Here's a link to our March Newsletter.
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. Talk with your child bout the importance of reading and send your thanks to http://nwliteracy.com/pageContactUs
Let's look back at our Author Visit with Javaka Steptoe
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!
Our second Donor's Choose grant of the year to add @PlayOsmo systems to our library iPad activity centers is now actively accepting Donor's Choose funding. Forward this link to friends you know who can help. An anonymous donor recently gave $500 to the PTA to benefit the library, and books are on the shelves.
Our library won a $1000 NEA grant for books that were distributed to Students beginning on Read Across America Day on March 2nd.http://www.nea.org/grants/61668.htm http://www.nea.org/grants/61668.htm
Two other local authors who have visited DPIS 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.
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.
Our Librarian, Craig Seasholes is a Beacon Hill resident and active member of district, state and national librarians' associations. Craig was named 2016 Washington State Teacher Librarian of the Year. A friend recorded this LIT-TL rap describing all the things that librarians do. Listen up!
Volunteers: Please help keep our library program growing. Drop in help is welcome, regular volunteers ROCK! Stop by or email Mr Seasholes.
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.