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SC Picture Book Contest

During the month of January, we will be reading some of the books nominated for the SC Picture Book award for 2016. The SC Association of School Librarians sponsors this book contest as well as others. You can find more information on the book awards at the SCASL site.

You can see a video of the titles here. We have copies here at school and our Gilbert public library also has copies. There are fiction and non-fiction titles in the 20 nominees.

We will be reading them all month to the Kindergarten classes and will vote on our favorite in February. The state winners will be announced at the annual library conference in March 2016.

Hour of Code

December coding fun!

In December, all of our K-2 grade students were able to participate in the Hour of Code. We had a total of 643 students participate! We used the Kodable app with the Kindergarten students which is a free app for the iPad. We had the first and second graders work on the site which actually teaches them about algorithms and programming. They can continue their work on the site by going to our symbaloo page, choosing the hour of code tile and then clicking on their teacher's picture. Everyone also had an opportunity to work with the Bee Bots. Bee Bots are small programmable robots in the shape of a bee which the PTO graciously purchased for us last year.

Reading Bingo!

Remember if you are playing reading bingo for the year, that you have to fill out the WHOLE bingo card. This gives you a chance to read several different types of genres such as mysteries, biographies or SC Picture Book nominees. If you need more snapshot sheets, just let Mrs. Stepp know. Also if you need a particular type of book, Ms. Taylor and Ms. Stepp can help you find it! Happy Reading!


First and second graders will be getting some training this month on using our online catalog to locate books in the learning commons. Our online catalog is called Destiny and using it helps us to locate books in different sections of the learning commons. Will be learning about ABC and numerical order as we learn to look up books. Kindergarten students will begin to use shelf markers to choose their books off of the shelves! First graders will now be able to get 2 books each week and second graders can get up to 3 books each week that they return their books.