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Please welcome Sarah Sheely to NPES! March 2 will be her first day in the Learning Commons at NPES! She will be Mrs. Byrd Fort's long term sub for the rest of the school year. She worked for many years at Nursery Road Elementary School in Lexington 5 and has been the long term sub at many schools since her retirement - this is her first time in Lexington 1 - we are happy she is here!

Please let your Learning Commons team know if there is anything you need!

Mrs. Byrd Fort, Mrs. Gobbi, and Mrs. Burkett

Makerspace Moments! Spotlight: Dr. Seuss!

Makerspace Moments are a time when students can come to the Learning Commons to explore and create. This month's spotlight is Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Our Makerspace activities this month will be about Dr. Seuss!

Students can:

  • Make Oobleck
  • Create a Dr. Seuss bookmark
  • Design something using Perler Beads

The Makerspace Moments schedule:

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

Wednesdays 12pm - 1pm

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

You will learn about fun things that Mrs. Sheely has planned for Dr. Seuss' birthday next week!

If you would like to celebrate in your classroom, check out these links for some ideas!

*Classroom resources from Seussville: http://www.seussville.com/Educators/educatorClassroomResources.php

*Reading and Seuss-Themed Resources for Teachers from Edutopia: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/read-across-america-dr-seuss-resources-matthew-davis

*Reading Everywhere with Dr. Seuss lesson plan from ReadWriteThink: http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/reading-everywhere-with-seuss-109.html

Digital Learning Day

Digital Learning Day is March 11 in the Learning Commons, 8am – 11am! Lexington County Public Library will be here to show students how to access eBooks on their devices and students from the Lexington Technology Center will be here to show NPES students what they can learn in Computer Science classes! Everyone is encouraged to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device!). Digital Learning Day is sponsored by the Wonder Den.

Get ready for the Blowfish Reading Rewards Program!

April 27 – May 18 2015 is the Blowfish Reading Rewards Program! Let’s welcome the Blowfish to Lexington by participating in this year’s program! Students who read 1 book will earn 1 ticket to the NPES Blowfish Game; students who read 2 books will earn 2 tickets to the NPES Blowfish Game; students who read 3 books will get to march in the Reader’s Parade; and students who read 4 books will get a hot dog and drink! Stay tuned for more information next month! Save the date - the NPES Blowfish game is on June 4!

Learning Commons iPad and Laptop Reminders

We LOVE how often the iPads and laptops are checked out from the Learning Commons! Here are some helpful reminders!

  • When you schedule the iPads, be sure to include exactly how many you need in the calendar. We have a total of 46 iPads. Same with the laptops. There are 9 laptops. Please make sure you look to see if anyone else is using the iPads or laptops at the same time as you...make sure there are enough to cover both of your needs.
  • 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. Also, do not pick up equipment before your scheduled time. Chances are, someone already has it.
  • 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.

As always, please let us know if you have any questions!

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):

March 20

April 24

May 15

Teachers, please share these dates in your classroom newsletters!

Save the Date!

Mark your calendars for...

March 2 - Mrs. Sheely's First Day

March 11 - Digital Learning Day - 8am - 11am

March 20 - Lion Cub Story Time - 9am

April 24 - Lion Cub Story Time - 9am

April 27 - May 18 - Lexington Blowfish Reading Program

May 15 - Lion Cub Story Time - 9am

May 21 - Book Fair Teacher Preview - 2:30pm - 3:30pm

May 21 - Last Day for Library Book Checkout

May 22 - 29 - Book Fair

May 28 - All Library Books Due

June 4 - NPES Blowfish Game

June 6 - StoryFest at the SC State Museum

June 6 - Mini Maker Faire at EdVenture

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.