Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Here is a post that was scheduled to be automatically published last week but due to some sort of technical glitch did not show up. Well, better late than never! We had a fantastic time in DC, meeting students, parents and teachers from all around the world (finalists represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Atlantic and Pacific Territories, and the Department of Defense schools). It's never too early to start preparing for next year's bee!

This week I'm in Washington, DC at the National Geographic Bee with our school geography bee winner who last month became the state champion! The final rounds of the national bee take place on May 23rd and will be televised.

The bee is open to students in grades 4-8, but you're never too young to start learning about geography! If you have your sights set on the bee, remember that it's not just about memorizing names and places. It's also about understanding the earth through geology and human cultures as well. So the more you can learn about history, current events, earth sciences, languages, the economy and everything else that goes into our wonderfully diverse planet, the better a competitor you'll be - not to mention just a more informed human being!

Here are a couple of my favorite sites for studying up on classic geography topics:
Remember that several of the OWS databases we subscribe to, particularly CultureGrams and World Book Online, are also great preparation. See Sharepoint and my OWS teacher website for login information.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Our second summer reading book swap!

Due to the success of last year's book swap, we're having another one, from now through the end of the school year.
Bring in a gently used book for grades K-8 that you no longer want and bring home something new to read this summer!
Students may take home as many books as they drop off: bring in one, take one home. Bring in two, take two home!

There are two baskets in the library - one for grades K-4, one for grades 5-8. Students may drop off and browse for books before or after school, during library classes or at lunch recess.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Our book fair starts today!

If you stop by University Book Store in downtown Bellevue tomorrow between 10:30-11:00am, you'll get to hear Ms. Arends and a group of our talented recorders players performing! You'll also get to admire our 2nd graders' post-Impressionist jungle paintings made in Ms. Leggitt's art classes.

On top of that, if you shop at the store between now and closing on Sunday and mention that you're there with Open Window School, we'll get 25% of the proceeds!

There is information about hours, directions and parking in this flyer.

Thank you for supporting your school library! I hope to see you at the bookstore this weekend!