• Third Place Books Brings Author/Illustrator Jessixa Bagley To LFP First Graders

    Posted by Frank Kleyn at 4/15/2017


    Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park brought Seattle author/illustrator Jessixa Bagley to Lake Forest Park Elementary School Library on Thursday, April 13th.

    Jessixa shared her wonderful books, “Boats for Papa” and “Laundry Day” with Lake Forest Park’s three first grade classrooms. In addition to reading her books, Jessixa shared her process for writing and illustrating.  Jessixa walked students through the steps she takes to draw “Buckley the Beaver” from “Boats for Papa.”  Each student received a bookmark with an illustration from “Laundry Day” as a gift from Jessixa.  


    Lake Forest Park Elementary students and Teacher-Librarian, Frank Kleyn, thank Third Place Books and Jessixa Bagley for sharing your terrific books with us. 

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  • The Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation Helped Our Students Release Our Baby Salmon

    Posted by Frank Kleyn at 4/15/2017


    On Friday, April 14th, Kim Josund and Jean Reid of the Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation helped Lake Forest Park students release our school's baby salmon into Brookside Creek, a tributary of McAleer Creek.  

    The salmon parr were raised from eggs in our library's salmon tank.  Kim and Teacher-Librarian, Frank Kleyn, carefully scooped the salmon from the tank and placed them into buckets.  The water in each bucket was kept cold and aerated for the journey to the creek with a frozen water bottle and portable aerator.  


    At the creek, Kim explained how the salmon would continue to grow in the creek and Lake Washington.  Students learned the importance of keeping local creeks clean and undisturbed to provide the best habitat for local salmon and wildlife.



    Holding their salmon in clear cups of water, students hiked down to the creek bank, where they lowered each salmon and slowly poured them into the water.  School counselor, Tom Doggett, counted salmon as students walked to the creek.  He counted 170 released salmon!  







    The Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation also sponsored a storytelling assembly at the school on Friday from Roger Fernandes.  Roger is a member of Lower Elwha Band of the S’Klallam Indians.  He shared traditional stories with students that conveyed the importance of family, community, and respect for nature.  Roger joined students at the salmon release.  


    Earlier in the year, retired Shoreline School District teacher, Jim Siscel, volunteered his time and worked with second grade teacher, April Johnston, to set up the tank and deliver the coho salmon eggs provided by the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

    Thank you Jim Siscel, Kim Josund, Jean Reid, Roger Fernandes, the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, and the Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation for all you did to help our students raise salmon, learn about their life cycle, and become stewards of the local environment.  We look forward to raising salmon next year!

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  • Seeking Volunteers for the Lake Forest Park School Library's Scholastic Book Fair

    Posted by Frank Kleyn at 4/3/2017


    The Lake Forest Park School Library will host a Scholastic Book Fair from Friday, May 19th through the Open House on the evening of Thursday, May 25th.

    Our annual Scholastic Book Fair helps the Lake Forest Park School Library purchase new books for our students to read and for teachers to use in instruction.

    We are seeking adult volunteers to help set up, cashier, pack up, and help out during lunch recess sales. If you'd like to bring your children to the set up and pack up, they can help too!

    Click here to sign up as a Book Fair Volunteer

    Thank you, 

    Frank Kleyn
    Lake Forest Park Elementary School


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  • "Reading Rainbow Hamsters" Meet the Cat in the Hat

    Posted by Frank Kleyn at 3/2/2017


    As LFP's "Reading Rainbow Hamsters" were about to leave for the 2016-2017 KCLS Global Reading
    Challenge competition, the Cat in the Hat stopped by to wish them well. More photos from this year's
    Global Reading Challenge can be found here. 

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  • Opening Up Our Nonfiction Section

    Posted by Frank Kleyn at 2/18/2017


    This one minute video explains how we're opening up our school library's nonfiction section so that
    LFP readers feel comfortable when searching for nonfiction books. I'm excited to see how this
    feng shui move will inspire students to read more nonfiction.  Click here to watch the video.


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