Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Appreciating Libraries!

I really enjoyed reading this article from today's Oregonian from our very own Kindergarten parent and author, Pauls Toutonghi.  It's very funny, insightful and acknowledges how valuable libraries are to us as thinkers and learners.

Monday, December 14, 2015

New Year, New Author Visits!

Once again, we are fortunate, thanks to Powell's, to offer two author visits in January.  On Monday January 25th, Pre-K through Primary students will meet with Salina Yoon  whose most recent book "Be A Friend" is set for release on January 5th.  

Margaret Haddix will join 3rd through 5th graders on Thursday, January 28th.  She will be promoting her new series, "Under Their Skin" and is the author of the "Among the Hidden" series and has also written for the 39 Clues project. She writes great thrillers/adventure. 

We will deliver the optional pre-order forms to the classes attending in the first week in January. 

Saturday, December 5, 2015

NYT's Notable Books for Children 2015

Monday, November 16, 2015

Ideas for Holiday Reading and Gifts

I hope you all had a chance to make it over to Annie Bloom's to support our FOESL Book Fair. Thanks to all who helped out to make it possible.  Kudos, especially, to Jana, Betty and Dawn who really put an extraordinary amount of energy into the success of the fair.

Here are some recent recommendation for books-The New York Times Best Illustrated Books 2015, the Kirkus list, and a few of my favorites.  I will be sharing more lists in the early part of December.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Happy Holidays, Happy Reading! It's Book Fair Time!

With fall’s cooler weather arriving that can mean only one thing…the FOESL Book Fair!! This year’s Book Fair will be held November 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th at Annie Bloom’s Bookstore in Multnomah Village. Like last year, there will be a fabulous selection of books, lots of great shopping, raffles to win a stuffed Aardvark and much, much more! Annie Bloom’s Books
Our amazing OES Librarians have curated a must have Hot Picks list if you need book recommendations and pre-order them before October 23 to guarantee your books will be waiting for you at Annie Blooms. Find them here. Book Fair Homepage                
The Book Fair helps support OES readers through raising funds to help with our Summer Reading T-shirts, Oregon Battle of the Books class sets for both 4th and 5th grades and to bring authors and illustrators to our campus.  Thank you to all our hard-working volunteers!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Are Ghosts Real?

Discover Leo and Jane and maybe find the answer to the question! It was a great visit with these two, Mac Barnett and Christian Robinson.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Lucky Us!

Friday, October 2nd, at 12:45pm in the Chapel, we will warmly welcome the amazing duo of Mac Barnett and Christian Robinson.  Both have written and created numerous books, but this is the first time they have teamed up together.  They come to us thanks to Green Bean books as part of their Leo: a Ghost Story Book Tour.  Here is a preview, from the 2015 National Book Festival, of the joy they both bring to their work.  Mac also has a powerful TED Talk about how a good book is a "secret door".

Stay tuned for pictures of the event!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Author Ben Hatke Enchants Lower School

Lower School students were treated to a sneak preview of Ben Hatke's newest book "Nobody Likes a Goblin" in addition to hearing how he creates story through his art and words.  He talked about visual story-telling and how you can tell a story through intentional gestures and depth in your illustration. Thanks to Powell's for connecting us with such a terrific author!

Welcome Ben Hatke!

In preparation to welcome Mr. Hatke to our school, 3-5th graders have, using on-line resources, researched a few vital facts about him such as favorite ice cream flavor and whether he prefers cats to dogs.  Mr. Hatke will present to 9 classes today.  Thanks to Powell's for making this visit possible!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Judy Schachner Spins Her Tales

Judy Schachner delighted K and Primary students this afternoon with engaging stories about her life, her inspirations, her cats and collections.  She let students know that they, too, can create magic and fun with the stories that they write.  Thanks to the fabulous Powell's Bookstore for her visit!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Upcoming Author Events!

We are very excited to announce three upcoming author visits as we start the school year.  We will first welcome Judy Schachner of Skippyjon Jones fame on September 17th who will meet with our K and Primary Students.  She will share her newest book Dewey Bob.  On September 24, our 3-5th graders will get the opportunity to listen to graphic novelist Ben Hatke.  Both Ms. Schachner's and Mr. Hatke's visit come to us from Powell's Books and we offer the opportunity to pre-order books for the visit.  Pre-orders are entirely optional and Ms. Schachner's pre-orders will be due Friday, September 11th (this week!).  Mr. Hatke's pre-orders will be due by Friday, September 14th.    

The power duo of author Mac Barnett and illustrator Christian Robinson will visit on October 2nd thanks to Green Bean Books and will present to grades K-2.  Their latest book, Leo: a Ghost Story, is extra special and will be the focus of their talk.  Again, pre-orders will be available through Green Bean Books and will be due Friday, September 14th.

