Thursday, April 20, 2017

Library scrapbook

Just wanted to share some pictures of our smiling Stone Bookworms...the happiest readers in Rogers Park!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Hans Christian Andersen Projects Are Dazzling

Well, the Hans Christian Andersen projects are in from the fourth grade, and they are stunning. Boxes bring scenes to life, as did the artwork and songs and quilt. So many creative interpretations of some of our favorite stories! Here is just a small sampling. Please come by during report card pick up on April 19th to see more masterpieces inspired by the great Dane! The only ugly ducklings here are in the dioramas.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Hooray! Author Natasha Tarpley Coming to Stone!

Stone is so pleased to be welcoming author Natasha Tarpley to our school on Thursday, April 27th, to talk about her life as a writer and her newest middle-grade novel The Harlem Charade, great for fans of Blue Balliet's Chasing Vermeer! Grades 5, 6 and 7 will get to meet her and will be doing a fun online scavenger hunt in library in preparation.  Visit Natasha Tarpley's website or this wonderful interview at The Brown Bookshelf to learn more about her and her commitment to diversity in children's books!  Special thanks to The Book Stall for making this wonderful visit possible.  Please support your independent bookseller because goodness knows our independent booksellers support us!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Happy April Fools' Day from the Library!

No fooling, the library has the best joke, riddle and prank books in our 800 section! Come visit and make your friends laugh!  April is also National Poetry Month, and all poetry books are bonus books all month. To that end, the fifth grade gave great choral poetry performances honoring poet David McCord in library. Great teamwork, kids!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Hot Dog! It's Time for Library

A Stone student demonstrating the appropriate facial expression
to make when someone suggests putting ketchup 
on a Chicago-style hot dog

In collaboration with the third grade Chicago history research project, students are exploring the proud tradtion of iconic Chicago cuisine in library.  To that end, the library hosted speaker Mark Reitman, PhD (Professor of Hot Dogs) from Hot Dog University, the famous business school out of Vienna Beef.  Mr. Reitman spoke to the children about the cultural diversity that goes into every bun of a Chicago-style dog.  He also talked about running a food cart in Chicago and gave every child their own vendor hat, gummi dog and hot dog temporary tattoo!  Another proud Chicago and foodie moment here at Stone Academy.

Monday, March 20, 2017


Thanks to everyone who participated in Stone Spirit Week's Dress-Like-A-Teacher Day by dressing up like your librarian!  Imitation is the highest form of flattery, thank you!  A few Ms. Esmes even got up to deliver a rousing read-aloud.

Quite the convention! Oh, dear! I hope they are not interviewing for my job.  Stiff competition.