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Summer Reading Club with the Burnaby Public Library is back!

Children of any age, even pre-school children and babies, can be registered for the Burnaby Public Library’s Summer Reading Club for free starting Monday, June 13th. Register online or in-person at any branch of the BPL.

It’s super easy …
Set a reading goal
Read during the summer
Get a medal in September!

Read books, magazines, read online, read at the doctor’s office, read at church, temple or at your mosque, read to someone, have someone read to you, read in English, Spanish, Arabic, Japanese or any other language, read in a comfy chair, read in bed, read in the shade of a tree, read on someone’s lap or lying on your belly beside a buddy … It all counts as reading.

Reading during the summer will help to keep your brain strong and help make learning easier.

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For more information please visit the BPL’s website …

Book Fair starts Monday!

This is what it looks like in the gym …


When will the book fair will be open? (closures on short notice are possible if we have volunteers fall ill and we cannot find a replacement in time)

Please do not come to the book fair if you are unwell.

opening hours

The entrance will be the outside doors on the front side of the school and the number of people in the gym at one time will be strictly controlled to ensure physical distancing.

A virtual book fair is available June 6-10th as well this year for those that cannot make it to the physical book fair. Here you can purchase books that will be delivered to the student after the physical book fair is picked up. This link goes live for purchasing on Monday but you can explore the flyer virtually now.   Virtual Book Fair

Book Fair is back!

The success of the Book Fair will depend upon volunteers, as will what days and times during June 6-10 it will be open.

An email calling for adult volunteers was sent out to the listserve on Friday, May 13th in the late afternoon. In this email was a link to a survey where you can indicate your availability to help. Here is the link again … Book Fair Volunteer Survey Link

If you are new to Scholastic Book Fairs at Glenwood, adult volunteer tasks will include helping with traffic flow into the Book Fair to avoid crowding, helping customers with the smaller items kept behind the table, manning the sales (cash and credit/debit cards), and straightening up the displays after your shift.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at or send a message here, though sometimes that takes me a couple of days to spot sometimes.

YRCA Voting Results are finally in!

*Drum roll please*

In the Junior division the winning book is …

Second place was: A Wolf Called Wander

Third place was: Dragon Pearl


In the Intermediate division the winning book was one of the three that we had here …

Second place was: White Rose

Third place was: Spin the Dawn … neither of which we have in our library.


I hope, while it may not have won, many of you read a book from this year’s YRCA selection that was a winner for you! Stay tuned for next year’s YRCA competition.

YRCA 2022 Voting … CLOSED

Since September, students in divisions 1 and 2 have had the opportunity to read the books in this year’s Young Reader’s Choice Awards and now it is time to vote.

If you have read at least 2 of the books in a category, you can vote in that category. We had all 8 of the Junior books and 3 of the 8 Intermediate books this year. You may vote now online (link below) until Friday, April 8th at 11:59 pm.


If you wish to vote in person see Mrs. Nerpio first thing Monday morning, during your library time or when Mrs. Nerpio is alone in the library on a Tuesday or Friday.

While I have not been able to find the information on their website, I’ve heard that you may also be able to vote at a branch of the Burnaby Public Library. If that is the case, you can only vote one time at either school OR the public library, not both.

Battle of the Books 2022!

Battle of the Books (BOTB) is back for our students in Division 1 as part of their Language Arts program as well as a friendly reading competition between schools.

Students have been divided up into 3 teams and each team is responsible to read all 10 books, from a variety of genres. Some students may read 1 book and others may read all 10 books but most students should aim to read at least 2 books, though 3 or 4 books is most common. It is important that students read the book they have and submit their questions in a timely fashion so others on the team can also read the book giving the team the best chance at success.

This year each team will have it’s own channel on the class Team where they can find copies of the question sheet and Personal Reading Record if they need to print a new copy. They can also connect with their teammates about Battle of the Books outside of school hours using the Teams chat function. For example, they may wish to make arrangements to swap books during Spring Break, help each other wording questions in the specific format, quizzing each other, or discussing the books they have read. This chat area will be monitored.

Students responsibilities:

Reading as many of the 10 books as they can

Submitting questions for our practice battles (paper and/or online  Click here to submit a question online)

Participating in the practice battles

Submitting a Personal Reading Record (paper OR online through Teams)

Rating the books they have read (paper OR online through Teams)

The books:

Click the links below to see a book trailer or book review of each of the books.

