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Library Media


Dawn Rocak


Week 1



Hello Lyle students and families, 

I hope this message finds you all safe and well.  I have been staying at home enjoying this latest bout of wonderful spring weather.  I feel very fortunate to live in such a beautiful place in the country.  I've been spending my days gardening, doing home projects, and MISSING YOU!  I miss your happy faces and the bustling library.  I look forward to the time when we can all be together again.  

To keep connected with you all, I decided I would try to share videos and fun ideas of things you might do at home.  This first video is of me reading to a reading buddy in my backyard.  You can all do this too.  All you need is a blanket, a quiet place, and a reading buddy.  Your reading buddy could be a live pet (like a dog or cat), your favorite stuffed animal or a little brother or sister.  You also need a stack of your favorite books.  I chose to read to Einstein, the library fish because he's a good listener and he doesn't complain.  

If you are learning to read, don't worry.  Look at the pictures and explain what you see.  Try and read some of the words you know.  It is all good!  

Finally I want to congratulate all of the third graders who participated in Lyle's Junior Battle of the Books competition this year.  Twenty teams participated overall.  It was a big success, and I am very proud of all of you! 

Unfortunately, we were not able to have our awards assembly this year, but rest assured we will figure out a way to get you your certificates, medals and awards.  

I would also like to give a special shout out to Lyle's PTC for their continued support of our library.  I would especially like to thank Brittany Thomas and Sammie Sebring for all their help in making this such a fun and successful event.  You Rock!


1st Place

Team Sports Rock

2nd Place

Readers Through Time

3rd Place 

Dream Keepers

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Week 2


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Do you know what this is?  This beautiful field of flowers is growing near Dallas.  Can you identify it?  It's a plant that's used in making something you might use every day.  Can you figure out what it is?  

Silly Pet Jokes of the Week: 

From the book:  Really Silly Pet Jokes by Jeff Rovin

What is it called when your pet rabbit is grumpy? 

A bad HARE day! 

What did the vet say when Martha's snake got caught in the garbage disposal?  

"It won't be long now!"

Would you Rather: 

From the book: Would you Rather? by Justin Heimbert

Would you rather...only be able to whisper OR only be able to yell?  

Would you rather...have tennis balls sized eyeball OR coffee mug sized nostrils?  

Did you know that your student ID number is really an important number to know. You use this ID number to get your lunch, log in on the computer, and to check out library books! You will have this ID number the entire time you are in school. That means you will have the same number when you go to high school! See if you can memorize this number. This might be especially important for third graders as you go into fourth grade. Practice and see if you can do it! 


I will be sending notices to teachers about books that are due. You will be able to return your books when you come to Lyle to pick up your belongings next week. I hope I get to see some of your happy faces!

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Week 3

The answer  to what plant is the yellow flower. 

It's Canola.  It's grown for seed that is used for cooking oil and in butter.  Canola Meal, the part that's left over after the seeds are crushed is used in animal feed and pet food.  It's related to broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and mustard.  

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Lyle Elementary School Flower Project


These last couple of months have been difficult for many of us. We have all been thrust into a time of unusual challenges and uncertainty. We miss our students, friends and colleagues. We certainly look forward to the time when things feel normal again. This flower project idea was created in the spirit of hope and brighter days to come. Nothing brightens the world more than beautiful flowers. The idea is simple. Plant a seed, nurture it, watch it grow and hopefully, by summer you will enjoy a flower as a symbol of hope, happiness and survival. This is a voluntary endeavor, but those who participate are encouraged to send in pictures of their plants so we can watch and support the process on Facebook. Email pictures to your child’s teacher or to Thank you!




