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February 2016

February Fun Library Event

Students and staff are invited to come by the library later this month and fill out a heart telling what they love about the library. Hearts will be placed in a jar (1 for Students and 1 for Staff) for a drawing!!!! Teachers I hope you will lead by example and show the library some love!!!



*Also, stop by and take a look at the "Blind Date With a Book" display later this month. Books will be wrapped up and brave students, willing to take a chance, will check out a book without knowing what's inside. Fun!

Black History Month

February is Black History Month. Below are resources available when discussing the accomplishments of leaders in the African American community with your students.


Time for Kids - http://www.timeforkids.com/news/then-now/5416


Smithsonian Education -http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/educators/resource_library/african_american_resources.html

Shout out to all our Louisiana peeps here at PC:

We are so excited about our 1st ever Mardi Gras parade here at PC and if you want the fun to continue....there will be a Mardi Gras Festival right around the corner from here in Lake Dallas (no, seriously.....I'm not making this up). Fat Tuesday, February 9th, Mardi Gras will be happening in Lake Dallas. There will be a parade, food, music and costumes! Read all about it here.

Hmmm.....I wonder!

Wonderopolis has been a favorite website of mine for a long time and now this fantastic website is about to get a little better! And you can be a part of it! They are about to launch Wonder Ground which was created especially for educators and they are accepting applications for Wonder Lead Ambassadors. This gig comes with perks and a stipend. Click here for all the deets!

Grant Opportunity

The following information is provided by The National Literacy Directory:

They would like "to recognize and reward innovative literacy and education programs that are finding solutions to persistent challenges. That's why they are issuing this call for brief applications to support your efforts. The second in a series of $1,000 grants is available to programs with up-to-date member profiles listed in the National Literacy Directory".


Grant applications are also open to organizations that complete a National Literacy Directory profile by the February 12, 2016 deadline.

To become a member, click here to create your account and submit your program information by February 12, 2016 in order to be eligible for this grant opportunity.

Existing members: Click here for the online grant application form.

Literacy, Culture, Technology and Local Events..........Oh My

Needing some new visual timers to spice things up in your classroom ( and yes... I am a nerd because I actually get excited about finding new tech tools like these) ?


My favorite is the snail racing timer but be sure and turn down the volume to avoid distracting the kids further:


http://www.online-stopwatch.com/classroom-timers/


Alice in Wonderland will be presented by the Salzburg Marrionette Theater in the Bass Performance Hall, on February 7th. To read more about this fun, family event, just click on this link.


For all of you adventure seekers out there:

The Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, in McKinney, will host Zip Line Day on February 13th. Info here.

What's new in the library?

Glad you asked!


We have playaways! Playaways are an all-in-one-audiobook. It is a device with the audiobook already loaded onto it. Students just need to plug their earbuds and go. Think differentiated learning or potential literacy station. Our titles include: Every Soul a Star (recommended by Ms. Olive), The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing, The Great Unknown Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl, and a Spanish Bundle that includes Clifford the Big, Red Dog.


PTA donated Scholastic dollars to the library and we will be getting a new subscription to BookFlix! I am so excited about this! It is an "online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks with related non fiction ebooks in an engaging way to link fact and fiction". The teachers at Central Elementary LOVED using this resource, I hope you do too! Username: pcolony \ Password: flix Go to this link to get started: http://auth.grolier.com/cgi-bin/go_up_login?formu=261131&formp=bk&link=bkflix.grolier.com

Free Trial for Trueflix!

If you've never tried Trueflix before, please give it a try! We have a free trial right now and it is a great resource for every subject area because of it's vast collection of videos and digital resources that contain a "cross-curricular, nonfiction focus with a soft assessment feature". Topics include historical figures, places, science, nature and history. Click on the link below to go to our special log in page and enter the username: trueflix and password: yell. This free trial lasts for about 30 days, let me know what you think! http://trueflix.scholastic.com/freetrial

Kid Friendly Search Engines

Doing some research with your students? Please let me know and we can collaborate on a Research Boot Camp together. We could include topics such as copyright & plagiarism, note-taking skills, and paraphrasing with your students. I always encourage our students to first check out our district approved search engines under the Bookmarks for Research link on the LISD website but if you are still wanting more kid friendly choices when conducting research then check out the following sites:


Kidzsearch - http://www.kidzsearch.com/

KidRex - http://www.kidrex.org/

Mymunka - http://mymunka.com/

KidsClick (created by librarians) - http://www.kidsclick.org/index.php


If you have special needs and need help with differentiated learning, just let me know and I can create personalized sites for your students' specific research needs.

School House Rock Live!

Friday, Feb. 5th, 7pm to Sunday, Feb. 21st, 7pm

3101 West Lancaster Avenue

Fort Worth, TX

https://www.casamanana.org/performances/school-house-rock-live-jr


The Emmy Award winning 1970's Saturday morning cartoon series, School House Rock, that taught history, grammar, math and more through clever, tuneful songs is lighting up Casa Manana's stage. Follow Tom, a nerve wracked school teacher who is apprehensive about his first day. He tries to relax by watching TV, when various characters emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music, through such songs as "Just A Bill", "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly" and "Conjunction Junction".

Lights, Camera, Action...........

It's time for Reel Voices: Lewisville ISD Student Film Festival 2015-2016!
This special event is "an opportunity to provide students in Lewisville ISD an authentic audience for the synthesis of their learning through the medium of short films". There will even be a Red Carpet Awards Event for the award winning film makers! Check out the posters hanging outside the library and go to this website for more deets.

GET ABOARD THE COLLABORATION TRAIN!

I feel so lucky that the 2nd grade team invited me to collaborate with them on their recent research project. It was a lot of fun and there was a lot of collaboration going on. Students got to come to the library to learn about what research means, note taking skills, etc., Mrs. Kalbac created a symbaloo with resources, Mrs. Hernandez helped students navigate those resources,and classroom teachers, of course, did everything and more with their students. I have to share this tidbit though, Miss Odoms even got on the collaboration train, with Mrs. Castillon's and Mrs. Madrid's class, by leading the students in a song, "Cite your sources"! You gotta love it!!!!!

Who's been keeping their New Year's Resolution?

Who hasn't been? I know I am guilty! I have found hope, though, by reading this article about 5 ways to get back on the wagon!

Mrs. Fisanick

Peters Colony School Librarian

ON A TOTALLY UNRELATED ISSUE TO.......WELL.....ANYTHING IMPORTANT.....

Oreo has come out with another new flavor, The Cinnamon Bun Oreo. It sounds worthy of a taste test, I'll let you know. Also, the Red Velvet is making it's return just in time for Valentine's Day. Yummy!

Just in case you're really into this great confectionery newsbreak, watch this video, from the Wonder Vault: https://youtu.be/Bji57u_F4