Dear McDonald School Families,
As the full time teacher-librarian at McDonald, I am thrilled to start another year in our beautiful library. We have many exciting activities planned for this year. Starting with our superhero theme and continuing on through the year with Reading Olympics, an illustrator visit, a Dr. Seuss Celebration, and our yearly Book Fair, I look forward to working with all of our McDonald families.Students in grades K-5 visit our library formally, with their class, once a cycle for 45 minutes. Library classes follow a set curriculum and offer our students the opportunity to become "effective users of ideas and information”. I work closely with teachers to integrate library skills and materials into the core curriculum. At all grade levels, the teachers and teacher-librarian work together to reinforce appropriate reading strategies and encourage self-selection of library materials. The library is open to students continually throughout the morning and students are permitted to visit as needed.Students in grades K-2 typically participate in read-aloud story times that introduce them to fiction/nonfiction, literary genres, authors, foundations of research, parts of a book, and basic knowledge of library organization.
My goal is to provide a vital combination of resources, curriculum, activities, and professional expertise that help students acquire not just information, but the skills and judgment to make good use of that information. Most importantly, I strive to make learning fun.
Cheryl WolfTeacher-LibrarianMcDonald Elementary School