’s First Annual Adelaide Preston Grande Olde Reading Bee, so stay fit for competition by keeping your eyes on those books.

 

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2015 Lower School Summer Reading Recommendations!

Dear AWS Parents and Community Members,

Summer presents itself with such wonderful opportunities for informal reading and learning. Our children have more chances to freely dive into the topics, activities, and stories that do not always fit into the hectic pace of school life. What follows is a list of non-required reading recommendations that I hope will capture the interests and imaginations for our rising Preschool through Fifth Grade students.

Many of these will serve as perfect launchpads for a summer flush with learning, creation, and imagination. I hope you consider sharing these stories with your children through read alouds and conversations, as this is one of the most proven ways for parents to encourage academic success in children of all ages. Each title also presents opportunity for an accompanying activity, whether our young readers write a sequel, invent new stories with the same theme, or tackle a project that may have been presented within the narrative.

For more reading recommendations and techniques, you may consider Jim Trelease’s The Read Aloud Handbook or Diane F. Frankenstein’s Reading Together. We have copies of these in our library should you wish to check them out this summer.

Likewise, you may be interested in pursuing guides like UnBored: the Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun and Tinkerlab: A Hands On Guide for Little Inventors. These are flush with ideas for summer projects you may like to explore with your child, the projects will surely spark new interests and develop invaluable skills.

Additionally, there are many summer reading events and activities planned at our local public libraries, and they themselves are great resources for reading recommendations, as well. Here are links to the children’s programming for several local libraries:

Tacoma Public Library

Pierce County Public Library

Kitsap Regional Library

Timberland Regional Library

If you have any questions regarding reading opportunities, suggestions, or activities, never hesitate to e-mail us: library@aw.org.

Thanks for a great year of reading and learning. We’ll be excited to reopen the library in August.

All the best,

Joe Romano

Library Media Specialist

Reading Lists for Rising Grade Levels

Preschool and PreKindergarten

Kindergarten

First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade

A note on these lists:

When available, we have provided links to the e-book editions of our summer reading recommendations, as many of them are available through Overdrive, our digital lending service. You can access these titles through your home computer, an e-reader, a tablet device like the iPad or the Kindle Fire, or even your smartphone. Click here to learn how your device can access our e-reading services. During this process, you will be prompted to enter your student’s username and password. This username and password are both your student’s AWS ID number. If you need assistance in accessing OverDrive, please visit our library or send along an e-mail, and we are more than happy to help.
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Michael Buckley is visiting Annie Wright!

The Library & Learning Commons is excited to announce the appearance of New York Times best-selling author, Michael Buckley on Wednesday, May 6 at 2:05pm in The Great Hall.

With experience writing for television and over 15 published titles to his name, Buckley is best known for The Sisters Grimm, a series of nine novels that showcase two sisters unearthing mysteries, encountering nemeses, and evading danger as they encounter many famed fairytale characters wandering around Everafter, a fictitious town set in New York State.

While visiting Annie Wright Schools, Michael Buckley will visit with our Middle and Upper School students to talk about the life of a writer and answer student questions.

He will also promote his May release of Undertow, the first book in a blockbuster trilogy about Lyric Walker, a high school girl who finds herself in the heart of a military zone, as Coney Island erupts in violent conflict over the appearance of The Alpha, a band of sea monsters who have taken residence upon its shores.

For a preview of Undertow, check out the following book trailer to see why Undertow will be one of the best beach reads of the summer:

A special thanks to Secret Garden Books for helping to arrange Michael’s visit. They’ll be on hand to sell copies several of Michael’s books, and the author will be available for book signings after the talk. Secret Garden Books will accept either cash or check. Here are the titles and costs that will be available for purchase:

Undertow | recommended for ages 12 and up) | hardcover | $20.81

Sisters Grimm #1 The Fairy Tale Detectives | recommended for ages 9-12 | paperback | $8.71

Sisters Grimm #2 The Unusual Suspects | recommended for ages 9-12 | paperback | $8.71

NERDS, Book 1: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society | recommended for ages 8-12 | paperback | $8.71

NERDS, Book 2: M is for Mama’s Boy | recommended for ages 8-12 | paperback | $8.71

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Read-a-Gator Daily Update: March 28

New to Read-a-Gator, check out our launch post to learn more about this reading challenge and to learn how to submit your reading minutes each day!

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There we have it! First and second grades are officially on the board for the 1,000 minute mark! While they’re rocketing ahead with their Read-a-Gator Meter, they should also be aware: no party-in-a-box will be ziplined to their grade without the overall goal of 160,000 minutes met. So, let’s hope those two grades help rouse up the other classes in this communal challenge.

Daily Updates will take a brief hiatus over the weekend, but we’ll post a quick update on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of next week.

Happy Reading!

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New to Read-a-Gator? Want to submit your reading minutes? Click here for our launch post.

After a thrilling debut of Read-a-Gator during yesterday afternoon’s K-5 Chapel, we’re ready to report on the first day’s progress of this year’s reading challenge.

Here’s your daily shot of the Read-a-Gator bulletin board.

ImageYou’ll notice that there’s not much action on the board, but that doesn’t mean the numbers aren’t robust. In one short evening, we’ve amassed 1706 minutes of reading.

While every grade seems focused on winning the Party-in-a-Box, let’s hope each grade doesn’t forget that they can’t reach 160,000 minutes without the help of the entire school. How will they support each other?

And how many minutes do we still need before hitting that 160,000 minute goal?

Read-a-Gator continues…

Read-a-Gator Daily Update: March 27

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