Welcome back to the library!

Now we are a few weeks into term and borrowing is in full swing, I wanted to write a quick welcome post from the library. We may be temporarily one (wo)man down but all classes are still coming every week to borrow books and get reading tips and inspiration. I am also very grateful to my parent volunteers who have been so helpful already this term. The new book display is overflowing with new fiction and over the next few weeks we’ll have fiction and nonfiction displays celebrating Health Week , UN (FN) day and of course the popular Halloween display before the autumn break. On Thursday and Friday in week 36 we celebrated International Literacy Day together with Göta campus. During which, we promoted Malala’s books to showcase how many children internationally still fight for the chance to learn to read and write. And of course, apart from our books, we still have our popular listening station and subscriptions to the fabulous Storytime magazine and First News. The online resources page on the blog is updated too, so check out some of the amazing resources on there to support reading enjoyment and learning at home.

If you didn’t get the chance to see the reorganised library during Open House, here are some photos of our beautiful school library. Here’s to a wonderful autumn term in the library! – Librarian Sophie

A Few Last Things…

We’ve got a few last things to say before you start your summer holidays!

First of all: thank you for a wonderful school year! Or had I already said that? 😉 Thank you for reading with your children, for helping them remember to return their books, and for taking time to read our library blog. I know from experience that there’s a lot to keep track of in life, and library is yet another thing. Thanks for helping us make that thing special!

We’ve had very cozy library lessons last week. While the students were coloring, playing games and reading, I was able to go through all their accounts and check if there were any books still to be returned. Most books are now safely in the library. One student walked in yesterday, and exclaimed, “Wow! So many books! Mindblowing!”. To give an example: usually there are one or two Dog Man books in our graphic novel section, now they’re about 25 Dog Man books sitting on the shelves!

Last Friday, we had our last book club meeting… with author Kristin O’Donnell Tubb! It was magical! The conversation that came out of the Q & A sessions was informative and inspiring. The students had such interesting questions, and Kristin had very insightful answers. Kristin explained to us that she writes because of the connections we can make through stories. This certainly was true for us in that moment: we connected for 90 minutes, sharing our thoughts, feelings and ideas regarding The Story Collector, the book we had read together over the last few months. I would like to thank all the students in our ISGR book club, their parents for helping them log on every month, and of course Kristin for allowing us to ask her so many questions! We have learned tons, and I hope to do this again!

This is a photo Kristin took with her mobile phone during the book club meeting. Look at all those smiling faces!

Some students asked about the ISGR Summer Reading Bingo. Here it is:

And don’t forget the “summer book” event at the Guldheden Library, close to school, this Thursday 16/6!

Here is the information in Swedish:

INVIGNING AV SOMMARBOKEN!

I år med det mystiska temat I skuggan av…

Kom och få en bokpåse med spännande innehåll som du också kan proppa full med spännande böcker!

Vi hjälper dig att hitta massa kul läsning med lånetid som räcker hela långa sommaren. Det blir också pyssel, tipspromenad och godsaker.

Ingen anmälan — bara att komma!

Bokpåsar kan även hämtas efter invigningen och delas ut så länge materialet räcker.

Ålder: Alla barn från 6 år

Tid och plats: Torsdag 16 juni, kl. 14-16 på Guldhedens bibliotek, plan 2

Kostnad: Gratis

So this is it then! The last library blog post for a while. I think that next school year, any library updates will go via Toddle and Schoolsoft.

Thanks again for everything!

Have a beautiful summer break, and don’t forget to read. 😉

With gratitude (also on behalf of Sophie),

Your Library Teacher

– Fleur

p.s. If you’ve still got books to return, we’re here until Tuesday 21/6. You can leave them at the reception, or bring them up to the library. Thanks!

Week 23 + Monday 13/6

This is the last full week of school. Full week? Not even that; as today is Sweden’s National Day! It’s hard to believe that we are so close to the end of another school year already!

Before I continue with the Creative School update, the general library news, and the PYP library times, there is something I’d like to share with you. Next school year, I will be on study leave. I will be focusing on learning Swedish (properly! finally!) through the SFI program. I am very excited about this. But of course, I am also sad to leave the students, the ISGR community and “my” library behind for a year. Times goes fast though, and before you know it, another school year will have passed by!

