SPRING into SUMMER READING!

Barack and Michelle Obama Family!

by Loraine Foushee, EdS

BAMO SUMMER READING CHALLENGE

Barack and Michelle Obama Academy's suggested summer reading goals for students based on grade levels are:

•Rising Kinder-2nd grade students:
  • 10 books

•Rising 3rd-5th grade students:
  • 10 chapter books

•Rising 6th grade students:
  • 5 fiction books and 5 non-fiction books


USE OUR BEANSTACK (see below) APP IN MYBACKPACK TO KEEP A LOG OF THE BOOKS/ARTICLES etc. YOU HAVE READ AND REMEMBER TO TAKE YOUR AR TEST. HAPPY READING!!

APS Race2Read with Beanstack in MyBackPack

Hey BAMO FAMILY, join the "Spring into Reading" Challenge and keep reading from home! See your BAMO Reading Challenge above!


Login and register for the challenge today to do your part to create a city that reads!


YOU MAY BE PROMPTED TO LINK YOUR APS BEANSTACK ACCOUNT TO FULTON COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM, if so:


  • click new account and link accounts to merge your reading logs
  • this is a great feature, your reading log will now count in your APS Beanstack & FCLS Beanstack account.You don't have to log in two place!!




NOTE STUDENTS: *if needed the first time

UN: Network ID username(same as their MyBackPack login)

PW: race2read

CLICK HERE: Rising 3rd - 5th: Helen Ruffin Club Members

CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE A SHORT HELEN RUFFIN READING BOWL CLUB INTEREST FORM. SEE BELOW FOR 10 AWESOME TITLES WE MUST READ THIS SUMMER!

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2020-2021 HRRB Elementary School Booklist


  1. Creech, Sharon. (2018). Saving Winslow.
  2. DiCamillo, Kate. (2018). Louisiana’s Way Here.
  3. Kelly, Lynne. (2019). Song for a Whale.
  4. Korman, Gordon. (2019). The Unteachables.
  5. Magoon, Kekla. (2018). Season of Styx Malone.
  6. McDunn, Gillian. (2019). Caterpillar Summer.
  7. Raúf, Onjali Q. (2019). The Boy at the Back of the Class.
  8. Savage, Melissa. (2017). Lemons.
  9. Swender, Jennifer. (2019). Solving for M.
  10. Watson, Renée. (2019). Some Places More than Others.
CLICK HERE: INTEREST FORM FOR BAMO BROADCAST CLUB!

Are you interested in joining our BAMO Broadcast Club? Complete the form by clicking here. Also, read all summer long and watch the TV news. This will prepare you for auditions in the Fall.

Fulton County Summer Reading Program

This year's summer reading theme at the Fulton County Public Library is "Imagine Your Story." 100% virtual and open to all ages, so be sure to signup & log your reading and activities online or in the Beanstack app. Click here to register.

Access ClassPass through your MyBackPack!

Don't forget that thanks to a partnership with the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, all Atlanta Public School students are patrons of the public library!


Access MyBackPack using your login.

Search AFPLSClassPass app, click app.

Scroll half way and click elementary school graphic.

Read and click all the apps available.

Note: some require you to create your own login and others use your students APS network id/password.


1. There is no card involved. Students use the APS username and password.

2. There are no late fees.

3. If student loses a book, the fee is a writing assignment. (only for physical book checkouts)

Class Pass allows the following checkouts:

50 books, 10 CDs, 5 DVDs

Digital apps:

Hoopla (create login) - 10 downloads per month (create an account)

Overdrive - 10 items every 30 days

Axis 360 - 5 titles per month

INFOBASE Learn 360

Teachers, students, and parents can access more than 164,000 media resources on any Internet-enabled device, anytime, anywhere, and engaging content landing pages make it easy to find the wealth of videos, interactives, printables, audio content, and maps and flags. The entire site and all landing pages can be filtered by grade level. Check it out!

CLICK HERE: Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza

Scholastic Home Base is a fun, safe, and completely free online destination where kids can create their own avatar, interact with their favorite Scholastic characters, play games, and read books. Scroll down to bottom of page and download login info.

CLICK HERE: WRAPPED UP IN READING!

The Carlos Museum’s annual summer reading program encourages children to maintain their reading skills. Read five books from the Summer 2020 list and email their completed Reading Diary signed by a parent by Sept. 1 will receive prizes mailed to you.

CLICK HERE: Book Adventure website.

The online book club allows kids to log-in, choose books and then select prizes after successfully taking quizzes. Parents get a separate log-in for checking on their kids and to help choose books that are age-appropriate.

CLICK HERE: MAGIC TREE HOUSE KIDS' ADVENTURE CLUB

Earn rewards for the pages read of “Magic Tree House” books, take quizzes, collect online passport stamps and more.

CLICK HERE: CAMP GOOGLE

Camp Google is a free interactive camp that takes place online. Geared toward kids ages 7-10, programs are led by experts and center around adventures and interactive science activities.

