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Educational Resources Updated March 17, 2020
Here are some resources that may make your time at home pass a little faster.
- PebbleGo is a wonderful resource available through Class Link or directly at this web address: https://pebblego.com/. Please email me for log-in information.
- Here is a list of Education Companies that are offering free subscriptions during school closings. I have neither curated nor vetted this list.
- For accessing KCLS audio books and ebooks, I highly recommend the app Libby. Students do have access to these items through Class Link, but only items that are available. With Libby, it is easy to place holds on electronic items. You do need a public library card to use it.
- For recommendations for books, videos, video games, resources, I highly recommend Common Sense Media.
I hope that you all find wonderful ways to pass your time. I recommend reading, exercising, and creating every day.Looking forward to seeing you April 27.
- So many authors and illustrators are offering online events.
Echo Lake’s Summer Library was a great success. 83 students made 261 visits to the library and checked out over 750 books! Thank you Ms. Cruz for keeping our library open over the summer.
Echo Lake has a new Librarian. Jean Bolivar is excited to meet all of the students at Echo Lake. Her favorite childhood book is Harold and The Purple Crayon, but she has lots of favorites. Pete the Cat and Skippyjon Jones are her favorite funny characters. She is drawn to books that make her cry. The best book she read last year was Ghost by Jason Reynolds. In fact she read the whole Track series.
Ms. Bolivar would love some help in the library. Please let you child’s teacher know if you’re interested in volunteering, or contact her directly.
Author Patrick Carmen to Visit Echo Lake on March 21
If you want a Towervale book order form, click here.
Well know local author, Patrick Carmen will meet with grade 2-6 at an assembly in the EL gym at 1:30 pm on Thursday, March 21. Mr Carmen has written many different children's books, including 39 Clues, and Atherton, Into the Land of Elyon. He's most famous for his innovative and spooky Skeleton Creek series. This year Mr. Carmen will introduce his latest book called Towervale. This fantasy book pushes the boundries of children's books by interconnecting a free online game with the Towervale book. Students may pre-order the books as soon as they arrive, perhaps during conference week. Pricing with tax will be about $16.50. NO student is required to purchase a book.
But, the Towervale book will not be available online or through any bookstore. I will have copies for purchase as soon as they arrive, and for two weeks after the assembly. Order forms will go home soon.
Patrick Carmen is a former teacher and quite entertaining. All family and community members are welcome to join us for the 45 minute assembly. If you want more information on Patrick Carmen and Towervale, go to PatrickCarmen.com or Towervale.com.
Fifth Grade Genre Websites Now Open for Viewing
Celebrating 20 Years of Harry Potter
Third Place Books - Lake Forest Park is celebrating 20 years of Harry Potter on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 6:00pm. The celebration will include Story Telling, Hat Sorting, Potion Making, Costume Contest, art and crafts.
Start of the New School Year 2018-2019
Was that a fast summer or what? After 30 years of teaching, I only remember starting before Labor Day a few times. And never in August.
Library sessions for 2018-2019 will start the first day of school. The schedule is not complete yet, but will be posted as soon as it is available. Mrs. Cruz has prepared dozens of brand new books for checkout. Come in and take a look at the Back to School BBQ.
End of School Year
Hard to believe that in a few weeks school ends and summer vacation is upon us. Here are some important upcoming library dates:Last Week of Full Check OutMay 29-June 11 Book Only per studentJune 4-7All EL Library Book DueMonday, June 11KCLS Librarian Summer ReadingJune 21 All DayEcho Lake's school policy requires all students to turn in their EL library books, or they will not receive their report card, they cannot check out at summer library, and they will start the new school year with overdue items and will not be able to check out. If you are concerned about your child's library account, please contact EL librarian Dennis Day at 206-393-4334 or email@example.com.
On April 26 at 2:00-3:00 the EL library will host authors Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes to present their new picture book Rescue and Jessica to all 2nd and 3rd grade students. This a tragedy to triumph story and the hero, Rescue, a service dog, will also attend. Students may purchase signed copies of the hardcover book through Third Place Books. Order forms were sent home Tuesday, April 23. If the order form was lost, download a copy here. Third Place Books will take cash or checks. Make checks out to Third Place Books. The school does not make money on the sale of books, and no student is required to purchase books. All families and community members are welcome to attend. Please sign in at the main office.
On Monday, May 7th the EL library will host author Joe Gaydos as he presents his new, children's non-fiction book Explore the Salish Sea. Mr. Gaydos has spent years studying the environment and the body of water between Canada and Puget Sound called the Salish Sea. He will share his knowledge with all 5th and 6th grade students. The book is also filled with amazing photos from above and below water. Copies of the book will be available to purchase. Watch for more details coming soon.
What a Book Fair!
