March Library News

Team Ninja KittyGlobal Reading Challenge
On March 9, Team Ninja Kitty represented JSIS at the city semi-finals of the Global Reading Challenge. Captain Linnea helped lead her team in an intense book battle. By the end of the competition, Team Ninja Kitty tied for 2nd place. Congratulations! Thank you to all 84 students who participated in this year's Global Reading Challenge.

Looking for a good book? Here is the list of this year’s global titles.

Pictured: Team Ninja Kitty: Mara, Jack, Stella, Linnea, Anja, Enrique, Claire E.

Erin Entrada KellyAuthor Visit: Erin Entrada Kelly
Earlier this month, 3rd-5th graders had the opportunity to hear best-selling author Erin Entrada Kelly. Secret Garden bookstore helped host this event and to promote Erin's newest book Hello Universe. All of Erin's books (Land of Forgotten Girls, Black Bird Sing, and Hello Universe) deal with issues of growing up, bullying, and finding your inner hero. These chapter books are now autographed and available for check out in the JSIS Library.

To learn more about Erin Entrada Kelly, check out her website.

Photo: Ms. Kathleen, Mira, Erin Entrada Kelly, London and Shae

SPS ResourcesSPS Online Resources
Seattle Public Schools provides free online resources to students. Recently students learned about several online encyclopedias:

PebbleGoPebble Go is an emergent reader encyclopedia tailored for K-2nd graders who want to learn about animals, science, biographies and social studies. Pebble Go provides an audio option (in a friendly human voice) so beginning readers can read along as the information is read aloud.

Britannica SchoolBritannica School offers thousands of up-to-date and curriculum-relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, and three separate reading level databases—Elementary, Middle, or High. Read-aloud, a font size adjuster, and built-in translation tools support students with special needs. To access these resources at home, use the following login:
username: studentsps
password: access

Office 365Office 365 Home Login
Through an agreement with Microsoft, Seattle Public Schools is now able to provide Office 365 services to all 3rd-12th grade students. Students in 3rd-5th grade can access Office 365 at school and at home. In library, students changed their passwords and practiced accessing Office 365 via the "Student Portal". Students must use the "Student Portal" login in order to save files on One Drive. Here is an overview on how to login from home.

DenshoWWII Japanese Internment
Seventy-five years ago, President Roosevelt issued executive order 9066 authorizing the forced removal of 110,000 Japanese Americans to internment camps. In March, students learned about this executive order by exploring the Densho (a Japanese term meaning, "to pass stories to the next generation") is a Seattle-based nonprofit that shares stories of Japanese American WWII incarceration. Students learned about primary sources as they navigated Densho's free digital archives.

As always, happy reading!
~ Ms. Kathleen


  • To foster a love of reading in all students
  • To provide a global perspective by reading and highlighting books and stories from around the world
  • To teach information skills so students learn to use information effectively and responsibly

About Ms. Kathleen!

Ms. KathleenBecoming a children's librarian is the fulfillment of one of my dreams. I started out as a classroom teacher and later as a special education teacher working with students who struggled with learning disabilities. I decided to become a children's librarian because I wanted to ignite a love of reading in all students--especially the ones who struggled with reading. Now that I'm a librarian, I try to stock the library full of titles that will lure reluctant readers into picking up books. As an international school, I also strive to expose children to books that teach about different cultures or share a global world view. Please stop by the library to say hello--or better yet, check out a book and go home and read it!

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Email: kmgillespie
Phone: (206) 252-6114

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