Friday, December 4, 2015

The Hour of Code is here!

December 7-13, 2015 is Computer Science Education Week. has created tutorials for students ages 4-104 to practice programming skills in an engaging format. You do not need a complete hour and you do not need to only participate during this week! This link will give you more information and links about the Hour of Code. You can also see a map depicting participation in this world-wide event! Visit to find out more.

The tutorials include many themes familiar to students and provide videos for instruction. Visit to try and create lines of code to achieve each tutorial's presented challenge. How many levels can you move through? How many lines of code can you create? Have fun and happy coding!

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In July 2013, the first "Hour of Code"themed CSEdWeek reached over 15 million students and over 35,000 events across 167 countries.

In January of 2014, the executive committee of Computing in the Core Voted unanimously to maintain the Hour of Code theme as the centerpiece of the week, and for to continue shepherding this open grassroots celebration of computer science.

One year later, in January of 2015, the Hour of Code reached 100 million "hours served," making the Hour of Code and CS Education Week the largest education campaign in history.

Reading Red Clover Books!

Red balloons appeared in our library! Why would they be here? 

The red balloons are at PPS Library to celebrate our sharing of the first of this year's ten nominees for the Red Clover Children's Choice Picture Book Award! Beginning the first week of December and continuing until voting time at the end of March, we will be sharing these books that were selected by a group of children's literature experts from all around Vermont. Titles include Shh! We Have a Plan, I'm My Own Dog, My Grandfather's Coat, Blizzard and Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos. Visit to get a complete list of  the books and other program activities. Students will make important connections to the Common Core State Standards and District Curriculum as they learn how books are made, the relationship between artwork and text, and other ways of studying literature. Last year, more than 22,000 K-4 students from almost all of Vermont's elementary schools participated in this program. We are excited to be a part of this voting group that will decide the Red Clover Children's Choice Picture Book Award for 2015-2016!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Reading is an Investment

Complete a reading log and enter your child into a drawing for a $250 college savings plan account!

The letter below is going home with students and will include a reading log and money reading list. Feel free to go to the noted website to download any further information. We are reading the first money book in library classes so students can already color in one money box! The title of the book is Betty Bunny Wants Everything!

Dear Families:
Porters Point School is participating in a statewide program called Reading is an Investment. The goal of the program is to teach elementary-aged children personal finance concepts. We are one of 135 Vermont elementary schools who will use the program this school year. The program is managed by the Vermont State Treasurer’s Office. Participating schools are sent three new books each year that highlight a specific personal finance theme. Through an instructional activity in the school library and personal reading at home, students are introduced to basic financial concepts. The 2015-2016 personal finance theme is “Money Business!” As a family, you have the opportunity to help your child complete a reading log that will then be entered into a drawing for a $250 college savings plan account. Last year, more than 5,600 students statewide completed logs and entered the drawing. Twenty prizes will be awarded this year. In order to complete a reading log, a student must read three books from a recommended money reading list and color an “open” box for every 20 minutes of reading. We will share the first money book in library class and color in that box. Money books can be checked out at the PPS library and the Burnham Public Library. You can find a reading log and recommended money reading list attached to this letter. You also may print a reading log and reading list by going to The deadline to complete a reading log and mail it into the State Treasurer’s Office is March 15, 2016. If you wish to send your completed and signed reading log to the PPS Library instead of mailing it in yourself, you may give it to me at school. I will mail any entries I receive on Friday March 4, 2016. I hope this combination of personal reading supported by an instructional exercise will help our students expand their knowledge of personal finance. If you have any questions, please email me at

Mrs. B.                                                                             
Sandy Bochanski                                
Porters Point School Librarian

Thank you!

Thank you for attending Scholastic's Monster Book Fair at PPS!

Last week was a busy week at the Porter's Point School Library! Not only were we checking out library books, but we were also having a Monster Book Fair! 

We want to extend our sincere appreciation and thanks to all our families and friends who supported our fair through their volunteer time and their purchases. The fair's success was due to many combined efforts! The proceeds will help to support library programs and school databases. We want to share a special thank you with Ms. Bourgea's class for our most awesome monster decorations! They really made our fair look great!

If you missed the fair this year, visit our next fair in November 2016!  Here are some "book fair moments" from last week...

Again, many thanks and happy reading!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Book Fair News

Everyone's invited to Porters Point School's Scholastic Book Fair! 

The Fair will be in the PPS library November 9-13, 2015.

Dates and Times
Monday and Wednesday 8:15-3:00 pm
Tuesday                        8:15-4:00 pm
Thursday                       8:15-7:00 pm
Friday                            8:15-10:00 am

Online Shopping
Anyone anywhere can now visit the Fair online at
The online Fair:
  • is available for an extended period of time from Nov. 4th to Nov. 17th
  • ships orders FREE to school
  • offers an expanded book selection
  • gives the opportunity to purchase books from the online Classroom Wish list

Reserve Slips
There is a slip attached to the Fair newspaper that was sent home. This slip allows students to reserve books for later purchase. If students have this slip completed when they visit the fair during school, we will hold their book choices in a reserve box until Thursday night.

Volunteers Needed
If you have time to volunteer during the fair, please email Mrs. B. at with the day/night time that works for you! We are definitely in need of volunteers to work the cash registers at Family Night on Thursday November 12, 2015. You can sign up here:

Thank you for all your support! Proceeds will go to support school databases and library programs.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Bookfair is coming to the PPS Library!

Our annual book fair will be held starting Monday November 9th and finishing up on Friday morning November 13th! We invite you all to attend our Family Event on Thursday evening. The fair will be open until 7 pm.

We are looking for volunteers for specific times. Feel free to sign up here:

Thank you for your consideration and support! We look forward to seeing you!

Monday, September 21, 2015

September Library News

          What an exciting start to our library year at Porters Point School! We have been focusing learning on our library routine that includes checking out books, library jobs or choices, and pair share reading with a friend. Each student has been able to share their hope for themselves in library this year. They have created a page for our Library Hopes book that you can browse when you visit our space. The highlight of our new library space is Pearson! He is a Panda puppet that always has his nose in a book. He loves to read! He is named after Vermont author/illustrator Tracey Campbell Pearson, a resident of Jericho. Her famous illustration of one of her character's named Myrtle can be found framed on our library wall. And, of course, a panda is the Porters Point School mascot! I look forward to meeting you at Open House on Thursday October 1, 2015. Come visit the library and meet Pearson!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Welcome to Our Library!

Hello! Konichiwa! Guten Tag! Hola! Ahalan! Ciao! Namaste! Bonjour!

Click here to read: Library Welcome Letter to Parents

Welcome to our library at Porters Point School! There are a lot of new happenings this year and I am excited to have you participate in this amazing learning space! 

The newest addition to the PPS library is the librarian! My name is Mrs. Bochanski, also known as Mrs. B. I come to Porters Point School after thirteen years of being the librarian at the Westford School library. See my profile. 

Another change at our library is the space. New paint and carpeting have been put in place by many hard working people. A circulation desk, generously donated by the middle school, is currently being installed. And new books are arriving for your learning and pleasure reading! Also, keep your eyes open for our new tank!  What kind of tank you might ask? You will have to come to the library to find out!

Finally, the most important addition to our library is you! Come check out books! Enjoy reading! As you read...think, create, share, and grow at Porters Point! We are looking forward to taking this journey with you! Welcome back!