Bells Ferry Elementary Library Learning Commons

A place to Read ! Learn! Connect!

Meet Mrs. White & Mrs. Susskind



Hello, My name is Teresa White and this is my 34th year as an educator, my 21 at Bells Ferry.  I taught kindergarten and  first grade before becoming a library teacher. I earned my Bachelors degree in Elementary Education at Southeastern University in Lakeland,Florida. I also have a Masters Degree in Education and a Specialist Degree in Media and Instructional Technology  from West Georgia. I am a native of Georgia. My husband and I have been married 36 years and have two married children and 1 grandchild. We recently adopted a new dog, Pecan Sandi (named for my favorite cookie) from Mostly Mutts. I love spending time with family and friends. I enjoy cooking, reading, volunteering, and I am a “foodie” so trying out new restaurants is on my list of fun activities.

Hello, My name is Chris Susskind and this is my 5th year at Bells Ferry.  I graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Government. After graduation, I was commissioned a second Lieutenant in the USAF. I served for 8 ½ years as an Intelligence Officer. When I left the Air Force I started a career in the Human Resources field. I worked in that field for 13 years before deciding to stay at home with my daughter. When my daughter was a senior in HS I decided to re-enter the workforce. I was very fortunate to land my dream job – working in the library at Bells Ferry Elementary School! I grew up a dependent in a military family so I have lived all over the world. I moved to Georgia with my family 21 years ago. My husband and I have been married for 23 years. We have a daughter who is a senior at UGA and 2 rescue dogs at home. In my spare time I like to read, play tennis and volunteer at Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue. 


Read Across America

Dr. Seuss Week at Bells Ferry Elementary School
  February 25 – March 1

Bells Ferry will celebrate the career and the life of Theodor Seuss Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss) during the week of
February 25 – March 1. Dr. Seuss was born on March 2, 1904, and died September 24, 1991.


This week’s activities include:
Dress-up days, prize drawings, daily trivia questions, poster contest, reading challenge and a visit from
Sprayberry High School “cats”.

Horton hears a Who! – Perform a Random act of kindness

The Lorax – Wear a mustache

Wacky WednesdayWear your clothes backwards, inside out, different shoes and socks, etc.

Oh the Places You’ll Go – Wear a shirt to represent a state you have traveled to

Dress as your favorite Dr. Seuss character or wear stripes for The Cat in the Hat

National Winnie the Pooh Day

National Winnie the Pooh Day - January 18First , Second and Third grade students celebrated National Winnie the Pooh Day by reading the Caldecott book Finding WInnie the True story of the world’s most famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick who is the great, great, great grand-daughter of Captain Harry Colebourn. In 1914, Harry, a veterinarian on his way to tend horses in World War I,  found the real Winnie at a train station in Canada.




Award winning Challenge

Our award winning book challenge is now available in Biblionasium.  To be eligible for prizes, all you have to do is log  20  books.  You can see your progress by clicking on Challenges tab in Biblionasium.

If you meet or exceed the challenge, you will receive a COOL bookmark, AND you will be entered into a drawing to win a trip to our prize cart.

If you cannot see a monthly challenge in your Biblionasium account, please  stop by and see Mrs. White.  Happy reading!

Suggestions for Holiday Reading:
Caldicott Winners
Newbery Winners
Coretta Scott King Winners
Georgia Book Award Winners


Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl

The Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl (HRRB) is a quiz bowl style competition that tests students’ knowledge of the books they have read.  The books are selected from the Georgia Book Award Nominees.  Fourth and Fifth grade students are invited to join our team.

This year we partnered with students from Sprayberry High School ,by way of Skype, who helped coach our students.

Bells Ferry HRRB team competed for the first time in the annual Reading Bowl Event , which took place on January 19th at Kell High School.. We placed 23 out of 31 elementary schools. We are very proud of our team!




Coach Sloth Visit

Bells Ferry students enjoyed hearing from Coach Sloth when he came to our school in January. Coach Sloth is a former Iowa State football player and coach who has transitioned into a career writing children’s books with his Sammy Sloth character. To order books or see what coach is up to visit his blog at


Holiday Dash into Reading

Our First Biblionasium Challenge is Up!


Our first reading challenge is now available in Biblionasium.  To be eligible for the prize, all you have to do is log  300  minutes and meet or exceed the challenge.  You can see your progress by clicking on Challenges tab in Biblionasium.

If you meet or exceed the challenge, you will receive a COOL bookmark, AND you will be entered into a drawing to win a trip to our prize cart.

If you cannot see a monthly challenge in your Biblionasium account, please  stop by and see Mrs. White.  Happy reading!

Suggestions for Holiday Reading:
Read a book with “snow” in the title. Read how other cultures celebrate Christmas.
Read a book about snowmen
Read a book about Hanukkah
Read a book while drinking hot chocolate
Read a book in your pajamas
Read a book with “family” in the title
Read a book about giving



Cobb Literacy Week


Bells Ferry Library Learning Commons partnered with Cobb EMC  and Gas South to host author  Danny Schnitzlein, on Friday, October 26. Several of our students had lunch with the author which resulted in some lively conversations.


Honoring our Veterans
Thank you to all  who serve!

Bells Ferry Elementary was proud to recognize our local veterans with a ceremony which
started in the media center with a  continental breakfast , songs by our chorus, a solo by Spraybery senior and readings by our student leaders. We concluded our event with an honor walk through our hallways  where all of our students participated with song and flag waving.It was a moving occasion for all those involved.

Thank you Sprayberry Jr ROTC color guard and media specialist Paula Axford for partnering with us on this event.



Picking books that are Just Right.

Picking Just Right Books

With so many choices in the Library Learning Commons, public library or even the bookstore, sometimes picking out the perfect book can be a challenge for students and parents. So how do you pick “just right books”? There are simple skills and strategies students of any grade or reading level can use anywhere to choose a book.
  • Review the pictures (do the pictures look interesting)
  • Read summary on back or inside cover of book
  • Read book reviews                                                                                       
  • Recommendations from a friend, teacher or librarian
  • Pick a topic or subject of interest to learn more about
  • Pick a genre, author or series you like to read
  • 5 Finger rule
5 Finger Rule
This a great, quick test for students to decide if a book is the right reading level for them. To practice this test, read any 2 full pages in the book. As you are reading, raise a finger for every word you do not know or understand. If you reach 4 or more fingers, then the book is too hard for you to read on your own and should try another book. If you “pass” the 5 finger test, then you should ask yourself these questions:
  1. Will I enjoy this book and want to finish it?
  2. Do I understand what I am reading?
  3. Can I read it out loud smoothly?
If you answer yes to these questions, then you have picked the perfect book for you!


September has been a month of discovery at the library learning commons . We have learned the difference in fiction and non-fiction, books, how to use a shelf marker and in order to check-out we have to “Bring one to take one”. Third graders have learned all about creating an account in Destiny Discover which allows them to place books on hold, review their check outs and connect to Biblionasium.






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