Welcome back for another wonderful school year!
We hope you had a great summer and that you participated in HEB READS!, our summer reading community challenge. Please bring your summer reading certificate to show Mrs. Zorn and your new teacher.
One of the highlights of our 15-16 school year was being able to host one of our favorite authors, Obert Skye, to talk about his books and to highlight writing skills for our 4th graders as they prepared for their STAAR writing test. It was Mr. Skye's fourth visit to Shady Oaks since 2007. For many years, our students have been enjoying the books from his four series: "Leven Thumps," "Pillage," "The Creature from My Closet," and "Witherwood Reform School."
The film in the attachment below is from one of Mr. Skye's previous visits. As the film begins, he had just asked "Who here likes to read?" and it was fun to see all of the hands fly up! We hope you enjoy his story about how he became a reader!
So much learning happens in our library media center! Please remember that parents are welcome to visit our library media center from 7:45 - 8:00 before school or 3:00 - 3:15 after school to choose books. We have a great collection of books about parenting, and you may also choose books to share with your children.
Checkout: Each class is scheduled for a weekly checkout period. Please contact Mrs. Zorn to find out which is your child's checkout day. Even though your child checks out books from our school's library media center each week, please remember that it is still very important to make regular trips - adventures! - to the Hurst Public Library! You will be absolutely amazed by all of their books and media materials!
Research and Technology Projects: Teachers may schedule groups to visit the library media center to work on research and technology projects which support the curriculum.
Library Instruction: Mrs. Zorn teaches classes to each homeroom.
Assignments: Homework is usually not given, other than to always work hard to find books you will love to read during checkout periods, and then to READ - READ - READ!
Do you have a family of "wild readers?" In Donalyn Miller's wonderful book, Reading in the Wild: The Book Whisperer's Keys to Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits (which you can borrow from our library) she discusses how to create enthusiastic, lifelong readers. One of her suggestions is that the adults in the family read voraciously to serve as good role models of being avid readers for our children / students.
If you would like some suggestions of interesting books to read, our great Texas Library Association is happy to help! You know about their Texas Bluebonnet Award reading list, but did you know they also offer book lists for all ages - even for adults? Visit http://www.txla.org/Lariat to find this year's suggestions, as well as Lariat lists from the five previous years.
We enjoyed celebrating our 3rd annual
International Dot Day
on Friday, September 11! The day is a wonderful celebration of creativity:
"make a mark, and see where it takes you!"
Click here to enjoy photos from International Dot Day at SOE September, 2013.
and click on the link below for photos from last year's celebration:
Click here for more information about this special day: International Dot Day
Welcome to the Shady Oaks library website! Please be sure to click on the links in the menu to the left to access the catalog, create a reading list using your lexile with QuizList, and explore our wonderful online research databases. Useful Links: SQWORLS will take you to areas to find suggested reading lists for all ages, author information, fantastic iPad app information, as well as websites for learning and recreation. Great study websites for preparing for the upcoming Geography Bee can be found on a SQWORL in Useful Links, too.
Please click on "Contact Mrs. Zorn" to send an email about anything on the library website or library-related. Parents can visit the library before and after school to check out books from our great parenting section, too.
Research shows..."School libraries are a powerful force in the lives of America's children. The school library is one of the few factors whose contribution to academic achievement has been documented empirically, and it is a contribution that cannot be explained away by other powerful influences on student performance."
"What Research Tells Us About the Importance of School Libraries"
Keith Curry Lance, Ph.D.