Media Minute

The Musson Media Center Newsletter

October Edition

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What's Up?

Lower Elementary (K-2)

We have been so busy in the media center this month! Kindergarten is already into the routine and they have even begun choosing books from the shelves all on their own. They, along with the rest of lower el, have been discussing book care, just right books, Dot Day, and authors and illustrators. Second grade has begun our Authors in April read-aloud, Clementine. If you don't know Clementine, ask your child about her character. They have been finding her personality to be quite amusing! Your children have also been introduced to Brain Pop, Jr., which they can access at home with the RCS login. If you need it, please email me and I will provide it to you.

Upper Elementary (3-5)

Third, fourth, and fifth graders have been busy with Google Apps for Education. Third grade received their gmail logins and have had fun getting to know their way around Google Apps. It is such a terrific tool! If you're not sure what GAFE is, check out this video. We have started a digital citizenship unit using Common Sense Media's curriculum. It is designed to teach students to behave safely and responsibly in the digital world. They have been using the online component called Digital Passport and are encouraged to continue it at home if they ever run out of time completing the modules in the media center. Their username and password is the same one they use to log in to the computers at school. Please email me if you need help with your login or with any other questions you may have. Finally, we have also begun our Authors in April read alouds. Third grade is reading Clementine, fourth grade is reading Capture the Flag, and fifth grade is reading Eye of the Storm. Although we have just started, I can tell from the See-Think-Wonder activity we did that the students have some great predictions and wonderings about what might happen in these stories and are very excited to find out!
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Volunteer Spot

If you would like to help out in the media center, there are still openings available! Go to Volunteer Spot and click on the day of your child's media time. If no one is signed up, you are welcome to volunteer! Just keep in mind, anyone working with students in the classrooms must fill out a Rochester Community Schools I-CHAT authorization form. These can be turned in to the main office or to me.

Poll

On the media center website, I am polling Musson students on whether or not 4th and 5th grade should be able to check out three books instead of two. Every student is encouraged to vote. See the poll here and cast your vote!