April’s Book Club celebrated our senior readers. Ms. Melinson started by reading the poem “The Summer Day” by Mary Oliver, giving gifts to the graduating seniors, and giving bookmarks containing lists of their recommendations from over the years to everyone. Then she opened the floor to the seniors to share some advice and recommendations.
Grace started us off by suggesting that students read the books that are assigned in class, but to supplement them with other books (some that she calls “trash” books–as opposed to high literature or classics) to add balance. She reminded us to keep reading because reading actually helps improve vocabulary. One of her favorite series of books is Flavia de Luce.
Josh shared that it’s ok to take breaks from reading to avoid feeling burnt out later. He then talked about some high fantasy books he recently started reading, The Last Wish, The Final Empire (which he recommended for Tolkien fans), and The Golden Apple of Discord. After Josh talked about his recommendations, Ms. Batarseh said if she were stranded on a desert island that she would take Josh with her because of his ability to recall details about so many books and their plots (someone else also mentioned that he knows how to build a fire, which would also be helpful). Dune will always have his heart.
Luca said that it doesn’t matter what you read as long as you’re reading. He also said that it’s ok to stop reading books that you don’t like. His favorite book is The Gunslinger. Luca’s final words of wisdom were to get a Goodreads account to keep track of what you read as well and to find new books. And to read Skulduggery Pleasant.
For all the books these guys and others have talked about over the years, check out our Goodreads page!
We were packed with activities this week as we tried to squeeze in as much as we could before Mid-Winter Break. Monday started with Mr. Crabb’s 7th grade History class as they continued to work on their Collective Learning projects. On Tuesday Mrs. Eustace’s 8th grade English class was in to begin research for their Ignite speeches. During break and lunch, the Glass Knife put on their Love/Hate Valentine’s Day Bake Sale.
All this week 6th graders have been presenting their Scientists in the Field projects. They gave speeches as their scientists while discussing their topics then presented their scientist showcases in the form of board games, documentaries, virtual reality experiences, and backpacks of field tools. Check out the gallery below to view their work!
On Thursday March Madness began for Mr. Crabb’s 7th graders. Students got to judge a book by its cover and listen to the first line of each novel before picking historical fiction books to read. Their books will go head to head in brackets until the best book wins. Stay tuned for results!
Thursday was also Valentine’s Day, which turned out to be a pretty festive day around the Matthews Library. Ms. Melinson’s desk was was accordingly decorated by some pranksters. The LGBTQ Club sold handmade cards much to the delight of Middle and High Schoolers alike. The library’s Blind Date with a Book display went up. The 1st grade class presented an adorable singing telegram to Ms. Melinson. Check out the video on our Facebook
On Friday the Glass Knife held their last Speakeasy of the year where students and faculty read poems and other writing, some original and some they just enjoyed. We were also surprised by some brief, but intense hail on Friday.
This week was so jam-packed with activities and events, we can’t believe it’s already Friday! This week both Mr. Crabb’s 7th grade History class and Ms. Nellis’ 9th grade History class spent some quality time in the library researching projects. The 7th graders continued to work on their collective learning projects based on various topics such as animals, plants, and technology while the 9th graders worked on their Indigenous Peoples project. On Tuesday author and alum Victoria Loustalot visited for a lunch time chat where she talked with students about the writing and publishing process, experimenting with genres and writing exercises to get writing.
On Wednesday Mrs. Bornmann’s and Mrs. Eustace’s classes were in the library to work on their Scientists in the Field research. During lunch time we held our monthly Book Club, which you can read about here. On Thursday Ms. Melinson’s advisory and the Chinese Club celebrated Chinese New Year with chow mein, dumplings, and Chinese sausage with rice. Friday was the Sophomore Moratorium, the day where the 10th graders take over the library and work on their Sophomore Projects.
Mrs. Eustace brought her pup Mali for a visit!
What a week it’s been! The library has been jam-packed with events this week from Harry Potter to presentations to passion projects.
On Monday and Tuesday, the library was host to the Sophomore Project Presentations where the Top 10 finalists presented their year-long research on languages or religions.
Wednesday was our special Harry Potter themed Book Club (read about it here) followed by Poem in Your Pocket Day for the kindergarteners. High school students visited the Lower School library and helped the youngsters act out poems or draw related pictures.
Continuing with the Harry Potter library takeover, the Harry Potter Club had their last meeting of the year on Thursday. The meeting featured a special guest, Quaffle, library dog-in-training.
