R.C. Centeno Elementary hosted its 1st Annual Reading Fair December 17, 2013. The purpose of the Reading Fair is to provide each student with an opportunity to share his/her favorite fictional story and demonstrate his/her knowledge of reading through a storyboard display. The goal of the Reading Fair is to encourage, promote, and enhance the reading experience across grade levels. Participation in the Reading Fair process will ultimately allow each student to have a creative and positive experience with reading that will develop into a lifelong love of reading.
Every year the Build-a-Potato contest, held during our Library Kick-off week, gets bigger and better. This year we had over 200 submissions with 111 entries making it to the finals. I’m so glad I don’t have the task of judging all the wonderfully creative entries, I left that up to the judges.
Chime in and tell us which one is your favorite!
One of the best parts of being a librarian is when you have former students come back to visit and all they can talk about is books. Priscilla and her mother came to visit one day before school had started this year, and her mother mentioned that Priscilla had finished all the summer reads I had given her in one week. So of course, I couldn’t let such an avid reader go without more books. One of Priscilla’s best qualities is that she pays it forward. Not only does she read to the younger children at her church and teaches them how to read, but she also passes the books on to her friends. She is a role model and librarian’s dream come true.
This year marks the 11th anniversary of 9/11. For many of us, the last thing we want is to revisit the day of September 11, 2001, in New York City. As the school year opens, many of us in the education field across the United States, may feel the same way. But as one educator so aptly put it “we need to go down the hole of one of history’s darkest days in order to come up with some light to shed on it for our students this September.”
In 2001, some of our students were not even born yet and know very little about the day’s events. Even though it is a ‘current event’ for us as adults, it is ‘history’ for them.” For those of us in the field of education, September 11 may still be a raw experience, whereas for our students, it’s not even a memory. But regardless, we are the ones in position to preserve this part of history for them.
Here at Rodolfo Centeno Elementary, we tried to think about how to bridge teachers’ personal experiences with September 11 with students’ understanding of the event. To commemorate the day of September 11, we will be hosting Remembering 9/11: Tell your story. How did you witness history on September 11, 2001? What do you most remember and how has it affected your life? As role models, help us preserve this historic event by sharing your experience with our 5th grade students who have just finished reading and reflecting on I Survived: the Attacks of September 11, 2001 by Lauren Tarshis.
I had such a great time chaperoning this group of 5th graders to the Imaginarium. They were a great group and worked really hard reading tons of book to earn their spot on the bus. By the look on their faces, I think they enjoyed it too. I learned a few things along the way — who knew they would get such a kick out of shining their shoes and we take for granted that the mall is a place all kids get to go to, but that is not true. For some kids this was there first time at the mall so that made it all the more special.
I had such a great time taking these deserving students to the Imaginarium. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of kids.
JUDY MOODY WAS IN A MOOD. NOT A GOOD MOOD. A BAD MOOD by Megan McDonald
12:49 pm , February 28 , 2014
This is a picture of me my first year in the library, which was (06-07). My daughter drew it so if you look closely there are a couple of signs that say “MOM”, and if you look real close I’m wearing a badge that says Centeno Librarian. The question marks in the background and the expression on my face allude to a sense of confusion, aptly so, it was my first year and it was a little overwhelming. Now it’s my fifth year and I’ve decided to keep this anime likeness because one; I’ve grown so found of it, two, the job is still overwhelming, and three, now that I’m in the “Lucha Libro”, like El Santo, I have to conceal my true identity.
This will be my 11th year in education. I spent my first year teaching 5th grade reading then made the move to a self-contained 3rd grade taksroom, I mean classroom. Now that I’m in the library I think I have found my calling. I think I was meant to be “La Bibliotecaria”. I’ve always loved reading children’s books and YA literature and I was one of those kids who always raised their hand to read aloud in class. Now I get to do it for a living and in front of a captive audience! Plus, I actually get to work with people I like – kids.
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