THE AMAZING RACE: BOBCAT STYLE!
Round #1 results have been posted in the library hallway. There are 22 teams remaining in this international geography and research challenge. Round #2 starts right... NOW! Click here for a copy of the Round #2 challenge. Good luck to all teams participating in The Amazing Race: Bobcat Style! 2014 Edition!
BOBCAT BATTLE OF THE BOOKS EDISON CHAMPIONSHIP!
On March 11, The Return of the Talking Skunks Plus 4 will face off against the Blue Bandits to decide which team will be Edison Champs this year! All teams are invited to watch this Championship Battle on March 11 and enjoy pizza to celebrate a successful Bobcat Battle season. The Edison Champs will compete in the inter-school battle in April. Congratulations to all the Bobcat Battle teams!
Photo Credit: Julie Jordan Scott
Poetry Starts Now!
The PoetryBox is here at Edison! This is our chance to co-write poems with REAL POETS! The StoryBox project is an international arts and literacy initiative created in 1995 by Kevin Cordi, a professional storyteller and a professor of education at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio. The project promotes the art of sharing stories and storytelling, and has elicited stories from more than a million people. You can learn more about the project at www.storyboxproject.com. Recently, Cordi expanded this idea to start a PoetryBox as part of this project, Cordi gave the PoetryBox to Mrs. D'Angelo, Mrs. Galas and Mrs. Greska on February 28. Inside the box are unfinished poems from 21 poets who are hoping Edison students can finish them! We have the box here until March 27th. After its time at Edison, we will ship the poems in the box on to the next school in West Virginia so students there can have the opportunity to complete poems and contribute to the collection. The box will end its journey in 2015. Until then, the PoetryBox will continue to travel all over the world!
“Kids need to experience poetry and see the joy that comes from working with poetry,” Cordi said. “These nationally renowned poets are sharing their work and inviting kids to co-create with them. These children can now say they’ve written a poem with a famous poet.” Poets who’ve contributed unfinished works for the Children’s Poetry StoryBox Project include: Kate Coombs, Kelly Fineman, Betsy Franco, Helen Frost, Charles Ghigna, Joan Bransfield Graham, Nikki Grimes, Avis Harley, David Harrison, Sara Holbrook, Georgia Heard, X.J. Kennedy, George Ella Lyon, J. Patrick Lewis, Kenn Nesbitt, Michael Salinger, Sonya Sones, April Halprin Wayland, Allan Wolf, Janet Wong and Jane Yolen.
Bluestem and Caudill Challenges
The Bluestem Award is a reader's choice book award for 3rd-5th graders in Illinois. The Rebecca Caudill Award is a reader's choice book award for 4th-8th graders in Illinois.
Here's how this year's Bluestem challenge works: If a student reads (or has read to them) at least four of the Bluestem books by the first week of March, the student is eligible to vote for his or her favorite at that time. If a student reads (or has read to them) at least ten of the Bluestem books, the student qualifies for the Bluestem Challenge reward (to be determined by the winners - last year it was the now legendary Edison Students v. Staff kickball game and ice cream!). Students interested in this challenge will be given a log to keep track of books read. A parent signature will be required for each book read. If a student needs another copy of the log, please click here. If a student would like another copy of the list of the 2014 Bluestem Book Award nominees, please click here.
Here's how this year's Caudill challenge works: If a student reads (or has read to them) at least three of the Caudill books by the last week of February, the student is eligible to vote for his or her favorite at that time. If a student reads (or has read to them) at least eight of the Caudill books, the student qualifies for the Caudill Challenge reward (to be determined by the winners - last year it was the now legendary Edison Students v. Staff kickball game and ice cream!). Students interested in this challenge will be given a log to keep track of books read. A parent signature will be required for each book read. If a student needs another copy of the log, please click here. If a student would like another copy of the list of the 2014 Caudill Book Award nominees, please click here.
WILL YOU ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE?
What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it feels about education.
Looking for a book? Click the links below to see what you can find in Edison's LMC and in your public library!
Elmhurst Public Library Catalog
Research Resources for YOU!
Browsing for interesting websites? Learning about a topic? Researching for school? Interested in a famous person? Here are some links to databases purchased by District 205 that are available to Edison students. Usernames and passwords (required to access these databases from home) are available at school - please see Mrs. Greska or Mrs. Frisoni if you need reminders of usernames and passwords, or if you have any questions.
Celebrating a birthday, holiday, special person or occasion in your family or in your child’s life? Choose a CELEBRATION BOOK! to celebrate a birthday (instead of a sugary treat!) Maybe you will choose a CELEBRATION BOOK! to donate to the Edison LMC in honor of a special child, family member, teacher or to commemorate holiday or event. We appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity.
If you are looking for book ideas, we have put together a list of books that we know students at Edison School would love to read. You can always check with Mrs. Greska about a particular book to see if the Edison LMC already has the book. We do prefer hardcover books as they are much more durable than paperback ones when circulating to numerous readers.
After the donation of a book:
- a permanent CELEBRATION BOOK! bookplate will be placed on the inside of the book with the donor’s name, date and the event or person being celebrated;
- the honored student can be the first person to check out the book from the Edison LMC.
Upon return from the first check-out, the CELEBRATION BOOK! will take its place on the shelves of the Edison LMC for everyone to enjoy for years to come.
Please click here for book ideas, and thanks for thinking of the Edison LMC!
2014 Monarch Award
Click here for a complete list of 2014 Monarch Award nominees. Edison students from kindergarten through third grade will participate in this Kids Choice Award for Illinois students!