Summer Work

Want to come back to school in the fall and attend our ice cream social? What about having the math department serve you pancakes? If either of these options interest you, please take a moment and check out the information below.

Every summer our students are asked to read and complete math assignments (grades 4-8) to help prevent the summer slide. Below you will find the links needed for these assignments.

Middle School Reading (6-8) – We are asking all students to read at least three books over the summer and be ready to give a Book Talk (directions attached) when they return to school.

Mrs. Marcelino’s Ice Cream Social Summer Reading Log – Students in kindergarten through third grade are asked to read and record 10 picture books or 3-4 beginning chapter books. Students entering fourth through eighth grade are asked to read three chapter books.

Summer ALEKS assignments (4th-8th) – Students in fourth through eighth grade are asked to complete 8 ALEKS assignments over the summer with a score of 90% or higher. If students score lower, they can use the Quick Retake option to simply redo the problems they missed. Assignments can be found in the upper left-hand corner of ALEKS by clicking on the three lines and selecting “Assignments”. It is strongly suggested that students complete the 8 ALEKS topics before working on their personal pie if they are close to finishing their pie so as to not lose their work on the assignments.

Thank you! We hope you have a wonderful summer and look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, August 21st.

Growing Up Surrounded By Books…

Growing Up Surrounded by Books Could Have Powerful, Lasting Effect on the Mind

A new study suggests that exposure to large home libraries may have a long-term impact on proficiency in three key areas

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New Books in the library and more to come!

You asked and we heard you!   Many students have suggested books for the library and we have been able to add many of those requests along with several other great selections.  Here are just a few of the new books we have added to the library this year:   

What’s Your Favorite Animal, by Eric Carle

We love the illustrations that accompany picture books!  In this book, Eric Carle and 13 other well-known children’s book artists share drawings of their favorite animals and tell us why they like the particular animal they chose.   What’s your favorite animal and how would you draw it?

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Ghosts, by Raina Telgemeier

This graphic novel was a best seller at our October bookfair and is now available for checkout!

The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones, by Wendelin Van Draanen

This new acquisition for the middle school grades was written by the author of Flipped and Swear to Howdy.   I read the first few chapters and I’m hooked!  Be the first to read this title and write a review.



Coming Soon…

My Lucky Birthday, by Keiko Kasza

In this “sequel” to one of our recent favorites, My Lucky Day, Piglet shows up to help plan Alligator Al’s birthday party – will it be Piglet or Al’s lucky day this time?

Who Is/Who Was Books

We purchased 12 books in this student requested series of biographies.  These books are sure to be popular with readers interested in learning about famous people from different walks of life.

The Land of Stories, by Chris Colfer

With the addition of The Wishing Spell, Amulet Keepers and Beyond the Kingdom, we now have a complete set of this student requested series in our library.    

New Books! New Series! New Fiction!

I have been digging through your suggestions in the bowl, and I’m excited to tell you that we have added over 100 new books to circulation this year!  You wanted new books- and lots of new adventure/ fantasy.  Here are just a few that came in:


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Books in the 700’s!

Our Cat in the Hat board is highlighting a special section of the nonfiction side of the library this week- the 700s!  Do you like to make crafts?  Draw?  Play sports?  Then this is your section!  Pop on over to dig through and find a book you wouldn’t usually go hunting for.

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Catholic Schools Week!

What a fun week of celebrating Catholic Schools Week with all of you!

I am so blessed to get to work with such an amazing group of talented kids.

To celebrate our faith, I have pulled some of our favorite books about God and made a little display.  I hope you enjoy!



You guys are totally all about Star Wars these days!  I can’t keep our Star Wars books on the shelves!  So to make it a little easier for you to find our most popular books, I made a little display.  BIG thanks to Alvaro for the incredible Darth Vader mask!  Didn’t he do an amazing job?

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It’s raining, it’s pouring…

A whole lot more than usual.

Did you know about the games we have stashed up high on a shelf?  Next time you’re rained out of recess, come on by!  The Rush Hour game is lots o fun, and you really can’t go wrong with Checkers.


Board games not your thing?  I have a few really awesome adult coloring books with crazy intricate designs.  Aaaaaaaaaand I have the Harry Potter coloring book!  So come by, hang out, and color with me.  🙂