Week in Review: Poem in Your Pocket edition

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It’s been go, go, go in the library this week! Starting with Monday when Ms. Nellis brought in her 9th graders to work on their World Heritage Site projects. Then the library played host to a presentation on Queer Voices for Mr. Hinojosa’s 12th graders as part of their Laramie Project unit. Speakers from the Sacramento LGBT Community Center spoke about their experiences and services they provide at the Community Center. Later in the day, a group of high schoolers helped out kindergartners in the Winters Library with Poem in Your Pocket activities: cutest day of the year.

On Tuesday Ms. Nellis’ class was back for more World Heritage fun. Tuesday was also Mrs. Eustace’s birthday, and she was very excited to have ice cream cake. Wednesday was the all-school Poem in Your Pocket Day. Students with poems in their pockets (or on their phones, computers, or brains) shared poems in exchange for a piece of candy. After lunch we were visited by the Four Horsemen of the Poem-acalypse to share their poems and after school some middle schoolers came running in to read their poems before it was too late.

At Thursday’s “C” day meeting, a panel of seniors talked to the juniors about the college application process and their college choices. And Friday was another work night for The Glass Knife staff as they worked hard on completing this year’s book.

Week in Review: Sophomore Symposium edition

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This week started out with the Sophomore Symposium presentations. On Monday David presented on the UC Davis MIND Institute, Spencer on Prohibition, Jackson M. on Climate Change, Anu on the Evolution of News and the Sacramento Bee, and Becca on Sacramento and Flooding. On Tuesday Larkin presented on Sacramento’s Reliance on the Busy Bee, Jackson C. on the Golden 1 Center, Heloise on the Delano Grape Strike, Darius on Tech Companies and Sacramento, and Alyssa on Street Art. Congratulations to the Top 10 and to the Top 3, Larkin, Jackson M., and Spencer!

On Thursday Mr. Crabb’s 7th graders were in to find research books relating to their March Madness fiction books. Topics included refugees, war, women’s rights, and more. Thursday was also pitch day for the 6th grade Passion Projects. Students presented to their classmates and the Country Day community and received feedback on their project ideas. The pitches included a business plan for a breakfast stand, a presentation on the Ancient Beringians, the chemistry of baking, cooking around the world, and a Harlem Globetrotters board game. On Friday the Glass Knife had their first of many work nights to come.

 

 

Week in Review

It’s been a quiet week in the Matthews Library. On Monday and Tuesday the 10th graders were in to learn about parenthetical references and MLA formatting for their Sophomore Project papers. The Glass Knife had another week of board meetings to determine what will go in this year’s book. On Thursday they looked at submitted art pieces, but no peeking! On Friday, the 6th graders submitted their Passion Project proposals. Ideas include a mixtape based on the history of Broadway, a dating app for sharks, a popsicle stick building based on Disney animation, and a website based on the evolution of cats. Look for more updates as these projects progress.

Bonus:

Legit bubblewrap is becoming harder to find in packaging (with air pockets being the common replacement) so when Ms. Melinson received some in a package, she offered it to students as a quick stress reliever.

Week in Review: Passport Lunch edition

It was another wet week here at the Matthews Library, but the sun managed to come out Friday just in time for Spring Fest.

Monday featured Mr. Crabb’s 7th graders in for the beginning of March Madness. Ms. Melinson read the first line of a variety of books with over-arching themes like refugees, colonization, revolution, and Japan, and then students picked books based on their covers.

Tuesday was a holiday we can all get behind: Tea for Two Tuesday. The library office was set up with an assortment of teas and cookies for students to enjoy.

All week long, the Glass Knife have been having super secret board meetings to discuss what will make it into this year’s book.

Friday was Spring Fest and the Passport Lunch. Each advisory brought a different food and students went from classroom to classroom sampling all the different foods with the proceeds going to Breakthrough. In the library, an array of tea, from Boba, to Chai, to Russian, to Chinese black tea, was set up along with cookies, lemon bars, lamingtons, Russian apricot rolls, Russian walnuts, and other yummy treats.

March Book Club

We had our monthly Book Club on a rainy Wednesday, with brownies and hot apple cider hitting just the right spot.

Ms. Melinson started us off by talking about a new book by Jacqueline Woodson, Another Brooklyn. It’s a novel in verse similar to House on Mango Street. Mr. Wells, having also just finished the book, chimed in and said, “It’s excellent!” Ms. Melinson also talked about How to Relax, recommended by her daughter, Sarah, when asked what she would say to her younger self. And as a callback to the cookbooks she shared at the last Book Club, Ms. Melinson talked about How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, the companion to How to Cook Everything.

