Hi! Welcome to my online blog of what's new in books and media for children. This website is designed for students, parents, and teachers as a resource for staying connected to the library. My goal is to promote family literacy and encourage lifelong reading.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Safe Way To Do Online Research

How do you help your child to search safely on the Internet? Use our online library Destiny to help guide you to the best age-appropriate and reputable websites. Our online school library Destiny helps to filter all of the unrelated websites and provides you with the most reputable, kid-friendly websites for research. 

Click on: 

  1. https://sacredheartsacademy.follettdestiny.com
  2. Sacred Hearts Lower Academy (K-6)
  3. Login 
  4. Enter your school wifi username and password. Hit Enter
  5. Catalog 
  6. Library Search 
  7. Type in your keyword. Hit Enter
  8. There will be 4 tabs on the right. Select Websites
  9. All of the reputable websites will show up. Click on the titles that interest you.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Online Safety Education At School & At Home

I came across this really reputable website filled with excellent resources for teaching your family how to be safe online. We will be covering this curriculum in school, but families are encouraged to do these activities together at home as well. Grades 3-5, please download the free app Digital Passport to help teach your child how to be safe online. Enjoy! Please click on the following link: Common Sense Media

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Pinkalicious the Musical

Original Post from Yelp by Kari N.:

"Pinkalicious The Musical is making its Hawaii Premiere at Performing Arts Center of Kapolei (PACK) September 13th - 21st. The production is based on the popular children's book Pinkalicious by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann. PACK's musical adaptation is directed by Meagan Olson, with choreography by Tonesha Holland and musical direction by Kimberly Francis.

Show dates are September 13th - 21st with Friday and Saturday shows at 7:00 PM and Thursday shows at 6:00 PM. Ticket prices range from $5 - $6 and are available online or by calling 808-683-8015. Performances are held at the Kapolei High School Cafeteria located at 91-5007 Kapolei Parkway in Kapolei. Parking is free."

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Cyber Safety Workshop

The Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG) at the University of Hawai`i will host a cyber safety and digital citizenship training workshop for parents, teachers, counselors, and administrators. There are two workshop opportunities available: Saturday, August 24 or Saturday, September 28, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Register.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Kids Earn a Free Book!

Read at Barnes & Nobles this summer and get a free book!

Here Is How:

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Read any 8 books and record them in the Reading Journal
Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local Barnes & Noble store.
Find a Store.
Choose a FREE BOOK from our selection on the Reading Journal list at the store... Enjoy reading!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Grades 4-6 Nene Award


(Original article can be found at the link above)
Founded in 1964, the Nene Award Ceremony is like the “children’s choice awards” for favorite book in Hawai’i. And, each year, almost 6,000 students in grades four to six vote for their favorite fiction book.  
This year, Academy students, Jade Unabia and Amanda-Joy Lee, received Honorable Mention for their video entry in the Nene student contests.  
Unabia was joined by classmate Abigail Yagi as emcees at the 2013 Nene ceremony on April 18 at the Okinawan Center, attended by about 700 students, teachers, librarians and parents from across the state. 
In addition, the duo met Jacqueline Davies, a national bestselling children’s author and a 2012 Nene Award winner for her book “The Lemonade War,” and learned more about the process of becoming an author.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Summer Reading at SHA

Check to see how many you can do this summer.  Give Mrs. Oshiro your first/last name, your new homeroom teacher's name, and parent signature.  The more you do, the bigger the prizes!
Due August 16, 2013.

  1. Sign up for the summer reading program at your local public library.
  2. Read a magazine article.
  3. Read a non-fiction book.
  4. Read a classic book.
  5. Read a book to a child or a family member.
  6. Read a book that was made into a movie and then go see the movie.
  7. Write a book review.
  8. Read 20 minutes a day for one week. 
  9. Write an original story.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Skype An Author Visit

Here is a picture of our first Skype visit with an author in our library. Best use of technology is connecting students to the community! Third grade students learned about writing and publishing as well as played activities to encourage their creativity in storytelling!  This aligned with their curriculum author studies.  Students plan on publishing and selling their own books next month.

To read what author Martha Rodriguez's had to say about her experience of visiting our school, click on the links:


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Hundreds of Free Online Books

Hundreds of FREE online books that you can download to your iPad or read online.

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Story Elements

Kids will LOVE this. Fun video and Rap about the elements of a story. Explains plot, character, conflict, setting and theme.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Visit our digital school library!

Scan the QR code by downloading the free iPad app "QR Reader."  Enjoy!

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Get ready to celebrate Dr. Seuss, one of the most well-known and beloved children's book authors!  His birthday is on March 2.  Start by checking out a copy from your local library and discussing it with a friend.

Source: visual.ly via MsT_Reads on Pinterest