Deputy Learning Commons

Creativity, Curiosity, Innovation

February/March 2018

Happy March!

It feels like February disappeared right before our eyes!

We've been having so much fun with science, tech, engineering, art, and math in the Learning Commons, so read on to see what awesome learning is happening!

Thank you,

Mrs. Stevenson and Mrs. Clerkin

World Read Aloud Day 2018

We had an amazing time celebrating the power of reading at Deputy! We've celebrated World Read Aloud Day for the past few years. World Read Aloud Day was created by an organization called LitWorld for a very important reason.

We think everyone in the world should get to read and write. Every year, on World Read Aloud Day, people all around the globe read aloud together and share stories to advocate for literacy as a human right that belongs to all people. ~Litworld

This year students in 3rd and 4th grade celebrated World Read Aloud Day with a literacy-focused and tech-infused project. Students used Flipgrid to record videos of themselves reading. Once the Flipgrid is finished, QR Codes will be created and shared with our kindergarten and first-grade teachers to use in their classrooms.

Global School Play Day 2018

In February, all of Deputy participated in Global School Play Day!

This is one day set aside to bring awareness to the importance of play in a child's healthy, well-rounded development.

The underlying premise and concern around the decline of play is that children actually learn a number of valuable skills and lessons through play. Watch the short TEDx video below with Peter Gray talking about the decline and importance of play.

2018 Winter Olympic Fever

Team Deputy engaged in many Olympic-related activities in each grade level to educate our students on this world-wide event. Students used Flipgrid to share which sport they'd compete in and why. Kindergarten and first grade learned about the Olympic mascot Soohorang and were challenged to design a mascot for our Learning Commons! Second grade challenge: Madison was selected to host the next Winter Olympic games; design a medal representing our town of Madison.

Lots of Olympic fun was had. The only regret is that there is not enough time to take in all of the memorable Olympic moments.

Read Across America

Deputy students celebrated by having many different activities, which included Dr. Seuss read alouds, bingo, sock toss, coloring pages and bookmarks, making Oobleck (aka Slime), and a Seuss Breakout to name a few.


To celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday, third graders made Oobleck (aka slime). A mixture of water, glue, contact solution, and shaving cream was colored with food coloring to create this bowl of ooze. We quickly decided that this activity needs to continue. We will test a variety of different slime recipes and research the science behind what makes it work.

Making Oobleck was a hit in the Learning Commons!

Silly Shamrocks Digital Breakout EDU

Those Silly Leprechauns have made a mess. They left Shamrocks all over the place, but the Shamrocks may also be clues to where the Leprechaun hid his treasure! Figure out the puzzles to find the pot of gold!

As they were trying to solve the clues, they were also learning life skills such as collaboration, critical thinking, and problem-solving.

We're on Social Media!

We love sharing what we do each week in the Learning Commons. Check out our social media sites to catch a glimpse of the learning and fun we are having.

Circulation Stats


137 library items were checked out to students

The top 10 check outs for February/March were:

1. Geronimo Stilton, secret agent

2. Green eggs and ham

3. Diary of a wimpy kid : the last straw

4. Diary of a wimpy kid : the third wheel

5. The getaway

6. Summer adventures

7. Bad Kitty for president

8. Diary of a wimpy kid : dog days

9. Diary of a wimpy kid : Rodrick

10. Diary of a wimpy kid : the ugly truth

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Until next time...

About Us

Our goals are to:

  • Get students excited about the library space and learning.
  • Give students opportunities to work on engaging tasks.
  • Provide spaces to work collaboratively, think critically and creatively.

Also, to transition to a place where students DO stuff, not simply a place where students GET stuff.