Happy New School Year (2013 -2014) and Welcome Back!
I hope your summer was filled with fun, excitement and plenty of rest.
The library is a wonderful place where students get the opportunity to gain a wide range of information by reading in the library and by checking out books; there is something for everyone. In addition, didactic approaches appropriate to the student's level will be used to orient them to library usage. Primary grades learn about basic book care, parts of a book, the role of an author and illustrator, the difference between fiction and non-fiction, how to summarize information, and much more. We explore fairy tales, poems and award winning books.
The middle and upper grades review all of the above; in addition, they are given an overview of the Dewey-Decimal System, and using this skill, learn how to find information on various topics. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the topics covered through discussions, practical exercises, and sharing through written individual and group projects. The latter, for the most part, can and should be should be worked on during library class. Typing and finishing touches can be completed at home.
4th - 8th grade projects will be graded to provide feedback to the students. The "library" grade will count toward the student's grade in English. Details about assignments, including the rubric and due dates, will be provided in writing to all students and teachers, and will be available on the library web site.
As always, I feel honored to be able to work with such a wonderful group of students. I invite all parents, especially those who are new to our school, to visit our library, and to volunteer in some manner. It is a great way to become familiar with the books your children are reading from our school, and to meet their classmates. Shelving books, aiding students in finding books, or assisting with primary grades during their library times are areas where there is always a need. Please write to me at if you have time to share your talents in this capacity.
I look forward to our year together. Thank you for your support, and for entrusting your children to us.
VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
The Archdiocese of Washington requires all persons who provide all services and activities to children (volunteers and employees) to follow the Child Protection Policies and Procedures. An application, fingerprinting and an educational workshop are necessary BEFORE you volunteer.
To make an appointment - call 301-853-5381 (Monday - Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm).
Main Office: Pastoral Center - Hyattsville, MD. You must have a completed and signed application in order to make the appointment to be fingerprinted.