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December 2016

In November, 5th graders created Facetalk videos about inventors that were uploaded to Padlet. Mrs. Bryant and Mrs. Prioreschi's classes wrapped up Global Read Aloud activities and 2nd grade started a Mock Caldecott unit! It was a GREAT month! December will be quick and busy! We will continue our Mock Caldecott reading with 2nd grade, research countries for 5th grade Immigration Station, celebrate Hour of Code Week, complete the Reading with the Gamecock program, and more!

Please keep letting us know how we can help you!


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

Read With the GAMECOCKS!

We are 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

Student logs are due December 5!

Teachers, please return your class logs to the Learning Commons by December 6!

Hour of Code Week

December 5 - 9 is Hour of Code Week! Learn more at this link: http://code.org/

We are excited about celebrating Computer Programming & Computer Science!

Valerie, Sarah, and Brenda B. will be available to do Hour of Code Lessons with your students during Hour of Code Week! We will talk about Computer Programming and coding and explore a couple of coding iPad apps. We will also have Spheros available for a lesson if desired.

Each lesson will take about an hour. Please let us know if you would like to schedule a time!

Also, please let students and parents know about Lexington 1's first ever FAMILY CODE NIGHT event on December 5 at the Lexington Technology Center from 6pm - 8pm! A variety of robots, apps and programs will be available for families to get first-hand experience coding. These include: Scratch, LEGO WeDo, Dot & Dash, mBot Robots, BeeBots, littleBits, Arduinos, Spheros, Hummingbird Robots, Ozobots, Squishy Circuits, Makey Makey, Paper Circuits, 3D Printing and so much more!! More information here: http://ltc.lexington1.net/2016/11/10/family-code-night/

You can also participate in the Hour of Code in your own classroom using iPads or in the Computer Labs, too! If you want assistance in the lab, we can schedule that as well!

Here are some excellent resources:

iPad Apps -- Kodable, LightBot (upper level), and Tynker - You can download these on your grade level iPads from the App Catalog!


Hour of Code https://code.org/learn -- Remember, this is the site where you/we can create student logins and they can do complete Coding Course through the year!!!

Tynker http://www.tynker.com/hour-of-code/

Bitsbox https://bitsbox.com/hoc2015.html

Make with Code https://www.madewithcode.com/

Khan Academy https://www.khanacademy.org/hourofcode

Excellent Symbaloo mix with Coding resources https://www.symbaloo.com/mix/hourofcode16?searched=true

Happy Coding!

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Makerspace Moments

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

Spheros are robotic balls that students control with an iPad. We have 10 Spheros that we are borrowing from the South Carolina Department of Education and we would LOVE for you to use them with your class!

Makerspace Moments are Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 1:30pm in the Learning Commons! You can send students in small groups, or we can schedule a whole class visit - just let me know what you would like to do!

December Technology Highlights!

Be sure to scroll through the December Monthly Highlights wiki. Lots you can download & use! https://months.wikispaces.com/December

  • Holiday Trivia & Sudoku-- PowerPoint Shows you can download and use for fun times during the season
  • Holiday Traditions Around the World -- SMART Notebook files with information
  • Gingerbread - Yum! Create Glyphs for following directions & a SMART Notebook file for information
  • Polar Express and Chris van Allsburg resources including a SMART notebook file you can download
  • Christmas Tree Shape Poem -- MS Word document -- good for keyboarding practice!

And....Reindeer links, Wright Brothers, Pearl Harbor, the 12 Days of Christmas Excel spreadsheet, Christmas Song Scrambles, and more!

LifeSkills & Lifelong Guidelines SPOTLIGHT!


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

I 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!

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):

December 2

January 6

February 3

March 3

April 7

December Events

  • Lion Cub Story Time - December 2 - 1:30pm
  • Read With the Gamecocks - November 21 - December 2
  • Family Code Night at Lexington Technology Center - December 5 - 6pm - 8pm
  • Hour of Code Week - December 5 - 9
  • Immigration Station - December 9 - 9:30am - 10:45am

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.