Friday, August 18, 2017

Smith won the to speak!  We are most fortunate to have the famous author, Mac Barnett visit us this fall!  Barnes and Noble is sponsoring this presentation and will have four of Mac's books available for pre-order and autographs.  Students should turn in their order forms by September 14, 2017.  Autographed books make excellent birthday presents!  Get yours today!  See form below.

For more info about this fabulous author, visit his website!  Mac Barnett's Website

Monday, May 22, 2017

There were a lot of characters who popped off the pages of great books at Smith for Book Character Day!  Students were very creative this year as they dressed up like their favorite storybook character!
Just one of the favorite spirit days of  our annual Children's Book Week celebration!  The SMITH PTA gives the library money to purchase paperback books for each student during this week also!  This is great because it always falls when the library books are due back at the end of the school year.  Students were excited to pick out their new paperback books from the proceeds at the Smith PTA Book Fairs this year! Thank you, parents for shopping at the book fair!  Every dollar spent helped us provide this literary treat for Smith Readers!

Smith students still have 89 books out that need to be returned to the SMITH READS Library.
Please check under beds, in closets, in toy boxes, in the couch cushions, under the car seats and in all your secret hiding places to help us return all of the missing books.  Thanks so much for your help!

Readers have checked out a lot of books this year; here are they favorites from a few of the popular genres!  Have you read them all?

Monday, May 8, 2017

Smith Reads Sock Hop

Students piloted a new reading challenge this year.  Children in grades 3, 4 and 5 were asked to read at least 20 books of their choosing.  Most readers read between 25-75 books!  This reading challenge was fashioned after Donalyn Miller's, 20 Book Challenge.  Miller is also the creator of #bookaday, where educators spend their summer reading one book each day to expand their knowledge of children's literature.  Check out the #bookaday on Twitter for more info.

We ended our challenge with a fun sock hop and a free book compliments of the Smith Reads Library and the Smith PTA Book Fairs.  Enjoy the slideshow below.

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!