Tag Archives: friendship

Nov. 19 – 23, 2012 Read-a-Louds

This week, the Kindergarteners will be reading the companion book to Jeremy Draws A Monster, by Peter McCarty. In The Monster Returns, the monster that Jeremy drew returns to annoy Jeremy with his many demands and rude disposition. But, Jeremy has a surprise for the Monster! How does Jeremy outwit the Monster? Stay tuned to find out!

Nov. 12 – 16, 2012 Read-a-Louds

Bullying…everyone is talking about it. The recent tragic suicide of a Lower Mainland high school student has put the issue back in the news. This week, grades 1 and up will be reading Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship by Edward Hemingway. Mac, an apple, wakes up after a rain shower to find that he has a new friend, Will. Will is a worm. The two friends are inseparable (literally and figuratively!), until Mac is bullied by his apple friends at the orchard, and is called a “rotten” and “bad” apple because of his worm friend. How does Mac deal with the bullying? Find out this week. This story is an accessible but powerful narrative dealing with friendship and the repercussions of bullying.

Oct. 22 – 26, 2012 Read-a-Louds

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October is International School Library Month, and Monday, October 22nd is International School Library Day. The theme this year is: School Libraries: A Key to the Past, Present & Future

To celebrate, this week, Ms. Lehnert will be showing students in grades 2 – 7 the Academy Award winning animated short film The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. Ms. Lehnert will show the story through the interactive iPad app. There will be 2 lunchtime screenings; grades 4-5 students on Tuesday, and grades 6-7 students on Thursday. Grades 2-3 students will be viewing the story during their regular library visit this week. “Inspired in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, “Morris Lessmore” is a story of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favor.” This is a rich and heart-warming story that will delight all students. Please note: this story is suitable for grades 2 and up.

The Kindergarteners and grade 1’s this week will be reading the new Bear story from author Karma Wilson, Bear Says Thanks. Bear’s friends come over with tasty treats to eat, but Bear’s cupboard is bare. What can Bear offer to his friends?

Oct. 1 – 5, 2012 Read-a-Louds

This week we have 2 brand new books to read.

      Olivia and the Fairy Princesses

The Kindergarteners and Grade 1’s will be reading the new Llama Llama book, Llama Llama Time To Share, by Anna Dewdney. The beginning of the school year, when new friends are made, is a good time to review sharing. Llama Llama meets his new neighbour, Nelly Gnu, and she comes over for a visit. At first Llama Llama doesn’t want to share, but both characters learn a valuable lesson. Visit Llama Llama’s website for fun educational games and activities.

Grade 2’s and grade 3’s will be reading the latest installment of Olivia the Pig, in Olivia and the Fairy Princesses, by Ian Falconer. Olivia is a different pig, and she likes to stand out amongst the crowd. All the other girls want to be fairy princesses when they grow up, but not Olivia. This is a story about individuality. Visit Olivia’s website for more fun.

Apr. 16 – 20, 2012 Read-a-Louds

This week we will be continuing with the story from last week: Escaping Titanic: A Young Girl’s True Story of Survival, by Marybeth Lorbiecki. We will learn about how and why the Titanic sank, and learn how the survivors were rescued by another ship, the Carpathia.

The Kindergarteners and the Grade 1’s will enjoy another new “Elephant & Piggie” book by Mo Willems: Elephants Cannot Dance! This story has a great message about being yourself.

Feb. 27 – Mar. 2, 2012 Read-a-Louds

This week is all about friendship and preventing bullying. Wednesday, Feb. 29th is Pink Shirt Day, when people will be wearing pink to support the message of “Bullying Stops Here!” To go along with anti-bullying week, all classes will be reading a story about friendship. The Kindergarteners will be reading The Crayon Box That Talked by Shane DeRolf, a story about working together and accepting differences.

The primary classes will be reading One of Us by Peggy Moss. Roberta goes to her first day at a new school and tries to fit in with many different groups of children. 



Finally, the intermediate classes will be reading Bird Child by Nan Forler. This is a story about being a bystander and watching someone get bullied.

Read-a-Louds Jan 9 – 13

In anticipation of Lunar New Year (Monday, January 23rd), this week we will be reading a legend from Japan: I Am Tama, Lucky Cat by Wendy Henrichs. The story tells about the origins of the beckoning cat and how it came to be a symbol of good luck.


Grades K to 1 will be reading an Elephant & Piggie Book, I Broke My Trunk! This hilarious book by Mo Willems is the latest in the series. 



Apr 25 – Apr 29 Read-a-Louds

The Kindergarteners this week will be reading the humorous story Llama Llama Mad At Mama by Anna Dewdney. This rhyming story is one of several stories about the young llama, a character that the K’s find fascinating.

Division 2 will be reading two companion books: The Quiet Book, and The Loud Book! both by Deborah Underwood. Each book describes either a quiet or loud kind of noise or activity. For example, “Making a wish quiet” or “Crackling campfire loud.” Students will then come up with 5 of their own kinds of quiet and 5 kinds of loud. Lot’s of fun!

All other classes will be reading the english translation of Dominique Demers’ new story Today, Maybe, originally published in French. It is a whimsical story about a young girl who knows that she is waiting for a friend, but doesn’t know who this may be or when he/she might come. The illustrations, by Gabrielle Grimard, are stunning and beautiful. The young girl learns that “true friendship is worth waiting for.”