Thank you to everyone who volunteered or attended this year's Scholastic Book Fair. The grand totals are still being calculated. But our amazing and generous PTA donated $4,470.21 for students to purchase at least one book for free. For years students were disappointed when their class came to the book fair. They would say, "But I don't have any money." This year I could say, "Sure you do. Here's $10. Go find a book you want." It was magical! We are so blessed to have a PTA and community that supports reading for every child. Many, many thanks to everyone who donated your time and money to make this program happen!
Book Fair Almost Here!
Online Book Fair shopping is open. We still need volunteers. View this year's Book Fair Home Page here.
To sign up for volunteering at the book fair, please click here.
Book Fair Coming.
Echo Lake Families, Spring is just around the corner, and so is the Echo Lake Scholastic Book Fair. This year’s book fair begins Monday, April 9 at 8:30 am, and ends Friday, April 13 at 2:00 pm.
This year, the PTA has donated enough money to provide each student with $10.00 in Book Fair credit to purchase books. Talk about the ultimate giveback to your community! Students will be able to access these funds during their scheduled library time, or during the Open House on Wednesday, April 11th.
The book fair hours for this year are:
Monday, April 9 8:30-4 pm
Tuesday, April 10 8:30-4 pm
Wednesday, April 11 8:30-4 pm and 6 pm to 8:30 pm (open house night)
Thursday, April 12 8:30-4 pm
Friday, April 13 8:30-2:15 pm
The Scholastic Book Fair is a labor-intensive event. Numerous volunteers are needed to support the setup, daily cashiering, and break down of the book fair. There are many, many opportunities to volunteer. To sign up, go to the VolunteerSpot schedule and find times that work for you, or you may contact EL librarian, Dennis Day at 206-393-4334 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book Fair Volunteer Sign Up: http://signup.com/go/PTQGkQk
The Scholastic Book Fair is a fundraising tool to purchase new books for the EL library. EL keeps 25% of net sales. These funds purchase new books and replace worn out copies.
See You at the Book Fair
Dennis Day, EL librarian
All kindergarten students are now checking out books. Each week your child should have a new library book to share if they have returned the previous week's book and bag. If a student fails to return her/his book and/or bag, he/she will not be able to check out. Echo Lake's checkout cycle is one week.
Kindergarten students check out one book per week. All students have a plastic bag with their name and barcode. We will use the plastic bags all year. The bag keeps the books safe, and the barcode is used at check out. It's important to build a habit of check out, read (or be read to), return book and bag, and repeat. If your bag or book are lost, please contact the EL librarian, Dennis Day, at email@example.com.
Ms Thompson's class comes to the library at 1:15-2:00 on Mondays. Mr. Feltis's class is at the same time on Tuesdays. All family members are welcome to join the class at any time. If you'd to assist in the library as the check out person on a regular schedule, contact Mr. Day. It's easy, fun and your child will love it!
Author Visit Thursday, Oct. 19
Author Robert Hoge will make a visit to the Echo Lake library on Thursday, Oct. 19 from 11:00 am to12:00 pm in the Echo Lake library. Mr. Hoge was born in Australia, and experienced a unique and difficult childhood due to deformities at birth. He will share his book, "Ugly" to grades 4 and 5. Sorry Mr. Rand's class will miss the event due to a pre-arranged field trip. Third Place Books is sponsoring the event and will sell paperback copies of Robert Hoge's book. The price is $9.89 with sales tax included. If you or your child would like a copy of the book, click here for the order form. Third Place books accepts checks and cash. Make checks out to Third Place Books.
Students who purchase books can get it autographed by Robet Hoge if they wish. Nobody is required to purchase the book. The school makes no money on the sales. We are simply offering a chance to meet an author and get a signed book.
All community and family members are welcome to join the classrooms for this event. For more information please contact EL librarian, Dennis Day, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Echo Lake Summer Library Schedule
The dates for EL's third annual Summer Library are set:
Wednesday, June 28
Wednesday, July 12, 19, 26
Wednesday, August 2, 9, 16, 23
Open sessions are always 10am-12pm and 6pm-7:30
Each week will have different guest readers and activities. The full schedule will be posted soon.
Summer Camps at Edmonds Community College
Edmonds Community College is hosting numerous summer camps about art, coding, game and app development, video production and photography. Scholarships are available. To see the list click here.
May 19 is Poem in Your Pocket Day
Friday, May 19th has been selected as Poem in Your Pocket Day. It's great fun. Students may write a poem or find a poem they like and share it with anyone, staff, other students, and parents/volunteers. Mr. Day will be on the playground for all three lunch recess times to listen to as many poems as possible. Having a poem is not a required. Just for those who wish to partake.
Book Fair Huge Success
This was the best Book Fair ever! Thanks to the Echo Lake PTA every student selected a $5 book of their choice, or received $5 credit toward a book. Thank you so much for the PTA who donated $2,519. 17 to make this happen.
Online Book Fair Now Open
The Online portion of the Scholastic Book Fair is now open. To view the book fair click here.
