(Last) Week in Review

We’ve been moving right along this week as we head into the last month or so of school!

On Monday Brandy presented during our Leadership Lunch series. She talked about why she loves her church and the many roles she plays in it.

The 6th graders returned at the beginning of the week to continue their research for their passion projects. Check out some of the topics they’re researching!

On Tuesday we had a Speakeasy en Espanol, with students from Doctora Portillo’s class reading poems in Spanish.

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Also visiting this week were Ms. Lyon’s and Mr. Kuipers’ 7th graders, who began looking at sources for their China and Japan cultural projects.

And to cap off National Poetry Month, Thursday was Poem in Your Pocket Day. Students with poems in their pockets (or their head or their phone) were rewarded with a piece of candy.

Week in Review: Poetry Edition

This week we had a little bit of rain, a little bit of sunshine, and lots of fun stuff going on in the library!

Throughout the week we had the 7th Grade History classes working on their China/Japan culture documentaries. And we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to snap a photo of one of the 7th Graders, Olivia, checking out our copy of Olivia: 

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The Sophomore Project Presentation Battles happened Monday and Tuesday, where Sophomores enlightened us with their chosen topics. We had quite the variety this year—from dog breeds, to sports psychology, to dreams, to Mount Everest!

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Thursday we celebrated Poem in Your Pocket Day, where we gave out candy to anyone with a poem in their pocket. Some of our High Schoolers visited the Lower School library to work with Kindergarteners on some interactive activities. Some of the poems involved acting like a tree (Ben was a very convincing tree!), drawing bugs, and pretending to be corn (shout out to Christian for making a map of where corn grows in the U.S.!). Ms. Melinson snapped a bunch of photos of our kids in action:

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We were honored to have the Matthews family stop by for a visit on Thursday. It was kind of like getting visited by royalty. If the name sounds familiar…

Friday we had a Leadership Lunch, where members of the Latinx Student Union talked about their recent trip to the Latinx Youth Summit in San Francisco, where they attended workshops, heard some powerful keynote speakers, and were able to bring back some great ideas to promote diversity on campus. Plus, they got to dance on stage. We’re a bit jealous.

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And one last shout out goes to Tim M., for winning the 7th Grade March Madness competition with his book Son of a Gun by Anne De Graaf, which is a book about child soldiers in Liberia. Every day the 7th Graders checked the “progress” of their book reviews on the bracket, and if they stayed on it they were rewarded…with candy! Tim’s review wow’d the judges and he received the ultimate prize: more candy!

April Book Club

 

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Last week we had our last High School Book Club for the Class of 2016 (where did the year go!?). Ms. Melinson traditionally reads a poem for the Seniors, the lovely “Summer Day” by Mary Oliver. In the spirit of National Poetry Month, Anny read a couple of poems by Robert Louis Stevenson, and Dr. Bell read “My Father is a Simple Man,” by Luis Omar Salinas.

Ms. Melinson asked the Seniors to share any reading advice they might have for the younger book club attendees. Amelia said she highly recommended reading short stories, because it’s a great way to get an idea of a writer’s style before reading their larger bodies of work. Vanessa and Jake agreed, adding that it’s also a good way to “find your genre” and discover new ones that you might not otherwise try.

Everyone agreed that it’s always a a great idea to venture outside of your favorite literary genres. Dr. Bell said that he enjoyed reading a book by Dean Koontz that he picked up randomly in a coffee shop one day—someone had left it with a note saying “Read and leave for someone else to enjoy.” Ms. Nellis said that when she was traveling in Europe as a student, her peers would often trade books with each other, and this is how she ended up reading Jaws. Fels said that she found herself reading “big books” like Dune when she was spending time in Mexico.

Saachi offered some very insightful advice, which was to “read poems for inspiration” before a writing assignment or a test. Zoe D. said she loves reading books with illustrations and art, such as The Phantom Tollbooth, which she plans to take with her to college. Everyone shared the sentiment and agreed that it’s fun to go back to our “comfort books” every now and then.

For a complete list of books recommended during this book club and previous book clubs, check out our Goodreads list here!

TED Talk for Poetry Month

In honor of National Poetry Month, we watched a TED Talk by former U.S. Poet Laureate, Billy Collins. The video presents animated versions of several of his poems and a reading of a very funny poem at the end.

Book Spine Poetry

April is National Poetry Month, and we have lots of great poetry on display in the library. If you want to try your hand at something a little different, try creating a poem out of the spines of books. Here are a few examples to get you inspired. Also, you can find lots of great poetry, learn about different poets, and even have poems emailed to you at poets.org. They also have a section of the website just for teens. And don’t forget to check out LitFinder for Schools, which has plenty of full-text poems, so you can choose one to memorize and amaze your friends, and even more importantly, your librarians!