Friday, February 16, 2018

February's Library Corner

Welcome back to the 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, the Wallingford Public Library.  This month's books all celebrate Black History Month!

Recommendation for Grades 6,7& 8

Title: Bud, Not Buddy

Author: Christopher Paul Curtis

Summary: It’s 1936, in Flint Michigan. Times may be hard, and ten-year-old Bud may be a motherless boy on the run, but Bud’s got a few things going for him:

1. He has his own suitcase full of special things.
2. He’s the author of Bud Caldwell’s Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself.
3. His mom never told him who his father was, but she left a clue: flyers advertising Herman E. Calloway and his famous band, the Dusky Devastators of the Depression!

     Bud’s got an idea that those flyers will lead him to his father. Once he decides to hit the road to find this mystery man, nothing can stop him—not hunger, not fear, not vampires, not even Herman E. Calloway himself.

Recommendation for Grades 3,4 &5
Title: Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans

Author: Kadir Nelson

Summary: The story of America and African Americans is a story of hope and inspiration and unwavering courage. This is the story of the men, women, and children who toiled in the hot sun picking cotton for their masters; it's about the America ripped in two by Jim Crow laws; it's about the brothers and sisters of all colors who rallied against those who would dare bar a child from an education. It's a story of discrimination and broken promises, determination, and triumphs.

Told through the unique point of view and intimate voice of a one-hundred-year-old African-American female narrator, this inspiring book demonstrates that in gaining their freedom and equal rights, African Americans helped our country achieve its promise of liberty and justice—the true heart and soul of our nation.

Recommendation for Grades K, 1 &2
Title: The Other Side
Author: Jacqueline Woodson
Illustrator: L.B. Lewis
Summary: In this story, Clover, a young black girls lives in a home with her family.  Just on the other side of the fence lives a young girl who seems to be about Clover's age.  Clover's mother warns her that she should not be playing on the other side of the fence or bother the little girl.  One day she approaches the girl and starts to talk to her and a friendship blossoms.  

Check back next month for more recommendations!  Happy Reading!

Friday, January 12, 2018

January's Library Corner

Welcome back to the 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 the Wallingford Public Library.  This month's books all have a Winter Olympic Theme!

Recommendation for Grades 6,7&8
Title: Freeze Frame: A Photographic History of the Winter Olympics

Author: Sue Macy

Summary: This book is one of the first to capture the heroics of the Winter Olympics.  From the unlikely Jamaican bobsled team to the unforgettable U.S.S.R. vs. U.S.A. hockey clash at Lake Placid, all the legends of great winter sports are recalled, including stars of skiing, bobsledding, ice skating, and even snowboarding.
Freeze Frame features spectacular photo galleries in addition to a superb map of Winter Olympic sites, an insight into the coverage of new extreme Olympic sports, and a complete Winter Olympic Almanac, which includes quick reference information on each Olympiad.

Recommendation for Grades 3,4&5
Title: A is for Axel: An Ice Skating Alphabet

Author: Kurt Browning

Illustrator: Melanie Rose

Summary: Four-time World Champion and professional figure skater, Kurt Browning, replaces his boots and blades with pen and paper to write this book.  From holding an edge to laces and hooks, Kurt glides and dances through the alphabet explaining history, techniques, and memorable moments of the sport.

Recommendations for Grades K,1&2
Title: Tacky and the Winter Games

Author: Helen Lester

Illustrator: Lynn Munsinger

Summary: Tacky and his fellow penguins have to work hard to get in shape so they can represent Team Nice Icy Land in the athletic competitions.  After rigorous training, they're ready- but are the games ready for Tacky?  Will his antics keep Team Icy Land from winning a medal?  From bobsledless racing and ski jumping to speed skating, Tacky lends his unique, exuberant style to each competition.  Tacky reminds readers of the underlying joy and enthusiasm that propels athletes to greatness.

Title: Snowman Paul at the Winter Olympics

Author: Yossi Lapid

Illustrator: Joanna Pasek

Summary: Snowman Paul dreams of becoming a Winter Olympics champion.  Dan is surprised by how well his snowman is doing in the competition.  But then, Dan becomes suspicious.  Is Snowman Paul competing fairly?  Or is he perhaps, enjoying some unfair advantages?

Friday, December 15, 2017

December's Library Corner

Welcome to December's Library Corner!  Every month our librarian, Mrs. Connell, recommends books for students to read.  All of her suggestions can be found in our library as well as the Wallingford Public Library.

