Saintly Spotlight: Cadigan

Welcome to the Saintly Spotlight! The brilliant idea of Jack the library intern, The Saintly Spotlight is an opportunity for St. Anne’s-Belfield School’s most passionate readers to share their reading lives with their school community. All students in grades 5-8 are welcome to apply by customizing a Google Slides template with common reading related questions. […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

5th grade FABLab: Robots in the Wild

After the success of our Wild Robot Book Club during the 12 Days of Tech-mas, K-8 Computer Science Coordinator Kim Wilkens and I decided to collaborate on a FABLab experience for tech-savvy middle schoolers. We wanted to give them a time and space to experiment with robotics, find a building material and coding program that […]

Read More

Insta Review: Ozma of Oz, by Eric Shanower

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! With its mix of text and detailed illustrations, this book is great for students just learning to read graphic novels because it forces them to slow down and read carefully. Just like reading traditional novels, reading a graphic novel correctly […]

Read More

6th Grade Book Club: The Phantom Tollbooth

Welcome to the Lands Beyond! As a celebration of one of our favorite classic stories, The Phantom Tollbooth, 6th grade readers gathered in the library yesterday for a very punny and puzzling book club. Using student artwork, we split the library into Dictionopolis and Digitopolis. In Digitopolis, number lovers could test their skills with a round […]

Read More

QUEST: Who Runs the World? Women in Leadership

It was a powerful semester in my Who Run the World: Women in Leadership Quest with Ms. Montague. We asked the girls to think about women in leadership roles – what do female leaders need to be successful? What could get in the way? What can we do to support other women and help the […]

Read More

Fitz’s Faves: Hazel’s review of Crenshaw, by Katherine Applegate

I gave this book five stars because it is about a boy who doesn’t believe in magic anymore. But one day he found his imaginary cat named “Crenshaw” and soon there are adventures with happiness, hesitation and lots of hairballs! Once you’re done reading it… you’ll be meowing for more! This student book review was […]

Read More

Insta Review: Snow White, by Matt Phelan

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! I was expecting a graphic novel retelling of the classic fairy tale, but what I found instead was a smoky, film noir adaptation with a 30’s flair. Samantha White, lovingly called Snow, is just a young girl when she loses […]

Read More

#IADWAYR – February 16, 2018

In today’s episode of #IADWAYR, 5th graders in Core 4 answer the question: It’s A Day, What Are You Reading?

Read More

Insta Review: American Street, by Ibi Zoboi

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! Stunning cover with a novel inside to match. When Fabiola and her mother step off of their flight from Haiti onto US ground, she expects magic and light. Instead, her mother is immediately torn from her side and detained by […]

Read More