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Learning Commons

What is a Learning Commons?

learning commons, formerly known as the school library, is a shared learning space that is both physical and virtual. Like libraries, the learning commons supports 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, whatever name it goes by, are more likely to exhibit advanced student achievement and literacy development. Immanuel Christian Elementary School is committed to providing this for our students.



Learning Commons / Library Notes

“Kid, you’ll move mountains! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So get on your way!”            -Dr. Suess

Welcome to another exciting year in the learning commons!   We are looking forward to a great year together!

This year, we will be doing the Accelerated Reader Program again for students in grades 2 – 5.    Accelerated Reader is a program that encourages students to read any book of their choice, at their reading level and then do a short comprehension test.  This program has proven to be a successful tool in encouraging students to read more and improve their reading skills.  They also have the opportunity to win prizes for the number of books read on an individual basis and books read by the entire class! 

The following is the ICES learning commons schedule:

Tuesday:                   Gr.  2B, 2C, 5A & 5B

Wednesday:            Gr.  KA, 4A, 4B & 1B

Thursday:                 Gr.  KB, 1A, 2A, 3A & 3B

Friday:                       Gr. 4C

Kindergarten students are allowed to take out 1 book, they must bring it back in 1 week to be able to take out a new book. 

Grades 1 & 2 may take out 2 books for 1 week and they must be returned to be able take out new books.

Grade 3 – may take out 3 books and they may now keep their books for 2 weeks.

Grades 4 & 5 – may take out 4 books for 2 weeks.

Once again a book bag is provided to each student.  The book bags are orange this year and have the student’s name on it.  These bags are used to transport the books to and from school.  They help to protect the books from damage, backpack spills etc. Please encourage your children to use their bags.  If students lose their bag, they can get a new one for 50 cents.  If bags are damaged or worn out, it will be replaced for free.  If they do not have their bag at the library, they cannot sign out books.  Thank you for your support in this matter.

NOTE:  Please keep library books in a safe place in their bag at home away from pets and small children. We ask that if a book is damaged due to normal wear and tear that you not repair it at home, but simply return it to the library with a note and we will take care of the repairs.  If books are lost, we ask that parents pay the replacement cost.   

Looking forward to another great year in the learning commons/library!  Please do not hesitate to call or email me if you have any questions or concerns. 

Nellie Konynenbelt/Learning Commons Facilitator