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Summer Reading Program

We are thrilled to be participating in the national program Reading Without Walls. Read all the details here.

Author Hena Khan's visit

On May 24th, the day before Ramadan this year, author Hena Khan spent the day at the Primary School. She gave fabulous presentations to our kindergartners and second and fourth graders and had lunch with our fifth grade book club. Ms. Khan has written many books and recently has focused on writing books that show Muslim American religion and culture to children. You can read more about her visit on the WIS blog.

Illustrator/author Chris Van Dusen

After a month of studying Chris Van Dusen's works, like Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee and others, on May 23rd first graders went to our local bookstore Politics & Prose for a wonderful presentation. Mr. Van Dusen treated the kids to an inside look at his creative process, his home in Maine and even his dog!

Poetry Month wrap-up

May 22, 2017 - We're late in posting this but better late than never! 
A flurry of activity wrapped up our Poetry Month, including Poem in Your Pocket Day, skype poetry shares with Atlanta Int'l School and an assembly featuring students reciting original poetry. Here are some photos and the closing assembly poems:

Assembly - National Poetry Month - May 2017

Coplas Colombianas

Thanks to our friends at Colegio Gimnasio Los Andes de Colombia for making this wonderful video of coplas colombianas for us!

Poetry Month Updates

  • Here is the online Padlet to post original poetry. Password is "poetry".
  • Friday is Poem in Your Pocket Day!! Bring in a poem to read, plus Ms. Anderson and Ms. Clingman will be handing out free poems in the lobby that morning.
  • This Thursday and Friday, our third and fourth graders will share poems with Atlanta Intl School via Skype in the Library.
  • Last week, Venezuelan Yacsire Cutler read poems in Spanish to our Spanish Kinder classes: 
  • Last week, Joseph Green, from Split This Rock, led poetry writers workshops with all of Grade 4 and presented at an assembly, where he presented many of the fourth grade writers. 
  • Thanks to Becky Rosenberg, who tuned us into this hysterical "Sons of Poetry" video - we've been showing it to our students: 

National Poetry Month @ WIS is finally here!

April 2017 - The Primary School is celebrating its fifth annual Poetry Month with loads of activities, poetry writing, sharing and presentations! Watch the video for a taste of what's happening and messages from our community:

Post your poems on our Padlet digital bulletin board (password is "poetry"). You can also scan the code below to get to it on your phone or tablet:

It's Peeps time again...

March 10, 2017 - Springtime brings Peeps candy into the stores and dioramas into the Library! Following the Washington Post's traditional Peeps diorama contest, once again WIS students can make book-themed dioramas for the Library! Here's a slideshow of last year's submissions, including instructions on how to participate in WIS Peeps.

Story Museum - Update

March 9, 2017 - The second graders' Story Museum was finished last week and, with Student Led Conferences, many parents have been visiting! Here's a snap of some students enjoying the museum:

Our youngest readers

March 9 - When WIS expanded this year to include Preschool 3 year olds the Library program enthusiastically adapted our storytimes for these youngest readers. Ms. Anderson and Ms. Clingman are alternating weeks, with Ms. Anderson reading a book in English the first week and Ms. Clingman reading the same book the week after in Spanish or French.  We are using lots of felt cut-outs so that the children can participate in the storytelling, using our hands for counting and learning simple rhymes. Most recently, we are reading  Todd Parr's It's OK to Be Different / Tout différents / Está bien ser diferente.  Here are the faces our Preschoolers made together!

Selecting a "Just Right" Book

January 25, 2017 - Our first graders have been diving deeply into new strategies they can use to find and select books that are "just right" for each of them. They've been reflecting on these strategies - like "The Goldilocks Rule," "The Five Finger Test," reading title and summary, following authors, series and genres, seeking recommendations and reviews, doing a "Picture Walk" - in their Seesaw accounts. 

Second graders' Story Museum

January 25, 2017 - 
To accompany their unit of inquiry on collections, the grade 2 students are creating a museum of artifacts related to stories and books. Their "Story Museum" will be curated in ICL class and both of their classrooms. Parents will be able to view the Museum in the library in a week or two.

Storyteller Patrick Ryan

Nov. 9, 2016 - This Friday, the PS is fortunate once again to have storyteller Patrick Ryan joining us for the day. Mr. Ryan will regale our students in grades 2, 3 and 4 with multicultural stories from around the globe. He'll also be working with our fourth graders in creative writing workshops.

Book Fair Success

Nov. 9, 2016 - WISPA parents pulled off another successful Book Fair last week, with many happy customers and much money raised for the PS Library. The French and Spanish book vendors sent record numbers of books, from which students, parents, and teachers had loads of choice. All classes visited the Fair on Tuesday and Wednesday to peruse and create "wish lists." Many families returned together on Thursday or Friday, coinciding with their parent-teacher conferences. Thank you to our wonderful parent coordinators and volunteers!

Colombian author, Luz Stella Ortiz, visits!

On October 25th, WIS brought picture book author/illustrator Luz Stella Ortiz to the PS. She read her newest book, Luzia, in Spanish to our PreK, Kinder, First and Second Grade students. Ms. Ortiz is originally from Colombia and now lives in Miami, Florida. 

Library open for Recess

Sept 19, 2016 - The library is open once again for recess. Come enjoy the space and a good book!

We are taking action through Read to Feed

September 2016 - This summer, our students participated in Heifer International's Read to Feed read-a-thon. "The Read to Feed program encourages reading, while heightening students’ awareness that their actions make a difference in the lives of others. As students read more books, they improve their reading abilities and more families receive gifts of livestock and training." Heifer works to reduce hunger in about 30 countries by giving people livestock and other essentials, like water pumps, and then training them on how to use them. Check our Read to Feed webpage for our progress and updates!

Thank you for your support of Heifer International, our kids' reading and their ability to take action!

We Are Readers

Watch this video to see our reading in action:

Student creations

Grades 1 and 2 Illustrated Poetry E-books

Made by 1A

Made by 1B

Made by 1C

Made by 1D

Made by 2A

Made by 2B

Made by 2C

Made by 2D

WIS Peace Poems

New Materials

You can view slides of the latest additions to the collection here:

Spring 2017

Library Program Goals and Objectives

  • Support the IB PYP curriculum and teaching and learning in the classroom
  • Teach information, research and citation skills throughout the school
  • Support language development of students at all levels
  • Encourage a love of books and reading
  • Provide information services for students to supplement and complement classroom learning and promote leisure reading
  • Promote effective and independent use of the library and online information sources
  • Promote literacy by organizing book fairs, author/illustrator events and a summer reading program