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Written by marionall. Posted in 4th Grade Spanish-Catalan Studies, 5th Grade Spanish-Catalan Studies, Spanish-Catalan Studies


These days we are studying Antoni Tàpies, his life and his museum. In class we talked about his art and his foundation. The “Fundació  Antoni Tàpies “ is a cultural center and museum located in carrer d’ Aragó in Barcelona dedicated to the life and work of the painter Antoni Tàpies. The Fundació opened its doors in June 1990 in the building of the former Editorial Montaner i Simon publishing house, the work of the Modernist architect Lluís Doménech i Montaner  .The building was constructed  between 1880 and 1885, at an early stage of the evolution of Catalan modernism, the building was the first in the Eixample district to integrate industrial typology and technology, combining exposed brick and iron, into the fabric of the city centre.

The headquarters of the Fundació Antoni Tàpies was declared a historical monument in 1997. From 2008 to 2010, the firm of architects Ábalos+Sentkiewicz Arquitectos carried out a second rehabilitation of the building in order to comply with the new safety and evacuation regulations and to recuperate its original industrial character. On this occasion, Antoni Tàpies’ work Mitjó (Sock. Maquette, 1991) was installed on the terrace of the Fundació, situated on top of the new offices.

The collection of the Fundació Antoni Tàpies consists mostly of the works donated by Antoni and Teresa Tàpies.

Students have been discussing artworks, comparing with other painters and looking for building information.

New Arrivals in the Elementary Library

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

Nini Vilaclara & Rebeca Montero; Authors of Poetry Hater.

Congratulations to our Grade 5 students, Nini Vilaclara and Rebeca Montero, for their outstanding achievement of publishing their very first novel, Poetry Hater.  

A copy of the book has been kindly donated to the ES Library by the girls and is now available to check out.

Come and take a look!

May is Responsibility Month!

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

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Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker

Responsibility is doing the things we are supposed to do, and accepting the positive or negative outcome of our actions.   It is being in control of your own behavior, being trusted with important jobs, finishing the work you start and doing your part when working together.

Authors often use the theme of responsibility in their writing.  These books are excellent examples of the positive or negative outcome of a charcater’s actions.

Here is the link to Grade 4 Morning Meeting presentation on the theme of responsibility.

Here is the link to Grade 3 Morning Meeting presentation on the theme of responsibility.

They are all available in our Elementary School Library:

Responsibility: Upper Elementary


Marvin Redpost: Alone in his Teacher’s House  by Loius Sachar

Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman

 Can We Save the Tiger By Martin Jenkins

 The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker

Nation by Terry Pratchet

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Baby by Patricia MacLachlan

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia


 Responsibility: Younger Readers

 The Paperboy by Dav Pilkey

 Strega Nona By Tomie dePaola

 Officer Buckle and Gloria By Peggy Rathman

 Miss Nelson is Missing by James Marshall

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

How Do Dinosaurs say Goodnight? By Mark Teague

 Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday by Judith Viorst

No, David! By David Shannon

How to Heal a Broken Wing by Bob Graham

A Chair for my Mother by Vera Williams

Peter Rabbit’s Little Treasury by Beatrix Potter


Happy Reading!

Miss Emma


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