Successful Book Fair!
Thank you to all who supported the Scholastic Spring 2017 Book Fair. It was wonderful to see so many of the Our Lady of Mercy School family stop by the library during the book fair. About 1,400 books went home with students, family, faculty, staff and friends of OLM School.
Thanks to all who donated book fair books to the library. Our young readers truly benefit from your generosity.
Thanks to all the parents and grandparents who shared their time volunteering before, during, and after the book fair. Your help is greatly appreciated.
I especially want to thank Mrs. Janie Schuesler for sharing her time, talents, and treasure as she serves as book fair chairperson. She does a wonderful job.
Dear Parents and Families:
Reading for pleasure unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are.
Here’s what you can do to help children develop stronger reading skills and a love for reading
Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.
Book Fair dates: March 13 – March 17
Shopping hours: Mon – Thurs 8:00am to 4:00pm; Fri 8:00am to 3:00pm
If you are unable to attend the Fair in person or you would like to browse more books, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair.
Our Online Fair is available from March 6th to March 21st.
Please visit our book fair home page.
We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school.
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Welcome to the holy season of Advent.
I invite you to browse the library and see all the Nativity scenes on display. Students are counting them and answering a question regarding Advent and Christmas.
The fall 2016 Scholastic Book Fair was a true success. It was wonderful to see so many of Our Lady of Mercy School family visit the book fair. Thank you for helping us reach and surpass our goal of selling 1,200 books. We actually sold 1,366 book. Good job!
Thanks to all who participated in our book fair contests and activities. Congratulations to all the winners!
Thank you to all the volunteers who helped before, during, and after the book fair. It takes many hands and hours of work for the book fairs to succeed. Thank you especially to Mrs. Janie Schuesler who has done and continues to do an amazing job as Scholastic Book Fair Chairperson.
Remember, the on-line Scholastic Book Fair continues through this week.
Come to the Fall 2016 Scholastic Book Fair next week (October 17th - 21st). You can also order online at scholastic.com. Please check the previous post for more information.
If you have volunteered to work at the book fair, you must be finger printed and have attended a safe environment training session. One is scheduled for Thursday, October 13th, at 7:00.
The fall 2016 Scholastic Book Fair theme is
"Bookaneer Book Fair: Where books are the treasure!"
The fall book fair will run Monday through Friday (10/17 - 10/21).
The hours will be:
Monday through Thursday 8:00am - 4:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 3:30pm.
You may also shop the book fair online one week before the book fair starts and one week after the physical book fair closes. You will find an expanded selection of books and all orders ship free to our school.
1. Look for sold-out titles
2. Get additional books in series
3. Shop for all ages, PreK to adults
4. Create and share wish lists
Shopping is even easier with the Book Fairs app!
Look for the shopping cart symbol to find books available for purchase at our fair.
1. Shoppers can scan covers or barcodes - even from the booklist to find just-right books
2. Find book summaries, videos, and podcasts.
3. Create and share wish lists.
View reading levels, and more!
Rememember, all purchases benefit Our Lady of Mercy School library.
It was wonderful to see so many visit our school library during Sunday's open house. The used book and VHS tape give-away was successful.
Thank you for your generous donations to the library. I continue to update the collection.
Greetings OLM Family!
As you know this Sunday, August 28th, is the date of our annual Open House.
The hours will be from 11:00am to 1:00pm.
Come by and say, "Hello!"
There will be an assortment of used books available in the library for you to take home and add to your home library.
Do you have a VCR? There will be a variety of educational/or entertaining VHS tapes available also. Please come in and browse.
Welcome to Our Lady of Mercy Elementary School's 89th year!
I'm looking forward to working with the students and teachers as we foster a love of reading.
Open House August 28, 2015
Please visit Our Lady of Mercy School on Sunday, August 28th, for an open house. Check out the campus (classrooms, computer lab, library, etc.) and enjoy a hearty lunch. (Tickets for the lunch are available in the office).
Thanks to all who donated books to the library.
Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
Safe Environment Training
If you intend to volunteer in any capacity at Our Lady of Mercy School where you will have contact with children, you are required to participate in a Safe Environment Training session and be finger printed. This includes volunteering in the library for the book fairs. If you participated in the training last year, you do not have attend safe environment training this year. However, if you did not have safe environment training last year or you are new to Our Lady of Mercy School, you must attend Safe Environment Training this year. There will be a training session on Wednesday, August 10th at 6:00pm in the auditorium. Remember, ALL VOLUNTEERS must attend a Safe Environment Training session. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Blackburn.
Here are a few thoughts on reading books (not electronic devices) with and to your children and grandchildren:
Read to your child(ren) every day.
He’s building his vocabulary and imagination, while mom scores cuddle time and helps calm him. Story time is a win-win all around.
Whether it’s a classic such as Where the Wild Things Are or a new bestseller like The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep, bedtime stories have always been a big hit with little kids.
They’re a hit with moms, dads, and educators too, thanks to the awesomebrain and behavioral outcomes they offer. Reams of studies link reading aloud to kids with academic success, creativity, and a stronger bond between parents and their offspring.
But it’s only recently that science has started looking into why books promote these benefits. One recent study from Psychological Science suggests that being read to builds a child’s vocabulary, and that in turn makes her more prepared to learn to read in the future.
Study authors evaluated the types and variety of words in 100 picture books and then compared them to the words toddlers and preschoolers use and hear when communicating with their parents and caregivers.
“Our study found that the books contained more unique words,” study coauthor Jessica Montag, assistant research psychologist at the University of California Riverside, tells Yahoo Parenting.
The thinking is, “the more unique words kids are exposed to when they’re very young, the bigger their own vocabulary gets — and that makes it easier to learn to read.” Previous studies have shown that the faster they pick up reading, the more academically successful they can be.
Another study out last month linked story time to a boost in brainpower. Researchers from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center found that kids ages 3 to 5 whose parents read to them at home and had more reading materials in their house demonstrated more brain activity in the left side of the brain.
What’s that mean? The left side is where word comprehension, language, and imagery are processed. The study suggests that the more kids are read to, the more connections they make between words and objects. These new connections literally change their brain, preparing them academically and socially, Tzipi Horowitz-Kraus, study coauthor and program director of the Reading and Literacy Discovery Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, told Yahoo Parenting earlier this month.
Story time has nonacademic benefits, too. Reading helps relax kids (hence the point of reading to them at bedtime), and the close physical interaction of lying on or near a parent helps them feel secure and connected.
For all these reasons, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that moms and dads begin reading to kids when they are infants, setting aside a special time (even for just a few minutes), cuddling up, and letting little ones select the book to read from (kids love to make choices).
As for what to read at bedtime, “a variety of books that feature a diversity of words is good, but given how important it is to help build language skills in kids, the best book is the one your child wants to listen to,” says Montag.
A few suggestions from Yahoo Parenting: Goodnight Moon, Llama Llama Red Pajama, Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?, and All the Ways I Love You
Hi! I'm Theresa Poole. Welcome to Mrs. Poole's Library Blog. I have been with Our Lady of Mercy School since 1997. My first assignment was teaching second grade. After a few years I taught kindergarten, which I taught for six years.