Thursday was also the first day Ms. Little’s 6th graders were in the library to learn how to research for their upcoming passion projects.
And finally, on Friday the hardcore members of the Political Puzzles club met to discuss current political issues.
It’s been non-stop this week at the Matthews Library! All this week Ms. LaComb’s 7th graders have been coming in to research Feudal Japan for their projects.
On Monday we began March Madness with Mr. Kuiper’s and Ms. Lyon’s history classes. Students chose books based on their covers and first lines. Check back in April to see how the books fare!
On Tuesday the Candy Fairy gave candy to the classes who sent in selfies during the All School Read on Read Across America day.
Tuesday was also the second meeting of the Harry Potter Club where students discussed taking over next month’s Book Club and making it Harry Potter themed.
On Wednesday we had our monthly Book Club, which you can read all about here!
Friday was the Renaissance Faire where students proceeded through the campus, then to the lower school for the Maypole Dance, and feasted with Lords and Ladies in the middle school quad. From there, life in the Renaissance is represented through various guilds. Check out the botanical books from the Apothecary that students worked on in the library!
Love overtook the Matthews Library this week!
On Monday the Glass Knife held the annual Love/Hate Valentine’s Bake Sale, selling yummy treats benefitting their retreat.
Tuesday was the inaugural meeting of the Harry Potter Club. Students were greeted with treats and Harry Potter themed Valentine’s cards then got to business on making chocolate frogs.
The library also had special visitors on Tuesday: singing Valentines for Ms. Melinson!
On Thursday Ms. LaMay’s book elective class visited to check out our Blind Date with a Book display. There were many dates and hopefully some successful matches!
On Friday Alexa and Gabi presented during the Leadership Lunch and talked about the LatinX club, explaining who they are, what they do, and encouraging all students to join.
Bonus: Friday was the 100th day of school! The kindergarteners marched around campus and through the library in celebration of the 100th day of school.
It’s been a wet and windy week, which made it a great time for Mr. Grunst’s 8th graders to learn about inclement weather! They’ve been coming in all week to research for their severe weather projects.
Tuesday we had Cookies, Coloring, and Conversation in the library. (The Oreos were a big hit!)
On Thursday and Friday, the MOGAI club was selling adorable handmade Valentine’s Day cards outside of the library. Don’t worry, if you still need a card, they’ll be back on Tuesday!
To keep with the Valentine’s Day theme, check out what’s happening next week: blind date with a book!
Here’s Mr. Neukom returning the book Romanticism for the last time.
It’s been a cold and rainy week outside of the Matthews Library, but luckily we’ve had some fun indoor activities this week!
Last Friday we had our high school raffle winner’s lunch. Emily and three friends enjoyed homemade mac and cheese, brownies, and salad. Emily said she read “many, many, many” books for the raffle and her favorites include the Shadowhunter series by Cassandra Clare.
Monday was the annual Glass Knife Latke Throwdown and Holiday Party and Ms. Melinson read the appropriately titled The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming. This year there were no latkes, but lots of pasta including spaghetti and an Asian noodle dish with shrimp as well as a Dutch Spice Cake. Instead of latkes this year we had Sufganiyah (jelly donuts) pronounced soof-gonnie-oat. While latkes would probably be the best known fried treats at Hanukkah, this tasty treat is also traditional because it’s also fried and relates to the oil lamp story.
We had a Leadership Lunch on Wednesday where Monique presented a slideshow based on her trip to Finland and the Baltic states with the Sacramento Children’s Chorus.
On Thursday we had another lively meeting of the Political Puzzles club where Blake led a discussion on Trump’s cabinet nominations and he and Alexa talked about some hot button issues that other kids wanted to know more about.
And finally, Ms. Melinson unveiled this year’s Winter Craft: homemade cards!
This week was short and quiet at the Matthews Library, especially compared to last week.
The Political Puzzles Club came in on Monday and Blake went over polling projections (running the Map to 270 like a boss) and then returned with an even bigger group on Thursday to discuss the presidential and senate election results. The Political Puzzles Club is a group of students who discuss political issues. Despite the fact that they don’t all agree with each other, our students are respectful of each other in their discussions. They listen and have civil conversations. Many of our politicians could learn from them.
Dr. Bell’s AP English 12 classes came in on Monday and Tuesday to choose stories and look at critical reviews to help them write their papers.
Wednesday was our monthly Book Club meeting (read all about it here!)
And, finally, Friday was Veteran’s Day where we remember those who served and fought for our country.