- 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
We’ve been focusing on information texts in the library. The new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) expect students to be reading more information texts, as part of the CCSS mission for schools to help students be ready for college and careers. Because of this mission, the new standards emphasize information text (non-fiction) over literary text (fiction). The expectation in elementary school is that students should be reading 50% information text and 50% literary text. By high school, students should be reading 30% literary text and 70% information text.
The GRC teams meet weekly to discuss the books they have read and to plan how their team will prepare for our in-school challenge in February. One team will advance to represent JSIS at the all-city semi-finals in March.
Congratulations to all the students who have taken on this extra reading challenge!
Author Jeff Kinney answered lots of questions at his recent visit to University Bookstore. He shared many insights into his writing process and random Diary of a Wimpy Kid tidbits. For example, the color selections for the book covers are based upon flag colors. The newest book’s colors are green, white and orange which represent Ireland and his Irish heritage. We now have several autographed copies - so come check them out!Holiday Used Book Giveaway
Thank you to the many families who have donated used books. When I receive donated books, some are kept for the JSIS collection and some go to the teachers for their classroom libraries. Because I now have so many boxes of used books, during the week of December 16th-20th students will be able to select a used book to keep for their winter vacation reading. Also, students may be bringing home more library books, as I want students to read, read, read over the winter vacation.
Please let me know if you have any questions or need some book recommendations.
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.
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About Ms. Kathleen!