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    Check Out Our Feb Library Newsletter  

    Author Charles Watersbook cover

    presented an all school assembly on Thurs Jan 25th featuring his new book of poems written with Irene Latham on the topic of "Race, Mistakes and Friendship."  Inspired to write some poems of  their own for the event, 
    check out this video of student poets reading their poems inspired by Mr Waters along with STYLE's beatboxing  Mr B. 

    Feb. 5-9th Mr B Nate Bogopolsky and Tiffany Wilson with LearningWithSTYLE  will be artists in residence as they guide 4-5th graders in a week-long residency to write songs based on "Can I Touch Your Hair: Poems of Race, Mistakes and Friendship." At the end of the week STYLE brings in a recording engineer to record each class' original song. Thanks to the Northwest Literacy Foundation and The Bushwick Book Club Seattle and the DPIS PTA for making this opportunity possible. 

    book cover Mon 1/29 3rd graders got to meet author Stephanie Barden as she shared her story of writing and her love of libraries.  Check out and read her Cinderella Smith books; it's the best way to say thanks to Stephanie for 5 years of generous  support to our library.

    4-5th graders are preparing for a Tues Feb 6th "Battle of the Books" contest in the Seattle Public Library 2018 GRC program. The winning team will represent our school at the Thurs March 1st Semi-Finals at the Central Library. A 2018 GRC Glog resource is linked here with practice questions, author info and book trailers.

    mother, child and red bagOur partnership with SPL has also provided KG students with red "Raising a Reader" book bags that go home on Wednesdays and come back every Monday.

    And while we're thanking friends of the library, a $2500 infusion of new books have come into our library thanks to the Northwest Literacy Foundation. Students have written thank you notes, but our real joy is seeing books headed home in students backpacks, being read, then having them come back for more! 

    Bookmark the DPIS Glog as a great online resource for families to use with your students, all of them "Bookman approved."

    Looking back, authors Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi visited in Nov 2017Korematsu book cover and presented Fred Korematsu Speaks Up to students and families.  Thanks to both the SCAChurch and Antioch University for their support in bringing the conversation to social justice to our community.  

    Our library and information technology (LIT) program provides a unique environment for celebrating literacy and learning to use information effectively School LIT framework here. 
    Volunteers help keep our library program growing. Drop in help is  welcome, regular volunteers ROCK! Stop by or email Mr Seasholes.  

    Kwame Alexander on Reading

    Young Peoples Literature Ambassador Jacqueline Woodson's Inaugural Address

    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.
    • 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.