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ACCELERATE ACCELERATE, WITH A BOOK I HAVE A DATE!
READING IS MY OPTIMUM FATE.
KNOWLEDGE IS THE OPENED GATE.
WITH LEARNING THERE IS NO NEED TO WAIT.
BELIEVE ME, TO GET SMARTER IT IS NEVER TOO LATE.
by Ms. McClellan, media coordinator
 
 
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Published by Beverly McClellan on June 1, 2020

        


JUNE 2020
Volume 12, Issue 10

The Constellation:

An Assemblage, Collection or Gathering of a Splendid, Radiant or Excellent Sort


Beverly McClellan, Media Coordinator at Ferguson-Easley Elementary wearing a hat like the Cat In The Hat and standing next to a picture of the Cat  In The Hat.Ferguson-Easley Elementary School Media Center Information
Beverly McClellan, Media Coordinator

Graphic of NCWiseOwl

NCWiseOwl.org is one of North Carolina’s public schools favorite online resources.  One of the places students explore at this site is “EXPLORA”.  Using NCWiseOwl for research places students in a more reliable, safer, environment while online.

NCWiseOwl has age-appropriate information and tools that assist students with the research process. If a password is requested for access use WISEOWL19 or WISEOWL20.

Be sure to use NCWiseOwl all summer long.



RECOMMENDED READING:

Electronic Books (EBooks) continue to be recommended reading.  Go to the FEES Destiny Catalog ( Destiny ) and narrow your search to the material type designated for  Ebooks.

If your  Ebook requires a  username and password, use one of the following to gain access: 
fees  (username)  123  (password); ees  (username)   fees (password).  

For the Captstone collection, first click on the title, then click on the “Read the Captstone Interactive eBook Now!”

 

ALL-STAR  Collaborations:

   *With the Media Advisory Committee.  
   *With NC Association of Educators and Cumberland County Association of  Educators,     and Dr. Connelly.
   *With CCS resource personnel/educators.
   

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Published by Beverly McClellan on June 1, 2020

        


Some may remember Hurricane Florence, the disaster that hit North Carolina during 2018.  You may also remember Hurricane Dorian and other 2019 storms. One thing for sure, it is always good to be prepared for any upcoming disaster. 

Cumberland County is a military community and here are some of the quick reminders from the Military Times ( www.militaryonesource.mil/emergency-contacts-for-disasters-evacuations) to prepare all citizens from the wrath of disasters. 

GET READY NOW


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Published by Beverly McClellan on June 1, 2020

        


Let’s Keep Reading!!!

We can protect our time away from school by reading, learning and enjoying what we have read and learned. Use the  resources below for your reading and learning pleasure.

Image of Tumble Book Library logo with multiple colors and a blue book character on the sidewww.TumbleBookLibrary.com  

K-6 children’s ebook database

Direct Link:

 

https://www.tumblebooklibrary.com/auto_login.aspx?U=tumble735&P=books
Username: tumble735
Password: books


TumbleMath logo in multiple colors with a blue book character next to itwww.TumbleMath.com

K-6 math ebook database

Direct Link:

 

 https://www.tumblemath.com/autologin.aspx?U=tumble2020&P=A3b5c6
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6


AudioBookCloud  with an open book sitting on a cloud and an internet signal sign above itwww.AudioBookCloud.com

This site is an ALL ages audiobook database, however, the direct link below provides direct access to the children’s section. 

Direct Link:

http://www.audiobookcloud.com/autologin.aspx?U=tumble2020&P=A3b5c6&categoryID=33
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6

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Published by Angel Hoggard on June 1, 2020

        


 

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By executive order of our governor, public schools across North Carolina are closed due to COVID-19 through the end of this school year. To address these closings, UNC-TV and the NC Department of Public Instruction are partnering to support school-age children learning at home by providing free, curriculum-informed, over-the-air content that is widely accessible to students—especially those with limited or no internet access (for more information phone: 919-549-7000).

