February is Black History Month

Did you know that February is Black History Month? We’re sharing facts all month on the Good Morning Greyhounds news broadcast, incorporating projects during our Maker Mornings and have books on display in the media center.

If you’d like to learn more about this important month, visit some of the online resources below.





7 Fresh Ideas for Black History Month

Black History Month resources for the classroom


A-MAY-Zing Activities in the Media Center

We may be nearing the end of the school year, but we’re still keeping busy in the media center! We’re celebrating several special national events this month and kicking off a special new program in the media center – an ongoing book swap called Book Swap @ The Mill: Take a book. Leave a book.

Book Swap @ The Mill will allow students to donate new or gently used books and take a book they are interested in reading. After reading the book, they can keep it or bring it back for another student to read. They can also leave books for other students to read. Students can visit the Book Swap @ The Mill as often as they like, but we do ask that you only take one book at a time. We want to give all students an opportunity to benefit from this program. You’re always welcome to donate more than one book at a time to help other students who may not have books of their own to donate.

The Book Swap @ The Mill program that will help us celebrate Children’s Book Week (May 1-7) and help kickoff the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge and the Cobb County Public Library Summer Reading program. We’ll keep the Book Swap @ The Mill open during the entire school year, so if you have a book you enjoyed but don’t want to keep – swap it!

Below is a list of all the a-may-zing events we’re sponsoring this month:

Children’s Book Week: May 1 – 7. Learn more about this important celebration that began in  1919 at http://everychildareader.net/cbw/about/

Free Comic Book Day: May 6. Locate a comic book store near you at http://www.freecomicbookday.com/StoreLocator to get your free comic book on Saturday, May 6 and visit the media center on Friday, May 5 for free comic strip pages for you to create your own comics. By the way, in the library, comics are called graphic novels (think BabyMouse & Lunch Lady books) and we’ve created a special section of these books. We’re in the process of ordering more graphic novels for next school year.

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge Kickoff: May 8. Program runs through September 8. More information will be sent home soon.

Cobb County Public Library Summer Reading Program Kickoff: May 15. Program runs through July 29. We have bookmarks that we’re giving away in the library with details but you can learn more at http://www.cobbcat.org/summer-reading-program/



Black History Month Resources

Celebrate the contributions of African-Americans in our world with these resources:









Constitution Day

The Constitution

The United States Constitution was ratified on September 17, 1787 and turns 226 years old this year. Although Constitution Day is actually on September 17th, but it will officially be celebrated on Friday, September 16th.

Want to learn more about this important historical document? Visit these online resources:

http://www.constitutionday.com/ (official website for Constitution Day)

http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_zoom_1.html  (scanned images of the original Constitution)

http://www.constitution.org/constit_.htm (typed copy of the Constitution with embedded links)

http://constitutioncenter.org/media/files/constitution.pdf (a printable version of the Constitution)

Summer Reading

We may still be in school, but the official kick-off to the Summer Reading Challenge starts today! Letters were sent home on May 4 with more details and stickers with each individual student login information. If you did not receive a letter, please email us and we’ll get a new one for you.



Also, the Cobb County Library Media Program has created a special website focusing on summer reading! You can visit it at: www.cobbsummerreading.com

Children’s Book Week


Celebrate children’s books during Children’s Book Week, May 2 – 8. This is their 97th Annual celebration! You can get more details and ideas on how to celebrate from their website at http://www.bookweekonline.com/

Here at Garrison Mill, we’re celebrating by sharing what books do for us with our display in the media center. You can write a note, and Mrs. Kenworthy will post it on her twitter account @readmakelearn with the hashtag #whatbooksdoforme

End of Year Dates

It’s difficult to believe, but the end of the school year is almost upon us! We’re accepting applications for the Good Morning Greyhounds news show (only rising 5th graders) and for the Media Center crew (rising fourth and fifth graders). All applications must be signed by the student, their parent, and their current homeroom teacher before turning them in to Mrs. Kenworthy in the media center. The application deadline is May 11 to be considered for the August-December crew next school year. Any applications received after May 11 will be held for the January-May crew.