Real World Math with the Bennett’s Village Penny Wars

How many dollars are in more than 140 pounds of donated change? 💰💰 Thanks to our amazing St. Anne’s-Belfield School LS math team, we came together as a community as a community to find out! We’ve spent weeks fundraising for Bennett’s Village, and the big moment is finally here! As a grand finale, fourth graders lead first grade […]

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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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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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Coming Soon: Family Night

Mark your calendars – Family Night is NEXT TUESDAY! I am so excited to celebrate all of the unique and wonderful families in our school community. This book club with a twist requires no preparatory reading – all you need to do is grab your fam and join the party. The amazing Jesús Pino Agular, from Jesus […]

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Quest: How can we make our spaces more inclusive and welcoming for all?

What is an inclusive playground, and why does it matter? Our Quest has been working to understand and break down barriers that children in Charlottesville face that keep them from being able to read and play. Last month, we were lucky enough to meet Kara with Bennett’s Village, who taught us so much about Bennett, […]

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A Family is a Family is a Family

Grandparents and Special Friends Day is this Friday! It’s tons of fun to welcome so many meaningful guests to our campus. We’re all feeling excited about spending time with our families… and maybe a little anxious about what makes them different. So I’m thankful for books like A Family is a Family is a Family, […]

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Runaway Words

When a student says, “I brought a book from home that’s very special to me – can we share it with the class?” You drop everything and read! Runaway Words is the story of 6 year old Addi and her quest to understand her nonverbal older brother, Charlie. Charlie used to talk, but a few […]

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Family Book Club: Out of My Mind

“Everybody uses words to express themselves. Except me. And I bet most people don’t realize the real power of words. But I do. Thoughts need words. Words need a voice.” Last week, fifteen families gathered in the Learning Village Library at 6 PM  Family Book Club, inspired by Sharon Draper’s novel Out of My Mind. Here […]

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Family Connection: Picture Books that Celebrate Gay Families

The other day I was in the library with a friend and fellow teacher, cleaning up after a volunteer event. She was looking through the books on display on the top of the shelves and picked up a copy of King and King, a fractured fairy tale in which a prince, searching for his future […]

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We Did It! 2019 Challenge Celebration

  Not only did the Learning Village community meet its goal to read 2,019 books in January, they surpassed it eight days early! On Wednesday, Jan. 23, Learning Village Librarian invited students to meet for a top secret meeting, which turned into a celebration full of dancing, confetti, cheering, and general excitement and pride in accomplishing […]

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