THE SMES LIBRARY
The St. Mary's School Library is situated in the heart of the school. It is filled not just with wonderful stories but with opportunities to learn, dream and grow. Currently, students in K-8 visit the library weekly. However, students are never limited to their weekly visits. They are reminded that "Library Day is Every Day" and are encouraged to visit whenever the adult in charge of them says it's okay. Plans are in the works for students in Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten to begin weekly visits, as well.
Check back soon for students' own book recommendations and more! The library is managed by Jennifer England-Burnside, MLIS, with help from volunteers.
Want to honor or celebrate someone special by donating a book to the Library? The Library Book Club allows anyone to pay tribute to a current or former student, teacher, parent, grandparent or any one who values the importance of reading. With a gift of $25, a hardback book will be added to the library. A special nameplate will be placed inside the book, acknowledging the honoree. Giving cards can be found in the library and a gift can be made anytime during the year.
Check out these links for library resource information:
EBSCO Databases Premium Information Resources (Requires password from Librarian)
Bartleby Publisher of Literature, Reference and Verses
RefDesk Fact Checker for the Internet
KidRex.com Safe Search for Kids, By Kids
International Children’s Digital Library A Library for the World’s Children
St. Mary’s School recognizes the importance of allowing children the opportunity to grow in areas of self-giving and concern for others, as well as the opportunity to know that they can be a part of improving the quality of human life.
Community outreach and helping others is a hallmark of St. Mary’s School. First through 8th grade students embrace a variety of service projects throughout the school year. The students and staff of St. Mary’s are committed to go beyond volunteerism to include service learning in the classroom. Our goal is to help lay the foundation for learning civic participation skills and instilling in the students an understanding of the nature and importance of responsible citizenship that will last a lifetime. Through community outreach programs and civic participation, our students will learn that helping others is fun and can make a difference in the lives of others as well as their own.
Some of the 2012-2013 projects included:
St. Mary’s is a participating and recognized school in The American Red Cross Teacher Sponsor Program. This program is an exciting way to incorporate service, community awareness, and service learning into our teaching curriculum.