We’re back in the thick of things after a (hopefully) well rested (and well read) February Break. On Monday Sophomores had their second moratorium where they focused on presentations. Former Sophomore Project winners shared their presentations and the gave tips on how to give a top notch presentation.
Tuesday saw the return of TED Talk Tuesday. We showed Sarah Kay’s “If I Should Have a Daughter” and Shane Koyczan’s “To This Day…For the Bullied and the Beautiful.” Tuesday also happened to be the 100th Day of School, and the library was one of the many stops on the Kindergarteners’ celebratory parade throughout campus.
Friday was Read Across America Day, a day devoted to reading. The library was transformed into a cozy reading lounge filled with pillows, bean bags, and the reading fort. At 2:30, the Cat in the Hat let us know it was time for the All School Read and for 15 minutes, the whole school read. Check out our shelfie post later this week featuring students, faculty, and parents reading.
Welcome back and happy new year! We eased into 2018 with a quiet week in the library.
In preparation for the 6th graders Olympic Book Talks, Ms. Melinson and Mrs. Eustace took a field trip to Barnes & Noble to get some last minute selections.
On Friday the library played host to the alumni mixer. Students and faculty schmoozed with the Class of 2017 before heading off to the alumni panel to discuss their first semesters at college.
It’s been quite busy this week, with Monday being possibly the busiest day ever. Monday featured back to back to back classes, 10th grade English and 7th grade Science, with the kiddos working on their Sophomore Projects and Biomes website design, respectively.
Tuesday and Wednesday saw Mr. Crabb’s 7th graders in the library to work on their Middle East Cultural Fair projects. Tuesday was also Halloween and we saw some great costumes in the library including Ms. Burns as Ms. Frizzle from “The Magic School Bus”, Ms. Mitchell as Mother Nature, and Emily as a dark fairy.
On Thursday we had, you guessed it, more classes! This time it was Dr. Fisher’s 10th graders working hard on their notecards for their Sophomore Project.
Rounding out the week on Friday was Novemberfest! Ms. Melinson’s advisory cooked a hearty breakfast and built a chocolate cookie haunted house. Later in the day as part of Novemberfest festivities, the library was host to lots of different board games.
The middle schoolers were away on their field trips this week and the library was noticeably quiet in their absence. On Monday we had Misty Greene, pastry chef extraordinaire at Hawks in Granite Bay and Hawks Provision and Public House, visit us for World Food Day. Chef Misty talked about her passion for more good food literacy and her volunteer work with the Food Literacy Center, whose mission is to get kids to get kids to vegetables. If you’re interested in volunteer opportunities at the Food Literacy Center, let us know and we’ll get you connected. Misty also talked about how to break into the restaurant industry – by starting at the bottom and working your way up. Tuesday was the birthday of yours truly and Ms. Melinson made a yummy chocolate bundt cake (which I’m totally snacking on right now) Wednesday was our monthly Book Club, which you can read about here. On Thursday and Friday, 10th graders were in the library to find books and take notes, learn about Boolean searching, and find good keywords to search the databases for their Sophomore Project topics. The Glass Knife had their second meeting on Friday and had a spirited discussion on what this year’s theme should be.
It’s been a fun and busy week in the Matthews Library.
All week Ms. Burns’ 7th graders have been coming in to research and draw plants for their booklets for the upcoming Renaissance Faire. Students made use of the library’s ample windows to help with their sketches.
Our big event this week was Read Across America day! The library was transformed into The Lava Lounge with lots of comfy pillows, bean bags, pods, and a super awesome fort.
We also had the Starbooks Cafe with tea and snacks and a selfie station where students could take bookish photos. During the All School Read, teachers were encouraged to take selfies with their classes for treats (expect the Candy Fairy soon!) Check out our post featuring class selfies.
Friday was the Sophomore Moratorium where 10th graders filled the library to work on their Sophomore Projects.
We’ve had fun celebrating world cultures this week at Country Day!
We kicked off the celebration with our annual Polyglot Cat in the Hat. Students and faculty took turns reading The Cat in the Hat in 30 languages, including ASCII, Yiddish, and Old English, much to the delight of our visiting second graders.
On Thursday we toured the world via the Passport Lunch. In the library, Ms. Melinson’s advisory featured yummy noodles from around the world.
The week ended with an assembly starring Fenix Drum, a West African, Congolese, and Caribbean drum and dance troupe.
We visited the fourth grade Wax Museum on Wednesday where students dressed in pioneer garb and presented information as the famous pioneers they researched.
It’s been a crazy week here in the Matthews Library as we head towards Winter Break!
Junior and Senior Biology students visited this week to prepare for their Bio Research Debates. Students researched genetically engineered/modified foods and dressed up as the groups they represented (scientists, farmers, environmentalists, law makers, food processors & retailers, and citizens) to present their sides.
Tuesday we were treated to some festive music from the High School choir and orchestra to help get us in the mood for the holidays. Check out their performance of the theme from Downton Abbey!
On Wednesday we had a very special (and adorable) baby shower/goodbye party for Gabriella, who is expecting twins! #twinning
Friday we were host to the Middle School kids, who made holiday cards for their friends, family, and Dyer Kelly Elementary School.
Ms. Bauman’s class also visited us on Friday and sang the New Year’s Eve classic “Auld Lang Syne”.
Ms. LaComb’s seventh graders dressed up as characters from The Outsiders!
This week was extra short and sweet thanks (ha!) to the upcoming Thanksgiving break.
Students had a potluck lunch on Tuesday with their advisories to get them in the Thanksgiving spirit and celebrate the end of the first trimester. Ms. Melinson’s advisory feasted on yummy tri-tip, crazy good mashed potatoes, and delightful apple-berry pie.
Have a happy and restful Thanksgiving!
Anny presented during the Leadership Lunch on Wednesday where she gave a presentation on her trip to Honduras over the summer in conjunction with Unbound, a nonprofit organization that sponsors impoverished children and the elderly in 20 countries to help them meet their basic needs such as health care, nutrition, and education.
Friday was the annual Glass Knife sponsored Speakeasy! Students and faculty read from a variety of poems: current and past Poet Laureates to rappers to poems they’d written themselves. Plus, we had all the yummy snacks.
It’s been a busy week here at the Matthews Library! Monday was Halloween and we were treated to some fabulous costumes.
Monday also featured a bake sale benefitting The Glass Knife. And speaking of, The Glass Knife met on Wednesday and decided on their theme for the year (but we’re not telling!)
On Tuesday and Thursday, Ms. Melinson had Book Talks with the 6th and 7th graders and they excitedly chose their books with a flurry of Post-Its.
On Tuesday, Country Day was host to students from St. Michael’s Episcopal Day School where they got to shadow Country Day student’s classes and lunch in the library.
And to cap off the week, Friday was Rockvemberfest! Ms. Melinson cooked breakfast for her advisees and then read to them from The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling.
Rockvemberfest featured the Fall Talent Show where we were regaled with poetry, music, and fire. And then delicious tacos for lunch from Tres Hermanos Taco Truck!