• October 2020

    Posted by Christina Russell on 10/19/2020

    I am delighted to now be in the Green Pod for library.  Thank you for the warm welcome kindergarten and 1st grade!  

    During our time together, we will learn about Book Care, the Parts of a Book, the Elements of a Story and the difference between fiction and nonfiction.  Most importantly, we will enjoy LOTS of entertaining stories together. 

    Be sure to check out the NEW Digital Book Rooms that have been created!  "Fall Into a Good Book" and "Spooktacular Reads" are bound to have a book you will enjoy!

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  • October 2020

    Posted by Christina Russell on 9/28/2020

    Happy October everyone!  Thanks for being flexible with the ins and outs of library as we work out the kinks this year.  

    I have already been enjoying the Blue Pod immensely!  Thank you for the warm welcome.  We will continue working on the Elements of a Story, Genres, Citing Evidence from a Text, and an introduction to Book Talks throughout October. 

    I hope all of you are enjoying the books you've checked out!  

    Book Care, Parts of a Book and Elements of a Story units will begin once library rotates to the Green Pod!    

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  • September 2020

    Posted by Christina Russell on 9/14/2020

    In addition to several entertaining and engaging read alouds this month, we are focusing on the Elements of a Story, Understanding Genres, and Citing Evidence from the Text during our library lessons.  

    I have been incredibly impressed with the Red Pod's attentive listening skills, active participation and communication skills during each lesson.  Keep up the good work everyone!

    Remember, library books need to be returned each week.  You can always renew your book if you would like!  Keep reading & keep smiling!  

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  • Back to School!

    Posted by Christina Russell on 8/25/2020

    Welcome Back to School

    I am looking forward to seeing all of you!  I have missed you terribly.  Our library is full of new books and more are on the way.  Hopefully you will find titles you cannot resist reading this year!

    At the beginning of the year, our library lessons will focus on new check-out procedures, navigating the library website and digital materials, book care tips, and Back to School fun. 

    See you soon! 



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  • May 2020

    Posted by Christina Russell on 5/8/2020

    Welcome to May!  The library lessons this month include learning how to use Padlet with the "Oh, The Places You'll Read" lesson.  I hope you enjoy sharing where you've been reading during remote learning!  You'll also learn more about Dandelions and Montana Wildflowers.  We'll wrap up the month with a Summer Camp Reading Challenge! 

    Parent email overdue notices will resume this week.  Please return any and all library books (including Battle of the Books novels) to the return bin any weekday from 10-1 at Lowell.  The bin is located near the food pick up.  If you cannot locate one of your books, please let me know.  Thanks everyone!

    The results are in!  Lowell's pick for the Treasure State Award is... Sergeant Reckless, The True Story of the Little Horse Who Became a Hero.  If you have not read it yet or would like to read it again here is the link:  Sergeant Reckless  

    All video messages from Mrs. Russell can be found using the Remote Learning Messages on the Lowell Library webpage https://www.mcpsmt.org/Page/15359

    Keep reading & keep smiling!  Be well.  I miss all of you!  


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  • April 2020

    Posted by Christina Russell on 4/9/2020

    March Book Madness 2020 will continue into April!  If you would like to participate, look for the March Book Madness tile on the Lowell Library webpage (https://www.mcpsmt.org/Page/15358).  You will find the full bracket, matches for each week, the link to the slideshow that contains all of the read aloud videos and a voting form.

    The March Reading Log deadline has been extended!  All reading logs will be due Friday, April 24th.  You will still be eligible for one youth ticket to Silverwood as well as prizes from the Missoula PaddleHeads.  In the event that school closures are extended, please send a picture of your completed March Reading Log.  My email is:  cmrussell@mcpsmt.org.  Happy Reading!

    The 3rd competition for Battle of the Books has been rescheduled for Friday, May 15th!

    All video messages from Mrs. Russell can be found using the Remote Learning Messages on the Lowell Library webpage https://www.mcpsmt.org/Page/15359

    My office hours will be from 2-3 pm during remote learning.  Please feel free to email me anytime with questions or concerns.  Be well.  Be happy.  Keep reading!

    Kindly, Mrs. Russell

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  • March 2020

    Posted by Christina Russell on 3/12/2020

    Welcome to March Book Madness!  All Lowell students are reading, re reading and listening to the books selected for this year's competition.  The theme is "Brave and Bold".  

    At this point, students have voted for their favorite and eight books have advanced to the Elite Eight of the tournament.

    They are:  The Princess and the Pitstop, Nobody Likes a Goblin, Game Changers, Rescue and Jessica, Her Fearless Run, It's Not Hansel and Gretel, The Journey and Penguin Flies Home.     

    Who will be this year's champion???

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  • February 2020

    Posted by Christina Russell on 2/14/2020

    In addtion to working on our reading and listening skills this month, students are improving their technology skills! 

    2nd graders are becoming more familiar with the keyboard, Google Docs and Google Slides.

    3rd, 4th and 5th graders are focusing on Google Slides.  As they learn new formating and presentation skills, they are developing a slideshow about their favorite book.  Ask your child about their new technology skills.  I have been quite impressed with how creative and courageous they are!  

    Up next month?  


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  • February 2020

    Posted by Christina Russell on 2/3/2020

    February is I Love to Read Month!  Enjoy new books, authors and genres while reading this month.  Share book suggestions with others and try out one of their suggestions!

    Are you attempting the 20 Book Challenge?  If so, remember to turn in your form before Spring Break! 

    5th graders, Kindles for Kids has started!  For every 200 pages read throughout the month of February, your name will be entered into a drawing to win a free Kindle.  There are two Kindles up for grabs!  Good luck readers! 

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  • January 2020

    Posted by Christina Russell on 1/10/2020

    Welcome to the New Year!

    Our Free Little Libraries are now up and running.  Remember, you may take a book or leave a book anytime you like!

    The 20 book challenge is now on!  Read 20 books before Spring Break and return your form for a fabulous prize.  The class with the most will also earn a class prize or party!

    We are going to pause on our Genre Unit in order to learn more about Nonfiction Text Features this month.  Each completed task card will earn you more choice time in the library at our new challenge tables.  It's a win-win!



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