SES loves MCBA

SES loves MCBA
SES loves MCBA!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Experience the Civil War like Homer P. Figg

On January 18th from 11:45-12:45, Civil War buffs Brad Peters and Jan Ross will visit the LC to share their collection of artifacts, photos and personal tales of their visits to Civil War sites. This visit culminates our reading of The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick which we shared in the lunch room this fall and really enjoyed.
Be sure to sign up in the LC to attend the program and earn 1 participation point.


Alex, Eric, Jayden, Austin and Maxx

Jingle entry #2

Rebecca, Emma, Hazel and Ivy

Jingle entry #3

Katie, Rachel, Emma and Kaya

Thursday, December 22, 2011

As Mr. Mahler read the 25 MCBA books this year, he kept a list of interesting vocabulary. Here's proof that reading builds a strong vocabulary! Do you know what they mean? Can you spell them? On January 19th we will hold an old-fashioned spelling bee using this list. Sign up in the LC. First place will earn 10 points, second place 5 points and third 3 points.

Don't be obstinate-- sign up for this edifying experience. It is sure to cause a ruckus!

The MCBA 101

  1. edification
  2. infernal
  3. obstinate
  4. insatiable
  5. decanter
  6. mote
  7. alchemy
  8. apparition
  9. courtier
  10. flourish
  11. obsequious
  12. savory
  13. mottled
  14. cower
  15. gnaw
  16. ethereal
  17. vanquish
  18. predecessor
  19. contemplate
  20. pang
  21. skirt
  22. glade
  23. heathen
  24. portentous
  25. soiree
  26. inexplicable
  27. sleight of hand
  28. loathsome
  29. conjure
  30. exorbitant
  31. countenance
  32. cataclysm
  33. equivocate
  34. waft
  35. compunction
  36. multitude
  37. spore
  38. traverse
  39. luminous
  40. celestial
  41. chagrin
  42. surly
  43. dappled
  44. blithely
  45. oblige
  46. excrement
  47. fester
  48. simultaneously
  49. surreptitiously
  50. harping
  51. wisp
  52. rapture
  53. preposterous
  54. resplendent
  55. dismissive
  56. hirsute
  57. en masse
  58. esteem
  59. disconcerting
  60. reconvene
  61. berate
  62. irksome
  63. audible
  64. indiscriminate
  65. resurrect
  66. derange
  67. fluster
  68. pretense
  69. agoraphobia
  70. ruckus
  71. retina
  72. incredulous
  73. dingy
  74. commentary
  75. acolyte
  76. impervious
  77. wretch
  78. solemnity
  79. disassemble
  80. melee
  81. undeterred
  82. senile
  83. fracas
  84. reign
  85. damsel
  86. cornice
  87. encroach
  88. defunct
  89. motley
  90. intuitive
  91. foundling
  92. meticulously
  93. emphatic
  94. discreetly
  95. feign
  96. sheepishly
  97. conical
  98. righteous indignation
  99. lurching



Sunday, November 27, 2011

Jingle, Jingle, Jingle

Here are the official rules for the Jingle Contest

1. Promotes reading and/or the MCBA program
2. Is catchy
3. Shows creativity
4. Includes participation by a minimum of 4 students
5. Must be recorded for review (audio or video - dancing encouraged!)
6. Entries must be submitted by 3:00 on 12/22/11.

Each class can submit as many entries as they like. An independent panel will judge the jingles on the above criteria. The winner will earn 10 points for their classroom, 2nd place 5 points, and third 3 points.

Have fun!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Book Reviews

This year, we are encouraging students to submit book reviews to our catalog, Destiny Quest. For each three MCBA books reviewed, students will earn a participation point. Be sure you have finished reading the book before you write a review. What makes a good review? Did you like the book? Why? What was interesting about it? What type of readers would like the book? Be sure to check your spelling and grammar!
Once you submit a review, it will be sent to Ms. Bernard for approval. Once approved, it will be available for all to see on the catalog.

Congratulations to Evelyn F. who submitted over 20 reviews this week for books she has read. They will help other readers make good choices.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thanks to Eric and Luke for sharing this fun activity:

A thoughtful poem makes a great book project. The Leanin' Dog was one of my favorites on the list--really good historical fiction that was sad, hopeful and took me back to another time. Pick up a copy!
See Ms. B if you need help submitting your poem.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Kick-off

Today we kicked off this year's MCBA program with an assembly for Ms. Lobenstine's, Ms. Klein's and Mr. Goldman's classes. The energy was high, and we are excited by the great list of books and the new elements we have added to the program. Let the mad reading begin!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Summer Reading

I hope the summer is full of fun, new adventures and relaxation. It's a great time to get started on the new MCBA list. With plenty of time to read, and the books in abundance at the public library, you 'll have a great start when we begin the program in November.
My early favorite is Operation Redwood--terrific characters and a good story--it made me interested to learn more about the Redwood forests. Let me know what your favorites are!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Books in Action 2011

WOW! March 11, 2011 was a night to remember. Over 130 readers, 40 teacher and parent volunteers and four librarians came together to celebrate reading at our 10th Books in Action.
I think it was the best ever.....

