The Learning Commons Connection

Old Fort Elementary Library/Learning Commons

May 22-26, 2017

OFE - Summer Reading Incentive

Summer will SOAR…

When Students Read

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s):

Fun opportunities abound this summer to help your child continue to grow.

The McDowell County Public library is offering many fun activities at both the Old Fort and Marion Branches this summer. Please sign your child up to participate in the Summer Reading Program, “Build a Better World.” See the picture for the kick-off party and other details. As your child reads, he/she will have fun, earn prizes, and be better prepared for the start of school in August. This program is FREE.

You also have the option of having your child participate in the Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program. Barnes and Noble marks its twenty-first year inspiring young readers in first through sixth grades have a summer filled with reading adventures - and earn a FREE book. The Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Journal is located here and a print copy will be given to students by their classroom teacher in grades Kindergarten through 4th.

If your child completes a reading log for either McDowell County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program OR the Barnes and Noble Summer Reading journal and returns a copy of one to Old Fort Elementary by September 2, 2017, he/she will qualify for a prize from Old Fort Elementary.

Thanks for investing in your child’s future by encouraging him/her to read. Have a great summer.


Greta W. Fletcher

Media Coordinator

Old Fort Elementary

Library/Learning Commons Inventory

All library books were due on Friday, May 19, 2017. This week, an inventory will be taken of all items on the shelves. This inventory will "check in" any items that were shelved without being properly scanned in. At the end of inventory a report will be run of any items still listed under a student's name that has not been returned to the Library/Learning Commons. Please make every effort to locate and return those items. If the item is declared lost, a payment needs to be made. Items paid for before June 2, will be $5 per item. Any item paid for after June 3, will be the original cost as displayed on the library notice. Thank you for making every effort to return all library items.

May 15-19, 2017

4th Grade - N.C. Lighthouse Projects

Over the past few weeks, 4th grade studied the lighthouses of North Carolina. Their job was to become a tour guide and create a video of their speech. They focused on explaining the impact of technology on North Carolina's citizens, explaining why important buildings are associated with the state's history and using technology tools to present this information. They became adept at using WeVideo and the Greenscreen/ColorKey concept to record themselves "on location." Please enjoy a few of their projects by clicking on the links below . More will be added as they become available.

Mercurio's 4th Graders:

Katilin -

Kaden -

Alyssa -

Corry -

Faith -

Josiah -

Jaxson -

Halle -

Meredith -

Sophie -

Anthony -

Greene's Class:

Elijah O. -

Taylor -

Dakota -

Dixie -

Brooks' Class:

Serenity -

Hunter -

Build a Better World - Summer Reading Program starts June 13 at the Old Fort Public Library

The McDowell County Public Library will host "Build a Better World" for its Summer Reading Program from June 12th through August 12th. Students may drop in the Old Fort Branch between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm on June 13 for the kick-off party to signup for the program and learn about the various activities scheduled for the summer. By just reading 20 minutes a day for 51 days students will earn coupons to local businesses, a free book, and an invitation to the end of summer reading party. There will be raffle drawings at the end of summer party for many wonderful prizes! The program is FREE!

Thanks to Rachel Statham, Youth Services Librarian, for sharing the wonderful opportunities with OFE!

May 19, 2017 - Library Books are Due

All Old Fort Library/Learning Commons books are due on Friday, May 19, 2017.

If a student needs materials for an assignment, he/she may keep them until the assignment is complete.

Inventory will be conducted prior to EOGs. We will print final notices about library materials after inventory.

May 8-12, 2017

Build A Better World - Friday, May 12, 2017

On Friday, May 12th, teachers need to drop off classes at the library at the beginning of SEE block. Teachers will pick up classes at their normal SEE location.

Rachel Stratham, Youth Services Librarian for McDowell County Public Library will present the Summer Reading Program, "Build A Better World," to the students. Please encourage students to take advantage of their many summer reading events.

Click HERE for more information.

April 24-28, 2017

May Events at the McDowell County Public Library

Teachers, please send home the "bookmark" flyer with students. This lists the May events at the Old Fort and Marion branches of the McDowell County Public Library. There are a lot of activities for families to participate in.

