• Questions
    1)  What is the loan period for books/magazines?
    2)  What do we do if a book is lost or damaged?
    3)  Could my child borrow reference materials from the school?
    4)  What does my child do during the weekly media "special" time?
    5)  When can students use the media center?
    6)  How can my child find books at his/her level?
     
    Answers
    1)  Q What is the loan period for books/magazines?
    A
    Books are loaned for 2 weeks (10 school days).  Our Third, Fourth and Fifth grade students can have three check-outs on their account.  Our Second and First Graders can have two check-outs; and our Kindergarten students are allowed one check-out.  Magazines may be checked out for the same amount of time by 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders only and do not go home.
    2)  Q What do we do if a book is lost or damaged?
    A
    Families are expected to pay for books that are lost. If the book is found later and returned, the amount paid is refunded if the book is brought back within a two year window. Older books are not refunded. Books that are damaged should be returned with a note from the family. A fine will be assessed according to the damage. If the damage is too great for it to be useable, a fine is assessed in the amount of the purchase price.
    3)  Q Could my child borrow reference materials from the school?
    A
    Reference materials are quite expensive, so students may use them only in the media center. Classroom teachers may check out Reference materials for one day at a time.
    4)  Q What does my child do during the weekly media "special" time?
    A
    At Rum River Elementary, 5th grade and 4th grade have one hour of Research time and one-half hour of Media time. During most of that time the focus is on developing literacy, evaluation and computer skills. Typically students have 10 minutes to search for and check out books. Kindergarten through 3rd grades have half an hour of media time. During that time, 20 minutes is used to learn or practice a media skill, listen to a story, or hear a book talk. The remainder of the time is for students to search for and check out materials and to read quietly.
    5)  Q When can students use the media center?
    A
    Students may come to the media center and check out materials at any time when Mrs. Perkerwicz or our Elementary Paraprofessional are there. Checked out materials can be returned at any time during the school day.
    6)  Q How can my child find books at his/her level?
    A
    The Media Center is considered a "choice" place. The books are not leveled and students are encouraged to self select books that they find of interest and that are at their reading level.