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Welcome to the Library!!!

Welcome back to the library! The books missed you!!


Dear Parents,

 Hello, I’m Ms. Johnson the school librarian. This year will be an exciting year of reading, writing, researching, and becoming an independent learner! We have many events and activities to look forward to in the library.


  • First let’s begin with supplies-All students in grades 2nd-6th should come prepared to library class with paper and pencil. Classes visit the library once weekly.


  • Students are expected to follow our McDade Expectations as well as the library rules to respect yourself, respect others, and respect the environment-all of which we have covered in class.


  • We are currently reading Wonder by R.J. Palacio in grades 2nd-6th The book teaches students to understand and appreciate children who are different from them. And most importantly to “Choose Kindness” which is the book’s theme. Please feel free to read along with us!!!


  • Research – Students will learn research, reference skills, how to cite work and online safety.


  • Family Reading Night will be held in the spring TBA. This is a fun family event that includes refreshments, activities, storytelling, and a raffle for free books.


  • Book Fair Dates: Fall Fair – November 13-17, 2017. The theme is: “Wild West, Saddle Up & Read! Spring Fair – April 16, 2018 – April 20, 2018. Please, send primary children’s money in an envelope with the name and amount enclosed (change and a receipt will be returned home in the same envelope).


  • Book It Reading Program – Students will be given a Reading Log and book report form beginning in November. Students who return both forms at the end of each month will receive a coupon for a free pizza at Pizza Hut.


  • Poetry Contest - Students will be given opportunities to enter poetry contests. Selected poems will be published in a book of anthology with other students in Chicago and the U.S.


  • Young Authors Contest – Students will write and illustrate their own books. Students will present their books to the class and parents will be invited to attend. The most creative books from each grade level will receive special recognition.


  • Battle of the Books – Students who love to read may be interested in competing in the Battle of the Books. It is a program that encourages ongoing reading and teamwork throughout the school year. Interested students should visit the library for a reading list.
  • Book Check-Out – Students may borrow up to 2 books a week. If more books are needed to check out for a project or just enjoyment - Responsible students may do so. Books are checked in each week, but may be renewed if more time is needed. Students are encouraged to take care of materials and return them on time.


  • Book Exchange – Students will exchange books that they have read and no longer need with books that their classmates no longer read. Permission slips will be sent home for students who are participating. This event will take place in the Spring


  • Grading – Classwork 40%, Participation 30%, Quiz 10%, Homework 10%, and Projects 10%


  • Volunteering – Parents who would like to volunteer in the library, book fairs, or family reading night-we would love to have you!





Ms. Johnson

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(773) 535-3669

Keep Your Imagination Blooming...READ!!!


SPELLING BEE:  The School Spelling bee will take place on Friday, January 12, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. Parents and friends are welcome to attend.



Grades 3rd – 6th

  • Study spelling bee words (classroom spelling bees will take place in December/Spelling words were distributed in library the week of November 6th to 1st-6th grades/spelling lists contain grade level words and one grade above/students may get additional words for the next grades in the library upon request/some words that are not on the study sheet will be included in the spelling bee)
  • Novel Reading- Wonder by R. J. Palacio (Read a minimum of four chapters/students may read ahead)
  • Book Award Assignment – Complete from classwork/Students should research the Coretta Scott King Book Award and the Caldecott Medal. Describe the award and how a book may achieve it. Finally, list 3 books that received the award for the 2017 year.

Kindergarten – 2nd

Read at least 15-20 minutes each day.


CLASSROOM SPELLING BEE - December 11 - 22, 2017.  The bee will take place during scheduled library class time.  Three finalist and one alternate will be chosen from each grade 1st - 6th for the School Spelling Bee taking place in January.