The Bennett LC February 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

  • NEW!!! Six Flags Read to Succeed-Deadline Approaching
  • NEW!!! 2019 Bluebonnet Book Announced
  • NEW!!! By Invitation Only Bluebonnet Bash
  • NEW!!! KEVA Planks
  • Digital Leadership Theme: Building a Positive Digital Tattoo and Being Trustworthy
  • 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

Six Flags read to succeed

The deadline is quickly approaching. Students must complete 6 hours of "extra" reading. The deadline to turn in reading logs is Tuesday, February 26, 2019. Please contact your child's teacher for more information. Each grade level determines participation.

2019 Texas Bluebonnet book announced

Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of the Little Horse Who Became a Hero by Patricia McCormick, illustrated by Iacopo Bruno (Balzer & Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Pubishers, 2017)

Bluebonnet Bash

This is a By Invitation Only Event - Students who met the requirements to vote for the 2019 Texas Bluebonnet Book are eligible to attend. Students will receive an invitation and must return the permission slip to participate.

Thank you McKinney Education Foundation for the KEVA PLANKS

Mrs. Stallbaumer was awarded a McKinney Education Foundation Grant for KEVA Planks called, If they build it they will learn. The KEVA Planks arrived this month and students are already using them in the Makerspace.

February's Digital Leadership Theme: Building a Positive TAtToo and being trustworthy

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 is building a positive digital tattoo and showing trustworthiness.

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

January: 3,027 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

January: 478 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 each month.

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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