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    June 12

     
    Hello All,

    This is a bittersweet moment for me, writing my last newsletter of the year, well actually my last newsletter, period. In case you have not heard, I am retiring this year. I want to thank you for the pleasure I have had working with your children.
    My professional goals have changed over the years. I started my career worrying about how to teach students how to find books using the Dewey Decimal System (which I still find useful), what the difference is between a title page and a half-title page and how to use the guide words in a dictionary among other things.
    Somewhere along the line, I realized those goals, although functional, were not really what I cared about. I care about people. I thought about the adults your children will become. What would I wish for them? Over time, I came up with three characteristics that, I believe, add up to a life well lived:
    Be caring (heart)         
    Be curious (head)
    Be capable (hands)
    The order is intentional. Each characteristic, of course, is complex and layered in turn, but everything starts with caring. I hope I helped plant that seed.
    My final ask is: Read. 
    Please read in front of your children, be a role model. Read to them, even when they can read on their own. Read books you loved as a child; read books they love now (even if you don’t agree). Read books that challenge your thinking, books you can talk about, must talk about. 

    Read, read, read, and read some more. Reading is taking in ideas and information across time and space (I use the term widely to include listening and watching as well). But always and most importantly, reading is an action verb, reading is thinking.
    Again, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to be part of this wonderful community.

    I wish you well.

    Happy trails,

    Tenny Canning


    June 5


    Hello, Friends

    My heart is heavy with the sadness, pain and anger I feel over the senseless murder of George Floyd. One more Black life cut short. One more family filled with grief. One more community betrayed by a broken promise.
    I watch the news, night after night, and I am grateful for the thousands of people standing up and shouting their frustration at the systemic racism that is always present, if not always acknowledged in our society. I am proud of all the people making their voices heard, despite the concerns about the corona virus. 
    When I suffer or I see others suffering around me, I turn to books for solace. I am looking for a reflection of the trauma, and for the choices and pathways offered by authors that can guide us to a courageous, healthy response in our own lives. Below are some resources you might find helpful for yourselves or to share with your students:

    https://www.rebekahgienapp.com/black-lives-matter/
    https://readingpowergear.wordpress.com/
    https://tinyurl.com/yb4s7gp5

     
    Books can also be a way to open a conversation, with our children, our neighbors, our colleagues and our school communities. The conversations might be hard and uncomfortable, but they are important. Conversations are essential work, today and tomorrow. They can help keep a spotlight on systemic racism that undermines the health of our communities.

     

    Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Contest 

     
    The student’s votes have been cast, tallied and sent to the Washington Library Association. We will have to wait to hear the winner of the state-wide contest. Following a long tradition, though, we have a winner of the S.P.O.T.T.E.E. (Stevens Picks One Title To Enthusiastically Endorse) Award!

    And the Winner is...

    Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise

    By David Ezra Stein

    Overdue Notices

     
    I will be sending out overdue notices on Monday. I am hoping the notices will encourage everyone to gather the books they have at home to return next week! You don’t have to wait! Look under the bed, on the bookshelf, in the closet today!
    Please don’t be alarmed if your student has books listed that you have never seen – not all books have been returned from classrooms, yet.  
    Next Friday I will change all overdue materials to lost. At that point fines will be generated and new notices will be sent. Next week, I include information about how to address fines.

    Library Schedule

     
    Just as a reminder, for right now, all meetings will be hosted via Microsoft Teams. 

     

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    10:00 – 10:30

     

    K & 1st Grades

    Café Canning (1st – 2nd)

    11:00 – 11:30

    Primary Team Meeting

    2nd & 3rd Grades

    4th & 5th Grades

    12:00 – 12:30

    Café Canning (3rd – 5th)

     

    Staff Meeting



    May 29

     
    Greetings, Friends!

    Voting deadlines for the Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Contest and the Sasquatch Book Contest were both extended due to the closing of school buildings this spring. The new deadline, June 5th, seemed SO far away, but it is right around the corner, so . . . let’s vote!

    Please select the Contest for your grade level.

