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JANUARY

Happy New Year! We are looking forward to a wonderful New Year in the Learning Commons! We have lots of fun and exciting events coming up in 2016...including an author visit! We cannot wait to share all of these wonderful events and programs with you! If there is anything we can do for you or help you with, please let us know!


THANK YOU!

Mrs. Byrd Fort, Mrs. Sheely, Mrs. Gobbi, and Ms. Burkett

Parents! Teachers! Students! Make a READING Resolution for the NEW YEAR!

The New Providence Elementary School Learning Commons Team would like to encourage you and your family to make a READING RESOLUTION this year! Did you know that reading aloud together, as a family, is beneficial for ALL members of your family? Many of our younger students hear a bedtime story each night before bed, but the older our students get, the less they hear these bedtime stories. No matter how old your child is, make a resolution to read aloud together before bed EVERY night!


To help you with your resolution, we are excited to announce the 2016 Roary’s Reading Resolution Challenge! We would like to challenge you and your family to read aloud together for 101 Nights. Our challenge will run January 11 - May 13.


We know that making and keeping a resolution is not easy. So, to help keep you motivated, there will be monthly drawings for a small family prize! Each month, we will ask that you send pictures to us of your family reading aloud together. We will share these pictures via social media using the hashtag #RoaryReads2016. Pictures will also be shared on a display in the Learning Commons. You can email pictures to npes@lexington1.net (use RoaryReads2016 as the subject).


  • January 26 - Prize drawing from all of the Reading Resolution Pledges we receive!

  • February 23 - Prize drawing from pictures we receive of NPES families reading a book they LOVE!

  • March 22 - Prize drawing from pictures we receive of NPES family selfies (must include a good book, of course!)

  • April 26 - Prize drawing from pictures we receive of NPES families reading outside!

  • May 17 - Prize drawing from all of the Summer Reading Resolution Pledges we receive!


You can read aloud in the car, at bedtime, waiting at the doctor’s office or anytime that YOU create! It does not have to be 101 consecutive days/nights, but what an AWESOME goal! There will not be a log or anything to fill out! Just a pledge to say you are up for the challenge! Please let us know if you have any questions!

Makerspace Moments

Our Makerspace is an area where students and teachers can go to create, explore, and learn. Each month, our Makerspace has a Spotlight Activity where students can explore during Makerspace Moments. In January, we will build! There will be LEGO building challenges set up for students to try throughout the month!


Makerspace Moments are Tuesdays and Thursdays - 7:30am - 8am. Each classroom teacher has 3 passes. Please let us know if you have any questions!

Read with the Gamecocks!

We will once again be participating in the Read with the Gamecocks program! Students will write down the number of pages they read between January 11 - January 22. Students who participate in the program will receive tickets to the following games:


  • Women's Basketball Thursday, February 18
  • Men's Basketball Saturday, February 20


Watch for a reading log in your box soon!

PS - Students can do this as part of Roary's Reading Resolution!

Lion Cub Storytime

Each month, we host a story time for little friends who are not yet old enough to attend NPES. Here are this year's Lion Cub Story Time dates (they all start at 9am):

January 29

February 26

March 18

April 29

Please share these dates in your classroom newsletter!

Save the Date!

Watch for details about these upcoming events in YOUR Learning Commons!

February 1 - 100th Day of School! Kindergarten Read 100 Books in 100 Minutes Challenge!

February 17 - Digital Learning Day

March 2 - Read Across America Day

April 5 - Author Visit - Matthew Cordell

May 6 - Lunch Hero Day!

May 23 - May 27 - BOOK FAIR

Also watch for details about the Blowfish Reading Program and MORE!

Learning Commons Team Schedule

Looking for Mrs. Byrd Fort, Mrs. Sheely, Mrs. Gobbi or Ms. Burkett?

Mrs. Byrd Fort is at NPES 7am - 11:30am every day.

Mrs. Sheely is at NPES 11am - 3pm every day.

Mrs. Gobbi is at NPES 7:30am - 3pm every day (lunch at 12pm).

Ms. Burkett is at NPES 7:30am - 3pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, every other Friday.

About Us

The Vision and Mission of the New Providence Elementary School Learning Commons is to ensure that students and teachers are effective users of ideas and information in regards to both print and digital resources. We strive to provide library materials and services appropriate to the curriculum of the school and to provide library materials and services that meet the information and recreational needs of the learning community and that will encourage and support Common Core State Standards as well as the 4 C's - Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Creativity, and Communication. We provide opportunities for collaboration between the Learning Commons Team (Teacher Librarians, Library Assistant, Technology Integration Specialist) and the Classroom Teacher to integrate information literacy, digital literacy, book love and technology into instruction.