Today is the first day of a brand new school year! You have received a welcome letter from our Head of School, Birgitta Sandström Barac. You have received a warm welcome from our PYP Principal Lee Brown, as well as from our complete PYP Leadership Team, including deputy-principal Vanessa Molina Gabinus and PYP coordinator Ellen Trelles. And before these welcomes, you have been greeted by our Admissions Team James Teasdale and Adriana Koscianska. I hope you feel very, very welcome to our ISGR School Community, because you are. 🙂
Now it’s my turn to welcome you! My name is Fleur, and I am the PYP library teacher at ISGR. Sophie (our librarian) and I would like to welcome you to the school library. If you are a PYP student, I will see you every week in the library during your library time. If you are an LGRP student, Sophie will see you every week, or every other week, depending on which grade you’re in. The LGRP students will receive information about that from their teachers. Sophie also supports our PYP classes throughout the week when they visit the library. I work every day except for Wednesday, and Sophie is in the library from Tuesday – Friday.
The best way to contact us is by email. Click here to get to the “contact” page. For our rules & routines click here. We hope you will follow our library blog (with just one click!) this school year. Then you will never miss out on our weekly updates about our library sessions, special events and inspiration to read!
First things first: if you’re a returning students, and you’ve completed the ISGR Summer Reading Challenge 2021, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your work before August 31st. You can also hand it in when we see each other in the library. I will send an email either congratulating you on successfully completing the challenge, or with some requests for additional work in order to complete the challenge. I am looking forward to seeing your work!
The latest Storytime issue has arrived in the library, and is ready to be checked out! As always, you can access the read-aloud magazine online, as well as the activity pack that goes with it. You can subscribe to their blog with “Thoughts on stories for kids, illustration, creating a children’s magazine, reading for pleasure, improving childhood literacy, and more from the makers of Storytime.”
During our library sessions in our first six weeks of school, we will be focusing on getting to know each other, learning about the library, and how we can all work together to make the library a welcoming and joyful place to be.
This first library lesson, our focus question is, “What do you know about this library?”. We will play a game with dice and cards as a fun and engaging way to assess and share our knowledge of the library. We will also play a finding game in the library, to practice our walking feet and whispering voices. All students are invited to check out one library book during their first library lesson.
Grades 2 and up will be allowed to check out two books during their library lesson from week 36 on. This is to give time to practice library routines, and to remember to return your library book every week! If students wish to check out more than one book in the next two weeks, they’re welcome just before school starts (8.20 – 8.30, except for Wednesdays) and just after school ends (14.30 – 15.00) to swap their books or borrow additional books. Students are allowed a maximum of three books checked out on their accounts.
As a parent, we ask you to support your children by reading the library book at home, keeping the book safe, and returning it on time the next week. Thank you!
You can’t start a new year, without new books! Look at the photos below to see which books have just come in! We’ve set quite a few up on the displays, but we’ve got more book surprises to come over the next few weeks. Keep your eyes peeled!
That was it for this week! Our weekly blog posts will be published every Sunday evening. Stay tuned!
We are looking forward to a fantastically fun and readingful year!
Sophie & Fleur
P.S. If you’ve read my summer break post on this blog, you will know that there was an online Scholastic Family Book Fest! I especially enjoyed the author interview with Tui T. Sutherland, the writer of the Wings of Fire series. It was very interesting to hear the process behind her writing, and to learn that Wings of Fire will be turned into an animated tv series! You can watch all of the events of the Scholastic Family Book Fest 2021 on demand. Enjoy!