Also, bring in those summer reading forms! 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Learning at the Library of Congress

I had the great privilege of being selected as a participant for the Library of Congress Primary Source Civil Rights Teacher Institute in Washington DC during the week of August 3-7.  It was an incredible opportunity to explore how to use primary sources such as photographs, maps and original manuscripts to develop questions and deepen student research.  The work ties in beautifully with our inquiry-based approach here in the Lower School.  I look forward to sharing what I learned with both my colleagues and students.

My expectation to be able to become a super-searcher of the Library of Congress holdings was dashed fairly quickly when I realized how vast the holdings are and that they are a bit quirky to search. Yet, the sense of vastness vanished when we luckily were introduced to the Rosa Parks collections. I found the humanity that surrounded these documents so rich and telling of history that my urge to “find everything” was quelled. I have learned that the human angle of the story is what spurs me to dig deeper. I then can find the pieces, the facts, the bits that surround that story (whether an event, a person, a group) and come to my own understanding of the story.

I was reaffirmed in my belief that history is told through both inclusion and exclusion. We can see what is included through the filtered trail of documents, but it is much harder to know what is left out. Our afternoon with the panel from the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute gave us pieces that have been left out, forgotten, sidestepped.

We also were able to delve into the current exhibition on the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and discovered stories and images which can be powerfully used with our students to bring to life the people and events that brought us to today.

I would like to thank OES for supporting me professionally and helping me to be a part of this enriching learning experience.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

One Week Warning!

Summer readers!  You have one full week of to finish up your summer reading!  Mrs. H and I are looking forward to seeing your reading logs and having you share with us your favorite books from the summer.  All completed forms will be due Friday, September 11th, 2015.  T-shirts will be distributed during library classes during the last week of September.  Stay tuned for an announcement about three upcoming author visits!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Words of Wisdom!

Congratulations to our 5th graders as they prepare for graduation.  Love these wise words from one of our departing students!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Stock up for Summer Reading!

We are in the midst of getting the library in great shape for next year.  Thanks to all of you who have returned your books! Overdue slips will be coming home this week. Please know that books can be checked out for the entire summer beginning June 8th-10th on a parent account.

Please consider participating in our annual Summer Reading Program.  Summer Reading Forms will be heading your way via your classroom teacher.  Forgot your form?  Find it here.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

OBOB Titles for 2015-2016

You might be surprised just how many of the OBOB titles you have already read!  As always we have stocked our library with additional copies of each title. Take a look and come by June 8-10 to check out your summer books with permission from your parents.

3-5 Grade Division

·      Charlie Bumpers vs. the Teacher of the Year by Bill Harley
·      Diamond Willow by Helen Frost
·      Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
·      Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
·      How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
·      The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
·      A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
·      Mission Unstoppable by Dan Gutman
·      Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle
·      No Talking by Andrew Clements
·      Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell
·      The Sasquatch Escape by Suzanne Selfors
·      The Shadows by Jacqueline West
·      Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
·      What Was Ellis Island? by Patricia Brennan Demuth
·      What Was the March on Washington? by Kathleen Krull

Monday, May 4, 2015

New Books in the Library!

Follow this link to see some of our new books here in the library. . .or even better come by and visit us!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

National Poetry Month in the Lower School Library

We are celebrating National Poetry Month here in the Lower School Library in many different ways!  In addition to the usual display and exploration of fantastic poetry, students will receive their own short poem to keep and share with others (did you know April 30 is Poem in Your Pocket Day?).  Fourth graders in Mrs. Taylor’s class are creating their own poems on International Literacy Association’s Word Mover site.  Create your own poetry here!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

5th Graders Share Their Love of Books

In celebration of School Library Month, and to help kick off next week’s first annual Lou Fernandez Literary Festival, fifth graders during their Library classes have been creating “book love” projects—book trailers, posters, and interactive presentations—to share out their favorite books with the OES community.  Highlights will be shared at this week’s Lower School assembly, and next week we will be sharing the book trailers here on the blog.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Book Ninjas in State Finals!

Our amazing 4th grade OBOB team, "The Book Ninjas", represented OES at State in Salem this past Saturday.  In an exceptionally close battle, they took 2nd place in the finals.  From class competitions onward they fought and won in over 30 battles. Thank you to Mrs. Sathyaraj and all the parents who helped coach and support our students in their reading pursuits. Congratulations to Maxwell, Leela, Jeremy, Jacob and Arun!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Writing Insights from Bestselling Author Brandon Mull

Build your imagination!  Brandon Mull, author of the Fablehaven, Beyonders, Five Kingdoms and Spirit Animals series, encouraged our 4th and 3rd graders to keep their imaginations active by observing the world around them and by reading.  He shared about his family, his journey as a writer, and tips on how to become an author.  He also showed the fantastic trailer for the Five Kingdoms series.  Thanks again to Powell's for connecting us to such amazing authors!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Welcome to Brandon Mull

Author Brandon Mull is Visiting the Lower School Library!

