Thursday, April 27, 2017

Students in 2nd grade were introduced to the Flat Stanley character by Jeff Brown in the library a couple of months ago.  Since then, students have given their own Flat Stanley a tour of the school, library and playground.  Eager students shared collages they made in the Pic Collage app with new friends at Miller Elementary School.

Flat Stanley went home with every second grader to plan an exotic trip!  Stanley was then mailed, since he was so flat.  It's a good thing that he didn't have to buy any airplanes tickets!  Stanley has been coming back to Frisco to celebrate his many travels.  Check out Twitter @smithreads or #flatstanleyatsmith to see some of the fun Tweets about his trips!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Students at Smith and all over Frisco are participating in the April's Happiness Challenge!  Frisco ISD shared 5 simple steps to making each day a positive one.

1. Write a list of 3 things you are thankful for daily.
2. Keep a Happiness Journal of positive things that happen each day.
3. Create a card, email or text for a friend.
4. Take 5 minutes each day for quiet time to think, pray or meditate.
5. Exercise for at least 10 minutes each day.

Smith students and staff are creating Happiness Journals in the library this week and next.  Each child is designing their own booklets and writing positive things down daily.  This is a great way to end the day on a happy note.

Parents can help by encouraging students to share positive things the students do at school during dinner time or bedtime routines.  Parents could also create their own happiness or gratitude journals to role model a positive attitude for the children.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Aaron Reynolds visited Smith Kindergarten through third graders on Monday, March 20, 2017.  Students and teachers alike were thrilled by his presentation.  Mr. Reynolds is most famous for his book, Creepy Carrots.  This story takes place near a carrot field where a hungry rabbit hops by and just steals away a snack every time he passes.  He hatches a plan to keep the carrots from creeping after him, but that isn't the only plan that is coming to be.  First grade students in Mrs. Pitts art class created their own Creepy Carrots out of clay, fired and glazed them.  Mr. Reynolds was more than amazed by the students' finished products!  Thank you, Mrs. Pitts for such great collaboration with our author visit.

Enjoy these pictures and ask any student what they thought of Aaron Reynolds visit.  Kindergarteners are so proud to know someone famous!!!  All of the students were excellent audience members and made the Smith family so proud!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Readers at Smith are wacky for Dr. Seuss Day! The Smith teachers are dressing up like Dr. Seuss books on Friday and having students share parts of the book with all the students at Celebrate Smith!  And to think that I saw it on Sean Drive, the fun teachers like to have.  "Will they come to school and eat green eggs and ham?". "I think they will" says the Librarian, I am.

Grades K-2 are enjoying Dr. Seuss stations during their library visits all week long.  Older students will try to Breakout and find the missing Hat for the Cat.