Recommendation for Grades 6,7 & 8

Title: Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life's Storms

Author: Tim Tebow and A.J. Gregory

Summary: In this book, Tim Tebow passionately shares glimpses of his journey staying grounded in the face of disappointment, criticism, and intense media scrutiny.  Following an exceptional college football career with the Florida Gators and a promising playoff run with the Denver Broncos, Tebow was traded to the New York Jets and was released after one season.
In Shaken, named the 2017 Christian Book of the Year, Tebow talks about what he's learned along the way, building confidence in his identity in God, not the world.  This moving book also features practical wisdom from Scripture and insights gained from others who have impacted Tebow in life-changing ways.

Recommendation for Grades 3,4 &5

Title: A Wrinkle in Time

Author: Madeleine L'Engle

Summary: It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.  The stranger tells them there is a tesseract or a wrinkle in time.
This book is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O'Keefe.  They are in search of Meg's father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.

Mrs. Connell says, "Read it before the movie is released!"

Recommendation for Grades K, 1 &2

Title: Little Blue and Little Yellow

Author: Leo Lionni

Summary: Little Blue and Little Yellow are best friends, but one day they can't find each other.  When they finally do, they give each other such a big hug that they turn green!  How they find their true colors again concludes in a wonderfully satisfying story told with colorful pieces of torn paper and very few words.

Come back next month for more recommendations!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

November's Library Corner

Welcome to this month's Library Corner!  It's a special edition because our librarian, Mrs. Connell didn't realize that she accidentally gave two suggestions per grade group!  It is convenient she did that this month because it is also book fair week.  All of her suggestions can be found in the Holy Trinity School Library, as well as the Wallingford Public Library, and some can even be found at this week's Book Fair!

Recommendations for Grades 6, 7& 8

Title: Because of Mr. Terupt

Author: Rob Buyea

Summary: It't the start of fifth grade for seven kids at Snow Hill School.  There's... Jessica, the new girl, smart and perceptive, who's having a hard time fitting in; Alexia, a bully, your friend one second, your enemy the next; Peter, a class prankster and troublemaker; Luke, the brain; Danielle, who never stands up for herself; shy Anna, whose home situation makes her an outcast; and Jeffrey, who hates school.
  Only Mr. Terupt, their new and energetic teacher, seems to know how to deal with them all.  He makes the classroom a fun place, even if he doesn't let them get away with much...until the snowy winter day when an accident changes everything-and everyone.

Title: Fish in a Tree

Author: Linda Mullaly Hunt

Summary: Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people.  Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions.  She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb?  However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker.  With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of.  As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities.  She discovers that there's a lot more to her- and to everyone- than a label, and that great minds don't always think alike.

Recommendations for Grades 3, 4&5
Title: Shadow

Author: Michael Morpurgo

Summary: This is a beautiful story of a boy, his lost dog, and the lengths he would go to be reunited.  This timely story of a battle-scarred Afghanistan delivers a masterful portrait of war, love and friendship.
  With the horrors of war bearing down on them, Aman and his mother are barely surviving in an Afghan cave, and staying there any longer will end horribly.  The only comfort Aman has is Shadow, the loyal spaniel that shows up from places unknown, it seems, just when Aman needs them most.
  Aman, his mother, and Shadow finally leave the destroyed cave in hopes of escaping to England, but are held at checkpoint, and Shadow runs away after being shot by the police.  Aman and his mother escape- without Shadow.  Aman is heart-broken.
  Just as they are getting settled as free citizens in England, they are imprisoned in a camp with locked doors and a barbed wire fence.  Their only hope is Aman's classmate Matt, his grandpa and the dream of finding his lost dog.  After all, you never lose your shadow.

Title: The Year of the Book

Author:Andrea Cheng

Summary: In Chinese, peng you means friend.  But in any language, all Anna knows for certain is that friendship is complicated.
  When Anna needs company, she turns to her books.  Whether traveling through A Wrinkle of Time, or peering over My Side of the Mountain, books provide what real life cannot- constant companionship and insight into her changing world.
  Books, however, can't tell Anna how to find a true friend.  She'll have to discover that on her own.  This novel subtly explores what it takes to make friends and what it means to be one.

Recommendations for Grades K, 1&2 
Title: Queen of the Diamond: The Lizzie Murphy Story

Author: Emily Arnold McCully

SummaryLizzie Murphy was good at baseball. In fact, she was better than most of the boys. But she was born in 1900, and back then baseball was not a game for girls. Lizzie practiced with her brother anyway, and then she talked her way onto the local boys' team, first as a batboy, then as a player. Everyone was impressed by her hard catches and fast pitches. By the time she turned fifteen, she was playing for two different amateur boys' teams. When she turned eighteen, Lizzie did something else that women weren't supposed to do: she signed up with a professional baseball team, determined to earn her living playing the game.

Title: Wet Cement, A Mix of Concrete Poems

Author: Bob Raczka

Summary: Who says words need to be concrete? This collection shapes poems in surprising and delightful ways.

