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January 2017

Happy New Year!

We hope you had a relaxing Winter Break! We have a lot to look forward this year! Watch for information about the following events:

100th Day of School Celebration (Kindergarten)

World Read Aloud Day

Digital Learning Day

Reading Patrol (we will need your help, teachers and staff! Save the date! March 2!)

Jarrett Krosoczka author visit

Star Wars READS Day (postponed from October)

Spring Book Fair


Please let us know what we can do for you and your students! We are here to help!

Valerie Byrd Fort, Sarah Sheely, Karen Gobbi, and Brenda Burkett

Meet Robert Blackwell - Intern from USC!

The NPES Learning Commons Team will be hosting an intern from USC this semester! His name is Robert Blackwell. He has lived in South Carolina since 1988. He was born and raised in Louisiana. He graduated from USC with a B.A. in Journalism and a M.A.T. in secondary education. He was a middle school social studies teacher for 16 years. He is currently going to USC to earn his Master's in Library & Information Science and will graduate in May! His first day will be January 19.

Read With the GAMECOCKS!

Thank you to all of the students and teachers who participated in the Read with the Gamecocks program! NPES students read over 27,000 pages in just 11 days! Each student who turned in a reading log received 2 vouchers for tickets to the following games (you may purchase more tickets to the game at the door!):

  • Men's Basketball vs Arkansas - Saturday, January 14 @ 6:30pm
  • Women's Basketball vs Vanderbilt - Thursday, February 16 @ 7pm

Great job, Lions! Go Gamecocks!

Makerspace Moments

Makerspace Moments is a time for students to create, explore, and learn. Each month our Makerspace has a Spotlight Activity...the January Spotlight Activity is the 100 THINGS CHALLENGE!

In honor of the 100th day of school (January 27), we will be working on our building skills! There will be 100 of a variety of supplies (legos, cardboard, cups, etc.) and students will be challenged to build something using the available materials.

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!

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! January will be Presentation Month!

During your computer lab "teaching time" in January, use a Presentation Application like MS PowerPoint or Google Slides!

Teachers that are using Google Classroom or Google Drive can create a shared presentation - each student can create one slide in the show!

Younger students can open MS PowerPoint in the computer lab and create one slide.

Let them share their New Year Resolutions!

Please let us know if you need help!

LifeSkills & Lifelong Guidelines SPOTLIGHT!

In January, we will work on PERSONAL BEST, EFFORT, and PRIDE!

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!

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 1:30pm):

January 6

February 3

March 3

April 7

January Events

January 6 - Lion Cub Storytime, 1:30pm

January 27 - 100th day of school Celebration for Kindergarten!

Google Calendar

Teachers! Don't forget, we have several shared calendars - if you do not have access to something, please let us know and I will be happy to share a calendar with you! We have calendars for:
  • Computer Labs (Cub Lab and Lion Lab)
  • Learning Commons
  • Makerspace/Burkett/Shahoud (in Learning Commons)
  • Laptops
  • iPads
  • iTouches

Learning Commons Team Schedule

Looking for Mrs. Byrd Fort, Mrs. Sheely, Mrs. Gobbi or Ms. Burkett?

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.

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 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 the 4 C's - Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Creativity, and Communication. We provide opportunities for collaboration between the Learning Commons Team (Teacher Librarians, Library Assistant, Digital Learning Coach) and the Classroom Teacher to integrate information literacy, digital literacy, book love and technology into instruction.