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    Global Reading Challenge

    C:\Users\kmgillespie\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.MSO\C8E319C.tmpEach year, JSIS 4th and 5th volunteer to participate in a city-wide battle of the books sponsored by the Seattle Public Library called the Global Reading Challenge.  91 students volunteered to take on this extra reading challenge this year. Students worked in teams to read and discuss the ten GRC titles.  The teams are mixed grade levels with students from both Japanese and Spanish classes. This year’s school winner was Team FEFAMM who competed brilliantly in the city semi-finals on March 15th at the Central Seattle Public Library.  Congratulations to Team FEFNAMM!

    F : Finn M.

    E : Elliott U. (team captain)

    F : Fred P.

    N : Nico L.

    A : Anna R.

    M : Maddy C.

    M : Maya R.


    ALA Book Awards

    The 2019 American Library Association top book awards were recently announced.  These titles are considered the top books for children and young adults. All of the children’s titles are now available in the JSIS Library.  A few favorites include:

    C:\Users\kmgillespie\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.MSO\E94AF70E.tmpMerci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

    Ages 9-13 years

    Merci navigates the challenges of being a scholarship kid at a posh South Florida private school and the expectations of and responsibilities to her intergenerational family.  Merci’s beloved Lolo (grandpa) begins to act erratically, and it becomes clear something secret and serious is happening. Medina writes about the joys of multigenerational home life (a staple of the Latinx community) with a touching, humorous authenticity.


    C:\Users\kmgillespie\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.MSO\D29819DD.tmpDrawn Together by Minh Le & Dan Santat

    Ages 4 – 12 years

    When a young boy visits his grandfather, their lack of a common language leads to confusion, frustration, and silence. But as they sit down to draw together, something magical happens-with a shared love of art and storytelling, the two form a bond that goes beyond words.

    The complete list of this year’s ALA book awards can be found at:


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    Library Services is pleased to introduce the new online typing curriculum for 3rd – 12th  grade SPS students Typing Club.  It is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and is highly recommended as an effective way for students to learn how to type. TypingClub has been integrated with Clever so student usernames and passwords do not need to be re-entered.  Ms. Kathleen reviewed the TypingClub features and login process with all the 3rd-5th grade classes.  To get started, students will use the following steps:

    1. Open Chrome to

    2. Log in to a student computer using their unique SPS username and password.

    3. Select the Students tab and scroll down to Student Portal.

    4. Select Log in with Active Directory.

    5. Select the TypingClub icon under the Single Sign On Applications section at the top of the page.

    6. Click Start to begin the typing lessons located in Typing Jungle.


    Image result for seattle public schools online student resourcesSPS Online Resources   

    Seattle Public Schools provides free online resources to students.  To access from home, 3rd – 5th grade students can login using their SPS username & password.  Students K-2nd can access the online resources using this generic login information:

    username:  studentsps

    password:  access


    April 2 “Walk Out for School Libraries”

    On April 2, 2019 many school librarians will “walk out” to travel to Olympia to ask legislators to lift the levy cap and to return funding for full-time librarians in our secondary schools.  Due to the district budget deficit, SPS has cut all middle, K-8, and high school librarians to half-time for next year. At JSIS, because of our high student enrollment and because my position is funded .5 as a PCP teacher (my position provides teachers their planning period), I am fortunate to be funded full-time.  I am blessed to continue as your child’s full-time librarian. Although I will not be able to join my colleagues in Olympia on April 2, I strongly believe and will continue to support that all students deserve a full-time librarian. Please let me know if you have questions or wish to advocate for the return of full-time librarians – especially in our secondary schools.  Here’s a short video highlighting the importance of school librarians:

    As always, happy reading!

    ~ Ms. Kathleen


    Library Schedule 2018-19  

    When does my child come to library?  With the blended PCP schedule, it’s a bit confusing.  Here is the 2018-19 Library Schedule.

    Ask your child which PCP group they are in (A,B,C,or D) then find that section on this year’s schedule.  Students at JSIS come to library for one 40 minute library class.  In addition, the library is open every morning 7:40-7:55 a.m. for all students and parents.  



    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.

    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