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  • 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

Library News!

March, 2014

Written in Stone Author Visit

Last week, MacDonald International students and JSIS 4th grade students gathered in the library to hear the author of Written in Stone. Independent bookseller Mockingbird Books helped sponsor this fabulous event. Rosanne Parry is a children’s historical fiction author. Her recently published book Written in Stone has received many awards. The story is about a young Makah girl living on the NW Coast in 1920s. Pearl's father is lost on the last hunt, and now the whales are vanishing thanks to commercial fishing. Rosanne Parry started out as a teacher at Taholah Elementary. Many of her students were members of the Quinault and Makah tribes. The idea for this story began when one of her students asked "Why are there never any stories about us?" Ms. Parry also shared how the setting is the foundation to any story.  She explained that her stories usually take root in thinking about the setting of a place. She researches the setting to find out the geography and what dangers her characters could possibly get into.

Thank you to MacDonald International School for walking to our school and sharing in this fabulous literacy event.  We hope to have more International School exchanges in the future.

Back row: Ms. Kathleen, Ms. Pat (MacDonald Librarian), and author Rosanne Parry
Front row: Allison, Ian, and Elise

Global Reading Challenge Finale

The 5Ps (Purple Polk-dotted Pineapple Pirate Penguins) represented our school in the city semi-finals on March 3rd. They competed against nine other elementary schools answering questions about the ten GRC books. Although they did not advance to the city finals, they showed great team spirit and cooperation.

Congratulations to 5th graders Lucy G. and Leana G.
and to 4th graders Sean O., Sylvia Z., and Brigitte Y.

Happy Reading!
~ Ms. Kathleen

Ms. Kathleen Intro

This year begins my 8th year working as the teacher librarian at JSIS and 18th year as an elementary school educator.  I have a background in special education and have worked as literacy support teacher for many years.  The role I love best is being your child’s librarian.  Each week your child will have a formal library class.  For the primary grades, this class typically is story time where I promote different genres of books or share stories related to classroom units.  In the intermediate grades, I collaborate with the teachers to support their curriculum and/or teach research skills.  One of my goals this year is to highlight more non-fiction to better prepare our students for the new Common Core State Standards in Reading and Writing.  

Library Schedule

Find out when your child’s class comes to the library each week. (Link is also in the column to the right under the green exclamation point). The check out period is for one week but students may renew their books if they need extra time.  Every few weeks, electronic emails are sent to parents listing the books your child currently has checked out and which ones are overdue (except for the kindergarteners as they keep their books in the classroom for now.)  There are no fines for overdue books.  If books are lost, please either pay for the book or replace with gently-used books of equal value.  Please contact me regarding your used book replacements so I can let you know if we already have the book in our collection.

North America

North America is the school-wide international arts focus this year (last year was Oceania).  Students learned that the continent of North America includes many more countries than Canada, the United States and Mexico.  In order to teach geography and infuse a global perspective, students learn about a new country each week via “Name That Flag.”  Ask your child about “Name That Flag” as every week, students learn about a different country.  For example, this week students learned about Panama and the history of the Panama Canal.

Library Thank Yous

Thank you to all the parents who signed up to help out in the library.  There are still a couple open spots so check out My Sign Up Genius. (Link is also posted in the right hand column) 

Thank you also to the families who recently donated gently-used books – especially hard covers.  Book donations are always welcome. 

Happy Reading!

Ms. Kathleen

Library News Archive

Useful Information

Librarian: Ms. Kathleen
Phone: 206 252-6114

 Library Hours
9:05-9:25 Monday - Friday
9:25-3:35 Library Schedule

SPS Online Resources for Students

Log in for SPS students

Username:  studentsps

Password:  access

(Useful links)   

JSIS Library Catalog

Free Typing Resources
Leveled Book Lists

Young Reader's Choice Award (YRC)

Sasquatch Award

Washington Children's Choice Award

American Library Association Awards

Peggy's Picks

Multicultural Children's Literature 

100 Best Books

International Reading Association Children's Choices

Seattle Public Library

About Ms. Kathleen!

Becoming 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. Since JSIS is 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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