Jackrabbit Readers

Jackson-Keller Library Newsletter- January Edition

Upcoming library events:

Jan. 4th - 15th: 3rd grade research

Jan. 6th-20th: see the visiting tarantula

Jan. 29th: 3rd-5th Bluebonnet celebration during lunches

Feb. 4th: Author & illustrator Jason Chin visits JK for all students; book order due Jan. 15th

Feb. 22-26th: Spring book fair

Feb. 23rd: 6 Flags Read to Succeed form due to library

Author and illustrator Jason Chin will be on campus speaking to all grades

Thursday, Feb. 4th, 8:30am-2:30pm

1601 Jackson Keller Road

San Antonio, TX

We are so very excited to get the opportunity to visit with the very talented Jason Chin on Thursday, February 4th. Each grade level will get to hear how he researches for his non-fiction titles and where his inspiration comes from. Visit his website at: http://jasonchin.net/ for more information and a listing of all of his great titles. Order forms to purchase and have his books signed will be going home and are due by Friday, Jan. 15th.

Lively Library Lessons

We have been busy in the library at Jackson-Keller. We celebrated a very successful book fair in November, where students were quite excited to purchase the newest Diary of a Wimpy Kid. We discussed the many things we are thankful for. First graders delved into learning about polar bears and found out some very interesting facts. Did you know polar bears typically have two cubs at a time? Second graders learned about fairy tale attributes and got excited about being the first class to participate in the Jackson-Keller Fairy Tale Bowl in the Spring. Third through fifth graders enjoyed visiting National Landmarks via iPads in the library using the Nearpod website. Great fun and education. We felt virtually transported!

Library Happenings

Spring book fair

Get ready! Our Spring book fair is scheduled for Feb. 22nd-26th. Can't wait to see what new titles they'll have for us. And, we are always looking for volunteers who can help work the book fair. Contact Mrs. Darilek at 407-4428 or ldaril@neisd.net to get signed up to volunteer.

Poetry, anyone?

Wow! JK has been busy sharing our poems of the month with friends and family. Students have been consistently delivering their completed poetry pages in anticipation of their coveted "smelly" bookmark. We have loved even getting to hear a few of them deliver their oral recitation of the poem of the month. So proud of you all! For the months of November and December, we had almost 300 poems turned in. Great job, Jackrabbits! I wonder what kind of smelly bookmark January will bring.

PAWSitive Readers

JK would like to welcome Mrs. Bernie Barnes and her Golden Retriever, Gus to our JK campus. Gus is a certified therapy dog who gets to listen to some of our super JK readers. This dynamic duo comes weekly and are such a special treat. The Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) program works to improve children's reading and communication skills. Gus is planning to come visit classes in the library and sit down and read a book with them. Will he join your class?

JK Library Pages

We are so excited for finally have our new Library Pages. These are fourth and fifth grade students with excellent citizenship, grades and strong teacher recommendations. They come help in the library once a week during their recess by shelving books, dusting, organizing, maintaining the iPads and so much more. We love our Pages! Thank you for all your help.

Parent Accounts

Parents, did you know that you can check out up to ten books from our school library? Did you know that you can use that same ID number to check out digital books from our eBook collection? Come by the library and we will get you signed up with an account and show you how to check out from our extensive digital collection. You may also use this link to create your parent account.

Interested in volunteering?

Parents, we are always looking for parent volunteers to help us in the library on a weekly basis or for some of our special events. If you would like to help, please contact the librarian, Laurie Darilek and we will get you plugged in. We need you!

November & December library statistics

We have been staying very busy and are thrilled by all the reading happening at JK!

Take a look:


Kinder: 327 books

1st: 317 books

2nd: 1,098 books

3rd: 703 books

4th: 1,166 books

5th: 1,081 books

Parent and teachers: 354 books

Total books circulated: 5,045