New Way of Finding BooksPosted by Karen Smith at 9/19/2017
The Everybody (or Picture) Books Section has changed this year. These books have been labeled and organized by themes (or genre) that closely resembles the way the children's books are arranged at the King County Library System.
It is hopeful that students will be able to find the stories that they enjoy more quickly and easily, as well as helping them to become independent library users. By using the same category names and label colors for each of the sections that KCLS has created, students should also be able to find similiar stories they are looking for at any of the KCLS locations, including KCLS-Des Moines.
Here are the 14 sections along with a short description of each category:
Animals --> fiction stories with animals as main characters
Bedtime --> great reads before bedtime
Concepts --> stories that explore concepts like ABC's, shapes, colors and more
Dinosaurs --> fiction stories with dinosaurs as main characters
Early Chapters --> shorter chapter books to help readers grow to understand longer stories
Famous Friends --> stories with our favorite book characters
Feelings --> stories about characters dealing with feelings like sadness, happiness, jealousy and more
Life Issues --> stories with characters dealing with life challenges, behavior choices and more
Our World --> stories that reflect our culturally diverse world
Rhymes & Songs --> stories that rhyme and songs written in story format
Science & Nature --> stories that have math, science or nature as a theme or setting
Sparkly --> stories about royalty, castles, knights, dragons and more
Stories --> books that don't fall into a specific category but are still great to read and enjoy
Things That Go --> fiction stories with cars, trucks, trains, rockets, boats and planes
Welcome Back Dolphin Readers!Posted by Karen Smith at 8/28/2017
Many library friends are anxious for students to return to school!
Mrs. Smith is looking forward to seeing you and hearing about your summer adventures and all the wonderful books you've read. Be sure to review the Frequently Asked Questions about Library Policies and Procedures to reaquaint yourself to library expectations. The information can be found on the left side of the screen with other section headings.
If you and/or your family have any questions that come up during the school year, please email Mrs. Smith by clicking on the link at top of this page or send a note to school. Responses will be delivered as quickly as possible. See you soon!
All Library Books Due June 2-16Posted by Karen Smith at 5/16/2017
End-of-the-School-Year is approaching fast. It is time to get the books back on the library shelves and organized for the summer. The last day for student checkout will be June 1st.
Mrs. Smith will be distributing reminders to students who still need to return books. If you receive a reminder, please take care of it quickly so that the library record can be cleared.
Sometimes, book(s) are found/returned in the time between notice written and when it is delivered at home. Should you feel that there is an error, please contact Mrs. Smith via email or send a note to school. Mrs. Smith will respond as soon as possible.
In accordance to Highline School Board Policy #3520 and Revised Code of Washington (R.C.W.) #28A.635.060, students who owe school fines, including for lost library books, report cards will be withheld in school office until situation is resolved. If book(s) is lost, replacement cost will be charged.
Fortunately, many of the students at Des Moines have shown great responsibility with their library books all year. Keep up the good work and get those books back to the library before the last day of school - June 16!
Learning about Nutrition and Healthy Eating in Library ClassesPosted by Karen Smith at 3/23/2017
Beginning the week of April 10th, primary students in grades K-3, along with Ms. Burtt's class, will be hearing some fun, food-themed stories during their weekly library time. They will be learning about nutrition and healthy eating in accordance with the MyPlate Guidelines established by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Good nutrition helps your body stay healthy and function during the day. Not only do people need to think about making good food choices but to think about how much of those foods you really need to eat. A healthy meal starts with more vegetables and fruits, and smaller portions of protein and grains. Yes, even too much of the good foods can lead to over eating. It is all about portion sizes for each category.
For more information, visit www.choosemyplate.gov
Spirit Week: Celebrating Reading with Fun and LaughterPosted by Karen Smith at 3/7/2017
Things were crazy, that's for sure. Celebrating reading with a week filled with a Dr. Seuss theme was a lot of fun! So many happy, smiling, enthusiastic students participating was wonderful. A number of students have expressed an encore for next year, so stay tuned.
