SPARK Media Center News

November 2021

Learning is Fun in the Media Center

Lots of reading and lots of learning have been going on inside of the SPARK Media Center! It has been such a joy getting to teach and build relationships with the students so far! Creating an atmosphere where students not only feel seen but also feel like they have a voice is one of the goals that we strive to achieve each day. Students check books out every other specials rotation. They also participate in learning tasks that are standards-based and infused with creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. Keep reading for a quick overview of the books and activities students have been working through so far this year!

Learning Tasks and the Books that Inspired Them

APS Race 2 Read Information

Here are the resources to for Beanstack-Race2Read:

  • Beanstack101 Student Guide -- This 2-pager will help your students sign-in and complete the 3 main actions in Beanstack on both the web and mobile apps.
  • Quickstart Guides -- Teachers, these guides will give you at-a-glance information about how you and your students sign-in, and the actions you can take in Beanstack.
  • Quick Experience Videos: The video links below will help you introduce Beanstack to your students, and are a good resource!

Video Links:

*Student Experience

*Teacher Experience

Beanstack Login Information:

Access the APS Race2Read Beanstack app through MyBackpack:

Students Beanstack app log in:

Username: networkID Example: mslack1234

Password: race2read

Teachers Beanstack app log in:

Username: APS email

Password: beanstackreads

Beanstack Login: Community, Staff, Parents, Students

Please help us reach our goal of 716,000 minutes.

TOP 5 Race2Read Students

Hey SPARK! We want to give some shouts-out to our top 5 students who have logged the most minutes since August in Beanstack (MyBackpack). Please congratulate the following students:

  1. Jospeh Nduom (3rd grade): 3,816 minutes
  2. Olivia Brady (5th grade): 2,508 minutes
  3. Elsie Hoelker (3rd grade): 2,413 minutes
  4. Sophia Steward (3rd grade): 2,314 minutes
  5. Everett Bane (3rd grade): 1,578 minutes

It is not too late to start logging reading minutes! Whenever students read at school or whenever their teacher reads to them, they can log into the Beanstack app and log their minutes. If students have minutes that they have forgotten to log, those can be logged, too. We have been logging minutes in the media center during book check out rotations. However, if students need further assistance with logging into Beanstack, please reach out to Ms. Slack, Ms. Nadine, or homeroom teachers.

November SEL Book of the Month

Sincerely, Emerson By Emerson Weber and Jaclyn Sinquett

One tiny act of kindness can have a huge impact. And in this heartwarming, hopeful story, a simple letter does just that. A true story that quickly went viral, this is now a timely, extraordinary picture book. Sincerely, Emerson follows eleven-year-old Emerson Weber as she writes a letter of thanks to her postal carrier, Doug, and creates a nationwide outpouring of love. This is a story of gratitude, hope, and recognition: for all the essential helpers we see everyday, and all of those who go unseen.


Social awareness allows individuals to take others’ perspectives into account and to empathize with others. Socially aware students are more likely to recognize and

appreciate the similarities and differences of others. Social awareness is particularly important for students as they participate in new instructional shifts. Students

need to take the perspectives of their classmates during classroom discussions and attempt to empathize and relate with characters during analysis of texts.



We appreciate the value of kindness in building and maintaining a positive learning community.

The True Story Behind Sincerely, Emerson


Kid’s GALILEO is an excellent resource for students to do research. GALILEO is a gateway to credible and authoritative resources -- a universe of full‑text articles, ebooks, journals, educational videos and more.

You can access GALILEO through my Backpack or

The password for Atlanta Public Schools is: traffic

CLASS PASS via MyBackpack

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My BackPack eBook Shelf

APS District eBook Shelf:

To access the APS eBook shelf, students should log into MyBackpack. Select the eBooks tile. From here, all apps are accessible for student use.

To access apps requiring username/password, use the following credentials:

TumbleBook Library/Cloud

Username: atlantaps

Password: books

Big Timber Books

Username: atlantaps

Password: readmore