March 19, 2018
Volume III
Captain Albert Stevens School (CASS) Ms. DeBlois’ 5th-Grade Homeroom
Has Taken Over!

School Takeover – CASS

Riddles & Jokes

She has brown hair and brown eyes.
She teaches a class with no despise,
She loves all her students as her family.
That’s why, they have no stupidity.
We love and we thank her,
She is our teacher.
We pray to God for letting her
Be here.
Every day.
– Maddy P.

And like I always say if it quacks like a duck and looks like a bear… you have encountered a very strange creature!
– Kassie B.

Do you like straws? Do you like berries? Then, you must like strawberries!
– Jayna R.

We Challenge!

I challenge your class (or you personally) to send the titles and authors of your 10 favorite books you have read this year.
Even better, check out our MSBA list and try to read at least three books off of the list. Send our class the title and author of the book you think will be the winner for the 2017-2018 year. The winner will be decided in April 2018.
Send your lists and winners to Ms.DeBlois’ class via email at mdeblois@rsu71.org
– Kassie B.

Fun Facts About Belfast, Maine!

Belfast, Maine was founded in 1853.
– Kayla W.

The City of Belfast, Maine has burnt down twice.
– Rowan L.

Belfast has the oldest shoe store in America.
– Nathan W.

 

Maine Student Book Award (MSBA) Recommendations

The Maine Student Book Award is designed to expand literary horizons of students in grades 4-8 by encouraging them to read, evaluate, and enjoy a selection of new books and to choose a statewide favorite by written ballot each spring. This year CASS 5th-grade students are reading at least three MSBA books and then participating in the voting process on March 27th.

Here are some recommendations from the list:

Maxi’s Secrets: (or What You Can Learn from a Dog) by Lynn Plourde

It’s heartwarming and amazing to read. You will open the book and never want to put it down.
-Nathan W.

You should read Maxi’s Secrets because (1) The author made it so realistic, and you feel how the character is feeling, (2) The beginning of the book is very sad and depressing, and it makes you want to cry, and (3) but it is a really good book at the same time.
– Maddy P.

Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems by Bob Raczka
I have a very good book to read. It’s called Wet Cement. It’s a book of well written poems. There are so many good poems in it. My favorite poem is called Lightning.
-Rowan L.

You should read Wet Cement because there are a bunch of fun and amusing poems. The author uses very creative ways of writing the poems. Also, there is awesome word art.
– Cayleigh W.

Cloud and Wallfish by Anne Nesbet
It’s a beautifully written story about two kids and how they became friends. Wallfish holds a sign to show cloud he won’t forget her. This is a book for people that like stories about friendship.
– Jayna L.

Lucy by Randy Cecil
I think it’s a great book because it is mostly pictures. So, you can kind of makeup some of the story, and I find that fun because you’re using your imagination!
– Piper S.

3 Questions for Jody Feldman
What top 3 books are your favorite? What book genres do you like?
Luke J.
Not again! Name another favorite? It’s so hard Cayleigh. I love food! I love cooking it and eating it. Once again, here are ten random foods I’ve plucked from a list of at least 100: Watermelon, coconut cream pie, French fries, pizza, fried chicken, grilled octopus, green beans almondine, pancakes, salad, cheese-garlic bread. (But don’t serve them to me all at once!)
What is your favorite food and why?
Cayleigh W.
Not again! Name another favorite? It’s so hard Cayleigh. I love food! I love cooking it and eating it. Once again, here are ten random foods I’ve plucked from a list of at least 100: Watermelon, coconut cream pie, French fries, pizza, fried chicken, grilled octopus, green beans almondine, pancakes, salad, cheese-garlic bread. (But don’t serve them to me all at once!)
Where have you gotten your weirdest idea/inspiration for writing one of your books or a part of your book?
Michelle D.
Why don’t I tell you the inspiration for the book I’m working on now? I was having dinner with my family in a restaurant that had once been someone’s home. The family, our waiter told us, was odd and industrious and faced successes and tragedies. While telling us of their fascinating story, our waiter also mentioned that this house, among many others in the area, were built over a network of caves. That was the fact that stuck with me the most; however, it wasn’t until a bunch of years later that I decided that I needed to write a book about a kid who lives over a network of caves. I hope you’ll be able to read it one of these days! Thanks, Michelle!
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Let's hear it for the 2018 CASS 5th-grade students who created this Takeover page! Pictures by Kayla W, Amariyah G, Jane I, Vadim B, Jesse M., Ryan S., Piper S., and Michael G. Riddle answer: 1) Ms. DeBlois