Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Sending Love

Happy Valentine's Day!  OES Lower School students created over 100 cards to send to one of our favorite authors, Patricia Polacco as we approach the anniversary of her visit last year.


Thursday, January 4, 2018

2nd and 3rd Grade Research Resources



2nd Grade Biography Links
Check out this site from the Academy of Achievement for a broad range of current leaders in various fields.

I love this playful website from the Library of Congress which provides age-appropriate biographical information about American Heroes.  It features many primary sources including music, photographs, letters and manuscripts and always includes the source and citations.


The American Library Association has compiled all sorts of links to quality websites for children featuring history and biography.

OES Databases You are now able to access all of our databases off campus using your student google credentials! If you have any trouble accessing them just email me!

Our World Book on-line also offers biographies and is really easy to search.
Gale Biography in Context provides comprehensive biographies.  From the site-”Biography In Context offers authoritative reference content alongside magazine and journal articles, primary sources, videos, audio podcasts, and images. Covering a vast array of people from historically significant figures to present-day newsmakers, it’s continuously updated to ensure that students have access to the very latest information.”

3rd Grade Research Links
The Oregon Historical Society offers the Oregon History Project, an online resource for exploring the history of Oregon using the perspectives of those who helped discover and shape it. Students can visit the learning center for project ideas and suggestions for making the most of the site, or view the collection of historical records. Of special interest are the historic viewers, which show changing views of the Portland landscape, the Oregon boundaries, Celilo Falls, and Indian lands in Oregon.


This web site is the homepage of the Oregon Historical Society, which is located in Portland, Oregon. The site has many interesting features including upcoming exhibit demonstrations and workshops. The page on exhibits features parts of all the ongoing exhibits, which include Native American attire, photographs, maps, and oral history. A page titled City Views highlights the history of Portland natives.


The Oregon Encyclopedia is also offered by the Oregon Historical Society and is a great resource for Oregon History particularly around the Japanese Internment. This month’s feature is the history of activism in Oregon.


You are always able to search our LS Library collection for print materials or ask us for help!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Looking for Book Recommendations?

Our library team has just started to use Libguides as a way to share out new books and content.  Check out my Lower School Book Love page to spark your reading with new choices from our collection.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Investigating Gods and Goddesses

5th graders tapped into our mythology collection and print encyclopedias to investigate the traits and characteristics of Greek gods and goddesses.  They are in the early stages of creating characters for their classroom play.  Can't wait to see them come to life on stage!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Soaring Spirits







Inspirational and uplifting are two words to describe Kathryn Otoshi's presentations today in our Lower School Library.  Presenting to all of our students, she shared her books and emphasized the message of kindness to others.  As she said. . ."if we put our hands together, we can soar!".  Our hands are actually coming together in the creation of the beautiful spirit bird which will be a lasting reminder of her visit and the commitment to kindness to one another.  Chaplain Phillip will be blessing the bird at Friday's chapel.

Thanks to all who helped with this visit-particularly the Miura-Guerra family and the parent volunteers who donated their time to help with the construction of the bird.  Truly a gathering of many hands!









Monday, September 18, 2017

Welcome, Kathryn Otoshi!





We are honored to welcome author, illustrator and artist Kathryn Otoshi to our Lower School Library tomorrow, September 19th.  We celebrated her book "Beautiful Hands" during Gathering on Friday and students spent time making a handprint which will become part of a Spirit Bird which she will create for us.  All of our classes will get a chance to meet with her and hear her speak about her work.





Monday, September 4, 2017

Welcome Back!

Can't wait to see folks tomorrow morning during open classroom.  Please come by the library and turn in your summer reading forms if you are ready.  They are due "officially" September 11th so feel free to continue your reading and logging until then.

This is a great article about how to create a culture of reading at home. One of the reminders that spoke to me is about how vital it is to model reading at home.  It is something that I will be working on at home this fall with my own family.