Media Messages

A newsletter for LMES teachers, parents, and students

September 2012

Let's Collaborate!

Teachers, let's work together. Mrs. Matney can help support your lessons by providing instruction on:

  • Research projects tied to units of study
  • Book talks
  • Book selection skills - finding "just right" books
  • Book care
  • Fiction vs. nonfiction
  • Genre
  • Theme
  • Author and illustrator studies
  • SC Book Award nominees
  • National book awards - Caldecott, Newbery, Theodor Seuss Geisel, Coretta Scott King
  • Poetry
  • Nonfiction text features
  • Web 2.0 tools
  • App integration

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September is Library Card Sign-up Month

A library card is one of the most important school supplies! Every student at LMES is issued a school library card. Parents, did you know that you can create a parent account and check out extra books? Stop by the Media Center and Mrs. Matney or Mrs. Bootle will be happy to help. Be sure to also support your local library by signing up your family for a public library card. You will have access to e-books, magazines, and DVDs in addition to print materials! Search their online catalogs and requests items to be held or visit your local branch today.

Book Care

K-2 students are learning about book care during library time. Students respond to the prompt, "What are some bad things that happen to good books?" We visit the "book hospital" and then talk about ways to keep our books safe. Here's our top 8 list!

  1. Wash hands before reading a book (or books get dirty).
  2. Turn pages slowly from the upper right-hand corner (or books tear).
  3. Never dog-ear a page (or pages crease). Use a bookmark instead.
  4. Keep books in a special place at home so that books don't get lost.
  5. Keep books in a safe place protected from pets, small children, food, and liquids.
  6. Never draw or write in library books.
  7. Avoid ink spills and water damage by taking books home in a large ziplock bag that stays in your book bag.
  8. Don't try to repair books by yourself with tape or glue. Mrs. Matney and Mrs. Bootle have special supplies to fix damaged books.

SC Book Award Challenge

Our popular reading program is now underway! Information on the reading goals and cut-off dates can be found on the Media Center website. Students in grades 1-5 need to read and review 3 of the nominees in order to qualify for the first reading goal by October 19. We have multiple copies here in the Media Center for students to checkout. You may want to also visit your local public library to find the nominees. The public library can place these books on hold for you. For information on the 2012-13 South Carolina nominees, visit http://www.lexrich5.org/webpages/lmesmedia/sc.cfm for the picture book nominees and http://www.lexrich5.org/webpages/lmesmedia/childrensbookaward.cfm for the children's book nominees.

Edmodo Book Club

We are connecting with other elementary schools in the Midlands through Edmodo to talk about the SC Children's Book Award nominees. Lake Murray Elementary students in grades 3-5 can connect with students and teachers from Chapin Elementary (District 5), New Providence Elementary (Lexington 1), and Doby’s Mill Elementary (Kershaw County). Edmodo is a free and secure learning network for teachers, students, and parents. It provides a safe way to connect, share information, and talk about books! Directions for creating an Edmodo account and for using Edmodo for our Book Club were given to students and parents in a letter sent home. Contact Mrs. Matney if you need further assistance.

Our new laptops have arrived!

The Media Center now has 20 computers for student use.
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Library Volunteers Needed

We are always looking for parent and adult volunteers to help with shelving books, book fairs, and other fun projects throughout the year. Contact Mrs. Matney or Mrs. Bootle if interested.

Way to Go Summer Readers!

We had over 100 students show us their summer reading medals and logs! Each child got to choose a scratch-and-sniff bookmark and pencil as a special treat!

Our Mission

The mission of the Lake Murray Elementary Media Program is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information and to empower students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, ethical users of information, and productive users of technology.


Box Tops for Education Contest

Monday, Oct. 15th 2012 at 7:15am to Friday, Oct. 26th 2012 at 2:30pm

1531 Three Dog Road

Chapin, SC

The Media Center will have a grade level Box Tops for Education contest October 15-26. Please save your Box Top UPC’s to send in during that time. The Media Center receives 10 cents from each UPC. Last year we collected over $2,000 in UPC’s. For more information visit http://www.boxtops4education.com. What a wonderful way to recycle trash!

Children's Book Award nominees