Thank you Congress Park supporters! We were able to purchase two new Breakout EDU kits with your generous donations and are already putting the kits to good use! This week both first and second grade students are participating in their first Breakout this year. I "accidentally" locked all of the 2020 titles in the box and their task is to use the clues to open the box to retrieve them. Limited time affected the outcome to many first grade teams but they still loved the experience and all learning that took place.
We have started checking out books at Congress Park! We ask that if your child is in grades K, 1, or 2, the books be brought back the day BEFORE the library class. If possible, we would like all books brought back to the library each week, including books that need to be renewed. This concept is new to Congress Park this year and we will no longer renew books without physically seeing the book to ensure it is not lost or damaged. This also keeps our records accurate and up to date. However, please be aware that we DO NOT charge overdue fines so if your child needs more time with his/her book but has forgotten to bring it to class, that is OK too.
Please find your child's grade below to see when books are due.
Attached is the new calendars for events hosted by the Brookfield Library. Hope to see you soon at the library soon!
Congress Park students have voted and this year will will celebrate Read Across America by having a potato book character showcase! This idea came to be with the release of Laurie Keller's book called "Potato Pants "and the creative library minds in my Future Ready Library group. For our showcase, each student is encouraged to recreate a character from a book. It can be any book, not just from our Congress Park library. More details can be found below.
Kindergarten has begun their first formal research project! All classes reviewed how to log in to Pebble Go! and researched polar animals. After an overview of the project, students voted for a favorite polar animal to research further. Watch out! Soon we will have snowy owl, walrus, and arctic fox experts at Congress Park!
This year we launched our 2019 Illinois Nominees with Taco 'Bout Books sessions for interested classes in grades 3-6. I cannot wait to find out what titles are Congress Park's favorites. Read these selected titles with us!
It's the most wonderful time of the year.... Hour of Code! This year we were lucky enough to introduce our students to LaGrange Park's Dash and Dot and our new Osmo. Interested students
We did it! First grade students have been working hard learning about maps and map features while reviewing how to login to one of our favorite subscription databases called BrainPop. After collaborating whole group to make a classroom map, students divided into teams to create their own map to include a title, compass rose, and legend/map key.
As a added bonus, students integrated Congress Park's new Ozobots to "hide" and find a treasure.