Pearcy Library News

September 2015

Welcome back!

Hello Everyone,

Welcome back! It is great to see students in the library again reading and learning. We have some fantastic lessons and fun events planned for the coming school year. Watch for this newsletter from your school library to keep up with the latest. It will always be located on the Library News tab of the library webpage.

What's Happening in the Library?

Library orientation has been the focus of the first few weeks of school. Students are learning about SOAR (an acronym for Safe, Obedient, Accountable, and Respectful) expectations in the library. We will also be looking at the updated Pearcy Library website and all the important information students and parents can find there. The "Student Resources" page has links to all the online resources available for research or reading. Look for bookmarks in student planners with passwords. These resources are provided for the students with funding by the Texas State Legisture, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, and AISD.

In May, Pearcy Library was awarded a $5000 grant from the AISD Education Foundation to purchase ebooks for student use. Students will have access to a wide variety of electronic books that may be read on a computer, tablet, or Smartphone. We are extremely excited about our new ebooks, and we are very grateful to the Education Foundation for funding our grant proposal!

Reading Clubs

Bluebonnet Reading Club

Students in 3rd - 6th grade are able to participate in the Bluebonnet Reading Club. There are 20 books on the Bluebonnet reading list that are chosen by the Texas Library Association. Students must read or have read to them at least 5 of the books on the list to be eligible to vote for their favorite in January. The winning book chosen by the students of Texas will be announced in February.

Pearcy Junior Scholar

Students in 4th, 5th, and 6th grade are able to earn the distinction of being a Pearcy Junior Scholar. Students must read at least 50 books (60 for 6th grade), complete a Bluebonnet Project, participate in the PTA reflections project, and write a letter to their favorite author in order to fulfill the requirements which are above and beyond their regular class work. Junior Scholars will receive a medal, a gift card from Barnes and Noble, and have their name engraved on a plaque that hangs in the library.

Battle of the Books

Students in 4th and 5th grade are encouraged to participate in the Battle of the Books. Students should read the 8 books that are on the Battle list for their grade level. Four students in each grade level will be chosen for each team and will compete in March against other schools in the district to see who knows the most about the books on the list. The goal of the program is to broaden reading interests, increase reading comprehension, promote a variety of literary genres, build teamwork skills, and to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading.

Look for more information about these clubs in the coming days.

About Ms. Forsythe

I am starting my 4th year as librarian at Pearcy Elementary. Before joining the Pearcy family, I worked as a librarian in Grand Prairie ISD for 12 years and began my career in education teaching 3rd and 4th grade for 8 years. My favorite thing to do when I am not working is travel. I love to visit National Parks and spend time hiking and kayaking. I visited Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska this summer. It was amazing!

Upcoming Library Events

October 23 - Bring Book Character pumpkins to library (more info coming)

October 26 - 30 - Students vote on favorite pumpkin

October 26 - 30 - Camp Read A Lot

October 30 - Book Character Dress-up Day

November 16 - 20 - Scholastic Book Fair