Our Beginnings. The Reverend Father Christopher G. Phillips established the Atonement Academy in 1994 as the parish school for Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church. With only 66 students, the Academy did not start with a library until a few years later. A parishioner volunteered to start the library in a classroom of the original school building, and with that generous offer, Mrs. Orianna Miller became our first librarian. The library collection consisted of only three donated boxes that filled one bookcase. Mrs. Miller started a campaign for more books, requesting the students bring in pennies to raise funds for the collection. Thus the school library’s young collection began to grow due to the generous donations of the parish families.
Our Development. The parish and school continued to grow, with the Academy eventually adding grades through middle school. The school needed to be expanded, and Bishop Bernard Popp and the Superintendent of Catholic Schools were present for the groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion on August 15th, 2003. The extension houses the new library at the heart of the campus. In spring of 2006, Archbishop Gomez blessed the new building housing o ur current library. Our collection continues to grow along with the students. With the continued growth, the library anticipates expanding to the second level when the new Upper School building construction is complete. Thank you for visiting our page. Please view additional information below.
- AR Program and Deadlines
- Approved Research Resources
- Library Policy (info on fines, conduct, computers, etc.,)
2017 Summer Reading Program
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ALA Notable/Best Books
Coretta Scott King Award/Honors
What Kids Are Reading
The required summer reading for upcoming school year will be posted online on the required book list.
3rd Qtr Librarian Literacy Award Winners
(Award included a $10 Barnes & Noble Gift Card )
Sophia Musquiz (Lower School)
Heather Joseph (Middle School)
to all of our faculty, students and parishioners who participated in our book sale Because of you we are on our way to acquiring new tablets for our AR program February 2017
3rd Qtr 2-day Book Club
CANCELLED (Mar 2-3) - Book: My side of the Mountain BL 5.2 Pts 6.0January 2017
2nd Qtr Librarian Literacy Award Winners(Award included a $10 Barnes & Noble Gift Card ) Hunter Van Delden (Lower School) Heather Joseph (Middle School)
When the mummy is stolen from the museum, Kit and her friends are fast on the heels of a villains in ancient Egypt.by Natasha Narayan
(not an AR book)Review: This book was very good and my attention was instantly captured. I did have some trouble with the language because words were expressed with an accent. Otherwise I thought it was a very good book. -Sophia Duda 5th Grade New Book Arrivals Many of these and more were donated from out parish members during Advent – Thank you! God Gave Us You God Found Us You Good Good Father Saints By Our Side Elizabeth Ann Seton Roses In The Snow A tale of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary National Geographic Kids -Awesome Facts National Geographic Kids – Beginner Books Calendar Mysteries Rainbow Magic Series Who Was? Series Magic School Bus Chapter Book Series (Non Fiction)
December 2016 Parents, Words cannot express how grateful we are to all of you for your support during our Barnes & Noble Book Fair. Your generosity provided brand-new books for teachers as well as the St. John Paul II library. We saw many of you during the book fair store event but also noticed a large number of you also participated by purchasing books online. Thank you! You will be happy to know that our school grossed over $3,000 in sales. Not too bad for our first book fair. Based on this amount we will earned percentage of those proceeds which will be utilized in acquiring new tablets for our AR program. We expect to start seeing these tablets in place during 2017 school year. Thank you again for all that you do to support our school! Mrs. Wendtland Librarian
Dated Nov 2016
1ST Qtr Librarian Literacy Award Winners(Award included a $10 Barnes & Noble Gift Card ) Lexington Megerle (Lower School) Heather Joseph (Middle School)
New Book Series Arrivals39 Clues A-Z Mysteries Nerds Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Freedom’s Price The Girl Who Could Not Dream Note: We are always looking for parents or young adults willing to read and write a review of newly arriving books. Please see the librarian about volunteering to read.
Dated Oct 2016 Want to ensure a percentage of your purchases go to The Atonement Academy? This link allows you to add our school to your amazon account purchases which will send a 0.5% donation to The Atonement Academy.
Atonement Academy Wish List
Dated Sep 2016
Read Your Heart Out!
Our school is participating in a program called Book It! This program is aimed at helping children become excited about reading by rewarding them with a free personal pan pizza whenever they meet the goals set by the classroom teacher.
Program dates: Oct. 2016 – March 2017Read more at http://www.bookitprogram.com/default.asp
Dated Aug 2016
Book Club Dates
(Scheduled activities listed below are subject to change. Please check for updates)
2nd Qtr (Dec 1-2) – LS Book: How it was with Dooms Movie:Duma BL 4.8 Pts 1.0 3rd Qtr (Mar 2-3) - LS Book: My side of the Mountain Movie: My Side of the Mountain BL 5.2 Pts 6.0
4th Qtr (Apr 12-13) – LS Book: The BFG BL 4.8 Pts 6.0 (3rd – 5th grade)
Librarian Literacy Award
This is a quarterly award program aimed at encouraging LS and MS students to read more. As our students take the initiative to read , we hope the child begins to develop a love of reading. This is a new program but we feel students will respond positively.
How does it work?
Eligibility: All LS and MS students Quarterly Librarian Literacy Award. At the end of each quarter one Lower School student and one Middle School student will receive a $10 Barnes and Noble gift card towards the purchase of future book. The gift card is given to the student who has achieved the most AR points for the quarter among all LS and MS. The student(s) may also volunteer to write a quick summary about one of the books read during that particular quarter. The summary will be posted on our library page to encourage other students to read those books. End of the School Year Drawing. At the end of the 4th quarter there will be a drawing for a gift aimed at encouraging reading. The gift selected for the drawing will be determined by the Library Manager.The top ten LS students with the most AR points from the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Qtr. The top ten MS students with the most AR points from the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Qtr.
Below you will find several popular online databases. Students may visit the Library to obtain login and password.
Mrs. Deborah Campos Library Aide
Mrs. Terri Garza, Library Aide
Mrs. Gallogly, Library Aide
Hours Mon. – Fri. (7:15 am – 4:30 pm)
*Please check the school calendar for additional closures due to holidays or special events.