In September the students participated in a book tasting in the Learning Commons. They were able to choose a total of 3 tables to sit at, each with different categories of books. Their first choice was called an appetizer book, then a main course book, and finally a dessert book where they also partook in some treats. The goal of this was to get them excited to take out books again this year and hopefully sample a few different genres of literature.
A Tour of the Book Tasting
What is a Learning Commons?
A learning commons, formerly known as the school library, is a shared learning space that is both physical and virtual. Like libraries, learning commons support a student-centered approach by providing quality resources and flexible space for instruction, social and collaborative learning, production and presentation.
Research shows that students who have access to quality school library services, which a learning commons perspective enables, are more likely to exhibit advanced student achievement and literacy development.
Nicholas Sheran is committed to providing this for our students.
Please browse through the website and watch the informational videos about what a learning commons offers students through the use of Makerspaces and STEAM activities.
What is a MakerSpace?
Makerspace is "a collaborative learning environment where students can come together to share materials and learn new skills...Makerspaces are not necessarily born out of a specific set of materials or spaces, but rather a mindset of community partnership, collaboration, and creation."
In our Makerspace we focus on using the principles of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) to meet curricular goals and student outcomes.
What is STEAM?
Kindergarten and Grade 1 students may borrow one book at a time. Grade 2/3 and Grade 4/5 students may borrow two books at a time. Books may be borrowed for one week, with one renewal, if necessary. Whether books go home or stay at school will be at the discretion of the homeroom teacher.
Replacement fees are collected for lost and damaged books via SchoolCash Online. Should you be charged for a lost or damaged book, you will receive an email notice describing the reason for the fee and can pay for this online.
Reminder notices are sent home with children before a book is deemed lost. If lost books are found in the same school year after payment has been made, a refund will be issued.
Normal wear and tear of library books is to be expected. However, books damaged beyond reasonable use (for example, books with ripped or missing pages, water damage, torn covers, and excessive marking or staining) will be removed from circulation and a replacement fee will be assessed.