  1. Peat moss moss pellet

  2. Small plastic container or cup

  3. Warm water

  4. Seeds

  5. Plastic ziplock bag




  1. Place the peat moss pellet into a plastic container or cup.

  2. Add about 1 quarter cup of warm water.

  3. Wait and watch the dehydrated pellet grow!

  4. Drain off the excess water.

  5. Poke 2-3 small holes in the top of the soil ( I used the end of a small children’s paintbrush).

  6. Carefully place seeds in holes.

  7. Cover seeds carefully with a small amount of soil.

  8. Place the container in a ziplock bag and close it up.

  9. Put the bag in a sunny window or in a warm place(the bag will act as a greenhouse). If too much condensation builds up on the inside of the bag, open it a bit to let some of the moisture out. You can experiment with other items that may make a good greenhouse. A plastic food container may work well. Be sure to poke a few holes in the top.

  10. Do NOT let the pellet dry out and DO NOT let it be soaking wet, just make sure it stays moist.

  11. When your plant gets to be about 2-3 inches tall, you can plant it directly into the garden or flower bed. You could also plant it in a flower pot.

  12. Give your plant plenty of light and keep it watered. Remember to keep it watered, but don’t overdo it!

  13. Take pictures and share what you’ve done.

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What is this plant?
Ripley's Believe it or Not
My teachers in 
Elementary School
Knock knock
Who's there? 
Broken Pencil
Broken Pencil who?
Never mind, it's pointless
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Week 4

This is Teacher appreciation week.  Please THANK your teacher because they always work so hard to make this world a better place!

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Poison Oak
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Joke of the Week
Ripley's Believe it or Not
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Me in 
Second Grade
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Mother's Day
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My plants 
are growing!

What is this plant? 

Poison Oak

Poison oak is everywhere right now.  If your skin comes in contact with it you could develop a painful itchy rash.  The rash is caused by an oil in the plant called urushiol.  People have an allergic reaction to this oil and that's what causes the rash.  Please be careful when playing outside.  Stay on trails when you're walking and hiking and cover your skin with clothing whenever possible to prevent contact with the plants.  You CAN'T get poison oak from someone else's rash, but you can get it from your pet if they have the oil on their fur.  Finally, bonfires are fun, but make sure you know what you're burning.  Burning poison oak can cause problems as well. 

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Week 5           

Joke of the week: 

Knock, knock.  

Who's there? 

A little old lady. 

A little old lady who?

I didn't know you could yodel!

Xie Qiuping from China has been growing her hair since 1973 from the age of 13. She now holds the record for the longest female hair with a length of 5.627 metres (18 feet 5.54 inches) when last measured. That's nearly as long as the height of a giraffe!

Can you imagine washing, drying and combing this hair everyday?

What kind of 
bird is this?
Flower progress
How are your
flowers doing?
Guiness Book of
World Records
Blast to the past!
Do you know who this is?
Have fun with your Scribble Stones
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Week 6          

Hi Lyle Lions!  Welcome to Week 6 of social distance learning!

It's an
of World Records
This is 
Mrs. Blake
Joke of the Week!
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An American robin hops along the green grass. It stops to poke its yellow beak into the moist dirt. With a firm grasp, the robin tugs at a long brown earthworm, pulls it from the soil, and gobbles it up.


American robins live across North America and in parts of Central America. They can be found in open grassy areas, gardens, and woodlands.


American robins have orange or redish bellies, brown backs, yellow beaks, and black heads with white outlines around the eyes. Males and females look similar, but the male American robins are a little brighter.


They often eat earthworms and berries. The birds also snack insects, such as caterpillars and grasshoppers.


Snakes, hawks, and cats hunt adult American robins. Squirrels, blue jays, crows, and ravens eat American robin eggs and chicks.


American robins are most active in the daytime. They spend much of their time hopping around the grass in search of earthworms to pluck from the soil. Before and after sunrise, the males chirp a song that sounds like someone saying “cheerily cheerup.” American robins are one of the first birds to lay eggs in the spring. Females lay between three and five bright blue eggs at a time. Baby robins learn to fly two weeks after they hatch.