The library will be different next year, as I will not be replaced. Thankfully, Sophie will be there as the librarian, but there will be no library teacher. What that means for the students, the teachers, and the library services itself is unclear at the moment. More information will follow at the start of the new school year. We hope that, when my study leave is finished, I can come back to my role as the library teacher, but that hasn’t been confirmed. The library will be there, that is not going to change. And there will be a (part-time) librarian. But other than that, we will see what the future holds for us! Hopefully mountains of beautiful books, hours of joyful reading and an abundance of reading tips!

Creative School

The PYP and LGRP F and 1 students had a great time with musician Danilo Borgerth last week! They had a chance to try out two different guitars, and two very fun (and unusual!) instruments. Thanks, Danilo! As one of the teachers said, “It was very fun and much appreciated!”

General Library News

We ask you to please return ALL library books this week! Be sure to bring all your library books to school and return them during your library time, or after-school time. Thank you!

Our school will be closed during the summer holidays, and so will our school library. To continue reading through the summer, get yourself an account with the public library. It’s easy and free to arrange! Click HERE for more information.

Everyone is invited to complete the ISGR Summer Reading Bingo during the holidays! You can download the ISGR Summer Reading Bingo below, in both English and Swedish. Please note: this is not a challenge with a celebration or a present, as we’ve done in previous years. No need to show us the completed Bingo sheet. This is just for you, just for fun! Happy Reading!

There is a fun reading promotion event at the Guldhedsbibliotek (the public library branch at Dr. Fries Torget, close to our school) on Thursday, 16/6, from 14.00 – 16.00. All children are welcome to get their “book bag of summer goodies”! Click HERE for more information.

PYP Library News

This week, we will have our last library lesson! I will tell the students about my study leave next year, and maybe we have time for a last read aloud. Students are welcome to play games like chess and story cubes, or to color in a book mark – or simply relax and read!

Since the classes that usually come on Mondays, don’t have their library lesson this week, they will return their books on Monday 13/6. PYP 5 students may return their books this week (after school), as their last school day is on Monday 13/6! Thank you!

Sophie and I will send you one last “Happy Summer and Goodbye!” greeting next week, along with some summer reading tips. And that will then be the last library blog post for a while!

Happy Reading!

With Gratitude,

Your Library Teacher – Fleur

Week 22: Second-to-last Library Lesson

Dear Readers, it’s hard to believe that we’ve reached the end of May – and very soon, we will reach the end of another school year!

Creative School Workshops: Funded by the National Council of the Arts

In week 20, we had a great time with art teacher and designer Nathan Clydesdale. He taught the PYP and LGRP 4 students about clay and sculpting. He encouraged them to think about their future self and what they’d need to know in their lives (or rather, reminded of!). All students were engaged, open-minded and creative! Thank you to all the mentor teacher, students and – of course – Nathan for these amazing Creative School workshops! And thank you to the National Council of the Arts for funding these events.

Last week, we welcomed artist and art teacher Rachel Barron to our school for another round of Creative School workshops. She worked with the PYP and LGRP 2 and 3 students on creating images out of simple shapes, through stamping. Students learned about pattern, color, and shapes through experimenting with the different stamps and ink pads Rachel had made and brought. There were also mirrors to use and play with. The students loved it! Thank you, Rachel!

This week, musician Danilo Borgerth will come and work with the PYP and LGRP F and 1 students! They will explore how you can express gratitude through music. We are excited to welcome Danilo to our school! Danilo’s music workshops will be the last round of Creative School Workshops for this school year.

General Library News

Last week on Wednesday, we had our last ever Usborne Book Sale with Yvonne! She brought about 302 books to us, and sold 136 of them! So thank you to all the parents, teachers and students! Because of your purachse, we’ve received free books for the library as well. They will be available to check out in the new school year. Yvonne said that, of all the schools she’s visited over the years, ISGR has the strongest reading culture. That’s nice to hear, right?

Elise Gravel’s books and stickers have arrived, as you know. Most of the students have picked up their books, but not all. You can do that from tomorrow on, in the library after school. Thank you!

The new Storytime magazine has arrived! We’re experiencing a delay in the delivery of the magazines, which has nothing to do with Storytime (I know they mail the magazines to us as soon as they can). But the April issue is finally here now, and we hope that the May issue will be here soon too!

A resource pack for the April issue can be found HERE. You can read “the stories behind the stories” on their blog HERE.

For the families who have Storytime Hub accounts, they can access both the April and May issues. There, you can listen to or read (or do both at the same time) all the stories from the magazine. We currently have 60 Hub accounts, which we’re allowed to keep for free over the summer! I will send out an email in a few weeks to find out who would like to keep their Hub account over the summer, and who doesn’t. We’ve got about 30 families on the “waiting list” for an account, so maybe we can do some switching around. More information on that soon!