Concrete poetry is a perennially popular poetic form because they are fun to look at. But by using the arrangement of the words on the page to convey the meaning of the poem, concrete or shape poems are also easy to write! From the author of the incredibly inventive Lemonade: And Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word comes another clever collection that shows kids how to look at words and poetry in a whole new way.

Check back next month for more recommendations!

Friday, October 6, 2017

October's Library Corner

Welcome back to the Library Corner!  Each month our school librarian, Mrs. Connell, recommends three books that the 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 Girl Who Drank the Moon

Author: Kelly Barnhill

Summary: Once a year in the Protectorate there is a Day of Sacrifice.  The youngest baby is taken by the Elders and left in the forest to die, thus appeasing the witch who threatens to destroy the village if not obeyed.  Unbeknownst to the people, Xan, the witch of the forest, is kind and compassionate.  When she discovers the first baby left as a sacrifice, she has no idea why it has been abandoned.  She rescues the infant, feeds each one starlight and delivers the shining infants to parents in the Outside Cities who love and care for them.  On one occasion, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight along with starlight, filling her with glowing magic.  Xan is smitten with the beautiful baby girl, who has a crescent moon birthmark on her forehead, and chooses to raise her as her own child.  Twists and turns emerge as the identity of the true evil witch becomes apparent.  This book was awarded the 2017 Newbery Medal!

Recommendation for Grades 3,4& 5

Title: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Author: Kate DiCamillo

Summary: Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a china rabbit named Edward Tulane.  The rabbit was very pleased with himself, and for good reason: he was owned by a girl named Abilene, who adored him completely.  An then one day, he was lost...  Follow his adventures to see if he is reunited with Abilene! 

Recommendation for Grades K, 1& 2

Title: Strictly No Elephants

Author: Lisa Mantchev

Illustrator: Taeeun Yoo

Summary: It's Pet's Club Day, and the sign on the door at #17 clearly states, "Strictly NO Elephants."  Current members treasure their birds, fish, cats and dogs, but a young boy taking a walk with his tiny elephant, sharing an umbrella in a cool fall rain, sees no welcome for his friend, so he simply gives his usual support.  "That's what friends do- lift each other over the cracks...brave the scary things for you."  The boy and his elephant meet a girl with a skunk, who were also excluded from the Pet Club meeting, and decide to start a club of their own, one in which all are welcome. 

Check back next month for more recommendations!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

September's Library Corner

Welcome back to the 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 Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club

Author: Phillip Hoose

SummaryAt the outset of World War II, Denmark did not resist German occupation. Deeply ashamed of his nation's leaders, fifteen-year-old Knud Pedersen resolved with his brother and a handful of schoolmates to take action against the Nazis if the adults would not. Naming their secret club after the fiery British leader, the young patriots in the Churchill Club committed countless acts of sabotage, infuriating the Germans, who eventually had the boys tracked down and arrested. But their efforts were not in vain: the boys' exploits and eventual imprisonment helped spark a full-blown Danish resistance. Interweaving his own narrative with the recollections of Knud himself, The Boys Who Challenged Hitleris National Book Award winner Phillip Hoose's inspiring story of these young war heroes.

Recommendation for Grades 3, 4& 5

Title: What Do You Do With A Problem?

Author: Kobi Yamada

Illustrator: Mae Besom

Summary: This is the story of a persistent problem and the child who isn't so sure what to make of it.  The longer the problem is avoided, the bigger it seems to get.  But when the child musters up the courage to face it, the problem turns out to be something quite different than expected.

Mrs. Connell says, "Thank you to Mrs. Lackman for donating this book to our library!" 

Recommendation for Grades K, 1& 2

Title: On My Very First School Day I Met...

Author: Norman Stiles

Illustrator: Bill Mayer

Summary: In this book, children will meet fantastic and funny creatures that will keep them laughing!

Check back next month for more recommendations!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Back to School Shopping Lists!

Hello everyone!

With just 2 weeks to go before school starts, we wanted to publish our supplies list to help with shopping.  These lists can also all be found under the documents of the teacher's pages on the website (, if you wanted to print out only one list.

As a general rule, what is on the list is what your child will need, so many teachers recommend not to get any extra supplies. :)

Kindergarten and 1st Grade

  • 1 headphone for ipad use (choose headphones from $10.00 to $20.00) (place in a gallon size baggie labeled with your child’s name) 
  • 4- 6 glue sticks (Glue sticks will be for classroom use. Please do not label with your child's name.) 

Second Grade

  • Inch/centimeter ruler
  • 10 sharp pencils
  • Box of 24 or less crayons
  • Erasers
  • Scissors
  • Glue bottle and glue stick
  • Pencil Box
  • 2- Pocket Homework Folder
  • 3 free reading books for in the desk
  • Word search/ puzzle book for free time
  • Ear buds for use with iPads, earphones in a baggie labeled with name
  • 2 large boxes of tissues for the class
  • 2 large containers of cleaning wipes for the room
  • 2 red pens
NO markers or colored pencils, please.  And please send your child with a water bottle each day.  Only refillable water bottles with your child's name will be permitted.  This is for germ and "green" purposes.

