Monday, December 19, 2011

Holiday Wishes

We hope that all our S.O.L.A.R. students have a safe and joyous holiday!
We'll see everyone back in the new year.
2012 is full of possibilities.
Mrs. Shall, Mrs. O'Leary, Miss Lipsky, and Miss Russell

Winter Celebration

Celebration was the name of the game on Friday as we embarked on our winter holiday. In the Shall Russell homeroom that celebration meant a visit to the Media Center for holiday song and a story book by Auntie Claus. When we returned to the classroom, students learned how to Elf Yourself and then pulled out the laptops to create their own funny holiday rendition.  Laughter filled the room. The children wrapped their parent's presents and then a pizza lunch bunch party with holiday movie rounded out our morning. In the afternoon, we got the best treat of all, an afternoon holiday party planned and implemented by some of our awesome parents! Our centers included creating our own snowman cupcakes, making a snowman decoration, and participating in a fun game. Students were hilarious as they drew a snowman on a paper plate on their heads without looking and then playing roll the snowball. They had us all in stitches.

We hope every child had as much fun as we did celebrating and sharing time together, because we know that these are the memories children cherish forever.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Holiday Time = Fun Technology Time!

As the holidays quickly approach it's time to enjoy each other's company and have a little fun. On Friday, the Russell/Shall homerooms will learn how to "Elf Yourself." This is a fun and easy activity that the other homerooms can do over the winter break (with your parent's permission of course!) Do you ever wonder what your teachers do after school? Take a look at the video below to see what they've been up to.

What do you think about our moves? Let us know by leaving a comment! :)

Friday, December 9, 2011

Amazing Facts about Anne Mazer

Hi my name is Armani and I am going to be letting you get an inside scoop on Anne Mazer a good author that writes Abby Hayes series.
Just before you start I want to let you know that this is going to be the best news about this creative author!
First, what I want to tell you about her is that she was born in Schenectady New York and you know what is kinda shocking is that she says she really was not planning on being an author.
Did you know that Anne Mazer had two children in Paris? Well it is true. Anne studied French language and literature at Sorbonne in Paris. Also she admits sometimes she would sneak out of school to go out to the library to read.
Did you know it took her seven years to publish her first book? That is 100% right that it took her that long. Her first book she made was Watch Me. Anne Mazer is a full time professional writer. Anne took the book, writing yoga , by Bruce Black on a field trip to her stepsons college graduation. And the last but not least Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter joined together to create a guide book for young writers called Spilling Ink.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Babysitter's Book Review!

Hey, Ashley here, guest blogger, I want to write about the Baby Sitters club because it has a lot of description and is funny. The books have great endings and you get hooked in to the book with a great beginning. Ann M. Martin, the author, lives in New York City, and her books are based on some parts of her family.

The first Babysitters Club book I read was a Little Sister book called Karen’s New Puppy. It was about a little girl named Karen Brewer an she has a cute puppy and her name is Midgie and she loves to play outside. So one day she strolled outside and then ……. She went missing and they searched the whole house but they did not find her!

I would give it five stars because it has a lot of mystery and description and surprise and puts you in a lot of suspense. They are great books and I hope you would love reading them!