PYP Library Times

This week is the last week to check out books! Next week all school library books need to be returned.

All library books from the public library – that you have loaned via us – will need to be returned this week, please!

This week, during circle time, we will explain to the students how to create a public library, if they don’t have one already. And I hope to have time for a read aloud as well!

This week and next week, we might reach out to you to inquire about long overdues.

Looking ahead, our library lesson next week will look like this:

Happy Reading!

Library greetings from Sophie & Fleur

Week 20 + 21: Returning to Read Aloud

Dear Readers,

It was an exciting week last week! So many new books to share, and such great STEAM books to promote. We are going to keep our STEAM and new books up on the display this week as well, so everyone gets a chance to read at them.

In this week’s post you will find information about the Storyweaver website, the Usborne Book Sale (25/5), more new books and… the video which I have been promising for the last couple of weeks! And of course, the plans for the PYP library times.

General Library News

In last week’s blog post, we put photos up of our new books in different Indian languages. We’d also like to highlight the reading and listening website StoryWeaver. There are 45.000 stories to read, in 314 languages! Pratham Books, the publisher behind this website, is passionate about making books accessible to as many children as possible:

“Since 2004, Pratham Books has been creating engaging storybooks in multiple languages and formats to help children discover the joy of reading – in languages they can understand, set in locations they can recognise, featuring characters with whom they can identify, and telling stories that capture their attention and fuel their imagination. Fired by our mission of ‘A book in every child’s hand’, we realised that in order to accelerate progress towards SDG 4, we need innovative solutions that bring books to children in a scalable and sustainable manner. In 2015, we created StoryWeaver – a new platform approach for book creation and distribution – that is taking books to some of the most disadvantaged children globally, particularly where chronic under-investment in the availability of mother tongue reading resources poses a significant barrier to literacy.” Read their full story HERE.

As you probably know, Yvonne Kennedy has been coming to our school for the past five years. She’s brought Usborne Books to our ISGR families, and our school library – because with every book sale the school received free books. Yvonne will not be working with Usborne Books anymore, so she will have one last book sale here at our school! She is going to bring all the books she’s got in stock, and will sell them at a reduced price.

Here are photos of the books on offer:

If you’d like, you can pre-order book(s). Here is how it works:

  1. Choose the book(s) you’d like to buy.
  2. Email Yvonne (ykenglishbooks@gmail.com) with the name of your child, class and the title of the book.
  3. Yvonne will email you back with instructions for payment. She will set the book aside for you as soon as it’s been paid for.
  4. On Wednesday the 25th, after school at the book sale, your child can pick up the book.

If you’d like to keep track of which books are still available, you can see that HERE in this spreadsheet. Yvonne will do her best to keep it updated. First come, first serve!

You don’t have to pre-order! You can also just stop by with your child(ren) at the Usborne book sale on Wednesday, May 25th, 14.30 – 16.00 (above the reception)! Payments can be made with cash or swish. See you there!

More new books in the library! Take a look, and see what you’d like to read with your children:

Finally! HERE is the compilation video in which students tell us about their favorite stories and books, and why it is their favorite story or book. It’s quite long, but I hope you can sit back, relax and enjoy!

What I Appreciate (Sharing Favorite Stories) from Fleur Doornberg-Puglisi on Vimeo.

When I was in the Sci-Fi Book store (again), I saw this poster, and I thought I’d share it with you. You’d might like to be part of, or just watch, this parade on Thursday, May 26th. It’s basically like the Dress Up Day we had at the end of our ISGR Reading Festival, but then times a 100! They start walking at Götaplatsen, and then down to Domkyrkan. Read more about this event HERE.

PYP Library Times

This week, during our library lessons, I will give the students a bit of logistical information about the next few weeks (see below), show them our new books, and read a picture book to them. That’s right, a picture book to all classes, all the way up to PYP 5. Picture books can be pieces of art, and can be enjoyed by all ages. I’ll share a few of my favorites, hoping they’d be checked out by the studens throughout the week.

The logistical information concerning reserving, checking out and returning books:

Week 20 (this week): Last week to reserve books from our school library, but only if there are no more than three students waiting in line. No more inter-library loans (i.e. no more reservations from the public library).

Week 21: No more reservations from the public library, nor our school library. Students can start reserving books again when we start back up in August.

Week 22: Return ALL public library books. Last week to check out books from our school library.

