We’re going to read 1 million minutes this summer!


Classes at FES are going to take part in Scholastic’s Summer Reading Challenge. Our goal is to read 1 million minutes as a school between May and September.

This challenge is meant to be a fun way to encourage students to keep reading during the summer.

Each student at FES will receive a Username to login to the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge Website. Mrs. Potter and Mrs. Halligan will show students how log their reading minutes on the Scholastic site. Information about the challenge and directions for logging into the website will be sent home in upcoming weeks.

Click here to visit the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge website.


Parents, click here for more information about the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.

Graphic Novels Are Amazing!!!

Third grade library classes have been learning about the benefits of reading graphic novels. Graphic novels help students build vocabulary, improve comprehension, and learn about story elements. Readers are also motivated to read more when they have access to graphic novels and comics. Graphic novels require readers to pay attention to both the illustrations and the text. Readers also infer and make connections as they read graphic novels.

Students watched part of this video from Capstone, which shows how graphic novels are created.

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has created a resource for parents that explains how graphic novels can help your children become better readers. http://cbldf.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/RaisingAReader2015sm.pdf

free comic book day

May 7th is Free Comic Book Day. Visit a local comic book store and receive free comic books.




Mark your calendars for the Maine Comics Arts Festival on Saturday, June 4th at the Portland Public Library. It’s free, and it’s a great family event.

Book Talks by Mr. Carter’s Students

Mr. Carter’s class recently celebrated World Read Aloud Day by connecting with a class in Ecuador. Students shared books that Mr. Carter had read aloud this year. The students wrote and recited book talks for each read aloud. You can see videos of the students’ book talks below.


Iqbal book talk by Anna and Sloane

A Long Walk to Water book talk by Chance

Fish in a Tree book talk by Maddy

Freak the Mighty book talk by Max

Safe Passage Book Donations

A group of Falmouth High School students, Mr. Carter and Mrs. Bachman recently traveled to Guatemala to work with Safe Passage. The Safe Passage school library is in need of books published in Spanish.

Here is the link to a list of books requested by the Safe Passage school librarian.

If you are interested in donating a book, you may order it online and send it to FES. Mr. Carter or Mrs. Potter will make sure the book is delivered to Safe Passage.