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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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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Behind the Scenes: Making a Book Display

I’m not that great at book displays. I know, I know, librarians are supposed to have great book display game. We’re supposed to be cutting, tracing, glueing, bubble-letter geniuses. Maybe it’s the fact that my readers are so enthusiastic that books in our library don’t take much selling; maybe it’s because my ideas are much […]

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#IADWAYR – September 5, 2017

In today’s episode of #IADWAYR, 5th graders in Core 2 answer the question: It’s A Day, What Are You Reading?   

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#stabsummerreading

If you’re sharing your reading on social media, use #stabsummerreading so our awesome reading community can stay connected through the summer months. Follow #stabsummerreading to see what your friends, teachers, and other STAB students are reading! Here it is, my middle school friends – the moment you have been waiting for. Are you already bored with […]

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Quest: Can We Help a Community Organization?

Last semester, I was lucky enough to work with a talented and driven group of young women on a Quest called So You Want to Learn Guitar? When it came time to start preparing for my next Quest, I had no idea how I would top such a fun, challenging, and rewarding semester. Offer another […]

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Yankee Swap Summer Book Exchange

Every so often, wandering through the library with my middle school groups, I’ll hear a sound that is music to my ears: students  “You have to read this book. It’s so good. I’m obsessed with it.” Peer to peer recommendations are incredibly powerful. No matter how well I know a student or how passionately I […]

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Learning Village Library featured in School Library Journal

Over on School Library Journal today, STAB Computer Science Coordinator Kim Wilkens and I are talking about Foiling Fake News, a unit we developed for fourth graders to help them to put their digital literacy and computer science skills to the test. We had a blast while helping our fourth graders to sharpen their critical thinking […]

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Visiting Author: Kwame Alexander and Ekua Holmes

Thanks to the 2017 Virginia Festival of the Book, St. Anne’s-Belfield School welcomed more than 2,400 young students from around the Charlottesville area onto the Learning Village Campus on Wednesday for a special event: Out of Wonder: Poets Celebrating Poetry – A Conversation Between author Kwame Alexander and illustrator Ekua Holmes, moderated by Sarah FitzHenry. In my […]

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Quest: So You Want to Learn Guitar?

The final product of my Winter Quest group, called Learn the Guitar: But How? The group of five 7th and 8th grade girls chose a Taylor Swift song and created a custom musical and vocal arrangement, recorded the guitar track, recorded the vocals, edited the combined musical track, filmed the video clips, and edited the […]

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