Saturday, November 15, 2014

Awesome Author Skype with Kate Messner!

Kate Messner
We love authors at our school, and we love to Skype with authors! Last year, we did an all school Skype with Ame Dyckman to celebrate World Read Aloud Day-- 230 kids all in the gym at the same time and it was awesome! You can read Kobe's blog post about it here , written in first grade. 

This year... Kate Messner! Kate Messner is amazing! Not only does she write picture books and novels, she also hosts Teachers Write, a virtual summer writing camp for teachers. Last summer, over 1,700 teachers participated, including me! We were so excited to Skype with Kate and she is also our featured author for our November/December Family book club

Here are just a few of Kate's books!
On Friday, she actually did two Skypes with our school: a Q & A session with our kindergarten students, and a 30 minute session with 255 first through fifth graders. During the 30 minute session, she talked about the writing process, where she gets her ideas, books she has written, and more. 

One of our kinders asking about animals hibernating in winter

Kate's view of Lake Champlain from her house near the
Adirondack Mountains in New York--
where she gets many ideas!

Over and Under the Snow in another language

What is moss? (A very popular question!)

Kicking off the 1st-5th Skype talking about her notebooks

Post-it story planning

One of our 5th graders asking about her books

"Have you ever wrote a hedgehog book?" asked this first grader

Kate zooms in on the cover of Marty McGuire Has Too Many Pets...
a hedgehog, of course!

We love Kate Messner! Thanks, Kate for inspiring our students!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

What are you thankful for?

One of my favorite things during the month of November is when my friends post something each day that they are thankful for on their Facebook page. It is always a great reminder that every day is special and should be celebrated! This month, I'd like to invite you to share what you are thankful for with our school community! You will be featured as a guest blogger and I'd love to hear from you and your family. It's as easy as sending an email to jkloczko.staracademy@blogger.com! The subject line of your email will become your blog post title, the content of your blog comes from the actual email, and if you choose to attach any pictures they will be automatically added to your post. 

We'd love to hear from you and your family. Feel free to type it together-- and it can be anything! Friends, family, school, your pets, sunshine-- anything that makes you happy and feel grateful.