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.

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.