More Than Books On A Shelf

Jenkins Middle School LIbrary Newsletter

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Library News

We have hit the ground running and we are ready for great school year ahead! We've managed to acquire more than 400 new books and resources for students and teachers and funded a $14,000 technology grant. Soon we will be able to share with you some recent accomplishments and offer you at look at what's in store for our library.

Many beautiful, unusual, and thought-provoking new books are available for

you now in the library. Please come take a look and find something great to read

Important Dates

August 22nd-First Day of School

August 27th-All School Assembly

September 2-Labor Day NO SCHOOL

September 4-PTO Meets

at 6:00 p.m. in the Library

September 5-Open House

September 10- Vision and

Hearing Screenings for Grades 6 & 7

September 11-Vision and

Hearing Screenings for Grade 8

September 13- Fall Fundraiser

October 16-Parent Teacher Conference

Book Corner

Trending Now

Llama Llama Misses Mama

10 Dogs in the Window

If you Give a Moose a Muffin

Good Night Moon

Scholastic Book Orders:

Forms are available in the Library. There are always great buys on books, and the Library gets book points for our orders. We were able to get over 200 free books for our Library last year! Please make checks payable to Scholastic or you can send cash with your child's order. This month’s orders are due September 30. There will usually be orders at the end of every month. You can pick up an order form at the Parent Club meeting on Tuesday, September 24!

September Upcoming Events


Thursday, Sept 6th, 1:00 p.m.

Take a look at our new picture series in the Youth

department: “The Saga of the Viking Bunnies”. Write

their story! Tell us what happens next and how it

ends, then come show off your work. Prizes for

different ages! For all ages.

Come To The Library For A Break

Tuesdays @1:00 p.m.

Come to the library and design your own READ

poster, starring you and your favorite book. For all


Tuesday, Sept 17th, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Come to the library for pizza and discussion. What

should the library have that we don’t carry? How

can we make things more welcoming for you? Share

your thoughts on book clubs, online meet-ups, anime,

crafting, writing groups, and more.

All grades welcome

Thursday, Sept 19th, 3 pm Guest Reader Meet in Greet

Surprise guest reader in the library to be announced at a later date

The 2nd Annual Story Challenge for Grades 6-8 accepts submissions Sept 1-30th.

All writers are invited to a Short Story Celebration in October in the Library.

The top three stories from each grade will be recognized and each writer will receive a certificate of participation. Official contest rules and guidelines are posted in the library.

See What Your Peers Recommend Reading

Find a Cow Now!
By Stevens, Janet

A restless city dog is sent to the countryside to find something to herd, such as a cow. But since Dog has never seen a cow, he finds all the wrong animals. Full color.

Good Night, Sleep Tight
By Fox, Mem

Bestselling picture book author Fox and illustrator Horacek ("Where Is the Green Sheep?") are back with a sweet bedtime story. Bonnie and Ben's favorite babysitter tells them nursery rhymes at bedtime. They enjoy the stories so much that they want to hear each one again! Full color.

Peck, Peck, Peck
By Cousins, Lucy

Comical and original, this vivacious picture book from the creator of Maisy features a lovable new character. Little woodpecker has just learned to peck. Yippee! He's having so much fun that he peck-peck-pecks right through a door and has a go at everything on the other side. Children will be drawn to the young bird's exuberance at learning a new skill. Full color.

Tap the Magic Tree
By Matheson, Christie

An innovative, refreshing debut picture book about the changing seasons and the magic and true interactivity of turning a page. Matheson invites the reader to tap, rub, touch, and wiggle illustrations to make an apple tree bloom, produce fruit, and lose its leaves.

I Stink!
By McMullan, Kate

Follow a night in the life of a cool garbage truck with a bad attitude as he makes the rounds and picks up an A-to-Z list of stinky garbage. Illustrations.

Ways To Help Motivate You To Keep Reading

  • Make sure book sharing time is fun.

  • For children with short attention spans, keep it short, but read more often.

  • Children are more likely to enjoy reading if they see others reading.

  • Read books you enjoy.

  • Choose books about things that interest the child.

  • Read with a natural, but cheerful voice.

Parents Can Get Involved

Being involved with your child’s school is an

important way to show your child that you value

education. It is also a great way to get to know

your child’s teachers, curriculum, and other

children and families in the district.

Don’t worry if your time is limited or you have

other small children at home that restrict what you

can do. Most schools have many opportunities that

you can do at home or are only one-time events.

Ask your child’s teacher how you can help. A few

ideas include:

From home:

• Type children’s stories to make class books

• Help organize class trips or parties

• Make games and materials for centers

One-time events:

• Speak to the class about a career or hobby

• Chaperone a field trip

Weekly or monthly:

• Read with children

• Help with photocopying or bulletin boards

• Serve as a lunchroom volunteer

• Volunteer in the school library

Safety Procedures

All buildings doors remain locked at all times. For the safety and protection of our students and staff, all visitors must be buzzed in through the front doors of the parking lot and report to the office to sign in and receive a visitors pass. Each day doors open at 8:30 am. The tardy bell will ring at 8:40 am. Students must be in their classrooms at this time. If you need to pick up your child anytime during the day please send a note to your child's teacher or call ahead of time. Please be prepared to show your identification and sign your child out of the building. Dismissal begins at 3:10 pm. If you are picking up your child, you must remain outside in your car or you may stand in front of the building.

What Research Says

  • State study confirms that school librarians support student achievement.
  • When spending for school libraries rises, better reading scores follow.
  • School librarians platform for reading success.
  • The most important thing a school library program can have is a full-time certified librarian with support staff.
  • A growing body of research shows that successful parent involvement improves not only student behavior and attendance but also positively affects student achievement.


Book Fair October 11th-18th

We encourage students to submit recommendations for books they have enjoyed. After all, this is their library.

Mystery Library Event Coming This Fall.

Trivia Contest Coming Soon.

Mrs. Laura Quick


Jenkins Middle School
2020 W Catalpa
Springfield, MO 65807

Phone: (417) 865-4788
Fax: (417) 865-4773