Fall News from the Library

What we are up to:

Our year is off to a great start. Third through fifth grade students learned about how and why books get banned and challenged around the world.  Fifth grade welcomed a guest speaker from Multnomah County Libraries to enhance their understanding of this important topic.


Kindergarten through second grade students are working on early literacy and comprehension skills while getting to know the library, our system of organizing books, and our puppet friend, Reid.




December 4th, author and illustrator Mike Lawrence, of the Star Scouts series and illustrator of the graphic novel, Muddy Max, will visit Sabin. He will share about the writing and illustrating process for our third through fifth grade classes.  Be on the look-out for more information. For those who would like their own copies of his books order forms are available and due November 15th. You can even request a personalized, autographed copy for your student.


Library Redesign:


One goal this year is to redesign our library space.  To make this happen, students will be actively involved in the process.  Currently we are in the brainstorming phase and ideas are being accepted in a suggestion box in the library.  Fifth grade classes will be measuring the space and all major furniture as a part of math class. Interested in sharing your ideas and helping out with this project? 


Contact the teacher-librarian, Michael Diltz at mdiltz@pps.net.



We are looking for volunteers to help shelve books in the library.  Training is provided and it is a fun way to get new book ideas for your own family as well as see what our BIG Sabin community of readers enjoy reading. If interested stop in the library or contact our fantastic library assistant, Kimberley Peterson at kpeterson1@pps.net.


Welcome Back to Sabin

Hi there.

How was your Summer?

What is your favorite new book?

What games do you like to play?

What do you like about them?

What makes you happy?…..

I have so many questions for you and I am looking forward to meeting you for the very first time and seeing many of you again.  If you have been at Sabin since the 2016-2017 school year then we already met and it will be such a joy to see you again too.

Your Friend,


Mr. Diltz’s List of Summer Learning Fun

Keeping the brain active is important all the time but especially during the summer months.  There are many ways to do that including puzzles, reading, worksheets, games, building, coding, drawing, art, music, cooking, dancing….  The list is HUGE.  

Below are links to resources tested and tried by Sabin students and staff for engagement, interest and skill building.  Give them a try and feel free to leave comments with your own resources to share.

And as always, parents, it is a great idea to know what the content is that your child is choosing.  Who knows, you might end up finding a fun two-player game or puzzle to share together. Have fun and keep learning…

Michael Diltz

Top Pick for Math and Logic Fun.


Math and Reading games and activities funbrain-logo

This PPS provided online resource is a great way to read books online or on a tablet, listen to stories, play games and learn new things.   focus-story-tumblebooks

  • username: pps
  • password: books



Beginner to intermediate

intermediate to advanced

To track your progress use your student apps4pps.net account and password.  Click the Sign in with Google button when clicking “sign in”.

Programming fun with games

Code your astronaut to victory!!!


Puppy is lost.  Can you help her get home?


20 classic science experiments




Physics Simulations


Tons of Summer themed science fun


Creative Uses for Computer Parts

So you now are a pro.  You know where the hard drive is, what it does and what it looks like.  You have removed and installed RAM.  Checked out the central processor chip.  Removed wires and parts from a motherboard.  and NOW we are left with all of these interesting parts.  Before we recycle them we should consider ways that we can HACK the parts we have into something new, useful and creative.

Maybe we won’t be making a monitor aquarium…0626af7e0464940a517388813c4b691b

or motherboard coffee table…circuit-board-coffee-table-1

or even this super cute mouse mouse…

and definitely not a toilet made of computer parts…


but I just know that with a little online searching, spending some time with the parts on hand in the electronics workshop and some brainstorming with others, you can find something very cool to create for you or someone else.

Below are several links to check out to jump start your brainstorming.  Share your ideas with others. You never know when or where a good idea may be hiding.

Pinterest Computer Part Reuse

Amazing Computer ReUse

Upcycled Computer Parts

Local Artist Reuses Computer Parts to make Art



All About Computers

Input and output devices provide a way for information to get IN to the computer or for information to be displayed or presented OUT of the computer.  Try the game below to see if you can figure out the difference.




Technology is EVERYWHERE.  Play the activity below to learn about all the technology tools that we use in our lives.


Think you know the parts of a computer?  Play the game below to test your skills.