Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Frisco, Texas – Smith Elementary students have joined over 12 million
children and adults around the globe in 175 countries to celebrate International Dot Day
a grass roots “creativity and courage” movement, started in 2009 by a teacher in Iowa.
Inspired by New York Times best-selling author/illustrator Peter H. Reynolds’ classic
storybook for all ages The Dot, International Dot Day inspires young and old to
embrace the power of personal creativity to help make their mark on the world, and
move it to a better place.
Collaboration and working together for the students!  The reason why
Smith Elementary is participating is because “Smith teachers believe their
students can accomplish great things! Just like Vashti’s teacher believes she
can in the book The Dot!”, said Jan Pelias, “Smith Reads” Librarian.   
International Dot Day began ten years ago when Iowa teacher Terry Shay introduced
his classroom to Reynolds’ book, and his student’s noticed the original publishing
date of The Dot was Sept. 15, 2003. The students decided to celebrate the
book’s birthday – and, little did they know, launched what would become a
worldwide celebration of creativity and courage to “make your mark.” dot_book_cover_dropshadow.jpg
Smith Elementary is planning to celebrate/celebrated Dot Day by:
singing The Dot song with music teacher, Laura Alleman, jumping through hoops
and making news friends in PE with Denise Brewer and Jane McAllister,
designing and painting all different kinds of dots from Matisse style to Mandela style
in the art room with the talented art teacher, Jenny Pitts, and making augmented reality dots
and animated dots with Jan Pelias in the SMITH READS Library!  
We will be bonding as a family when we culminate the week with a giant human dot photo!

Friday, August 17, 2018

It's that time again!  Back to school've seen all the school supplies lining the aisles at Walmart and Target!  We loved seeing all of the  "first day of school" outfits!  Teachers at Smith are getting ready for back to school.  With the renovations being done over the summer, the teachers were excited to get back into their rooms to prepare them for their new students.

The whole building will have a new feel to it.  The library is freshly paints and has new carpet installed too!  Be sure to stop in to see how different it looks on your next visit to Smith!

Meet the Teacher and Smith's first two days have gone smoothly!  The new kindergarten students are learning procedures and getting the routines down!  Everyone is excited to be a part of the Smith family...  Remember to use our hashtag: #smithismyjam when sharing awesome things happening this year at Smith!

Teachers are looking forward to getting to know their new students and were inspired by George Couros, author of the Innovator's Mindset at the annual FISD Convocation this August.  Look for positivity everywhere you go at Smith this year!  Welcome back!!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Readers at Smith participated in the 20 book reading challenge again this year.  Students read way OVER the suggested 20 books also!  Smith readers are AMAZING readers and love to read anything they can get their hands on!  This year students enjoyed a lunch party in the library with a little limbo and dancing!  Each reader took home a brand new paperback book and a surprise thanks to the SMITH PTA and the SMITH Scholastic Book Fair!  Mrs. Pelias is able to purchase paperbacks as giveaways with the money earned at the books fairs.  Thank you to all the parents, grandparents and students who went shopping this year!

Students and staff at Smith enjoy this day each year at Smith.  It's amazing how many
creative readers Smith has!  Mrs. Pelias had so much fun seeing the books come to life as
students entered the building on Book Character Day.  Checkout the slideshow to see who some of the visitors who made it to Smith for the reading celebrations!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Happy SMITH READS Week!  This week is a fun week designed to celebrate reading in all kinds of ways!  On Monday students will tip  their hats off to reading by wearing a fun hat to school.  You can
see photos of all kinds of hat-wearing readers below!  Hats can also be tiaras, you know!

Tuesday is Reading with a Buddy Day!  Students will have fun reading with a friend during the day at Smith.  Wednesday is the big day for students to dress up like their favorite book character!  Parents, let the readers use their imagination or Pinterest for inspiration!  The much acclaimed SMITH BOOK IDOL will be on Thursday which is the day to show your reading spirit with a Smith shirt or even your SMITH WONDER shirt!  This year's SMITH BOOK IDOL promised to stand up to the hype!

Friday, April 13, 2018

April 2 was spent with the fabulous Olivia Van Ledtje from The Liv Bits!  Liv came to visit Smith after Mrs. Pelias saw her on Twitter and knew that the Smith readers needed to meet her to see what fabulous things Liv was doing with global learning.  Parents should be involved in their students' digital world and not be afraid to let them learn and grow like Liv has done!  She uses her online presence for good, for book talks and sharing, and for digital learning opportunities!

Liv started her day with a keynote speech to the whole school, including Dr. Waldrip, FISD superintendent.  She began talking about being responsible digital citizens and stretching students learning to global thinking.  Liv shared a fabulous slide show and included a dance party break in the middle of the presentation because she is a fun, loving kid...just like the students at SMITH are!

After the keynote, Liv and her entourage continued the day in the library with an interview with Dr. Waldrip about being a future ready learning.  Dr. Waldrip signed the Future Ready Pledge for FriscoISD just days before the learning day with Liv.  He was thrilled to meet her and see what being future ready looks like in a ten year old student!

The rest of the day was spent with breakout sessions in the library for all the students.  At these breakout sessions, Liv talked about her Liv Bits and showed the students how to create their own SMITH BITS!  With 1:1 ipads for everyone to use. students learned a little bit about flexibility with technology, as they were responding to Liv's talk.  Kindergarten and first graders practiced creating their own selfie videos talking about their favorite books in the library.  Students in older graders used Padlet and wrote comments to Liv and developed their own catch phrase similar to Liv's, "Keep reading, Keep thinking, and Keep watching Liv Bits"

A special thanks to Donita O'Hair, Smith Digital Learning Coach for hanging out with us for all the Liv Bit fun!  Liv has a friend for life in Ms. O'Hair!!!

This event could not have been made possible without the generosity of the SMITH PTA!!!

Thank you to Cynthia Merrill for taking such awesome photos for us to remember our time with Liv!!!  Liv is forever an honorary Smith student and is invited back ANY TIME!!!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

FLIPGRID in the Library

Students at Smith are becoming great digital citizens in the library while sharing their
responses to literature.  Flipgrid is an app that helps students create short clips responding
to the books we read in the library. In this app, students respond to questions or prompts
and create a selfie video to share with teachers, students and parents.  Readers at Smith
have shared some of their favorite books on this Flipgrid:

Smith students have been using Flipgrid to tell what kind of pet they would get after reading
Dr. Seuss’ book, What Pet Should I Get?  Students had fun sharing their views while
responsibly using ipads to make their selfie video.

Staycations have become popular with families.  Check out this Flipgrid where students
plan a staycation in Frisco!  We did these in the library the week before spring break.