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    will present an all school assembly at 1PM Thurs Jan 25th featuring his new book of collaborative poetry, thanks to Antioch University Seattle's Multicultural Children's Book Festival. Copies of the book are for sale for $15 pre-order and autographing if submitted by Jan 16th, using this form.

    Feb. 5-9th a LearningWithSTYLE duo of teacher-musicians will be filming as they work with 4-5th graders in a week-long residency to craft 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 for making this opportunity possible. 

    book coverIn January, third graders will also get to meet author Stephanie Barden who visits Dearborn Park to share her books and love of libraries visible in her 5-year, $15K grantto our library. Check out and read her Cinderella Smith books; it's the best way to say thanks. logo

    More than Just an "Hour of Code" resources for 2-5th graders continue beyond an "Hour of Code" in self-paced learning modules introducing basic computer coding and computational thinking. 

    The 2018 Global Reading Challenge has begun for 4-5th graders, preparing for a Tues Feb 6th "Battle of the Books" contest between 7 teams who will have read all 10 books provided by 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.  All participants will also go to the Central Library on Friday Jan 19th to hear Pickle author Kim Baker. A 2018 GRC Glog resource is linked here with practice questions, author info and book trailers.

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

    A robust $2500 addition 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. Congratulations to Laura and Stan as their book hits several "Best Book of the Year" lists including the 2017 Nerdies

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

    Kwame Alexander on Reading

    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.