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    Congratulations to our Global Reading Challenge team, I'm Sqeak, who did an amazing job representing Montlake at the finals. Although they were not the overall winners, they showed great team spirit and we are all very proud of them.
     GRC team                         GRC team

       ​Here are some of my recent reads. Click on the book cover if you'd like to read a review and then maybe you could check it out from our library. Happy Reading!   

    book cover ​ Alfie  book cover   book cover   book cover   book cover   book cover   book cover  book coverbook cover Poet's Dog  book cover book cover book cover  Bob by Wendy Mass   Ticket to India  book cover  book cover book cover book cover book cover  book cover book cover

    You can see more book suggestions if you follow me on Instagram, where I post pictures of books @ Wolfpackbookbag. Also, read about the 2019 award winning books here.

      I love our Sasquatch lunch time book group gatherings! Students eat lunch in the library and chat about the latest nominee. Our next meeting will be on Friday, March 22nd, when we'll be talking about Skeleton Tree. Students can also contribute to the Sasquatch conversations on schoology.

                                           Sasquatch award     
     
    The
    Towner Award nominees are on display in the library and this week our 3rd through 5th graders will be looking at our fourth title, Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist.

    Our K-2 students are enjoying the 20 titles selected in the 2019 
    Washington Children's Choice Picture book category. I'll be reading those to our younger students and inviting the older Wolves to see what they think of this year's selection.
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    This week I'll be reading Ice Boy, by David Ezra Stein and students can watch a video about the water cycle here.

    Next time you're in the building, come upstairs and check out the Otter Wall of fame! We already have a few names on the wall - students from the K - 3rd grade who read all 6 nominees for the
    Otter AwardOtter book nominees


                       

    Technology

    Let's try Interland
    Get ready for Smarter Balance by taking a practice test.

    Students will learn how to:

    • log on to computers using their unique username
    • create a password
    • find books using the library catalog
    • access online resources at school and at home
    • navigate schoology (3 - 5th grade)
    • participate in coding through code.org
    • engage in lessons to foster digital citizenship  
    • explore the various functions of Office 365
    • Create a presentation using Sway (3 - 5th grade)
    • Create a short video using Flip Grid (4/5)
    • Use Spark Adobe to record a story (3rd)

    Digital Citizenship
     Montlake students are digital natives and our job is to help them navigate that world in a safe and responsible way. To that end, I will be using the Common Sense Media curriculum and other resources with all students throughout the year and making sure our technology lessons offer authentic opportunities to practice digital citizenship in the work we do. 


    Volunteer Information:

    Volunteers keep our program going. In order to provide students with the highest quality of educational experiences it is necessary to rely on volunteers to support some of the ongoing non-student contact tasks like shelving of titles. If you are interested in attending and assisting in the library while your child is (or isn't) present please email Ms Rueth (dmrueth@seattleschools.org). Make sure you complete the required paperwork with Ms. Tiffany in the front office.

    Volunteer opportunities include shelving, check in/out, book repair, special projects!

    Library Catalog
    Online Student Resources

    Make use of a wide range of SPS supported resources by logging in via the Student Portal. Once a student has logged in using their unique username and password, they have access to many of the resources without the need to log in again.

    Any sites that do​ require an additional log in, use the following:

    username: seattlesps
    password: access

    Montlake Elementary also offers access to Lexia and IXL - two online resources that give students practice in reading and math skills. Students can log in using these links:
    Lexia
    IXL


    Contact Info

    Librarian: Donna Rueth
    dmrueth@seattleschools.org
    Phone: 206-252-3313


    Library Hours

    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
    9:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.


    Helpful Links

    Seattle Public Library
    We Need Diverse Books
    Disability in Kidlit
    Kirkus Reviews
    A Mighty Girl
    Latinxs in Kid Lit
    American Indian Children's Literature
    Lee & Low Books
    Brightly
    Book Dragon: Books for the multicultural reader
    The Nonfiction Minute