Coming soon to a Pine Bush Elementary Theater (Gym)
The Emperor's New Clothes
On January 27th and 28th, Pine Bush will present the
classic fairy tale, The Emperor's New Clothes. Many of our Pine Bush 5th Graders will be featured in the
performance - both onstage and backstage. Ticket order forms have been
sent home and should be returned to the school by January 24th. We hope
that you will attend!
If you would like to read or re-read the story before
the performance, visit the library we have a few versions available. You
can also enjoy a read- aloud if you visit the Story Corner section of
Early World of Learning (Click the button below - your child should know
the username & password.) Remember to click on the frog to get to the
Click on the World Book button above to go . Click
on the frog and then look for the story in the Story Corner (sample
Celebrate the Chinese New Year January 28, 2017
The Chinese New Year is a celebration of the Lunar
New Year (lunar means moon). It is a very important celebration in Chinese
culture. Families and communities look forward to spending time together sharing
the many customs and traditions that are part of this holiday. Click on
the image below to learn more about the holiday, its customs and for
directions for making activities so that you can also join in the
Click on the image above for information and activities.
Click on the movie below to learn all about Chinese New Year.
Thank you so much to Pine Bush PTA for hosting her visit.
Additional thanks to Mrs. Monlea for working with students to create the
amazing banners and all the classrooms that posted their awesome
projects outside their classrooms. Jennifer Sattler said that she felt
Watch the video below to see Jennifer Sattler and samples of some of the
Play the Pig Kahuna Feelings Game
Mrs.Crupi's second grade class has been learning
about enhancing their writing with more powerful words, especially when
describing feelings or emotions. Working in the classroom and the
library, they read and analyzed all of Jennifer Sattler's Pig Kahuna
books and created this game for other children to enjoy. Just
click on the image to download and print the .pdf
document in landscape mode & double-sided. Then cut the cards out and
use them to play Memory, Concentration or even Go Fish!
November @ the Library
Local Authors to Visit Pine Bush Elementary this
Each school year, the Pine Bush Elementary PTA
celebrates the love of books and their creators by bringing professional
authors and illustrators to our school to meet with our students.
Students and staff cherish the memories of these unique experiences and
are so grateful to our PTA! We will learn about the authors and their
work in the library and in classrooms.
Jennifer Sattler will visit grades K-2 on
Jennifer Sattler, author and illustrator
Click the image above to visit her website
Alicia Klepeis will visit grades 3-5 on December
Click the image above to visit her website
Alicia Klepeis, author
What can you do to get the most out of
Read their books.
There are copies of Jennifer Sattler
and Alicia Klepeis' books available in our school library. Some of
Alicia Klepeis' books are available in our library's Capstone
Interacitve ebook collection. Also, we have already borrowed them
through Interlibrary Loan, so you don't have to search the catalog for
them. You can just read and enjoy them! Some books are labeled for 1 Day
Loan to make sure that
many people can read them to prepare for the visits.
Students in Grades 3-5 click the
Capstone image to read Alicia's ebooks.
Recommend it! or Add a Review.
Help spread the word about Jennifer Sattler and
Alicia Klepeis's books. Login to your library account and
make a recommendation or write a book review. Book reviews have certain
requirements because they are published on the library catalog, see Ms.
Harmon for an Add a Review bookmark.
Think about their books
Do their books have anything in common? Are there
similar themes? How do you feel about the characters in the books?
Talk about their books.
Think about the talking points that you make during
Reading Partnerships or Book Clubs and use these to talk about these books.
What connections can you make? (Text to Text, Text to Self, Text to
November is National Picture Book Month
There are so many ways to celebrate, but the best way
is to share a picture book with someone you love! Picture books are a
great way to spend time together with family and
friends or to enjoy on your own. Parents can share a beloved book
from their childhood and children can show family members their brand
new favorite book
. It is very important to note that you are never too old for picture
books. It is exciting when young children begin to read chapter
books, but picture books should always remain an integral part of
enhancing a child's love and understanding of literature. Because the
stories are short in length, they allow for complex issues such as
empathy or diversity to be explored in a way that is more accessible to
Click on the picture above
for more information.
Take your time reading the story, stop and talk about
what is happening, discuss how the character feels and ask for evidence
in the pictures. This makes the time shared more enjoyable and helps
visual literacy & thinking skills (VTS tip from this link listed
below in blue.) Look at the characters' facial expressions
and body language, note the position of the characters in relation to
each other, ask why a particular view of the illustration was used (i.e.
bird's eye view) and use the images to help understand the plot of the
story and make predictions. Most importantly, enjoy the time together
and remember that picture books are for everyone. The following
questions can help enhance the entire experience.
Visual Thinking Strategies
(VTS) is a specific approach to whole-class viewing and talking about
art that primarily uses these questions:
What's going on in this picture?
What do you see that makes you say that?
What more can we find?
Students will be learning more about the value of
picture books in the library this month, most especially students in
grades K-2 will be preparing for a visit from picture book author and
illustrator Jennifer Sattler.
October @ the Library
Digital Citizenship Week is October 16-22
Students are learning how to be good citizens at
school, on the bus and... online!
They are learning about Digital Citizenship
and how it is similar to being a good citizen anywhere. There are rules
created to keep you safe and there are responsibilities that each person
has to make the online community the best that it can be.
There are many online resources created by reliable
organizations that we will be using in the library to learn more about
being safe and responsible online.
Childnet.com or Childnet International, is "a non-profit
organization working with others to help make the internet a great and
safe place for children." They have various formats of resources to use
with children of all ages. Different classes at Pine Bush learned about
internet safety with the ebooks and quiz listed below. The resources are
also links on the Grade Level Patron Pages (links on the left) and
students were encouraged to share the resource with family members.
September @ the Library
Welcome back to school!
Please remember to watch for the signs inside and outside the library!
It is so great to watch our students as they grow and become independent
library users. It takes teaching, learning and practice to develop this
skill over time and I love to see their confidence grow. The signs,
labels and posters used throughout the library serve as friendly
reminders about what to do to make the library a better place for all!
Lesson week = 30 minute lesson.
Lessons vary by grade level and will focus on library skills, literature
appreciation and digital literacy skills. Lessons may include direct
instruction and hands-on activities with books, iPads, and
*There may not be time to checkout books during a lesson, but students
can ask their classroom teacher to come to the library at another time
during the week when Ms. Harmon doesn't have a class scheduled.
Exchange week = whole class book exchange.
You have to return your library books in order to get more!
Students in grades 1-5 may have up to 5 library materials (books,
magazines, or audiobooks) checked out to their account.
Kindergarten students may have up to 2 items
Patron Pledge and I PICK...library books!
Students will learn and review the concepts on the
posters below. The posters remind all of us about how to use the library
and make great choices for reading and research.
Click on the thumbnail images above to view our
Library Patron Pledge and the I Pick...Library Books! poster.
(The I PICK poster is adapted from the book selection method suggested in
the Daily 5 book,
a resource that many of our teachers use in class.)
"Read an eBook Day is a celebration of modern storytelling..." *
Click on each of our resources below to find and enjoy an eBook of your
The library link on the left called, eBooks & Audiobooks,
will provide more information about how to get started with OverDrive
and how to search for eBooks on Destiny and TumbleBooks.
For more information about Constitution Day visit the
Constitution Center. You can also read an eBook from TumbleBooks
(click image of the book cover. You may have to type the title in the
search field at the top.)