    K – 3:  Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Contest
    Fill out your name and grade level.  Then scroll down until you find a picture of your favorite book. Click the button just below the book.  Then scroll all the way to the bottom of the form and click on the submit button.
    https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=WNEx1HRgMkiHg1Hqb23SJ-mOO1LKW2VJq0fEkSa0RcJUQ1NTSkdZRTlCWlI5OVFRRVVCSVdEWDlXSC4u

    4 – 5:  Sasquatch Book Contest
    Fill out your name and teacher’s name/room number. Select your favorite title from the drop-down menu. Click the submit button at the bottom of the form.
    https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=WNEx1HRgMkiHg1Hqb23SJ-mOO1LKW2VJq0fEkSa0RcJUNkwyNENZODFRWENNRkQwWFdGQURJWjNKMy4u

    You can vote now or wait and vote during the Library session this week.

    Library Schedule

    Just as a reminder, for right now, all meetings will be hosted via Microsoft Teams. 

     

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    10:00 – 10:30

     

    K & 1st Grades

    Café Canning (1st – 2nd)

    11:00 – 11:30

    Primary Team Meeting

    2nd & 3rd Grades

    4th & 5th Grades

    12:00 – 12:30

    Café Canning (3rd – 5th)

     

    Staff Meeting

     
    S.T.A.R.
    This school year the staff at Stevens changed the guiding words in our S.T.A.R. acronym. I would love to know how you are being a Star, right now, while you are at home? Bring your examples to Library this week.
    Safe:
    Thoughtful:
    Accountable:
    Resilient:


    May 22

     
    Hello Everyone!

    There is some exciting  news in Library Land! The Seattle Public  Library and the Seattle School District have expanded their LibraryLink program to include elementary students!    Students automatically have an account, just by being an SPS student. If you had a card already, this means you can borrow additional materials. It’s easy to set up an account. There are hundreds of resources available; e-books, audio books, graphic novels, movies . . .

    Want to find out more? Check out this link!
    www.spl.org/librarylink
    This site includes a tutorial to help you signing.
    I will be working with 4th and 5th graders during our visit this week. I am also available during Café Canning if you need some help.
     

    Library Schedule
    Just as a reminder, for right now, all meetings will be hosted via Microsoft Teams. 

     

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    10:00 – 10:30

     

    K & 1st Grades

    Café Canning (1st – 2nd)

    11:00 – 11:30

    Primary Team Meeting

    2nd & 3rd Grades

    4th & 5th Grades

    12:00 – 12:30

    Café Canning (3rd – 5th)

     

    Staff Meeting

     
    Summer is often a time to travel for families. This year might be different. You could still plan a virtual trip. Where would you like to go?  
    Check out one of the resources available to students through the district:  Culture Grams.
     http://online.culturegrams.com/


    User Name:  studentsps
    Password:  access

    Hello, Friends!

    I am happy to be back! I missed everyone! I am so sorry about last week. It turns out there is no efficient and effective way to let everyone know when there is an interruption in service, especially when things happen at the last minute.

    Library Schedule

    I am including the revised Library schedule again, as there was some confusion on Monday last week. i am combining grade levels and moving things around so that I can have a chance to meet with teachers as well as students. As of now, all meetings will be hosted via Microsoft Teams.

     

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    10:00 – 10:30

     

    K & 1st Grades

    Café Canning (1st – 2nd)

    11:00 – 11:30

    Primary Team Meeting

    2nd & 3rd Grades

    4th & 5th Grades

    12:00 – 12:30

    Café Canning (3rd – 5th)

     

    Staff Meeting

    • K-3 invitations will come through email one day prior to scheduled meetings. Please do not send an RSVP.
    • Invitations for 4th & 5th graders will be posted on Schoology.

     

    1. This week K-3 will be talking about fruits and vegetables. Please bring one with you when you join the library session!
    2. 4th and 5th graders will be sharing about their current reads and I'll review this year's Sasquatch and Young Readers' Choice titles and share next season's titles!

    Haiku Challenge Entries

    I went on a hike

    There were lots of skinny trees

    It was very fun

    -Franklin D.

     

    Thumb quarantined!

    Fingers need to learn new skills,

    An apt metaphor.

    -Ms Canning

     

    Reading in the Wild Photo Contest

    Just before mid-winter vacation, I asked people to send in photos of students reading on their own (in the wild). I would like to revive that project during these last few weeks of the school year. So...

    Get Caught Reading in the Wild!

