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Authors of Fred Korematsu Speaks Up Visit Crocker This Week

This Friday, April 28 authors Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi will be visiting our 4th and 5th graders to talk about their new book Fred Korematsu Speaks Up. Their book tells the story of Oakland native Fred Korematsu’s life and fight against the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II .

If you’re interested in buying a copy of the book, you can get it in person or online from local bookstore Mrs. Dalloways who helped us arrange the visit. If you order online, use the coupon code FredCH for a 20% discount, click “I will pick up in store”, and enter your student’s name in the comments. You won’t actually have to pick the book up, they’ll be delivered to school on Friday. We’ll also have a limited number of copies available for $16 on Friday.

For more information about Mr. Korematsu, read the book or visit the Korematsu Institute website.

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Poem In Your Pocket Day is Here!



Break out the Shel Silverstein – Thursday, April 24 is Poem in Your Pocket Day! This is the fourth time we’ve celebrated this incredible day at Crocker. It’s pretty simple — have a poem in your pocket and be ready to share it. If you’re still learning to read or don’t have pockets, you might need to memorize your poem. It doesn’t hurt to practice reading or reciting your poem. That’s it. All that’s left is to show up and share your poem.

Thanks to Ms. Ski’s class for the beautiful flowers and bulletin board! Happy National Poetry Month!


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Author Jennifer Holm Visiting Crocker This Week!

It’s time for our annual book fair — a big book sale in our multipurpose room. The book fair is this Thursday and Friday, November 21 and 22.

On Wednesday, November 20 we are lucky to have a special guest visiting Crocker — author Jennifer Holm. Holm is the author of two extraordinarily popular graphic novel series Babymouse and Squish — some of the most popular books in the Crocker library! She’s also the winner of three Newbery Honors for her children’s novels Our Only May Amelia, Penny from Heaven, and Turtle in Paradise. To get ready for her visit, we’ve been reading Babymouse and Squish, making pictures of the characters, and making our own comics Our fifth grade classes are reading Turtle in Paradise, too.

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We’ll have assemblies with Holm during the school day. After school, she’ll be signing books in the library. You’re welcome to bring a copy of one of her books from home. We’ll also be selling books in the library. Babymouse, Squish, and Turtle in Paradise books are $8 each (tax included). Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf is $9 (tax included). Cash and check only. Make checks out to the Crocker PTA. Books will be available on Thursday and Friday at the book fair, but Wednesday is the only day to get your book signed.

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It’s Harry Potter Thursday!


This year, we’ve been celebrating Harry Potter Thursday in the library. What’s Harry Potter Thursday? A day to wear Harry Potter t-shirts, talk about Harry Potter, think about Harry Potter….anything Potter-ish will do! To celebrate Harry Potter Thursday (and Halloween) this week, I made wizard-y costumes for some of the stuffed animals in the library. What do you think?

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Crocker at Its Best!


This afternoon, we had the annual Crocker Book Swap. IT WAS AWESOME! There are lots of fantastic things about Crocker, but the book swap is Crocker at its best. The whole community participates – families contribute thousands of books; volunteers collect, carry, and sort thousands of books; and kids, families, and community members share the books and more importantly, our love of reading. Crocker truly is a community of readers.

A HUGE thank you to all of the volunteers who helped our book swap happen: Lucy Streett, Abby Kaster, Evelyn Hess, Meena Palaniappan, Orit Vogel, Milli Jones, Erin Grassie, Alison Blenkle, Kristen Wilson, Jennifer Lieberman, Susan Keiter, and Lesley Podesta. Thanks to all of the kids who pitched in to collect books and help clean up, too. We have hundreds of books left and we’ll pass these along to the East Bay Children’s Book Project.



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It’s Book Fair Time! Author Deborah Underwood is coming!

Our awesome Crocker Book Fair is this Wednesday and Thursday (8 am – 8 pm) and Friday (8 am – 5 pm) in the multipurpose room.

This week,  New York Times best selling author Deborah Underwood will be coming to Crocker to talk with students. Underwood is the author of The Quiet Book, The Loud Book, The Christmas Quiet Book, and co-author of the Sugar Plum Ballerina series. Want to know more? Check out this interview with Deborah Underwood and take a look at the trailer for her newest book.

Bring your whole family to our book fair! Remember, if you can’t make it during business hours, you can shop online now through December 10th. See you at the book fair!

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We’re Celebrating National Poetry Month!

This month is National Poetry Month! To celebrate, the kids will be reading and writing poetry all month. To get things started, our first graders are learning about and creating acrostics like the examples you see here.

Second graders are illustrating and recording poems using a website called Littlebirdtales.com. Third graders will create and illustrate acrostics using Powerpoint. Some students will be recording poetry along with music using Garageband. Fifth graders will be publishing some of their poetry on their blogs. Many students are writing original poetry – including our kindergarteners. We’ll be wrapping up the month with Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 26. If you’ll be at Crocker that day, don’t forget your poem! Stay tuned for original Crocker Cougar poetry and lots, lots more.

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It’s Finally Here – The 2011 Crocker Book Swap!

Do you have any books at your house that you’ve outgrown? How about a few books that are so amazing you’d like to share them with others in our community? If you do, pack them up and bring them to the 2011 Crocker Book Swap.

Here’s how to participate:

  • Drop off gently used books at the table on the playground before school on Tuesday, 1/18 – Friday, 1/21. In the event of rain, book drop will be in the library.
  • Bring gently used books for kids (any age) and adults. Please no coloring or sticker books. Adults are welcome to participate.
  • Stop by the multipurpose room on Friday to pick out a few “new” books. The books will be on tables in the multipurpose room for everyone to see. Supply permitting, all Crocker kids can select a book. Students who contribute books to the swap can select more.
  • Stay until the end of the swap and you can take some extra books home.

If you know a teacher or childcare provider who might be interested in some books, they can stop by at the end of swap and pack up some books for their students. We typically have hundreds of leftover books, especially for preschool/K-1 age children. Books remaining after the swap are donated to other OUSD sites or the East Bay Children’s Book Project.

Questions? Available to help? Contact Ms. Lisa in the library.

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