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Ed1Stop has many resources for students and parents to use. It's run by the Contra Costa County Office of Education.

To access this feature you will need a login and password from your child's teacher or librarian (bulletin board).


Free New Books Everyday Online

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10 Hints for Teaching your Child to Read

1. Read books to your child that have stories & pictures that you enjoy.  At the library, pick books that are age appropriate.  Let your reader make choices.

2. In the car, point out signs that you see often.  Repeat the words.

3. Play word games.  Thik of an animal that begins with 'A'.  Take turns, gradually advancing through the alphabet.  Help when needed.

4. Keep magnetized letters on the refrigerator.  Ask for the first letter in your child's name in this way: "Where is mmm for Mary?  Here it is! Good!"  If the child does not find the right letter, name the letter  he or she found, then look for the correct letter.

5. Use alphabet blocks or tiles for forming short words.  Make short sentences.

6. Use thick sidewalk chalk.  Write large letters.  Say the beginning sounds.

7. Compliment drawings, writing, and reading by remarking on good work.

8. Draw road maps for playing with small cars.  Arrange so the child is crossing his or her midline in the activity.

9. Present toys that develop hand-eye coordination.

10. Encourage play inside, outside, in sand, water, and on safe climbing structures, swings, and slides.  All of these will develop skills that will be useful and fun in learning to love reading.

Got Box Tops??


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Help us clip Box Tops for our ever growing Library!!

  • Clip, please keep the expiration date visible.
  • Glue coupons on collection sheet or put in baggie, please no staples or Bonus Box Tops on the collection sheets.
  • Give to your child's teacher

Enter monthly sweepstakes for a try at winning more Box Tops for Iron House. A few of our parents already are winners!!  You can even enter daily!

Mr. Roger's Corner

"When you combine your own intuition with a sensitivity to other people's feelings and moods, you may be close to the origins of valuable human  attributes such as generosity, altruism, compassion, sympathy, and empathy." 

Fred Rogers
1928 - 2003

Mr. Rogers in his zip up sweater

"All of us, at some time or other, need help. Whether we're giving or receiving help, each one of us has something valuable to bring to this world.  That's one of the things that connects us as neighbors - in our own way, each one of us is a giver and a receiver."
- Fred Rogers

Here's a link to his quotes during his lifetime:

From In the world according to Mr. Rogers, he says this:  "We want to raise our children so that they can take a sense of pleasure in both their own heritage and the diversity of others."  "Won't you be my neighbor?"

“We carry within us the wonders we seek around us.”  Sir Thomas Browne

Iron House Library

Iron House Eagles & Summer Lake Sea Turtles Bring Their Books Back!

We've begun library classes! If your child borrows a book to bring home (1st - 5th grade), make sure you've filled out a Library Book Permission Slip.
***Find a safe place to keep your book, away from little children, pets and food. Bring it back to school before your library day! 

Library Classes:

Tuesday: Bailey, Davis, Desmond, Freeman, McGee
Neville, Pitter
Wednesday: Beyler, Head, Hurney, Mazariegos, Misa, Pickerill
Thursday: Almendarez, Bushman, daSilva, Jamieson, Merrill, Pierce, Siemens, Stone, Wulff, Yasar
Friday: Castaldi, Cheney, Dutra, Dyer, Jenson, Kanter, LaFleur, Lang, O'Shea, Sorbello, Vanderklugt


Child reading a book with the cover, Read me

What can you find to read??

Books, Newspapers, Maps, Cereal Boxes, Signs; on the road, in stores or at school. Flash cards, computer games, Kindle reader, Magazines, Toy Catalogs, Instructions, Poetry Books, Music & so much MORE!!

Why 30 Million Words are Critical to Your Child's Future Success

At Brightly, we believe reading has the power to illuminate kids’ lives. But we also know how hard it can be to connect kids with the right books at the right time and keep them engaged with reading as they grow.

We want to make it a little easier, and a lot more fun, for parents to raise children who love to read. That’s why we started Brightly.

Founded in 2014 by a small team of passionate bookworms and parents, Brightly is a resource to help moms and dads raise lifelong readers. Launched in partnership with Penguin Random House, the Webby-nominated website features book recommendations from all publishers for every age and stage, reading tips and insights, seasonal inspirations, author essays, contests, gift guides, and more. We’re thrilled to explore the wild and wonderful world of children’s books and reading and hope you’ll join us on our journey. Let us know what you’d like to see on Brightly by emailing us at: — we’re listening!

