Rosebank STEAM Library News

October 2022

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Random Thoughts...

I hope you like Harry Potter.

October Library Events

Oct. 6 9:45 AM Mr. Andrew reads to 1st Grade

Oct. 6 1:00-3:00 Reading Celebrations - Space parties for winning classrooms

Oct. 18 9:45 AM Mr. Andrew reads to Kindergarten

Oct. 20 4:00 pm After School Library (Harry Potter night)

Oct. 27 Fall Festival

Makerspace News

You may have noticed groups of students working jigsaw puzzles in the library this month. But did you know that puzzles are good for student brain development as well? There are several ways that jigsaw puzzles benefit children. Puzzles exercise both sides of the brain, help improve memory and mood. When you fit a puzzle piece into the spot correctly, your brain gets a tiny little hit of dopamine, a neural transmitter that regulates mood, memory, and concentration. When you complete the puzzle, you feel a larger sense of accomplishment. That's because your brain is receiving a larger dose of dopamine. So come and put a piece or two in the current puzzle on the table. We need all the dopamine we can get! For further reading, see this link: 7 Surprising Ways Puzzles Are Good for Your Brain - Goodnet

Library Schedule 2022-23

The basic process for Library is as follows:

  1. If you want your entire class to go to the library, that must be scheduled with me, with the expectation that the classroom teacher accompany the group. We can collaborate to have a lesson or activity so that there is no down time for your students.
  2. If you want to send groups of students, you may do so at any time of the day, but please do not send more than 4 in a group. This is because there are always others from different classrooms and grade levels in the library. Please wait until that group returns to your classroom before sending the next.
  3. Students must have their Clever card to use the self-checkout desk. If a student does not yet have a Clever card, please email me their name so that I can get their information in the next batch of data I pull.
  4. Students with multiple overdue books may be limited or not allowed to check out, depending on the number of books. It's a good rule of thumb that if a student does not have a book to return, they do not need to check out.
  5. Books requested from Limitless Libraries will be delivered to the classroom by Ms. Lopez or myself the day they are received. There is no need to send a student to check if their Limitless book has arrived.

Once your class has received their Clever cards, they may come to the Library whenever you wish to send them, up to 2:30. But, just so you know, I alternate weeks with Dr. Jones to provide Related Arts classes for the 4th and 5th grade students. That period of time is 8:30-9:30. If you need to send your students during that time, there is no issue, but just be aware that they will be sharing the Library with a class of either 4th or 5th grade.

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Beanstack News

Congratulations to the 1st Quarter Winning Classes!

Ms. Frye, Ms. Shearer, and Mr. C. Sesley have all encouraged their students in reading and logging their minutes in Beanstack. They have won a "Space Party" in the Library and a trip through the Vanderbilt Roadshow Planetarium. Pictures coming soon! But the bigger news is that as a school, Rosebank students logged 193,244 minutes! That's amazing!

There is a new challenge that begins 10/1 -- stay tuned for information about that after Fall Break!

Technology News

OMG - Technology!
  • If you receive a new student, please notify me via email the student's name, 190#, and classroom. Once their information has downloaded into Clever and the needed apps such as Lexia and iReady, I will set up their device. If you tell me in the hall, I may remember, and I may not. Please email me so that we have a paperwork chain. - Thanks
  • For new students, Clever cards take a bit longer.

Techy Teachers

Technology integration has become key to our survival as teachers. Blended Learning is an expectation at every grade level. I can help with that. Here are some tutorials I've created that some of you may find helpful, as well as some links that you may find helpful as well.

Creating Interactive Schoology Assignments Using Powerpoint

Live Worksheets

Creating Interactive Assessments in Schoology

Redesigning Your Schoology Page

Using MackinVia

Using PebbleGo

*NEW Getting Started with BrainPop

*NEW Creating Assignments with BrainPop

*NEW BrainPop 101

*NEW Lesson Planning with BrainPop

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The One and Only Ivan

As part of the 4th and 5th grade rotation, students are reading The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. We had guest reader Mr. Andrew from NPL to start our novel. Students are utilizing technology in their responses by posting to Flipgrid. Lots of fun to be had!

After School Library

We had so much fun in September with the After School Library! Connie Sharp and Alyssa Littrell came and read stories to our after school bunch and a few parents, as well. Mark the next few dates of after school library - we'll be open from 4:00-6:00 on these dates.


October 20 - Nashville Zoo Experience (2 presentations: 4:15 and 5:00)

November - 17 Mystery Reader

Please share with your students, and if you're around feel free to pop in yourself!

October Opportunities


Ready to work with your class! Let's talk about MackinVia, the digital platform MNPS uses to check out our digital collection.

If you don't know how to use BrainPop, there are links to several trainings - they count as MSAP hours!

What do you need? Let's talk!

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