Erwin School Library Staff Update

Nancy Cravey, School Librarian

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8 February 2016

January reading minutes will be collected Tuesday, February 9 after the announcements.

Dates of Interest and Importance

February 8 -- EBOB Team after school meeting

February 9 -- January Reading Minutes Due

February 9 -- EBOB Team lunch meeting

February 10 -- EBOB Team after school meeting

Februrary 11 -- EBOB Team lunch meeting

February15 -- EBOB Team after school meeting

February 16 -- EBOB Team lunch meeting

Februrary 18 -- EBOB Team lunch meeting

February 19 -- 3rd-5th grade artist visit

February 22 -- EBOB Team after school meeting

February 23 -- EBOB Team lunch meeting

February 24 -- EBOB Team after school meeting

Februrary 25 -- EBOB Team lunch meeting

February 26 -- 3rd-5th grade author visit

February 29-March 4 -- Reading Fair

February 29 -- EBOB Team after school meeting

March 1 -- EBOB Team lunch meeting

March 2 -- EBOB Team after school meeting

March 3 -- EBOB Team lunch meeting
March 7 -- EBOB Team after school meeting

March 8 -- EBOB Team lunch Meeting

March 9 -- EBOB District Competition

Reading Fair

We will once again have a Reading Fair the first week of March to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday and Read Across America Day. An email with specific instructions will be sent this week. Please forward it to parents.

If you are planning on assigning a book project for Black History Month, the Reading Fair would be a great format to use.

You can read about the guidelines for projects, view the rubric and how-to guides, and see pictures of past projects on the school website.

There are also examples of past projects on display in the library.

Guided Reading Library

Guided Reading books are beginning to pile up on the workroom counter. Please remember that books should be returned to their locations on the shelves when checked in so they will be accessible for other staff.
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January reading minutes are due Tuesday, February 9. 5th grade students will come to classrooms after the announcements to collect your numbers. Jeans Day will be Wednesday, February 10.

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Holiday Reading Challenge Results

Unfortunately, Erwin did not have a winner in the Holiday Reading Challenge this year. However, all students who turned in reading logs that documented 300 minutes of reading over Winter Break will receive a free UNCG basketball ticket. Ticket vouchers will be distributed this week.

Battle of the Books

The Battle of the Books Team has been announced. Thirteen students will go to UNCG on March 9 to compete against other GCS elementary schools.

Battle of the Books Team:

Kaya Johnson

Abe Johnson

Sydney Bowen

Gabby Chisholm

Kira Edwards

Justin Mooring

Jessica Houston

Jonah Vaughn

Alia Mengert

Noah Graham

Seth Watson

Shaha Taylor

Immanuel Blackwell

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Discovery Education: Celebrate Year of the Monkey

Discovery Education has many resources for Chinese New Year, including lesson plans. Find content and lesson starters here.

GCS Moves to Windows-based Tablets

The district has adopted a process of using a Windows based platform for all GCS technology needs. Technology purchases made by utilizing the procurement card or school checkbook funds need to be in compliance with the Windows-based platform as well. These purchases will be reviewed during the normal auditing process and findings of non-compliance will be reported similar to all other findings. The same applies to any donations made to your school.

I am inquiring about what this means for Donors Choose projects, but the language in the District's communication implies that teachers seeking technology for their classroom, even through outside funding sources like Donors Choose, should request Windows-based devices, not Apple products.