Spring Is Here!

Spring Break Flowers

Spring is here! Hopefully this snowy and rainy weather stops soon so we can enjoy the Spring weather! There are a few events coming up that everyone at P255 is getting ready for:

First, we have Gym Night at P7 (80-55 Cornish Avenue Elmhurst) on Friday March 22nd from 6PM to 8PM. Come by for some free play and organized activities! Don’t forget your sneakers!

Next, SPRING BREAK! Schools will be closed from March 25 to April 2nd. Students return to school on April 3rd. Have a wonderful vacation!

Online Resources

Brainpop’s Online March Resources

BrainpopDid you know that the educational website Brainpop has a free app version? Brainpop periodically offers free webinars. Here is a list of March webinars.  Click here for details and to RSVP. Forgot how to login to Brainpop or BrainpopJr? Email us at PS255Q@gmail.com

Wednesday, March 6
3:30 pm ET
BrainPOP’s Resources: An Overview

Explore the ins and outs of our resources with this hour-long overview. We’ll cover best practices for using BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr. (K-3), and highlight the newest features on BrainPOP Educators and GameUp. You’ll leave with an arsenal of tips for getting the most out of your subscription. It’s perfect for newbies and veterans alike!

Wednesday, March 13
3:30 pm ET
Get Your Game On: BrainPOP and the National STEM Video Game Challenge 

You’ve heard about the tremendous potential games have for learning and engagement, but how do you bring them into your own classroom? This webinar, featuring our friends at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, highlights different ways to implement game-based learning. You’ll also get the details on the National STEM Video Game Challenge: work with your students as they design their own games and strengthen their STEM skills.

Wednesday, March 20
3:30 pm ET
BrainPOP and the Flipped Classroom

Make homework fun and involve parents: try a “flipped” lesson! We welcome Katie Neville, master educator with more than 40 years of classroom experience and a current Technology Resource Teacher for Loudoun County (VA) Public Schools. She’ll show you how to build a flipped lesson using BrainPOP resources and our integration with Google. Explore different ways to engage parents and students in the process and hear some alternatives for those who don’t have internet access at home.

Wednesday, March 27
6 pm ET
Exploring Possibilities With “POPstar” Lisa Parisi

Join “POPstar” Lisa Parisi (New Hyde Park, NY) for the first installment of a three-part webinar series entitled “Exploring Possibilities.” A long-time game- and project-based learning champion, Lisa will describe some of her innovative approaches to curriculum, pedagogy and 5th-graders in general. We’re so excited to have Lisa with us, and look forward to hearing her perspectives on effective and appropriate use of technology in the classroom.