Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Book Swap at Williams starts May 26th- Gather your books to donate

We are having a book swap to benefit children in need of books. It's a two for one swap. Bring in 2, take 1. The remaining books will be donated to homeless shelters in Newton. Help out others in need and have fun while you're doing it. How it works: Look through your personal children’s book collections for gently used books that you want to donate Guidelines for book donation and swap: * Choose books that are gently used * Choose books that are appealing & appropriate for pre-school and K-5 readers- * board books, pop-up books, toddler books are welcome * no sticker books, coloring books or adult books. * Check with your parents before you bring in your used books * Questions?????? See Mrs. Kosmo or Mrs. O’Rourke Tuesday, May 26th through Wednesday June 3rd: Bring in 2 books or more from home that you are no longer need. You will receive one ticket for every 2 books you bring in. Each ticket is good for one book that you can choose from the book swap. Books will be collected in the classrooms. The swap will begin on Monday, June 8th. Let’s have a fun community event and help others as we move towards the end of the school year.

Oliver the Reading Dog returns to Williams

Today we welcomed Oliver, The reading Dog, back to Williams for the second year in a row. Oliver comes to us from the People and Pets foundation. He is accompanied by his owner , Karine Alexander, and her daughter, Caroline. His visit is part of the Williams PTO auction activities event. It gave our students a chance to practice and enjoy reading aloud. Reading should be fun and enjoyable and Oliver certainly gave us a wonderful opportunity to share books and reading together in the Williams library in a different way. Students had lunch in the library with me and then we shared dog poems and dog stories with our guests. The students were also able to give Oliver a treat. Thanks to Oliver, Karine, and Caroline for another creative and exciting visit to Williams. You can learn more about this program at Pets and People.org

Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy New Year! Thinking about how I can make Williams Library be the best it can be in 2015

Today I received an email from Edtechteacher and Google with information about an opportunity to attend a Google for Education jamboree in February. To apply you had to answer a question in a format of your choice. One of the choices was a blog post. I didn't choose that, but as I thought about the question I decided I would like to share my ideas with the Williams community. I created a Google drawing. As is usually the case, it turned out to be very useful for me as a checkpoint for where we are in the school year. It is an exciting time in education because there are so many opportunities for learning in many different formats, both online and in our traditional school environments. The question asked was "How will I make 2015 the best year for my students?" You can click on the link below to get my thoughts on the direction I think we need to be heading in to complete a successful school year. How will I make 2015 the best year for my students?