The Bennett LC January 2019 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

  • Deadline Approaching: 3rd-5th Nominated Bluebonnet Award Reading Challenge
  • NEW!!! Upcoming Event: Bear Cubs in Training Winter Story Time
  • NEW!!! Digital Leadership Theme: Media Savvy & Fairness
  • NEW!!! 3rd Grade Student Technology Team
  • Host a Parent-Led or Student-Led Makerspace Workshop
  • Learning Commons Volunteer Opportunities
  • 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
  • FYI: After-School Clubs Book, STEM, & Makerspace Clubs offered by Mrs. Stallbaumer

3rd-5th Nominated Bluebonnet Book Reading Challenge

The deadline to read and review 5 of the 20 nominated Bluebonnet books has been extended to 8:15am on Tuesday, January 22, 2019. Students who have met the requirement to vote in the state of Texas for the 2019 Bluebonnet Award Winning Book will receive a voter registration card. Students may vote in the Bennett Learning Commons, January 23-25, 2019.

The Bluebonnet party will be held in February 2019. Students who met the requirement to vote will receive a party invitation. Party details will be provided at that time.

Save the Date!!!

Bear Cubs in Training Story time

January's Digital Leadership Theme: Media Savvy & Fairness

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 January is practicing media savvy and showing fairness online.

3rd grade student technology team

Mrs. Stallbaumer is starting a Student Technology Team at Bennett Elementary. The team will meet with Mrs. Stallbaumer, once a week, during recess. The goal of the student technology team is to develop students into digital leaders and as well as develop technical and computer problem solving skills with tools they have access to during the school day. Students will be asked to assist peers and teachers as they learn new skills that are applied in the classroom. Participating students were selected through an online application.

Parent-Led Makerspace Workshop Opportunity

Student-led Makerspace workshop opportunity

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

November: 2,112 books

December: 2,124 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 first - fifth grade students attended a Makerspace orientation in September.

Monthly Makers, Coders, Builders, and Problem Solvers Stats

September: 163 students

October: 596 students

November: 199 students

December: 553 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

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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