Spring 2018 Book Fair Success!

Ben Clanton’s Awesome Authorstrator Visit!

Six Flags Six Hour Reading Program 2018

The Six Flags Six Hour Reading Program has begun!  Students in grades K-5 are encouraged to participate in the Six Flags Six-Hour Read to Succeed Program running from NOW through FRIDAY, February 23rd.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas encourages students to read for six hours outside of their regularly assigned reading — to READ FOR FUN – and is happy to reward those students with a free ticket to Six Flags Fiesta Texas!  Forms will be distributed this week in Thursday Folders to all K-5 students.

Please read the front and back of the form, fill out as directed (including parents’ initials and signature) and return NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, February 23rd to your child’s teacher.  The theme park tickets will arrive mid-May for those who participate. Get ready to READ, READ, READ!

If you need an additional copy, click on the form below to print out a PDF!

   

To hear more about the program, watch the short video below!

Author/Illustrator Ben Clanton to visit PreK-2nd graders on February 8th!

The lucky PreK, kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd graders at England Elementary will host the author-illustrator Ben Clanton, on Thursday, February 8th! His recent book, It Came in the Mail, is an RRISD Armadillo Readers’ Choice Selection for 2017-18!

If you would like to order an autographed copy of a selection of Ben Clanton’s books, please click on the image below and return the order form with payment by Wednesday, December 20th.

Local independent bookstore, BookPeople, will be selling copies of SIX of Mr. Clanton’s books to our students in advance of his visit, so our guest is able to sign and personalize books while he visits England Elementary!

Check out the slides from our Student Presentation this week sharing all of the information about Mr. Clanton’s upcoming visit! Thank you in advance to our PTA, who helps makes visits like this possible for our students!

6th Annual Unusual Reading Spot Contest – due April 20, 2018

  

   

The England Library is so excited to host our sixth annual Unusual Reading Spot Contest!  Students enjoy having their picture taken while reading in an unusual place or pose and entering their picture in our school-wide contest.  Students might be found reading in a refrigerator, near an important landmark, in a basketball hoop, or any place your imagination takes you. Our students read EVERYWHERE!

In the photos, students should be visibly reading a book – and we should clearly be able to see the book cover (see examples above).  The 10 winning images will be enlarged to 16” x 20” for display in our England Library during the 2018-19 school year.

Who:  Any student attending England!  (Only one entry per student, however students are welcome and encouraged to include siblings in a joint photo!)

When:  from NOW until Friday, April 20, 2018

Contest Rules:  Participating students must turn in a 4” x 6” or 5” x 7” photo print on photo paper of their contest entry (sorry, entries cannot be emailed).  The submissions will be voted on by a panel of judges and the winning images will then need to provide a digital version of their image (please take the photo in the highest resolution your camera will allow) so that we may enlarge it for display in the library.  Minimum resolution pixel dimensions are 1840 x 2300; optimum resolution pixel dimensions are 2400 x 3000 or higher. Please note that “camera-phone” photos will not be a high enough resolution to print in such an enlarged size for display in the library.  Additionally, please do not Photoshop or otherwise edit the photo in order to superimpose parts of the image – we want it to be as authentic of an image as possible.  Pick up a participation form in the library or download one below to attach to your contest entry picture.

Please note these additional guidelines:  Your book must “match” the unusual reading spot, and the cover of your book must be visible in the photo.

   

Author Elizabeth Eulberg visits 3rd, 4th and 5th graders!

We were beyond excited to meet hilarious and energetic Texas Bluebonnet Award Nominated author Elizabeth Eulberg when she visited our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students yesterday! Classes have been reading The Great Shelby Holmes as a read-aloud this semester, and we were all anticipating the chance to meet her and hear more behind-the-scenes details about being an author and how she crafts her stories. What a FUN day in the library! Thanks again to PTA for helping fund special events like our author visit!

Texas Book Festival is this weekend!

Have you ever been to the Texas Book Festival at the Texas Capitol? If not, you are missing out! It is a wonderful, FREE, family-friendly event for children and adults who love books! The Texas Book Festival features many authors and illustrators, as well as fun reading-related events throughout the weekend.

On Saturday, November 4th at 10:00 am, a group of students from Austin-area schools will be announcing NEXT year’s Texas Bluebonnet Award list! If you are planning to attend the festival, be sure to stop by the Texas Tent at 10:00 on Saturday morning for that special announcement! Also, our very own 2nd graders from Ms. Holcek’s class will be introducing Author & Illustrator Brian Floca on Saturday at 2:00pm in the Children’s Read Me A Story Tent!

Bluebonnet Author/Illustrator Don Tate to visit 2-4th graders on November 29th!

The lucky 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders at England Elementary will host the Bluebonnet-Award-Nominated Illustrator, Don Tate, on Wednesday, November 29th! His recent illustrated book, Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions, is currently on the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List for 2017-18!

If you would like to order an autographed copy of Don Tate’s recent books, please click on the image below and return the order form with payment by Wednesday, October 18th.

Local independent bookstore, BookPeople, will be selling copies of Whoosh!, Strong as Sandow, and The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch to our students in advance of his visit, so our guest is able to sign and personalize books while he visits England Elementary!

Check out the slides from our Student Presentation this week sharing all of the information about Mr. Tate’s upcoming visit! Thank you in advance to our PTA, who helps makes visits like this possible for our students!

Bluebonnet Author Elizabeth Eulberg to visit 3-5th graders on November 6th!

The lucky 3rd, 4th and 5th graders at England Elementary will host the Bluebonnet-Award-Nominated Author, Elizabeth Eulberg, on Monday, November 6th! Her book, The Great Shelby Holmes, is currently on the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List for 2017-18!

If you would like to order an autographed copy of The Great Shelby Holmes or her newest release, The Great Shelby Holmes Meets Her Match, please click on the image below and return the order form with payment by Friday, September 29th.

Local independent bookstore, BookPeople, will be selling copies of Ms. Eulberg’s books to our students in advance of her visit, so our guest is able to sign and personalize books while she visits England Elementary!

Check out the slides from our Student Presentation this week sharing all of the information about Ms. Eulberg’s upcoming visit! Thank you in advance to our PTA, who helps makes visits like this possible for our students!

Battle of the Bluebonnets 2017: Third Place!