Schumacher Library Think Tank

Fall 2016


Thank you for taking the time to read our first edition of the Schumacher Library Think Tank for the 2016 school year. We hope this serves as a convenient way for you to find out what's happening in our library. Your students are doing some amazing things and we hope you enjoy what you see!

Shark Studio - New and Improved!

This year, we are SO excited to unveil some major upgrades to Shark Studio!

Our custodian, Mr. Gossett put in LOTS of time this summer to make some big improvements to Shark Studio. First, he removed all of the carpeting so we can feel less guilty about making a mess! Then, he took out the counter tops that lined the walls and welded them together to make new shelving to help store our projects! (CRAZY!) Then, Mr. Gabriel helped us buy some new industrial furniture and the results are AMAZING. Next time you're in the building, stop by and see our new space. I promise you'll be impressed!

During library specials, students will have the opportunity to create, build, design, test, program, and INQUIRE! We are so excited about the opportunity students will have to challenge their thinking and work on building a growth mindset - where EVERYTHING is possible.

In order to help grow our MakerSpace, we need donations from you! Please consider sending the following items with your students.

We are in need of recyclables like:

  • Paper Towel Rolls
  • Toilet Paper Tubes
  • Cereal-sized boxes
  • Egg Cartons

We are in need of craft supplies like:

  • Yarn
  • Crochet hooks/ Knitting Needles
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Ribbon
  • Fabric
  • Glue guns

We are in need of new or used toys like:

  • TinkerToys
  • Legos
  • K'Nex
  • Wooden Blocks

Please feel free to send in supplies as you come across them in your home. (I did some cleaning this summer and found lots around my own house that I have been hauling in a little at a time.) We will need new supplies all year long.


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This year we are also excited to unveil a new program to help you celebrate your child's birthday. During the month of your child's birthday, the library will be sending home a form to give you the opportunity to purchase a Birthday Book. For only $15, your child can come to the library and select a brand new, library bound book to add to our library. We have a large selection of books to meet student interests! After your student chooses their book, we'll put a sticker inside so all students will know that this book is celebrating your student! In addition, we'll take a photo of your student with their book (check out the darling picture above!) and we'll hang it on the Birthday Book bulletin board in the library!

This is a great way to keep adding great books to our collection and celebrate your student at the same time! Kids for years to come will know that your child helped bring a great book to our library. In addition, the funds raised through the Birthday Book program will help us fund more books for our library and more supplies for our Shark Studio Makerspace.

Huge thanks to all the families who have already participated in the program this year!

For more information, check out the Birthday Book flyer below OR email Mrs. Bright.


Last Spring, I worked with two other elementary libraries to write a grant that allowed us to spend over $8,000 on getting class sets of some AMAZING robots that will help us teach computer programming in the library!

During the year, each grade level will have a unit of library specials devoted to coding and computer programming using these robots! This is an INCREDIBLE opportunity for our students! Besides being really fun to use, programming and coding help teach our kids grit, perseverance, and logical thinking skills. We learn how to be better communicators and collaborators while we're coding. These are powerful life skills that will help us no matter what career path we travel in the future.

We look forward to our Schumacher STEAM night in the Spring when parents and family members will have the opportunity to see our robots in action!

Specials Enrichment - In Full Swing!

As we shared last year, our Specials classes will operate on a four day rotation. Each week, students will attend specials classes on the same day of the week to help students and families know what to expect each day. This schedule will be set to typically occur Mondays-Thursdays. In the event that we are not in session on a Monday, students will attend that specials class on Friday of that week. On school weeks when we have five attendance days (most weeks), Fridays will be an opportunity for students to attend a Specials Enrichment class. These classes will change on a quarterly basis and provide opportunities for students to explore areas of the specials curriculum at a more in-depth level. This year, third, fourth and fifth grade students will have the opportunity to choose their enrichment classes for each quarter. Other grade levels will attend each special for one quarter as part of the Friday rotation.

Here is an example schedule:

Teacher A (Grades K-3)

Monday - Library

Tuesday - Art

Wednesday - Music

Thursday - PE

Fridays of 5 day weeks - Enrichment (Quarter One: Extra Library, Quarter Two: Extra

PE, Quarter Three: Extra Music, Quarter Four: Extra Art)

Teacher B (Grades 4-5)

Monday - Music

Tuesday - PE

Wednesday - Library

Thursday - Art

Fridays of 5 day weeks - Enrichment (Selected by student preference

survey. Student may choose the same enrichment special a maximum of two quarters) For example: Johnny chooses Art, PE, Music, and Music.

Watch for more information coming soon!

Library Checkout

Beginning with your student's first visit to library specials, your student will have the opportunity to check out materials from the Schumacher LMC. Your child will have the ability to check out new items each week on the same day your student has library specials. Please help your student remember to bring their materials back to renew or return them.

Kindergarten - Begin the year with ONE item at a time

First Grade - Three item limit

Second- FIfth Grade - Five item limit

The Importance of Nightly Reading

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