Are you ready for Family Literacy Day? We are getting ready at Confed. The theme is “15 Minutes of Fun” and we are planning a school-wide board game playing event for Tuesday, January 27 in the morning. You can read more about how board games and play support literacy in this article from 2011. There are also lots of ideas for how you can celebrate at home on Life Literacy Canada‘s website.
On Friday Division 1 found out about an exciting event which is happening at the end of March… the author Eric Walters will be visiting Confederation Park! He is a prolific author, and we have 35 of his titles in our library. I introduced Eric Walters’ newest book, Walking Home, about thirteen year old Muchoki and his sister in Kenya who journey to find their extended family after political violence in their village. What’s neat about this book is that there is additional information online, inlcuding maps, audio clips, videos, and author’s notes.
Ms. Coutts is working out an idea for an author study, with the goal of having everyone read different books and discuss them. I am hoping we can incorporate some technology too – we are still working out the details so stay tuned Division 1 was eager to start reading Eric Walter’s books, the six I had pulled from the shelf were snapped up right away, and the students who didn’t get one chased Ms. Coutts around the library to pick one of the ones she had taken from the shelf. It was so fun to see everyone excited to read books by an author we will get to meet!
Last week eight divisions participated in the Hour of Code, an initiative to introduce students to computer science and programming. We were part of the over 75 million students who participated around the world!
Computer science and programming is a growing field. As some of you may know, my husband works in web development. He has told me many times how difficult it is to hire programmers. There are more jobs than there are skilled programmers, and the industry keeps growing in British Columbia! If students start coding now, I am sure they will be able to find jobs when they are finished school.
I’d like to say a big thank you to the parents who volunteered on Thursday and Friday. If you would like to do more coding, tutorials can be found at code.org. I completed the Frozen tutorial and earned my certificate!
I am so looking forward to the Polar Express show this week. I know that the choir, the primary classes, and especially the actors have all been working hard to prepare. The story is such a beautiful one, I read the picture book to all the intermediate classes over the past week. I have two copies of the book that we will be giving away at the evening show to two lucky primary students. Make sure that you are at the show for a chance to win!
Our book fair last week was a grand success! We sold $3332.35 worth of books and fun stuff. That translates into $250 worth of books from the fair for the library, plus almost $800 to spend on other books. I have a list of requests, so keep them coming and I will keep shopping!
I am working as fast as I can to get the stacks of books stamped, stickered, and ready to sign out. Everyone was excited to see and borrow the new books today! Some very popular ones were the latest Squish book (Number 6, Fear the Amoeba), two Lulu books by Judith Viorst, the Poison Apple series, and the latest Explorer collection (The Mystery Boxes). Check back next week for more new books hitting the shelf!
After a late start to our school year, we are ready to start our home reading program! Since we are a bit tighter on time, the goal this year is to read for 200 nights- at least 15 minutes for primary students and 20-30 minutes for intermediate students. The bright pink sheets will be coming home this week, but you can start counting November 3 as your first night!
We have just received our final copies of all of the books for the Battle. Thursday or Friday before Spring Break, Div. 1, 2 and 3 will be meeting to get organized into teams, elect captains and co-captains and hand out the books. You should try and finish at least one book over the 2 week Spring Break period. Students will also be asked to make up a few questions for each of the books that they have read. You might also want to fill in the survey that I am creating for each of the books.
In keeping with our Pink Day theme, Confed Reads 250, sheet 150-200 is very bright pink! You definitely won’t lose it! It’s hard to believe we’re already that far along. I’ve been reading a lot lately, but the Olympics have been quite a distraction.