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Watch Rootle, your 24/7 PBS KIDS destination for wholesome, educational and entertaining content for children ages two to eight.  Additionally, each weekday, two blocks of programs on UNC-TV’s North Carolina Channel will serve students: fourth through eighth grade, from 8 AM-1 PM, and ninth through twelfth grade, from 1-6 PM.  These educational program blocks are available on the North Carolina Channel, available statewide for free over-the-air, through cable providers and streamed online here. Specific details can be found at:  https://www.unctv.org/unctv-at-home-learning/ At-Home Learning graphic


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Published by Beverly McClellan on June 1, 2020

        


National PTO logoThe Ferguson-Easley Elementary School (FEES) Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is a group of parents, citizens, and organizations. The FEES PTO believes it is their duty to help students to learn and to encourage them to grow and to become responsible  citizens.

The FEES PTO mission is to help keep the school great in any capacity that they can.  They want to help any member of the staff on any level to continue the success and academic achievement of FEES students. The FEES PTO meets the third Thursday of each month from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the school’s cafetorium. (Contact president for meeting schedule for April – June 2020.)

Officers for 2019-2020

Michelle Snells, president–E-mail: luv2work24@gmail.com

Mr. Wallace, vice president

Mrs. Bobo-Barber, treasurer

Mrs. Oliver, co-treasurer

Mrs. Williams, parliamentarian

Mr. McGuire, Sargent at Arms

 

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Published by Beverly McClellan on April 1, 2020

        


Cumberland County Schools Child Nutrition Services is pleased to announce the Community Eligibility Provision is being offered to Ferguson-Easley Elementary School (FEES) for this school year.   This provision enables each FEES All-Star student a free breakfast and a free lunch during days that school is in service and the student is in attendance.

 

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Published by Beverly McClellan on January 1, 2020

        


January 2020

 

The Constellation Newsletter

Volume 12, Issue 5                            

The Constellation:

An Assemblage, Collection or Gathering of a Splendid, Radiant or Excellent Sort

 

HAPPY NEW “READING” YEAR!!!

The word resolution can be defined as an attempt to not waste any time doing something that will not positively affect your life or the lives of others.  It is to analyze, more than that it is to be determined to solve.  It is to come up with a solution.  Often people will even take the time to write a formal statement expressing that solution.

Edmentum cartoon image of open book with various reading genresLet each one of us resolve to have a HAPPY NEW READING YEAR.  Let us read as much as we can on purpose.  It is Twenty-Twenty and in the FEES Media Center brand new books we have plenty.

 

 

 

 

THANK YOU

Having a diverse collection of resources in the media center is a more effective way of getting students to learn. Having adequate resources, fiction and nonfiction books on a wide range of reading levels, and books on a variety of subjects are strategies to encourage students to build long-term knowledge. Pages of a book

Please support the unending campaign to raise funds to purchase books.  Make your donations to FEES Media Center and we thank you for your donations.

 

ALL-STAR COLLABORATIONS

The media coordinator, Ms. McClellan, collaborated with each faculty member on plans for incorporating media resources in lessons.

All students were able to select resources to use on the subjects of Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah/Chanukah.  Displays promoted the various books that we have on these subjects.  Students read about the traditions, cultures, and diversity of the celebration around the world for  Christmas during media classes. They continued learning about the Winter season too.  There were opportunities for students to read both fiction and nonfiction books about these subjects. When a class read a title together they could help each other out with comprehension.  They could also compare books in a series that were written by the same author.  This made reading more vibrant.

The Donors Choose grant for Kindergarten through Second graders for media made it possible for us to get the opportunity to read the periodical, Times for Kids.  

 The gardening project is still alive and well and in December we added a few holiday ornaments to the plants. Some students opted to take their plants home to use as gifts.

In addition, students continued reading The Fayetteville Observer newspaper and getting their own copy from time to time as a result of a grant from The Fayetteville Observer to our media center.

 The media coordinator collaborated with people from the: Cumberland County Association of Educators; North Carolina Association of Educators; and the National Education Association.  Resources from these advocates were shared with the FEES faculty and staff with displays of information in the Professional Room in the media center.  The vendor called Teacher Created Materials donated three ebooks to the FEES Media Center.  The titles for these ebooks are: Quick Science Lab: Is It Magnetic? – K-2; Writing Expository Texts: Academic Vocabulary Level 1; and Great Seal of the United States: Academic Vocabulary Level 5.