 Third Grade

  • pencils ( please no mechanical pencils) 
  • erasers
  • glue sticks
  • a small  soft pencil case pouch (please no hard pencil case box)
  • a small box of crayons or colored pencils
  • scissors
  • a pair of ear buds in a Ziploc bag with your child's name
  • 2 boxes of Kleenex for classroom use
  • 1 inch loose-leaf 3-ring binder
  • 1 package of white loose-leaf paper
  • 1 composition book (for reading)
  • cardboard - approx. 11x8 for covering religion and practice workbooks 
  • large package of 3x5 index cards
  • 2 folders with pockets (1 folder will be kept at school for daily assignments)
  • 2 single subject notebooks (one for science and one for social studies

Fourth Grade

  • #2 pencils & sharpener 
  • 5 wide-ruled spiral one-subject notebooks 
  • 2 red pens  
  • Sturdy backpack 
  • Erasable blue pens 
  • 2 wide ruled composition books 
  • Highlighters 
  • 6 book covers paper or cloth 
  • Ruler (with both standard & metric) 
  • 2 boxes of tissues 
  • 1 package of wide-ruled loose leaf
  • Pencil pouch 
  • 2 folders (homework, classwork) 
  • Small box of crayons 
  • 1 set of ear buds in a plastic sandwich bag with you name on the bag 

Fifth Grade

  • 1 one-inch thick loose-leaf binder (no thicker for space purposes) 
  • 1 package of loose-leaf paper - some in binder, the rest in reserve at home 
  • 1 soft sided pencil case 
  • 1 pair of scissors
  •  1 ruler 
  • 6 pens blue or black only - erasable or permanent 
  • 3 sharpened pencils 
  • 2 red pens 
  • Crayons required (colored pencils or markers optional) 
  • Pencil sharpener WITH shavings trap 
  • Glue stick or Elmer's school glue 
  • 1 large box of tissues for the classroom 
  • 1 subject notebook with a pocket for handouts for Mrs. Saia's math class 
  • 2- 3x5 lined index card (white) 
  • 1 set of earbuds in a plastic sandwich bag with your name on the bag. 
  •  Folder

Sixth Grade

  • 1 letter size expandable file with 10-13 pockets 
  • 1 any color marbled composition notebook (100 sheets only) 
  • 1 one inch thick – (no thicker, for space purposes) loose leaf binder 
  • 1 package of loose leaf paper - some in binder, the rest in reserve at home. 
  • 1 pair of scissors 
  • 1 ruler 6 pencils (with erasers or a separate eraser) and sharpener WITH shavings trap 
  • 6 (of each color) pens – blue OR black AND red – erasable or not 
  • Colored pencils – required markers/crayons optional 
  • Pencil case – soft cover only 
  • 3 x 3 post it notes – any brand – any light or neon color – no dispenser, please 
  • Glue sticks – required Elmer’s or other white liquid glue optional 
  • 1 pair of ear buds in a baggy with your name on it for use with iPads 
  • NO WHITE OUT AND NO BOOK SOX, PLEASE! Save brown bags, brown craft/mailing paper, wallpaper, heavy wrapping paper, or other book covering materials. These must be on hand all year for immediate replacement when covers are torn or worn. 
  • 1 large box of tissues for the classroom 
  • A seatsack as space inside the desk is inadequate for all the textbooks. They can be purchased through school in September.

Seventh Grade

  • a box of pens that write either green or red...Keep the box at home and have two in school. 
  • blue or black writing pens pencils and erasers 
  • a 12 section expandable for storage of papers 
  • A binder with dividing sections for homework and taking notes. Divider sections in the binder for the following subjects: **History**, Language Arts (x2: Notes and Homework), Science, Religion, Spanish, Literature, Religion, Math 
  • college-ruled paper 
  • glue and scissors for project work 
  • one LARGE box of tissues (due first day of school) 
  • ***Incoming 7th grade students will need 2 sections for History: Notes and Homework 
  • Earbuds/headphones for use with ipads. Please have earbuds in a Ziploc bag labeled with your child's 'first and last name. Earbuds will be kept at school and returned to students to take home at the end of the year.

Eighth Grade

Need everything on the Seventh Grade List.  In addition, they will also need:
  • Math: personal calculator, not scientific but with π and √ functions 
  • All other subjects: a stocked loose leaf or individual notebook 
  • All incoming 8th graders should bring in a large box of tissues as well as ear buds for use with iPads  
Happy Shopping and we will see you soon!