• Loma Library Quote of the Week

     

    "But the children knew, as I'm sure you know, that the worst surroundings in the world can be tolerated if the people in them are interesting and kind."

     

    --Lemony Snickett, The Bad Beginning

     

  • Be Interesting and Kind

    Posted by Nicole Fichthorn on 5/18/2020

    Hi Loma,

     

    How can it be that we are so close to the end of the school year?  I had so hoped that we would all have a chance to be together again in person (or IRL as the teenagers would say).  I hope you've been enjoying listening to my special recording of The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse.  It's a book that holds a special place in my heart.

     

    I chose this week's book quote because I think it seems somewhat appropriate for the strange times we are in right now.  It is HARD to be away from you all!  I am only able to tolerate it when I make an attempt to keep things interesting (read, work on a hobby, call a friend)  When I'm not able to do that then I can at least remember to be KIND.  Kind to those sequestered around me and also to be kind to myself.

     

    I hope you have enjoyed the read-alouds that I've been recording.  If you're still with me on the adventures of Cervantes in The Bookstore Mouse then you'll be happy to know that I've recorded and posted the rest of the chapters of the book, including the epilogue.  You can parcel out the chapters or listen to them all at once.  Your choice!

     

    Be kind, be interesting and keep reading,

     

     

    Mrs. Fichthorn (aka Mrs. F)

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  • KEEP the library!

    Posted by Nicole Fichthorn on 5/11/2020

    Hi Loma,

     

    This is week is going to be an exciting one for me, as our school library is the highlight of the KEEP campaign currently!  I've created special, new activities for you all to do this week and I hope you enjoy them. 

     

    Many thanks to LPEF and KEEP for continually raising enough money to FULLY support our library.  Without the funding, I would not be approaching a whole decade of library service at Loma.  

     

    Click here to see new activities

     

     

    Stay well and keep reading,

     

    Mrs. Fichthorn (aka Mrs. F)

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  • Thursday is Poem in Your Pocket Day!

    Posted by Nicole Fichthorn on 4/27/2020

    Hi Loma,

     

    Are you enjoying National Poetry Month?   This Thursday, April 30th, is Poem in Your Pocket Day!  If we were physically back at school and library I'd be handing out my usual pocket poems for you all to read, share and pass along.  Do you know someone sent me a photo of their dog-eared poem I handed out LAST year?  Made me so happy.

     

    Since we're not physically together right now, I can't hand you a poem but we CAN share poems with others.  Take a moment to share a favorite with your family, email (with your parents help) a favorite to a friend or record yourself reading a poem.  I've been seeing a lot going on with poetry in many of the virtual classrooms.  Keep up the good work!

     

    Go visit my April Poetry page for one last week before we usher in the month of May!

     

    miss you all,

     

    Mrs. Fichthorn (aka Mrs. F)

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  • April is National Poetry Month

    Posted by Nicole Fichthorn on 4/20/2020

    Hi Loma,

     

    Did you remember that April is National Poetry Month?   I wish I could see you in person and share all my favorites with you.  Since I can't do that right now, I've done the next best thing and recorded myself reading a few of my favorties from Shel Silverstein's Where the Sidewalk Ends.  

     

    Next time I visit your classroom via Zoom, perhaps you'll share your favorite with me?  Miss you all.  Don't forget to visit my Top 3 Things to Do list!

     

    virtual hugs,

     

    Mrs. Fichthorn (aka Mrs. F)

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  • Welcome back!

    Posted by Nicole Fichthorn on 4/13/2020

    Welome Back, Loma!

     

    How was your Spring break?  I'm hoping it was restful for you and that you had some great family time.  Personally, I spent the week cleaning my house, walking my dog and reading.  :)

     

    I'm looking forward to this week because I'm going to be able to visit some of your classes via Zoom!  A few of the teachers are allowing me to sit in on their classes this week and I'm so grateful.  I miss seeing all your faces.  Please know that I think about you all the time.

     

    Are you enjoying my read alouds that I'm posting?  Let me know if you have any requests, and I'll see what I can do.

     

    Picture Book Read Aloud

     

    Chapter Book Read Aloud

     

    until next time,

     

    Mrs. Fichthorn (aka Mrs. F)

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  • Read Alouds!

    Posted by Nicole Fichthorn on 3/30/2020

    Hi Loma,

     

    I'll keep this post short and sweet.  I've been spending a lot of my time this past week learning YouTube and how to make videos.  I decided if I couldn't read to you in person, I could at least post videos of myself reading to you!

     

    I made two separate pages on my website to house the videos.  One is for picture book reads and one is for chapter book reading.  I will post new videos about once a week and see how it goes.  The videos can be found off my main webpage, and down below:

     

    Picture Book Read Aloud

     

    Chapter Book Read Aloud

     

    Please let me know how you like it and if you'd like to see more!

     

    Stay healthy,

     

    Mrs. Fichthorn (aka Mrs. F)

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  • I'm Feeling Optimistic

    Posted by Nicole Fichthorn on 3/23/2020 8:00:00 AM

    Good Morning Loma,

     

    I don't know about you but I'm feeling optimistic at the start of this week.  I feel almost giddy with excitement after spending hours of looking into all the new, FREE online learning content that is being made available for us to use during this time of school closure.  I'm looking into leveled, read-along books.  I'm exploring non-fiction eBooks for class use.  I'm checking into fun games and activities and I'm loving what our teachers are coming up with as well.

     

    This school closure has made me take a hard look at what I want to do with my unstructured time.  I plan on catching up on my own reading, trying out a few new recipes, cleaning out my closet and knitting my husband a sweater.

     

    What do you want to do?  Dream!  Think beyond the obvious, and allow yourself to explore thoughts and ideas.  Now is the time to delve deep into a topic, learn a new hobby and READ, READ, READ!  :)

     

    Be sure to check out my main page for my top 3 NEW things to do this week!

     

    Until next time,

     

    Mrs. Fichthorn (aka Mrs. F)

     

     

     

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  • Hello Loma Library Users!

    Posted by Nicole Fichthorn on 3/16/2020 7:00:00 AM

    Hello Loma Library Users,

     

    It is my hope you will use the time during this school closure to rest, relax and READ!  Although we must necessarily stay close to home, it doesn't mean we cannot continue to explore and learn about the world.  Reading opens your mind, your heart and your intellect.  Reading makes us better humans, more well informed and more empathetic to others around us.  Read a book, read a website, read Pokemon cards, read a cereal box...it doesn't matter...just read!

     

    I will post regularly with some suggestions for fun things you can do related to reading and to the library.  Check my main page and take a look at my Useful Links page (see right bar) for more ideas.

     

    Please feel free to email me at any time.  I would LOVE to hear from you all what you are doing to stay busy and keep learning!

     

    With love,

     

    Mrs. Fichthorn (aka Mrs. F)

     

     

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