    Where do you like to read? Do you have a favorite place to curl up with a book? What kind of books do you like to read? Is there a best time of day for you to read? do you prefer to read alone or with a friend (human, animal, stuffie). Have someone take a photo of you while you are totally "into" a book whatever, wherever and whenever! Send it to me with Reading Photo in the subject line! tcanning@seattleschools.org 

    Ms. Canning

    Ms. Canning reading her new magazine in her favorite rocking chair.

     

    Cafe Canning

    Cafe Canning is a drop-in time for students to share projects they are working on, ideas they are exploring outside assigned work. It is also a time to be inspired by what others are doing; gardening, bookmarks, baking, shrinky-dinks, photography, sewing, Lego creations, jigsaw puzzles..

    Still available to borrow (3rd-5th):

    4 Magic Heddle Looms. They are EASY to set up and use! Also available, 10 Kumihimo discs for braiding bracelets. Please contact be at tcanning@seattleschools.org (include the student's name and room number), for scheduling delivery.

    Loom

     


    Good Morning, Everyone!

    It feels so nice to be appreciated!

    Thank you all for your kind words, and please know that we miss you,too!   

    And my special thanks go to ,  H. and Franklin D. for sending videos of appreciation. What a treat! 

     

          

     Stevens Sign                                                                


     

    New Virtual Library Schedule

    With apologies all around I have adjusted the Library schedule for the next few weeks. I am combining grade levels and moving things around so that I can have a chance to meet with teachers as well as students. As of now, all meetings will be hosted via Microsoft Teams.

     

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    10:00 – 10:30

     

    K & 1st Grades

    Café Canning (1st – 2nd)

    11:00 – 11:30

    Primary Team Meeting

    2nd & 3rd Grades

    4th & 5th Grades

    12:00 – 12:30

    Café Canning (3rd – 5th)

     

    Staff Meeting

     

     

    • K – 3 invitations will come through email one day prior to scheduled meeting. Please do not send an RSVP.
    • Invitations for 4th & 5th graders will be posted on Schoology.

     

    Speaking of Schoology, 3rd – 5th graders, please check out the folders in your library course. There are some great challenges posted there for you! Have you heard of Rube Goldberg? Check it out! 

    Everybody should check out this resource from Bound-to-Stay-Bound, too:

    https://www.btsb.com/educational-resources-main-tab-landing-page/

    Author read-alouds, activities to download, virtuals tours (including the Library of Congress!!!)

     

    Café Canning

    Café Canning is a drop-in time for students to share projects they are working on, ideas they are exploring outside assigned work. It is also a time to be inspired by what others are doing; gardening, bookmarks, baking, shrinky-dinks, photography, sewing, Lego creations, jigsaw puzzles . . .


     

    Available to borrow: 4 Magic Heddle Looms. They are EASY to set up and use!  Also available, 10 Kumihimo discs for braiding bracelets. Please contact me at tcanning@seattleschools.org (include student’s name and room number).

     

    Loom

     

     

    Haiku Challenge Entries

     

    There were two entries this week:

     

    Acid river flows

    Cool wind on a spring morning

    S’mores over fire

    by Sam H.

    When the cool wind blows

    The stout asparagus sways

    And the baby peas

    By Thomas H.

     

    One inspired by time spent at Cama Beach and one by time spent in the Pea-patch!

    Having trouble getting started? Try one of these first lines:

     

    Today is the day, _______________(7), _________________(5)

    My pencil is sharp, _______________(7), _________________(5)

    What I’m missing most, ___________(7),_________________(5)

    Once upon a time, _______________(7),_________________(5)

     

    When you finish, send it to tcanning@seattleschools.org

    Have a great week! Hope to see you in the “Library”!

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    May 1, 2020

    Greetings, Friends!

    I hope you are all well. I hope you are finding ways to stretch your minds as well as your bodies during our time apart! To help keep my mind busy, I try to really pay attention to my surroundings when I am outside.

    It’s easy to notice the flowers! There are rainbows of blossoms everywhere! But have you noticed all the bees visiting those flowers lately? Watch carefully, you might discover an imposter!  I noticed a bee that l did not recognize. The size of a honeybee, but fuzzier, a soft brown color, with long thin wings that were edged in black. As I watched, it stuck its proboscis into the flower.

    What!? A proboscis!?

    I had to solve this mystery!  First, I asked some experts (friends who are beekeepers), no luck. I had a book* here, but it was only about bees. Then I turned to Google. After many tries, I found it! My little “bee” was a snowberry clear-wing moth! It felt so exciting to “discover” something new in my own neighborhood.

    https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Hemaris-diffinis

    Check it out! Maybe you can spot one, too!

