Archive for April, 2017

2/3 Overnight Trip – Cardona Day 1

Written by Makiko M. Posted in 1st Grade

We didn’t let the rain stop us from having fun!

We had a successful but busy Day 1 of our 2nd and 3rd grade Overnight Trip to Cardona. We arrived to the beautiful town of Cardona and had the opportunity to visit the amazing salt mines! Students were eager to learn so much about the history of Cardona and how the salt mine was formed. They even go to try the salt directly from the mine!



We were also able to explore the wonderful town of Cardona through various fun activities and have lunch!


We arrived to the Vilar Rural de Cardona just in time for dinner!




We have a busy day ahead of us tomorrow and students are fast asleep! We will keep you updated through this blog!


Highlighting Collections In the Elementary Library: 39 Clues

Written by EmmaK. Posted in 4th Grade, 5th Grade, ES Library

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The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan


The 39 Clues is a series of adventure novels written by a collaboration of authors, including Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is the author of the first book in the series, The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones.  He is known for writing the  Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, which is about a twelve-year-old boy who discovers he is a son of Poseidon.  They chronicle the adventures of two siblings, Amy and Dan Cahill, who discover that their family, the Cahills, has been the most influential family in history.  The first story arc concerns Dan and Amy’s quest to find the 39 Clues.  These are ingredients to a serum that can create the most powerful person on Earth.  

The first novel, The Maze of Bones, was released in 2008.  The book series has about 8.5 million copies in print and has been translated into 24 languages

The Elementary Library has twenty- one of the series available.  Here is the link to the review of the series. 

Here is the link to the 39 Clues website.

When you have a moment, come and check out these amazingly popular books for yourself!


Happy Reading!

Miss Emma


Kindergarten Morning Meeting in the Library: Poetry

Written by EmmaK. Posted in ES Library

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Pablo Neruda, Poet of the People by Monica Brown


In April, Kinder students are working on Poetry.  

 If you were not able to attend the Kindergarten Morning Meeting on Friday, you can see my presentation here.

Poems are beautiful examples of how our language can create magical ideas and amazing thoughts with just a few words.  A great way is to read lots of examples of poetry


Why Does Your Child Need Poetry?

When read aloud, poetry is rhythm and music and sounds and beats.

Young children may not understand all the words or meaning, but they’ll feel the rhythms, get curious about what the sounds mean and perhaps want to create their own. Poetry can allow kids to paint sketches of their lives, using metaphor, imagery and symbolic language to describe experiences, or parts of themselves. Poetry allows kids to put language to use and maybe break rules along the way.


If these books are already checked out, please let me know and I can reserve them for you.

Poetry:  Stories Written as Poems

A Hen, a Chick and a String Guitar By Margaret Read MacDonald

The Sound of Day.  The Sound of Night By Mary O’Neill

The Quiet Way Home By Bonny Becker

Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford

 All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon


 Poetry:  Books of Poems

 Dear Hot Dog by Mordicai Gerstein

 Lunch Money And other poems about school by Carol Diggory Shields

 Firefly July Selected by Paul B. Janeczko

Flutter & Hum Animal Poems by Julia Paschkis

 Sail Away by Langston Hughes

Hi, Koo by Jon J. Muth


 Poetry:  Books about Poets

 The Remarkable Story of Georges Moses Horton, Poet by Don Tate

 Enormous Smallness A story of e. e. cummings by Matthew Burges

Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People By Monica Brown


Success at the BFIS St Jordi Book Fair

Written by EmmaK. Posted in 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, ES Library, Library

Thank you so much to all the volunteers who helped to make our St. Jordi Used Book Sale the best ever! 

We raised an incredible





This would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of all the volunteers who donated books, helped to sort and box them, carry all those boxes to the fair and do an outstanding job of helping parents and students find just the right book. (Not to mention helping out with the tidy-up afterwards!)

It is a wonderful achievement and my gratitude goes out to all those who made it possible.  Your help and support is very much appreciated. 

All the money will now go to make our BFIS Libraries even better!

Thank you!

Miss Emma & Mr. Cevoli