STEAM grant from the Shoreline Public Schools Foundation!

IMG_1954This year the BC library received a grant from the Shoreline Public Schools Foundation to purchase STEAM themed books and materials for Maker Stations in the library!

We have had some of the materials out for students to use during our “Maker Stations” after check out time (Magna Tiles,  K’Nex, and soon Snap Circuits).  This week we finally were able to display all of the amazing books for check out.  It is wonderful to be able to offer students books with the most current information about robotics, coding, and other exciting topics. Our students have been so excited to check them out!  There are only a couple left on the display – that’s a great sign!

I am really enjoying our students’ enthusiasm for all things STEAM and watching their ideas come to life in our Maker Stations.  Thank you, Shoreline Public Schools Foundation for your generous grant!


Book Fair Wrap Up!

Thank you all so much for supporting the Briarcrest Library during our bookfair.  It was a huge success!

We are especially appreciative of all of the parents who volunteered their time to help keep the book fair running.  We really couldn’t do it without you – Erica Silva, Nikki Fralick, Mindy Vanen Berg, Heather Shi, Maria Gau, Sophat Rim, Stacey Watkins, Barb Fortney, Leah Sullivan and Dagne Rueda.

Here are some fun facts to share with you:

28 books were donated to classrooms

The library gave away one free book to a student in each classroom

The “All For Books” fund raised $62.80 which turned into 28 books that will be sent home with some of our students.  Yeah!

The library was able to take 47 books for free and still have profit left over for more books and possibly the rainbow rug!

Mrs. Wandler and Mrs. Loviska


Book Fair is Open!

IMG_1872The big spring book fair is in full swing!

We are open for parents to shop anytime between 8:15 and 3:30, Tuesday -Thursday.  Students are welcome to come in during their recesses to shop.  We will also be open Wednesday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Friday we will remain open from 8:15 to 12:45.

If you are not able to make it in or would like to shop without a crowd, please feel free to shop online!  Online purchases are sent to the school, no shipping, and still support our library.  The link below will take you to our Scholastic Book Fair website.  The link for online shopping is toward the bottom of the page.

Thank you so much for supporting our library!

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Salmon Release


Wednesday morning our fourth graders were able to release our coho salmon into the pond at Grace Cole Park.  We are so thankful to all of the volunteers from the Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation for making this release possible!  They set up the pathway for students to walk through and shared their passion for the environment and Lake Forest Park community with us.  With their help we were able to have a wonderful and successful release experience (mother nature threw in some great weather too).

I hope you can go out to Grace Cole with your family to see the salmon pond, hike the trail and enjoy this beautiful piece of nature!

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Open House/Book Fair/Ice Cream Social/Art Auction next Wednesday!

Dear Briarcrest Families,

Wednesday, April 13th, we have our annual Open House, Book Fair, Art Auction, and Ice Cream Social.  We will be opening our classrooms from 6:30 – 7:30, and ice cream will be served from 6:00 – 7:30.  Families can choose to visit classrooms first, have ice cream first – whatever works best for you.  Our book fair will run throughout the evening in the library, from 6:00 – 8:00.  There are many, many wonderful books available for purchase, and our school library benefits directly from your patronage.

Book Fair: The Briarcrest Book Fair, is ongoing next week during the school day. Wednesday, April 13th the Book Fair will be open during Open House from 6-8 PM. We hope you can make it. This is a great way to purchase quality books and benefit the school!

Silent Art Auction:  Don’t miss your chance to own your very own Briarcrest Masterpiece created by our Briarcrest Students. Each class created a series of photographs in which they formed stars with their hands, which look very cool!  Every art piece is framed and ready to hang in your home.  Proceeds from our art auction help fund next year’s art projects!

Wishing you all the best,


Scholastic Book Fair

No fooling, our HUGE Scholastic book fair is coming April 11-15!

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that provides the books kids want to read. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level.
Reading for pleasure inside and outside of school has real and long-lasting benefits. It unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Please make plans to come to our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.

This year we will be participating in the “All For Books” donation program. Families will have an opportunity to make a donation with their purchase. All donations will be used to purchase books for Briarcrest students to build their own summer reading collection at home. The more donations we collect, the more students we can help!

Beginning April 6th you can also shop online.

Remember, all purchases benefit our school. We are hoping to get a ton of books as well as enough Scholastic Dollars to purchase another “rainbow rug” for the back area of the library.

There are still plenty of opportunities to volunteer and be a part of the fun. The more hands we have on deck, the happier our little shoppers are. Please contact Nancy Loviska if you are interested in volunteering:

Thank you for supporting the BC Library!

-Mrs. Wandler and Mrs. Loviska

Salmon Update

DSC01211Our coho salmon are growing!  They should be ready for their release on April 6th.  All BC 4th graders will be releasing the salmon at Grace Cole park.  With all of the rain we have been having they should live a happy life there until they are ready to swim down stream to the lake and then out into the ocean.  Be sure to stop by before April 6th to see them!