Erwin School Library Staff Update

Nancy Cravey, School Librarian

11 January 2016

December reading minutes (Dec 1 - Dec 18) are due Tuesday, January 12. Please have your numbers ready to give to the 5th grader who will visit your classroom after the announcements. Also, please allow the student a few minutes to promote Boys Love Books and Girls Get Moving on Thursday.


Holiday Reading Challenge reading logs are also due Tuesday. Holiday reading minutes (Dec 19-Dec 31) do not have to be included in the December reading numbers you turn in.


On Wednesday I will send out a list of students who have turned in Holiday Reading logs.

Dates of Interest and Importance

January 11 -- EBOB after school meeting

January 12 -- December reading minutes due

January 12 -- Holiday Reading Challenge logs due

January 13 -- GCS Reads 20 Jeans Day

January 14 -- 4th and 5th grade EBOB lunch meeting

January 14 -- Boys Love Books/ Girls Get Moving

January 18 -- MLK Holiday

January 20 -- 4th Grade Family Book Club

January 21-22 -- Teacher Work Day

January 25 -- EBOB after school meeting

January 28 -- 4th and 5th grade EBOB lunch meeting

Electronic Device Policy

This is a good time to review with students the appropriate use of electronic devices they may have gotten as a gift and are now bringing to school. Any student who has a device for reading should have an Electronic Device Policy on file with their teacher.

Tell Your Story!

Send pictures of what is happening in your classroom to share on social media and the webpage. Show the community the wonderful things your students are doing. Pictures will be posted on the school's Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook accounts as well as in a webpage slideshow.
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GCS READS 20

December Reading Minutes will be collected Tuesday, January 12.


This number will only include minutes from December 1-Decembe 18.

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Computer Lab

Please review computer lab rules and procedures this week with students.


Every time a class leaves the lab, students should take a couple of minutes to prepare the environment for the next group.

Discovery Education: New Year, New You(ser)

Discovery Education has suggestions for five ways to deepen the use of digital content in your classroom. Find them in this Lively Lessons blog post.

Tech Tip: Nature Sound Map

Free Technology 4 Teachers is a great resource for finding tutorials on technology tools or discovering something new to try. A recent post highlighted the Nature Soundmap project which records sounds of animals and natural locations around the world that students can listen to when learning about animals. It is a great resource to support a unit on animals, or just fun to explore and listen to the sounds of the world.