from 365 Days of Wonder by R. J. Polacio, author of the book "Wonder"


    Don't worry about a thing 'cause every little thing is gonna be all right.

    ---Bob Marley

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    • Dear Harrington School Families,


      Below you will find links for a variety of resources to use from home.   I love that authors and illustrators are offering their time to share live events, reading and drawing.  Check out the schedules below.  I will continue to update these lists as new items become available.


      I'll start with this link to Todd Parr's youtube page.  He has a lot of great videos on this page, but here is one he recently posted where he reads his book, The Don't Worry Book.


      Todd Parr's The Don't Worry Book


      Wishing you all the best,

      Mrs. DeFreitas


      Online book resources - ebooks, audio books, read alouds and more!

      Junior Library Guild - a book selection company offering free online access to an excellent selection of books, eBooks and audio books.

      Epic Books - An online children's subscription book service that your student can access through their library google classroom

      Tumblebooks - This resource is available through the Chelmsford Public Library.  From this page; click on Tumblebooks

      Capstone Interactive EBooks - contact me at defreitasb@chelmsford.k12.ma.us for username and password for center school students

      Storyline Online - Members of the Screen Actors Guild read aloud popular picture books

      Follett - Access to interactice Lightbox and AV2 books - contact me at defreitasb@chelmsford.k12.ma.us for link with username and password

      Audible - While schools are closed, audible.com is offering a selection of audible books for students of all levels

      Storytime on Chelmsford Telemedia  - Chelmsford Librarians read to kids. Comcast 22 or Verizon 36 @ 10am, 2pm, and 7pm.
      or use the link with your Chelmsford library card 

      Kate Messner resource page -  an author and former educator has created this resource page for book related sites

      The Children's Book Council - Author Read Alouds


    • Online Events Happening Daily!

    • Websites of Favorite Authors

    • Resources for Research

      From Encyclopadia Britannica, an online encyclopedia for kids

      Britannica Kids


      Gale, an online research and educational publishing service, provides links to kid friendly sites

      GALE Kids InfoBits



      National Geographic Kids version with amazing facts about animals, science, history and geography with activities and games too!

      National Geographic Kids

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     Happy June !!! 

    My grade level google classrooms are all set up.  A special thank you to all the parents who are making sure their child checks in weekly. My last weekly assignment will be posted on Sunday morning, June 7th.  It is all about summer reading, so you won't want to miss that! I will also be sharing summer reading details on this page, so you can access it all summer.  All elementary students should be reading, or being read to for at least a half an hour each day.  Use online sources like tumblebooks, storybook online, epic, etc.  There is so much out there that is free to access now that the entire state is at home.  Access the public library website, there is much to offer, as well as the resources on this page.  Mrs. DeFreitas is here for you, if you need anything at all.  I am only an email away.  defreitasb@chelmsford.k12.ma.us Feel free to reach out over the summer, it is important to me that your children have what they need to keep their reading skills fresh for the fall.  

    The following is a link that will bring you to a live google doc with a list of available resources:






      JUNE IS:

    Audiobook Month

    Dairy Month

    Nationaal Candy Month

    National Fruits and Vegetables Month

    National Rose Month

    National Safety Month




    National Donut Day is June 5th!!!

    D-Day Anniversary is June 6th!!!

    Flag Day is June 14th!!!

    Fly a Kite Day is June 15th!!!

    Last Day of Remote Learning June 16th!!!

    Summer Begins on June 20th!!!

    Father's Day is June 21st!!!

    Paul Bunyan Day is June 28th!!!






     Norton Juster - June 2
     Rick Riordan - June 5
     Richard Scarry - June 5
     Cynthia Rylant - June 6
     Judy Sierra - June 8
    Maurice Sendak - June 10
     Robert Munsch - June 11
     Anne Frank - June 12
     Laurence Yep - June 14
     Brian Jacques - June 15
     Jennifer L. Holm - June 16
     Chris Van Allsburg - June 18
     Vivian Vande Velde - June 18
     Wilma Rudolph - June 23
     Kathryn Lasky - June 24
     Eric Carle - June 25
     Charlotte Zolotow - June 26
     Helen Keller - June 27
     David McPhail - June 30
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  • Thanks to Chelmsford Telemedia, Story time recordings can now be viewed through the following link:

    Story Time

    Story Time Episodes will also be part of the local cable station line up on Comcast channel 22. Verizon channel 36.  One hour episodes will run daily at 10am, 2pm and 7pm.  Get comfortable on the couch and enjoy your school and public librarians reading some wonderful books.

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    • book The PTO sponsored Scholastic Book Fair was a huge success!  Thank you to Chisty McCusker and her team of dedicated volunteers.  Thank you for supporting literacy in our school!  



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  • arthur

    "Picture books are the soul and foundation

    for who we become.  Reading them with a

    child on our lap is one of the best ways to

    share our values.  Every picture book is an

    opportunity."   --- Marc Brown, author of the

    Arthur Series

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  • puffin

    Check out the live web cams around the world to watch animals in their natural habitats!http://explore.org/live-cams/player/puffin-boulder-berm-cam

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    Listening center    puzzle center    Raz kids    Reading buddies
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  • #CheckItOut - Taylor Swift Parody Video for National Library Week
     The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library's parody of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off."https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfNfnL64rOQ
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  • Do you wonder what your child is learning during weekly library instruction?   Click on the link to see the Massachusetts standards for library instruction.  Standards
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  • An important part of your child's library class is listening to a story.  Listening to a story promotes literacy by focusing on the art of listening.  The Harrington library promotes both printed text and audiobooks; as well as movies and videotaped author visits.  Students are encouraged to access Tumblebooks, the free ebook reader provided by the Chelmsford Public Library when they are using the library ipads during their weekly classroom visit to the library.  Listening to rich literature will promote discussion and critical thinking skills, which is really what the Common Core State Standards are all about. 
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  • Always bring a positive attitude to the library!  It will open your mind to learning new things!
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