Thursday, December 1, 2016

Visit with 3rd Grade to the Nikkei Legacy Institute

During our library classes, we have read and discussed "The Bracelet" by Yoshiko Uchida which shares the story of a young girl preparing and arriving at a Japanese Internment Camp during WWII. We also have watched newsreel footage from the time period that shows the camps and the community activities.  It is a powerful primary source.

Our field trip helped answer the question "What happened in Portland?" "In Oregon?" and the students were able to do their own field research.  I was so glad to be part of the trip!

Monday, November 7, 2016

How Do You Become President?

What steps do candidates have to take to become president?  What are the elements of a presidential campaign?  2nd through 5th graders are learning the answers to these questions (and more) as I read them "If I Ran For President" by Catherine Stier over the course of this past week.

Interested in learning more about our electoral process?  Check out the display at the main entrance of our library.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Tis' the Season for the Shivers

With such fall weather setting the stage, classes from PreK through 5th grade have been listening to stormy and spooky stories during our library classes.  We have enjoyed the exceptionally written "The Dark" by Lemony Snicket and illustrations by Jon Klassen.  It is a perfect study in how to build suspense through both text and illustration.  And for a bit of color and sweetness we have enjoyed "Vunce Upon a Time" by J. Otto Siebold and illustrated by Siobhan Vivian about Dagmar, a vegetarian, candy-loving vampire.

5th grade classes have listened to and discussed scary stories from folklore with an understanding of why we tell scary stories and urban myths.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Return of the Mac

Once again, we were fortunate to welcome author Mac Barnett to our Lower School Library where 1st and 2nd grades were treated to writing tips and the chance to listen to two fantastic stories.  In honor of our current election season, he read "President Taft is Stuck in the Bath".  We were frightened by the "blank page" and sang happy birthday to his most recent book, "The Magic Word"-if you think the magic word is please, think again.  Thanks to Green Bean Books for helping make this visit possible!

Monday, September 26, 2016

We Prize Our OES Readers!

Finally, after weeks of waiting, our summer reading tote bags are here!  Thanks to our 115 participants who shared their summer reading logs with us.  Tote bags-filled with "prizes"- will be handed out this week and next during regularly scheduled library classes. Here our two of our fabulous 5th graders helping prep the bags.

Friday, September 16, 2016

First DEAR of the year!

This morning the new Lower School was filled with readers, from our youngest Aardvarks to our 8th graders, as Middle School joined us.  Starting the morning with quiet reading, either independently or with a buddy, was a perfect way to end our first full week of school.

Monday, September 12, 2016

National Book Award Contenders

Take a look at this article about the long list for the National Book Award contenders for Young People's Literature.  An excellent list.  We own several of them-mostly titles appropriate for 3rd, 4th and 5th grades.