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    Author Visit with Brandon Mull 

    Image result for fablehaven and dragonwatch series JSIS AuthorVisit:  Brandon Mull


    Friday, November 16 at 1:30 pm for 3rd-5th grade students.


    Ms. Kathleen has set up a fabulous opportunity for the 3rd – 5th grade students to hear best-selling author Brandon Mull on Friday, November 16th.  Mr. Mull is on a nation book tour for his new fantasy series titled DragonWatch.  DragonWatch is the sequel series to his best-selling middle grade fantasy series FableHaven.   The JSIS Library has all of Brandon Mull’s books available for student check out.  However, if you child wants an autographed copy, Mr. Mull will be speaking again and signing books at the University Bookstore at 6:00 pm on November 16th.   Happy reading!

    Book Fair Thank You

    The Monster Mash Book Fair was a smashing success!  The numbers are finally in and your support resulted in $1,884 profit for the JSIS Library.  Tom Nissley and the Phinney Book crew were in awe of this community and our passion for books.  In addition, families spent $1,000 in Phinney Book Teacher Dollars to support literacy in classrooms.  Thank you! I am grateful to work in a community that LOVES books. Your generosity will enhance the library’s diverse collection, provide books in three languages, and put fun titles in the hands of eager readers.  

    Thank you to my fearless book fair co-coordinators:  Kelsey Camp, Erin Fortier, and Erica Bigelow.  Thank you to Deilyn Osby Sande for coordinating the Japanese Used Book Swap.  Thank you to the volunteers who help set up and pack up the book fair:   Theresa Gilliam, Julie Wittman, Chris Weller, Solveig Hart, Maggie Williams, Julie Brandt, Kagari Ohta, and Piper Woodworth.  

    Thank you, Arigato, and Gracias!

    ~ Ms. Kathleen

    (Photo of The Library Sorceress and Isla & Heath M.)

    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