Insta Review: Home of the Brave, by Katherine Applegate

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! Every time a student saw this book sitting in my “Ms. Fitz is Reading….” display, I got the same response – “I LOVE THAT BOOK!” And it’s easy to see why. In Home of the Brave, author Katherine Applegate has […]

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Robotics Makerspace next Tuesday, 12/12!

It’s beginning to look a lot like… robots! Next Tuesday morning, inspired by the upcoming book club for Peter Brown’s illustrated novel The Wild Robot, all K-8 students are invited to celebrate Computer Science Education Week (a little late ;)) and all things robotics with a pop-up Makerspace. My favorite part? The Makerspace has been […]

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Insta Review: Drowned City, by Don Brown

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! One of the most powerful graphic novels I have ever seen. Don Brown takes an already complicated, terrifying, and gruesome story and amps up the volume in Drowned City, a graphic novel detailing the events of Hurricane Katrina and its […]

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Second Annual Picture Book Month Celebration

  Tis the season to celebrate the things that bring us together and give us joy – and for our community here at St. Anne’s-Belfield school, picture books are at the top of that list! Every year, the international reading community comes together during the month of November to celebrate Picture Book Month. This unofficial […]

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Insta Review: Peanut, by Ayun Halliday and Paul Hoppe

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! A creative take on the difficulty of middle school; making new friends, finding your first relationships, and starting at a new school. Sadie is a new student at a school where everyone already knows everyone, and she has no idea […]

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Insta Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! 👩🏽💕👱🏼 Girl meets boy. Girl falls in love with boy. Girl and boy share electric romantic moments. Conflict occurs. Hearts break. It’s all pretty familiar stuff – except in Everything, Everything, girl has an added complication – she lives in […]

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Insta Review: Fuzzy Mud, by Louis Sachar

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! My mother in law loves to tell this story: When my husband was a kid, he carried around a briefcase, followed the stock market, and read The Hot Zone over and over again (some of us are just lucky enough […]

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Coming Soon: 5th Grade Book Club – The Wild Robot, by Peter Brown

WHO: 5th grade readers, coders, programmers, and any friendly robots that want to join! As always, this book club is completely optional. (And psst – The Wild Robot makes a perfect read aloud. Parents, reading this one together could be a fun way to cozy up in the cold!) WHAT: A Robot Club – featuring […]

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Spark Joy in your Reading Program with Social Media at VAIS 2017

Last week I had the chance to meet and collaborate with other Virginia educators at the Virginia Association of Independent Schools’ annual conference. This year, the conference theme was Leading Learning: Cultivating Curiosity and Joy. Three excellent keynote speakers, a ukulele choir (no, really!), and some awesome breakout sessions made this a jam-packed day collaborating […]

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Insta Review: Lily and Dunkin, by Donna Gephart

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! As the country becomes more and more involved with issues like gender equality, mental health, and human rights, it’s important that we educate children and give them a chance to learn about the different sides of each argument in a […]

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