Kessler School Library

Book Exchange
June 1th is the 6th Annual Kessler Book Exchange.  Students bring in your gently used books and trade them for “new to you” books to read over the summer.  Here is how our Book Swap will work:

First, decide which of your gently used books would be good to pass on to another student.  Books should meet the follwing critera:

  1. Hardcover or soft cover books
  2. Chapter books, picture books, joke books, etc.
  3. Books must be appropriate reading for K-5 students
  4. No adult books, magazines or board books
  5. Books must be in good condition: no smelly books, books with stains, rips, missing pages or writing in them.

Second, bring donated books to school starting any time this week. (Bring to the library and check in with Mrs. Ratzlaff.) To avoid books being donated without permission, parents must sign a permission slip before books can be donated to the swap. Students should bring this slip with them when they donate the books.  No child may swap books without a signed permission slip.  Click here to download permission slip 2017Book Swap

Ratzlaff Summer Reading Challenge
Once again I am issuing a reading challenge to the staff and students of Kessler School.  Students have made tremendous gains in reading scores over the course of the year, but research shows that during the summer students stop the gradual increase in learning and actually loose three months worth of growth!  It is recommended that students continue to read at least 20 minutes each day over the summer in order to maintain where they left on the last day of school.  To encourage students to read over the summer I challenge them to read at least 6 books.  Anyone who reads and logs the minimum of 6 books is invited to the celebration of reading party in September.  We usually meet during lunch for popcorn, root beer floats, and prizes.   Reading logs need to be turned in to me, or the classroom teacher the first few days of school.  Summer Reading Log

Book Fair- 
Remember you can purchase items online until November 24th!   Items will be sent to the school shortly after that date. If these items are being purchased as gifts, please send me and email and I will make sure to keep the secret.
The library advisory committee is narrowing their long wish list of some fabulous items to purchase with the proceeds from the fair.

Wanted

Kessler Library is looking for donations of Legos.  We  are creating a Lego center for students to explore math, science,  and engineering.  Regular size Legos and baseplates are needed for this center.  The plan is to use technology to create stories that involve our creations.  If you find that your child has left Legos on the floor to be stepped on, stick them in a Ziploc bag and send them into the Library!  Keep checking the website to find out how our plan is evolving!

Kessler Library is also looking for donations of craft supplies.  We are creating a creation station for students to express their creative ideas.  We could use yarn, buttons, knitting needles, crochet hooks, craft foam, stamps, stamp pads, scrapbook paper, stickers, markers, colored pencils, and the list could continue.  If you have any of these items that you would be willing to donate, please drop them off at the library.

Student Resources

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Teacher Resources

Classroom Resources

Reading Recommendations

Stay up to date on what is new in the library!

Chase Mangus – Sword of Summer

Rick Riordan’s new Norse Mythology book is an absolute must read for anyone who is a fan of Thor, Loki, or Odin!  (Yes, those same characters are in Avengers!)   After reading the first few chapters, I actually came back to the library and checked out the entire series of Norse Gods Short Tales just to brush up on my mythology.   What!  A book that made me want to read 5 other books just to make sure that I understood the characters!?   (Ok, I also wanted to see if Riordan did his research or if he just watched Avengers.)  Riordan did an amazing job of weaving the myths and characters into something that I think Kessler students will love!  Check it out at the Library.

8:00 am-3:40 pm Monday - Friday when school is in session.

Staff

Upcoming Library Events

  • March 21, 2017

    Overdrive- How to check out E-book/ Audio Books from your own device

    Come learn how to use the new e-book and audio book system!
    March 21 from 5:00-6:00 p.m.
    Kessler Library

    Bring your own device (Kindle, ipad, etc.) and learn how to check out electronic books and audio books using the new system.

    If possible please RSVP with your name and device type to Mrs. Ratzlaff at gratzlaff@helenaschools.org , so she can be prepared to answer all your questions specific to your device when you come.