Library Media Center News

A newsletter for Ryerson students, parents, and teachers

Hour of Code

Over a two week period from December 7th to the 18th, students in grades 1-5 participated in the Hour of Code as part of Computer Science Week. During their first week, students learned how to write and code algorithms into programs through hands on activities. During the second week, the students were able to explore coding further using several coding sites, including Starwars, Minecraft, and Frozen activities found on Any student who finishes a coding course on their own can print out a certificate of completion and bring it to the Media Center to be added to our Coding Wall of Fame. For more coding sites check out my Fun Links page, then scroll down to the Coding section.

Stories and STEM:

During Media class in December Mrs. Halstater read Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett to kindergarten. Students then decorated their very own gingerbread babies. After class the gingerbread babies escaped from the kindergarten folder they were stored in and ran amok in the Media Center. In a frantic effort to capture the gingerbread babies, students then engineered and built traps to capture, but not harm the babies. Thankfully, all of the gingerbread babies were rounded up and returned to the students. Watch the video below to see the adventures of the gingerbread babies.
Catch that Gingerbread!


Second grade Makes their Mark
Second Grade Makes Their Mark!

Author Visit - Andi Green

Thank you to the PTO for arranging author and illustrator Andi Green to visit our school back in October. If you want more information on Andi Green or a looking to order her books or plush creatures check out The Worry Woos.

Library Volunteers

Thank you to our Library Volunteers for donating their time and talents in the Media Center! We have both adult and student volunteers this year. Students in our 4th and 5th grade STARS program volunteer during kindergarten and 1st grade Media classes. Our student volunteers assist the younger students in selecting books, navigating websites, and other Media related activities.

Adult volunteers are a vital part of our Media Center. Our adult volunteers assist with book check in/out, shelving books, and other Media Center related tasks. We are still in need of a few more parent/grandparent volunteers who can donate some of their time to help out in the Media Center. Please email if you are available.

Online Resources

Remember to go to Destiny Online Library if you want to search for a book in our Media Center or to access educational links, including our Tresaured Author program, Internet Safety sites, Keyboarding practice, and much much more!

Be sure to go Student Resources to link to district subscriptions to Worldbook online, Brainpop, Raz Kids, Pearson Realize, and more.

Connecting, Collaborating, and Creating

Vol. 1 January 2016