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Books! Gadgets! Fun!


December is here!

The Learning Commons has been buzzing with Book Fair, STEM Safari, Global Read Aloud activities, Makerspace Moments, Inventor Research, and more! December brings more fun with Immigration Station (5th grade), Hour of Code, and Gingerbread Man Scavenger Hunts! We are always here to help you and your students with projects and research! Please do not hesitate to let your Learning Commons Team know what you need!

Happy Holidays!

Valerie Byrd Fort, Karen Gobbi, Brenda Burkett

Hour of Code

December 8 - 12 is Hour of Code Week! Learn more at this link: http://code.org/

We will be kicking off this week of celebrating Computer Programming on Tuesday, December 2! Students from the Lexington Technology Center will be in the Learning Commons from 11:15am - 12pm to show off some cool coding/Computer Programming projects/equipment they have learned about...please bring your students by to check them out!

December 9 - 11, Brenda Burkett and/or I will be available to do Hour of Code Lessons with your students. We will talk about Computer Programming and coding and explore a couple of coding apps. Each lesson will take about an hour. Please let us know if you would like to sign up for a time!

Student Book Budget Committee

Did you know that 10 5th graders have been working on a book order with me during their lunch and recess time?! They have surveyed students in K - 5 grade, looked through catalogs, met with a book vendor, browsed books for the library at Book Fair, and have brainstormed titles they would like to see in our library. We hope to place our book order the first week in December. When the books come in, the Student Book Budget Committee will be responsible for creating a display for the new books! I am excited to see what books they select! Stay tuned!


We hope you are enjoying this new resource from ETV! Debbie Jarrett from ETV will be with us on Monday, December 8 to go over how to use this resource. If you are not able to login to StreamlineSC or Learn360, please let me know before December 8!

StreamlineSC: http://www.scetv.org/education/streamlinesc/

iPads and Laptops

We are thrilled that the iPads and laptops are so popular and that you are using them with your students! When you reserve equipment on the calendar, please keep the following in mind:

*When you schedule the iPads, be sure to include exactly how many you need. We have a total of 46 iPads. Same with the laptops. There are 8 laptops.

*You schedule equipment for a certain time (for example, 8am - 9:30am). Please return what you check out at the scheduled time (in this case, 9:30am). There is often someone who needs them right away when you are finished.

*When you get a cart of iPads, please be sure to put iPads back in the correct slots (the slots in the cart and the iPads are numbered), with all iPads facing in the correct direction.

*Be mindful of creating recurring appointments on the Google Calendar. There are times that the iPads and laptops are reserved months in advance for special projects and events. If you have a recurring appointment, you may overlap with a special project or event.

Thank you so much for your help! If YOU ever need an extra set of hands or eyes when using the iPads or laptops with your class, please let your Learning Commons Team know!

Makerspace Moments! Spotlight: TOY TAKE APART

Makerspace Moments are a time when students can come to the Learning Commons to explore and create. Students created some wonderful cardboard creations in September and October and had fun with CIRCUITS in November. This month we are looking at TOYS! There will be a variety of mechanical toys in the Makerspace for students to take apart and put back together.

There will also be crafts set up for holiday ornaments and perler beads!

If you would like to participate as a class, let me know and we can work something out!

The Makerspace Moments schedule:

Tuesdays 9am - 10am AND 12:30pm-1pm

Wednesdays 12pm - 1pm

FYI - There will not be an after school Make Shop in December. Thank you!

Read with the Gamecocks

NPES is excited to participate in the "Read with the Gamecocks" program! From November 25 - December 8, students will keep track of the number of pages they read. A reading log will be sent home for students to use. Reading logs will be due on December 11. All students who participate will receive 2 tickets to the literacy games on February 15, 2015 (SC Women's Basketball vs Vanderbilt at 12pm) and on February 21, 2015 (SC Men's Basketball vs Texas A&M (time TBA). Additional tickets will be available for purchase for full price the day of the game. Go Gamecocks! Go NPES Readers!

Lion Cub Storytime

Each month, we host a story time for little friends who are not yet old enough to attend NPES. Here are this year's Lion Cub Story Time dates (they all start at 9am):

January 16

February 20

March 20

April 24

May 15

Teachers, please share these dates in your classroom newsletters!

Save the Date!

Mark your calendars for...

  • Read with the Gamecocks Program - November 25 - December 8
  • Student Gamecocks Reading Logs Due - December 11
  • Hour of Code - December 8 - December 12
  • Teacher Gamecocks Reading Logs Due - December 15

About Us

The Vision and Mission of the New Providence Elementary School Learning Commons is to ensure that students and teachers are effective users of ideas and information in regards to both print and digital resources. We strive to provide library materials and services appropriate to the curriculum of the school and to provide library materials and services that meet the information and recreational needs of the learning community and that will encourage and support Common Core State Standards as well as the 4 C's - Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Creativity, and Communication. We provide opportunities for collaboration between the Learning Commons Team (Teacher Librarian, Library Assistant, Technology Integration Specialist) and the Classroom Teacher to integrate information literacy, digital literacy, book love and technology into instruction.