Hubbard School Library E-News

November 1, 2013

Elementary Reading Websites to Check Out!

I have found a few sites that might be beneficial to your instruction. Hope they help!

ABC Fast Phonics --This is a phonics tutorial with sounds and cartoons for all ages.

RIF (Reading Is Fundamental) -- This is geared toward the younger children.

Read Kiddo Read -- This site is by James Patterson. It lists books by various authors and age levels. Honestly, this one is for fun! The kids love Captain Underpants!

Your Dictionary -- This site is any easy online dictionary and thesaurus. It is kid friendly.

Hope you like these sites. I will try to find more.

--Mary Ann Smiley,

ALICE Training Information

ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate.

The following is an explaination of the individual steps:

Alert -- focuses on simple, clear communication. Code words – like “Code Red” or “Secure in place” – are used in schools and workplaces across the country to notify occupants of the event of an intruder or an active shooter on the premises.

Lockdown-- Lock the door and then barricade it with something heavy like a bookcase or several desks. Turn off your lights and instruct students to hide in various places in the classroom away from the door. Do not hide/huddle all together. ALICE trainers (should) instruct on practical techniques for how to better barricade a room, what to do with mobile and electronic devices, how and when to communicate with police, and how to use your time in lockdown to prepare to use other strategies (i.e. Counter or Evacuate) that might come into play should the active shooter gain entrance.

Inform -- is a continuation of Alert and uses any means necessary to pass on real-time information. Video surveillance, 911 calls and PA announcements are just a few of the channels that may be used by school employees, safety officers, and other personnel.
An emergency response plan should have clear methods outlined for informing school employees, hospital workers, or any other employees of whereabouts of a violent intruder.

Counter-- ALICE Training does not believe that actively confronting a violent intruder is the best method for ensuring the safety of all involved, whether in a school, a hospital, a business, or a church. Counter focuses on actions that create noise, movement, distance and distraction with the intent of reducing the shooter’s ability to shoot accurately.

Evacuate-- Our human instinct in the face of danger is to remove ourselves from that threat. ALICE training provides techniques for safer and more strategic evacuations.
An active shooter in a building presents a situation like no other. Evacuating to a safe area takes people out of harm’s way and hopefully prevents civilians from having to come into any contact with the shooter.

This information and more can be found at

Elementary Bookfair News

As you may already know, we will be working together with HESPA for the book fairs this school year. The fall book fair is scheduled for the week of November 18-22, 2013. As it has been done previously, the children will visit the book fair at your scheduled library time. I have already made arrangements with Scholastic to have extra books sent so there should be plenty of them all week long!

Also, this year, we want every child to receive a book. I have spoken with both Mr. Soloman and Mrs. Ackworth about this. The profits for this book fair will be used to purchase a book for every child. The children will receive their books from Santa when he visits the school this year. If anyone has any questions or concerns about this please feel free to see me and we can discuss it.

I will hold a teacher preview breakfast meeting from 7:45-8:15 a.m. on Monday, November 18, 2013. Please join us in the library to create a wish list and have some breakfast goodies! Thanks so much for your help and cooperation! I truly appreciate it.

--Mary Ann Smiley,

Materials from the Professional Development Sessions Available Online

The handouts from the sessions are available online at...

Elementary Teacher Resources

Middle School Teacher Resources

High School Teacher Resources

If you would like to suggest a topic for a PD workshop that you think should be offered, please don't hesitate to contact Amy Slade (

New Library E-News Format

From now on all three schools will receive a combined weekly Hubbard School Library E-News bulletin through All Media Center staff will contribute to this e-news and it will help to link the three schools and provide more continuity within the Hubbard School Library Media Program. It also enables us to better serve you and meet your needs.

Media Center Resources

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How can we help you?

Amy E. Slade, MLIS

Mary Ann Smiley