Friday, June 14, 2019

June 16, 2019


Entering Grade 5
Students created their own summer reading lists and took them home this week. It is super helpful to make sure your child has a library card so he/she can place holds for titles they want to read. An adult will need to take them to the library to get a free card and to also set up the online account with a pin number and way in which you wish to receive notifications. Here is the tutorial I shared with your children this week. 

Students can find recommendations here

Entering Grade 6
Students entering sixth grade have two summer reading assignments to complete. Your children will hear more details from Barrington Middle School librarian Mrs. Nancy Maddocks on Wednesday when she visits. Remember that aside from doing this assignment, it is really important to let children make choices about what they want to read. Summer is a great time to relax and take the time to enjoy.

Students can find their summer reading assignment here

Summer Reading Kickoff Party

Join us at the Barrington Public Library on Monday, June 24th from 4:00 - 5:30pm for the Summer Reading Kickoff Party. I'll be scooping ice cream. Come find out what your incredible public library has for you and your family! 

Books Back Raffle

We brought this number down from 473 on Tuesday, June 11 to 192 books still out as of this Monday, June 17. We are now four school days away from the books back raffle. Please ask your child if he/she received a raffle ticket for getting books back. If your child has NOT received a ticket, please ask your child to:
 1. Log into
2. Go to Hampden Meadows School
3. Click on Log In in the top right corner
4. Username: hmslunchnumber
5. Password: hms
6. Open the "My Info" tab and check the account to see which books are still missing 
7. Search for the books
8. Return the books or replacement copies of the books to receive a raffle ticket 

Stay Up To Date on Book Recommendations

As you probably know, I am leaving Hampden Meadows School to start a new chapter of my career at the Barrington Middle School. I will continue doing Book Bites posts in the Fall. However, I will no longer send them by email through the school email system. If you wish to still receive these weekly posts, go to the top right column of this post and sign up for emails. I take the summer off to rest and refresh but will be back at it again when school begins!

This is a fantastic novel in verse. 

Other Words For Home, (2019)
by Jasmine Warga

Goodreads summary link

Titan and the Wild Boars: The True Cave Rescue of the Thai Soccer Team, (2019)
words by Susan Hood and Patthana Sornhiran and pictures by Dow Phumiruk

Goodreads summary link

Winterhouse (Winterhouse #1), (2018)
words by Ben Guterson and pictures by Chloe Bristol

Goodreads summary link

Man, I cannot stop thinking about this one. It really is a masterpiece. I did a blog post about it in May. 

The Line Tender, (2019)
by Kate Allen

Goodreads summary link

Game of Stars (Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond #2), (2019)
by Sayantani DasGupta

Goodreads summary link

Llama Destroys the World, (2019)
words by Jonathan Stutzman and pictures by Heather Fox

Goodreads summary link

                       I hope you have a safe summer filled with relaxation and plenty of good reads!

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