Monday, March 7, 2011

Congratulations to Ms. Klein's Class

Ms. Klein's class has won the participation points contest with a total of 473 points. They read 378 books and completed 50 book projects, won T-Day Trivia, the Door decorating contest and participated in the Battle of the Books. They have won a library party of their choosing.

Ms. Lobenstine's class came in second with 434 points. They read 377 books!
Mr. Goldman's class was third with 235 books read.
Congratulations to all our readers!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Emma reads all 25!

In a show of determination, Emma finished her final chapters today, to complete her 25th MCBA book. Congratulation on accomplishing your goal, Emma!

Izzy reads 25!

Izzy puzzled out the Potato Chip Puzzles to clench her place in the 25 Club. Congratultions on a job well done!

Piper joins the club

Congratulations to Piper, who polished off her 25th book over the weekend. Nice job!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

A busy week in store

Are you ready? Well here it comes!

Tuesday, 3/1- 8:45 a.m. sharp all points for books read and projects must be on my desk. (If you are sick-call or email!)
Voting for Favorite Book- all day in the LC
Wednesday, 3/2
Permission slips due for Books in Action
Thursday, 3/3
High Noon Battle of the Books U28 semi-final vs. Swift River via Skype
Go SES team!!!!!
Tuesday 3/8
U28 Championship

Friday, 3/11
5:45-8:30 p.m. Books in Action at Swift River School
Winning Book announced

Three Cups of Tea

Thank you Mary Anne and Naz for a wonderful, interesting and educational morning!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Don't miss this great Vacation week event

A great final!

Today's Battle of the Books final was as exciting as predicted. The score was extremely close, and spectators were holding their breath on each correct response. The level of detail that students retained on each book was amazing. In the end the 6th grade team of Sage, Izzy, Henry and Aidan held on for a sweet victory. This team has been together for three years and it's wonderful to see them finally reap the rewards of their hard work. Congratulations! They will face the Swift River team via Skype on March 3rd.
Second Place
Third Place

Division C Winner

In a showdown against a feisty teacher team, the team of Sage, Maya, Evelyn and Trevor never lost their composure and persevered to a nail-biting victory. Congratulations!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Division B Winner

They did not miss one question. Like a well-oiled machine, they were in synch as they produced correct answer after correct answer. No sweat from this team of smooth 6th graders.
Congratulations Henry, Aidan, Izzy and Sage for winning today's semifinal round in Battle of the Books!

(Can I add that the teacher team of Ms. Klein, Ms. Donovan, B.Z. and Ms. Fraker really held their own. 3rd place! )

Division A champs

The team of Rachel, Katie, Emma and Kale showed cool confidence as they won the Division A Battle of the Books semifinal on Monday. Their spirit and teamwork persevered, and they showed a masterful knowledge of the books. They move onto Thursday's Championship game. Congratulations!

Eric joins the 25 Club

Die hard Red Sox fan and outstanding reader, Eric has once again read all 25 MCBA nominees. Congratulations!

Sage does it again

For the third year, Sage has read all 25 MCBAs! What a grand accomplishment. Congratulations, Sage, for leading the way with your enthusiasm for reading.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Rachel joins the club

Congratulations to Rachel, for reading every MCBA book and joining the 25 Club. Nice job!

Luke reads 25!

Hey Luke, why the grumpy face?

You've just finished your 25th MCBA book!

Nice Job, Dylan!

Dylan joins the 2011 25 Club. Congratulations!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Online challenge

Write two book reviews on Destiny Quest for books you have read during MCBA and receive a point! Book reviews should include a brief summary of the book and your thoughts.
Log into Destiny Quest from the library web page. Forget how? Check in with Ms. Bernard.

Katie reads 25!

Congratulations to Katie on the completion of her 25th MCBA book!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Iron Thunder book project

Sage has created a wonderful book trailer for Avi's Iron Thunder:

Monday, January 3, 2011

Fiona does it!

Fiona used her holiday break to finish Chains, her 25th book. Congratulations!

25 Readers

Congratulations to Austin, our first student 25 reader of the year!