11 Birthdays
Ark Angel
Barren Grounds
Belly Up
Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Embrace the Chicken
My Life as a Book

Another teacher-librarian in the district created this Padlet to promote the books that you might also like to look at … Padlet Promos

Family Literacy Week – January 24-28, 2022

Family Literacy Week is here and Glenwood is celebrating with a few different events this week like Wearable Literacy Day, Literacy Bingo, Reading Trains, and having parents as Guest Readers.

Additionally, some of the staff wanted to share where and what we are reading! Keep your eyes on this space as more photos may be added. If you would like to share what and where your family is reading, feel free to share with your child’s class on the class Team.

Mrs. Nerpio

Ms Pook

YRCA 2022 is here!

This year for the Young Readers’ Choice Awards (YRCA) we have books in 2 different categories.

In the Junior category for both Divisions 1 and 2 we have these 8 titles:
Read a minimum of 2 of these eight titles and you can vote for your favourite after Spring Break.


Additionally, in the Intermediate category for Division 1, we have these 3 books (the other five are a more mature):

The other 5 books are:

We Contain Multitudes – rated Grade 9+ (teen LGBTQ romance)
I Love You So Mochi – rated Grade 8+ (self-discovery, romance)
Spin the Dawn – rated Grade 9+ (fantasy, quest, romance)
Scorcery of Thorns – rated Grade 7+ (fantasy, adventure, romance)
White Rose – rated Grade 7+ (historical fiction, WW2 Nazi Germany resistance, based on true events, told in verse)

Read 2 of these books and you can vote for your favourite after Spring Break.


Watch the book trailers of the books we have at Glenwood below!

Junior Division Books

Also check out a longer video with the author talking about his book, New Kid, here.

Intermediate Division Books

Also check out a longer video with Rick Riordan (author of the Percy Jackson series) talking to the author, Kwame Mbalia, about Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky here.

BPL Summer Reading Program information is here!

BPL Summer Reading Club – For Grades K-6

Sign up starting Friday, June 18th at any library or online from home.

Choose a reading goal and earn a Summer Reading Club medal!

Teen Summer Adventure – For Grade 7s

Beginning on Monday, June 28, go to any BPL location to pick up your Summer Adventure guide or download it from home!

You can also enter two prize draws one in July and one in August for a chance to win a $30 gift certificate for Indigo. Fill out the prize entry in the Summer Adventure Guide and drop off at any BPL location.

Whether you sign up for a Summer Reading Program or not, make sure you exercise your brain as well as the rest of your body and keep reading over the summer!


YRCA 2021 Winner is …

The students of British Columbia, Alberta, Washington, Montana, Idaho, and Alaska together selected the winning book from this year’s YRCA competition, which was …

Wings of Fire (The Graphic Novel): the dragonet prophecy!


We did not have too many students vote here at Glenwood but the few that did vote voted for a different favourite book each. I’m glad to see our students have a wide variety of tastes and opinions on what makes a book a favourite book.

Kevin Sylvester is coming to visit … on Zoom!

Author visits are not only a wonderful and often exciting change in routine, they also help students see authors as real people. They also benefit students by inspiring creativity, and motivating students in both reading and writing.

As part of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Book week, we were lucky to be selected to have author Kevin Sylvester visit our school, via Zoom, to talk to divisions 1 and 2 about his writing and some of his stories on Friday, May 7th.

Photo from Simon and Shuster website

We are very thankful to the Canadian Children’s Book Centre for not only selecting us for this opportunity but also subsidizing this visit making it more affordable for us to bring this author visit to our students.

The visit will be first thing in the morning this Friday. Don’t be late to school divisions 1 and 2!

If you want to check out some of Kevin Sylvester’s works or social media, WITH PARENT PERMISSION, ahead of time here are some links:

 NEW – Read an excerpt HERE
Check out my new series The Hockey Super Six!
Twitter @kevinarts
Instagram @sylvesterartwork

Battle of the Books Winners!

Congratulations to the final BOTB team who faced 5 other schools in the first of the two Zoom BOTB battles and came out on top in their battle! The Taylor Park, Sperling, