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Books! Gadgets! Fun!


Happy November!

We continue to have fun during our Makerspace Moments! Thank you for sending your students! Makerspace Moments are:

Tuesdays 9am - 10am AND 12:30pm-1pm

Wednesdays 12pm - 1pm

November brings our Scholastic Book Fair! More details below!

We are always here to help you and your students with projects and research! Please do not hesitate to let your Learning Commons Team know what you need!

Valerie Byrd Fort, Karen Gobbi, Brenda Burkett

Book Fair!

Book Fair is November 17 - November 21!

Book Fair hours are:

Monday, November 17 7:20am - 3pm

Tuesday, November 18 7:20am - 3pm

Wednesday, November 19 7:20am - 3pm

(please let your Dads know that they are welcome to stop by after All Pro Dads on Wednesday morning)

Thursday, November 20 7:20am - 3pm

Friday, November 21 7:20am - 2pm

TEACHERS! You are invited to a special Teacher Preview on Friday, November 14 from 3pm - 4pm. Mrs. Billingsley with Scholastic will be with us to share some great books available at the fair and there will be snacks! This will also be a perfect time for you to fill out your classroom wish list and even make a stack of your own - you CAN use your Boosterthon money at Book Fair!

Please include information about Book Fair in your classroom newsletters - thank you!

International Games Day!

We will be celebrating International Games Day this year with Lexington Elementary, Meadow Glen Elementary, and Lexington County Public Library! International Games Day is Saturday, November 15, 11:30am - 1pm at the public library. ALL AGES are welcome! This will be a wonderful morning of "unplugging" and playing board games with your family! Come early for story time!

iPads and Laptops

We are thrilled that the iPads and laptops are so popular and that you are using them with your students! When you reserve equipment on the calendar, please keep the following in mind:

*When you schedule the iPads, be sure to include exactly how many you need. We have a total of 46 iPads. Same with the laptops. There are 8 laptops.

*You schedule equipment for a certain time (for example, 8am - 9:30am). Please return what you check out at the scheduled time (in this case, 9:30am). There is often someone who needs them right away when you are finished.

*When you get a cart of iPads, please be sure to put iPads back in the correct slots (the slots in the cart and the iPads are numbered), with all iPads facing in the correct direction.

*Be mindful of creating recurring appointments on the Google Calendar. There are times that the iPads and laptops are reserved months in advance for special projects and events. If you have a recurring appointment, you may overlap with a special project or event.

Thank you so much for your help! If YOU ever need an extra set of hands or eyes when using the iPads or laptops with your class, please let your Learning Commons Team know!

Makerspace Moments! Spotlight: CIRCUITS

Makerspace Moments are a time when students can come to the Learning Commons to explore and create. Students created some wonderful cardboard creations in September and October!

November's spotlight is CIRCUITS! There will be 3 areas that students can explore:

*Paper Circuits - Use copper tape, an LED light, and a battery to create a piece of art that lights up!

*Snap Circuits - Can you connect the parts to make a sound?

*Circuit Blocks - Connect wires to see if you can make electricity flow!

If you would like to participate as a class, let me know and we can work something out!

The Makerspace Moments schedule:

Tuesdays 9am - 10am AND 12:30pm-1pm

Wednesdays 12pm - 1pm

FYI - There will not be an after school Make Shop in November or December. Thank you!

Read with the Gamecocks

NPES is excited to participate in the "Read with the Gamecocks" program! From November 25 - December 8, students will keep track of the number of pages they read. A reading log will be sent home for students to use. Reading logs will be due on December 11. All students who participate will receive 2 tickets to the literacy games on February 15, 2015 (SC Women's Basketball vs Vanderbilt at 12pm) and on February 21, 2015 (SC Men's Basketball vs Texas A&M (time TBA). Additional tickets will be available for purchase for full price the day of the game. Go Gamecocks! Go NPES Readers!

Bright Ideas Grant Winner!

The Learning Commons was awarded a MCEC Bright Ideas Grant for more Makerspace supplies! We are excited to add soldering irons, a sewing machine, and more to our Makerspace soon! THANK YOU, MCEC!

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):

November 14

January 16

February 20

March 20

April 24

May 15

Teachers, please share these dates in your classroom newsletters!

Save the Date!

Mark your calendars for...

  • Lion Cub Story Time - November 14
  • Book Fair - November 17 - 21
  • Read with the Gamecocks Program - November 25 - December 8
  • Gamecocks Reading Logs Due - December 11

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.