More articles on the benefits of reading for a 'Bright' future can be found at the Read Brightly website, below.

Library Policies

We are very proud of our growing library at Iron House.  All classes enjoy scheduled visits and have an opportunity to check out books. 
This is the place to gather knowledge, enhance your reading skills & travel to wonderful places, all while reading a book! 

To help students use our resources effectively we have a few library rules.  Please go over these rules, below, with your child. Your child will be allowed to check out a library book to their class. (2nd - 5th grade) If you would like your child to bring the book home for the week, he/she will bring home a copy of the library permission slip. (link, on this library page) Please read, fill out, sign, then return it to your child's teacher.

We do not charge any fines for overdue library books, however, if a book is lost or damaged, you and your child are responsible for the replacement cost of the book. The average cost of a library book is about $22.00. Please help your child find a safe place to keep library books at home. You can see the class’ scheduled library times on this page, above, so you can help your child remember due dates.   
Please also visit our library catalog where it says "Search Follett Destiny."

Iron House Library RIPS

Respect, Integrity, Perseverance, Support

  • Respect Each Other: Use whisper voices, walking feet
  • Having Integrity: Use shelf markers appropriately and follow check-out procedures & returning books on time.
  • Keep books and materials in good condition for others, Integrity & Support
  • You will find a great book to read each time you visit! Be patient. Perseverance
How Can I Pick a Book for Me?

When you're reading, it is important to pick a book that is a good "fit."

It is important during independent reading that you're not reading a book that is too hard for you, or you will become frustrated. It is also important that you read a book that works your brain to make you a better reader. Here's how you can pick a good fit book:

  • P = Purpose - Why do I want to read? To learn something? To get writing ideas? To do a book project? To have fun? To learn about the story (plot, characters, setting, theme, etc.)? Remember, for Reading Workshop you will be reading mostly to learn about the story (plot, characters, setting, theme, etc.), so you will need a really good chapter book.  (Fun books with a lot of drawings and pictures are great for vacation and to read to relax and take a break).
  • I = Interest - Does it interest me?
  • C = Comprehend - "Do I understand it?" Try the Wrap-It-Up Rule:  Can you retell what happened on the first page?
  • K = Know - "Do I know most of the words?"  Use the 5 Finger Rule: Open the book to a random page and start reading. Put up one finger for each unknown word. If you get to 5, the book is too hard right now.
Caring for Books
  • Keep your borrowed books AWAY from water!  Place your water bottles in a separate pocket from your books in your backpack.  We can't put Library Books in the dryer!
  • Keep books away from food and beverages.  Don't feed your Library Books!
  • Keep books away from younger brothers or sisters who might scribble or tear the pages. Library books do not make good baby toys!
  • Keep books away from pets. Library Books are not good pet food!
  • Turn the pages of a book carefully from the outside top or bottom of the page.  Library Books do not like to be torn!
  • Make sure your hands are clean when reading a book.  Library Books can not be put in the washing machine!
  • Protect the spine of the book by always using a bookmark.  We don't want to break the Library Book's spine!
  • Use a bookmark to mark your place in the book.  Folding down a corner of the pages gives the book Dog Ears, it's not a dog!
  • Choose ONE particular place to keep your library books and return them when they are due.  Return them to check out a New Library Book!
  • READ IT!  Read the book to someone or have them read to you!  Take turns!
  • If your book has an accident, please tell your librarian, he or she will do their best to fix it.  Have integrity!

Thank you for taking care of borrowed books and even your classroom textbooks so that someone else may use them!

Iron House School

Our Mission

The purpose of the Iron House School Library is to ensure that all Iron House students become effective and responsible users and creators of ideas and information so that they may become independent, lifelong learners and develop a love of reading and literature.

Library Contact

If you have  questions about your child's library account, please email Ms. Lynn at:

Iron House School 

Iron House Fax: 

Search for books & websites here!

Check out our Home Page too for educational, community & fun Links! You'll also find it by scrolling on the Destiny Discover page!

You can look for books, websites, U.S. Presidents, explorers, math games, typing sites, weather & SO much more! What are you curious about?

AR Book Find

AR Book Find

Find books in your reading level or look up a title your reading now for its level. 

