The Bennett LC November 2018 Newsletter - Bennett Elementary

Mrs. Stallbaumer, Media Resource Specialist, astallbaumer@mckinneyisd.net

Mrs. Howard, Learning Commons Assistant, lhoward@mckinneyisd.net

LC & Makerspace Google Sites

In this Issue

  • NEW!!! Learning Commons Volunteer Opportunities
  • NEW!!! Host a Parent-Led or Student-Led Makerspace Workshop
  • NEW!!! Upcoming Event: December Hour of Code for students and parents
  • As Seen in the LC & Makerspace in October 2018
  • Book Circulation Stats
  • Makerspace Stats
  • 1st-5th Braum's Reading Program for 1st - 5th Grade
  • K-2 Texas 2X2 Reading Challenge
  • Texas 2X2 Hall of Famers
  • Texas Roadhouse Monthly Reading Challenge
  • 3rd-5th Nominated Bluebonnet Award Reading Challenge
  • NEW!!! Digital Leadership Theme: Citizenship
  • FYI: After-School Clubs Book, STEM, & Makerspace Clubs offered by Mrs. Stallbaumer

Enchanted Forest book Fair update

Our fall book fair was a huge success. We sold $14,149.52 (before tax) and profited $3,537.38. Thank you for supporting the Learning Commons and Makerspace with your book fair purchases.

Also, Mrs. Stallbaumer and Mrs. Howard would like to thank and give a shout out to all of our book fair volunteers: Holly Barrett, Kimberly Lewis, Lynda Taylor, Jennifer Brewer, Beth Fioretti, Amanda Yantosh, Veronica Horcajuelo, Katie Shanan, Kristi Clinger, Diana Guarin, Jennifer Terrasi, Corrie Barto, Rhaiza Velez, Lisa Bowers, Aminah Ibrahim, Monica Husted-Navarrete, Monica Towner, Margaret Jones, Elham Khalifa, Maren Muchacho, Anne Ledbetter, Michelle Pine, and Kristi Peak. We could not host the book fair without you! If we have missed someone, please know you are appreciated! We had many moms stop in and volunteer when they saw we were short handed, but we did not get everyone's name written down.

Learning Commons Volunteers

Please consider volunteering in the Bennett LC. Learning Commons volunteers are essential to keeping the LC open for student circulation in the event mrs. stallbaumer or mrs. howard is absent.

Dear Parents,

We live in a world surrounded by technology, and we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly depend on understanding how technology works. Therefore, Bennett Elementary is joining the largest learning event in history; The Hour of Code, December 3-7, 2018.

The Hour of Code is a global movement by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org. This initiative reaches tens of millions of students in 180+ countries through a one-hour introduction to computer science and computer programming. Find out more using the following link. https://hourofcode.com/us

Our Hour of Code week will include iPad apps and computer coding websites. These games and educational sites are great for critical thinking, problem solving, and overall brain boosting. Your students might come home wanting to play coding games. See the Makerspace Google Site at https://goo.gl/zBnFpd for more information and links to coding websites. Code.org also has an excellent coding course that is designed for elementary aged students.

Parent Hour of Code Opportunity

December 6, 2018 from 8:15-9:15am Parents are invited to attend a coding presentation and explore some of the coding tools, apps, and websites Bennett students are using during the Hour of Code and throughout the school year. Please register using this link: http://gg.gg/parenthourofcode

Thanks for supporting our efforts to make our students ready for the future!


Mrs. Stallbaumer, Media Resource Specialist

As Seen in the LC & Makerspace in October 2018

Book Circulation Stats

During the first two weeks of school, every student at Bennett Elementary had the opportunity to check out at least one library book after their Learning Commons Orientation.

August: 1,715 books

September: 3,491 books

October: 3,341 books

Makerspace Stats

Teachers determine when students come to the Makerspace. Mrs. Stallbaumer hosts small group workshops and whole class Makerspace sessions. To learn more about the Makerspace, please check out the Makerspace Google Site. All 560 1st - 5th grade students attended a Makerspace orientation in September.

Monthly Makers, Coders, Builders, and Problem Solvers Stats

September: 163 students

October: 596 students

1st-5th Braum's book Buddy Program

What? Bennett Elementary is once again partnering with Braum's to promote literacy and a lifelong love of literature. First through Fifth grade students have the opportunity to earn up to 6 coupons: 2 single dip cones, 2 soft frozen yogurt cones, and 2 single dip sundaes.

Who? Bennett 1st-5th graders. (Unfortunately, Braum's does not offer this reading program to Kindergarteners.)

When? October 2019 thru May 30, 2019 (Look for the Braum's Book Buddy Booklet & Braum's Reading Log in your child's Tuesday folder on October 9.)

How? Every time a student reads 6 books (up to 36 books), they will receive a coupon. After they have read 6 books, students should bring the completed reading log and their Braum's Book Buddy Booklet to Mrs. Stallbaumer or Mrs. Howard in the Learning Commons. Students will receive stickers to put in their Braum's Book Buddy Booklet and the coupon they earned. To earn all 6 coupons, students will need to read a total of 36 books.

K-2nd Texas 2X2 Reading Challenge

Texas 2X2 Hall of Fame

Congratulation to our new Hall of Fame students. We are so proud of you for completing this reading challenge. We look forward to adding new students to the Hall of Fame in October.

Texas Roadhouse Monthly Reading Challenge

3rd-5th Nominated Bluebonnet Book Reading Challenge

November's Digital Leadership Theme: Citizenship

McKinney is changing our vocabulary when it comes to digital citizenship. Our goal is not not only develop good digital citizens, but also students who are digital leaders. Each month, Bennett Elementary connects the monthly character trait to a district digital leadership theme to help develop students to be good digital leaders. The monthly character trait for November is Citizenship. Students will focus on keeping giving creative credit to works they use for assignments and project creations.

After-School Book Clubs, STEM, & Makerspace Clubs offered by Mrs. Stallbaumer

Mrs. Stallbaumer occasionally offers after-school clubs for students. After-school clubs are contingent on her schedule, as they are offered after hours. These clubs are typically grade level specific and require student registration by a parent or guardian. Please note that space is limited and on a first-come basis. The best way to find out about any after-school clubs offered by Mrs. Stallbaumer is to read the Learning Commons Newsletter each week, which is linked in the weekly Bear Business. Most of the newsletter will remain consistent for the month, but please check back weekly for any new information or club offerings. Additionally, all clubs will be promoted on morning announcements.

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