Welcome to the VCES Library!
Library Media Specialist
Every good action and every perfect gift is from God. – James 1:17
Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! This is my 14th year as the Valley Catholic Elementary School Library Media Specialist and my 18th year working here at Valley Catholic Elementary School. I feel so blessed to work in a learning community that values reading and the love of books, along with all of the wonderful technology devices that supplement and enhance our program. Collaboration is very important to me, so I feel fortunate to work with our technology specialist along with the classroom teachers to provide the best program for our students. I strive to work with students to support what they are learning in the classroom and their development into effective, independent learners and readers.
- Kindergartners come to the library once a week for thirty minutes. Their library day is Monday or Friday. We begin the year learning about the responsibilities that go along with the opportunity to check out books. These include book care, library procedures, choosing books, proper library behavior, and returning books on time. Students may check out one book for a period of one week.
- First and second graders come to the library once a week for forty-five minutes. Monday or Friday are the days for first grade and Tuesday or Wednesday for second grade. We begin the year reviewing library procedures and book care. They learn about the different areas of the library and where some of the early chapter books are located. First graders may check out one book for a period of one week until after Christmas. Then they may check out two books for a period of one week. Second graders may check out two books for a period of one week. If they want to continue to read a book they have checked out, it may be renewed.
- Third and fourth graders come to the library once a week for forty-five minutes. We begin reviewing the procedures they have learned over their first few years. Students learn locations and differences between fiction and nonfiction books, as well as how to find these on our computer catalog. They also work on projects that are a collaborative effort between the classroom, library, technology, and other specials. Third graders may check out three books for a period of two weeks. Fourth graders may check out four books for a period of two weeks. These materials can be renewed.
- Fifth graders come to the library once a week for forty-five minutes. They also have the opportunity to come into the library and/or computer lab during open times to check out books or do research for projects. We begin the year with a review of library procedures and how to locate materials in our computer catalog. Students begin learning how to properly prepare a Bibliography or Work Cited as they will be required to do so on many of their projects throughout the curriculum. They also work on projects that are a collaborative effort between the classroom, library, technology, and other specials. Fifth graders may check out four books for a period of two weeks. These materials can be renewed.
SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR NOVEMBER 13-19TH !!!
November 13th 12:00-4:30 PM, 6:00-8:00 PM
November 14th 8:00 AM-12:30 PM
November 15th— 16th 8 AM-11 AM, 12:00-4:00 PM
November 19th— 20th 8 AM-11 AM, 12:00-4:00 PM
Portland Trailblazers Read Big Reading Logs
The students at VCES have been encouraged to participate in the Portland Trailblazers Read Big! Promotion. Each student was given a reading score card to keep track of their reading for this program. Our school has set a goal for each student—read at least 600 pages in books, magazines, etc. by December 3rd and they will earn a free Blazer ticket for a game during January or February. Kindergartners and First Graders may have books read to them. Ask your child if he/she has been given their score card. If anyone misplaced the reading score card and needs a new one, contact me in the library and I will give them another one. The score cards need to be signed by a parent/guardian before the students turn them in. They need to be returned to the library by December 5th.
This service allows all school families access from home. World Book Kids and World Book Student are great research resources. Go to: worldbookonline.com.
This site provides information on how to do research, databases to locate information, a citation maker that provides a template for creating a Works Cited or Bibliography, and many other research resources.