Let’s Battle….

13882672_1063592380396315_5130754659060315446_nMrs. D is happy to see how comfortable our kindergartners are with using their mouse.  During this rotation students started using Starfall.com and learning to choose and maneuver their way through a website.  Mrs. D is also sharing Halloween stories this month including Clifford’s First Halloween and Go Away Big Green Monster.

1st graders are learning the importance of being safe on the Internet – Mrs. D is showing students the Cyber 5 rules from ABCya.  1st graders are also practicing keyboarding skills using three different websites.

2nd graders are being reminded about the importance of friendship.  Mrs. D is reading Nobody Knew What to Do and discussing what we all can do to end bullying.

3rd graders are reviewing how to be an “upstander” instead of a bystander when bullying occurs.  Mrs. D is using an excellent video from the NED Show website.

4th and 5th graders are being given the chance to sign up for this year’s Battle of the Books – Check out this great Animoto introducing this year’s list of books!Unknown-2



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September Memories….

dscn2253I can’t believe it is already October!  The weeks are flying by….Here is a short summary of what we’ve been learning about in the Riverside Library this past September:

Kindergartners:  Mrs. D enjoys reading stories this past month including Shh! Don’t Wake the Giant, Clifford’s 1st Autumn and The Last Puppy.  Using our mouse and clicking on the left side has been our focus this month.  The Mini Mouse.us website and the Bees and Honey website have given students more confidence as they improve with each lesson.

1st graders:  Mrs. D loved seeing how much students remember about taking good care of library books.  We played the Yes/No game.  We also watched a great video on book care using Skippy Jon Jones as the main character.  Everyone had the opportunity to get into Teach Your Monster to Read 2: Fun with Words during computer lab time.

2nd graders:  Students did a great job identifying computer parts and explaining what they are used for along with using Tap the Technology to practice.  Choosing a “Just right book” was also discussed and we all agreed it is important that one of the two books students check out should be something they can read to themselves.

3rd graders:  Students logged into their computers and added books to their Big Universe book shelf.  Students also practiced using Follett Destiny to look up books on a favorite subject.  Students are bringing their iPads with them to the library so they can read using Epic books or Big Universe during check out time.

4th graders:  Mrs. D was happy to see how many students remembered how to look up books using Follett Destiny.  We also did a review of our library using Library Jeopardy.  Digital Etiquette was focused on using BrainPop.  Students are bringing their iPads with them to the library so they can read using Epic books or Big Universe during check out time.

5th graders:  Many students are excited to join the Library Crew and help Mrs. D and Mrs. T. with keeping our library running smoothly.  We also took time to add books to our Big Universe book shelves and to make sure all students had access to Epic Books.  We reviewed areas around the library using a QR code scavenger hunt.  Students are bringing their iPads with them to the library so they can read using Epic books or Big Universe during check out time.

Mrs. D loves September especially because both her husband and her son celebrate their birthdays – a fun time at the Dembowski household!rscn2261

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A New Beginning….

Since the first day of school, Mrs. D has been doing orientation lessons with all of her classes.  Students were excited to check out new books and magazines and to log onto our Mac Minis in our computer labs.  This year we are switching over to the Macintosh platform.

Kindergartners are busy learning how to be good library citizens, taking good care of books before checking them out for the first time.  All Kindergartners and 1st graders reviewed computer parts and practiced mouse skills using our mini mouse website.  2nd graders logged in as themselves and practiced using the site Tap the Technology.  This was also a great time to test out our headphones to see if the sound is working properly.  3rd, 4th and 5th graders logged into their computer and set up folders in their Google accounts.

Mrs D was also happy to be working again with Mrs. Trzebiatowski and Mrs. Hanson.  Mrs. T is working with Mrs. D in the library starting at 9:00 until 2:30.  Mrs. Hanson is helping Mrs. D the last hour of classes.  We look forward to a great school year!5475907734_7c88f33e2e

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Welcome Back!

School is back in session here at Riverside!  There have been many exciting changes around our school – including the library….New carpeting, new paint, new furniture and best of all…new books!  We are looking forward to another school year and we urge you to stop in and check out our changes for yourself!


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Have a great summer!


What a great school year it has been!  Thank you for making it such a success and I hope each and every one of you takes time this summer to refresh and rejuvenate yourselves.  Follow your dreams, enjoy the company of your family and friends and, of course, don’t forget to read some good books!

Click here for highlights of our 2015-16 Riverside library program.  Have a great summer!


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It’s That Time of Year…..

As the days fly by this last week of school, Mrs. D wants to remind students who haven’t already returned their library books to do so as soon as possible.  We are well into our inventory using Follett Destiny and having as many books back as we can get makes the process less complicated.

The classes Mrs. D sees this week will get another opportunity for a raffle ticket – those raffle bags are filling up and we are so happy to see so many responsible students!  Thanks for your cooperation!

Next year’s Battle of the Books list was just released June 1st – Here is the list for interested 4th and 5th graders:

WEMTA Battle of the Books

Elementary Division


Golden Archer Nominees (Primary)

The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt
The Night World by Mordicai Gerstein
What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada
Winnie: the True Story of the Bear who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh by Sally Walker
Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman

Golden Archer Nominees (Intermediate)

Auggie and Me by R. J. Palacio
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School by Jeff Kinney
Dork Diaries: Tales of a Not-So-Happily-Ever-After by Rachel Renee Russell
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
The Scavengers by Michael Perry

Advisor’s Choices

Amulet:  The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

I Survived the Hindenburg Disaster, 1937 by Lauren Tarshis

Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics by Chris Grabenstein

Pax by Sara Pennypacker

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr

Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

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Book Raffle Returns

It is that time of year again!  It is really hard to believe we have only two more weeks of school left!  Two big events for the library take place this time of year: 1) The End-of-the-Year Book Raffle and 2)Our library inventory.

The book raffle is for all students who do not have an overdue book(s)…those students receive a raffle ticket that they write their name and grade on.  Then they place their ticket in the bag of the book they would like to try and win.  Mrs. D will choose the winners the last few days of school.DSCN2097

Our library inventory is well under way this week.  This is the first time Mrs. D has attempted to do an inventory while still having classes.  It is a challenge but she is blessed with wonderful support staff members who step right in and start scanning barcodes.  With over 16,000 items to scan it does take awhile to do.  Thank you to everyone who is helping us with this very large but important project!

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