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    Checkout Our June Summer Newsletter. 
    Looking Ahead
    June 19th DPIS will enjoy an African American Juneteenth Celebration with a 1:00 all school book cover showing childassembly and a library teach-in with Dr Debra Sullivan.  Dr. Debra Ren-Etta Sullivan is an author, educator and researcher. Her latest book, Cultivating the Genius of Black Children is available now from Red Leaf Press, and in our library. Dr Sullivan will meet 12:30-12:50 5th 1:30-1:50- 4th grade, and1:50-2:10 2nd & 3rd in the library to discuss the history and meaning of Juneteenth celebration for African Americans. Dr. Sullivan is the founder of Ashe´ Preparatory Academy. She served as the Dean of Applied Behavioral Sciences at Seattle Colleges, and the cofounder and president of the Praxis Institute for Early Childhood Education.
    Learn more about Juneteenth with this library resource link:

    Bring back all library materials! Nothing beats a clean library record at the end of the year. You may pay fines or replace the books with a gently used book of similar value.
    Help welcomed to complete end-of-year inventory. Come lend a hand and scan!   

    Page  will again provide K, 1, 2nd graders with 12 books
    for summer reading through their "Book-Up Summer" program.
    Books go come home the week of June 14-18.

     The SPL Summer Reading Challenge will be presented to our students on Friday June 8th.   Erica Sternin from Columbia City Branch agrees,  NOTHING is more important than summer reading for keeping student learning on track for success. We encourage you to make a 30 minutes a day pledge....and READ.

    Looking Back
    Our May 3rd visit with Jewell Parker Rhodes
    was covered by Seattle Schools book cover image And here  is an interview with Jewell on "The Take-Away" on WNYC.  

    Our April 4-5th grade songwriting workshop was featured in a short promotional video by STYLE artists and is visible here:

    You can hear the other class recordings at: selecting Dearborn Park, then use the teachers last name and dpis....(lodpis, walrathdpis, etc)

    Students returning to Dearborn Park in the fall may check out books for summer reading the last week of school June 21-25. The DPIS library will be closed all summer, but our online resources are always open 24/7 via the DPIS Glog. Bookmark it as an online resource to use with your students, all are "Bookman approved."

    Looking back:
    Author Charles Waters 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." Check out this video of student poets reading their poems inspired by Mr Waters along with STYLE's Nate Bogopolsky.

    Feb. 5-9th Mr B Nate Bogopolsky and Tiffany Wilson with LearningWithSTYLE led our 4-5th graders in a week-long residency to write songs based on "Can I Touch Your Hair: Poems of Race, Mistakes and Friendship." Thanks to the Northwest Literacy Foundation and The Bushwick Book Club Seattle and the DPIS PTA for making this opportunity possible. Read about it 

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    Mon 1/29 3rd graders met author Stephanie Barden as she shared her story of writing and her love of libraries. We want to say thanks to Stephanie for 5 years of generous  support to our library. Kids love her books!

     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.