SLS Weekly Update

December 11, 2020

CodeMonkey Webinar

You don’t need to have any previous coding experience to successfully roll-out CodeMonkey in your class! Watch the following webinar to feel confident as you take your very first steps with CodeMonkey.


December Breakout Games

I have re-established our Breakout account. If you need the login/password, please let me know.

Get into the spirit of the season with our December Featured Games! This month's collection includes coding games to celebrate Hour of Code, and a variety of Winter and Christmas-themed games that are sure to give your students a jolly good time!

Play December Featured Games

Rosen Teen Health and Wellness training, January 12, 2021



Topic: Rosen Teen Health and Wellness Training

Time: Jan 12, 2021 08:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 996 5694 7357

Passcode: 550316

Gale NOVELNY Tidbits

Find out about the topics below:

Recordings of our webinars can be found here: (look for For NOVELNY: Dig Deeper With Your NOVELNY/Gale Resources).

1. Opposing Viewpoints- Interactive Infographics

2. Gale in Context: Elementary- Unlabelled pictures, easily use them to make a labelling worksheet.

3. MS- Science experiments- in the Reference Content- doc type

4. Gale in Context: MS- primary sources- under Content Type

5. Cross search- Gale Powersearch, Gale OneFile and Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints, ebooks

6. Journal alerts

7. Get Link- can use for search results or individual article

8. Serving virtual learners

Gumdrop goes virtual!

Gumdrop is offering some great deals.

  • Rosen books are buy a print copy and get unlimited access ebook for free (highlighted blue)
  • Bellweather are buy a print copy and if you spend $2000, the ebook is free. Less than $2000, you get the ebook for $5 (highlighted yellow)

Peggy Barber Tribute Grant

The American Library Association invites library workers to apply for the inaugural Peggy Barber Tribute Grant, a programming grant named after the transformative ALA leader responsible for the creation of National Library Week and the Celebrity READ series.

The Peggy Barber Tribute Grant supports meaningful programs in libraries with limited programming budgets. Up to three grants of $2,500 will be awarded annually. Applications for the 2021 award will be accepted from December 1, 2020, to February 5, 2021. Read the grant guidelines and apply online.

The Peggy Barber Tribute Grant will support a different type of library programming each year. This year, libraries are invited to submit applications in support of humanities-based programming. The funding may be used to continue an existing program or create a new one.

All library types — including public, academic, K-12, tribal and special libraries — in the U.S. or U.S. territories are eligible. Applicants must have a personal or institutional membership with either the American Library Association OR the Association for Rural & Small Libraries.

Barber served as ALA's associate executive director of communications from 1970 to 2000. In that role, she established ALA’s Public Information Office, Public Programs Office and the ALA Graphics department. After leaving ALA, she was a principal consultant with Library Communication Strategies and served as co-president of Friends of Libraries USA, now known as United for Libraries. She passed away in August 2019.

The Peggy Barber Tribute Grant was created with donations from Barber’s friends and colleagues. To support the grant, make a contribution to the Peggy Barber tribute fund within ALA’s Cultural Communities Fund.

STEM Gaming Microgrant

Tyto Online is a STEM game that is designed around helping students build science and engineering skills while they solve authentic types of science problems. For example, they help solve a food shortage with a botanist while learning about genetics.

We're giving away 5,000 student licenses for Tyto Online for Spring. Applications for these STEM Gaming Microgrants are open and only take 15 minutes to complete!

Apply Now


The STEM Gaming Microgrants are being made available through funding from the Overdeck Family Foundation. These microgrants will award schools and districts Tyto Online access for the Spring semester of the 2020-2021 school year (January – July, 2021), and will include professional development and inclusion in a cohort of incredible educators who are working to empower their students’ science + STEM learning for the rest of the year.

We are making 5,000 student licenses available across all awardees. The number of organizations receiving the microgrant will be determined based on applicant requests, as we’ll award to top applicants until the licenses available are expended.


The application should only take about 15 minutes to complete. We have an early deadline on November 30th, at which point we will start awarding grantees on a rolling basis, accepting applications through the final deadline on December 18th. Applying earlier therefore increases the chance that your request will be awarded.

State Farm Grant

NYSCATE is happy to share this State Farm Insurance grant opportunity with our membership. Good luck to our members who submit applications!

Do You Know a Teacher Who Deserves a $2,500 Assist?

Teachers are essential to building strong communities. This year their job has been harder than ever, and that’s why State Farm wants to help.

Teachers have had to come up with new and innovative ways to reach their students, and we know that a little assistance can go a long way to make some of those innovative ideas a reality. To inspire and reward classroom innovation, State Farm is here to help with a new grant opportunity: State Farm ® Teacher Assist

The State Farm ® Teacher Assist program is giving away $100,000 to teachers across New York. Forty New York teachers will win a $2,500 grant to implement their innovative ideas.

The submission phase opens on January 11 at 4:00 PM and ends on January 15 or when 200 submissions are reached.

Teachers can prepare now by going to the website to download the rules and begin preparing their answers to the following three questions:

  • If you receive a $2,500 grant, how will you use the funding to resolve your challenges?
  • What opportunities will this funding help your students realize?
  • How can the program be replicated by teachers at other schools?

Jennifer Young, CPCU

State Farm

Corporate Responsibility Analyst – NJ, NY, CT, NH, VT & ME

P: 973-787-4956 I

Learn more about State Farm’s community involvement by clicking here.