Tuesday, September 15th, was International Dot Day. In honor of this special day that celebrates creativity, two classes at Hollis had Dot Day Skypes! Mrs. McCarthy's 3rd grade was the first class to Skype and, during their Skype, read the book The Dot with a 4th grade class in Indiana! Mrs. Daigle's class also participated in the Dot Day celebration later that same day, shoring the dot pictures they had made the week before with their new friends from a 2nd grade class in Georgia.
The Skypes didn't end there! On Friday, September 18th, a lucky George E. Jack class had the first author Skype of the school year! Mrs. Quimby's 4th grade had an exciting Skype with author Jake Marcionette, who wrote the book Just Jake. Just Jake is on the current Maine Student Book Award list. Jake is a very inspiring, enthusiastic young author who wrote his bestselling book when he was only twelve years old! Meeting Jake helped our young learners see they are never too young to follow their dreams!
Our libraries will be having more Skypes in the near future! Mrs. Wilson's 5th grade is currently preparing for an international Mystery Skype! Sorry, I can't give away the location yet, that's for Mrs. Wilson's class to figure out when they have the Skype! Mrs. Quimby's class will also be having an international Mystery Skype in a couple of weeks. More author Skypes are on the schedule as well: Mrs. McCarthy's 5th gradeand Mrs. Lucy's 5th grade will be each Skyping with author Paul Durham, whose book The Luck Uglies is also on the current Maine Student Book Award list. Also scheduled for an author Skype is Mrs. Wilson's 5th grade, who will be Skyping with author Heather Frederick Vogel. One of her books, Absolutely Truly, is another selection from this year's Maine Student Book Award list.
My goal is for each one of my classes to have at least one Skype during the school year! We're already off to a fantastic start!