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    December Library News

    Image result for global booksBest Books of 2018

    What are the best books of 2018?  Check out the following recommended book lists for all ages:

    Center for The Study of Multicultural Literature’s Best Books of 2018.

    Reading Rockets 2018 book list for all ages:

    School Library Journal Best Books of 2018

    2016 Global Reading ChallengeGlobal Reading Challenge

    Every year, 4th & 5th graders across the city have the opportunity to participate in a battle of the books program coordinated by the Seattle Public Library.  This year, we set a record as 92 students volunteered to participate. Students work in teams of seven to read the ten multicultural books selected for this year’s GRC.  Congratulations to all the students who volunteered to take on this extra reading challenge. of Code: (

    Last week was National Computer Science week.  During library, every 1st-5th grade student worked with a partner to explore and learn how to write code.  Students navigated how to write code for a new Minecraft simulation.  On Wednesdays in 2019 with Principal Sarah, students will write the code for their own dance party. offers many free, kid-friendly resources.  The goal of is to expose students, especially girls, to the field of computer science.   Although not required, students can create an account (no cost) which will save their progress from session to session.  

    Wishing you and your children a fabulous holiday vacation together.

    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