    Text Box: *The book I looked at is called, The Bee Book, by Charlotte Milner. I hope to share some of it with you. It is one of the books in the Towner Non-fiction Book Contest this year. It has lots of interesting information and some things you can do to help bees (who do so much to help us!).

     

     

     

    Bee Book

    Zoom and Teams links will be sent (Z) or posted (T) on the morning of your scheduled meeting!

     

    Serpents roam the seas.

    Ogres wander under the landscape. Haiku Challenge

    Dragons hike the skies.

    -By Ezra C.

     

     

    Which way should I go?

    No help from the clover!  So, By: Ms. Canning

    maybe I’ll just sit.

     

    Please send me YOUR entry! If you want, show what has inspired you to write to your poem, too!

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    Students and Families,

    I have made a schedule for virtual library visits. I so miss being able to connect with you. I would love to see you at your scheduled time!

     

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    10:00 – 10:30

    Kindergarten

    (Zoom)

    1st Grade

    (Zoom)

    3/4 Class (Teams/Schoology)

    11:00 – 11:30

    4/5 Classes (Teams/Schoology)

    3rd Grade (Teams/Schoology)

    2nd Grade

    (Zoom)

    12:00 – 12:30

     

    Café Canning

    (3rd – 5th ) (Schoology)

     

    • In the older grades, please bring whatever you are reading or just finished, so we can have a conversation.
    • It is important to show up on time for virtual visits. Most often in the younger grades, I will be sharing a story, and once I start, I can't see people in the waiting area. 

     

    This is the last week of April, which means it is the last week of National Poetry Month! Poetry can be fun to read AND fun to write! There are so many different forms of poetry, each with their own rules.

    One of my favorite forms is based on haiku, a traditional Japanese form of poetry celebrating nature, usually a season. Poets would describe something they saw, heard, or felt with their senses. Rhyming is not required, but you need to count syllables (sound segments). The formula is:  

    • First Line – 5 syllables
    • Second Line – 7 syllables
    • Third Line – 5 syllables

    Here is one I wrote on Wednesday (during the steady afternoon rain).

    Today brought the rains.

    I watch the earth drink her fill.

    Plants rejoice, worms, too!

     

    Why not give it a try! Send me your original haiku poems and I will post them on the school website!

    Log on to Schoology to find the link for Library and/or Café Canning

     


    Missing you,

    Ms. Canning

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    Hello, Friends!

    I hope you all are well and finding some unexpected joy in this new normal. My daily routine includes more walking than in the past. Signs of spring lift my spirits every morning, rain or shine. Yesterday I saw a pair of birds I’ve never seen before! I took a picture (fuzzy) but we were able to use it to identify them after we got home – scrub jays! They don’t usually live here, especially not in the city.

    I love how learning happens, even when you don’t expect it!

    I would love to hear what you are learning! Do you take walks like I do? Have you tried to make something new? Have you read or listened to a good book? 
    I also wanted to share a resource with you. This resource is created by Common Sense Media. It has been curated by educators, which means all the links are safe as well as educational.

    https://wideopenschool.org/programs/family/prek-5/

    I am especially excited about the Field Trips and the Live Events (authors reading their own books!!!).

     

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    Welcome Back, Friends!

    What beautiful weather we are having! Have you ever heard the old rhyme, “April showers bring May flowers”? This April has been very dry! Please look at the weather map and related information below. How much rain has fallen in Seattle this year? How much has fallen this month? When do you think it will rain again? Which day will be the warmest this week? Which is the hottest city in the state today? The coldest? 

     

    Weather
     
    Reading maps, charts and tables is a great way to gather information. Try it out, it’s fun and informative! If this is an old skill for you, try to practice every day. 
    If you are interested in learning more about weather, check out the National Weather Service website:  https://www.weather.gov

     

    Check out the fabulous cloud chart, then look up! What do you see? Keep a chart of your cloud sightings.

     

    Other topics of interest:
    Earth Day is 50 years old on Wednesday, April 22! April is National Poetry Month! Celebrate both at once, by writing your own poem! Send them in and I will post them on the Library page of our Stevens website!

     

    Missing you,
    MS. Canning