Friday, December 16, 2016

Updates from our Library!

Just a reminder that we started our participation in Vermont's Reading is an Investment Program this past November. It is not too late to participate! Read the letter to parents and students can pick up reading logs and check out "money" books in the library! Start now so that you have plenty of time to complete a log before the March $250 savings bonds drawing!

There has been a lot of learning happening this past month at the PPS Library! Along with sharing stories, checking out good books to read, and talking about our reading, we have also been introduced to...

Students in K-2 were presented with design challenges.

K-1 Design Challenge: Bridge Building
Using wood blocks for supports, can you make a "paper" bridge to hold weight?

2nd Grade Group Design Challenge: Cantilever Spans
Using only paint stirrers and 3/4 " washers, build the longest cantilever span you can. You can use as many washers and stirrers as you want!



Hour of Code!
December 5th-9th was Computer Science Education Week. Students around the world participated in the Hour of Code. Students at PPS Library learned the program called Lightbot. Kindergarten students learned the commands and how to use them to get the robot to follow the path and light all the blue tiles. First and second grade students moved to the next level that involved finding the patterns in the command code. Using the P1 command to represent the pattern they discovered, enabled them to complete their coding mission. Visit our web site under the "links" tab to access Lightbot. You can also go to this tab to access all the "Hour of Code" activities that are a part of this program. Be sure to check off the box "grades 2-5" in the tab on the left.


Vermont's 2016-2017 Red Clover Book Program!
Why are there red balloons hanging in the library? Where did Pearson find these ten new books?

We are once again excited to share this year's ten Vermont Children's Choice Red Clover books during library classes. At the end of March, students will get to vote for their favorite book in real voting booths!

Stop by and visit our space if you are in the building!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Reading is an Investment!

Students can complete a reading log and be entered into a drawing for a $250 college savings plan account!

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 instructional activities in the school library, kindergarten students will be exploring needs versus wants, first grade students will be discussing saving money, and second grade students will be looking at a money plan, otherwise referred to as a budget!  Students will then have the opportunity to complete a reading log that can 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 have interested students keeping their reading logs in the library this year. Their logs will be on our bulletin board and can be completed at any time. You may also print a reading log and reading list by going to if you prefer to have one at home. We will be working to complete logs by March 2017.  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

Monday, October 24, 2016

PTO Raffle at the Burnham Library

To all PPS students and families!

The PPS PTO and the Burnham Library are holding a raffle for all PPS students and families who visit the library from now until November 4th. Fill out a raffle ticket at the circulation desk when you visit and give it to the librarian. You may win one of two $10.00 gift certificates to the Scholastic Book Fair at PPS Library on November 7th-10th! Any Burnham Library books can always be returned to the library bin located in front of the Rite-Aid next to the Price Chopper in town!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Book Fair 2016

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

The Fair will be in the PPS library November 7-11, 2016.

Dates and Times
Monday and Wednesday 8:15-2:45 pm
Tuesday                        8:15-4:00 pm
Thursday                       8:15-6:30 pm
Friday                           9:00-10:00 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. 2nd to Nov. 15th
  • 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 will be a slip attached to the Fair newspaper that will be sent home the last full week of October. 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 10, 2016. You can sign up here:

For more information, visit our online book fair site at:

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

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Welcome to Our School Library

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

Click here to read: Library Welcome Letter to Parents

Welcome to our library at Porters Point School! There are exciting learning opportunities awaiting us! I look forward to having you participate in our amazing space! 

You will have access to many great books! You can also enjoy listening to great stories, sharing good books, discovering information, and participating in our Red Clover Book program. We have databases to investigate, computer coding to learn, and a makerspace to process your creative thoughts.

Come read and learn! There is so much to discover! We look forward to having you spend time in our school library!
As you read...think, create, share, and grow at Porters Point! We look forward to taking this journey with you! Welcome and for those returning...Welcome back!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Reading is an Investment!

      We have been quite busy during the months of January and February! Out of the ten Red Clover books chosen for this school year, we have two left to share during the month of March. Every student will have a chance to vote for their favorite book the last week of March. We have learned about and observed elephant seals, read about a boys' heroic journey to help others following a blizzard, shared a story from a character's point of view, and discovered how to use picture clues to help us understand and read text. We made connections between Charles Lindbergh and the tale of a flying mouse. We have written "mad lib" stories from our point of view and learned about what makes a plane fly.
      As students participate in these activities and other choices in our library space, we have come to an important date. Reading is an Investment reading logs are due! Reading logs that went home in November can be mailed by you or, if you wish, I can mail them to the State Financial Office. I will be mailing the reading logs turned into me on Friday March 11, 2016. These Reading is an Investment reading logs should be sent to the PPS library no later than Thursday March 10, 2016.  There are more reading logs in the green bin in the library. Feel free to pick up another reading log, if needed. Turn in your log to enter the drawing for a $250 savings bond for college!
      Happy Reading!
      Mrs. B.