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    Looking Ahead

    Author Stephanie Barden will again visit Dearborn Park to share her books and love of libraries. Check out her Cinderella Jones easy chapter books, as well as the impact of the 5 year $15K grant has made in our library. What's the best way to say "thank you?" READ!

    Authors Linda Adkins and Stan Yogi will visit DPIS in October 25th to talk about their new book  Fred Korematsu Speaks Up, a book for middle grades on the power of standing up to injustice, in this case during the Internment of Japanese Americans during WWII.

    Bookmark the DPIS Glog as a great online resource for families to use with your students. You'll find a changing array of resources all of them "Bookman" approved.
    Looking Back
    Thanks to United Way Day of Caring & Page Ahead, who brought over 30 volunteers to our school on Fri 15th to read to K, 1st and 2nd grade students...and sent everyone home with a new book to add to their home library. Research confirms: Books at home = Great Readers

    On June 12th our library hosted a visit by two Seattle Reign women's professional soccer players on June 12th. Forward  Beverly Yanez and goalkeeper Madalyn Schiffel came by and the Reign made this video of their visit.

    Tweet This: Great Things Happen @DPISchool1 like this upcoming event in April:

    The Northwest Literacy Foundation granted @DPISchool1 $5000 worth of books which we've selected from the University Bookstore and are busily adding to the stacks. A gift like this is transformative;  there's no limit to our gratitude. 

    Steptoe and student

         Book cover image  Steptoe and student

    Four days after learning his newest book, "Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michael Basquiat"  was awarded both the Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Award for  Illustration Javaka Steptoe presented two assemblies to DPIS students courtesy to Antioch University's  Multicultural Children's Book Festival. It was a "storybook" visit, indeed with students acting out the book as Steptoe narrated the meat of the story, then fielding questions.  "Radiant Child" is now #4 on the NYTimes BestSeller list. Thanks again to Antioch University Seattle for their efforts bringing Javaka to our students...and for donating books to our library!

    Two other local authors who  visited DPIS this deserve mention and thanks here as well. Author
    Stephanie Barden visited on Nov 16th and delighted 3rd graders with her "Cinderella Jones" books. Thanks are also due to Stephanie and her husband for their ongoing and generous support of our school library.  

    Barden talking to 3rd graders author with students
    Another local author, Clare Hodgson Meeker dropped by DPIS and spoke with a small group of soccer fans reading her "Soccer Dreams" about a boy growing up on Beacon Hill who dreams of playing in the MLS.

    Our library and information technology (LIT) program provides a unique environment for celebrating literacy and learning to use information effectively School LIT framework here. At Dearborn Park, students visit the library each week to check out books and participate in whole-group lessons focusing on literature appreciation and information technology skills. Our librarian collaborates with teachers to ensure that all students are effective users and producers of ideas and information.

    Volunteers: Please help keep our library program growing. Drop in help is  welcome, regular volunteers ROCK! Stop by or email Mr Seasholes. 

    Student reading a book

    Why Reading is Important?

    One thing that we all NEED to find time for is reading to our children for 30 minutes each day. According to the leading experts on this topic, here are the reasons why:

    • Children who read: succeed. The most significant part of a child's mental growth between the ages of three and seven is the ability to imagine. Books boost imagination. Our popular television culture degrades imagination.
    • TV and video are now our national babysitters. But a young child's growing mind needs active play and live conversation. Television puts a child into what neurologists call the passive Alpha state. A child cannot learn from screens because programs are meant to sell products not to teach.
    • Much like the first news about tobacco and cholesterol, early studies now link overdoses of TV, video games and pop music with learning disabilities, attention deficiency, speech defects and aggressive behavior.
    • Screen watching makes a child a follower and a consumer. Books exist because of the power of human ideas. Readers are leaders and producers.
    • After a tiring day nothing is more restful than reading with a child on your lap. Reading aloud offers a world of privacy, dignity, and love to both of you.