Things that Made My Brain Explode: May 12, 2019

Articles and news stories are constantly pushing me to consider something new, broaden my perspective, or change the way I look at an issue. My husband likes to joke that my brain explodes with something new on a daily basis. These articles – and the brain explosions that result from them – are so beneficial for […]

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Lailah’s Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story, by Reem Farqui

Ramadan Mubarak! The sacred month of Ramadan began this week, and there’s so much to learn about this holy tradition observed by Muslims all over the world. The best way to learn is by reading and asking questions, and books like Lailah’s Lunchbox, by Reem Faruqi, are perfect to give readers a peek into the […]

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You’re Invited: 2019 Computer Science Institute

Educators! Snag your spot in the 2019 CS Institute, powered by St. Anne’s-Belfield School and the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. This free two-day workshop gives K-12 educators easy, bite-size, accessible tools and ideas to bring computer science into lessons and activities. I know what you’re thinking – “I’m not qualified to […]

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Ms. Fitz Has Read…May 5, 2019

What is Ms. Fitz reading? Here’s the view from May 5th! That end-of-the-year teacher sprint is in full swing, so I was extra thankful for audiobooks this month – and I’m already daydreaming about slow summer mornings reading in my backyard hammock 😍😍 This month was full of thrillers and mysteries (trying to find great […]

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Insta Review: Genuine Fraud, by E. Lockhart

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! View this post on Instagram One look at the gorgeous cover of this book will have YA readers smitten. Once they’re inside this newer novel by We Were Liars author E. Lockhart, however, some readers may lose steam. Jule is […]

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Solving Library Problems with Design Thinking: 3D Printing Braille Signage

  Each year I push 4th grade students to use the design thinking process to create a lasting and meaningful contribution to their library. In past years, we’ve used graphic design to create new signage that’s more accessible to young readers, and interviewed kindergarteners to create systems to help them find the books that they […]

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Things that Made My Brain Explode: May 5, 2019

Articles and news stories are constantly pushing me to consider something new, broaden my perspective, or change the way I look at an issue. My husband likes to joke that my brain explodes with something new on a daily basis. These articles – and the brain explosions that result from them – are so beneficial for […]

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Fitz’s Faves Jr: H’s review of Penguin Problems, by Jory John

Penguin Problems, by Jory John I loved the book Penguin Problems because it was so funny. It was about a grumpy penguin who complains about everything, and then is visited by a walrus who tell shim basically to be grateful for what he has, and the penguin does then realize there is a lot to […]

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Family Night: Library Programming to Celebrate our Unique and Wonderful Community

Last week, almost 200 members of our school community gathered to celebrate one very special thing: family! Families come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and varieties, and this last event in the ’18-’19 Family Fest series was the perfect reason to come together and celebrate them all! I designed this program to highlight the diverse, unique, […]

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The Bennett’s Village Penny Wars have begun!

    My 7th and 8th grade Quest group this semester is working on answering the question: What can we do to help level the playing field for kids in Charlottesville, so that every child has a chance to learn and play? These fundraisers for Bennett’s Village are one of their many current ongoing projects […]

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