Wednesday, May 24, 2017

May and June's Library Corner

Welcome to this month's Library Corner!  Each month our school librarian, Mrs. Connell, recommends three books that students are encouraged to read.  These titles are available in the Holy Trinity School Library, as well as in the Wallingford Public Library.

Recommendation for Grades 6,7& 8
Title: The Warrior's Heart: Becoming a Man of Compassion and Courage

Author: Eric Greitens Navy Seal

Summary: In this adaptation of his best-selling book, The Heart and the Fist, Eric speaks directly to teens, interweaving memoir and intimate second-person narratives that ask readers to put themselves in the shoes of himself and others.  Readers will share in Eric's evolution from average kid to humanitarian to warrior, training and serving with the most elite military outfit in the world.  Along the way, they'll be asked to consider the power of choices, of making the decision each and every day to act with courage and compassion so that they grow to be tomorrow's heroes.

Mrs Connell says: "I picked this because it felt appropriate because this weekend is  Memorial Day weekend"


Recommendation for Grades 3,4& 5
Title: Math Curse

Authors: Jon Sciezka & Lane Smith

Summary: Did you ever wake up to one of those days where everything is a problem?  You have 10 things to do, but only 30 minutes until your bus leaves.  Is there enough time?  You have 3 shirts and 2 pairs of pants.  Can you make 1 good outfit?  Then you start to wonder: Why does everything have to be such a problem?  Why do 2 apples always have to be added to 5 oranges?  Why do 4 kids always have to divide 12 marbles?  Why can't you just keep 10 cookies without someone taking 3 away?  Why?  Because you're the victim of a Math Curse.  That's why.  But don't despair.  This is one girl's story of how that curse can be broken.


Recommendation for Grades K,1& 2
Title: Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs

Author: Alan Katz

Illustrator: David Catrow

Summary: Songwriter and comedy writer extraordinaire, Alan Katz, has turned favorite songs on their ears and created new nonsense songs kids will love.  With zany, spirited pictures by illustrator and cartoonist, David Catrow, this kooky collection guarantees laughs and plenty of silly dillyness for kids everywhere!

Mrs Connell says: "This is a very silly book the kids love and the illustrations are really cool!"


Check back soon for recommendations for summer reading!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Meet the Cast and Crew of Beauty and the Beast, Jr



It's the final week of our weekly interview series! This week we interviewed Belle and the Beast! This is not their first musical, but it is their first show as a leads.

We asked them a couple of questions and here is what they had to say.

What is your favorite part or song in Beauty and the Beast, Jr?

"Be Our Guest"- Parker

- "Something There"- Bridget

What is your favorite thing about doing this musical?

- "Getting out of my comfort zone and spending time with friends."- Parker

- "Learning new stuff about acting and getting to rehearse with everyone."- Bridget

What has been the hardest or most challenging aspects of doing this musical?

- "Getting out of my comfort zone and singing."- Parker

- "Acting."- Bridget

Why should people see the show?

- "It's actually good and people are acting well."- Parker

- "Because we put so much time and effort into it and it's going to be really good."- Bridget

Our production of Beauty and the Beast, Jr is on Friday (4/21) at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday (4/22) at 7:00 p.m.  We hope to see you!

Friday, April 7, 2017

April's Library Corner


Welcome to this month's Library Corner!  Each month our school librarian, Mrs. Connell, recommends three books that students are encouraged to read.  These titles are available in the Holy Trinity School Library, as well as in the Wallingford Public Library.

Recommendation for Grades 6,7& 8
Title: The Wednesday Wars

Author: Gary D. Schmidt

Summary: The Wednesday Wars is a wonderfully witty and compelling story about a teenage boy's mishaps and adventures over the course of the 1967-68 school year in Long Island, New York.
Meet Holling Hoodhood, a seventh-grader at Camillo Junior High.  His teacher, Mrs. Baker, doesn't like Holling- he's sure of it.  Why else would she make him read the plays of William Shakespeare outside class?  But everyone has bigger things to worry about, like Vietnam.  Then there's the family business.  As far as Holling's father is concerned, nothing is more important than the family business.  In fact, all the Hoodhood's must be on their best behavior at all times for the success of the company.  But how can Holling stay out of trouble when he has Mrs. Baker to contend with?


Recommendation for Grades 3,4& 5
Title: Shiloh

Author: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Summary: When Marty Preston comes across a young beagle in the hills behind his home, it's love at first sight- and also big trouble.  It turns out the dog, which Marty names Shiloh, belongs to Judd Travers, who drinks too much and has a gun- and abuses his dogs.  So when Shiloh runs away from Judd to Marty, Marty has to hide him and protect him from Judd.  But Marty's secret becomes too big for him to keep to himself, and it exposes his entire family to Judd's anger. How far will Marty will have to go to make Shiloh his?

What Mrs. Connell say: "Grade four is reading this Newbury Award winner with me now.  We are discussing the moral issue of telling a lie.  Is it ever okay to tell a lie?  What if your lie saves a life?


