Freedom School Library News
March is ending and here comes April. What is the old saying “in like a Lion out like a Lamb” or is it the other way around. I don’t know, but it sure is windy today. Spring is here and I am excited to get outside and enjoy some sunshine. We have some books pulled out to share that might put a smile on your face. Hope students will pick them up, Quack, Quack, Quack.
Special Speaker Visited the Library Virtually in Zoom Meeting
Our students 3rd thru 12th grade participated in Marion Blumenthal Lazan’s presentation about her book and her experience during the Holocaust. Her book Four Perfect Pebbles is available here in the library.
Three other schools joined the Zoom meeting. Classes from Alva, Waynoka, and Mooreland were included and they thanked us for the opportunity to hear her story. Marion is such a personable lady and I have continued to visit with her on the phone and through email. If you would like to email her, here is her address firstname.lastname@example.org I have no doubt that she would answer you. You can also see where she is speaking and more at her website www.fourperfectpebbles.com She continues to share her message and asks her audience to be tolerant of others and not stereotype individuals based on religious belief, color of skin , race or national origin. She reminds us that today’s generation is the last generation to hear a first-hand account of the Holocaust Story.
Students will begin state testing April 5th and will continue several days a week until May 5th. Here are some important tips. Please make sure students have plenty of sleep, eaten well and have participated in plenty of exercise! Please make this month as stress free and productive as possible for all students. Students have been preparing all year so they should be ready. You got this.
READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY was mARCH 2nd.
Freedom Public School celebrated all week February 28 through March 4th. First thing the Book Fair was in the library and students were able to shop and choose books to buy for their personal library. Mrs. Province was very pleased with the sales. Total sales were over 800 dollars. That meant the library receives nearly 400 dollars’ worth of books from Scholastic Dollars.
Second thing during the week we had some guest readers come to the library and read to classes. Ms Shelite’s brother, Chet Shelite, came over from Alva and read two books to the PreK, Kindergarten, and 1st & 2nd graders. They were entitled The Animals Would Not Sleep! By Sara Levine and Lia and Luis, Who Has More? By Ana Crespo. He had to use his knowledge of a foreign language in this last one, because there is some Portuguese spoken by the Brazilian American family in the book. There is a glossary in the back, but Mr. Shelite did an awesome job with the vocabulary. We also had Mrs. Julie Russell come by and read aloud a book to PK-K and 1st and 2nd graders. She read Pigeon Math by Asia Citro. It was fun and her audience followed along and asked several questions. The student’s and Ms. Russell’s addition and subtraction skills were put to the test.
Another guest reader was Ms. Kari Nixon and she read a short story written by a distant relative. It was unique because there was a story within the story about the town of Freedom and a young girl that was riding horseback and had an accident. Ms. Nixon said it was a true incident, but it was even before her time here in Freedom.
Finally on Friday the students watched a Disney movie and ate popcorn. It was in the cafeteria since the Book Fair was still set up in the library. Popcorn was easier to clean up there too. Kindergarten through Sixth Grade attended.
Field Trip Coming in May
Freedom School students will visit the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks, OK on May 13th. More information to come in the future.