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!

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!



Thursday, February 2, 2017

Animal Research

Ms. Beth's Kindergartners dove into their animal research with a stop at the Library this morning. We talked about how we keep all of our books about the same thing in one place to make it easy to find the books.  And they learned where they can find animal books with true facts and photographs in our library.  I can't wait to hear what they learn as they investigate all sorts of animals-hawks, gorillas, hamsters, elephants, chocolate labs, rhinos, wolves, tigers and lions.






Sunday, January 29, 2017

Resources for 2nd and 3rd Grade Parent Coffee

I am looking forward to being part of tomorrow's coffee and will be sharing out quality resources to help support home research efforts!

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
Please refer the login list for the passwords for off-campus access-extras are available in the library.
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!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Caldecott, Newbery and Coretta Scott King Awards Are Announced!

2016 was an amazing year for publishing and the awards announced today confirm this.  I am proud to say almost all the winners were already part of our great library collection here in the Lower School.  Check out the list of winners here.
And here is the NYT take on this year's selections.