Yo Soy/I Am: Interdisciplinary Bilingual Identity Wall

Recent visitors to the Legner Learning Village Library may have noticed a new installation where the Quiet Room windows are usually found, a “Yo Soy/I Am” wall full of statements from the St. Anne’s-Belfield School community. The product of a collaboration between Librarian Sarah FitzHenry and Grades K – 4 Spanish teacher Erica Roth, the […]

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Cville OneBook: Tools for Difficult Conversations at St. Anne’s-Belfield School

Nearly 40 parents, students, and faculty members gathered for the Cville OneBook “Tools for Handling Difficult Discussions” workshop on Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Belfield Campus. Cville OneBook is a local movement that has been fundraising for more than a year to provide 2,500 copies of The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas to young readers in […]

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Changing the World, One Reader at a Time

Fitz Between the Shelves is changing. When I started writing about libraries in 2012, I had one goal: to advocate for my library program. What were we reading? What were we learning? How were kids using their designated library time? There was an undercurrent to each post: This space is important. Students use it, students need […]

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Charlottesville Women in Tech Switch On! Summit 2018

Curious about the good, the bad, and the ugly of social media? Want to know more about how social media tools can be used to help you define and expand your brand or business? I’m so excited to share the “stage” with Liz Hoeppner, the mastermind behind Grants and Communications (and a zillion other things) […]

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Resources for Talking to your Child about Consent

consent [kuh n-sent] verb (used without object) 1. to permit, approve, or agree; comply or yield (often followed by to or an infinitive): He consented to the proposal. We asked her permission, and she consented. 2. Archaic. to agree in sentiment, opinion, etc.; be in harmony. (Source) Although it has a wide range of complicated connotations, the definition of consent is actually very simple: to permit, approve, or agree. We consent to things everyday. Or, we disagree with them. As adults, it’s something we have practiced and exercise regularly (although some […]

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Resources for Banned Books Week 2018

Have you heard about Banned Books Week? Started originally in 1982, the week seems to grow in popularity (and in viral advertising) each year! Here’s a quick summary, from the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom: Banned Books Week 2018 is September 23-29. It brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, […]

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Virginia Festival of the Book 2018

Yesterday, I had the privilege of speaking at the Virginia Festival of the Book’s big kickoff event, the Read & Lead Lunch. I shared my experiences with the Festival of the Book in the classroom, and the impact that I have seen the festival have on my students. As this was a closed event, I […]

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Cville OneBook

I am so excited to share that St. Anne’s-Belfield School will be a community partner with Cville OneBook this year! As a member of the Cville OneBook Committee, I am so excited about the opportunity to use a story to bring the Charlottesville community together for reflection and discussion. Let me tell you a little […]

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[Updated] Resources for Talking to your Child about Death, Loss, and Grief

Many children lose someone that they love early in their lives. It is hard to watch a child in pain, and even more difficult to help heal the heart of someone you love while you, yourself, are hurting. Whether the loss is of a parent, grandparent, friend, or beloved pet,  understanding death, its permanency, and […]

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Resources for Talking to Children about Charlottesville

“She asked me, ‘Mom, do they hate me?‘ I mean, how do I answer that?” Last night, I ran into a parent, and we took a moment to rest together and share the weight of our heavy hearts. This will be my fourth year teaching her children, and as we have served on committees and […]

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