Stories teach us about the world: about the way things are, the people that live in it, and the consequences of the choices we make. Stories take the stuff of the everyday world we inhabit and imbue it with meaning, destiny, and transcendence, transforming our imaginations and making them able to see the True, the Good, and the Beautiful not just in the imaginary worlds of the stories, but in the real world they imitate.

On Friday, October 30, the Lower School will host our second ever Storybook Festival in celebration of our shared love of stories and the worlds of wonder and beauty to be found between the covers of a good book. Each grade level has a unique schedule of events planned, but we will all spend the day listening to, reading, and participating in activities drawn from some of the best children’s stories.

October 30th is an early-release Friday; drop-off and pick-up will be unaffected by the Storybook Festival.
Help us grow our Library!

Last year, our families donated over 700 books to our school library! We were humbled by your generosity and devotion to helping us ensure we have plenty of beautiful, classical works of children's literature available to our teachers and students.

This year, we are again inviting all students to bring a book to donate. It is of the utmost importance, however, that we offer our students only the highest quality books. To that end, we have carefully crafted an extensive Amazon Wish List containing titles we believe are truly worthy of our scholars' time and attention. Wherever you choose to purchase your books, please only donate books from this list. Books donated by Distance Learners may be dropped off at the front desk.
Leave a Legacy

Our own Ms. Lucy Stariha (K-2nd Art Teacher) has designed this year's beautiful custom bookplate. These bookplates can be inscribed with your child's name and placed on the inside cover of donated books as a lasting testament to the generosity and citizenship your family showed in helping us ensure we have a Library full of beautiful books full of truth and virtue.

We will be sending one bookplate home in every in-person student's folder. Distance Learning students may pick up their bookplates from the front desk, along with anyone who would like additional bookplates.
Costumes

For the Storybook Festival, students will be allowed to come to school or attend their synchronous Zoom sessions dressed as their favorite character from any of our list of Classics to Keep or from our Amazon Wish List. Since students will be wearing the costumes during the school day, there are a number of guidelines that we will ask you to follow. Click here for detailed instructions on what is and is not permissible to wear.
Storybook Festival for Our Distance Learners

Storybook Festival is a school-wide celebration of our love for good books and the stories contained within. This year, our school has Distance Learners, and we want to be sure to include them in the festivities. Visit greatheartsirving.org/storybookfestival for more details on how Distance Learners can participate from home.