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    Walk for Water Success!

    Thank you to all the students and families who donated to our Water 1st International fundraiser.  The student leadership team counted the last coins and we raised $1436.42!  Our donation ends the walk for water for a village in Mozambique. On Monday, we hosted our own JSIS Walk for Water.  Every student spent 20 minutes carrying water around the JSIS playground. Although it was hot, it was a powerful experience that reminded everyone that access to clean water should be a basic human right.    

    Photos of 3rd grade Zadie and 4th grader Aiden     June 18, 2018



    Summer of Reading!

    This week, students learned about Seattle Public Library’s summer reading program. 

    Read 10 books and win a prize.  Stop by any SPL branch to pick up your summer reading guide:


    And Ms. Kristen from the University branch library shared her top summer picks:



    SPS Online Resources  

    Seattle Public Schools provides free online resources to students.  To access from home, go to SPS website or click on the following link.  To access students can use the following generic login information:

    username:  studentsps

    password:  access


    World Book combines technology with traditional editorial excellence to produce trustworthy and unbiased information. The content is carefully curated and meticulously written to be easily understood. World Book publications help to build fluency and increase comprehension. Illustrated with attention-grabbing photos, useful diagrams and maps, the books are designed to engage even the most reluctant reader. This collection of resources kindles a lifelong learning habit for every reader.

    Pebble 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.






    During the African dance residency with Sister Sumayya students in library learned about the continent of Africa.  Students learned fun facts about Africa in addition to learning many African folktales.  Students love the Anansi (Spider) stories – especially when Anansi tricks the Sky God. 

    2nd – 5th grade students practiced their geography skills by finding the location of Africa’s 54 countries.  Sheppard software offers free educational games that students can access from home.  I like the “World Geography” games best.  Students completed level 1 of the African countries geography game.  There are nine geography levels so your child can continue to practice his/her geography skills.


    Office 365 and Typing Agent Home Login

    SPS students in 3rd-5th grade can access Office 365 at school and at home.  In the Fall, students were given their SPS username and password (their date of birth, unless they changed their password).  If students can’t remember their login info, please contact your homeroom teacher or Ms. Kathleen.

    At home:

    1. Open your browser to the Seattle School District website at:
    2. Select the Student Portal menu. Click Student Portal a second time.
    3. Enter your username and password. You shouldn’t need to enter this at school if you signed in to your computer.
    4. Click Log in with Active Directory if prompted.
    5. From the list of resources click Office 365.  Office 365 will open. To see a list of files that you worked on at school, select One Drive.
    6. To open a file from OneDrive, select Edit Document and then Edit In Browser. Now you can continue working on your document. Your work will automatically save as you work in the on-line version of Microsoft Word.


    As always, happy reading!

    ~ Ms. Kathleen