Our fall book order has arrived. Mrs. Demian and I have been busy getting the books ready for students to check out. We have fiction, nonfiction, and everybody books. My goal is for every student to find books they’d like to read.
I want to thank the Ford Foundation and our Ford families for their support and help in transforming our media center into a learning commons. With their help, we have updated our furniture to meet the needs of our students. Our new tables and Node desks allow for flexible seating, and the collaboration center gives students a focus on technology as they work together. The aesthetics of our new furniture adds to the welcoming feel you experience when you enter the learning commons. Last year the Ford Foundation bought 15 laptops for the learning commons. The success of this year’s Big Head Campaign will make it possible for the Foundation to buy 15 more laptops, so we will have enough laptops for an entire class. These laptops use Windows 10, and give students the opportunity to work independently or in groups. Due to the support of our stakeholders, the learning commons has a strong base for future growth as we continue to evolve with current and future technologies.
Brian Lies, illustrator of over two dozen books, visited Ford today. Second, third, and fourth grade students were given the opportunity to hear Brian Lies talk about how he became an illustrator and author. Students and teachers enjoyed hearing his message that practice makes better. I want to thank Cobb EMC and Gas South for sponsoring his visit.
To learn more about Brian Lies, visit http://brian-lies.squarespace.com.
We had a very successful book fair. I use the profit from our book fair for special projects and events such as Holidays and Hot Chocolate. I appreciate the support we have from our parents and volunteers. We couldn’t do it without you!
Biblionasium, our new reading program, has generated a lot of excitement. Students can create virtual bookshelves, log their reading minutes, share book recommendations with their classmates, and earn digital awards. Every student has his or her own account which is easily accessed through our Destiny online catalog.
To open your student account:
1. Open Destiny (Ford’s website has a link for Destiny at Ford Elementary.
2. Log in to your Destiny account.
3. Use the menu on the left to open Biblionasium.
Join us for our Wild West Book Fair!
Book Fair dates: October 13th; 5:30 pm -7:00 pm (Before and during Fall Festival)
October 16th – 19th; 7:15 am -2:40 pm and October 20th ; 7:15 am – 11:00 am
Cash, check, or credit cards accepted. Please make checks out for the exact amount. (No Sales Tax)
If you would like to volunteer for the book fair, please sign up at http://tinyurl.com/y98fqcfq.
We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair!
Remember, all purchases benefit our school.
Last week during morning announcements, I recognized the students who participated in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. These students logged the minutes they read during the summer. Each student received a certificate of achievement, and nine students read over 1,000 minutes. I’m very proud of our summer readers!
Students may use Destiny, our library catalog, to renew their books. On Ford Elementary School’s homepage look under the calendar for a link to Destiny @ Ford Elementary.
Follow these steps to renew your books:
1. Open Destiny and log in to your Destiny account.
2. Click on the menu.
3. Open Checkouts.
4. Click on renew beside each book you want to renew.
Yesterday 2nd grade was dazzled in the Learning Commons with a Monarchs Across Georgia presentation given by Michael Kahle of the Cobb County Watershed Stewardship Program. This kicks off the start of 2nd grade’s year-long, Project Based Learning of Monarchs. Thank you Mr. Kahle!
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