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The hot new program at QAE is Biblionasium. It's GoodReads for kids! The company's tag line is "Where Kids Flex Their Reading Muscles". Developed by former colleagues, this amazing site help's kids manage their reading, see all the books they've read and/or want to read on a virtual shelf, record their daily reading, write reviews and recommend books. YOU are encouraged to register and connect with your child's account. All you need is your child's username and password. Once you've connected you will be notified when your child completes a book, adds a book to a reading challenge or adds a book to their wish list. Parents can also create reading challenges at home. Please let me know if you are not successful registering or connecting to your child's account.
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Click Here to Vote
2012 WA Children's Choice Award
Since the start of the new year, students have been listening to and reading the books nominated for the 2013 WA Choice Picture Book Award. It's NOW time for all students to go online and vote for their favorite three books! The voting poll will close April 3rd and on April 4th I will call the nominating committee with QAE's results.
** For those families with children who have not read all the nominees - you could make a trip to the SPL or book store this weekend and find those books. You also could just encourage your child to vote with only the books they've read in mind.**
Thanks for taking time to vote this week. Click here for results.
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Many students have a standard banner on their digital portfolio (Weebly). This is the default banner when a site is set up. Students in grades 2-5 are introduced on how to change the banner, add photos and text, making it theirs. Parents in the earlier grades are asked to do this for their child.
Below you will see a few examples of a customized banner. These banners have been linked. Click on them.
Click here to watch a short video I created showing you how simple it is to customize a banner in Weebly. I encourage you to do this with your child so they can feel ownership in their work.
Changing a Banner in Weebly
Thank you for building excitement over your child's work and visiting their digital portfolio! Everyday, I watch students looking at their work, likely enjoying wonderful comments that have been made by family members and friends. Powerful!
Last week, Madeline and I sent an email and included every person she thought would enjoy following her learning journey. In the message we shared her web address (madelinerqae1.weebly.com) and the password (ask your child or email me). Today, every story and art project has wonderful comments that inspire and excite her share more.
Need support? Please let me know!
No awards, no carnivals, no games - just pure math. Welcome Spatial-Temporal (ST) Math. Students have learned their 13 picture password through the password training. Most were very successful. I attempted the training the night before presenting to students. I have to say I will likely never forget my password and I remember very little. The program is brilliant.
What is Spatial-Temporal Reasoning? Born out of neuroscience research at the University of California, Irvine, MIND’s unique approach accesses the brain’s innate “spatial-temporal” reasoning ability. This ability, which lies at the core of innovative thinking and sophisticated problem-solving, allows the brain to hold visual, mental representations in short-term memory and to evolve them in both space and time, thinking multiple steps ahead. MIND’s approach consists of language-independent, animated representations of math concepts delivered via the Spatial-Temporal (ST) Math® software games. - MIND Research Institute
Activating ST Math @ Home
Ipad, Android or Kindle - Click here
Computer - Click here
Students struggling with the password should click on "I Forgot My Password". This will take the user through Password Re-training. Feel free to email with any questions or concerns.
For households missing Dreambox, please call (1-877-451-7845) and have your child's work transferred to a new home account. All student work has been saved.
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The LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) group, apart of the Seattle Public Schools Health Education office, has donated to our library a collection of books on various themes. These books are a welcome addition to an already diverse collection. QAE celebrates diversity and believes everyone belongs.
My Boy Princess - Dyson loves pink, sparkly things. Sometimes he wears dresses. Sometimes he wears jeans. He likes to wear his princess tiara, even when climbing trees. He's a Princess Boy.