The media coordinator collaborated with the Media Advisory Committee (MAC), Mr. Agor, Ms. Gibbs, Mrs. Huggins, Ms. Jones, Mr. Chapman along with Ms. Snells (from PTO) to continue building and coordinating a strong media program.  The MAC also continued to discuss efforts to inspire and advise the FEES Family by using The Constellation, a newsletter, and the FEES website (fees.ccs.k12.nc.us).  In fact, the FEES website was once again declared Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant.

Members also worked with the FEES Committed Community Correlate to organize the Winter Festival programs which were scheduled for December 17th one for students during the school day and the other program in the evening.

Work was completed with Scholastic Book Fairs to schedule the event for March.

 

ARTS IN EDUCATION

Girl playing violin

What kind of music did you hear if you visited the media center in December?  You heard jazz instrumental music. One of the strategies that the media coordinator uses to make students feel good about coming to the media center is to incorporate the arts into education.  We play music.  In November we focused on classical music.

In December we focused our attention on listening to saxophones, trumpets, pianos, organs, and guitars.  Instrumental music is music without vocals.  The smooth jazz instrumentals that we played during December were conducive to learning. We even played Christmas jazz music during the week just before our Winter break.  Since we used the Spanish-English dictionary to look up the phrase “Feliz Navidad” (Merry Christmas) we also played  Spanish Christmas music too. Guess what kind of music we will play to open up 2020.

 

 

SPELLING BEE

Graphic of spelling beeEach year Cumberland County Schools hosts a spelling bee.  To participate a school has to decide on who will represent the school in the competition.  Mrs. Cauthen, chairman of the FEES Spelling Bee, held a competition in the media center on December 5th with fourth and fifth graders.  Two community members served as judges (Mrs. Margaret Covington & Ms. Snells, PTO president) along with CCS AIG teacher, Mrs. K. Henry.  Mr. Agor served as dictionary agent and Mrs. Cauthen called out the words to the students competing.  During the time of the Spelling Bee Ms. Jones assisted with students not participating.  Ms. McClellan set the media center up to look similar to what the setting will be like later during the final county competition.  Congratulations to: Nataya  Brown, first place;  Tafaro Pryce, second place; and Jeffery Yarboro, third place for winning our school’s Scripps National Spelling Bee.

 

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Published by Beverly McClellan on January 1, 2020

        


Logo for Every minute counts promotion“Curriculum” and “Instruction” are two big words.  Their meanings are equally as large. For Cumberland County Schools curriculum and instruction deals with automatically using the North Carolina Standard Course of Study for each grade level. All public schools in the state of North Carolina adhere to these curriculum standards which are comprised of the Common Core State Standards for mathematics and literacy and Essential Standards for all other curriculum areas. 

To promote our school’s adherence to curriculum and instruction standards, we scheduled a FEES Parent Teacher Organization meeting called the “INCREDIBLE TITLE 1/ CURRICULUM NIGHT” for Tuesday, September 24th, starting at 4 pm and ending at 5:30 pm.  Important information was  shared during the event and there were prizes and incredible edibles too, even homework passes were available for FEES students in attendance. Over one hundred people participated in this event.

In preparation for the event several members of the FEES Family worked on Saturday, the 21st, to get the school ready.  The work effort was organized by Mr. Chapman, head custodian.  Mrs. McDowell, Mrs. McRae, Ms. Melvin, Ms. Cauthen, and Ms. McClellan from the staff along with Ms. Snells, president of the FEES Parent Teacher Organization, joined him. (Ms. Alfreda Williams, another parent volunteer, donated decorations for the media center.)

With curriculum and instruction each minute counts.

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Published by Beverly McClellan on November 1, 2019

        


On Friday, October 25th, students had the opportunity to have fun at the Fall Festival. Five dollar arm bands included: 1 hot dog, popcorn & a drink. It also included unlimited tickets to games.  If you chose to not purchase an arm band then you had the chance to purchase tickets for twenty-five cents each for the games and activities that required a ticket/multiple tickets.  The Fall Festival took place in the FEES Pod from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM. It was followed by the “Trunk or Treat” event hosted by Kindah Temple, an organization committed to our school’s success.

Image of pumpkin and fall colorful leaves

 

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Published by Beverly McClellan on October 16, 2019