Media Center News

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Welcome to the newsletter for the NMES Media Center! Read below for information and updates on media center programs and lessons. If you have any questions or need more information, please email Mrs. Siderius, our media specialist, at Follow us on Twitter @FCPS_NMESMedia for pictures of our learning in action!
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Winter Break Reading Contest

Log into our reading fitness tracker, Beanstack, and join our Winter Wonderland Reading Challenge from 12/21-1/1! Log your minutes in Beanstack, write book reviews and try our reading challenges over winter break. Every student who unlocks at least 5 virtual badges will be entered into a drawing for $10 gift certificates for the spring book fair. Mrs. Siderius will draw 1 winner from each grade level and the person who reads the most minutes over winter break will also win a gift certificate! Not sure how to log into Beanstack? Email Mrs. Siderius at or watch these videos at

January Reading Contest

From January 1st to January 31st, NMES will participate in Beanstack’s Third Annual Winter Reading Challenge, sponsored by Penguin Random House (PRH). We challenge our patrons/students to read at least 100 minutes during the month and keep track of their reading on our Beanstack site at Hundreds of libraries and schools across the nation will encourage their communities to read a target number of minutes and books.
Coding Fun

Check out our pictures of our Hour of Code celebrations! Then, try the Hour of Code learning activities at home!