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Bits and Bytes from the Dickens Library Media Center
November Issue 2009 Vol. 1 Issue 3
A Quick Note from the SLMS
Now that the 09-10 school year is well underway, perhaps you
might find yourself with some time to think about how you would like the
Dickens LMC to support your classroom teaching. (OK, fine. Time is not
exactly free-flowing, but hopefully you might find a place for us!)
Consider making an informal appointment before or after school
and sharing your lesson plans, unit ideas, or even just talk about how your
students are or are not progressing. The school librarian can be
instrumental in raising student achievement by brainstorming teaching and
behavioral strategies, as well as by working one-on-one with those students
who just don’t seem to want to learn. Use the services of the Dickens LMC
to work smarter, not harder!
Christina A. Bentheim, M.Ed.
School Library Media Specialist
How often do you feel like this poor guy? Rely on the Dickens LMC to help
you with your planning, teaching, and assessment!
PLACE PHOTO HERE,
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D.L. “Dusty” Dickens Elementary School What a school thinks about its
Library Media Center
5550 Milan Peak St.
North Las Vegas, NV 89081
library is a measure
702.799.3878 – phone of what it feels about
702.799.3871 – fax
111 ~ Harold Howe
During the month of October, more than 7,700 books circulated through
the Dickens LMC (700+ of those coming from classroom teachers)!!!
Keep it up! The more books being circulated, the more being read. The
more being read, the better readers our children become. The better
readers our children become, the higher chances they’ll have at success PLACE PHOTO HERE,
in future academics and life! (And it doesn’t hurt those test scores,
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October can be found in the Monthly Report to the Principal, which can
LMC STUDENTS to be featured
be accessed here: http://tinyurl.com/octreport.
Teacher Book Review Program
The following classes are proudly featured on a new American Library
Association READ poster: Hartman, Johnson, Wilson, and Carpenter-Turner.
As you may already know, the Library Services department provides
school libraries with the opportunity to earn 10 new books per month
through the writing of staff book reviews. These are books that are just
being published—so new you won’t yet find them anywhere! If you
would like to participate (you can include your class, too), please let
Christina know. Reviews are due the 15th of each month—and the next
batch will be available early December. So far we’ve earned 30 new
books through the program.
The Shelf Elf Award
Every Monday the Shelf Elf blasts off to another classroom (or stays in
the same one, if that class comes out on top again)! This is not a
behavior award. It is solely for following library procedures during
browsing. The class who earns the most visits by the Shelf Elf at the end
of the year will earn a very special reward! A special congrats to the
students learning from Mr. Gabarre, Ms. Wallace-Roth, Ms. Goldberg,
and Ms. Hedvall for earning time with the Shelf Elf during October.
Technology Grant New LMC Website Design
Last month Christina submitted a $24,000 proposal for new technology The Dickens LMC website, which can be accessed by visiting
in our library media center--40 netbooks with wireless internet, a www.MrsBentheim.com, just received a facelift! Flash graphics and moving
netbook cart, 6 iPod touches, an Elmo document camera, and 6 digital images provide for an updated appearance that will hook visitors at first
cameras. So far, 50 percent of the project proposal has been funded; glance.
there is still a long way to go. If you would like to see the proposal and
share it with others (parents, students, community members, etc.)
New LMC Blog
please go to: http://donorschoose.org/twt/318874. The deadline for
funding is quickly approaching in February …
We’ve recently changed blogging platforms from Blogger to Edublogs so that
students and staff can visit the blog from within the confines of CCSD’s filters.
Subscribe to our daily updated by visiting: http://mrsbentheim.edublogs.org.
I have always imagined that Visit From A Mountain Man
We celebrated reading by learning from Buffalorump Dan–a mountain man re-
Paradise will be a kind of enactor! He so graciously came by to share his experiences with every student
in the school. Students heard about his heritage as a registered American
library. Indian and saw first-hand what pelts, native instruments, and cooking
materials look like. The Dickens LMC has a variety of resources available for
students in all grades to explore more about the relationship between the
~ Jorge Luis Borges 112
Mountain Men and Native Americans.
Effective Use of AR in the
School Library Media Center
Research shows that students who enjoy what they are reading because
they chose it, will rise to the occasion, regardless of level. (This means if a
1st grader wants to read Harry Potter in addition to his "leveled" selection,
PLACE PHOTO HERE,
who is to say his parents won't read it to him? Or an older sibling? He has a OTHERWISE DELETE BOX
right to that higher-level text under the ALA's Freedom to Read statement.)
Major barriers between students and resources include, but are not limited
to, imposing age or grade level restrictions on the use of resources; limiting
the use of interlibrary loan and access to electronic information; charging
fees for information in specific formats; requiring permission from parents
or teachers; establishing restricted shelves or closed collections; and
labeling. Policies, procedures, and rules related to the use of resources and
services support free and open access to information. Author Visit A Success
Overall Message: We need to be very careful that when we level books, Author Mike Knudson came all the way from Utah to visit us
we do not end up leveling our kids! on October 29! Several 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes got
cozy in the multipurpose room to learn from Mike’s writing
experiences. He talked a lot about how he gets his ideas for
writing, how he builds on those ideas, and how he edits and
Book Fair Update revises his stories. He is a great speaker, engages the children
and teachers well, and is definitely an up-and-coming author
The Book Fair begins December 2 and goes through December 16. Student PLACE PHOTO HERE,
and staff shopping hours are from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily. All proceeds benefit
the Dickens LMC program.
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Our sales goal is $3,000.00 of which $1,800.00 of that will be ours to
purchase new materials. We’re also striving to get students to read for a
combined total of 3,000 minutes during the fair. If students meet this
challenge, our new assistant principal has agreed to don her PJs for the day!
On December 1 between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., the Dickens LMC is hosting a
special preview breakfast for all staff to create their wish lists!
You don’t have to burn books
to destroy a culture. Just get
people to stop reading them.
113 ~ Ray Bradbury
Month Day Year
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Where you can learn more about the
1. Visit our website at www.MrsBentheim.com and explore each section. (The Links and Teachers sections specifically have some great
stuff for you!)
2. Become a fan of the Dickens Elementary School Library Media Center on Facebook by searching for our name (Dickens Elementary
School Library Media Center) at www.facebook.com.
3. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com. Our Twitter handle is DickensLMC.
4. Subscribe to our blog by visiting http://mrsbentheim.edublogs.org.
5. Join our Delicious network for social bookmarks by clicking on the link at the right-hand side of our
home page at www.MrsBentheim.com or by searching for the DickensLMC at www.delicious.com.
6. Take about 15 minutes to go through the Dickens LMC Teacher Orientation by visiting
www.MrsBentheim.com and clicking on the Teachers section.
Mark Your Calendar …
Teacher Book Fair Preview Breakfast
12 /1 from 8 - 9
Find us on any of these social media
websites. Add us to your contacts list so
that you can stay updated daily on the
goings-on within the Dickens LMC!
YouTube: Dickens LMC
Delicious: Dickens LMC
Facebook: Dickens Elementary School Library