FPES Learning Commons

First Nine Weeks Quarter Report

Usage Trends

Circulation Statistics-Check outs per month

August 2019-833

September 2019-2952

October 2019-3478

Scheduled Classes K-1st Grade 8:00am-8:45am and 10:00am-10:45am (Fixed Daily Schedule)

Scheduled weekly visits include a read aloud and an accompanying lesson related to the story or Makerspace centers followed by book checkout.

Class Visits 2nd-5th Grades (Flexible Schedule)

All classes came to the Learning Commons for a library orientation during the first two weeks of school. In the orientation, I shared with students the expectations for visiting the Learning Commons independently and the importance of choosing Just Right books. Once their class completed the orientation, students were able to check out library books. This year grades 3-5 come to the library as a whole class with their teacher on a 3-week rotation. Students also come to the library independently in small groups between class visits.

Just Right Musical Chairs-Third grade students had so much fun checking out our new books while looking for Just Right books musical chair style. When the music stopped, students sat in the closest chair and looked through the library book. When prompted, they gave a thumbs up for just right or a thumbs down for not just right. When the music played, students walked around waiting for the music to stop and a chance to explore another new library book.

Native American Scavenger Hunt-The fourth graders enjoyed researching Native Americans during the Native American scavenger hunt.

Westward Expansion Scavenger Hunt-Fifth graders participated in the Westward Expansion scavenger hunt. The competition among teams was fierce!

Games in the Library-Two fifth grade classes filled their firefly jars during the first nine weeks and celebrated with games in the library.

Top Five Titles for the 1st Nine Weeks

1. Smile by Raina Telgemeier

2. Amulet Book Two The Stonekeepers Curse by Kazu Kibuishi

3. The Bad Guys in Intergalactic Gas by Aaron Blabey

4. Auggie and Me: Three Wonder Stories by R.J. Palacio

5. Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Check out our new FlipGrid Book Review Station!

Students will now be able to record book reviews that will be shared on the morning news show.
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I will advocate cultural diversity in the FPES Learning Commons. Diverse books assist in dismissing prejudge and fostering compassion. In order for students to become more aware and understand the traits and values of different groups of people, they need exposure to the various cultures and access to materials that promote diversity. This exposure allows students to connect to the world around them. It is equally important that all students feel they can relate or belong in the school environment. Diverse books not only provide a window for students to view other cultures through, but they also provide a mirror reflecting the student's own life.

Professional Goal: Attend conference workshops, webinars and read articles that present the importance of advocating cultural diversity in the school library.

Program Goal: Advocate cultural diversity in the Learning Commons through read alouds, book displays and resource lists created for teachers with suggested read alouds that promote ethnic diversity.

Collection Development Goal: Increase the contemporary culturally diverse fiction collection with a purchase of $1500.00 towards cultural diverse books.


Fall Follett Book Fair

The Fall Follett Book Fair was scheduled for September 30th-October 4, but unfortunately it was cancelled by Follett. We have rescheduled the Fall Book Fair for November 18-22.

Guest Speakers

The fifth grade classes reserved the Learning Commons on two different occasions for guest speakers. The first speak from Traveling Trunks, spoke with students on Reconstruction following the Civil War. The second guest spoke with students regarding the importance of recycling. The presentations were very informative and students really enjoyed them.

Read Your Way to the Big Game

All students were provided with the Read Your Way to the Big Game reading logs and the reading program was promoted on the morning news show. The program ran from September 16th thru October 25th.

October Anti-Bullying Month

During the month of October, I shared read alouds with a focus on bullying and created an anti-bullying display in the Learning Commons.

BOOks Aren't Spooky Readathon

On October 31st, all classes participated in a readathon. Students were encouraged to read until they met their goal. All classes who participated were entered in a drawing for s'mores and games in the library and the teacher would receive a duty-free lunch during the month of November. The winning class was announced on the morning news show.

Upcoming Events for the Second Nine Weeks

November-Native American Heritage Month Display

November 4-December 6---Second and Third grade Fall Reading Challenge

November 18-22---Fall Follett Book Fair

December-Multicultural Celebrations Display