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Hi everyone! My name is Mandy Watson, and I am your child's librarian at Decker Prairie Elementary. This will be my 14th year of teaching and my 8th year as librarian. I look forward to seeing your child come each week to the library to check out his or her books, to hear me teach a lesson, and to participate in library activities such as read alouds, technology sessions, or library stations/makerspaces. I hope my lessons and stories I read aloud will inspire a love for reading and learning in your child!

Look around this site to learn more about our library. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me.

Enjoy learning and reading!
Mrs. Watson
 

Recent Posts

Free Ticket to Schlitterbahn!
 
Don't forget that your child's top portion of their March Reading Logs are due by this Thursday for them to qualify for a free ticket to Schlitterbahn Galveston (valid during the summertime). Your child needs a total of 600 minutes logged on their Reading Logs between the months of January- March 24th to earn their free ticket. Let me know if you would like to know if your child earned their free ticket or if you would like to know how close they are. Extra Reading Logs can be downloaded by clicking the "Reading Logs" link on this page.
The Book Fair is Here!
 
Our book fair is currently open, and all of the students have stopped by to create wish lists. We will be open from:
  • 8:10 am - 3:40 pm on Wednesday, March 2nd
  • 8:10 am - 3:40 pm, and then 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Thursday, March 3rd (Thursday evening is Family Literacy Night!)
  • 7:30 am to 1:00 pm Friday, March 4th (we close at 1:00 pm)
Mr. Chris Barton's books are available to purchase at our book fair so that your child can get their book personalized when he visits next week (our visiting author). I cannot wait to see you at our book fair!

Read Across America Week is Coming!

I am so excited about all the things that will be happening at DPES! I've attached a flier of how each day next week your child has the option of dressing to celebrate Read Across America Week.
 
What will your child wear next Friday as their favorite book character? I can't wait to see! If your child needs help in finding a book to go with their favorite character, please let me know by this Friday before the library closes (to set up for next week's book fair).
 
Stay tuned to my site to hear all the other exciting things going on at DPES. As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!

A Blizzard Beyond Belief

This past week I read the book Blizzard by John Rocco to our kindergarten and 1st graders. Having snow is one thing many of our kids here have not seen, but a blizzard is even more foreign to most of them. When I asked the kids if they would like to experience a blizzard, most shouted "YES!" But, after I showed them this video (the skeleton is modeling their size) and read the book, most then changed their minds. It gave them a deeper understanding of what people up north are currently experiencing.
Don't forget tomorrow, January 28th is Math and Science Night at Decker Prairie! It is a come-and-go evening from 6:00-7:30 pm. I hope I see you all there! 
Bowling in the library??? Yes!!!
 
This week, third graders had a library lesson called "Bowling for Biographies." They learned how to locate a biography in a fun and quick way. Be sure to ask your third grader all about it. Also, congratulations to our new teacher Ms. Ortiz in winning our competition by earning 11 points for Mrs. Lane's homeroom!
 
(Photo: Laney shows her excitement after racing around the library to locate a bowling pin and book match)
Our Fall Book Fair was a big success!
  
Thank you to all the parents, family members, students, and staff for supporting our library's book fair! We met our goal, and will be able to get many new and updated resources for our school library for everyone to use. I would also like to thank all of the parents who came by and helped set up, write wish lists, helped students with shopping, and who helped pack up. I couldn't have done it without you all.
 
I would like your opinion for our other book fair that will occur in March. Following this post is a link to a survey asking your opinion about our next book fair. Anyone may submit a response. Once again, thank you to everyone for making this book fair a big success!
Last week, our 3rd and 4th graders enjoyed a Skype author visit from Mr. C. Alexander London. He discussed with us his new book The Wild Ones. The students learned interesting things such as how he came up with the name for his book, where his story's ideas came from, what the phrase "howl to snap" in the book means, and what it is like to be an author. We even got a glimpse of his home in New York and got to wave to his sleepy pet dog.
 
Many of our students wore animal ears to show they were "wild ones" too, and several students were selected to ask Mr. London questions they came up with. The picture above shows Haley asking Mr. London where he got the inspiration for his book from. I loved his main message to our students: "Dream, and don't ever give up on your dream. Keep working to make it happen."
 
Thank you Mr. London for a great virtual visit with our students!

Speak Up 2015

Parents we need your input! Speak Up is a national survey from Project Tomorrow in which you can give valuable input about our school's technology, science, and math instruction. Your survey will help us in making improvements in these areas and are confidential. There is also a contest for the school who has the most participation, so please help us out! Open the flier above by clicking on the title, and then click on the survey's link. Thank you for your involvement!
Last week 1st and 2nd grade got a real treat on the National Day of Writing (October 20th): they got to Skype with author Erin Dealey (erindealey.com) who lives in California. Ms. Dealey wrote many great books including Goldie Locks Has Chicken Pox, and Little Bo Peep Can't Get to Sleep, and Deck the Walls. She gave great tips to our students on writing such as a book always starts out as a "sloppy copy," and a few of our students got to ask her questions. This picture shows Madeline asking our author about her writing process, and Ms. Dealey is showing Madeline what her "sloppy copy" looked like. Thank you Ms. Dealey for giving our students this special treat!
 
This week, on October 30th, 3rd and 4th grade will get to Skype with author C. Alexander London and talk about his new book The Wild Ones.

We're Going on a Sensory Language Hunt!

Two weeks ago, our second graders had to learn what sensory language is. This is a hard concept for them to understand: words that an author uses that helps the reader know what something looks, smells, tastes, sounds, or feels like. I described sensory language using this video and the book We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen. The students enjoyed creating their own sensory language to go along with the story!
Your PreK and kindergarteners may have come home saying I turned them into a pizza. It is true, with the help of the book Pete's a Pizza by William Steig, I turned them all into pizzas! Here is one example of our sweet kindergartener Abigail as a beautiful looking pizza.
 
1st through 4th graders practiced getting used to the webcam to prepare for our upcoming author Skype sessions on October 20th. More details to come soon...