Oregon Battle of the Books at Springville

All things OBOB for Springville K-8


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Third Grade Bracket

Battles this  year will begin with a round robin tournament, giving each third grade  team the opportunity to battle three other teams in pool play. The four teams with the highest first-opportunity cumulative points will then proceed to a double-elimination championship bracket.  In the case of a tie, the team with the higher composite score will advance to the championships. Round robin play began January 9. Bracketed play will begin February 8. Battles will be held in Ms. Ross’s room. Click on the link below to view the unofficial battle schedule. Please note that the official calendar is posted at school.  It is your student’s responsibility to check the official calendar and present themselves for battles. Battles will not be rescheduled for students or teams who miss their scheduled time. In the event of late start or early dismissal, battles will be held as scheduled.

 

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Fourth Grade Bracket

Battles this  year will begin with a round robin tournament, giving each fourth grade  team the opportunity to battle four other teams in pool play. The four teams with the highest first-opportunity cumulative points will then proceed to a double-elimination championship bracket.  In the case of a tie, the team with the higher composite score will advance to the championships. Round robin play began January 9. Bracketed play will begin February 13. Battles will be held in Ms. McLaughlin’s room. Click on the link below to view the unofficial battle schedule. Please note that the official calendar is posted at school.  It is your student’s responsibility to check the official calendar and present themselves for battles. Battles will not be rescheduled for students or teams who miss their scheduled time. In the event of late start or early dismissal, battles will be held as scheduled.


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Fifth Grade Bracket

Battles this  year will begin with a round robin tournament, giving each fifth grade team  the opportunity to battle five other teams in pool play. The four teams with the highest first-opportunity cumulative points will then proceed to a double-elimination championship bracket.  In the case of a tie, the team with the higher composite score will advance to the championships. Round robin play began January 9. Bracketed play will begin February 14. Battles will be held in Mr. Falkowski’s room. Click on the link below to view the unofficial battle schedule. Please note that the official calendar is posted at school.  It is your student’s responsibility to check the official calendar and present themselves for battles. Battles will not be rescheduled for students or teams who miss their scheduled time. In the event of late start or early dismissal, battles will be held as scheduled.


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Middle School Bracket

Battles this  year will begin with a round robin tournament, giving each of the middle school teams an opportunity to battle each of the other teams in pool play. The four teams with the highest first-opportunity cumulative points will then proceed to a double-elimination championship bracket.  In the case of a tie, the team with the higher composite score will advance to the championships. Round robin play began January 9. Bracketed play will begin February 13. Battles will be held in Ms. Manuel’s room. Click on the link below to view the unofficial battle schedule. Please note that the official calendar is posted at school.  It is your student’s responsibility to check the official calendar and present themselves for battles. Battles will not be rescheduled for students or teams who miss their scheduled time. In the event of late start or early dismissal, battles will be held as scheduled.

 


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OBOB Registration begins this week

(Drumroll, please. . . )

OBOB registration will begin in all classes this Tuesday, October 17. Forms and booklists will begin coming home that day. Additional 2018 forms are available on this site by clicking the registration tab on the right. Forms are due back in the school library no later than Tuesday, November 21. No late registrations can be accepted. Middle schoolers who are out of the building for Camp Grey will begin registration next week. As always, holler with your questions!


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Ella Enchanted

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Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Here we have a fairy tale with a twist. With a beautiful, beloved (but sadly departed) mother, a fairy godmother, an evil step-mother, two evil step-sisters, a charming prince, and even a glass slipper, this may seem like a familiar tale, but you have never heard Cinderella like this.

Ella is given a gift at birth by the well-meaning, but always imprudent fairy, Lucinda. Ah, the gift of obedience! What Lucinda thinks will be a marvelous treasure, Ella’s mother and godmother recognize at once as a terrible curse. Just think of it– never being able to disobey a direct command, no matter who issues it– friend, foe, loved one, ogre, or troll. But Ella is nothing if not spunky. Always her own person in spite of her cursed gift; foes, ogres, bullies and step-sisters are no match for the indomitable Ella.


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Esperanza Rising

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Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Esperanza is born on a beautiful ranch in Mexico and lives an idyllic life surrounded by family, servants, a lovely home and gardens, and many fancy dresses. When a horrible tragedy strikes Esperanza’s family, she is forced to leave her grandmother and everything she loves to escape with her mother and sneak into the United States during the Great Depression. There they find work as farm laborers, a life unimaginably  different from the one she has left. The work is hard, there is little money, less respect, and no lovely home, no gardens, and no fancy dresses.

Esperanza isn’t ready for the hard labor, financial struggles, or lack of acceptance she now faces. When their new life is threatened, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances–Mama’s life, and her own, depend on it.

An inspiring story of struggle, hardship, and hope, this is my favorite kind of story. There are glimpses into the struggles of the Great Depression, California History and the labor movement. There are themes of empathy, race relations, prejudice, rights, family, choices, hope, attitude, work, pride, and kindness. But it’s never didactic or heavy. Instead, the plot and characters sweep you along on a marvelous journey and everything else is just icing on la tarta.