The Scholastic Book Fair is Coming to Echo Lake
When Spring arrives, the Scholastic Book Fair at Echo Lake can't be far behind. This year's book fair runs one week, March 31-April 7 and is a great place to get wonderful books for the whole family. The book fair hours are listed below. The Scholastic Book Fair is the EL library's biggest fund raising event. Echo Lake will keep 25% of net sales to purchase new and replacement books for the library shelves. The book fair has special evening hours on the April 6 during the open house.
This year, a very special twist was added: The Echo Lake PTA donated $2,500 to a special school fund. This will give every student $5.00 credit to purchase a book (or books) at the book fair! THANK YOU PTA! This credit is only good for purchases at the Book Fair and for BOOKs only. No change will come to the student if the purchase of a book is less than $5.00. This is an amazing opportunity for every student to get an awesome book of their choice at the book fair!
The online book fair will begin on Friday, March 24. Parents, if you send money to school with your child, please include sales tax at 9.5% for every item. Scholastic and Echo Lake cannot give students money for sales tax.
The book fair is labor intensive, and the need for volunteers is great. There are many opportunites and time slots to help at the book fair: set up, cashiering, and breakdown. Click on the link to the SIGNUP website and find the volunteer times that work for you. All volunteers are given $5.00 credit, one time, to spend at the book fair.
Book Fair Hours
Friday, March 31 8:30am-4:00pm
Tuesday, April 4 8:30am-4:00pm
Wed., April 5 8:30am-4:00pm
Thurs., April 6 8:30am-4:00pm and 6:00-8:00pm (Open House)
Friday, April 7 8:30am-9:15am
Author Kevin Emerson met with Grades 5-6
On March 16, local author Kevin Emerson, met with Echo Lake's 5th and 6th graders, in the EL library. Mr. Emerson presented on his journey to be a writer, and the development of his latest book, Last Day on Mars. The students were very polite, asked interesting questions, and stayed attentive through the entire 60 minute event. Mr. Emerson had a great rapport with the students. The event was sponsored by Third Place books at no cost to Echo Lake.
Author to Meet with Grades 5-6
On March 16, grades 5-6 will meet with local author, Kevin Emerson, to discuss his latest book, The Last Day on Mars. Third Place Books is sponsoring the event. This exciting new science fiction book is available for purchase at a price of $18.60 including tax. If you want to purchase a book, return the pre-order sale form with a check for $18.60 made out to Third Place Books. Cash in exact change is also welcome.
Students who purchase a book, can get it autographed if they wish. No student is required to purchase the book. This event will be in the Echo Lake library at 10:15-11:15 Thursday, March 16. All families and community members are welcome to join us. Hope to see you there. To see a trailer for the book, click here. For more information about author Kevin Emerson, check out his website here.
EL Hosts Author for K-1
The Echo Lake Library hosted author Louis Thomas for all second grade. Mr. Thomas discussed his new book, "Hug It Out." This is a wonderful book about solving problems with siblings. He also shared his book, artwork and some of his work as an animator for Pixar.
Fourth Graders Study Biographies
El's fourth grade students just completed a study of biographies.
The questions they studied were:
What is a biography?
Why do we write and read biographies?
What's the difference between an autobiography and a biography?
Check Out Guidelines Posted
Checkout guidelines are now set for the 2016-17 school year. The list states the maximum number books a student may have checked out any time by grade level. The numbers are not set in stone. If you feel your child needs to have their check out adjusted, please contact Echo Lake librarian, Mr. Day. As always, if a student has any overdue books, they may not check out any new books.
- ADK One Book
- 1st Grade Three Books
- 2nd Grade Four Books
- 3rd Grade Four Books
- 4th Grade Four Books
- 5th Grade Three Books
- 6th Grade Four Books
End of Summer Library
Posted on August 17, 2016 by bcruz
It is time to put away the flip flops and flamingos and get ready for the start of a new school year! The Library will be OPEN on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24TH, 10 to 12pm and 6 to 7:30pm to RETURN BOOKS ONLY. Start your new school year with no outstanding books.
Echo Lake Students are Amazing!!!
Posted on November 9, 2015 by bcruz
Echo Lake Students are Amazing!!! You have already read 36, 404,271 WORDS since the beginning of school!!! Keep it up and we will surpass our 202 million from last year!
Check out the Alexandria researcher at home and see the Book Trailers Bulletins!
THE WINNERS ARE!!!
Posted on September 7, 2015 by bcruz
The Winners for the $25 Gift Certificate to Third Place Books are: Richelle Garcia, Pearl Quesada and Kole Riester!
Come to the Library at any time to pick up your Certificate. I want to thank again Carol Delsuc for her gift of the certificates and the gift of her time this summer!
Last Day of Summer Reading!
Posted on August 21, 2015 by bcruz
We finished the Summer Reading with over 100 students participating. Thank you to all who volunteered to be our Guest Readers and participated. Our final reader was Mr. Lohman.