January Library Update

Welcome Back!

We use Common Sense Media's curriculum to teach students internet safety and digital citizenship in the 21st Century. Did you know that this website also offers resources for parents? If you have ever had a question about whether a website, app, game, etc. is age appropriate for your child, this website offers reviews for parents. Click on the link below for more information! Also don't forget to check out faomediacenter.weebly.com to see what internet safety lessons we are teaching each quarter.

Friends of the Library Meeting

Wednesday, Feb. 8th, 8:30am

204 Dixie Trail

Raleigh, NC

Have you ever wondered how you could help the Olds library? Volunteering with the Friends of the Library parent group is the best way! The Friends of the Library (FOL) runs all of our library events. Our next meeting is Wednesday, February 8 at 8:35am in the library. If you can't join us but would still like to help, please email our fabulous FOL chair, Ann Pearce at annellenpearce@gmail.com for volunteer opportunities.

3rd Grade Parents

We will soon be starting moon journal blogs during our 3rd grade ILT classes! In order for students to participate in the online blog, we need your permission. Please find a link for the permission slip here, or complete the slip in this week's Tuesday folder.

Typing Websites

Did you know that every week in ILT, we practice our typing for ten minutes of class? Students need a lot of typing practice in order to type with accuracy and speed, so any extra practice that they can do at home will help them with their typing. Check out the links below to see some of the websites we use as well as others that you may want to check out.
Keyboard Zoo

For our Kindergarten students who are still becoming familiar with the computers and the keys, I recommend Keyboard Zoo on ABCya.

Keyboard Zoo 2

Keyboard Zoo 2 is also a great resource for Kindergarten and 1st grade students.

Dance Mat Typing

In 1st and 2nd grade, we use Dance Mat Typing to teach the proper placement of hands while typing on the QWERTY keyboard.


With 3rd-5th graders, we use Typing.com to continue learning hand placement while also focusing more on speed and accuracy. This website has lessons and games for practice.

Power Typing

Power Typing does not teach hand placement, so it's extra practice for students are already adept at using the keys.

We have over 50 students in the AR party! If you have any questions about the program, don't forget to check out our FAQ website in the link below. Also, remember that students are welcome to take AR quizzes from 8am to 8:25am in the library every morning. Parents, you are welcome as well, but students may also come on their own during this time.

Books Are Magic Book Drive

Books Are Magic is a program in which students and families bring in their gently loved books that they may have outgrown or do not want anymore. We pass on these books to other students. Many families take this opportunity to clean out their bookshelves while helping other children to build their book collections. Our book drive will be starting soon, so be sure to keep your eyes on the Tuesday folders for more information.