Welcome back!

1969325_10201403002195309_24195082333297469_nHow was your summer?  Our family had a many fun experiences and one of my favorites was catching a 10 1/2 inch blue gill while fishing in the Bayfield, WI area.  Mrs. D. had fun sharing stories from her vacation and hearing from students and staff highlights of their vacations.

The 2014-15 school year brought with it significant changes in our scheduling of the library and its services.  For the last three years we have had a flexible schedule – this year we have started a fixed schedule with the library being added to the specialist schedule as an encore class.  Our focus in September was to get students introduced to our library staff, the expectations we have in both the library and computer lab and getting students comfortable logging into our computers.

With our rotation schedule Mrs. D sees students for 1 hour or a 1/2 hour, depending on the day and the rotation.

Mrs. D wants to also send a special thank you to Mrs. Marquardt for substituting for her this month.  Mrs. Marquardt came out of retirement to help us out and we are very grateful!

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Summer Reading Ideas

bookAs we enter our summer vacation, don’t forget to take some time to read a few great books!  Last week I went over with classes, all of the great programs the Marathon Public Library has to offer, along with other local businesses such as Barnes and Noble.  Check out our link to Summer Reading here!

Also, if you are looking for a list of books to read, don’t forget the AASL lists for elementary students found at this link.

My previous post listed all of the Battle of the Books for the 2014-2015 school year.  Your local public library can help you find copies of those great books also!

We hope you have a great summer – Take time to enjoy every moment of every day!


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Battle of the Books List for 2015

Unknown-2Here it is!  For those 4th and 5th graders next year who are interested in reading the Battle Books this summer, here is the list for 2015.

Elementary Division

State Battle of the Books


Golden Archer Nominees (Primary)

The Dark by Lemony Snicket

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

Oh, No! by Candace Fleming

Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses by James Dean

That Is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems


Golden Archer Nominees (Intermediate)

Big Nate Flips Out by Lincoln Peirce, IL 3-6, RL 3.0

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney, IL 5-8, RL 5.8

The Nazi Invasion, 1944 (I Survived series #9) by Lauren Tarshis, IL 3-6, RL 4.6

Killer Species: Out for Blood by Michael P. Spradlin, IL 3-6, RL 6.5

** Wonder by is the 5th Golden Archer nominee at this level. It is not a Battle book this year, as it was used last year. **

Advisor’s Choices

11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass, IL 3-6, RL 4.1

Amelia Lost by Candace Fleming, IL 5-8, RL 6.3

Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo, IL 3-6, RL 4.3

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell, IL 3-6, RL 6.6

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, IL 5-8, RL 4.9

Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park, IL 5-8, RL 5.0

Loser by Jerry Spinelli, IL 3-6, RL 4.3

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George, IL 5-8, RL 5.2

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, IL 3-6, RL 3.0

Sarah Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan, IL 3-6, RL 3.4

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech, IL 5-8, RL 4.9


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It’s that time of year…

DSCN0902DSCN0898The few weeks of school are usually a hectic time and this year is no exception.  On May 12th we celebrated those students who read 500 books in this year’s Book Bugs reading incentive program.  Over 30 students and parents joined Mrs. Dembowski and Mrs. LesStrang in the library to eat a pizza lunch.  Congratulations to everyone!

This past week Mrs. D had fun setting up a Skype session in our multimedia computer lab with one of our 3rd graders who is currently living in England. Mrs. Staff and her class had a chance to visit with their classmate Simon and talk to him about their latest adventures.

Kindergartners were busy in the computer labs using PebbleGo to research their animal or insect, learning how to print pictures and information from their articles.

Mrs. Reimer and Ms Wegner are working with Mrs. D and all the 2nd graders to do research using PebbleGo and Kid-Friendly Search Engines on their habitat.  This week Mrs. D will get them started in the Google accounts and demonstrate how to create a Google Presentation.

All students were introduced to our End-Of-The-Year book raffle.  This was our last week to check out library books and all students who were eligible to check out books and didn’t have any overdue books, received a raffle ticket.

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End of Year Book Raffle Returns…

dog-reading-book-1As we approach the end of the school year our library Book Raffle returns.  Students who do not have overdue books may participate in this fun activity.

Click here for details!

Mrs. Marquardt’s 1st graders finished their Little Bird Tales nonfiction classroom book – It turned out great – Click here to see it!

This week we will start working on the 2nd grade habitat presentations – This year students will be using Google Presentations to create them with their research facts.

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So much to see…so much to do…at your library…

Last week Mrs. D shared Mother’s Day stories with Kindergarten and 1st graders, including Just Me and My Mom and The Night Before Mother’s Day.  Students were anxious to share what they planned to do to show their own mothers their appreciation for them.

2nd through 5th graders were asked by Mrs. D to create a “wish list” of titles of new books they would like to see added our library collection.  Mrs. Becker created a Student Suggestion box for future suggestions.  Thank you for your creativity, Mrs. Becker!

Wednesday after school interested students participating in “Screen Free Week”, who pledged not to use digital devices all week, had the opportunity to take part in a “Library Lock-in”.  Games were played, books were read and art work was done.

Thursday night Mrs. Staff’s “Night of the Notables” took place in the library.  Check out the Tellagami app movie we made of students describing their famous person.

Friday afternoon the 4th grade Wax Museum took place and students in Mrs. Goertz’s and Mr. Podeweltz’s class showed attendees their Google Presentations on their famous WI place.  Thanks to Mrs. Hanson for taking pictures of the event in both the library and gym – Click here for an Animoto highlighting this fun event!


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Knowledge is free…at your library!

marcusandmikecatinhatNational Library Week was a busy week at Riverside this year.  Students and staff enjoyed a variety of activities including dress up days and a successful paperback book swap.

We started Monday with a comfy Pajama Day, getting cozy with books and reading.  On Tuesday students were given the opportunity to decorate a Love Your Library sign and enter a drawing to win one of two $25  gift certificates to Barnes and Noble.  We will be making a scrap book of all of the entries to keep in the library for all to enjoy.

Wednesday was another dress up day as your favorite book character.  We were happy to see so many creative examples!  Thursday was the paperback book swap day and we had a huge turnout!  Our final day was School Spirit Day with many wearing Riverside shirts and colors.

Thank you to everyone for such great participation this year!

It was also an exciting week at the Dembowski household.  We added a new member to our family – We adopted a cat from the Lincoln County Humane Society named Marcus.  What a fun week it was!

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