On Thursday, April 2 at 1 pm, Brandon Mull is visiting the LS Library!  Mull is the creator of several well-loved books including Fablehaven, The Candy Shop Wars, and his latest series The Five Kingdoms.  Third through fifth grades will be attending, but we would like to offer all families the chance to purchase signed copies of his books.  Order forms are due this Friday, March 20. Thanks again to Powell's for this visit!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Mighty Girls!

I often get requests for books which feature strong female characters both from teachers and parents especially in connection to 2nd Grade Hero Reports.  Here is a super site to browse and know that many of the books are here for you to borrow!  You can also find this link over in our Reading Resource Links just to your left.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Fancy Nancy!

What fun we had this morning with Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser during their OES stop as part of their Fancy Nancy RV Tour.  From balancing bananas (!) on our heads to singing along to "Deep in the Heart of Texas" they kept us entertained and enchanted with "fancy" words.  Thanks to Powell's for making this visit possible!

Book Ninjas Conquer Top Spot!

So proud to announce that our own 4th Grade Book Ninjas from Mrs. Sathyaraj's class won the Region One OBOB Regional this past Saturday and will move ahead to State which is April 11th.  Congratulations to the Book Ninjas-Jacob, Leela, Arun, Maxwell and Jeremy!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Bring on the Pink!

On Monday, March 9, the Lower School Library is proud to welcome author Jane O’Connor and illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser, creators of the Fancy Nancy books!  Various classes will be attending from Kindergarten through 2nd grade. The event will take place in the Chapel at 9 am on the 9th.  Please join us!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Goodbye to the Year of the Horse and welcome to the Year of the Sheep!  During our library classes, our Beginning School and First Grade students have been investigating the Lunar New Year and it's celebrations through folktales and picture books.  We have learned about the importance of color (red!), the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, and special traditions around the holiday including hongbao.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Book Ninjas Conquered the Top Spot

Our Lower School Library was bursting with energy this morning as nine teams battled for the right to represent OES at the regional OBOB Battle on March 7th.  Congratulations to the Book Ninjas-Jacob, Leela, Arun, Maxwell and Jeremy- and the Sparks-Sean, Julian, Ashley, and Barrett-who made it the finals.  The final score was Book Ninjas, 50, and the Sparks, 30 in a closely fought battle. Honorable mention goes to The Purple Pygmy Breakdancing Hippos-Piper, Lily, Olin, and Carson- since they won two battles and were strong contenders.  Watch the Final Battle!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Welcome Jennifer Holland and Rojo the Llama!

Today we welcomed National Geographic author, Jennifer Holland, to our Lower School Library to visit with our Primary, 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders.   Jennifer talked about the importance of empathy between animals and also humans.  She shared some of her favorite stories that she has written about in her Unlikely Friendship series.  Rojo, the llama, was part of the visit. Rojo's story is part of Jennifer's most recent book "Unlikely Heroes" and lives just north of us in Vancouver Washington.  I even got a kiss from Rojo himself! We were lucky to have both him and Jennifer join us! Thanks to our wonderful contact, Sheila Nathan, and Powell's for making this visit possible!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Katherine Applegate Event Cancelled

Sad news, but our Wednesday author visit with Katherine Applegate has been cancelled due to illness.  Here's hoping for a speedy recovery for her!  All books which were purchased will be signed by her as soon as she is able to sign and return them to us.  We thank you for your patience in advance!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Hello 2015!

As we welcome the start of the New Year, we also welcome two authors to our Lower School Library.  Once again, thank you, Powell's!

I am happy to share the good news of our 4th (Yes, our 4th!) author visit this year.  On January 28th at 10:00am, Newbery Winner for "The One and Only Ivan" (a current OBOB title), Katherine Applegate, will present to 3-5th graders.  Even if your student will not be attending, I wanted to let you know of the event and that we are selling books through Powell's for her visit if you would like to purchase a copy which she will sign.  

We also will welcome National Geographic photographer and author of the "Unlikely Friendship" books, Jennifer Holland to our Lower School Library for our 5th author visit on February 5th at 12pm for our Primary-2nd graders. Again, this visit is made possible through our working relationship with Powell's.  She will be accompanied by a llama (!).  Pre-order forms for the books will be available in mid-January.

Another notable event is the culmination of our OBOB work.  Teams from 4th and 5th grade will battle on February 10th beginning at 12pm.  The winner will represent OES at the regional battle on March 7th.