Friday, May 19, 2017

End of the School Year is Quickly Approaching!

Hope to see you at PAL, next Friday, where I will be sharing Summer Reading Recommendations!

End of the Year Library Info
  • All books are due Friday, June 2.
  • Books cannot be checked out during the week of June 5-9 so that we can gather and inventory our collection.
  • Come in during the week of June 12-16 to check out books for the entire summer!  We strongly encourage families to stock up for their summer reading with books from the LS Library.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

It's Time Again for the Great OES Book Swap (GOBS)

New place and new space, but same terrific concept.  For the first time, Upper School is hosting GOBS and it's wonderful to see our Lower Schoolers make the uphill trek to find reading treasures to take home.  Through the donations of gently used books from our families and the hard work of FOESL parent volunteers, all LS students will be getting three books of their choice today. Tomorrow the book floodgates are opened and everyone is invited to take as many books as they like during the morning hours.  An enormous thank you to Rebecca Thompson, FOESL Chair, and her crew of helpers for organizing another terrific GOBS!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Middle School and Lower School Join Together

A lovely way to start a sunny April Friday!  Middle Schoolers came to the Lower School for our second joint DEAR.










Monday, April 3, 2017

Welcoming Author Tracey Hecht

On April 6th, our 4th graders will have the special opportunity to meet and workshop with author Tracey Hecht who is the author of the adventure and mystery series "The Nocturnals".  During the workshop that she brings to schools, Tracey introduces the students to the unique animals in the Nocturnals and how their physiologies guide character development. She discusses the 3-2-1 dialogue ratio and leads the class in writing a scene. Tracey also hosted a webinar for the American Association of School Librarians called Read Aloud for Middle Grade which expands on the philosophy. An immense thank you to Green Bean Books for helping with this visit!

What a joy it was to have her visit!  She provided our 4th grade writers and readers with an inside look at how she creates compelling characters and dialogue for her stories.  Tracey also spent time with Ms. Bridgnell's Kindergarten class who are in the midst of creating their own nocturnal characters for their upcoming play!  We all hope she will spend time with us again soon next time she is in Oregon.










Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Read Across America Bookmark Exchange

During open library times in January and early February, our OES students made beautiful bookmarks depicting Oregon and/or Portland as part of a National Bookmark Exchange for Read Across America.  We just received our batch of bookmarks from kids across the country.  Come by the library to get your own special one (act quick!  They are a popular commodity!)



Click here to see all the schools that participated!  We were the only school representing Oregon!



Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Why Read?

One of my favorite authors for grades 4th and up, Jason Reynolds, explains why kids (and all of us) should read.  And if you haven't read his books (especially Ghost), you should.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Platinum Aardvark Reading Cookies

If you see any of these fabulous 4th grade readers around the Lower School, make sure to wish them luck! They will be representing OES this Saturday at the 3-5 Regional Battles for the Oregon Battle of the Books.  Thanks to our Lower School Library, Mrs. Sathyaraj and the parent volunteers for supporting them on their reading journey.