Recommendation for Grades K,1& 2
Title: The Day the Crayons Quit

Author: Drew Daywalt

Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers

Summary: Poor Duncan just wants to color.  But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: We quit!
Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown. Blue needs a break from coloring all that water, while Pink just wants to be used.  Green has no complaints, but Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to each other.  What is Duncan to do?

Mrs. Connell says: "I picked this in honor of the Crayola Company "retiring" a certain color."


Check back next month for more suggestions!


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Meet the Cast and Crew of Beauty and the Beast, Jr


This week we interviewed our show's Gaston!  This is not his first musical, but it is his first show as a lead.

We asked him a couple of questions and here is what he had to say.

What is your favorite part or song in Beauty and the Beast, Jr?

- "Gaston."- Matt

What is your favorite thing about doing this musical?

- "Getting to hang out with my friends."- Matt

What has been the hardest or most challenging aspects of doing this musical?

- "Memorizing the lines."- Matt

Why should people see the show?

- "It's a good way for our school to work together."- Matt

Only a few interviews left until our production of Beauty and the Beast, Jr!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Meet the Cast and Crew of Beauty and the Beast, Jr


This week we were able to interview Cogsworth and Lumiere!  Both actors have been in musicals before and are very excited to add Beauty and the Beast, Jr to their resume.

We asked them a couple of questions and here is what they had to say.

What is your favorite part or song in Beauty and the Beast, Jr?

"The Mob Song."- Evan

- "Human Again."- Meg

What is your favorite thing about doing this musical?

- "Probably the singing."- Evan

- "Acting with friends."- Meg

What has been the hardest or most challenging aspects of doing this musical?

- "Staying in character."- Evan

- "Remembering to stay in character because I'm an object."- Meg

Why should people see the show?

- "Because it's really great and it's coming together really well."- Evan

- "It's going to be really entertaining and interesting because it constantly switches from village scenes to castle scenes." -Meg


Check back soon for more interviews as our production of Beauty and the Beast, Jr gets closer!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Meet the Cast and Crew of Beauty and the Beast, Jr


 We are a little delayed in posting this week, but we were able to interview Babette, Mrs. Potts, and Chip!  All three actors have been in musicals before and are very excited to add Beauty and the Beast, Jr to their resume.

We asked them a couple of questions and here is what they had to say.

What is your favorite part or song in Beauty and the Beast, Jr?

- "Tale as old as time."- Alecia

- "Human Again"- Julia

- "Gaston"- Jayden

What is your favorite thing about doing this musical?

- "Talking with friends and getting to display our talents on stage."- Alecia

- "It's a learning experience and it helps us get used to acting, not just singing and dancing."- Julia

- "Being wheeled around in a chair."- Jayden

What has been the hardest or most challenging aspects of doing this musical?

- "Moving in a big costume."- Alecia

- "Singing."- Julia

- "Remembering my lines."- Jayden



Check back soon for more interviews as our production of Beauty and the Beast, Jr gets closer!



Friday, March 10, 2017

March's Library Corner


Welcome to this month's Library Corner!  Each month our school librarian, Mrs. Connell, recommends three books that students are encouraged to read.  These titles are available in the Holy Trinity School Library, as well as in the Wallingford Public Library.

Recommendation for Grades 6,7& 8
Title: Lost in the Pacific, 1942

Author: Tod Olson

Summary: World War II, October 21, 1942.  A B-17 bomber drones high over the Pacific Ocean, sending a desperate SOS into the air.  The crew is carrying America's greatest living war hero on a secret mission deep into the battle zone.  But the plane is lost, burning through its final gallons of fuel.
  At 1:30 p.m. there is only one choice left: an emergency landing at sea.  If the crew survives the impact, they will be left stranded without food or water hundred of miles from civilization.
  Eight men. Three inflatable rafts.  Sixty-right million square miles of ocean.  What will it take to make it back alive?

What Mrs. Connell says: "This book is a huge hit, I'm having trouble keeping it on the shelves.  I think they like it because it's a true story."


Recommendation for Grades 3,4& 5
Title: The One and Only Ivan

Author: Katherine Applegate

Summary: Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated book is told from the point of view of Ivan himself.  Having spent twenty-seven years behind the glass walls of his enclosure in a shopping mall, Ivan has grown accustomed to humans watching him.  He hardly ever thinks about his life in the jungle.  Instead, Ivan occupies himself with television, his friends Stella and Bob, and painting.  But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, he is forced to their home, and his art, through new eyes.

What Mrs. Connell says: "Third grade, in particular, has fallen in love with this book!"




Recommendation for Grades K,1& 2
Title: Horton Hatches the Egg

Author: Dr. Seuss

Summary: "I meant what I said, and I said what I meant... An elephant's faithful, one hundred percent!"
Horton is kind and trustworthy, but unfortunately, the lazy bird Mayzie takes advantage of his good nature when she leaves Horton to watch her unhatched egg.  Told with Dr. Seuss's signature rhymes and trademark illustrations, this is a tale that will be enjoyed over and over, by reader and listener alike.

What Mrs. Connell says: "This was chosen because during the season of Lent, we all can remember to be more like Horton.  He's reliable, respectful, compassion and has a huge heart.




Check back next month for more suggestions!