Results from Recent Book Drive
A big thank you to all of the students, parents and grandparents who donated books to our Book Drive. We were able to collect over 1,200 books for a needy elementary school in North Hollywood, which is in the process of building their first school library. The generosity of Madrona families is overwhelming. It is a daily pleasure for me to work with the students here. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Madroña Rocks!
Thank you from Joan Gershwin, Librarian
Our school schedules two book fairs per year with hundreds of carefully selected titles for children, parents and teachers.
- Spring - California Book Fairs
Lexile measures help readers grow, and help parents and teachers know. Teachers at Madroña Elementary School have student’s take a test to determine their reading Lexile. Your student’s teacher should be able to tell you your child’s Lexile score in grades 2-5. You may use that Lexile score to help you and your student chose appropriate books to read and to track your students reading progress.
Teachers and parents can best serve a student's literacy needs when they treat him or her as a unique individual, rather than as a test score or a grade-level norm or average. The reading abilities of young people in the same grade at school can vary just as much as their shoe sizes. However, grade-leveling methods commonly are used to match students with books.
When a Lexile text measure matches a Lexile reader measure, this is called a "targeted" reading experience. The reader will likely encounter some level of difficulty with the text, but not enough to get frustrated. This is the best way to grow as a reader—with text that's not too hard but not too easy.
Scholastic Reading Counts
Scholastic Reading Counts! is an independent reading program for Grades K–12 which combines reading practice and software-based reading assessment. Instructionally flexible, mastery focused, and professionally written, SRC! is the program PROVEN to develop reading skills, help raise test scores, and motivate students to achieve reading success.
Scholastic Reading Counts! edges out the competition with BETTER quizzes, which lead to more ACCURATE data and that provides more ACTIONABLE reports to keep every student on track for success.
QuizList Interactive Search
With QuizList Interactive Search, students have the ability to browse the quiz list to find books they really want to read. And isn't that the goal of our reading program? To get kids to enjoy reading?
Using QuizList Interactive, students can search the list from home or the school library. They can enter their own reading level range and then add keywords to search for subjects they're interested in. A link is available on the logo to the right.
Scholastic Book Orders
Book catalogs / order forms are distributed to
students each month. Please contact your child's teacher if you did not
receive this month's copy.
Library Wish List
Our library has a wish list on Amazon.com with terrific selections of new and used books. A link is available on the logo to the right.
Did you know that you can honor your child's birthday by donating a
book to the Madroña Library? It's a time honored tradition! A name plate
will be put in the book with your child's name and the child will be
presented with a certificate from the Librarian. Your child's book will
be enjoyed by Madroña students for years to come.
Parent Resource Library
The Madroña Library houses a Parent Resource Library which has books
and videos on many topics of interest to parents such as ADHD, Autism,
Diet, Parenting Skills, Dyslexia and many more. All parents are invited
to check out these resources. Come take a look!
The library contains a wide selection of books, magazines, reference materials, as well as "Reading Counts" and search computers.
In order to make the library a pleasant and productive place for everyone, there are three major library rules we use:
- Be considerate of other people in the library. That means using a quiet voice and not distracting others.
- Take care of materials and equipment.
- Return items on time and in good condition.
Distracting others will not be a problem if you are quietly listening, looking for a book, reading or using the search computers.
Library Handbook / Fees 2012
Library Handbook / Fees 2012 - En Espanol
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Students are welcome to come to the library during various recesses, during their classroom visits and after school.
Checking Out Books / Limits
- Grades K-1: One book at a time for a one week period
- Grades 2-5: Two books at a time for a one week period
You may not check out additional books or materials if you have any overdue items. Notices will be sent home if any items are overdue.
You may renew a book once if you are in grades K-1, and three times if you are in grades 2-5. place a renew marker in your book before you put it in the book return. The book will be set aside for you to renew when you come in with your class. At that time, you will still need to re-check out your book at the Librarian's desk with your library card.
If you damage a library book, let the Librarian know as soon as possible. Please DO NOT repair the book yourself. Let the Librarian repair the book if possible. However if your book can not be repaired, your parents will be billed for the damaged item.
Ask your parents to help you look for it. If it still can't be found, report the loss to the Librarian. Your parents will be billed for the lost item. If you always keep the your library books in the same place at home, there is less chance of losing them. If you find your lost book after you have paid for it, bring it back to the Librarian and she will gladly give you a refund as long as the book is not damaged.
All students are responsible for the care of textbooks. All books with hard covers are to have book covers. Teachers will also designate certain other texts to be covered. Students will have to pay for damaged or lost texts.