Finch Elementary Media Center

October Newsletter Version 1

Georgia Tech's Buzzer Readers Challenge

It's that time of year again! Students will have the opportunity to participate in the Buzzer Readers Challenge offered through Georgia Tech. This year students will log the number of pages into the Beanstack app located in Mybackpack. Students should only log pages from what is read outside of the class whole group setting. This challenge will run from October 1-31, 2020. Prizes and/or surprise virtual visits will be awarded to those who have the most pages read overall. Additionally, students should continue to log their minutes for our district wide Race2Read Challenge.
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SEL Book

This month's Social Emotional Learning book is The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad. It is written by Ibtihaj Muhammad and S.K. Ali. The book's illustrators are S.K. Ali and Hatem Aly.

The illustrations and the colors are just as powerful as words in conveying the passionate message of how to be proud of one’s culture, individuality, and religion and how to stay strong and keep one’s faith. This is an empowering book for young readers who can see themselves in Asiya or know someone like her. This book is also a great tool to learn about the beauty that comes from other’s cultures, religions and life experiences.

This book is available through e-Read Kids. Here is the direct link:

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Teacher Console

Teachers, you have the abillity to add free apps to your class' MyBackpack platform. You would simply log in to MyBackpack and choose the Teacher Console tile. Once you are in Teacher Console, select the section in which you would like to add the app. Please access the first video to receive step by step instructions. The second video will demonstrate how students would find the app you have added.
How to add apps to your Student's Mybackpack Platform
How do students get access to the teacher assigned apps in Mybackpack?

App Tech

Our district has purchased Discovery Education for our use. The app is located in MyBackpack. It is single-sign on. Once signed in you will have almost 200,000 resources at your finger tips. The resources include instructional videos, instructional strategies, primary resources such as photos or documents, just to name a few. If you are interested in learning more about it, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.
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Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

This information was retrieved on September 16, 2020 from

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Hispanic Heritage E-Resources/Week

We are celebrating Hispanic Heritage as a school during the week of October 5th-9th. Here is a list of children's titles that are available through the digital databases through Class Pass and Epic. Some of the titles go with the daily activities. Each link will direct you to the actual source mentioned.

Maybe something beautiful found in Epic Kids: (Art)

My Papi has a motorcycle found in Epic Kids: (Community)

Danza is found in Epic: (Dance)

Meals in Meixco is found in Epic: (Food)

The key from Spain is found in Hoopla: (Music)

Round is a tortilla by Roseanne Greenfield Thong is found in

Hoopla: (Food)

The piñata that the farm maiden hung Samantha R. Vamos is found in Hoopla: (Cooperation)

Dancing hands by Margarita Engle is found in Hoopla: (The Arts)

One is a piñata by Roseanne Greenfield Thong is found in Hoopla: (Counting)

Waiting for biblioburro by Monica Brown is found in e-Read Kids: (Literacy)

Where are you from? by Yamile Saied Méndez is found in e-Read Kids: itemId=0026766328&ISBN=9780063068247&isRecommendable=false (Location)

The skirt by Gary Soto is found in e-Read Kids: (Clothing)

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Free Hot Meals

The Andrew & Walter Young Family YMCA is distributing hot prepared meals. The distribution of these meals will begin at 2 PM Monday-Friday.

Please see image below for more details.

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Class Pass

AFPLS ClassPass is a digital resource database offered through the Fulton Public Library. You will find Class Pass through the Mybackpack platform. Please be sure to use these resources and encourage your class to use them as well. Remember you are able to get electronic texts easily for you and your students to view and read online. Additionally, every staff member and student has borrowing privileges from the library branches as well. Here are a few e-resources that were discussed.