Policies

Each week Sylvia Mendez students visit the library to check out books for class and home. The library has collections of books in both Spanish and English to serve our Two Way Immersion (TWI) program and to promote bi-literacy and the enjoyment of reading in both languages. All students in the TWI program check out two books and one with either language choice. The following is information about book check outs by grades and policies. Books are due on students' library class days (see calendar).

For info about our Transitional Kindergarten English only class please scroll past the TWI classes info.

Two Way Immersion Spanish/English:

Check out information by grades:

TWI Transitional Kindergarten (TK)

  • Students choose one book of their choice in Spanish or English for class. These books are collected and checked out to the teacher, shared in the classroom. TK students are free to explore books from either language section. As TK students are mostly learning to read books independently by looking at the pictures, the teacher can extend the picture reading by speaking about the book or story in Spanish.
  • Students choose one book of their choice in Spanish or English for home. The book for home is checked out to the student. Families are responsible for helping their child return their book when it is due on or before their library class day. If a student has not returned their library book, they will not be able to check out their next book for home until the due book is returned.

Kindergarten

  • Students choose one book of their choice in Spanish for class use. These books are collected and checked out to the teacher, shared in the classroom. Also, these books are available for community reading with parents in the morning. These can include bilingual choices which can offer some choice of reading in English for parents who don't speak Spanish.
  • Students choose one book of their choice in Spanish or English for home. The book for home is checked out to the student. Families are responsible for helping their child return their book when it is due on or before their library class day. If a student has not returned their library book, they will not be able to check out their next book for home until the due book is returned.

1st and 2nd Grades

  • Students choose on Spanish book for class use. Books for the class are especially intended to foster and grow independent reading. Books are selected with reader's advisory from their teachers. Books are checked out to the student, not the teacher. Students keep these books at their school desks and are responsible for them in the classroom.
  • Students choose one book of their choice in Spanish or English for home. The book for home is checked out to the student. Families are responsible for helping their child return their book when it is due on or before their library class day. If a student has not returned their library book, they will not be able to check out their next book for home until the due book is returned.

3rd, 4th and 5th Grades

  • Students choose two books, one book is always a choice book and in either language Spanish or English. Students will be advised by their teacher whether or not to keep a library book in the classroom for class use. Otherwise students may take two books home.
  • Additional check out for class assignments or projects. Students may checkout an additional book or two for specific class assignments and reports if advised by their teacher. Students may also check out an additional book for special programs, including BUSD'S Mock Newbery.

Policies

Due dates and renewal policy:

All books are due at the next class visit. Picture books may be renewed one time. Chapter books and report books may be renewed twice. Additional renewal may be given if the book is needed for the completion of class work and if their is not a hold on the book. This would be determined by the teacher and librarian.

There are no fines if books are overdue, but it is important to return the books because our whole school community wants to be able to have access to all of our books.

Lost and damaged books:

Students and families are responsible for lost and damaged books. Families are responsible for paying for a lost or damaged book. To pay for lost or damaged books, please contact Ms. Sisneros for a lost book notice for information about cost and how to pay.

Transitional Kindergarten English only

  • Students choose one book of their choice in English for use in the classroom.
  • Books are checked out to the teacher and shared in the classroom. Additional resources are offered by the teacher.