Inspired by the author's son, and by her own initial struggles to understand, this is a heart-warming book about unconditional love and one remarkable family. It is also a call for tolerance and an end to bullying and judgments. The world is a brighter place when we accept everyone for who they are. -Amazon
The Boy Who Cried Fabulous - The only thing Roger likes better than exploring the world around him is describing it. And Roger describes most things as fabulous! But his parents have a different view. They want Roger to see things the way they do, so they ban "fabulous" from his vocabulary. Fabulously illustrated by Peter Ferguson, this cheerful tale will have children rejoicing along with Roger at all the fabulous--no, marvelous! no, dazzling!--things that await him when he steps outside. - Amazon
Be Who You Are - Nick was born in a boy's body, but has always felt like a girl inside. Nick's family supports him when he says he no longer wants to be called a boy or dress like a boy; "Always remember to be who you are Nick. Remember that we love you, and we are so proud of you." Nick's parents find a group for families like theirs. With their support, Nick expresses a desire to be addressed as "she," and then to be named "Hope." Based on the author's experiences with her children. - Amazon
10,000 Dresses - Every night, Bailey dreams about magical dresses: dresses made of crystals and rainbows, dresses made of flowers, dresses made of windows. . . . Unfortunately, when Bailey's awake, no one wants to hear about these beautiful dreams. Quite the contrary. "You're a BOY!" Mother and Father tell Bailey. "You shouldn't be thinking about dresses at all." Then Bailey meets Laurel, an older girl who is touched and inspired by Bailey's imagination and courage. In friendship, the two of them begin making dresses together. And Bailey's dreams come true! - Amazon
Recess in the library just got better! Under the new stand up workstations there is a pull out step (choirs sing now). My most sincere thanks to the "step up" team for your creative design, carpentry skills, and construction! The final product is exactly what I envisioned for all students to have safe access to all library workstations. Check out Isa!
I am proud to be a librarian! We have created an amazing space for 21st century learners to learn and explore. The library is here to welcome all curious learners!
Today, during one of my many "teacher scans", I spied:
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Whenever our household orders from Amazon (almost daily!) we use the unique URL that links all our purchases to QAE.
Each month QAE receives money from Amazon because many of you are remembering to place your Amazon order through QAE. There are two ways you can order on Amazon so that a percentage of the cost goes directly to QAE.
1. Install the QAE Extension on your Chrome Browser - and click the little rocket to begin your usual Amazon shopping. Your screen will look like it always does, but you are going through the QAE door. Click here to download. I made a tutorial on how to install and use the app. Click here to watch that masterpiece.
2. if you're not a Chrome user, bookmark the QAE Amazon URL on your browser. Copy and Paste the below.(notice the qae-20 in the address - that's the key!)
3. Click on the QAE homepage and use the Amazon search window.
To date, over a thousand dollars from Amazon has been given to our school all because we're doing normal shopping on Amazon through the QAE Affiliate. Have you checked out the QAE Amazon Library Wish List lately? This list is also tied to our QAE Amazon Affiliation.
Share the QAE Amazon link with family and friends - it's a good thing!
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It's finally here, an iPad app for Dreambox! Download the app, connect using the access code: znc2/queenaes. After you connect to QAE, find your teacher and then click on your character. I haven't played yet with the app,Please drop me an email with your thoughts/interactions.
Happy Thanksgiving - I am so thankful for QAE and all the students who I get see every day! - Jeffrey
When students are in the library (or hallway, playground, lunchroom, etc...) talking about books, I am usually listening (at times I am eavesdropping) - it's my job and I love it! When students requests books for the library, they tell me or they'll post a comment on the Book Wish Blog. Then I need to figure out a way to get those books on the shelf. Often times I use the library budget that Mr. Elliott gives the library each year. This small budget also pays for library supplies, guest authors, furniture, professional development. Often times I will update the QAE Amazon Book Wish List seeking generous donors. When the new books arrive, I prepare them for the shelf by covering them, entering titles into the computer and sometimes placing a donation label in the inside cover. The label is NOT required but I love it because when the book is browsed it will be reminded us of the donor for years to come. How better to connect with the library than donating a book for others to enjoy?
Would you please consider purchasing one book for students to enjoy? Feel free to send this post to family and friends. Many titles are the latest in a series that students can't get enough. When new books are ready for check out - priceless!
Students are requesting books - the list is getting long, thanks for taking a look. Click on the video link I
created that makes purchasing books on an Amazon Wish List more simple.
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