What Am I?

I’m near the fifth grade classrooms. I have gates covered in grapevines. It is filled with lots of trees, scarecrows and two little cabins. There are places for kids to sit. It is a lovely place to relax.

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By Gabby Valdovinos


Going Pro With the Golden State Warriors

Pictured: Sophie Rulmont, Steve Kerr and Marley Sutter

Two excited Prestwood Elementary students, Sophie Rulmont and Marley Sutter, attended Youth Media Day at Oracle Arena as sportswriters for Kid Scoop News to cover the Golden State Warriors’ game against the Philadelphia 76ers on March 27th. They were issued special press passes which allowed them access to pregame and postgame press conferences where they were given the opportunity to interview Bay Area journalists and even Warriors head coach Steve Kerr. Sophie and Marley each wrote a unique article detailing their experience for Kid Scoop News. The articles can be found online (Click on the below links.) and will appear in the May issue of Kid Scoop News. Prestwood Elementary would like to thank Kid Scoop News for giving the opportunity of a lifetime to two of our students.

The Warriors Media Experience by Sophie Rulmont

Behind the Scenes at a Warriors Game by Marley Sutter

My Cool Kindergarten Buddy, Gus Payne

Pictured: Third Grader Vinny Girish (left) and Kindergartner Gus Payne

Have you ever met my kindergarten buddy, Gus?  I’ll describe him for you. He is five years old. His birthday is in August. His hair color is blond. His eye color is blue. He has a sister named Celsa. He has one dog and two cats. His favorite color is red. His favorite food is cucumbers. His favorite thing to play is soccer. Gus wants to be a doctor when he grows up.

By Vinny Girish

My Awesome Kindergarten Buddy, Emmanuel Vazquez

Pictured: Third Grader Jared Mellinger (left) and Kindergartner Emmanuel Vazquez

Have you ever met my kindergarten buddy, Emmanuel? I’ll describe him for you. Emmanuel is six years old. His birthday is in April. The color of his hair is brown. He has two brothers. He has two dogs. His favorite color is blue. His favorite food is soup. He wants to be a soccer player when he grows up.

By Jared Mellinger

A Fantastic Book About Fantastic Beasts

Calling all Harry Potter fans! Have you heard of the book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them? This book is entirely about the beasts of the wizarding world and is perfect if you have just finished the series (we know how tragic that moment is). It is written by a fictional character named Newt Scamander, but the true author is J.K. Rowling who wrote the Harry Potter series. Now, for the first time, we can find out where the Quintaped lives, or how to stop your pet Puffskein from drinking out of the toilet. Fantastic Beasts features an A-Z of 75 Beasts from the wizarding world. It also features an elaborate description on what a beast is, a History of Muggle Awareness of Fantastic Beasts and an article on Magical Beasts in Hiding.

You could be worrying about reading the book and not finding your favorite Harry Potter characters. There’s no need for that! The book includes writing by Harry, Ron, and even a little bit by Hermione. You can find out why Ron is borrowing Harry’s book and what Hermione thinks of it. It adds a lot of humor to the book and always brightens up the page.

But that’s not all! You may have heard that a movie, based on this book, is coming out in November. The movie focuses on the author of Fantastic Beasts, Newt Scamander. To find out more about the upcoming movie, you can go to www.pottermore.com and go to the Fantastic Beasts section. Here you can find out all you want to know about the movie and what different things in the movie trailer mean.

All in all, Fantastic Beasts is a great book for all Harry Potter fans. It will likely appeal more to those that have read the books, but it’s an interesting story nonetheless. If you’ve finished the Harry Potter series and are looking for something new on the reading list, start looking for Fantastic Beasts. It’s a fantastic book that you can find at most bookstores or libraries that will thoroughly satisfy any Harry Potter fan!

By Dharma Niles

Surprise Visit from Author Jory John

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Prestwood kindergarten, first and second grade students were given a surprise visit on February 11, 2016 in the Multi-Purpose Room by famous author, Jory John. He is the author of many children’s books including the New York Times bestseller, “The Terrible Two”.

Two members of the Prestwood Journalism Club were lucky enough to meet him as well!

John recently moved from Santa Cruz, California to Portland, Oregon. Why you might ask? Well, he wanted to live somewhere new and he narrowed his two best options down to Portland and Seattle. In the end, Portland really seemed to fit his needs better.

John gets his inspiration from funny people and he always treats his current job as an author, “as a real job”. One example is when he was in college and he wrote for the Santa Cruz Sentinel, the local newspaper.

Jory John has several co-authors that he works with on his books. In the New York Times bestseller, “The Terrible Two”, John co-wrote this book with his friend Mac Barnett, who is also an author. Every Monday, the two friends would meet and have a “Write Day.” They would work on their stories separately or work together, then they would take a walk and go to lunch.

A few more interesting facts we learned about him are when Jory John was young his favorite books were George and Martha books, anything by Shel Silverstein, and books by Judy Blume. Some of John’s books are also about ducks or bears.  So, we asked him if his personality is more like a duck or a bear.  He replied,  “Bear, but most would describe him as more of a duck, but he knows he is more like a bear.” His favorite color is gray-blue, and his favorite food is vegetarian enchiladas. He also told us if he ever stopped writing, he would love to work with children.

John gave us a surprising upcoming sneak-peek about his book, “The Terrible Two”. It was recently sold to Universal Studios to be turned into a film! So, when the movie comes to theaters we recommend you go see it.

But, read the book before! Remember, you heard it here first, from The Prestwood Post!

By Dharma Niles and Sophie Rulmont

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