Welcome back to school, my well-read friends! I hope you had a restful and safe summer, and read some fun and interesting books along the way. I enjoyed seeing some of you at my summer library hours, and I’m ready to spend some great time with you this school year doing read-aloud, talking books, and getting to know each other all over again.

Did you do one of my summer reading challenges? I scheduled the challenge to be finished by September 4th but, because that’s a holiday, I’m pushing back the date to Thursday, September 10th. Take a picture of your completed challenge board and email me a copy at [email protected]. Make sure your name is on the challenge board! If you completed the challenge, you will receive a prize the next time you pick up library books from the school.

Speaking of library books… I will be hosting library book pickups and returns starting next week. We are having some technical difficulties getting our library system online so we will continue to use the same system we used over the summer. You’ll find those instructions on the Library page on the St. Al’s website, stalseattle.org/school/academics/library. I will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 to 4 pm at the NW doors. And, I’m excited to announce that Ms. Gallagher and I will both be around on Tuesdays for “a book and a ball” checkouts for your library and PE needs!

As soon as I can announce our online library, I’ll let you know. We excited that we’ll be able to offer you the opportunity to find and hold books from home soon; I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, let’s keep reading!