My first year at Ensign I started a new tradition, students who checked out items at the public library could bring in their receipts to my school library for a small prize out of the treasure chest or save 10 for a free brand new book. This year we had a total of 250! I love making connections between the school and public library! Thanks Ensign Students and thank you to the public library -especially the Sweet Library as they bore the brunt of the receipt printing!
Get Reading this Summer with some great programs!
What: The City Library’s Super Summer Challenge
Theme: Strike a Cord
When: June 1 through August 11.
Details: All ages can visit their favorite Library location to sign up and receive a Super Summer Challenge tracker. See below for more information about the Super Summer Challenge for Kids, Pre-Readers, Teens, and Adults.
- See more at: http://www.slcpl.org/supersummer
What: The County Library Summer Reading Challenge
Theme: Libraries Rock
When: June 1 through July 31st.
Details: Kick off Party Friday June 1st 6-9pm at the Viridian Events Center
- See more at: http://summer.slcolibrary.org/index.html
What: The Utah State Fair Read and Win Program
When: Read from May 1- July 27 Due by July 27
Details: Each child who completes the program receives a free ticket to attend the Utah State Fair in September
For more information and the form to complete: http://www.utahstatefair.com/readandwin
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First a big THANK YOU to the Ensign PTA who funded the event and helped to both coordinate volunteers to enter the recording sheets. A special thank you to all those parents who volunteered to enter in the recording slips each day! Another thank you to ALL of our Ensign Parents for supporting their students at home to read more and do more physical fitness. A thank you to the teachers for taking class time to listen to all these event announcement. A huge thank you to all the students who participated and turned in your recording slips –because of you we reached 165,664 minutes. Great Job Ensign Teams!. We didn't quite meet our goal of 190,000 minutes but there is always next year!
Over the past week of the Ensign Olympic event our Teams accomplished a variety of challenges, read more than ever and did a ton of physical fitness. We learned about all the qualities that Olympic Athletes have to be successful. These are the same qualities that we have noticed in our Ensign teams… athletes spend a lot of time improving their bodies they also spend time improving their minds, to work hard, to work on difficult things, and to always push the boundaries to accomplish new things, that achieving your personal best is more important than winning, to be optimist, to celebrate the little victories, to always stay positive, and to never give up, that anything is possible, to dream big, to help others, and to never ever give up, that success takes hard work, that dreams can change but still come true, and that you can accomplish amazing things if you are willing to try.
5: Rowyn W 615 Stratford
6: Philip G 960 Sprague
7: Wesley M 1010 Harman
8: Madeline H 942 Sharps
9: Dylan P 1575 Pickle
10: Asher L 1215 Lowry
11: Alex P 1440 Romney
12: Reece F 1780 Hamilton
5: Rowyn W 370 Stratford & Malcom Smith 370 Thomas
6: Thomas M 465 Stratford
7: Iris R 773 Harman
8: Beatrice B 671 Adams
9: Olivia B 630 Sharp
10: Marley R 1199 Ham
11: Elliott D2100 Ham
12: Jay M 1025 Romney
GRAND PRIZE TEAM: Team Ice Hockey with 59,796 minutes of Reading and Fitness
The Closing Ceremony...
As a closing ceremony we were incredibly lucky to have two former Olympians come to present. First was Barb Jones who competed at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games in cross-country skiing. Next we met, Pete Vordenberg who competed in cross country skiing in both 1992 and 1994 Olympic Games and has been an Olympic coach as well. It was an exciting event and we were so excited to have experienced the Ensign Olympics.. As a closing ceremony we were incredibly lucky to have two former Olympians come to present. First was Barb Jones who competed at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games in cross-country skiing. Next we met, Pete Vordenberg who competed in cross country skiing in both 1992 and 1994 Olympic Games and has been an Olympic coach as well. It was an exciting event and we were so excited to have experienced the Ensign Olympics.
The Ensign Olympics starts TODAY! It’s a one week challenge for the mind and the body. It’s hosted by the Ensign Library and the Ensign Physical Education program. Olympic Athletes have many qualities that are worth emulating such as determination, hard-work, self-motivation, persistence, and especially teamwork. To encourage these qualities, we have set up a dynamic week long event which is a read-a-thon combined with a physical activity-a-thon.
Over the next week your student will have the opportunity to challenge their minds with reading and challenge their bodies with physical activity. Attached to this letter is a daily tracking sheet. Each day your student will record time spent reading and time spent doing physical activity outside of school hours (if your child is home sick, school time hours don’t count) onto the corresponding day (for example: Monday activity is recorded on the Monday slip). Please help your younger student correctly record, label, and cut out each daily slip. Please review and sign each slip, as unsigned slips will not count. The daily tracking slip should be turned in every day, if possible, by placing it into your students assigned Team Bin displayed outside of the main entrance to the school library. All time will be tallied and updated daily on a bar graph that will be posted in the window of the library. You are welcome to come see the progress.
There will be incentives for individual accomplishment by age and classroom by grade. Your student is also a member of a Team for school-wide competition; Ski Jumping, Ice Hockey, or Snowboarding. Our school has been divided up evenly into these three Teams so that there is a representation from each grade on each Team. The minutes that your student accumulates go toward a Team total. Teams will also earn extra time for accomplishing class challenges. There will be a wonderful incentive for the winning Team. Additionally, at 3:05pm each day, you are welcome to join us for our daily update announcement which includes current totals and some wonderful examples about real life inspirational athletes.
Start Date: Monday January 22
End Date: Sunday January 28
Total days to record: 7
Teachers will send home the tracker sheet today, extra’s for those who have misplaced them or received a misprint are available in the Ensign Library.
Teaching Media Literacy is one of the many hats that Librarians already wear. I teach a series of lessons on Website Authenticity -with an emphasis to be very careful what information you trust online (we even took a look at a shady Nat Geo article on ancient honey, this last time -which was very poorly written and not sourced at all).
I also teach a series of lesson on Advertising and product information. How do companies try to manipulate you into buying things and how can you take a critical look at the information they are providing you with and tactics they are using. I place on emphasis on how companies try to target children and get them to use their pester power with their parents.
I look forward to creating a series of lessons on Media Literacy about the News that is appropriate for elementary.
This Kit was $2 at my local thrift story. I borrowed the light from a fellow teacher and now we have a popular station in the library.
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