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New Book of the Month!

Posted by lainey729 on May 7, 2017

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The book of the month for May is City Green by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan.

Young Marcy is saddened after the city condemns and demolishes a building in her neighborhood. “Now this block looks like a big smile with one tooth missing,” she laments. But as springtime arrives, Marcy’s thoughts turn to gardens and flowers. She and her neighbor Miss Rosa decide to clean up the lot and plant seeds there. Soon nearly everyone on the street joins in, donating time, energy and supplies to create a lush green oasis. Even crabby Old Man Hammer eventually warms up to the new look.

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April Book of the Month

Posted by lainey729 on April 4, 2017

April 2017

The book of the month for April is Courage by Bernard Waber.         Screen Shot 2017-04-03 at 9.41.40 PM

What is courage? Certainly it takes courage for a firefighter to rescue someone trapped in a burning building, but there are many other kinds of courage too. Everyday kinds that normal, ordinary people exhibit all the time, like “being the first to make up after an argument,” or “going to bed without a nightlight.” Bernard Waber explores the many varied kinds of courage and celebrates the moments, big and small, that bring out the hero in each of us.

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January Book of the Month

Posted by lainey729 on January 5, 2017

January 2017

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The Book of the Month for January is The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. In this story poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit! Beige Crayon is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown Crayon. Black wants to be used for more than just outlining. Blue needs a break from coloring all those bodies of water. And Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking–each believes he is the true color of the sun. What can Duncan possibly do to appease all of the crayons and get them back to doing what they do best?


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December Book of the Month

Posted by lainey729 on December 5, 2016

December 2016

The Book of the Month for December is The Jolly Postman or Other People’s Letters by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. The Jolly Postman follows an unnamed mail carrier as he delivers letters by bicycle to characters from traditional children’s stories that are well known in Britain. Following each sheet of narrative verse and illustration, there is one shaped like an envelope and containing one of the postman’s deliveries. Each envelope is opened and its enclosure read at that point in the story.

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November Book of the Month

Posted by lainey729 on November 9, 2016

November 2016

The Book of the Month for November is  Thanksgiving at the Tappletons’ by Eileen Spinelli.

Thanksgiving is always a special day at the Tappletons’. Mrs. Tappleton gets up early to prepare the turkey. Mr. Tappleton buys the pies at the bakery. Kenny makes the salad, and Jenny mashes the potatoes. Then all the relatives arrive for Thanksgiving dinner.

This year nothing seems to go right. First the turkey slides down the icy hill into the pond. Then the bakery sells out of pies. It looks as if it’s going to be a pretty bleak holiday… until Grandmother saves the day. For learning resources follow this link

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The William T. Davis School – P.S. 31

Posted by lainey729 on August 21, 2016

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Reference Sites for Kids

Posted by lainey729 on February 2, 2010

Click below for a list of on-line reference sites.

Reference Sites for Kids

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Books to Share with Your Students

Posted by lainey729 on September 16, 2009

Check out this list of titles. Consider them as read alouds. Book Suggestions

Add some suggestions of your own!

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Professional Certificate Holders

Posted by lainey729 on July 21, 2009

All Professional Certificate Holders please visit the link below and know your responsibilities for completing Professional Development. It is required that you complete 175 hours of PD every five years for the length of your career.

Office of Teaching Initiatives: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/maintaincert-prof.html

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