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Check It Out: August 16, 2107

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff


The elementary cycle day calendar for next year is attached above.

Author funds for this years will be $1800 per school per year.

Online subscriptions form due  August 30. If your principal wants to spend funds for BrainPop or one of the Flix products, they can be included in this group purchase, so be sure to share this information.

Golden Sower supplies order form due September 9

September Curriculum Day Friday September 15th @ Henry Doorly Zoo Aquarium 8:00-11:00 or 12:30-3:30

New Teacher Meeting Wednesday October 18th 4:45 in Library Services @ TAC

Common Sense Media

Reminder:  ALL students in grades 3-5 in OPS must have the 2 lessons identified at


My apologies for not giving a HUGE shout out to our summer curriculum writers at our Elementary Curriculum Day.  The work they did with their grade level classroom teacher partners was amazing.  

Cindy Jackson (Druid Hill)

Annette Luedtke (Belle Ryan)

Emily Beasley (Franklin)

Kari Blazek (Oak Valley)

Erin Solheim (Walnut Hill)

Who You Gonna Call...or Email?

The fastest way to get your questions answered is to contact the right person!

  • Stacy Lickteig (531) 299-9614: Technology, cataloging, copyright, budget and ordering
  • Courtney Pentland (531) 299-9609: Library curriculum, Super 3+/Big 6+ Inquiry, Professional library, Newsletter Items, Secondary Review Committee, Secondary Author Visits, Skype Author Visits
  • Laura Pietsch (531) 299-9615: Policy, personnel and evaluation, Sherwood grants

Technology Training/Support

  • Debra Bordenkecher  531-299-9841: Handles training needs of classified staff (including paraprofessionals)
  • Hardware issues should be handled by your building assigned technologist. If this person is not in the building, call or email the Help Desk 531-299-0300

Fun Idea for Book Care Lesson

P.S. They have Mo Willems stuffies at Kohl's for $5 right now, including Pigeon.

Please note that this is an original work, inspired by Mo Willems' Pigeon books. We wrote the dialog, took the videos and pictures and created this video. We'd love it if you are inspired to create your own work of art, but please do not steal ours and pass it off as your own.

New ISTE Standards Highlight Librarians' Role

ISTE CEO Richard Culatta introduced the standards during the opening keynote session at the ISTE 2017 conference in San Antonio in June. Organized into the two categories—Empowered Professional and Learning Catalyst—the newly updated standards shift from the previous Standards for Teachers, which emphasized supporting student learning with technology, to focusing on the roles of educators in “using technology to empower learners.”

As Learning Catalysts, educators should be collaborators, designers, facilitators, and analysts, according to the standards. In these roles, they are expected to collaborate with other educators as well as students. They design and facilitate student-centered learning opportunities, and as analysts, collect and use data to inform instruction and assessment.

While the standards are not specifically written for librarians, we librarians and media specialists have long embraced these roles in our schools and communities. As learners, we have have created many networks to connect with other library professionals. From state library associations to the American Library Association, ISTE, Twitter, and Facebook, opportunities for connecting are endless.

Booklist Webinar--Good Reads for Reluctant Readers

Join us for this upcoming Booklistwebinar, 
"Good Reads for Reluctant Readers"

Finding the right book for a daunted or disinterested reader can be tough. These books will open the door for even the most reluctant. This webinar features representatives from Black Rabbit Books, Lorimer, Chooseco (Choose Your Own Adventure) and Running Press Kids, who will discuss their upcoming titles, perfect for your reluctant readers in grades 3 - 12. This is a free, one-hour webinar moderated by Books for Youth Associate Editor, Julia Smith. 

Can't make the date? Register for Booklist's upcoming webinars and we'll send you the archive after the event!

Webinar--Challenge Based Makerspaces Wed August 23

Challenge-Based Learning

A successful school makerspace needs an enthusiastic maker community, school-wide participation, and staff support. How do you build this type of learning at your school?

In this edWebinar, Diana Rendina, Media Specialist and Writer, Tampa Preparatory School in Tampa, FL, will describe step-by-step how to introduce challenge-based learning into your school library makerspace. Her presentation will:

  • Walk through various real-world design challenges
  • Address common questions and concerns
  • Offer practical advice for implementing challenge-based learning in the makerspace

There will be time to ask Diana your questions after her presentation.

Not able to attend live? No problem, register to receive a link to an archived copy of the webinar.

Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, citizenship status, or economic status in its programs, activities and employment and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual has been designated to address inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Superintendent of Schools, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (402-557-2001).

Las Escuelas Públicas de Omaha no discriminan basados en la raza, color, origen nacional, religión, sexo, estado civil, orientación sexual, discapacidad , edad, información genética, estado de ciudadanía, o estado económico, en sus programas, actividades y empleo, y provee acceso equitativo a los “Boy Scouts” y a otros grupos juveniles designados. La siguiente persona ha sido designada para atender estas inquietudes referentes a las pólizas de no discriminación: El Superintendente de las Escuelas, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (402-557-2001).