Week 23: Return ALL books! No checking out books. Students will receive information about how to get a public library card, so they can read through the summer break!

In the next few weeks, you might receive an email from us reminding you to help your child find and return their library books. Thank you in advance for your book-hunting!

Let us know if you have any questions. Thank you!

Week 19: STEAM Week!

What a sunny start of this week! Wonderful!

Here are a few last notes on the Reading Festival events:

We have received two more Read-A-Thon donations (total 400 sek), which I swished to Rädda Barnen (see receipt below). The next day, we realized how close we were to 4000 sek, so I swished the remaining few kroner. So in total we’ve raised 4000 SEK during this year’s Read-A-Thon. Wow! Thank you!

Last week, both in the PYP and LGRP classes, we have reflected on the author-illustrator workshops with Hanna Olausson, Elise Gravel and Victoria Jamieson. All students were very positive! We have written down their detailed and specific learnings, which we will feed back to Kulturrådet (The National Council of the Arts), as part of the Skapande Skola (Creative School) cycle. After the events, you have to submit your evaluation as well as your accounting of the events. When they approve of our evaluation, it means that we don’t have to pay back the grant we have received.

The compilation video with students’ reasons for their favorite books and stories is finished but quite long (11 mins!). I am trying to figure out how to get it off the iPad, and onto the Drive, YouTube or Vimeo. You will get to watch it one day, I promise!

General Library News

It is STEAM week at ISGR this week! Last week, our librarian Sophie cataloged new books that are on the topics of STEAM. We will show and promote these books this week during the library lessons, but students are welcome to come after school to take a look as well. Some have already been checked out today, but we can easily place reservations.

Even though we’ve got plenty of new STEAM books, we’ve prepared more books to share, including picture books.

We’ve got some more new books, including Graphic Novels and full-colour Tin Tin comics, as well as some bilingual books. The bilingual books are in English and an Indian language. In the last year, we have built up our Indian languages section, and these bilingual books are the last to be added (for now).

Looking ahead, each class will have one more Creative School workshop this term:

Next week (wk 20), artist and designer Nathan Clydesdale is working with PYP and LGRP 4 students on sculpting a time capsule.

The week after that (wk 21), artist Rachel Barron will be working with PYP and LGRP 2 and 3 students on stamping and painting.

In week 22, we welcome Danilo Borgerth who will be holding a music workshop for PYP and LGRP F and 1 students.

The workshops have the theme of “appreciation”, which links all of the Creative School workshops together throughout this school year.

PYP Library Times

This week in library, we look at the (new) STEAM books together, I show them the other newly cataloged books, and I inform them about the upcoming Creative School workshops. A lot of information in a short time!

Looking ahead, week 22 will be the last week to check out books for the PYP classes. If your child has long overdue books on their name, this is the time of year to do an extra-super-good search around the house (or the classroom, or PAL)! If you still can’t find it, we kindly ask you to pay a flat fee of 100 sek, to put towards the replacement copy. Thank you for your understanding!

Now it’s time to enjoy this beautiful sunshine (because it might rain tomorrow!).

Happy Reading!

Week 17: Reading Festival Day 5!

First of all, we would like to extend a big THANK YOU to the three author-illustrators: Hanna Olausson, Victoria Jamieson and Elise Gravel who worked with the students this year. Thank you for your inspiring and fun workshops. We learned so much! Thank you also to the teachers, students, and the parents. Thank you for your engagement! Without your enthusiasm, the Reading Festival would be very boring. Thank you to Skapande skola too. Thanks to this governmental grant, we are able to fund the author visits.

Here’s the video message for Day 5:

The total amount for the Read-A-Thon sponsor money has come to 3538 SEK! It has been donated to Rädda Barnen, to their general fund.

On the webstie, it says: “Tack vare din och andras vilja att hjälpa till kan vi fortsätta vårt livsviktiga arbete för barnen. Din gåva ger barn mat och medicin, möjlighet att gå i skolan, en meningsfull fritid och skydd mot våld och krig. Pengarna du skänker används där våra experter bedömer att behoven är som störst och där de gör mest nytta.Tillsammans ger vi barn en ljusare framtid.”

Which translates into: “Thanks to your and others’ willingness to help, we can continue our vital work for the children. Your gift gives children food and medicine, the opportunity to go to school, a meaningful leisure time and protection against violence and war. The money you donate is used where our experts judge that the needs are greatest and where they do the most good. Together we give children a brighter future.”