April 18-21, 2017

Mr. Moon's Reading Program

Congratulations to all students who met their reading goals for the Mr. Moon Reading Program!!! Each student will receive a ticket to an Asheville Tourist game for April 18, 2017.

Tickets will be given to classroom teachers on Friday morning, April 7, 2017.

Number of students meeting reading goals:

Gilliam - 12 students

Warren - 16 students

Lynch - 12 students

Tipper - 12 students

White - 11 students

Dyer, Mercurio & Reel - 72 student

Total of 135 students who met reading goals! Way to go!!!

April 10-17, 2017 - Spring Break

Library Books

Encourage students to be on the look out over Spring Break for any library books they are missing.

April 3, 2017

Library Books

As we head into Spring Break, encourage students to checkout books that they can read for fun over break. I am going to run reports of books students have checked out. I will try to have them in teacher's boxes no later than Wednesday, April 4, 2017. Remind students to do a little spring cleaning and search for any books that are checked out under their name and return the to the OFE Library/Learning Commons.

Thanks for your patience this year as we gave students more "ownership" of the library collection by allowing self-circulation and shelving. I'm sure there are many books on the shelves that students did not check in properly. Please encourage them to come in and look for those books OR we can schedule a 15-20 minute "scavenger hunt" for the whole class to come in and look for their books. Also, when we scan for inventory, the inventory will pick up on any books not shelved properly.

After break we will make a concentrated effort to track down all books.

March 20, 2017

Mr. Moon's Reading Program

Encourage students to meet reading goals as we participate in Mr. Moon's Reading Program. Names of students who meet goals need to be emailed to me, Greta, no later than Thursday, March 30, 2017

Battle of the Books Competition

The Battle of the Books team will travel to MTCC Friday for the McDowell County Battle of the Books Competition. Team members need to report to the Library/Learning Commons immediately following announcements Friday morning.

March 13, 2017

Mr. Moon's Reading Program

Old Fort Elementary is enrolled in Mr. Moon's Reading Program. (I received notice of this on Thursday, March 9, 2017)

This is not an extra "program" it is a "tag along" to whatever program you already have in place. All you have to do is determine whether or not your students have met any reading goals you have set. ( We did state that students will read 20-30 minutes per school night based on their grade level/teacher. This should cover anything you already have in place.)

You can also set the time long as you have number of students reported to me by April 2nd. (It can be something already going on since the beginning of the year or since January...set a time period that is logical to you.)

I will need to know how many students have reached the reading goal by March 30th.

Reading Showcase Winners - Field Trip

Congratulations to those who placed in the Old Fort Elementary Reading Showcase. The following winners will travel to McDowell High School on Friday, March 17, 2017.

3rd Grade

1st Place - Alina Rector in Mrs. Spivey’s room.

2nd Place - Brady Tipper in Mrs. Tilley’s room

3rd Place - Carli Hinson in Mrs. Spivey’s room

4th Grade:

1st Place - Sophie Pittman in Mrs. Mercurio’s room

2nd Place - Madison Arrowood in Mrs. Greene’s room

3rd Place - Eli Tessneer in Mrs. Brooks’ room

5th Grade:

1st Place - Avery Freeman in Mrs. Mercurio’s room

2nd Place - Wesley Hollowell in Mrs. Reel’s room

3rd Place - Stella White in Mrs Mercurio’s room

March 6, 2017

Reading Projects

Classroom winners submission deadline: Monday, March 6, 2017 @ 8:30am

3rd - 5th homeroom teachers

Submit names of the top 3 homeroom winners on this form .

Send non-computer projects to Media Center by 8:30 am on Monday, March 6, 2017.

Dr. Seuss / Read Across America Day Celebration - Gratitude

Thank you to all who made this a wonderful day and implemented the plans while I was at the NCTIES Conference:

Special thanks to:

Jill Ward

Jane Harris

Lissette Ruiz

Trina Love

Bonita Mercurio

Stephanie Gilliam

Ann James

Elizabeth House

RoAnn Bishop

Julian Austin

Rachel Statham

Wendy Haycock

Kristin Bearden

Safety Patrol


February 27, 2017

Dr. Seuss/ Read Across America Day - Thursday, March 2, 2017

Remember to join in on the fun!

