24 May 2017

Build-Your-Own Summer Reading Challenge


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Build up your reading strength this summer! Create your own unique challenge by reading a variety of books. Choose from the attached list or design your own challenge entirely! Turn your record into the library by Thursday, September 7. Receive a certificate from Mr. Advento and special recognition at the first ES Assembly.


  • Brilliant Builder: Read 10 books
  • Dynamic Designer: Read 15 books
  • Creative Constructor: Read 25 or more books

Click on the links below to print out your record sheet or to help you make your own creative sheet. We have provided some choices to help you build your challenge. Feel free to make up your own as well. How you construct your summer reading plan is entirely up to you!




Parents are invited to join us for a special Talk Tuesday about summer reading on May 30, 2017 from 8:45 - 9:45 am in the Elementary Library, Ground Floor.

Join Natasha Pollock and Mary Kelly Bello, ASD Librarians, and learn about ASD's e-resources that can be accessed from anywhere over the summer. Help support the reader in your family by participating in the Build-Your-Own Summer Reading Challenge. Also, get a head start and discover who the visiting authors for next year will be in order to read some of their books over the summer.

16 May 2017

K2 Students Inspire New Library Bags

A K2 student's persuasive letter.
Our K2 students care about their environment. They have been discovering how to reduce waste as part of their service learning in their classrooms. After learning about the negative impact plastic can have on the environment, students decided to write letters to the librarians and principals. Student wanted to help make a change. Why not replace our plastic library book bags with longer-lasting, cloth bags?

The librarians got to work designing a library bag. We wanted the bags to be easy to carry, to fit a range of different sized books and to last for a long time to prevent waste. We hope our students will use these bags for many years!


At a K2 assembly, Ms. Strate, Mr. Advento, Ms. Bello, and Ms. Pollock shared how they had read the students' letters. They were very impressed with the students' compassion and desire to take action to make a change to help our environment. The new library bags were revealed! Each K2 student received a bag with a special name tag.

Next year, all students in K1 and K2 will receive a library bag. And, our returning Grade 1 students will continue to use their bags. Any other student or family may purchase a bag for AED 30 from the Elementary Library.

Thank you K2 students and teachers for your initiative in helping to make a positive change and to set an example for all of our elementary school. You voice has made a difference!







23 Mar 2017

Memories for a Lifetime with Visiting Authors

Just when we thought it couldn't get more exciting - we continued with Week 2 of our Visiting Authors Celebration. Students were immersed in inspiring storytelling and drawing throughout the week. 

Students loved Matthew's sneak peaks of I'm Scared and I'm Silly. We also got to meet Babymouse as a Middle Schooler in the first volume of the series Tales from the Locker. And, we even got to see a glimpse of the new Squish animated TV series! Matthew drew all kinds of new Babymouse adventures -- she got to eat an ice cream stack as tall as the Burj Khalifa!

We were all in snitches with George's story of his real-life encounter with a Greek god. Ask any student in Grades 3-5 to explain how George learned his lesson when he declared, "I'm the son of Poseidon!" Our favorite of George's live drawings included Zeus riding on a triceratops and Poseidon battling against Captain Awesome and Super Turbo!

Victoria demonstrated and practiced drawing her famous characters Boomer, G.W., Bea and Astrid with our students. Each group then created an original story featuring an animal using both pictures and words. We had all kinds of stories from a cat who played ultimate frisbee to a bunny who battled a fox.

Students turned out in record numbers for our after school workshops. We had more than 60 students join in the fun for each of our three drawing sessions. Students drew some of their favorite characters right alongside some of their favorite authors.

Thank you to the parents who joined us for our Talk Tuesday session with our authors. Matthew, George and Victoria shared their views on the value of graphic novels and the importance of visual literacy. Our visiting artists encouraged parents to help their children understand that drawing and writing take practice. They also discussed the importance of developing skills in visual presentation, not just as an author, but across all professions. Most importantly, it is just good fun to read comics aloud with your kids!

We have learned so much about comics, story telling, drawing, and reading! Our students and teachers are buzzing with excitement. Students are drawing and writing everywhere they go! Although it is the end of our visiting authors visit, it seems that it is just the beginning of ASD's graphic fever! Keep it up ASD! 

It has been an honor to host Matthew, George and Victoria. ASD is one lucky school to learn from such talented, passionate and generous artists and authors. Our community has made memories to last a lifetime. 



15 Mar 2017

A SUPER First Week of Visiting Authors

In case you weren't sure whether we had visiting authors at ASD or a group of rock stars - let's clear it up. We have rock star authors on campus! The first week was electric! You can feel the excitement, the energy all across the school. It is truly a privilege to Matthew Holm, Victoria Jamieson and George O'Connor at ASD. 

We kicked off the week with a welcome assembly in the Elementary School. Our student librarians introduced our visitors and showed them some big Falcon pride!


Matthew, Victoria and George were thrilled to meet Fadi the Falcon and the camel from Tut, Tut! 

Each Elementary grade level saw all three authors in the theater this week and several groups began their workshops. Middle and High School students experienced small group visits within their art and language arts classes.

Grades 3-5 loved George's dynamic run-through of the Olympians series. We passed the "geek test" by showing our knowledge of Greek mythology! K1, K2 and Grade 1 drew dinosaurs and superheroes with George and helped read Kapow with super loud sound effects. George also led a High School drawing workshop and Comic Con Flex Block encouraging our young artists to draw fast, practice every day and to share their work with each other. 

Victoria's story telling with K1, K2 and Grade 2 was fun and inspiring. The students wrote and drew stories together and worked on beginning, middle and end. Victoria also shared her process for creating Roller Girl including her writing notebooks and original ink drawings. Middle School Art students got a sneak peek of Victoria's new graphic novel and began to draw comics together.

Elementary students loved learning about the creation of Babymouse and Squish with Matthew. Our Grade 4 students were lucky enough to get a preview of the new Babymouse Tales from the Locker series and well as the sequel to Sunny Side Up, Swing It, Sunny. Matthew worked with Middle School and High School Art students explaining his process for planning and creating a graphic novel in collaboration with his sister, Jennifer L. Holm.

Don't miss the after school workshops and Talk Tuesday session for parents:

SUNDAY, MARCH 19 
  • 3:15 - 4:00 p.m. ES Workshop with Victoria Jamieson ES Library | ES Students and Parents 

MONDAY, MARCH 20 
  • 3:15 - 4:00 p.m. ES Workshop with Matthew Holm | ES Library | ES Students and Parents 

TUESDAY, MARCH 21 
  • 8:15 - 9:15 a.m. Talk Tuesday: ​Reading is a Superpower: Graphic Novels and Literacy ES Library | K-12 Parents 
  • 3:15 - 4:00 p.m. ES Workshop with George O’Connor ES Library | ES Students and Parents 
  • 3:15 - 4:00 p.m. MS Workshop with Victoria Jamieson Room C309 | MS Students 
  • 3:15 - 4:00 p.m. HS Workshop with Matthew Holm Room B301 | HS Students

Please note, that signed books will be delivered to classrooms by March 23. There are a few more books left to purchase or feel free to bring in your copies from home. We can't wait for more exciting learning next week! 







9 Mar 2017

ASD Reads Graphic Novels

Calling all readers of our ASD Elementary School community! You are invited to show your participation in our celebration of graphic novels by adding a speech or thought balloon to our window display. Students from K1-5 shared their favorite book, favorite author or an insight about graphic novels in words and pictures.

Please stop by the library to view our display! We hope it will offer a warm welcome for Victoria Jamieson, Matthew Holm and George O'Connor when they arrive in our library on Sunday, March 12.