So… Thank you! 🙂

Dress Up Day was so much fun!!! We went around the school and asked each other which characters we were dressed up as. I’ve learned about many new characters! For example about The Happy Prince (Oscar Wilde):

We’re learning about The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

There were so many great costumes! Here’s a selection:

The Book Sale was a success! Thank you everyone for reading the information carefully: all the children came prepared with either cash, or with their swisher! All of Victoria Jamieson‘s books were sold out, but no one was left disappointed because they couldn’t get the book they wanted. Phew! 55 books was the perfect amount, it seemed! Hanna Olausson also sold many books, and it was great to see that our international students bought the books – even though they were in Swedish! It will be a great opportunity for them to practice their Swedish. Elise Gravel‘s books have been ordered, and Elise will work on the stickers to go into the books. We hope to hand out the books in week 20. Thank you for your patience!

The promised compilation video of the students’ mini-interviews about their favorite books and what they appreciate about certain kind of stories, need some more editing. No point in rushing the creative process. 😉 I hope to include this video in week 19’s blog post.

Thank you all again! And a personal thank you to my Reading Festival partner-in-crime: Sophie!

Week 17: Reading Festival Day 4!

The fun-filled, action-packed days just fly by!

Here is today’s video message, a longer one this time! Hope you had fun with our challenges so far! One of the students asked me how she will proove to us that she has completed the challenges, and what the price would be. I told her that she can tell us what she’s done and learned, and that the price is the knowledge she gained!

What a joy to have Hanna Olausson back at ISGR! Her workshops today were inspiring and fun, and all the students were engaged with her stories, and later on with their own drawings. Hanna will be with us tomorrow as well.

Victoria Jamieson had another day of fantastic workshops! We’ve received positive feedback from both students and teachers alike. Tomorrow is her last day already. (But I hope she’ll come back in a few years!).

Elise Gravel has had early starts of her days this week: her online workshops with us start at 7.30 am for her (13.30 for us), and tomorrow she will work with our last class (LGRP 3)… starting at 6.30 am for her! Thank you, Elise! Our guest teacher Tom, who was with 3D today, said that he had found the workshop very inspiring, and enjoyed the students’ engagement with Elise and the way she answered their questions. All in all a positive experience, again!

Tomorrow is the last day of the Reading Festival: Dress Up Day! Remember: no full face masks (face paint is okay), and no weapons (wands are okay). It is totally voluntary, but we do hope to see many students dressed up as book characters from tomorrow! Even if it’s a small thing: a crown, or a funny hat!

After school tomorrow is the book sale. We would like to remind you of the following:

  • The books available to buy are the books by our Reading Festival guests: Victoria Jamieson, Hanna Olausson and Elise Gravel. 
  • The book sale takes place on Friday, April 29th in our school library from 14.30 – 16.00
  • If you’re interested in Hanna Olausson’s books: she will sell her books, and sign them as well. Her picture books cost 140 SEK. 
  • If you’re interested in Victoria Jamieson’s books: she will be there to sign her books as well. Her full-color graphic novels cost 95 SEK (Roller Girl), 100 SEK (Pets on the Loose), and 125 SEK (When Stars are Scattered and All’s Fair in Middle School). Please note that we’ve got 55 of her books to sell.
  • If you’re interested in Elise Gravel’s books: she won’t be there to sign them. So here’s what we’ve come up with: students choose a book to buy from the posters we’ve put up (see the pdfs below for the options and prices). They pay then & there (swish or cash). We will then order all the Elise Gravel books that have been purchased by the students during the book sale. Elise (in her studio in Canada!) will make a personalized, signed sticker to put in the book. We will put the right stickers in the right books and give these to the right students!
  • If students come to the book sale by themselves, we ask them to pay with cash. Students who are with their caregivers, can pay with swish. We want the “swisher” to be present, so we can immediately see that the swish was successful. If it’s really busy, we don’t have the time to go into our swish app and check to see who’s paid for what – it’s much easier if the person who swishes is right there to show us their proof of the swish transaction.
  • Please don’t swish/give us cash before Friday for the book sale. This year, we don’t have it set up for pre-ordering. Thank you for your understanding! 
  • We expect it to be busy, especially in the first half hour or so. This might mean some waiting time outside the library. We ask you kindly to be patient! Thank you!
  • Please don’t hesitate to email us with any questions: fleur.doornberg-puglisi@staff.isgr.se.

Believe it or not, but we are now at a total of 3413 SEK from the Read-A-Thon! Tomorrow is the last day to swish your sponsor money. On the weekend, when I post the update for Day 5, I will let you know what the grand total is. Thanks again!!!

