Welcome to the VCES Library!
Library Media Specialist
“Let us learn to live with kindness, to love everyone, even when they do not love us.” ~ Pope Francis
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 FEBRUARY 25TH-MARCH 1ST WAS A GREAT SUCCESS! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO CAME TO SUPPORT OUR SCHOOL BY BUYING BOOKS!
OUR END OF THE YEAR BOGO BOOK FAIR WILL BE HELD
MAY 28TH-JUNE 3RD
Author Visit with Hannah Holt
On Wednesday, April 3rd, VCES students had the opportunity to spend time with Hannah Holt, a local children’s author who happens to have an engineering degree, a love of science and writing. Her books, The Diamond and the Boy (2018, Balzer+Bray) and A Father’s Love (April 9, 2019, Philomel) weave together her love of language and science. She addressed the students during three grade-level mini-assemblies. In the primary grades, she taught the students about rocks through her book, The Diamond and
the Boy. In the intermediate grades, she led a workshop on non-fiction writing. Information about Hannah is on her website:
https://hannahholt.com. If you would like to order the book, The Diamond and the Boy, and have it autographed for your child, you can do so through Amazon for a discounted price of $12.75. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0062659030/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB)
Our school’s winning team, the RBFF, is made up of four fifth grade girls. They took first place at the Regional Competition and third place at the State Competition on April 6th in Salem, Oregon. We want to congratulate them on being such a great team to represent VCES! Look for information on th 2019-2020 OBOB season later this spring and in the fall.
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.