Hello Hello, Emily Arrow, Hello!

Kindergarteners and 1st graders are very excited to meet Emily Arrow in a few weeks! Emily is a former elementary-school-music-teacher-turned-kidlit-singer/songwriter; writing and performing fabulous songs based on picture books!

You can watch many videos of her original songs on her Emily Arrow YouTube channel, and we are excited to offer the pre-sale opportunity to purchase a kazoo and/or a signed CD before her visit! Order forms will be sent home this week, and please return them by Wednesday, October 12th!

Thank you to our AWESOME PTA for funding and supporting this very special literacy-music visit from Emily Arrow!



Check out Louise Loves Art and Hug Machine videos below:


Louise Loves Art Song – Emily Arrow
Book by Kelly Light


Hug Machine song – Emily Arrow
Book by Scott Campbell


The Dot Song Motions Guide – Emily Arrow & Peter H. Reynolds


BE A FRIEND Song by Emily Arrow
Book by Salina Yoon


The Curious Garden Song – Emily Arrow & Peter Brown


ARE WE THERE, YETI? Song – Emily Arrow & Ashlyn Anstee


ISH Song Motions Guide – Emily Arrow & Peter H. Reynolds


I Am Yoga Song – Emily Arrow
Book by Susan Verde, Art by Peter H. Reynolds

And the 2015 Texas Bluebonnet Award Winner is……..

130,997 students across the entire state of Texas voted, including:

  • 40,078 students in 3rd grade
  • 42,354 students in 4th grade
  • 38,651 students in 5th grade
  • 9,914 students in 6th grade

AND… the book winning the state-wide Texas Bluebonnet Award for 2015 is……(watch the video!)…..(make sure your volume is on!)……

TBA 2015 Video Congrats


Here at England Elementary, our voting totals were as follows:

  • 3rd runner up: The Illuminated Adventures of Flora and Ulysses (10 votes)
  • 2nd runner up: The Neptune Project (14 votes)
  • 1st runner up: Dead City (15 votes)

and the winner at England Elementary, with 39 votes, is Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin!

At our school, 133 students voted, including:

  • 45 students in 3rd grade
  • 48 students in 4th grade
  • 40 students in 5th grade

THANK YOU to all of the students who participated in the Bluebonnet Program and to all of the teachers and parents who supported our awesome readers!!!!


Welcome Mrs. Reece!

England Students & Families,

While I am home taking care of my new baby in the next few months, England is lucky to have a great librarian who will be our substitute librarian through the end of March!  Her name is Mrs. Reece, and you can see a picture of her below.  She is excited to be teaching lessons to our students and working with Mrs. Huffor to keep our library running smoothly and in tip-top shape!  Here is a message from Mrs. Reece:


My name is Traci Reece and I am so lucky to get the opportunity to work in the Elsa England library while Mrs. Kupersztoch and her family enjoy their new baby! I went to college at Tulane University in New Orleans, and then library school at UT Austin. I’ve worked and volunteered for libraries and tech companies since then, doing website design, programming, training and support.
I have two daughters at Westwood High School and a son at Spicewood Elementary, where I’ve spent the last 7 years volunteering in the library. My favorite books to read aloud are Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans, and Matilda by Roald Dahl.  My own favorite book is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I love making gumbo when it’s cold, knitting when I have time, traveling with my husband and family, and of course READING!

Please stop by the library and introduce yourself to Mrs. Reece!  I know she is looking forward to meeting all of our England Leopards!

Share the Wonder – Choose Kind


3rd, 4th, and 5th graders at England Elementary are excited to join students throughout Round Rock ISD in reading the book Wonder by RJ Palacio and spreading the message of “Choose Kind” this year.

64 copies of the book were distributed to 3-5th grade students on Friday, October 11, after our spirit assembly featuring a student-led presentation about the book, Wonder.




I’d like to give a VERY special shout-out to Mrs. Schermerhorn and her class for doing such a WONDER-FUL job practicing and performing the Readers’ Theater at the assembly!  The student audience was engaged and the performance sparked many great conversations in classrooms.  Thank you, Mrs. Schermerhorn’s Class!

Check out the official Book Trailer for Wonder below!  Be on the lookout in the coming weeks and months for more about our Share the Wonder — Choose Kind program at England Elementary!

3rd-5th: Bibliophiles Information Session

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 Do YOU have what it takes to be a Bibliophile?
Do you love books?
Well, you might just be Bibliophile material!

Mrs. Kupersztoch is holding Information Sessions on Tuesday, September 3rd during 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade recess.  If you think you want to be a Bibliophile, come to your grade level’s Information Session to find out more and pick up an application!

Applications are due to Mrs. Kupersztoch on Tuesday, September 10th at 3:00 pm.

Welcome Mrs. Sorrels!

England Students & Families,

While I am home taking care of my new baby in the next few months, England is lucky to have a great librarian who will be our substitute librarian through the end of the year!  Her name is Mrs. Sorrels, and she is a recently retired librarian, most recently at Deep Wood Elementary just down the road.  She is excited to be teaching lots of lessons to our students, hosting our Spring Book Fair the week of April 29 – May 3, and we have some special End-Of-The-Year surprises in store, too!  Here is a message from Mrs. Sorrels:

I am very happy to be working at Elsa England while your librarian is at home with her baby. I am a retired librarian with 18 years experience. I’m also an artist who loves to paint. My favorite book is Because of Winn Dixie.  Bryan Collier is my favorite illustrator.
-Mrs. Sorrels

Please stop by the library and introduce yourself to Mrs. Sorrels!  I know she is looking forward to meeting all of our England Leopards!

Giveaway Winner: Zita the Spacegirl

Congratulations to our giveaway winner, Kai P., a 2nd grader whose favorite book is Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney!  Kai, please stop by the library next week to pick up your winning book!  (Kai’s name was drawn at random using a random number generator.)


Stay tuned for our next giveaway, and thank you to everyone who participated!