In connection with our One Book, One School reading of A Nest for Celeste, we held a special family night with live birds, wildlife education, drawing, weaving and learning about John Audubon. The Patton PTA sponsored the Northern Illinois Raptor Rehab Education Center who brought live falcons, owls and a red-tailed hawk for students to view and learn. We heard a screech owl, met "Mishoni" an endangered barn owl, two types of beautiful falcons, and a hawk. We learned ways that humans can help make sure these amazing birds thrive by conserving energy, cutting up plastic rings that hurt them, keeping water clean and getting outside to enjoy our wildlife! After the presentation, families could look at the artifacts the Center brought including bones, feathers and wing span comparisons. Families were also invited to draw Celeste using Mrs. Maloney's awesome step by step video, weave a placemat or learn about John Audubon with a nearpod. Enjoy the photos from a fantastic Family night:
We kicked off a new One Book, One School event this afternoon with an assembly that introduced the students to the new book we will all be reading for the next 5 weeks - A Nest for Celeste, A story About Art, Inspiration, and the Meaning of Home by Henry Cole. It is the story of a young and lonely mouse looking for a home and friends, set near New Orleans in the 1800s when the naturalist John Audubon came to draw the birds of the area. We took a look back at why we loved reading with our families and reading the same book as their teachers and staff last year. Students watched the trailer for the book and learned about some of the activities we will be doing at school to celebrate and enhance our reading. Youngest and only students took home their family's book and will show their parents how to find the reading schedule and chapters read by staff on the A Nest for Celeste page of the LMC site. At that page families can also learn more about the story and the author, Henry Cole who will visit Patton November 7! Finally our own little Celeste made a squeaking and waving appearance!
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I am the Library Media Center director at Patton School in Arlington Heights where I help students from kindergarten through 5th grade find terrific independent reading for enjoyment and information, and teach students the skills to use information and technology safely and productively and to connect, communicate and share with others. I have four grown children, a large black dog, (flat coat retriever) and a small striped cat. I am an obessive Chicago Cubs fan and I love to run.