- 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
Written in Stone Author Visit
Back row: Ms. Kathleen, Ms. Pat (MacDonald Librarian), and author Rosanne Parry
Congratulations to 5th graders Lucy G. and Leana G.
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.
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 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.
9:05-9:25 Monday - Friday
9:25-3:35 Library Schedule
About Ms. Kathleen!