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Celebrating Dr. Seuss' Birthday

On March 3, the Marais des Cygnes Valley Elementary celebrated .Dr. Seuss’ 113th birthday. Special guest, Scott Novosel, author of Fieldhouse, shared his story of how he participated in the Annual Walk-On Tryouts for KU Basketball Team at Allen Fieldhouse. He captivated the Kindergarten through fifth grade students’ attention during his entire presentation. He also autographed his book for students who purchased one.

The afternoon was filled up with more fun activities. The students visited some of the classrooms where they enjoyed hearing stories from authors Eric Litwin, James Dean, Laura Numeroff, and more.  Mrs. Carson read Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes then the students decorated their own cupcakes. Next, they had their very own cupcake party.

Mrs. Criqui had the students listen to Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons then they made Pete the Cat and put on four groovy buttons.

Mrs. Kitselman shared the book Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes. Each group made a book. Who’s Rocking School Shoes Are These? shows pictures of shoes students are wearing and the reader guesses who is wearing the shoes. The reader lifts the flap to check the answer.

Mrs. Reed read Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses. The students then made Pete the Cat headbands. They got to choose and decorate their magic sunglasses to put on Pete.

Mrs. Lingenfelter shared If You Give a Cat a Cupcake. Next they played Kahoot which had questions pertaining to the book that was read. Then the students decorated a cupcake which they ate for their snack.

Mrs. Lacey showed an interview of J. K. Rowling, author of Harry Potter books. The students then made kootie catchers that were referred to in the Harry Potter books.

Mrs. Burkdoll summarized Maybell and then she showed pictures of San Francisco where cable cars are used.

The National Education Association started Read Across America Day on March 2, Dr. Seuss’s birthday, to build a nation of readers. The teachers made reading fun for the students at MdCV by providing educational and entertaining activities.


The following are some comments the children shared about their experience during the day.


“Mr. Novosel inspired me to do more things as I play basketball for MdCV Rec ball team. He also helped me to understand that I won’t always succeed, but at least I tried. He is an inspiring author.” Olivia Lacey


“I liked how he challenged us to do stuff. I will follow his ingredients to making dreams come true: 1. Challenge yourself to get better 2. Positive attitude 3. Teamwork” Emma Marsh


“The presentation by Scott Novosel was about his basketball life. He was very inspiring. At the end, we had our books signed.” Jorjia Kitselman


“I loved where it says, ‘What you can conceive and believe, you can achieve.’ So now I feel like standing on top of a hill and saying my wish because it may come true like your dream.” Brooklyn Soman


“I liked how he got into KU. That was pretty cool.” Corey Criss


“ I learned about when Scott Novosel wanted to give up his dream but he still tried to do his dream and he did it.” Catayah Thompson


“I enjoyed the daily challenges. I also enjoyed when he signed the book.” Jewelia Kitselman


“I learned that Scott Novosel never gave up on his dreams.” Jasmine Moore


“Mr. Novosel is really inspiring to me. I just hope that my unlimited imagination will take me to another dimension and into the future of technology.” Blake Bortzer


“I learned that if you have a dream you can achieve it by three things.

#1 if you want to achieve something, you have to challenge yourself

#2 if you want to achieve something have a positive attitude

#3 is teamwork like in the book” Akyra Traver


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