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.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Summer Reading and Resource Recommendations

Ah, summer time!  Hopefully yours will be filled with relaxation, travel, nature, and plenty of time to read.  I even wish you a few spells of boredom.  Here is the summer reading form (under helpful links) to track your reading.  It is due here in the Lower School Library, Friday, September 15th, 2017.

And when you are looking to break out of the boredom, try some of these recommendations.  Or if you are allowed screen time and with parental permission, visit these kid-friendly and approved sites that are organized by topics like Animals, History, and Literature.

And for parents, check out the NYT List of Summer Reads.

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!