28 Feb 2015

Visiting Author Theme Days: March 8-19

Back by popular demand, here are the theme days for the Visiting Authors program!

Please note that the first week kicks off with our ASD Spirit Day on Sunday, March 8. 

All other theme days take place during the second week, March 15-19.

Sunday, March 8
ASD Spirit Day
Dress in Red and White.
Sunday, March 15
Sports Day
Dress in your favorite sports gear or favorite team wear.
Monday, March 16
Poem in Your Pocket Day
Bring a poem to share. Write your own or choose a favorite.
Tuesday, March 17
Speech Bubble Day
Wear a speech bubble with a quote from your favorite book, a favorite saying or expression.
Wednesday, March 18
Follow Your Dreams Day
Dress as you would if you had your dreams come true.
Thursday, March 19
Water Walk Day
Wear your walking shoes to join your ASD friends in a lap around the track.

25 Feb 2015

After School Visiting Authors Workshops for ES Students

Elementary students are invited to join two opportunities to work with our visiting authors after school, in addition to the time they will spend during the school day with each author.

Tuesday, March 10: 

Basketball Poetry with John Coy 
Grade 3-5 students welcome.
ES Gym, 3:15-4:00pm (Please sign up here. Limited to 30 spaces.)

Tuesday, March 17: 

Storytelling Workshop with Linda Sue Park
All grades welcome.
Parents please accompany students in K1-Grade 2.
ES Library, 3:15-4:00pm (Please sign up here)

We hope to see many of you there. For more information, please contact Ms. Pollock.

Have you read A Long Walk to Water?

Our goal with One School, One Book was to get many ASD community members to participate in a shared reading experience. Our book A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park has inspired and challenged many students, parents and teachers.

If you have read the book, please show your participation by adding a water drop to our display on the windows of the ES Library. Write your name and a comment about the book. 

One water drop equals one reader.

Let's fill up our windows with the names of our reading community.

Copies of A Long Walk to Water are available in both libraries for check out and for sale for AED 25.

18 Feb 2015

Visiting Authors Coming Soon: Linda Sue Park and John Coy

ASD Libraries are thrilled to host awarding-winning authors Linda Sue Park and John Coy from March 8-19, 2015. Park and Coy will engage students from K1-Grade 12, faculty and parents in a series of workshops and presentations. 

Authors Work
Linda Sue Park has published more than 20 books for young people ranging from pictures books to young adult novels. Her book A Single Shard was awarded the 2002 Newbery Medal. ASD readers have embraced Park's book A Long Walk to Water as our One School One Book community reading experience.

John Coy is the author of nonfiction, poetry and sports fiction books including the popular true story, Hoop Genius and the junior fiction series 4 for 4. John Coy is known for his work in teaching the importance of quality nonfiction in schools.

Program Highlights
In the Elementary School, our low grades K1-Grade 2 will engage with Park and Coy in their range of historical fiction, poetry and sports stories. With Grade 3-5, Park will examine the true story of A Long Walk to Water in more depth and John Coy will conduct writing workshops.

In Middle School, Grade 7 students will participate in discussions about the writing process and and explore A Long Walk to Water as part of their Social Studies class. High School students will work with the authors in specific courses, such as Global Studies and Grade 9 English. MS and HS will also host assemblies for each author and have the option to attend after school writing workshops.

Books for Sale and Check Out
The libraries have multiple copies of Park and Coy's books available for check out and a limited supply for sale. Students may have their personal copies signed by the authors. Visit your library for prices and details.

Opportunities for Parents
On Tuesday, March 10 parents are invited to join a double-bill Talk Tuesday with the Authors.

  • 7:30-8:30 am: Raising Readers: The Importance of Dads by John Coy 
  • 8:15-9:15 am: Reading Matters by Linda Sue Park

7 Feb 2015

One School, One Book: Parent Discussion and Water Walk

Discussion Group for Parents: A Long Walk to Water

Join us on Wednesday, February 11 from 8:15-9:15am in the ES Library for a discussion about our One School, One Book, A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. We will discuss the book and it's message as it can be shared by our children.

Please view a video to watch Newbery medalist, Linda Sue Park, share the true story behind her book, that follows the stories of two young people over a generation in Sudan.

Copies of A Long Walk to Water are available for check out and for sale in the ES Library.

Walk In Their Shoes: SEENAH/GAIA Empathy Water Walk at DUCE

Inspired by A Long Walk to Water student clubs SEENAH and GAIA invited our school community to join a ‘Water Walk’ around the track at DUCE on January 30. The walk raised awareness of the millions of people without access to fresh water and to raise funds to help drill water wells in South Sudan. Funds raised on the walk will be donated directly to Salva Dut's organization, Water for South Sudan.