Ayanna Williams of Houston broke the record for longest fingernails on a pair of female hands, with her total nail length reaching 18 feet 10.9 inches. Each nail is about 2 feet long. Williams said beautifying her long nails takes two bottles of polish and up to 20 hours. She also applies nail hardener and acrylic to keep them healthy and growing. She also has to clean them every day with antibacterial soap and a special nail brush. Williams said her nails rests on their own pillow while she sleeps and she skips chores like washing the dishes to ensure her nails don’t break

It’s Mrs. Blake when she was in 3rd or 4th grade!

Here are some fun facts about her:

She graduated from high school in 1999. She spent 5 weeks in Japan during high school. Her mom, Mrs. Scott, was a 5th grade teacher at her elementary school, and her husband was in Mrs. Scott’s class when he was in 5th grade! She has three kids, two boys and a girl. All of her kids have a birthday on the 24th of different months. She lives in the country and loves to travel. Mrs. Blake has decided to move to Whitworth next year to teach Special Education. She has been a tremendous asset to Lyle and we will miss her very much!

Best of luck to you Mrs. Blake!


If you still have a library book at home, keep it in a safe place.  You can always return it at Lyle during lunch pick up times.  Mr. Good will be happy to take it and put it in the library!

Thank you!

How do your flowers grow?

Here are Luke and Audrey showing off their flowers! 



I've planted my seedlings in the ground.  How are yours doing?  

Please send me pictures.  

Do you like goats?  This weeks video is about drawing and reading about goats.  I hope you enjoy!  

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Week 7        

Hi Lyle Lions!  Welcome to week 7 of social distance learning!  Wow, we only have 8 days of school left.  

Have you noticed this white fluffy stuff on the ground?  It looks like snow or pieces of cotton.  Do you know what it is?  

It's the seeds from a Black Cottonwood tree which is very common in Oregon.  the fluff helps the seeds spread from place to place.  Cottonwood is the fastest growing tree in America.  It can grow up to 100 feet tall, so it's probably one of the tallest trees around!.  It grows in wet places so you might see one growing near a creek or lake.  Some people think they are allergic to this white fluff, but the fluff is not pollen.  Cottonwoods spread their seeds around the same time the grass seed pollinates, so it's probably the grass pollen that gets you! 

The longest paperclip chain is 6,555 feet!! That’s the same length as 21 football fields!

Ben Mooney from Belfast in Northern Ireland at age nine. He started looking for a challenge and decided to make the world’s Longest paperclip chain. 

A determined Ben spent hours linking about 66,000 metal paperclips.

He worked on it after school and on the weekend while watching television.

Ben and his mom started hanging the chain in his closet, but when it became too long they had to buy a special clothes rail!

How are your flowers growing? Mine are in the ground!

Do you know who this is? 

This is Mrs. Dunbar when she was in first grade. Mrs. Dunbar has been the Title1  teacher at Lyle for the past 12 years. She has taught K-3rd grade as well. She lives in Dallas with her 3 boys, husband and two Giant Schnauzers. She loves Bend and Hawaii. Mrs. Dunbar has decided to go back to teaching in the classroom and will be teaching 1st grade at Oakdale next year. She has been a GREAT mentor and friend to everyone at Lyle. We will miss you tremendously! Best of luck Mrs. Dunbar. We love you!

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Joke of the week: 

Why can't Elsa from Frozen

have a balloon?  

Because she will "Let it go" " Let it go" 

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Week 8 - Summer Vacation      

I want to CONGRATULATE all Lyle third graders. I’m going to miss you all so much! Good luck and do GREAT things!


Finally, I would like to recognize two important people who volunteered countless hours in our library this year. THANK YOU Mr. Wagner and Mrs. Martin-Richardson for all your help this year. Our library is looking good thanks to you! I so appreciate all you do!



If you still have a library book at home keep it in a safe place and be sure to return it in the fall when we come back to school.

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