Friday, May 22, 2009

 What can you do with a doughnut, other than eating it?  Arnie the doughnut is made into a "doughnut dog" as a pet. Have you ever made doughnuts? Above is my favorite recipe that makes plenty for sharing...

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Our principal is on the roof?

Orchard students have read over 2 million minutes this year, meeting the goal they set for the "Road to Success" program. Their reading earned them coupons for a chance to win one of four bikes that will be given away on May 28th, and it also landed Principal Bezzant on the roof... Check out our slideshow of Principal Bezzant on the roof to the left.

Book Giveaway

Orchard students have been busy reading this year and PTA has given away close to 2000 books for their efforts. Get a jump on earning more free books next year by keeping a record of books you read this summer. 

Thursday, May 14, 2009

One of my most recent reads...

The Graveyard Book 
by Neil Gaiman 
2009 Newbery Medal winner

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy.

He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living or dead.

Dangers and adventures lurk in the graveyard for a boy; an ancient Indigo Man beneath the hill, a gateway to an abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible menace of the Sleer.

But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family. . . .

I liked it !!!          Let me know what you think :-)

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

"My Dog is As Smelly As Dirty Socks..."

This week @ Orchard we read "My Dog is as Smelly as Dirty Socks: And Other Funny Family Portraits" by Hanoch Piven. In the book a little girl uses objects to make collages of her family; including the dog Schmutz who is as smelly as dirty socks (a dirty sock becomes an ear in his collage). What items would you use to make a collage of you? Have fun making collages of yourself and your family. Check out the collage I made of myself above - LOL!

Monday, May 4, 2009


Below is a calendar of summer reading/activity ideas. 
Click on the calendar to view a larger image, 
& have fun spending time (and reading) together!

Summer Activities Calendar