Week 17: Reading Festival Day 3!

Another Reading Festival Day! Here is today’s video message:

Today, we welcomed Victoria Jamieson to our school. One of our students saw her in the hallway this morning, then looked at the photo of Victoria on the poster on the wall, then looked at Victoria again and her jaw dropped. “I’ve read one of your books, and it’s so good!” she said with a big smile as we walked past. A great start to three days filled with illustration workshops!

As predicted, we’ve received more swishes for the Read-A-Thon. Our total is now 3118 SEK! Wow, thank you for your generosity – and thank you to all our Read-A-Thon participants who read a ton! Please note that Friday is the last day to swish your sponsor money. Thank you!

To make our book sale on Friday run as smoothly and joyfully as possible, please read the information below carefully:

  • The books available to buy are the books by our Reading Festival guests: Victoria Jamieson, Hanna Olausson and Elise Gravel. 
  • The book sale takes place on Friday, April 29th in our school library from 14.30 – 16.00
  • If you’re interested in Hanna Olausson’s books: she will sell her books, and sign them as well. Her picture books cost 140 SEK. 
  • If you’re interested in Victoria Jamieson’s books: she will be there to sign her books as well. Her full-color graphic novels cost 95 SEK (Roller Girl), 100 SEK (Pets on the Loose), and 125 SEK (When Stars are Scattered and All’s Fair in Middle School). Please note that we’ve got 55 of her books to sell.
  • If you’re interested in Elise Gravel’s books: she won’t be there to sign them. So here’s what we’ve come up with: students choose a book to buy from the posters we’ve put up (see the pdfs below for the options and prices). They pay then & there (swish or cash). We will then order all the Elise Gravel books that have been purchased by the students during the book sale. Elise (in her studio in Canada!) will make a personalized, signed sticker to put in the book. We will put the right stickers in the right books and give these to the right students!
  • If students come to the book sale by themselves, we ask them to pay with cash. Students who are with their caregivers, can pay with swish. We want the “swisher” to be present, so we can immediately see that the swish was successful. If it’s really busy, we don’t have the time to go into our swish app and check to see who’s paid for what – it’s much easier if the person who swishes is right there to show us their proof of the swish transaction.
  • Please don’t swish/give us cash before Friday for the book sale. This year, we don’t have it set up for pre-ordering. Thank you for your understanding! 
  • We expect it to be busy, especially in the first half hour or so. This might mean some waiting time outside the library. We ask you kindly to be patient! Thank you!
  • Please don’t hesitate to email us with any questions: fleur.doornberg-puglisi@staff.isgr.se.

Tomorrow we will welcome Reading Festival author/illustrator/painter Hanna Olausson, who will be working with the F and 1 students!

Week 17: Reading Festival Day 2!

Wow! Another fun-packed Reading Festival day has just gone by!

During the library circles, we shared what we appreciate about certain stories, and certain kinds of books. We made some great connections with each other, and discovered some new books to read!

Here is our video message for today (and don’t forget about the challenge!):

Today was our third online workshop with Elise Gravel. We had some technical difficulty with our projector, but our teacher Hannah helped us out and we were able to enjoy Elise’s funny stories, questions and her interesting answers to our questions!

This afternoon, our Read-A-Thon took place. So many eager students joined us! The amount of sponsor money is overwhelming. So far, we have collected 2270 SEK! And I’m sure there’ll be more swishes coming in over the next few days. Please note that Friday is the last day to swish. Thank you! On Friday, we will donate the money to Rädda Barnen (Save the Children). We hope you all feel that this is a good charity to send the money too.

There was a bit of confusion for some students today, since they hadn’t understood that you were supposed to bring the sponsor form to the Read-A-Thon event. We only welcomed students who had their form with them, because then we knew that they had come prepared, that they knew what the expectations were (read for a long time!) and that they had their parents’ permission. We are sorry if this caused your child to be disappointed. It was written on the form, “remember to bring this form with you to the event,” and reiterated in the library lessons, but now I know for next year to also clearly repeat this instruction in communication with the parents. We are all life-long learners, and your child is welcome to join in the Read-A-Thon next year – with a filled-out form, please! 😉

Tomorrow, we will welcome Victoria Jamieson to our school! She will work with the 4th and 5th grade students for the next three days. Each class will have a 60 minutes “graphic novel creating” workshop. We are very excited and honored to welcome her to ISGR!