Meet Your Librarian

Cartoon female librarian sitting on a beanbag, reading a book and holding a cup of coffeeThroughout the school year we will learn:
*What a library is still used 
   for and how to use it in our
   daily lives 
*Exploring different lands
   and people 
*How math can help
   us succeed 
*Using your creative side 
*Understanding how to be safe when searching
   the Web for factual information or using
   Social Media
*Reading for fun, knowledge and vocabulary!  

When I'm not in the library I like to stay busy by: reading, (of course!) swimming, visiting family and friends, kayaking and hiking with Marley,
(my 4 legged friend). Oh I also love to travel! Where to next? My advice....Always TRY... you will regret not experiencing something you wished you had done or could learn! See you in the library! 
Ms. Lynn

Good Attendance Equals a Good Reader!

Research proves that students who are chronically absent in Kindergarten and 1st Grade are far less likely to read proficiently by 3rd grade, Every Day Counts.

Visit Iron House library with your class or check out the public library with your family!!

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CYRM California Young Reader Medal

Young Reader MedalThe California Young Reader Medal (CYRM) program encourages recreational reading of popular literature among the young people of our state. Since its inception in 1974, millions of California children have nominated, read, and voted for the winners of the California Young Reader 

Young people recommend the titles of their favorite books for nomination, or teachers and librarians note repeatedly read or requested titles, and these are submitted to the California Young Reader Medal Committee. Members of the committee read the suggested books, discuss their merits and appeal to children, and then decide upon a well-balanced list of nominees.

To be considered for nomination, a book must be an original work of fiction published within the last four years by a living author.

Recommendations for nomination are due each year by April 1 for consideration as a nominee the following year. It is a two-year cycle from the time of nomination by students to the presentation of the California Young Reader medal to the winning authors and illustrators.

Public Libraries

Visit your public library to find out what's happening in our community. Find out what new books are coming out! What sparks your curiosity?  

                          flames with the words fire safety
Do you have a family plan?
No Dragons for Tea, by Jean E. Pendziwol:

The Dragon's Fire-Safety Rhyme:

     When the smoke alarm sounds, here's what you
     should do:
     Leave your toys all behind, 'cause there's only one

     Get down and stay low, crawling under the smoke,
     Because breathing those fumes in might make you

     If your clothes catch on fire, don't run about,
     "Stop, drop and roll" till the flames are all out.

      Don't open a door if the handle feels hot.
     Find another way out to your planned meeting spot.

     Even when scared, you must never hide,
     And once you are out, don't go back inside!

Here's a checklist to discuss and to put into action together:

  • What is the fire-emergency phone number in your area? Learn it and practice saying your name, address and the nearest intersection to your home. Never call from inside a burning building. Get out and use a neighbors phone or cell phone.
  • Find out where your smoke detectors are and listen to what they sound like. The smoke detectors' batteries should be changed twice a year.
  • Make a fire-escape plan and choose a meeting place that everyone agrees on. The spot should be safe to get to, permanent and easy to remember - such as tree in the yard, the neighbor's front step or a streetlight. When staying someplace different, such as Grandpa and Grandma's or a hotel, take the time to make a new escape plan.
  • Once outside, you must never go back inside a burning building or one where the smoke alarm or fire detector is ringing. Stay outside until the building has been checked and is safe. Wait at your meeting place so that everyone can be accounted for.
  • Practice what to do in different fire-emergency situations. Don't take any toys with you, and don't stop to change your clothes. Feel closed doors before opening them. If they are hot, don't open them. Find another way out, such as a window. Learn how to remove window screens and unlock windows so that they can be used as exits in an emergency. Remember that the most important thing is to get out of the building.
  • Never, ever hide!
  • If your clothing catches on fire, never run. Learn and practice "stop, drop and roll." Stretch out on the ground, cover your face with your hands, and roll from side to side to smother the flames.
  • Hold a practice drill. The drill does not need to be a surprise: it is meant to help you learn what to do.
  • Never play with matches - they are tools, not toys. Learn what other things could be dangerous in your home, school or day care - such as hot stoves, curling irons, coffeepots, electric heaters and fireplaces - and don't touch them.
  • Visit our local fire station or ask a fire prevention officer to speak about the fire safety to your class or other group. Remember that firefighters are safe strangers, even though they can look scary when they are wearing their full fire-fighting gear.
  • Learn the dragon's fire-safety rhyme and be fire safe!