Friday, December 14, 2012

If you are a dog lover or just like a book that will make you laugh, check this book of the day out! Happy reading! :)

by Carter Goodrich
Mister Bud, the family dog, has a satisfying routine to his life, but when another dog joins the family and disrupts his schedule, Mister Bud must learn to adapt.

Want to learn more about the author? Click here
(P.S. He is AMAZING and you have probably already seen some of his work!)

Check out this nifty book trailer for the book!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Introducing the MackinVIA!

With MackinVIA, it is your key to the databases that are available to FISD students. Included in the FISD subscription are EBSCO, World Book, & PebbleGO. All you need is the campus-specific username and password. Please email the Mrs. Mattei at to request the username and password. Also, you can download the FREE MackinVIA app to your Apple or Android device and you will have access to these databases anytime! Click the image below to begin your research journey! 

If you would like to check out more online tools, click here or go to the "Student Resources" tab at the top of the blog. Happy researching! :)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

(November Edition)

Where did November go?? November was another busy month in the Sonntag library! The month started with the closing of our fall Scholastic Book Fair. Because of the wonderful Sonntag community, the library as well as classroom libraries were able to acquire so many books for the students! Wow! In addition, 5th graders researched ecosystems using library books, encyclopedias, as well as our online databases. Kinder students also participated in a fantastic pumpkin technology project. Finally, the library played host to a Librarian & Library Aide of the Day. Check out the photos below to find out more about these amazing activities! 

Here are some of our fantastic 5th graders researching using the online databases. 

The 5th graders also used other library resources to use during their ecosystems research. 

Check out this amazing pumpkin technology project that Kinder kids participated in! 

Meet our wonderful Librarian & Librarian Aide- of - the - Day! 

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Number of Total Items Circulated (Checkouts & Checkins)

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Library Instruction/Programs/Community Outreach
Wrapped up the 2012-2013 fall Scholastic Book Fair 
Assisted and hosted all 5th grade classes during their ecosystems research
Collaborated with the technology facilitator as well a fellow librarian to create a pumpkin technology activity with the Kindergarten students 
Promoted the 2011-2012 Texas Bluebonnet Award Program with 3-5 grades
Promoted the 2011-2012 2x2 Reading Program with Preschool-2nd grades
Presented a weekly Good Morning Sonntag Book Bits update
Updated the Where in the World Do You Read? board
Maintained student writer & new items displays to promote reading interests 
Updated a daily Fact of the Day by Mrs. Mattei fact
Open checkout every day for all Sonntag students, parents, and staff
Weekly preschool storytimes with future Sonntag students and families  
Hosted parent library volunteers
Hosted & promoted the Sonntag Staff Book Club for the 2012-2013 school year

Administrative Activities
Won a grant from the Frisco Education Foundation that will add more Playaways to the library shelves!!!! 
Wrapped up fall Scholastic Book Fair
Processed and added several new books to the library collection that were purchased using funds from the fall Book Fair
Collaborated with tech facilitator and fellow librarian to create tech-based activities for a pumpkin technology project with kindergarten students  
Planned and implemented the UIL Spelling tryouts for 3rd, 4th, & 5th graders 
Assisted the staff members in hosting the Sonntag Science Night for Sonntag families
Maintained the mobile app for the Sonntag Library
Maintained a forum for staff to discuss book club books
Adjusted the library schedule to accommodate classes for various activities 
Contributed to Specials weekly newsletter
Purchased new library books and materials 
Updated library blog and Twitter account weekly
Planned weekly library lessons
Opened new parent accounts
Hosted new and returning library volunteers

Professional Development Activities 
Attended campus meetings
Attended district library meeting
Read and kept up with new professional library journals  

On the Horizon...
Sonntag staff book club meeting in December & January 
Even more books for the library collection from the Book Fair are on their way! 
Weekly UIL Spelling practices for the UIL Spelling Team
Spring Book Fair will be in February
5th Grade book clubs are on the way
Mysterious school activity will be here soon! ;o)

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