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                September  back to school

                                       Welcome back!
    It has been such a pleasure to greet the Montlake students and show them the new layout of books. I've already been given a few recommendations of "must buy" books to add to the collection!

    I'm planning to post covers of books that I'm reading, so check this page if you would like a recommendation. I'll add a link to a review so that you can find out a bit more about the story, just click on the book cover!

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

      We will be starting our Sasquatch lunch time book group gatherings very soon! Our first meeting will be on Friday, September 21st and we'll be discussing It Ain't so Awful, Falafel, by Firoozeh Doomas. Some of you read this book for Global Reading Challenge last school year, so I think we'll have plenty to talk about!

                                           Sasquatch award     
    Towner Award nominees are now on display in the library - I am excited to begin looking at these information books with our 3rd through 5th graders.
    We also have a book box to display the 20 titles selected in the 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.

    Next time you're in the building, come upstairs and check out the Otter Wall of fame! We already have a couple of names on the wall - 2 students who read all 6 nominees for the
    Otter Award during the summer! Otter book nominees


    Digital Citizens

    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 with all students throughout the year.

    Kindergarten students will learn about about visiting online sites that are safe for them. We will visit two sites in class and students can come to this page to view those websites at home.

    Find out about animals at the San Diego zoo site and visit the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan from the comfort of your couch!

    Here are some more videos that our Kindergarten students will be viewing as part of our lessons:

    What is the Internet?
    What is personal information?
    Follow the digital trail.

    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 ( 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:

    Contact Info

    Librarian: Donna Rueth
    Phone: 206-252-3313

    Library Hours

    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
    9:15 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

    Helpful Links

    Seattle Public Library
    Horn Book Guide
    Kirkus Reviews
    A Mighty Girl
    Mayor of Bookopolis
    Read Kiddo Read
    American Indian Children's Literature
    Lee & Low Books
    Book Dragon: Books for the multicultural reader
    The Nonfiction Minute