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Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year!

School Library Hours

The library schedule for the 2018-2019 school year will be announced when school begins in September 2018.

School Library Staff

  • Mrs. Tracy Rawls, Library Instructor
  • Mrs. Francesca Boies, Library Aide

Borrowing Procedures

  • Library books are checked out for one week loan periods.
  • Books may be renewed, if needed longer, provided no one is waiting for the book.
  • Students who return books to the library late are fined 10 cents per school day late. School days include ALL the days the library is open.
  • Overdue and fine notices are sent home with students once each week. Please check your children’s backpacks and folders

ST. ANDREW’S LIBRARY

St. Andrew’s Library houses a collection of over 14,000 print and non‒print materials and provides school and home access to online subscription databases through our participation in the Maryland K-12 Digital Library. Teachers have access to SAFARI Montage, a collection of video resources, for use with the students in the classroom in support of the curriculum. Library staff can help you complete homework assignments, find research information for projects and reports, and discover great books to read and enjoy!

The Library sponsors one book fair each school year in the late fall, giving students the opportunity to buy books for their personal libraries and providing parents a chance to purchase holiday gifts. The profits provide funds for additional library material purchases and collection development. Watch for announcements each fall for this big event!

Individual suggested summer reading lists are provided for each grade level, Pre-School through 8th grade. In addition, students are challenged each summer break to read 1000 pages or more in our annual Summer Reading Challenge.

Summer Reading

Please take a look at the suggested 2018 summer reading titles for Pre‒School and Pre‒K, kindergarten, and grades one through eight. The junior high lists are annotated and include a required reading assignment.

Required Summer Reading

Students in grades six, seven and eight have required summer reading assignments. Reading lists for grade six, grade seven, and grade eight, as well as the Summer Reading Assignment, are available for your reference on School Speak.

Summer Reading Challenge

Summer 2018 is almost upon us, and it is time for us to begin reading for St. Andrew’s FIFTEENTH annual 1000-PAGE READING CHALLENGE! Since the summer of 2004, Mrs. Bentley, our previous librarian, has challenged students, teachers, parents, and other staff to read 1000 (or more) pages during the summer break. Our 2018 reading challenge is being led by the Knights of the Round Table. They are challenging you to read 1000 (or more) pages during the summer break. Our own Sir Read-a-Lot and Princess Page Turner invite you to take books – in print or on screens – with you wherever you go, and take time to read, to learn, to enjoy!

The Knights of the Reading Table challenge YOU to read 1000 pages between Saturday, June 16, 2018 and Tuesday, August 28, 2018. In addition to St. Andrew’s students, we invite St. Andrew’s parents, teachers, and other staff to join in the challenge, and have fun with books!

Please use these Reading Challenge record forms for students and adults. Student forms must be signed by a parent. Complete the forms as you read and bring them to the school office on or before August 31, 2018. All participants who complete 1000 pages will receive a certificate. Read and enjoy!

So you have to do a research project … !

THE BIG6™

St. Andrew Apostle School has adopted The Big6™ Research Model, © 1987 by Michael B. Eisenberg and Robert E. Berkowitz, to help students through the research process. The six steps to problem-solving include:

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?
  1. Task Definition
    1. Define the information problem
    2. Identify information needed to solve the information problem.
WHAT RESOURCES CAN I USE TO FIND WHAT I NEED?
  1. Information Seeking Strategies
    1. Determine all possible sources (brainstorm)
    2. Select the best sources
WHERE CAN I FIND WHAT I NEED?
  1. Location and Access
    1. Locate sources (intellectually and physically)
    2. Find information within sources
WHAT INFORMATION CAN I USE?
  1. Use of Information
    1. Engage (e.g. read, hear, view, touch)
    2. Extract relevant information
HOW CAN I PUT MY INFORMATION TOGETHER?
  1. Synthesis
    1. Organize from multiple sources
    2. Present the information in an appropriate product
HOW WILL I KNOW IF I DID MY JOB WELL?
  1. Evaluation
    1. Judge the product (effectiveness)
    2. Judge the process (efficiency)

THE SUPER3

The Super3 Guide to Information Problem-Solving contains the same basic elements as the Big6™, but it is written for younger students to understand.

The Super3 steps include:

  1. Plan – The Beginning
    • What am I supposed to do?
    • What will it look like if I do a really good job?
    • What do I need to find out to do the job?
  2. Do – the Middle
    • The students DO the activity – read, view, tell, make a picture, etc.
  3. Review – the End

    Before finishing the product and turning it in, students should stop and think:

    • Is this done?
    • Did I do what I was supposed to do?
    • Do I feel okay about this?
    • Should I do something else before I turn it in?

Web Resources

Eisenberg, Michael B. and Robert E. Berkowitz. The Big6™ ©1987.

If you have any further questions, be sure to speak with your teacher and/or Mrs. Rawls in the library.

Internet Resources

MDK12 Digital Library Maryland K-12 Digital Library logo.

The MDK12 Digital Library is available to students at school and at home.

Search Engines

Directories and Reviewed Web Pages

 
Information about our U.S. Dept. of Educ. Blue Ribbon awards. Information about our U.S. Dept. of Educ. Blue Ribbon awards.