• January Highlights From the Library


    Students had fun interacting with the book Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett. Everyone did a great job building tall towers using cups and notecards for a STEM building activity, it was great to see so much creativity!

    1st and 2nd Grade

    In January we have continued to read a selection of books from the Virginia Readers Choice List. Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall gave us an opportunity to learn about growth mindset and think about what goals we would like to achieve. 

    We also spent some time thinking through how we find a good-fit book  by learning the IPICK method and read Goldisocks and the Three Libearians by Jackie Hopkins. 

    3rd Grade

    3rd grade reviewed the elements of choosing a good-fit book with a puzzling breakout challenge activity. I was impressed with students really thinking through these difficult challenges to unlock the secret code. Students practiced reading ‘book clues’ and found some new books to try by completing a ‘book tasting’ during class, where we explored lots of different types of books.

    4th Grade

    Students have been learning how to design a 3D object using thinkercad and the basics of how 3D printing works. Students did a great job thinking ‘in 3D’ and working through the challenges of this type of design.

    5th Grade

    Students have been working on the fundamentals of research by using an online database and taking notes to help answer their research question.


    November Highlights from the Library


    In November, we practiced making patterns using the magnatiles after reading two pattern-themed stories. We also worked on problem-solving by building miniature beds after reading La Princesa and the Pea by Susan Middleton Elya, a fun version of Princess and the Pea set in Peru.

    1st Grade

    We had two opportunities to practice working as a team to problem solve this month. We read Stuck by Oliver Jeffers and built miniature stairs. Then designed a maze for a pet turtle after reading Alfie: The Turtle That Disappeared by Thyra Heder. 

    2nd Grade

    In 2nd grade we practiced retelling a story using beginning, middle, and end using the book The Skunk by Mac Barnett.

    3rd Grade

    Students learned about biographies and continued our exploration of the research process, recording relevant notes to answer a research question. 

    4th Grade

    Students practiced research using Britannica Library, an online encyclopedia to find specific information about an animal. We then used the information we had researched and our knowledge gained from Science lessons to work together and build a food web, reviewing what we had learned in Science.

    5th Grade

    5th Graders practiced writing and typing by creating original short stories inspired by the book The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg


    October Newsletter

    Book Fair

    THANK YOU! Moncure families for making our Fall Book Fair a huge success! It was wonderful to see everyone who visited book fair during Literacy Night and came in to see us during the school day. Thank you for supporting the library and helping to build a love of reading at Moncure and at home! Funds raised from Book Fair goes directly to purchasing new Library books and supplies.

    A special thank you to our relentless volunteers who jumped in to do whatever they could to make sure book fair ran smoothly and was a fun experience for all of the students, book fair would not be possible without you!


    October Highlights from the Library


    K Students learned about fiction and nonfiction books with sharks! We read Clark Shark: Afraid of the Dark for our fiction book then learned how nonfiction books are written to inform and teach us facts by reading an informational shark book.

    Favorite October read: The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams


    1st Grade 

    Students practiced making connections between themselves and the story by reading Alma and How She Got Her Name then creating a nametag decorated with things they like.


    2nd Grade

    Students practiced working with a partner to plan and build a bridge after reading Twenty-One Elephants and Still Standing

    Favorite October Read: Leave Me Alone! By Vera Brosgol


    3rd Grade

    We started to use the research process by asking good research questions and learning how to locate information in PebbleGo Biographies, an online database available through our library collection.


    4th Grade and 5th Grade

    4th and 5tth graders used library specials to review how to find and locate books in the library. We utilized the library catalog to browse books by topic and found books by call number during a library scavenger hunt. Students also learned how to check out ebooks to read on a computer or device. View our ebook collection here https://search.follettsoftware.com/metasearch/ui/14442/search/browse?browse=eBooks student logins are the same as their school google classroom login.

    We finished up the week before Book Fair by using the design process to complete a mini STEAM challenge.


    September Newsletter


    Fall Book Fair

    Where: Moncure Library

    When: October 25th – 31st 


    Hours: October 25, 28, 29, 30 

    8:30 am – 3:30 pm

    Literacy Night/October 29

    5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    October 31st   

    8:30 am – 10:30 am

    The Book Fair is a great event for our community and a way to encourage our children to read!  Profits from the Book Fair are used to purchase materials for our school Library!

     Cash, credit cards and checks (Please make checks payable to Moncure PTO) are accepted at Book Fair. Parents may stop in at the book fair to shop or shop with your students during Literacy Night. The last chance to shop is Thursday, October 31st before 10:30am. 

    ~ Classroom Book Wishes!  Teachers will be filling up “wish baskets” with books they would like to add to the class library.  Gift certificates are also available to give to teachers.

    ~ Volunteer!  Volunteers receive a 10% discount on purchases, and you can even take a break to have lunch with your student!


    To read about a sampling of books that will be availabe at the book fair, click here.

    View the Fall 2019 Bedford Falls Flier here.


     Volunteers receive a 10% discount

    contact:  Dale Lewis at lewisdh@staffordschools.net


    Let us know the days/times you are able to volunteer.

    10/24, Thursday/Jueves…Set-up 9-11am 11am-1pm

    10/25, Friday/Viernes 8:30-11am 11am-1pm 1-3:30pm

    10/28, Monday/Lunes 8:30-11am 11am-1pm 1-3:30pm

    10/29, Tuesday/Martes 8:30-11am 11am-1pm 1-3:30pm

    10/30, Wednesday/Miercoles 8:30-11am 11am-1pm 1-3:30pm

    10/31, Thursday/Jueves 8:30-11am 11am-1pm…Pack-up

    We’ll be in touch with you soon.  Thank you for supporting our Book Fair!




    September Highlights from the Library

    What a wonderful start to the year! I love seeing every student in the library and the amazing energy everyone brings to this wonderful space.


    K students are practicing choosing and checking out a book when they visit the library. Students are encouraged to find a safe place to keep their library book at home. Help your student keep track of their book by working with them to find a safe place to keep their book between library visits. 

    Favorite September story: Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio


    1st Grade

    Students learned about what a Library is by reading two library-themed favorites Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen and Library Mouse by Daniel Kirk.


    2nd Grade

    We practiced inferring, summarizing, and using context to learn new words during our library lessons in August and September.

    Favorite September story: Mango, Abuela, and Me by Meg Medina


    3rd Grade

    3rd graders also got some practice with inferring and summarizing in the library. We had our first technology lesson combining goal setting and a look at augmented reality through the Quiver app. 

    Favorite September story: The Dot by Peter Reynolds


    4th Grade

    Students learned about library organization and using the library catalog. We also completed our first STEM activity utilizing the design process.

    5th Grade

    We started the year learning about a few famous figures in STEM. We also practiced using the catalog and using ‘book clues’ to choose books. Students built on their background knowledge of American Indians from Social Studies by reading The Buffalos are Back by Jean Craighead George and learning about the ecological and social history of the Great Plains.

    Favorite September story: Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 by Helaine Becker


    -Mrs. Ammons, Librarian