Books! Gadgets! Fun!
We have a lot of wonderful things planned for this month! Be sure to read over the newsletter carefully, so that you don't miss anything! Also stay tuned for details about our upcoming READING PATROL on March 2!
As always, please let us know what we can do for you and your students! We are here to help!
Valerie Byrd Fort, Sarah Sheely, Robert Blackwell, Karen Gobbi, and Brenda Burkett
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!
World Read Aloud Day - February 16
You can buddy up with another class and have students read to each other (older grade levels should partner with younger grade levels) OR you can sign up to have a guest reader read to your class in the Learning Commons! You can learn more about World Read Aloud Day here: http://www.litworld.org/wrad/
Digital Learning Day - February 23
We are looking forward to an awesome day of learning! In the past, this has also been a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Day - we leave that up to you this year! Please let us know if you have any questions!
Computer Lab Corner!
During the month of February, review Word Processing and Spreadsheets with your students during your Computer Lab teaching time!
Word Processing - Use MS Word or Google Docs!
Skills to teach or review include: opening, saving, closing, entering text, formatting toolbar, inserting image, etc. as applicable to your grade level.
Attached is an example of a Valentine MS Word document (You Are Special). Your students can type a paragraph and give it to someone they feel is special during February!
Spreadsheets - Use MS Excel or Google Sheets.
Discuss terms such as spreadsheet, columns, rows, data, and graph.
Let your students practice creating a simple spreadsheet -- enter data and create a simple chart! (A spreadsheet is an application for organization, analysis, and storage of data.)
Attached is an example of a Valentine Heart Candy spreadsheet.
Your Learning Commons Team will be happy to help!
FYI! So far this school year, we have featured the following technology standards for computer lab instruction:
September - Digital Citizenship/Basic Login Skills/Keyboarding
October - Word Processing Month (MS Word or Google Docs)
November - Spreadsheet Month (MS Excel or Google Sheets)
December - Drawing Tool Month (MS Paint)
January - Presentation Month (MS PowerPoint or Google Slides)
Looking for a great book to read?
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!
February Events (and MORE!)
World Read Aloud Day - February 16
Digital Learning Day - Digital Learning Day
Reading Patrol - March 2
Jarrett Krosoczka author visit - April 5
EdVenture Maker Faire - April 29
Star Wars READS Day (postponed from October) - May 4
Spring Book Fair - May 15 - May 19
- Computer Labs (Cub Lab and Lion Lab)
- Learning Commons
- Makerspace/Burkett/Shahoud (in Learning Commons)
Learning Commons Team Schedule
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.
Mr. Blackwell is at NPES 7:30am - 3pm on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays.