Monthly Archives: November 2015

Welcome to My Wild World

Welcome to My World of Books, Library, Technology and the comings and goings of my elementary kiddos as they adventure into the world of reading and creating.  For the last couple of years, I have been blogging in general about books, my adventures as a library para, and the general musings of a book buff. I have decided to narrow my focus to my new job as the head Librarian at Thomas Jefferson Elementary, in Bettendorf Iowa.

For the last couple of years I have been working as an assistant at a library in the Bettendorf School District. This past fall I made a big jump to a new school and a new position. I am now the head librarian at Thomas Jefferson Elementary. So far it has been an awesome ride. I am getting to know my new kids,starting to making friends with my new staff, and getting to know all the books in the library.

There are several new adventures on the horizon but the one I am most excited about it is our upcoming Skype Session


Matthew Cody!

He is the author of 



He is also the author of the compelling and brand new book


He will be talking with our 4th and 5th graders about The Peddler’s Road, on Dec 18th!

I have been pre-reading it, so I can read it aloud to the kiddos. It is an amazing! I can’t bring myself to put it it down! If you a have the chance go to the library and check it out right away.

Look here for updates on The Peddler’s Road!

Your Lucky Librarian,

Mrs. W.S.


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Welcome to Google

Dear Parents,

By now, I am sure your child has come home and told you about some of the exciting things we are doing during their technology time. I know that your child using Google may be a unfamiliar and maybe a little scary.

Here are some of the things that your student will experience and benefit from when using Google Applications.

  • quicker feed back from your child’s teachers
  • a safe place for homework and projects to be stored in the cloud. No more worrying losing work or the computer not saving incomplete work.

How will this improve student learning…..

Google Applications will lead to a more personalized learning for your student. Your child will be able to receive assignments at their level from the teacher. It will help them hone and build collaboration skills, as they can share and work on mutual projects with other students.

Students will be given access to a whole world of resources to enhance and extend their learning.

They can use Google Earth to explore different parts of the world and go on virtual field trips

They can use Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets to work on assignments, publish projects that they have created, and share them with fellow students/teachers.

Students can use YouTube to look up videos in a safe and structured environment to further knowledge, help create projects for makerspaces.

Access to Google Applications

Students will have access to Google Applications during

  • Technology Time
  • Classroom instruction
  • MTSS Groups

*Please note that your child will be supervised and receiving instruction when on Google Applications at school. They will be able to access it at home. Please set safe guidelines for using technology in your home.


Further Information on using Google Applications and the evolving classroom

Ted Talks: Building a School in the Cloud











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