Round Elementary School Library

Monthly Staff Update for September

Welcome to the 2014-2015 School Year

Thank you all for the warm welcome Stacey and I have received in our new positions. We are thrilled with the responses to the changes we have made. My hope is to reach out to you on a monthly basis to highlight things we are doing instructionally and within our program to promote literacy and learning here at Round. Please don't hesistate to ask if you have any questions.


Looking forward to a great year,

Rachel

What You Need to Know!

Circulation limits and times

Students will check out library books at each visit. Kindergarten will start check in October. They will get one book. Students in 1st through 4th grade will check out 2 books provided their account is clear. If additional books are needed for upper grades for classroom assignments, that can be accommodated. Just let me know.


I encourage students to get one book that they can read (I teach the five finger rule early one) and a second book of their preference. It can be a book that they can have an older sibling read. The book can be one to share with a younger child. It can be anything. I encourage them to love books and try not to tell them what to love.


Are they done with their books? You may send students in twos and threes at your discretion to quietly check out books at any time. If you want to bring a whole class, please give us a heads up. We are happy to accommodate your needs.

What's up in the library?

What will your class be doing in specials in October? Take a look!


September is spent introducing book care and book selection to all grades as they rotate to the library once a week. October is the kick off to exploring topics relating to literature and information literacy. We are introducing them to new authors to read and enjoy and skills to use to explore in school and beyond.


K: Reinforce book care, book selection, beginning Virginia Readers Choice and parts of a book

1: Sharing Virginia Readers Choice titles and reinforcing the elements of a story through discussion and activities

2: Sharing Virginia Readers Choice titles and reinforcing the elements of a story through discussion and activities

3: Organization of information, Dewey Decimal System, using the library catalog

4: Organization of information, Dewey Decimal System, using the library catalog


What your library staff will be doing in the coming month:


We are continuing the process of weeding. Our collection currently has an average age of 1984, with many not having circulated in year. We plan to continue weeding through September. Once that is completed, ordering new materials will be done in earnest. If you or your students have any recommendations for the collection, please shoot me an email or drop a note in gray envelope just outside my office. Look for highlights from our ordering in the next newsletter!


Don't forget about Manassas Reads on October 11th. Check with me for more details if interested.

Our new standards

MCPS Libraries are in the process of implementing the American Association of School Librarians Standards for the 21st Century Learner. This is not instead of the things we are doing, but in addition to it. Please check out these instructional standards. We are also using a related rubric for program evaluation. Want to learn more? Please ask me!