Friday, January 30, 2015

Sonntag's Bluebonnet Winners!!!

The Sonntag Bluebonnet Readers came to our 5th annual Bluebonnet Voting Party to cast their votes! Well, the Voters have spoken. Check out the Sonntag winners below. Don't forget to stop by this blog soon to find out which book was the favorite with the Bluebonnet Readers across the great state of Texas. Happy reading!! :)

TIED for 2nd Place...

by Nathan Hale
Presents a graphic novel biography of Nathan Hale, detailing his efforts to spy for American forces during the Revolutionary War. Discusses how his efforts contributed to American victory during this conflict and reveals how he was finally caught and executed.


by Oliver Jeffers
When Duncan arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them.

1st Place

by Polly Holyoke
No one asked Nere if she wanted to become a science experiment--they just went right ahead and bio-engineered her lungs to be able to breath water as well as air. She and a group of other genetically modified kids find out they are part of "The Neptune Project," which aims at creating a new human society in the ocean, far away from the dangers of land. However, the dangers of the sea are just as deadly.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Library Stats: December Edition

(December Edition)

Happy New Year, Readers!!! What does this mean for me? I am resolving to read even more this year! I was able to meet my goal of reading 350 books in 2014 (Happy dance!!). In 2015 I made my goal to read 365 books. Who wants to join me??  :)

Since we have officially wrapped up 2014, check out the statistics below to find out the happenings in the Sonntag library during the last month of 2014. Happy reading! :o)

Number of Whole Class Visits: 

Number of Total Items Circulated (Check-Outs & Check-Ins)

Number of Items in Collection

Library Instruction/Programs/Community Outreach 
Promoted and maintained the Coyote Reading Club reading program for all Sonntag Readers
Promoted the "Book Bucks for Great Behavior" program 
Supported classroom teachers by connecting them with MackinVia (online research tools)
Conducted weekly reader's advisory and read-alouds to students
Promoted the first Sonntag Little Free Library for staff & parents
Hosted Preschool Storytime with Sonntag's littlest readers! 
Promoted the 2014-2015 Texas Bluebonnet Award Program with 3-5 grades
Promoted the 2014-2015 2x2 Reading Program with Preschool-2nd grades
Presented a weekly Good Morning Sonntag Book Bits update
Updated a daily Fact of the Day by Mrs. Mattei fact
Hosted open checkout every day for all Sonntag students, parents, and staff  
Coordinated & hosted parent library volunteers

Administrative Activities 
Planned & hosted a variety of library lessons, library programs, & technology opportunities for all students 
Attended the monthly Sonntag PTA Board meeting as PTA Book Fair Chairperson
Participated and completed the varies duties and activities that are expected as the Texas Library Association District 5 Chair-Elect
Analyzed the FISD curriculum to provide teachers with digital content to support classroom needs 
Collaboratively planned with the campus Instructional Coach & Specials team 
Purchased & added new items to the library collection as well as weeding damaged books out of the collection
Collaborated with teachers to pull library materials for classroom lessons
Maintained a blog for staff to discuss Sonntag Staff Book Club books
Adjusted the library schedule to accommodate classes for various activities 
Contributed to Specials weekly newsletter
Updated library blog and Twitter (@matteibookbits) account frequently
Opened new parent accounts
Hosted new and returning library volunteers

Professional Development Activities 
Attended campus and district library meetings
Read and kept up with new professional library journals & added new materials to future book orders
Read & kept up with professional, adult, young adult, and children's reads 

On the Horizon...
Books acquired from the fall Scholastic Book Fair and Birthday Book Club purchases are on the way!
5th annual Six Flags Read to Succeed has begun!
NEW: 4th & 5th Grade Library Crew program is around the corner! 
Texas Bluebonnet Award Voting Party for eligible 3rd, 4th, & 5th graders will take place on Friday, January 23rd at 2:00 PM
Spring Scholastic Book Fair will run from February 9 through February 13. Click here for more information! 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Book of the Day by Mrs. Mattei

What do you get when you cross a heartwarming story and monsters?? You get Patrick McDonnell's book The Monsters' Monster!! It is a wonderful story that teaches readers of all ages about the importance of being grateful

by Patrick McDonnell
Grouch, Grump, and little Gloom 'n' Doom spend much of their time arguing over who is the "biggest and baddest" until they build a monster together that turns out to be very different than what they expect.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Book of the Day by Mrs. Mattei

I have a new favorite book in the library. This book is not only hilarious but it is also a great book to use to teach about envy, teamwork and friendship. Also, if you LOVE books with unicorns, this book is for you. Happy reading! :)

by Bob Shea
Envy turns to admiration and finally to friendship for Goat and Unicorn.

Want to learn more about author/illustrator Bob Shea? Click here!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Spring Scholastic Book Fair is Coming!

Mark your calendars, Sonntag Community! The spring Scholastic Book Fair is right around the corner. The Fair will open in the library on Monday, February 9th and will run through Friday, February 13th. Please click the CRAB below to find out more about regular shopping hours, shopping during Sonntag Science Night, and the Online Fair. More information will be sent home with your student(s) in the coming weeks We hope to see you there! 

Click the starfish to check out the Online Fair for Sonntag!

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