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We had a GREAT start to the New Year and we hope that you did too! We celebrated the 100th day of school by reading 100 books in 100 minutes with Kindergarten; we kicked off our Roary's Reading Resolution Program; students participated in the Read with the Gamecocks Program and so much more! Thank you for all of your support! There is a lot to look forward to this month too! Read the newsletter for details!

Let us know what we can help you with!


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

Digital Learning Day

Digital Learning Day is February 17! We will have students from LTC here to show students what they are learning in Computer Programming classes; we will have a Technology Museum for students to browse and learn about various types of technology; and students will be encouraged to bring their own device! There will be a sign up sheet in the workroom the week before DLD for you to sign up your class! Digital Learning Day is sponsored by The Wonder Den!

Parents! Teachers! Students! Make a READING Resolution for the NEW YEAR!


The New Providence Elementary School Learning Commons Team would like to encourage you and your family to make a READING RESOLUTION this year! Did you know that reading aloud together, as a family, is beneficial for ALL members of your family? Many of our younger students hear a bedtime story each night before bed, but the older our students get, the less they hear these bedtime stories. No matter how old your child is, make a resolution to read aloud together before bed EVERY night!

To help you with your resolution, we are excited to announce the 2016 Roary’s Reading Resolution Challenge! We would like to challenge you and your family to read aloud together for 101 Nights. Our challenge will run January 11 - May 13.

We know that making and keeping a resolution is not easy. So, to help keep you motivated, there will be monthly drawings for a small family prize! Each month, we will ask that you send pictures to us of your family reading aloud together. We will share these pictures via social media using the hashtag #RoaryReads2016. Pictures will also be shared on a display in the Learning Commons. You can email pictures to npes@lexington1.net (use RoaryReads2016 as the subject).

  • January 26 - Prize drawing from all of the Reading Resolution Pledges we receive!

  • February 23 - Prize drawing from pictures we receive of NPES families reading a book they LOVE!

  • March 22 - Prize drawing from pictures we receive of NPES family selfies (must include a good book, of course!)

  • April 26 - Prize drawing from pictures we receive of NPES families reading outside!

  • May 17 - Prize drawing from all of the Summer Reading Resolution Pledges we receive!

You can read aloud in the car, at bedtime, waiting at the doctor’s office or anytime that YOU create! It does not have to be 101 consecutive days/nights, but what an AWESOME goal! There will not be a log or anything to fill out! Just a pledge to say you are up for the challenge! Please let us know if you have any questions!

South Carolina Book Award Program

Mrs. Sheely and Mrs. Byrd Fort have been reading Book Award books to Kindergarten and 1st grade students and encouraging students in grades 2nd - 5th to read South Carolina Picture Book Award Nominees and South Carolina Children's Book Award Nominees...students will be voting for their favorite the week of February 22!

Makerspace Moments

Our Makerspace is an area where students and teachers can go to create, explore, and learn. Each month, our Makerspace has a Spotlight Activity where students can explore during Makerspace Moments. In February, we are focusing on building structures using 100 items (cups, cardboard, etc.)

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

Read with the Gamecocks!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Read with the Gamecocks Program! Ticket vouchers have been placed in teacher's boxes.

Literacy Games are...

  • Women's Basketball Thursday, February 18
  • Men's Basketball Saturday, February 20

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):

February 26

March 18

April 29

Please share these dates in your classroom newsletter!

Save the Date!

Watch for details about these upcoming events in YOUR Learning Commons!

February 17 - Digital Learning Day

February 18 - Women's Basketball Literacy Game at 7pm

February 20 - Men's Basketball Literacy Game at noon

Week of February 22 - Voting for favorite South Carolina Book Award Nominee

March 2 - Read Across America Day

April 5 - Author Visit - Matthew Cordell

May 6 - Lunch Hero Day!

May 23 - May 27 - BOOK FAIR

Also watch for details about the Blowfish Reading Program and MORE!

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 12pm).

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.