Greetings Willow Families! November 2013
Exercise directly impacts the behavior and development of the brain. There is a myriad of research to suggest that students need adequate amounts of physical activity throughout the day; such activity may positively effect mood and academic performance as well as prevent obesity and obesity-related issues. “It is likely that the effects of physical activity on cognition would be particularly important in the highly plastic developing brains of youth,” according to a 2010 essay penned by Charles Basch of Columbia University. With this in mind, we will begin providing an option for morning play four days per week, following our fall break. While the number of minutes weekly may not be significant, they may provide participating students the opportunity to get their blood flowing, allowing for more oxygen to the brain. See below for expectations for this play period.
Willow Morning Play Procedures for Grades 1-5
(Monday through Thursday)
Welcome to the web page for the elementary school media centers. The Media Specialists are responsible for coordinating the library services at each of the schools and providing technology support to teachers. The library media clerks at each of the elementary schools are responsible for the day-to-operation of the media centers. Classes come to the library on a weekly basis to check out books, listen to stories, do research and take Reading Counts quizzes. The media centers are also open during recess and lunch.
If you do not have a public library card, I encourage you to stop at one of our local public libraries and sign-up. The libraries have special programs and many useful databases online, which require a valid library card. The LA County Public Library (Agoura and Westlake) has World Book online, Social Studies Fact Cards online (states, missions, explorers and presidents), and Kids Infobits (newspapers and magazines). For younger children, there is Tumble Books, online audio version of popular picture books. Click on the web site link to the right to access the LA County public library web site.Click on the science and history tabs (above the book graphic at the top of this page) for additional web links. Click on the 4/5 Science tab (above the book graphic at the top of this page) for a list of suggested book titles that correlate with the science units.
Students and staff can access the online catalog from home to see what books we have. Searching can be done by author, title, subject, series name and all words (keyword). If you search by author, it is done by last name (Cleary) or last name, first name (Cleary, Beverly). The specific web link (school's name + library catalog) for each school may be found in one of several locations: under classrooms/teachers, the school's media center web page or information/links.
The media center is open to students, teachers and parents during school hours. Depending on the school and funding, the library clerks work 3 to 6 hours daily, Monday through Friday. Depending on the grade level, students may check out one to three books. We do not charge a fine for overdue books, but students are responsible for payment or replacement of lost library books. Parents are welcome to check out books.
We are very appreciative of our parent volunteers. If you would like to be a volunteer for your child’s class or work on special projects, please contact the library clerk at your child’s school. Below is a volunteer sign-up form to complete and return to the library clerk.
For Reading Counts information and the link to a list of Reading Counts quizzes available at each school, click on the Reading Counts tab at the tob of this page (above the book logo).
We accept donated materials (both new and gently used). The donations are evaluated by the library clerk and Media Specialist for wear & tear, usefulness to the collection and in accordance with our district selection policy guidelines. If the books are not needed in the Media Center, they are given to the teachers for their classroom libraries.