AT THIS TIME THERE ARE NO VISITORS ALLOWED IN OUR SCHOOL DUE TO COVID DIRECTIVES. THANK YOU!
In order to volunteer in the school in any way, you must attend volunteer training that is offered by our school at the beginning of each the year. I would love to have regular parent volunteers in the library on a regular basis. Volunteering in the library would involve shelving books, straightening books, bulletin board and display creations, as well as pulling books for teachers and helping the library media specialist to plan activities that may be needed. I will need extra help during book fairs and during special occasions in the library.
Volunteering in the library also would fall under the clause in the volunteer form that involves student information. All privacy rules would also apply while volunteering in the library. If you are particularly interested in volunteering in the library for the upcoming school year, please ccontact the school office for a volunteer form.
It is our school policy to not refund fees that are paid. It is important that you look for the book extensively yet in a timely manner at home and at school prior to paying for a book. Once a book is paid for that book belongs to you. If you find it, it is yours to keep. The library will take that book back as a donation if you choose to not keep it but it will not refund the money you paid once it is found. Library books are more expensive than regular books. They are purchased with special bindings and are reinforced and extra binding and protective covers are added in order to make them last longer in circulation.
Please help your child learn to be responsible with borrowed property. Have them promptly place books back in their backpacks and make sure liquids, food, and other food items are kept away from library books. This will ensure that they last and more children will be able to enjoy them. If a book is returned in an unrepairable condition, you may also be asked to replace the book at cost.
Book appropriateness can be looked at in two ways. The first being appropriate reading level. The second would be if the content is appropriate. The library media specialist always reserves the right to help a student determine if a book is appropriate in both circumstances. At the beginning of the school year and throughout the year, teachers assess student's reading levels and this information should be sent home to you on a regular basis throughout the year. If it is not, please email your child's teacher and request to have this information sent home so that you know what level they have been assessed and assigned. The STAR assessment is just one way a child's level is assigned. It is an approximate level and covers a range.
Students can read within that range at any point. Research shows that if students read toward the upper end of that range, then they should be showing the most growth if they are truly having sustained reading for at least 20 minutes every day. Sitting staring at pictures and flipping pages to "look like they are reading" will not show growth no matter what level book you have in your hand.
A good rule of thumb is that if your child makes more than 5 mistakes per page that book is not a good fit book for them. Now, that is not to say that they can not try to struggle through a harder book from time to time, but again, research states that good fit books and time spent reading those books that do not cause them to make more than 5 miscues per page is close to a good fit book.
Now, no matter how much your 1st grade child may want to read Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books (5th grade level books) they may be allowed to try but at such a young age, we are seeking to have them immersed in good fit books that make reading fun and help them feel at ease.
The best thing for you to do to help your child become a better reader is to push them to read more books that they are interested in and to read to them yourselves. If they see how much you like books, they will to!
K will not be checking out books until the second semester beginning with the 2017-2018 school year. Students will then check out books but will keep them within their classrooms at school. Due to the amount of lost books with such young students, we want to gradually allow them to learn the responsibility of borrowing and returning books to the library. The first semester will be spent reading to students for enjoyment and learning the importance of books and reading.
1st graders are allowed to check out 1 book at a time.
2nd - 4th Grade can check out 2 books from the library each week. (During the beginning of the year, we spend the first several weeks ensuring that kids are practicing responsible habits and returning one book first before checking out two books for certain grade levels.)
A book must be returned before another book can be checked out. A student cannot exceed the book check out limit unless there is a special circumstance (This will be determined by the library media specialist.)
A student can check out a book for two weeks then must return it in order for other students to have an opportunity to read it. This also ensures that students are actually reading books in a prompt manner and picking books that are appropriate for their level. (Ones that they can read within a reasonable time frame.)