Mrs. Hamilton



  • Bachelor of Science in Education from Illinois State University
  • Has been teaching at Evangelical School for 22 years
  • Likes to read and camp


Summer Reading Assembly

The first assembly of the school year will take place tomorrow, August 29th.  We will assemble in the sanctuary at 2:00 to recognize and celebrate our summer readers. Come join us in the celebration!


Hayner Library Summer Reading Deadlines

I hope that all of our Evangelical School families are enjoying the summer.  I wanted to remind you that the Hayner Library Summer Reading Programs will soon be drawing to a close.  The deadline for students ages 12-18 is this Friday, July 6th.  The End-of -the-Summer Reading Party will take place on July 11th from 2:00 – 4:00p.m.

For children ages birth through 12, the last day to turn in sheets is Friday, July 13th.  The End-of-Summer Reading Party will be on Thursday, July 19th, for all that participated in this program.

I am hoping that a large number of our Evangelical School students took advantage of these programs offered by Hayner Library.  They are a great way to keep children’s reading skills sharp over the summer.  We want our students to be “summer leapers”, not “summer sliders”.

Public Library Summer Reading Programs 

Area public libraries also offer Summer Reading opportunities.  I am most familiar with the Hayner Public Library Summer Reading Programs. Their theme this summer is “Reading Under the Sun”.  One program is for ages birth through twelve. Summer kickoff registration starts on Saturday, June 2nd, at the Hayner Library at the mall location.  Storytimes, crafts, games, and entertainment will be available on given dates throughout the program.  The program ends on Friday, July 13th.  To help Evangelical School’s efforts in winning the Hayner Library Summer Reading Trophy, a student must register and complete the program by Friday, July 13th.  

A second program is offered for ages twelve through eighteen. Registration begins on Saturday, June 2nd, at the Alton Square location.  Events will take place at the Community Center.  July 6th is the last day to return sheets for this program.  Again, to help us in our efforts to win the trophy, students must complete the program and return the sheet.

If you do not live in the Hayner Public Library District, you may complete the program that is offered by your district library. 

Evangelical School Summer Reading Programs

There are many opportunities to read throughout the summer.  To take advantage of this, Evangelical School has a Summer Reading Program perfect for each of our students.  Incoming kindergarten through incoming fifth grade students may take part in “Be a Read Box Reader”. Students are rewarded for their efforts according to the number of minutes read.  Information and a log sheet have been sent home.

Students entering sixth, seventh, and eighth grades also have a Summer Reading Program.  Their program is based on the number of pages read, with rewards being offered for their efforts. Information and a log sheet have been sent home.

All sheets must be returned the first week of school in August.

“Be a Leaper, not a Slider”

Perhaps you have seen the wall display outside of the library.  There are two frogs.  One is leaping for joy, while the other is sliding down with a big X across his body.  The display is there to remind students to read over the summer.  Studies have shown that a child that reads over summer break can boost his reading skills.  On the other hand, a child that does not read can lose skills that he has learned during the school year.  Please encourage your child to “be a leaper, not a slider”. 

Missing Library Books

A part of my position as librarian involves the return of books to the library before the end of the school year.  My role changes from checking books out to students to gathering books in from students.  I have recently sent out notices to the students that still have library books not returned.  For now, it is not a big concern.  Students find library books in their desks, teachers find library books in their classrooms, and sometimes I find missing books in the library.  During the summer, I will check the library shelves for missing books.  If a book is not found by registration in August, there will be a replacement fee charged. 

April Library News
April just seemed to fly by in the library.  Classes were busy celebrating National Library Week, National Parks Week, Earth Day, Arbor Day, and “Poem in Your Pocket” Day.  Poetry was celebrated the entire month as April is National Poetry Month.  Classes in kindergarten through fifth grade learned of  Hans Christian Andersen and his contributions to children’s literature.




March Library News
March proved to be a very busy month in the library.  The month began with the Scholastic Book Fair, “Paws to Read a Good Book”.  I thank all those that visited the Book Fair.  With profits earned, the classroom teachers were able to choose books for their classroom libraries.  Books were  also taken for the library.  Thanks, also, to those that donated dog and cat food and contributed to the “Books to the Trail” program.
St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated in the library by the sharing of Irish folktales.  The students enjoyed hearing stories from another country.   A comparison was made using Irish folktales to folktales with which students are familiar. Books were on display to celebrate both Women’s History Month and Music in Our Schools Month.
  April promises to be another busy month.  Poetry will be celebrated throughout the month.  National Parks Week takes place the third week of April.  Earth Day also takes place in April.
     Students will be learning about Hans Christian Andersen and the Grimm brothers in April.  Classes will discuss the important roles these men played in our history of literature.  Stories written and collected by these men are still shared today.
I wish for your family a joyous Easter.  Hopefully, by the time we return to school, spring will have decided to stay!
World Read Aloud Day    

     Today, February 1st, is known as World Read Aloud Day.  It is a special day set aside to recognize the importance of reading aloud to children and youth.  The benefits of reading aloud to your youngster are many.  Foremost, is the quality time spent with your child.  A strong bond is established between the two of you.  Your child will realize the importance of reading in his life by your example.  Reading aloud increases literacy achievement for your child.  As a parent, you will be exposing your child to texts he can’t yet decode for himself.  Reading aloud sensitizes children to the language and structure of texts.  During read aloud time you can introduce your child to the variety of genres available. 

     It is a sad misconception to think that once your child can read by himself, he doesn’t need to have you read aloud anymore.  Children need to hear the emotions and feelings that can come about when reading aloud.  Think of all the possibilities  for the two of you.  You can take turns reading to each other, of course.  Discussions will continue to develop. Comparisons can be made to other books.  Text- to- self, text- to- text, and text- to -world  connections will become apparent and make for good discussions.

     It is a great gift to give to your child the love of reading.  Show him the joy and excitement that  a book can bring to him.  “A reader is made on the lap of his mother.” -Emilie Buchwald  (or father, or grandparent, or relative) – Ann Hamilton