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Books! Gadgets! Fun!

November 2016

October was a blast! We hosted a successful Book Fair; celebrated creativity with our NPES Cardboard Carnival; and more! We will have more fun in November with STEM Safari and research with various grade levels! Teachers, please know that we are here to pull books, help with projects, and more! Let us know what you need! Parents, if you need book suggestions or ideas of ways to get your kids excited about reading, let us know!


Valerie Byrd Fort, Sarah Sheely, Karen Gobbi, and Brenda Burkett

Makerspace Moments

Makerspace Moments is a time for students to create, explore, and learn. Each month our Makerspace has a Spotlight Activity...the November Spotlight Activity is FINGER KNITTING!

No time to visit our Makerspace, but want to learn how to finger knit? Check out this awesome YouTube video!


Makerspace Moments are Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 1:30pm in the Learning Commons!

Ideas for the Computer Lab!

Hear Ye, Hear Ye! November is Spreadsheet Month!

Listen to Sally, the Spreadsheet! (Created with ChatterKid app!)

During your computer lab teaching time (or as a class group activity in your room) use MS Excel.

Discuss terms such as spreadsheet, columns, rows, data, and graph.

There are many examples of spreadsheets on the Student Shared drive in the Microsoft Excel folder that you can use. (Favorite Thanksgiving Food, Pumpkin Pie, M&Ms, Birthdays, Eye Color, Skittles, etc.)

Let your students practice creating a simple spreadsheet -- enter data and create a simple chart! (A spreadsheet is an application for organization, analysis, and storage of data.)

Not into spreadsheets? Focus on keyboarding! Check out Typing Quest (http://www.typingquest.com/) !

If you need help with a lesson in the Computer Lab, let your Learning Commons team know! We will be happy to help you!

Picture Book Month!

Did you know that November is National Picture Book Month!? Everyday this month, Mrs. Byrd Fort will be highlighting a different picture book on the library’s Facebook page and on a display in the library! You are never too old for a picture book!

LifeSkills & Lifelong Guidelines SPOTLIGHT!


There is a display of books when you enter the Learning Commons - CHECK IT OUT!

I will also add links and resources to our shared document available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NFsEIehMDFzjrxnwBPpJsen3KBnIgTe4EHJwA2nJLC8/edit

Please feel free to add your own resources for all to see! We are #bettertogether!

Read With the GAMECOCKS!

We are once again participating in the Read with the Gamecocks program! Students will write down the number of pages they read between November 21 - December 2. Students who participate in the program will receive 2 vouchers for tickets to the following games (you may purchase more tickets to the game at the door!):

  • Men's Basketball vs Arkansas - Saturday, January 14 @ 6:30pm
  • Women's Basketball vs Vanderbilt - Thursday, February 16 @ 7pm

Reading logs will be put in your boxes the week of November 14!

Please return your class logs by December 6!

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 1:30pm):

November 4

December 2

January 6

February 3

March 3

April 7

November Events

  • Lion Cub Story Time - November 4
  • STEM Safari - November 21 - 22
  • Read With the Gamecocks - November 21 - December 2

Google Calendar

Teachers! Don't forget, we have several shared calendars - if you do not have access to something, please let us know and I will be happy to share a calendar with you! We have calendars for:
  • Computer Labs (Cub Lab and Lion Lab)
  • Learning Commons
  • Makerspace/Burkett/Shahoud (in Learning Commons)
  • Laptops
  • iPads
  • iTouches

Learning Commons Team Schedule

Looking for Mrs. Byrd Fort, Mrs. Sheely, Mrs. Gobbi or Ms. Burkett?

Mrs. Byrd Fort is at NPES 11am - 3pm every day (4pm on Mondays).

Mrs. Sheely is at NPES 7:20am - 11:30am every day.

Mrs. Gobbi is at NPES 7:30am - 3pm every day (lunch at 11:15 on M,W; 12:20 on T,TH,F).

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 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 the 4 C's - Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Creativity, and Communication. We provide opportunities for collaboration between the Learning Commons Team (Teacher Librarians, Library Assistant, Digital Learning Coach) and the Classroom Teacher to integrate information literacy, digital literacy, book love and technology into instruction.