Erwin School Library Staff Update

Nancy Cravey, School Librarian

14 December 2015

2nd-5th grade classes will meet in the computer lab this week.

Dates of Interest and Importance

December 14 -- EBOB after school meeting

December 19-January 4 -- GCS Reads 20 Holiday Reading Challenge

January 7 -- 4th and 5th grade EBOB lunch meeting

January 11 -- EBOB after school meeting

January 14 -- 4th and 5th grade EBOB lunch meeting

January 14 -- Boys Love Books/ Girls Get Moving

January 15 -- All Holiday Reading Challenge reading logs due

January 20 -- 4th Grade Family Book Club

Holiday Reading Challenge

GCS is once again encouraging students to read over the Winter Break with special prizes and incentives.

Students who read 300 minutes between December 19 and January 4 will receive a free UNCG basketball ticket. They will also be entered into a drawing for Barnes and Noble Gift Cards and an iPad Mini.

Holiday reading logs should be sent home with students this week. Please include information about the Holiday Reading Challenge in class newsletters and information that you send home for Winter Break.

Tell Your Story!

Send pictures of what is happening in your classroom to share on social media and the webpage. Show the community the wonderful things your students are doing. Pictures will be posted on the school's Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook accounts as well as in a webpage slideshow.

Exciting things ahead . . .

Big things will be happening in the library after Winter Break:

The library tables will be transformed into white boards after a paint job over the break. (Funded through Donors Choose)

4th Grade families will participate in a family book club on January 20. Students are taking home the book club book to read over the holidays. (Funded through Donors Choose)

4th and 5th grade students will learn about electrical circuits with Snap Circuits. (Funded through an Enrichment Fund Grant)

3rd, 4th and 5th grade students will meet an artist and author and learn how to write comic books. They will create comic books to teacher younger students Grace and Courtesy behaviors and procedures. (Funded through a United Arts Council Grant)

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Thank you to all classroom teachers for getting your November reading totals turned in last Tuesday!

Erwin students read 185,428 minutes in November. That FAR exceeds our monthly goal! Great job!

November's Star Readers and Class of the Month!

The class with the highest reading minutes for November was Ms. Miller's primary class! Her students read on average 1009 minutes each.

Star Readers (highest library book circulations):

Primary = Ms. Noble's Class

Lower El = Ms. Cherry's Class

Upper El = Ms. Miller's Class

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Discovery Education: Celebrate the Holidays

Discovery Education has a Global Collaborative Learning Experience for teaching and examining elements of holidays. They partnered with GlobalLab and Zaption to connect Community members with resources and tools to explore how people celebrate the holidays. Learn how holidays are categorized and the elements that make them unique by using the Discovery Education lesson starters, featuring resources from Discovery Education and video tours from Zaption. Then, register your class to participate in creating an interactive map showcasing the Favorite Holidays of students around the world.

Then take learning a step further and have students apply what they learned about holidays to create their own celebration commemorating a person, place, or event. Allow them to invite others to share in their celebrations by adding their creations to the Invent a Holiday interactive map.

Tech Tip: Coding

2nd - 5th grade students will be coding with this week. Check out their site. Their are many activities that can be used in the classroom on this site or other coding sites like Your student do not have to have accounts to use Bitsbox; there are free activities.

Remembering how blessed we are this season . . . .

Humans of New York is profiling Syrian refugee families that have been granted asylum in the U.S. Their stories are here. They remind us how blessed we are and how much we have in common with people struggling thousand of miles away.