CLICK HERE: Read Camp with Malcolm Mitchell

Read Camp is a free virtual camp for summer reading for grades K-12.

Click HERE for even more information about Read Camp with Malcolm Mitchell.

CLICK HERE: ATLANTA KIDS OUT AND ABOUT!

Atlanta's online guide to everything for kids, teens, & families! All of the information you need to get your kids 'out and about' to fantastic opportunities for fun, education, and cultural enrichment in our area.

CLICK HERE: Freckle website for awesome activities!

Freckle is an online learning platform that allows students to practice Math and English Language Arts at their own level. Freckle continuously adapts to each student’s individual skills.

Camp Wonderoplis - It's FREE! Sign Up this Summer!

Interactive STEM and literacy-building topics boosted by Maker experiments! Keep kids and families learning together throughout the summer!

CLICK HERE: Pizza Hut BOOKIT! Program

The school program runs October 1 through March 31 each year, but you can do a version at home this SUMMER. Sign up for weekly emails with summer reading activities.

CLICK HERE: APS SUMMER 'TECH-TIVITIES'

The APS Summer Tech-tivities website contains resources to keep your scholor(s) engaged in digital content throughout the summer months! Provides access to Minecraft, coding, maker activities, virtual field trips, reading, and so much more.

CLICK HERE: PreK at Home Learning Activities

In preparation for any emergency related school closings, Atlanta Public Schools must prepare with distance learning opportunities. This newsletter provides activities to continue learning at home.

CLICK HERE: Kindergarten at Home Learning Lessons

In preparation for any emergency related school closings, Atlanta Public Schools has prepared digital learning opportunities.

Tips for Reluctant Readers:

  • Pulled from: https://www.atlantaparent.com/make_reading_fun/
  • Don’t get stuck on making your kids read for educational purposes. Incorporate activities that go along with what your children are into. If they’re visiting outer space in a book, make a fun, messy papier-mâché craft of the solar system, or watch a space movie. Camp outside and incorporate stargazing (search online for when planets are visible in the night sky).
  • Start early. Read to your children when they are small to promote family time, word recognition and comprehension, and maybe, just maybe, a love of books. Whenever possible, read in such a way that the book scenes and characters come alive. Or try audio books, which usually have a dynamic reader.
  • Get books on subjects they’re already into. Does your child love superheroes, princesses, dinosaurs, tea parties or a cartoon character? Use that to help you find books that he or she is more likely to want to read. Take children to the library or bookstore, letting them browse and choose what they would like to have.
  • Schedule time around activities to sit down and share a book or read different books, but in the same room. Family-wide quiet time is often a rarity, but it doesn’t have to be if you put it on the calendar. Turn off all electronics and unplug for awhile.
Summer Food Distribution

Click here for more information.

USING A CELL PHONE?

Via a cellphone upload the MyBackpack app and the Google Classroom app. Follow log in directions below.

myBackpack

The myBackPack portal is a 21st Century Classroom activation developed by our Instructional Technology group. It is accessible to all students in Atlanta Public Schools from any device and provides students with digital learning tools,

e-books, secure email, cloud storage and the complete Microsoft Office Suite.

To Access myBackpack:

On campus

  • click myBackpack icon, myBackpack will open
Off campus


  • navigate to https://mybackpack.apsk12.org
  • Enter the APS student computer login id
  • Password: Network ID
  • Username: Lunch Number (if it doesn't work, use password, as the password
  • The myBackPack screen will open
  • Access to all apps
  • Google Classroom may ask for students email, this is the students Network ID with @apsk12.org added to the end example (jdoe1234@apsk12.org) and the password is still their lunch number!
  • CLEVER app login: example(jdoe1234@student.apsk12.org) and password is lunch ID
BRIEF HOW TO VIDEOS BELOW

Click play on any of the videos below for a brief tutorial.

CLICK HERE: How to login to MyBackPack

Remember login information is above, if needed.

Bio

Loraine Foushee is a life-long learner that enjoys sharing her knowledge with individuals aspiring to reach their full potential. Loraine completed her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Media Production and her Master of Education in Instructional Technology at American InterContinental University (AIU). It was immediately after receiving her Bachelors in Media Production that Loraine started her career as a Production Technician at a market-8 News Station, CBS46 Atlanta for 6 years.
Loraine transitioned to a career in education, she shared her love of media production with high school students for 7 years. Her career has spanned Clayton County, Gwinnett County and Cobb County. Loraine completed her Specialist degree in Education with Certification in Library Media Science in 2013. She accepted her current position as the proud Media Specialist of Barack and Michelle Obama Academy in 2014.
Loraine Foushee is also an award winning video producer with more than 10 years of industry experience, founded Blame It On Loraine, A Foushee Film Company, L.L.C. in 2010. Based in the burgeoning film capital of Atlanta Georgia; Blame It On Loraine's team of videographers, editors and web designers provide the foundation of this reputable digital production firm.