Kokanee Library Newsletter

September 2016

Welcome back!

Welcome to the 2016-17 school year! Every month you will receive a newsletter informing you on what is happening in the library, any info you may need to know and to share tips and tricks to help make your life as a teacher easier. I hope that you find the information useful and that it will encourage communication and collaboration.

What's Happening in the Library this month???

All students are finishing up the basic intro's to the library and checking out lots of books! Normal checkouts are as follows:

1st and 2nd = 2 books

3rd = 3 books

4th-6th = 3-5 books

From here out, grades will start to diverge on their lessons and building on skills learned in previous years. 1st and 2nd will continue to build on their library and book skills, while 3rd-6th will start moving to Google Apps and other computer/research skills. The library is a great place to collaborate on a research project so please let me know how we can help support your students and your curriculum in the library!

Let's Get Googly!

I have had many teachers ask about student Google Apps accounts and their passwords. All students are given a Google account, although most students do not start using them consistently until 3rd grade.

Student accounts and passwords are as follows:


username: studentid@apps.nsd.org i.e. 1234567@apps.nsd.org

password: studentidnsd i.e. 1234567nsd


username: studentid@apps.nsd.org i.e. 1234567@apps.nsd.org

password: current 5th and 6th graders made up their own password last year.

4th grade passwords are currently their 8 digit birthday but we will be changing them in library this week!

Please let me know if you want/need more info or help with students google accounts. These are great tools for students to create and submit work to you without all the paperwork! I would be happy to collaborate or go over the uses of Google and the various Google apps available, including the teacher dashboard functions of Hapara.

Big News!!!

King County Library and Northshore Partnering to Bring Digital Media to Students!

KCLS and Northshore School District are now collaborating to bring digital library cards to all Northshore students. This digital card will allow students to access all of KCLS databases, ebooks and audiobooks! This digital card will not replace the traditional library card and will not be used to check out physical books from the library. The card will allow, though, access to thousands of digital media at school and at home on school computers or personal devices without the worry of fines or fees. Northshore will be blasting info via email to the parent community and students should have access starting on Monday, October 3rd. This has a lot of opportunities for students and teachers and I am very excited for all this partnership will offer our students! More info to come!

Check Out a New Book!

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They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel

In this unique book, they all saw a cat, from a boy to a flea to a mouse and many more. This book is a great example of perspective as each animal sees the cat in a different way. The ending is a great conversation starter as the cat makes its way to a pond where it will see itself. What will he see???
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What Do You Do With a Problem? by Kobi Yamada

Breathtaking pictures bring this very real issue to life. What do you do when a problem follows you around and consumes you? This is a great book for discussion and will leave students empowered to tackle a problem head on.
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Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie

The Washington writer famous for The Absolutely True Story of A Part-Time Indian tries his hand at a picture book with great success. Thunder Boy Jr. does not like being named after his dad. He does not like that his dad is called Big Thunder and he is called Little Thunder. When all hope seems lost, though, Thunder Boy and his dad come up with the perfect name!

Technology Tips!


Zaption is a popular tool for creating video-based lessons and quizzes. The service operates on a freemium model in which they offer a mix of free and paid options.

Word Tamer

Word Tamer is a neat site for learning the process of developing characters, settings, and plots in creative writing. Word Tamer is set up as an interactive journey through a carnival of literary devices. As students move through the carnival they develop characters, develop a setting, and develop a plot for their stories. At each stop in the Word Tamer carnival students can print out the words they have written. Along the way there are videos to help students understand the roles of characters, settings, and plot development in crafting a good story.

Pic Collage App

Pic Collage is a free app available for Android and iOS devices. Creating the collages can be a good way for students to organize their thoughts in a visual manner. In creating their collages they are organizing images that may later become writing prompts for them.

Thanks for Reading!