Dec 2017

in the HH Library

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Holiday Reads

The Six Flags Six Hour Reading and Schlitterbahn Waves of Reading start right now! You'll have through January to finish.

Students received the logs at some point this week. Six Flags requires six hours of reading, Schlitterbahn requires ten. That first six hours can be the same books, they don't have to be different titles.

Misplaced the reading logs? Here are the pdfs (FT and S). Both are due at the end of January and no extensions can be permitted. Best to turn it in early if you finish. Make sure it's clearly filled out and names are legible.

Fill it out with FREE reading outside of school hours. Any kind of free reading is OK (yes, audiobooks count! Graphic Novels count! Any kind!). Bring back the signed log. You'll get a spirit stick within a couple of days and in late April and early May (yes, that part is a LOOOOOOONG ways away ... Ms. Oliverson doesn't have any control over that) you'll get your free, non-transferable ticket to Schlitterbahn and Fiesta Texas!

Just as a head's up again ... I do usually allow the students to check out one extra book over the break to make sure they have PLENTY of reading. That means ...

PreK might have 1-3 books.

K-2 might have 3 books and

3-5 might have 4 books.

And then there are always the electronic reading options (see the very bottom of this newsletter for login reminders).

They do need to have a clear account (no overdues) for this hard copy privilege. We don't charge fines for late books but we do need students to return overdue books before checking out new titles. The best idea? Keep them in backpacks or book boxes at school when not actively reading! We pretty consistently have over 300 books that are overdue and right now have over 600 so please check in with your student/s about their library activity! Other kids may be waiting.
Have you heard those terms but aren't exactly sure what they mean? This is a worldwide initiative to help students start practicing the kinds of thinking they will need for careers in computer science related fields. It's a lot of fun and great brain exercise! There are lots of different websites and apps. Parents can give it a try as well!

Pax Audiobook Club

24 fourth graders meet in the library for lunch to enjoy the audio version of a great book. This is a twofold goal. One ... it's a great story with superb writing and description. And two it is on the district list for Battle of the Books list. That is a game show like competition where students read books and answer questions trivia questions. We'll talk more about that in January but if you want to get a head start the full list can be found here. Many of them should already look familiar as they are on the state award list for this year and we've already been talking about them.

Coming Up ... Second Grade Flat Gingy

In mid December second grade will start reading Flat Stanley books (both print and electronic versions) and then created a Flat Gingy friend to take on an adventure over the break. They will write about something they did and bring back the short story to share with their classmates in January.

Candy Cane Creations

Interested in a little engineering project over the December holiday break? See Ms. Oliverson for the project sheet for a Candy Cane Creation. It involves picking up some candy canes (they go on clearance after Christmas! All sorts of colors and sizes and often even some different shapes) and then finding some cardboard, tape, string/yarn, and glue around your house. Can you build something useful or beautiful? The creations will be featured around the library and there might be a couple special prizes involved!

Upcoming Author Visit

Monthly Circuation


From Nov 1-Nov 29 we circulated over 3000 items. That's with a week vacation! Go Hawk Readers!

With Electronic Library Resources Students Could ALWAYS Have FIVE EXTRA BOOKS!

Access to electronic resources has changed a bit this year. In order to access all digital resources students (Overdrive ebooks or audiobooks (awesome for holiday travel), Pebblego early reader nonfiction reference, Tumblebooks, Encyclopedia Britannica reference sources, etc) will go to Launchpad. This can be accessed from the top right of the main NEISD page or from the library webpage.

Username: first initial + last name (up to 10 letters) + last 4 digits of ID number @ (no spaces or + signs when entering online)

Password: Full student ID number

If you as a parent would like to check out library materials (either print or electronic) please fill out this link and Ms. Oliverson will be in touch.