The Bennett LC September 2018 Newsletter - Bennett Elementary

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

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

NEW!!! In this Issue

K-2nd & 3rd-5th Book Clubs

Texas 2X2 Hall of Fame Students

In this Issue

  • What is a Learning Commons?
  • Learning Commons Policies & Procedures
  • The Bennett Learning Commons Google Site
  • Cynthia Lord Author Visit ~ October 16, 2018
  • New! K-2nd After-School Book Club
  • New! 3rd-5th After-School Book Club
  • After-School Clubs Book, STEM, & Makerspace Clubs offered by Mrs. Stallbaumer
  • As Seen in the LC in August 2018
  • August Book Circulation Stats
  • Featured Resource: MISD Single Sign On
  • Featured Resource: Destiny: Searching the Online Catalog and Creating a "My List"
  • K-2 Texas 2X2 Reading Challenge
  • New! Texas 2X2 Hall of Famers
  • 3rd-5th Nominated Bluebonnet Award Reading Challenge
  • Digital Citizenship: Student Acceptable Use Policy & Internet Safety

What is a Learning Commons?

McKinney ISD libraries have transitioned into Learning Commons to accommodate the needs of our 21st Century learners. A Learning Commons is a place for experts and learners to come together to engage with information and create new understandings. Its flexible space allows individuals, small groups, and classes to visit at their own convenience. Although cutting-edge technology and adaptable spaces are vital components, its true strength is found in the relationships it creates and sustains, whether these are student-to-student, student-to-faculty, student-to-equipment, or student-to-information. A vibrant Learning Commons will resonate with the sounds of students working together, establishing the kinds of connections that promote active, engaged learning. - MISD Learning Commons Website

Learning Commons Policies & Procedures

When can I visit the learning commons? The learning commons model operates on a flexible schedule. Students come to the Learning Commons whenever they want or need with teacher permission! Teachers schedule lessons on technology production tools, digital fluency and citizenship, and information literacy skills that connect with what is being taught in the classroom. Small groups, individuals, and classes may use the learning commons at the same time, anytime, and any day.

  • The learning commons is open Monday-Friday from 7:30am – 3:30pm.
  • Parents and younger siblings are welcome to visit anytime after signing in at the office.

How many books may I check out?

  • Kindergarten students = one book
  • 1st graders = two books
  • 2nd graders two books in the fall
  • 3rd = three books
  • 4th & 5th graders = four books
  • eBooks = two books on Follett Shelf & five books on Overdrive
  • Parents = five items for two weeks. In addition, the McKinney Public Library offers weekly programs for parents and children to attend.

When there is a special assignment in class, students may be allowed to check out extra items. Books may and should go home to read each night.

When are books due? Books are checked out for two weeks. Please promptly return books you have finished since others may be waiting to read them.

Please return nominated Bluebonnet award books and the Texas 2X2 books after one week, due to limited quantities and high demand.

Students are welcome to keep items longer than two weeks, but please come to the Learning Commons to renew the items so the books won’t be marked overdue. Fines are NOT charged for overdue items.

What happens if an item from the library is lost or damaged? Lost books must be paid for. Once an item has been deemed lost or damaged beyond repair, (don’t forget to look under your bed and in your car) students will be asked to pay for lost and damaged items.

The Bennett Learning Commons Google Site is for student, teacher, and parent use. This site houses information about reading programs, upcoming events, and after-school clubs, and contains links to the online catalog, ebooks, and online resources. "How to" tutorials are linked to assist students, parents, and teachers with book searches, assessing online databases, and checking out ebooks.

Save the Date: Cynthia Lord Author Visit

K-2nd After-School Book Club

3rd-5th After-School Book Club

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.

As Seen in the LC in August 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

Featured Resource: MISD Single Sign On

In an effort to reduce the number of passwords that staff, students, and parents have to remember, McKinney ISD uses single sign on (SSO) for as many applications as possible. The link for Single Sign On has been added to the Bennett Website under the Learning Commons tab. For more information, watch this short tutorial.

Featured Resource: Destiny - Searching the Online Catalog and Creating a "My List"

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.

3rd-5th Nominated Bluebonnet Book Reading Challenge

MISD Student Acceptable Use Policy

This video is a copy of the student acceptable use policy that was part of your student's registration. Students were to sign their name acknowledging they had viewed the video. Teachers also showed students the video within the first week of school.

September's Digital Citizenship Theme: Internet Safety

Each month, Bennett will connect the monthly character trait to the district digital citizenship theme to help develop students to be good digital citizens. The monthly character trait for September is Respect. Teachers will focus on being safe and respecting oneself and others online.

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Angie Stallbaumer

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