Grace read The Moonstone, a Victorian mystery (many believe it’s the first mystery book) she described as fun and comforting with quirky characters. She also read The Dead and the Vaulted Arches, another fun mystery. Grace was also excited to start the Ron Chernow biography of Hamilton and Shadow of the Wind – in Spanish.

Anu read The Wrath and the Dawn, which she described as “unexpected” and a mix between The Selection and Arabian Nights. Emma read To Kill a Kingdom, describing it as a more mature retelling of The Little Mermaid. Alyssa listened to Dreamfall on audiobook, a book she’d read and enjoyed, and learned some information: the name of a character was pronounced differently from Alyssa was pronouncing it.

Kaitlyn shared that she’s received many recommendations from Emma that she hasn’t liked, but was sticking with The Thone of Glass series with the promise the third book, Heir of Fire, is supposed to be good. Yumi started Brave New World, describing it as kind of confusing so far. Ian read some weird, but classic books, including Allen Ginsberg’s Collected PoemsThe Most Beautiful Woman in Town & Other StoriesInto the Wild, and Naked Lunch.

Visit our Goodreads page to view all of the books we talked about!

Week in Review

It’s been a wet and wintry week here at the Matthews Library. Monday started out with a Glass Knife meeting as staffers get ready for board meetings next week. On Tuesday Mrs. Lyon’s Book Elective was in to learn about the review contest and find out some of the special perks of being in Book Elective.

On Wednesday, students and faculty participated in the National Walkout by sitting silently for 17 minutes and reading off the names and ages of the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. We had our lunchtime Book Club on Wednesday, which you can read about here. Wednesday was also Pi Day and the library served as a holding place for some pretty sweet pies for the Pi day pie making contest.

Thursday was the perfect day for tea after lunch because of the inclement weather. Thursday was also the perfect day to send off the Mock Trial team to state! Students and teachers gathered to cheer on the Mock Trial team as they head to Orange County to compete in the State Mock Trial competition for the first time in Country Day history. Go Cavs!

The library was quiet on Friday, but the Middle School was the happening place with their first World’s Fair Day.

Week in Review: Shelfie edition

We started off this week with one of our popular (and relaxing) activities – Cookies, Coloring, and Conversation. Students spent lunch coloring in a variety of coloring books from Lisa Frank to Amazing Cities to Sherlock Holmes while enjoying cookies and talking with their friends.

On Wednesday we had our monthly Leadership Lunch, with Esme and Yanele presenting. They spoke about Breakthrough, giving background for those unfamiliar with the program, explaining its importance, and how it’s a rewarding experience for those who volunteer.

On Friday the Candy Fairy delivered candy to the classes who sent in selfies during the All School Read last week. Check out our selfie gallery below!

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Week in Review: Read Across America edition

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.

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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.

Week in Review: Olympics edition

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The 6th graders have been working on Olympic-themed projects over the past few weeks and as a result the library was transformed into a mini Olympic stadium on Monday as they competed in Minute-To-Win-It games. The games included “Cups & Cards”, “Play it by Ear with Soda Cans”, “Find the Penny in the Tights”, and “Nuts ‘n’ Bolts”. The 6th graders celebrated their hard work at lunch with cake and live streaming the Olympics.

On Tuesday Mr. Crabb’s advisory came in to look at books about food for the upcoming World Fair Day. Thursday and Friday featured ice cream socials for Lauren and Layla, winners of the Teen Read Week raffle.

Most excitedly, the puzzle was finished on Friday. Here’s Rita putting in the last piece.

Bonus:

Wednesday was Valentine’s Day, and we were delighted with a singing valentine performed by the kindergarteners.

Week in Review: Polyglot edition

This week started off with our annual Polyglot Cat in the Hat reading. Students (including 2nd graders this year) and faculty read the classic Dr. Seuss tale, The Cat in the Hat, in over 40 languages, including Arabic, Kinyarwanda, Sanskrit, and Ascii code.

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On Wednesday we had our annual leadership lunch. This month featured Sandor talking about the three months he spent in Spain playing soccer. In addition to playing soccer, Sandor also spoke about being immersed in Spanish culture and witnessing history first hand in the Catalan riots for independence.

On Friday we hosted a farewell party for Sailendra, maintenance man extraordinaire. Sal is leaving us after 17 and a half years to start his own business and we wish him all the best.

Bonus:

This week was spirit week and our resident life skills counselor, Pat, got in on the fun!