Festivities start at 7:45 am.

Teachers may login here to review updated plans/schedule.

Reading Projects - Grades 3rd, 4th, & 5th

- Projects are due to homeroom teachers on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

- Parent Showcase - in homerooms &/or hallways on Thursday, March 2, 2017 8:15am - 8:30am.

- Homerooms select the 3 best projects for the school fair. Projects for the school fair need to be delivered to the Library /Learning Commons by 8:30am on Monday, March 6, 2017.

3rd Grade - The project is a Google Presentation about their book.

4th & 5th Grades - Will produce a creative product of their choice to compliment the book analysis.

February 20, 2017

Thank You Book Fair Team

Thank you to the ACE Team: Denise, Jeff, Jill, & Stephanie for helping ALL classes at the book fair on February 15th and 16th. We appreciate everyone who shopped at the book fair. Profits will go towards supporting the Library/Learning Commons program. (Reading Fair Supplies, Magazine Subscriptions, and Book Processing Supplies.)

Dr. Seuss/Read Across America Day - March 2, 2017 - RSVP by Feb. 20, 2017

Remember to join us for Dr. Seuss/Read Across America Day on March 2, 2017.

Teachers, send RSVPs for "March in for Muffins" to Greta by Monday, February 20, 2017

Reading Projects -3rd, 4th, & 5th Grades - Due March 1, 2017 to Homerooms

We had a good turn-out from 3:00pm - 6:30pm on Thursday, February 16th for the Family Work Session. It was nice meeting the parents and seeing families work together. All reading projects are due to the homeroom teacher on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

3rd Grade is working on a digital Google Presentation.

4th and 5th Grade students will design a product to compliment their reading analysis. Students in need of a tri-fold display board may get one for free from the Library/Learning Commons.

Thank you to the following for helping the families: Wendy Haycock, Barbara Dyer, Heather Tilley, Jennifer Slone, Beth Vess, and Jane Harris.

February 13, 2017

Book Fair - February 15th, 16th, & 17th

The Fair Opens at 8:30am

Wednesday -Create a Shopping List

Homeroom teachers will drop their class off at the Book Fair - Students will create a shopping list - Homeroom teachers will pick the class up at their ACE class.

Thursday - Shop

Homeroom teachers will drop their class off at the Book Fair - Students will purchase items - Homeroom teachers will pick the class up at their ACE class.

Thursday - 3:00pm - 6:00 pm - Family Event

Families may shop at the Book Fair until 6:00pm

Friday - Last Chance to Shop

Teachers may send students to the book fair for any last minute items.

Reading Showcase Family Work Session - Thursday, February 15, 2017 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Time: 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: Library/Learning Commons

Description: Students may work on their Reading Showcase project with a family member.

Dr. Seuss/Read Across America Day - March 2, 2017

Flyers will be placed in teacher's boxes on or before Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

Please send a copy home no later than Friday, February 17, 2017.

There is a RSVP Parent Event that needs a response by Monday, February 20, 2017

February 6, 2017

Paws for Reading - Share Out to Old Fort Families

Paws for Reading is returning to the Old Fort Public Library on Thursday, February 16th, 4:30pm - 5:30pm. ALL children can benefit from this. Teachers, please share this with your families. If you need print copies of the fliers to place in homework folders, let Greta know and she will get them to you. Feel free to share the digital images.
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Announcements LIVE From the Green Room Starting Monday, February 6, 2017

OFE Broadcasters

Link to us LIVE for Morning Announcements! The team will officially move to the Green Room on Monday, February 6, 2017.

January 30, 2017

Reading Showcase Class Work Schedule - Grades 3rd - 5th

Remember that work on the Reading Showcase starts in the Library/Learning Commons this week. Click here to review the class work schedule. Students need to bring the book they are featuring to each work session and log into their Google Classroom Account.

January 23, 2017

Reading Showcase Class Work Schedule - 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grades

Teachers, click here to review the time classes are scheduled to work on the Reading Showcase Projects in the Library/Learning Commons.

WeVideo Training for Reading Showcase - Schedule Reminder - Grades 3rd - 5th

Click here for a training schedule reminder of students who indicated they wanted to produce a WeVideo for their Reading Showcase Project. Teachers are responsible for reminding students of the training time. It is advised to print and post the schedule.

