Deputy Panthers Learning Commons

Creativity, Curiosity, Innovation

February/March 2019

Can you believe it is already April?! Time seems to be flying by! February and March were busy months in the Learning Commons and I'm sure April will be the same.

Thank you,

Mrs. Stevenson and Mrs. Clerkin

The Very Hungry Caterpillar turns 50!

Yes, the beloved book The Very Hungry Caterpillar celebrates 50 years. Wow! To celebrate this milestone we decided to throw a birthday party.

To kick off the celebration, students listened to Eric Carle read his book. Our students had so much fun rotating through the VHC activities.

Bookmarks - color VHC bookmarks.

Make a Caterpillar Headband

Make a Caterpillar Necklace

Feed the Hungry Caterpillar Ball Toss

Thank you, Eric Carle, for 50 wonderful years of The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

Read Across America Week

March 2nd is Dr. Seuss' birthday! Read Across America is one way that we celebrate reading nationally. We had a fun and exciting week by incorporating various activities tied to Dr. Suess in the Learning Commons.

The Robots are Here!

After listening to the adorable picture book Clink by Kelly DiPucchio and Matthew Myers, kindergarten and 1st grade students were challenged to build their own robots using different materials. Each table had a collection of q-tips, felt, googly eyes, yarn, paper rolls, beads, feathers, etc.

The students had so much fun and did a FANTASTIC job!

Valentine's Day Fun!

To celebrate Valentine's Day, students explored making hearts with various items.

Origami hearts

LEGO hearts

Wooden block hearts,

Coffee filter hearts

Bookmark hearts

and even a Valentine's Day Digital BreakoutEDU

Got Heart?

February was the perfect month for this "Got Heart" project for a couple of reasons. First, Random Acts of Kindness Day is February 17. Second, Valentine's Day is the 14th.

This project couldn't have been simpler or were leftover/unused items I found while cleaning my daughter's room...SCORE!

Students could create as many hearts as they wanted or make just one.

Big picture

Global School Play Day

Global School Play Day is an event which promotes the importance of unstructured play in schools. It's more than just a day of play. It's a day of acknowledgment that play matters, that kids need play.

No devices, no keyboards, and no screentime.

This was our 3rd year participating in GSPD. This fun day provided opportunities for all Deputy students to communication, problem solve and get creative.

This year, 535,690 students from 72 nations registered to participate.

Can't wait till next year #GSPD20!

"Play is…

  • where we afford children the opportunity to practice how to control their own lives.
  • where they learn to solve their own problems and learn that the world is not so scary
  • where they experience joy and they learn the world is not so depressing after all
  • where they learn to get along with peers and see from other points of view and practice empathy and then get over narcissism.
  • Play by definition is creative and innovative. Of course if you take play away, these things will decline."

- Dr. Peter Gray

About Us

Our goals are to:

  • Get students excited about the library space and learning.
  • Give students opportunities to work on engaging tasks.
  • Provide spaces to work collaboratively, think critically and creatively.

Also, to transition to a place where students DO stuff, not simply a place where students GET stuff.