Sunday, April 8, 2018

Biggest Book Fair Yet!!!

Thank you for a great start to our book fair.  We are 1/3 of the way to meeting our goal!

Beginning this Friday, April 13th through Thursday, April 19th we will be holding our annual Scholastic Book Fair.  This book fair is so important for our community for two important reasons.  First, getting the right fit books into your child's hands to create a love for reading, adventure, knowledge, and deepening their senses of a greater world around them is so essential for developing character and depth of brain development.  Second, this fair is our biggest fundraiser to bring new books to our growing library collection.  Our goal is to sell 600 books which will bring in about $1000 in profit for our library!  We will be having the book fair open during our student-led conferences.  Please take a stroll through and "Paws for Books".
Please click on the following link to take you to our online book fair as well as more information.  Don't forget to browse our teacher wish baskets.  Thank you for all your support.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

OBOB Results

Our Enchanted Readers and Rock-n-Roll Readers represented MRA proudly during their battles this past Saturday at our County Regional Tournament.  These ladies read 16 books, memorized titles and authors, and recalled many details of dates and characters in each.   Each battle consists of 16 questions.  The first 8 questions are identifying in which book some detail is found.  The second 8 questions are content questions and can be from any of the 16 books.  It takes a lot of focus, dedication, and commitment to reach this achievement.  We are so proud of these ladies.  

From left to right:  Lily Olson, Elise Quinlan, Hope Wanderscheid, and Rachel Zacher

Our Enchanted Readers (3rd-5th grade team) won one of their four battles and gained a combined total of 95 points.  From this experience they had fun reading books together and are determined to become a better team for next year's battle.  

From left to right:  Layla Ball, Shelby Goetz, Kylie Benim, and Annie Border

Our Rock-n-Roll Readers (6th-8th grade team) soared through their first four battles and came out ahead.  They had a combined 155 total points which took them to the Sweet 16 round.  They were in 9th place at this point.  They battled fiercely but lost to St. Mary's by just 10 points.  To be in our county's top 16 schools is quite an accomplishment.  With their many commitments to other extracurricular activities,  they've made sacrifices to give up their lunch and recess times to dedicate to this competition.  We are proud.
Please help me in congratulating these readers.  

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Celebrating Dr. Seuss

Congratulations To Our 2018 OBOB Teams

Our 2018 6th-8th grade team to represent us at regionals will be the Rock-n-Roll Readers.  Annie Border, Shelby Goetz, Layla Ball, Kylie Benim, and Kayla Appleton will compete this coming Sunday, March 11th at Estacada Middle School.  Thank you, ladies for your commitment and hard work in reading all the books and working to memorize details and names. 

Our 3rd-5th team, The Enchanted Readers won a very exciting and competitive bracket this year.  Rachel Zacher, Lily Olson, Hope Wanderscheid, Elise Quinlan, and Laura Benim will be battling against other schools from our region on Saturday, March 17th at Clackamas Community College.  Well done!  Please help us congratulate our readers.  This takes lots of dedication and work to make it this far. 

Monday, February 19, 2018


Huckleberry classes learned about the witty writing of Lauren Child as we read, "I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato."  In this book, Charlie, the big brother creatively tries to get his sister, Lola to eat her vegetables in a fun way.   This connected well with our garden classes as our focus has been eating healthy food to make healthy body systems.  Hopefully, the inspiring Charlie convinced our Huckleberry students to take a risk to try our seed sprouts.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Author Highlight: Ed Young

Image result for lon po poOur Trillium have been learning about some favorite illustrators along with the Caldecott Award winning books.  Our focus for the past week has been on Ed Young.  He was the winner of the Caldecott Award in 1990 for Lon Po Po, a Chinese version of Little Red Riding Hood.   His artwork is inspired by the Chinese philosophy of art.  He is quoted saying, "A Chinese painting is often accompanied by words...They are complementary.  There are things that words do that pictures never can, and likewise, there are images that words can never describe."
A beautiful illustrated book about a bird who discovers who he truly is.

The Emperor and the Kite (Paperstar Book)
Another beautiful Chinese tale of the importance of the smallest one.

Please take time to check out more of Ed Young's books.  

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Battles Will Begin...

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3rd-5th grade OBOB battles begin this week!  Please come support your readers this Tuesday, Jan. 30th in Mr. Dante's room beginning at 11:30!  The first battle will be between Master Books and The Readers.  The second battle will happen around 11:55 and will be between The Book Battlers and The Enchanted Readers.  In the following weeks all battles will be on Wednesday for the 3rd-5th grade teams.   They will be battling for the chance to go to Regionals on Saturday, March 17th at Clackamas Community College.   They have worked hard to compete so any support is so valuable for our young readers. 

The 6th-8th grade school battles will begin on Thursday, Feb. 8th.  at 11:30 in the Media Center.  They will compete for their Regional spot which will happen Sunday, March 11th at Estacada Middle School.