January 16, 2017

Reading Showcase Notices

On Tuesday, January 17, 2017 teachers in grades 3rd through 5th will receive the Reading Showcase One Page Guide. (It will be on blue paper.) Please send these home with your students. The handout explains the showcase and lists key dates.

3D Pen Training Schedule

3rd - 5th Teachers, please review the 3-D pen training schedule with your classes. Students must complete the training before they are allowed to use the pen in their Reading Showcase Project. The schedule was sent in an earlier email, or may be accessed here.

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January 9, 2017 - Happy New Year

Author Visit - Michael Finklea

OFE LC started the New Year with a fantastic author visit from Michael Finklea. I highly recommend his energetic presentation to any group of students. He positively encourages everyone to never give up on their dreams.

Many thanks to Mr. Finklea and the students of Old Fort Elementary. Students were complimented on their respectful interaction with the author.

"Old Fort Pride, Deep Inside!" SOAR!!!

Collection Development

New graphic novels arrived in the OFE LC on January 4, 2017. Be sure to take a look at the wonderful new titles added to the collection. Thanks to "Mrs. Dee" for helping us quickly process the books and getting them ready for students to check out. Teachers may take a look at them in the copier area as we work on making them "shelf ready."

December 19, 2016

Author Visit Schedule - Michael Finklea

Author Michael Finklea will be on campus January 5, 2017

Notices will be placed in teacher's boxes on January 3rd - Please send them home.

Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th

Location: Auditorium

Times: 8:30am - 9:30 am

Notes: Presentation - 30 mins. Book signing for those participating - 30 mins.

ACE Teachers will be with their scheduled classes.

Grades: PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd

Location: Auditorium

Times: 9:45am - 10:30am

Notes: Presentation - 20 mins. Book signing for those participating - 20 mins.

ACE Teachers will be with their scheduled classes.

Class Teachers/IAs - need to be with their scheduled

Curriculum Feature: WeVideo - 4th Grade

4th grade focused on products/services unique to North Carolina over the past couple weeks.

Thanks to Beth Caldwell for reading The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and to Alyssa Kanipe and Adam Wiseman who graciously teamed up to introduce 4th Grade to WeVideo.

Below is a link to work produced by A. Caviness in Mrs. Mercuio's class. His video demonstrates command of all concepts presented:

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(4.TT.1.3) I can present information using many technology tools.

Circulation Celebration!!

Another record set for the school year!!! Circulation totals were 516 for the week of December 12 - 16, 2016.

December 12, 2016

Read, Read, Read

Celebrate! Circulation statistics reached 418 for Dec. 5th - 9th. That is a record for this school year! Make sure your students have plenty of reading materials for the break!

Author Visit - Michael Finklea - January 5, 2017

Return to the New Year and an Author Visit from Michael Finklea

The author visit is scheduled to take place in the morning with a presentation to 3rd - 5th grades followed by an author signing and then a presentation to preK - 2nd grades.

Details will be provided later.

Reading Showcase

3rd - 5th grades will be participating in the Reading Showcase this winter. Information was released to students via Google Classroom last week. Students need to check their Google Classroom Media Class for information and select a book to feature before January 6, 2017. Click here for current information on dates.

December 5, 2016


Thank you to Dee Daughtridge and Lonnie Turner for their volunteer hours in the OFE Learning Commons. "Ms. Dee" and "Mrs. Turner" are faithful to help us out every week.
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Reading Project Showcase

Students in 3rd - 5th will start actively working on their Reading Showcase Project in mid-January. Encourage them now to start thinking of a book they have read this year or can read between now and January. To get a preview of the showcase, click here.

November 28, 2016

Graphic Novels

Get the boys reading with Graphic Novels. See the display as you enter the Learning Commons. Boys and girls both will like the titles available.

Parent Showcases - 2nd and 5th Grades

Thanks to the families, 2nd, and 5th grade students and teachers for making the Junior Book Buddies and Living Wax Museum Showcases a success on November 17, 2016.

Backyard Book Fair - Fall 2016

The Fall Book Fair yielded a little over $650 in profit.

Mark your calendars for the Spring Fair - February 15, 16, & 17