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School Library

Purpose
  • 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

Library News!

Winter 2014

Sister Schools Success

Thank you to the children and families who donated to this year's Community Action Project. To kick off this year's project, the Program Director of Sister Schools Terry McGill, spoke to the students about life in Uganda. His central message was, "It doesn't matter who you are, you can make a difference." Our students heard this message and took his words to heart.

On the last day of our donation drive, the collection area was overflowing. Fifth grade students helped load many, many boxes onto Sister Schools truck. Later this month, our donations will be shipped to Uganda. It was incredible to see our students acting as global citizens to help others in need.

Thank you to Ms. Bonilla, Ms. Elizabeth, and Senorita Maria who repacked mountains of donations. Thank you to parent volunteers Manuela Slye and Amy Young for your extra hours coordinating this meaningful project.

Ms. Kathleen, Wendy Graff (Executive Director),
Terry McGill (Program Director), and Amy Young (Volunteer Extraordinaire)


Beyond the Code

If Ms. Kathleen can learn how to code, so can you. Thank you to parent volunteers Chris Pirich and Clay McDaniel who introduced the 1st-5th grade classes to the world of computer science last week Students worked in pairs to learn a new language--the language of computer programming. Although the "Hour of Code" officially is over, Code.org offers many free, all-age tutorials to introduce adults and children to programming concepts.


Global Reading Challenge

The Global Reading Challenge is an annual 4th/5th grade battle of the books sponsored by the Seattle Public Library. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the GRC and 54 schools in Seattle will be participating. Students work in teams to read and discuss the 10 GRC titles. The teams will continue to read and work as a team to prepare for our in-school challenge on February 12th.

This year's titles can be found here.
Thank you to the following students who volunteered to take on this extra reading challenge:

  • The Book Unicorns: Caroline, Estelle, Aidyn, Leo, Emily, Spencer, Ella
  • The Rainbow Unicorns: Malcolm D., Ava, Hotaru, Kyin, Annika, Raul, Erik
  • The Seven Musketeers: Athena, Sylvia, Samuel, Danny, Solanes, Chelsea
  • The Lightning Equators: Hao, Mya, Ryan, Noelle, Madeleine, Nina
  • We the People of Team 5: Drew, MacKenzie, Raymond, Hunter, Braydon, Isa, Lauren
  • Super Smurf Dragons: Galit, Clara, Jackson, Rohan, Ellie, Eileen, John
  • Duck, Duck Unicorns: Cameron, Brigitte, Sophia, Malcolm B., Reid, Maceo, Rainor
  • The Book Thieves: Celie, Zoe, Caron, Theo, Nghia, Ray, Lucy
  • The Polar Bears: Tessa, Chloe, Sean, David, Paco, Owen, Imogene


Best Books of 2014

Looking for a good book for your child to read?

School Library Journal each year publishes a list of the best of the best books. The 70 books distinguish themselves with excellence in writing, art, design, storytelling, originality, and appeal. From raucous read-alouds to off-the-wall adventure, there is something for everyone on this list.

Dig in and enjoy the best books of 2014


Happy Reading in the New Year!

~ Ms. Kathleen

 




 READ Ms. Kathleen's September 2014 newletter.






Useful Information


Librarian: Ms. Kathleen
Email: 
kmgillespie
Phone: 206 252-6114



 Library Hours
9:10-9:30 Monday - Friday
9:30-3:40 Library Schedule







SPS Online Resources for Students


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(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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