Here are a couple of photos from the week: Mrs. Smith was Geraldine McGrew who ran the zoo; Mrs. Kesterson's 4th graders had their favorite stuffed animals join in on story time in library. Of course, many wore crazy socks in honor of the Fox in Socks!
Wacky Wednesday featured crazy hair and mixed up clothes, too!
Mrs. Smith was Cat in the Hat and found Thing 2 in Ms. Sikma's kindergarten class. But where was Thing 1? Perhaps it was hiding with the Fish in the Pot?
Remember, reading should be celebrated EVERY DAY!
Celebrate Dr. Seuss with Read Across America Spirit Week - February 27 to March 3Posted by Karen Smith at 2/9/2017
New Books Have Arrived!Posted by Karen Smith at 1/25/2017
Thanks to your support at the Scholastic Bookfair, Des Moines students will have much to smile about when they see these new books! Our school received a portion of the sales to purchase new titles. Over $1000 worth of new books will be available for checkout soon.
These are just a few of the popular titles that students have been asking for including Graphic Novels (some people think of them as 'comic books') like Sisters, Ghosts, Drama, Smile, Babysitter's Club, Amulet; plus new Spirit Animals Fall of the Beasts, Choose your own adventure books that puts reader in suspenseful situations on a quest to survive...
Learning to CodePosted by Karen Smith at 11/21/2016
In today's ever-changing world of technology, it is becoming increasingly important for students to understand how and why these tools work the way that they do.
Through an organization called CODE.ORG, students will have opportunities to learn the process of "coding", or computer programming, through a series of self-pacedlessons to help them experience a bit of computer science.
During the month of December, students will be able to work through these lessons during their weekly library class times.
Students are welcomed to work on these activities at home with an internet-compatible device, such as desktop computer, laptop, i-pad. Just click on one of the CODE.ORG logo below which will take you to that website. It is best to do each lesson in order as the skills build upon each other increasing levels of difficulty.
Course 1 (Blue box) is best suited for younger students, grades K-2.
Course 2 (Grey Box) is best for grades 3-4 (grades 5-6 with little or no prior experience).
Course 3 (Purple Box) is best suited for grades 5-6 with prior coding experience as the pacing through lessons is a bit faster.
Online Bookfair Starts November 15th!Posted by Karen Smith at 11/4/2016
Our school bookfair arrives on November 18th and will contain only a sample of what Scholastic Book Publishers have to offer. Starting on Tuesday, November 15, families will have an opportunity to purchase books from the online warehouse through a special bookfar website.
The Online Bookfair is open from November 15-December 3. FREE shipping to Des Moines Elementary - and will be delivered to your child unless you contact Mrs. Smith for delivery instructions. Orders can be shipped directly to your home for an additional fee.
By clicking on the bookfair icon, you will be able to select and purchase books for all ages, reading levels and interests. After clicking on icon, scroll down to the "Shop Online" section and click "Shop Now". As with the at-school bookfair, all sales will count toward new books for our school library.
The at-school bookfair is open Friday, November 18 from 2:15-7PM; Monday, November 21 from 9 AM-7 PM and Tuesday, November, 22 from 9 AM-5 PM. Volunteers are still needed! Contact the school if you're able to help.
Discover U Returns to Des Moines School Library October 17-22!Posted by Karen Smith at 10/13/2016
As part of Highline Public Schools quest that every student will graduate prepared for 'College, Career and Citizenship', students will have various opportunities to discover, explore and start thinking about their future. Yes, college really does begin in kindergarten!
Granted what a 5-year-old envisions him/herself doing when they grow up may be vastly different than the dream of an 18-year-old high school graduate. But, the idea around the King County Road Map Project's Discover U program is to get students thinking and talking about what jobs/careers excite them and realize that the work they are doing in class today will help to prepare them for these future goals.
Students will have some time during their library classes this week to pause and reflect on what life after high school might look like for them.
Be sure to check out the Exploring Careers and Exploring Colleges links on this library webpage for additional information and resource activities.
In 2014, the Highline Schools Foundation for Excellence awarded a grant for our school library to purchase many books on different careers. They are continually checked out and enjoyed by our students. Plans are in the works to add additional titles on different careers soon.