Monday, April 30, 2018

Parade of Books Coming in May!

Hooray, it's time for our 8th Annual Parade of Books! Can you believe it?  Time 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 25th and grades K through 3 will be participating. (Hints for homemade costumes here.)

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 that 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 and here!

So! Checklist for K-3 parents on May 25th:
* 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.

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!

Ms. Demonte sporting stripes a la A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon.

We came.  We saw.  We marched.  We read!  Here's a small sampling of the day's fun.  Thanks to everyone who put such fine effort into making a costume!  What a spectacle!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Bookmark Contest!

Readers always make their mark in the world, but know better than to make marks in their books. To that end, the Junior Librarians and Ms. Esme are happy to host the death of the dog-ear via a Bookmark Making Contest for grades 2 through 5!

The rules:

  • Bookmark must be home-made, not store-bought or downloaded.
  • The bookmark must be able to be actually used in a book.
  • Please put your full name and room number somewhere on the bookmark.
  • Bookmarks must look like some effort was put into them, not just a scrap of paper.  Please do not use lined notebook paper for your bookmark.  See Ms. Esme if you need blank paper.
  • Bookmarks can be made of anything and use any kind of art supply or technique. Be creative!  Go crazy! Inspire other bookmark-makers! But please, no food, blood, or anything that smells on the bookmark.  

Bookmarks will be displayed on the bulletin board in the school library and returned to their owners after the contest.  All participants will have their name entered in a drawing for an gift certificate!  Kids may submit more than one bookmark for fun, but will only be entered once in the drawing.  Turn in your bookmark to Ms. Esme in the library by Friday, May 4!

Tassels are not necessary, but for those who would like to add one to the bookmark, check out this tutorial!  Sooo many cute ideas if you Google "DIY bookmark" or "homemade bookmark".  Can't wait to see what you design, you creative children you!