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    How will you choose to show kindness, respect, and responsibility today?

    It's July 2020!

                   Your Lenape Library books are due! Put them in a safe place and bring them back in the Fall



              buttons               summer

          We're not sure when Library spaces will be opening their doors, but we need to remember that we have access to books.  In this time away from school I hope that some of you have discovered the variety of books in SORA (Student Online Reading App) found below, on this page, and also on the Lenape Books webpage. E-books and audio can give you new perspective about how stories and information get to you. Hey - I bet you have a few books at home you haven't read yet! Students often say to me, "I have that book at home."  That doesn't mean you read it!   "Imagine Your Story" is the Summer Reading theme this year throughout New York State.  These months away from the school building and community have required you to use your imagination in terms of staying connected.  Keep imagining!                       

        Here's an imagination invitation that features collaboration between kids and authors and invites You to send in story ideas. StorySeeds Podcast    It's a podcast. Listen.                                       



           In celebration of Reading wherever you are, listen to Ms. Lis-Simmons

              read, Walter the Wolf, by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat



    Kelly Stays Home: The Science of Coronavirus by Lauren Block MD MPH and Adam E. Block PhD illustrated by Alex Brissenden 

    Younger version, less text, same message Kelly Stays Home: The Science of Coronavirus




    April 22, 2020 - Earth Day - 50th anniversary

    Plant something - watch it grow!

    zinnias     snap peas    cukes  

    zinnias         sugar peas, tomatoes, beets        cucumbers




       It is April 2020!

      I never need to wait till April to say, "Let's do Poetry!" Yet this is a good time to share what Poetry can offer us, year 'round. I offer here, words of famous poets, and words from the hearts of our Lenape students as they share with me. Stay tuned, and come back to listen!

    I am linking our Poetry shares to the "Poetry page" of our Lenape Library website. Click here to get there.      

    Hello to my Lenape Friends,

         I am looking forward to connecting with you through these Lenape Library pages and the Library Google Classroom that we have been using during the school year.  I've made some notes with ideas for how you can share some of the activities we've started.  I have placed some of these notes in the Google Classroom.  Email me with any questions or comments.  Would love to hear how you have been using your imagination. 

    See you soon,

    Ms. Lis-Simmons


    Below we are sharing the February Black History Month calendar created by Mrs. Easterlin's 5th grade.

    After researching with several electronic and print resources, students took key facts and dates and used WordArt.com to compose appropriate calendar pages.






    Play the author name game.  See if you are pronouncing names the way they should be pronounced!



    There are 100 questions on the Citizenship Test to become

    a citizen of the United States.  Here are 10 of those questions. Take a look and see how many you have an idea about.


    Take a look at some of the Civics related e-books available to you online from our Library

    civics1   civics2   civics3



    NEW! Social and Emotional Learning - 25 e-books, Rosen Publishing 

    access provided by Ulster BOCES




    Talking about Biographies - our collection represents people who are still living and doing remarkable things! 

    Example: Neil DeGrasse Tyson Tyson


    Making a choice to raise one's voice takes courage.

    Example:  Ogilvy  Ogilvy




    SORA SORA says "Chill Out and Read!"  Check out the Summer suggestions that can be read OR listened to on-line with any internet connected device. Here is a chart you might want to use to keep track of your completed titles.

    ALSO - Barnes and Noble is offering an opportunity for students to earn a free book in August.  Click here for the 2 pages that explain their offer and the chart to use to keep track of your completed reads.




    Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
    Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
    Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
    And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.

    excerpt from William Shakespeare's Sonnet 18



    April is...

    • the Earth waking up to a fresh season
    • Poetry, by heart and out loud
    • mucking around in a garden seeing the work of earthworms up close
    • more daylight





    February is the shortest month, day-wise, even when there's a leap year giving it an extra day.  February is packed with celebrations that are momentary - Ground Hog Day on the 2nd only for the "see his shadow or not";  singular - Valentine's Day on the 14th.  Chinese New Year, this year, begins on the 5th, and goes on for 15 days.

    Since 1976 February has been designated Black History Month at the federal level.  This grew out of what was a week-long recognition begun in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History.  

    Black History is American History.  The Civil Rights decade of the 1960s connects in spirit and form to the foundation of liberty fought for and forged in 1776.  

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of our “inescapable network of mutuality**.”  Walt Whitman wrote that “every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.”

    How do we rise to the challenge to make this relevant in the lives of students in 2019?

      ** the sharing of a feeling, action, or relationship between two or more parties.



    SORA SORA (Student Online Reading App) is brought to us through Ulster BOCES and we connect to it using our school usernames and passwords.  Check it out by clicking on the following link to read and or listen to books online.  If you are using a mobile device you will be asked to download the SORA app.
    See Ms. Lis-Simmons with any questions.



    Last school year (2017-2018) we celebrated the Library as a MakerSpace.

    We Made Sentences

    We wrote and submitted comments in the OPALS catalog for other students to consider as recommendations.

    We Made Connections

    We made  interactive/digital "library boxes"  highlighting key words and subjects, and illustrated our writing with self-created images in the Paint program.

    We Made Meaning

    We made progress exploring Code while we learned to recognize patterns and accept challenges.

    We Made Pathways into the World, and

    Made things happen with our Hands, Head, and Heart

    Dream Box created in response to a Biography, and a video interview with the creator!

    Several videos of 5th grade students who finished Code Course C, as they "mucked around" with Lil'Bits electronics to see what they could create using Code in action.

    Two students' stories published in an anthology about space travel and aliens.

    Audio recordings of poetry and Haiku inspired by Japanese lanterns.

    Teeny, tiny, origami.

    Tangrams, tangrams, tangrams from animals to the Statue of Liberty!

    We Helped Write the Book on Lenape's 2017-18 School Year!






Last Modified on July 5, 2020