Monday, May 1, 2017

7th Annual Parade of Books!

Hooray, it's time for our 7th Annual Parade of Books! Can you believe it?  Times flies when we're having fun! This year's parade, in which children dress up as their favorite book characters and carry the book to match, or create wearable book covers, will be held on Friday, May 19th and grades K through 3 will be participating. (Hints for homemade costumes here.) In past, we have had the parade in the fall, but we are switching it up a little and have fingers crossed for spring sunshine!

You are welcome to watch the parade outside on the Stone playground at 2:00 (in case of rain, the parade will be held inside the school). Bring little brothers and sisters to cheer, and don't forget the camera! This is a great opportunity for us to celebrate Stone as a community of readers, and to create home-school connections.  We still are asking if at all possible costumes should be book related, and that each student carry a book related to the costume they are wearing. Chefs can carry cookbooks, Cleopatra can carry a book about ancient Egypt, baseball players can carry sport biographies, for just a few examples...and for more inspiration, check out some costumes from parades past here, or some ambitious online costume leads here!

So! Checklist for K-3 parents on May 19th:
* Please send your child to school with the book-related costume (or poster) in a bag, to be changed into (or carried) in the afternoon. Please keep it simple. Mark all belongings with name and room number.
* Please send your child to school with the corresponding book to carry in the parade.
* Cheer and take pictures on the school playground at 2:00, if you are available. If you are not available, we love you just the same, and we'll take pictures.

Again, a gentle reminder:  This should not be a recycling of scary or licensed character-inspired Halloween costumes. Children should not wear masks (which also present a safety challenge when small children march), any horror themes involving blood (zombies or vampires), or television characters/video game characters that were cartoons before they were books.  The rule is that the character should have been in a book before a television show or movie!  As far as books to carry, there are some resources available in our school library and your child's classroom library, but this is also a perfect opportunity to visit the Chicago Public Library.

Additionally, We ask that this year parents please do not follow children back into the school after the parade, as this presents security issues. Thank you for your support and cooperation!  Can't wait to see what our creative community comes up with this year...every year has been so full of amazing surprises!

Illustration from Lily's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes.
Ms. Demonte sporting stripes a la A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon.

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!

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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.