Library - Mrs. Guerrier


 Hello DeChantal!  We are well on track for another great school year!

We hope it will be an exciting and productive experience for your child.


I am interrupting my usual Beginning of the Year Note to you to bring you information that will be helpful during our school's 2 week closing.  Ideas presented below will keep library a part of your child's day. Of course reading anything and everything age appropriate is Number ONE! Additional thoughts are in the note below, and I have added an assignment for grades 4 to 8 (Ekphrastic Poem to write). Please take a moment to read some of these suggestions, and use any you feel your child might enjoy and/or benefit from, and encourage your child(ren) to work on the assignment.  At least help them to choose a painting from any prominent artist (classic or modern) to get started, and then have them look at painting and write their ideas, thoughts, etc. based on the guidelines.  We can refine the poem during class. Please let them know that the contest I mentioned is for students ages 18 and above, so we will have our own contest here!

Dear Parents,

         Library takes in all the subjects – we read about science, history, art, music, famous writers, singers, physicians, sports players, teachers, etc.

         Because we are taking a few days off, here are a few suggestions for your child(ren) to keep them reading, or listening to stories. One assignment for grades 4 to 8 is explained lower down.  

Grades PK – 3

At this gobblesworld site, you will fine sight words for your child’s grade, and you can run them off.  Each day, a word can be written, and the meaning can be looked up, and then placed in a simple sentence for the older students (2nd and 3rd graders).  Simply used in a sentence by the younger ones.  I recommend 5 a week for the older ones, 2 – 3 a week for younger ones. Place them on flash cards, then make simple sentences with them (adding a few additional words that may not be a part of the sight words like is, The, the, and, was).

Flash cards: to help with memorizing the sight words, make doubles of each word, then play the memory game by using 12 or more cards each, place them randomly on the table.  Make sure each card has a match, locate the match, then flip over the card and turn up one card, try to remember where the other one is, flip it over.  If there is NO match, both cards are flipped back over, and the next player tries to find a match.  The match is accepted ONLY if the player remembers the word and can pronounce it!  Two or more players may participate.


and            here            jump            help


little           come          find              big  


here            jump         and               come 


help            little          big                  find


  • Work with word families:

AN is the base word to build on…

B –ban, C – can, D – Dan, 

IT is the base word to build on…

B—bit, F—fit, H—hit, K—kit, P—pit

AT is the base word to build on…

B—bat, C—cat, F—fat, H—hat,

OX is the base word to build on…

B—box, F—ox, L—lox, C—Cox, g—gox, v—vox

Continue with other base words… ag, ad, ap, ed, ug, un, up, ut, and extend them for older students (ent…bent, gent, tent, vent, went)

  • Scrabble, Bingo, and SET (can find the game SET at B & N or are all great games, and stimulate word recognition, learning, and critical thinking, all skills needed for reading and beyond!
  • Jr. Scrabble/regular scrabble is always fun

For Grades 4 -8

  • Read books on line if you have IPADS, or other types of readers that will keep your reading interests satisfied.
  • Read short stories, rewrite the ending, or figure in another character to mix the plot and give it a different twist!
  • Read two books by the same author, compare and contrast writing style, characters, plots of the two books.
  • Make a mobile of characters from a book you’ve read.
  • Illustrate a book as a summary of the story.
  • Make an ad about a book you’ve read, and include illustrations and passages from the book to sell its merits to a group of students your age.
  • Write a poem about the book you read that retells the  Include main characters, a summary of main events, what character really made the story rich, and give a hint as to how the book ended without giving away the full ending.

 Thank you for your attention.  

Warm regards,

Alexis Guerrier


*Ekphrastic Poem Assignment*

Ekphrastic Poems


Ekphrastic Poems respond to a piece of art.  Guidelines for your ekphrastic poem are below.

  1. Choose a work of art (painting) that you like and talk to us about it (write your thoughts and ideas – this will be your poem)
  • What do you see in the when you see the painting
  • What do you think the artist was thinking, feeling, wanting to express when the work was done
  • Can you feel what you think the artist was feeling
  • Can you feel their thoughts or their sense of place in the world
  • Are there consistencies or differences
  • If we value the experience of others, what can we draw from these images
  • Why do you like it and how does the painting make you feel when you are looking at it
  • Does it bring memories or dreams to mind
  • Is it inspiring, sad, happy, and if so why do you think these emotions exist in the painting
  • What do the colors do for you, how do they influence your idea of the paintings message
  • Choose any or a combination of the above to focus on for your poem
  1. Write 10 or more lines for your poem expressing these feelings, thoughts, emotions as a haiku, free verse, rhyming poem
  2. Do not think of sentence structure, grammar, punctuation . Do consider spelling!
  3. Your lines can consist of one, two, three, and more words (see examples of poems at end of guidelines)
  4. Paint a picture with your words (your poem will be the second painting, meaning, it, too, will be a work of art)
  5. Be sure to have a color picture of your painting available to attach to your poem
  6. Bring the picture and your poem with you when you return to school
  7. The title of the painting and the artist’s name must be written above the paper with the painting, as seen in the examples
  8. The title of your poem should be written above the poem


 The Fall of Icarus-Pieter Bruegel the Elder

(GOOGLE PICTURE of the above)

Landscape with the Fall of Icarus

William Carlos Williams

According to Brueghel
when Icarus fell
it was spring

a farmer was ploughing
his field
the whole pageantry

of the year was
awake tingling
with itself

sweating in the sun
that melted
the wings' wax

off the coast
there was

a splash quite unnoticed
this was
Icarus drowning

Starry Night - van Gogh  (GOOGLE PICTURE)


Staring at the Night

Honor Moorman

he too
once stood
just here
head tilted
eyes licking
the orangey
crescent moon
exploding stars
flaming cypress
swirling silver sky


his imagination
in the silent city
beneath quaking
black mountains
secret recesses
of a tender
growing night


Van Gogh
to his soul
with furious
as I cannot
with this

of words
he will never read























The library is a wonderful place where students get the opportunity to gain a wide range of information by reading in the library and by checking out books; there is something for everyone.  In addition, didactic approaches appropriate to the student's level will be used to orient them to library usage.   Primary grades learn about basic book care, parts of a book, the role of an author and illustrator, the difference between fiction and non-fiction, how to summarize information, and much more.  We explore fairy tales, poems and award winning books.

The middle and upper grades review all of the above; in addition, they are given an overview of the Dewey-Decimal  System, and using this skill, learn how to find information on various topics.  Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the topics covered through discussions, practical exercises, and sharing through written individual and group projects.  The latter, for the most part, can and should be should be worked on during library class. Typing and finishing touches can be completed at home.

4th - 8th grade projects will be graded to provide feedback to the students. The "library" grade will count toward the student's grade in English. Details about assignments, including the rubric and due dates, will be provided in writing to all students and teachers, and will be available on the library web site.  

As always, I feel honored to be able to work with such a spirited group of students.  I invite all parents, especially those who are new to our school, to visit our library, and to volunteer in some manner.  It is a great way to become familiar with the books your children are reading from our school, and to meet their classmates.  Shelving books, aiding students in finding books, volunteering at the book fair (and chairing it as mentioned previously), or assisting with primary grades during their library times are areas where there is always a need. Please write to me at if you have time to share your talents in any of these areas.

Any project due will be listed below  Please email me with your questions should you have any.

I look forward to our year together.  Thank you for your support, and for entrusting your children to us.

 Warm regards,

Alexis Guerrier

Library Teacher