MARCH 2015


February flew by for all of us in the library!

K-3: At the beginning of February, Kindergarten through third grade listened to the story The Magic Bojabi Tree, by Piet Grobler and Dianne Hofmeyr.  This is one of our Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award Nominees.  During Valentine’s Day week, we read The Yuckiest, Stinkiest, Best Valentine Ever by Brenda A. Ferber and Tedd Arnold, another WCCPBA nominee.  We discussed how the author and illustrator used dialogue boxes like speech bubbles to tell the story.  We also did some comparing and contrasting between this story and The Gingerbread Man.  Vocabulary words included: proclaim, cooties, pipe down, and triumph.

Did you know many of our students’ favorite books can be found in video form on YouTube?  To prepare students for their Olympia Junior Programs field trip to see the play Harold and the Purple Crayon, students watched a YouTube reading of the story.  Students were encouraged (with parent permission, of course!) to try and find read alouds of some of their beloved books in the same way.

4-5: As fourth and fifth graders continued learning about website evaluation, fourth grade listened to But I Read it on the Internet!, by Toni Buzzeo.  In this story, a group of students conduct Presidents research in a very similar manner to the Presidents research we recently finished in the library.  We discussed Mrs. Skorupski’s Website Evaluation Gizmo, and how we can use the gizmo to help us decide if a website is informative, useful, and accurate.

Fifth graders learned that search engines like Google often come up with thousands, sometimes even millions, of hits when we do a keyword search for a topic like “explorers”.  We discussed that such a search would offer options including the Ford Explorer, Internet Explorer, and even Dora the Explorer!  In contrast, subscription databases (like World Book) or subject indexes (like Fact Monsteroffer fewer, more focused hits to help us with our research.  Kids were given time in library using the iPad minis to compare and contrast the three online research options.

ALL GRADES: The Garfield PTA is updating the school logo!  All grade levels voted on one of three choices.  Winner to be announced SOON!

Logo # 1

Logo # 2

Logo # 3


Kindergartners read Dr. Seuss!

Also, coming up on March 2nd, is our celebration of Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’ 111th birthday!  Leading up to this event, all classes participated in Dr. Seuss Library Centers.  Children created Dr. Seuss-themed door hangers, estimated goldfish at the One Fish, Two Fish center, reviewed some of Dr. Seuss’ fantastic books, and MORE!  You can check out some of their work at our Read Across America/Dr. Seuss event on March 2nd at 6:00 pm.


Lorax word searches.


Seussville on the iPad minis!


It’s time for the annual Garfield Elementary Readathon!  You can learn all about it on the PTA’s website.  All proceeds go to updating the library’s collection.  THANK YOU in advance for your help in making our library even better for the benefit of our community!


Speaking of making our library even better, the Garfield Library now has an Amazon Wish List! All books purchased will help to expand our collection for our many eager readers.

https://i1.wp.com/www.hshv.org/images/content/pagebuilder/AmazonWishlist.pngInterested in donating? Here’s how:

1. Click the link.

2. Browse through the books, make your choice(s), add them to your shopping cart, and proceed to checkout. At this point you either sign in or create an account. You will be asked to select a shipping address. Select Garfield Elementary.

3. Click the box “Ordering a gift?” By doing this, you will have an opportunity to write a free gift note.

4. Congratulate yourself on helping to grow our school library! Your purchase benefits the entire Garfield community. Select your payment option and place your order. Your purchase will be sent directly to the Garfield School Library.

Alternatively, please keep the library in mind when cleaning out your bookshelves. Donations of gently used books are always appreciated.  

Thank you for considering donating to our lovely library!


Women’s History Month

National Reading Month

Music in Our Schools Month

Celebrate Your Name Week (Mar. 1-7)

Read Across America (Mar. 2)

Oreo Cookie Day (Mar. 6)

Pi Day (Mar. 14)

Shakespeare Week (Mar. 16-22)

St. Patrick’s Day (Mar. 17)

Absolutely Incredible Kid Day (Mar. 19)

Make Up Your Own Holiday Day (Mar. 26)





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