Reading! Technology! Fun!

March 2014

March is full of FUN! We will celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss and World Read Aloud Day. Our author visit, Matthew Holm, is on March 25, so there will be a lot of activities going on to get ready for his visit and, of course, we are here all month long to help you with WHATEVER you need! Just let us know!

Your Learning Commons Team,

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

Author Visit!

We are excited to announce that this year's author visit is Matthew Holm! Holm is the co-author and illustrator of the Babymouse and Squish graphic novels. These books are great for all ages and a wonderful way to introduce comic books and comic book writing in your classroom. We have many of his books in our Learning Commons (they are always checked out though!). You can certainly get the books from a local book store, Amazon.com, or your public library. I bet many of your students already read and LOVE Babymouse and Squish - so, get ready for an exciting visit! There will be books available for purchase the day of his visit. Matthew Holm will be at NPES on Tuesday, March 25. Check out the Babymouse website (http://www.randomhouse.com/kids/babymouse/ ) and Matthew Holm's website (http://www.matthewholm.net/) for more information!

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!


This is a week where we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss! Here are some things we are doing in the Learning Commons to celebrate and some resources you can use in your classroom!


Kindergarten will have a READ-A-THON in the Learning Commons at 8:30am. We are going to try to read 100 books in 100 minutes in honor of Dr. Seuss!


Special guest readers will come to NPES 8:30am – 11am to visit classrooms and read. This is in honor of Dr. Seuss, but also to celebrate WORLD READ ALOUD DAY!


Kindergarten students will be learning about Dr. Seuss and exploring Seuss-themed centers throughout the work during Related Arts.

There will be different activities set up that ALL students can explore when visiting the Learning Commons for checkout.


Do more with Seuss in your classroom with these ideas:
*Classroom resources from Seussville: http://www.seussville.com/Educators/educatorClassroomResources.php

*Reading and Seuss-Themed Resources for Teachers from Edutopia: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/read-across-america-dr-seuss-resources-matthew-davis

*Reading Everywhere with Dr. Seuss lesson plan from ReadWriteThink: http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/reading-everywhere-with-seuss-109.html

*There are also LOTS of apps you can install and let students explore throughout the week…just search “Seuss” in the App Store!

World Read Aloud Day

World Read Aloud Day is Wednesday, March 5 and we will have special guest readers coming to NPES throughout the day to read to classes. Read more about World Read Aloud Day at http://litworld.org/worldreadaloudday

PAWS to Read at PETS, Inc.!

Every month, students can meet me at Pets, Inc. and read to the animals. ColaDaily came out in February and got some great pictures! Take a look at this link: http://coladaily.com/2014/02/23/photo-gallery-new-providence-elementary-school-students-paws-to-read-at-pets-inc/

Mrs. Swygert's Spot!

I have had the pleasure of working with NPES 5th graders during their Harlem Renaissance unit. It was a great experience in that I was able to learn right along with them about some parts of the "Roaring 20s". We studied artists, musicians, poets, dancers, and writers. They also were able to create their own pieces of art by writing poetry and creating class murals. They just wrapped the unit up, so if you are in the school stop to see their murals in their 5th classrooms/hallways.

Life Long Guidelines & Life Skills SPOTLIGHT!

Don't forget to add resources (books, websites, videos) that you use to help you teach the Life Skills and LifeLong Guidelines for the week/month. You can add these resources to this Google Doc (or send them to me and I'll add them): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NFsEIehMDFzjrxnwBPpJsen3KBnIgTe4EHJwA2nJLC8/edit?usp=sharing

This month, we focus on caring, pride, cooperation, and responsibility. Let us know if we can help you find resources!

Save the Date!

The Learning Commons has lots of great events coming up - be sure to mark your calendars!

March 3 - Read Across America Day / Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

March 5 - World Read Aloud Day

March 25 - Matthew Holm Author Visit

March 28 - Lion Cub Storytime 9am

Watch the newsletter for more dates and events!

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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 Librarian, Library Assistant, Technology Integration Specialist) and the Classroom Teacher to integrate information literacy, digital literacy, book love and technology into instruction.