REGISTRATION for 2020-2021 School Year Students

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Friday, May 8, 2020 1:15 - 2:15 p.m.


Library Learning Center

Welcome to Ensign's Library Media Center!

Virtual Office Hours during school outage:

I will plan to be online to answer email and monitor Canvas 8:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

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You may copy my address from under my photo here and paste it in your email. Students may also easily reach me by clicking on the email link under my photo on the Canvas library page, or by using the Canvas Inbox feature.   

I look forward to hearing from you and will reply to every note, just like at school!


We recommend these lessons on digital citizenship:

Battle of the Books

My library friend, Ms. Robinson, has created a little video that tells a bit about each book:

Notes on these books:

To help you decide which book you might like to read next, I have added a few notes about the ones I have read so far.  As always, reader interests vary and you should feel free to stop reading any book that does not suit you. You are welcome to text me if you want more information.  All of the books are available on Sora—click on Explore, then Collections, then Elementary Battle of the Books.  Physical copies are available at the public library and local bookstores.  Let me know if you would like to join the Ensign book club and compete in March, answering quiz questions about these books!

This Was Our Pact—Graphic novel—a fantasy book that keeps taking unexpected twists and turns

Sweep—Historical fiction—fantasy elements but based on research about the lives of child chimney sweeps in London

What Do You Do With a Voice Like That—Picture book—biography of Congresswoman Barbara Jordan

Unteachables—Realistic fiction—what happens when a worn-out teacher gets the worst-behaved class

Nikki on the LIne—Realistic fiction--for basketball fans and anyone trying hard to reach their goals

Because of the Rabbit—Realistic fiction—being new, being different, making friends

From the Idea to Disney--Nonfiction—the story behind the successful company

Queen of Physics—Nonfiction picture book--true story of a girl who loved math and grew up to solve the mystery of atoms

Nightbooks--Mystery—a witch captures children to write scary stories and make her potions

Stargazing—Graphic novel—unlikely best friends face challenges at home and at school

Some Places More Than Others—Realistic fiction—a girl from Seattle visits her relatives in NYC for the first time

-Caterpillar Summer--Realistic fiction—about a girl who ends up spending the summer with grandparents she had never met, she and her younger sibling get to explore life by the ocean

-A Wolf Called Wander--Realistic fiction/adventure--survival story told from the point of view of the wolf, based on actual tracking and research of wolves (they kill to eat, so know that there are some harsh descriptions)

-The Strangers (Greystone Secrets #1)--Fantasy/Mystery--It starts off very realistic but takes a huge jump into fantasy as the mystery unfolds.  The mystery is intriguing, with some fun number and coding twists.  Great young characters and family relationships, (know that it does talk about some children being kidnapped).

-Sal and Gabi Break the Universe--Science fiction--an action-packed book, the writing is very clever and full of humor.  It takes place at a middle school for the arts, and the characters are diverse, super-quirky and fun.

-The Bridge Home--Realistic fiction--about two young sisters surviving on their own in India. Conditions are harsh, and the girls have to decide who they can trust—a vivid look at another part of the world.

-Inkling--Fantasy--a fun, goofy story about an ink blot that comes to life just in time to help the boy with his homework and his dad with his next book.  It becomes a bit of an ethical dilemma but is also just a fun tale with the suspense of wondering how it will end.

-Dragons in a Bag--Fantasy--also has an interesting realistic side about life in NYC.  A kid stumbles on to some family secrets and is suddenly responsible for some baby dragons, with all sorts of things happening that he never expected.

-Cog--Science fiction—a robot boy is lost from his home and decides to take matters in to his own hands.  He meets up with a dog robot, trash robot, car robot, and demolition girl robot and things really get crazy!  This story has lots of action and humor, but also heart.

-Scary Stories for Young Foxes—Horror—(readers should know that this book includes descriptions of animals dying) seven little foxes listen to stories in the Antler Wood.  This book is described at “bone-chilling, and ultimately heartwarming.”


Book Lists for further reading and discussion about equality and racism and empathy: 

As with any book, some of these will suit your family better than others.  Reading books together gives you a chance to share your feelings with your family.  Through reading, we get a chance to experience other points of view and situations in life that are different from our own, and this builds empathy.


***Please note:  Information from here on down is from the 2019-2020 school year.  It is not being updated but remains for those who are interested.


Ms. Parkinson Reading Aloud

More read-aloud videos are posted on student Library Teams.  When you sign into the Teams app, you should see all of your Teams listed, so click on the library one to listen to your class book!

The Box Car Children--Surprise Island by Gertrude Chandler Warner for Adams and Sprague library classes, I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912, by Lauren Tarshis for Panameno library class, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis for Picklesimer library class, and Pirates Past Noon by Mary Pope Osborne for Kean, Cornelius, and Stratford library classes, and The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White for Duersch and Kerr library classes.

Carlos and the Squash Plant by Jan Romero Stevens, illustrated by Jeanne Arnold

 Calabacitas Recipe

Animal Dads by Sneed B. Collard III, illustrated by Steve Jenkins

Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse, illustrated by Barbara LaVallee

55 Grandmas and a Llama by Lynn Manuel, pictures by Carolyn Fisher 


Counseling Center

Korey Alfred

Ensign Elementary School Counselor


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