Welcome to the VCES Library!
Library Media Specialist
“We love because He first loved us.” — 1 John 4:19
Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! This is my 15th year as the Valley Catholic Elementary School Library Media Specialist and my 19th 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 Wednesday or Thursday 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.
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Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB)
Valley Catholic is participating in the Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) for the 2019-2020 School Year. This is an optional, fun, reading enrichment activity for students in grades three through five. Teams of four students, or five with one being an alternate, are asked to demonstrate their knowledge of sixteen books they have read over the course of the previous summer followed by the current school year.
The OBOB books will be available in the Valley Catholic Library, the public libraries, and bookstores. Participants may read print or e-books. We will also have many of these titles for sale at our book fair in November. Students wishing to participate are required to read at least three of the sixteen books by November 20th. Some teams have already begun to form or are continuing from last year. There is also plenty of time for more teams to be created and we will be discussing this during library classes in September and October. A form will come home with interested students in the middle of November that must be signed by parents or a responsible guardian indicating permission for the student to participate and that the student has read at least three of the books. Each team will need a parent to help mentor them so that they can hold practice sessions and meet periodically as a team to discuss the books. The teams can arrange their practices in a variety of ways. Some teams in the past years have met in each other’s homes or at a meeting place like the school or public library. They write their own questions and quiz each other on those. There are also many questions available on public library websites, book comprehension websites such as Quizlet, and others that I can suggest to you. The school library will remain open most Thursdays after school until 4:15 for OBOB practice beginning in November. Teams can come in with a parent or another mentor to help them. If a team is unable to provide a mentor I will be available to quiz teams, also. Also, every other Wednesday, beginning September 18th, the Beaverton City Main Library will host book discussions about the OBOB books from 4:00-5:00 pm. The Murray and Scholls Branch will do the same, every other Sunday from 2:00-3:00 pm, beginning October 13th.
At the end of January, battles begin between all of the school teams. The competition is similar in style to a “College Bowl” in which teams answer questions posed by a moderator about the books to earn points. The winning team from our school competitions will represent Valley Catholic School at the regional competition in March. The winning team from the regional competition will go to the state competition in Salem. The state winner is presented with the Oregon Battle of the Books Trophy to display for the year at their school. The main objective of the program is for students to have fun reading and sharing books!
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.