Library - Mrs. Guerrier

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“Happy New Year" Mom and Dad Dukes!

Welcome to the 2021-2022 School year, and the library website.  I am very happy to welcome your children back to our beautiful Hamilton Library where they will be able to choose books to their liking, help their friends in their choices, and talk about the books they're read from our shelves.  Our library is warm, bright, and welcoming, and I encourage students to enjoy their time there whenever they visit. After a long hiatus from our wonderful space, it will be a great return to the in-library experience.

As a refresher, I want to share with you the rules of the library which your children should know/will learn.  These rules, as all rules in our school, are to ensure the smooth operation of school, and in this case, the library.  There are just three library rules, and we discuss them at the beginning of school and periodically in class throughout the school year:

TOGETHER, we must...

  • Be Kind
  • Be Safe
  • Be Our Best

Kindness takes into consideration respect, treating others as we’d like to be treated, and being good listeners as well as polite contributors to discussions.

Being Safe means that the library and its set up are here to encourage comfort and urbane interactions. The library is a small and cozy space for finding books to fit whatever interests students have, and for students to have an exchange of ideas in a peaceful and respectful manner. 

Being Your Best suggests something that Dukes always thrive to achieve – excellence in scholarship through academic prowess, and using our Catholic values to assist us in our choices.

To facilitate our students in meeting these expectations, I try to engage them in activities that will extend the lessons we may have during a class period. Assignments that are grade appropriate are sometimes given, designed to give students an opportunity to demonstrate what they learned from those lessons. All assignments will be posted, and sufficient library class time will be provided to ensure that the bulk of the work can be done here, not at home, although some corrections or finishing touches might require a minimum of "home" work.   

Each grade meets once a week.  PreK, Kindergarten, and First Grade visit the library and listen to stories/readings – fiction and nonfiction – and may have a small activity to reinforce what was heard (if time permits). Grades 2 -5 might have small projects that could focus on religion, history, science, or literature.  Grades 6 – 8 may have study hall, speech writing/delivery, or debates, or "Book Clubs." All classes meet for 35 - 40 minutes. Students will be allowed to have no more than two "checked out books" at any time.  These books must be completed or renewed within two weeks.  Renewal of high demand books can take place two times after the initial "check out," allowing a student to have the book(s) for a total of 6 weeks. In an effort to maintain a healthy book exchange system, I will wipe down every book that is returned before re-shelving them.

I am looking forward to working with your children, as always.  I love them, and appreciate that you have chosen our school for them to learn and grow. Thank you for that choice.  Together, We Are DeChantal!

 

Warm regards,

Mrs. Guerrier