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.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Welcoming Patricia Polacco

It is with great honor and enthusiasm that we welcome writer, illustrator, and artist Patricia Polacco this Thursday, February 23rd to our Lower School!  One of the most recognized and loved children's book authors, Ms. Polacco has written over 115 books and continues to bring her stories and art to the world. Her work and themes intersect beautifully with aspects of our Lower School curriculum: family stories, memoir, immigration and inclusivity.

Ms. Polacco brought treasures to share-her stories, a piece of the Meteor from "Meteor!" which each child touched to make a wish, and the Keeping Quilt from her family.  She talked about her learning difference and how school was not always an easy place for her.  My favorite words from her today were "We all have gifts-we just all open them at different times."

*Thanks to FOESL (Friends of the OES Libraries) who made this visit possible!










Thursday, February 16, 2017

Oregon Battle of the Books OES Competition 2017

Six 4th grade teams battled each other this morning to determine who will represent OES at the Regional level. The two final teams were the "Book Browsers" from Rachel Taylor's class and "The Platinum Aardvarks Reading Cookies" from Asha Sathyaraj's class.  "Platinum Aardvarks Reading Cookies" claimed the final victory and will be representing OES at the 3-5 Regionals on Saturday, March 11th. Congratulations to the 4th graders-all of whom exhibited great teamwork and reading spirit!