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Books! Gadgets! Fun!


We had a wonderful (and busy) November with Book Fair, STEM Safari, Immigration Station, and more! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! In December, we will be reading holiday stories and celebrating the Hour of Code! If there is anything we can do for you or help you with, please let us know!


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

Read Your Way to the Big Game!

Students enjoyed participating in READ YOUR WAY TO THE BIG GAME! This contest is sponsored by the Educational Oversight Committee and was a fun way to get students excited about reading! Click here to read about the winners!

Makerspace Moments

We have a MAKERSPACE in the Learning Commons! A Makerspace is an area where students and teachers can go to create, explore, and learn. Each month, our Makerspace is going to have a Spotlight Activity that students can explore during Makerspace Moments. We will continue SEWING during the month of December!

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

Hour of Code

December 7 - 13 is Hour of Code Week! Learn more at this link: http://code.org/

We are excited about celebrating Computer Programming this week! Students from the Lexington Technology Center will be in the Learning Commons on Wednesday, December 9 to show off some cool coding/Computer Programming projects/equipment they have learned about...please bring your students by to check them out! Time TBA!

In addition to the visit from LTC students, the Learning Commons Team will be available to do Hour of Code Lessons with your students on Tuesday, December 8 and Wednesday, December 9. We will talk about Computer Programming and coding and explore a couple of coding apps. Each lesson will take about an hour. Please let us know if you would like to sign up for a time!

You can also participate in the Hour of Code in your own classroom using iPads or in the computer lab, too!

Here are resources:

iPad Apps -- Kodable and LightBot (upper level) - You can download these on your grade level iPads from the App Catalog!

Khan Academy https://www.khanacademy.org/hourofcode

Hour of Code http://hourofcode.com/us

Tynker http://www.tynker.com/hour-of-code/

Make with Code https://www.madewithcode.com/

Excellent Symbaloo mix with Coding resources https://www.symbaloo.com/mix/hourofcode16?searched=true

Coding with Kids https://www.codingwithkids.com/#!/

Have fun!

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

More information coming soon!

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):

December 11

January 29

February 26

March 18

April 29

Please share these dates in your classroom newsletter!

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 11am).

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.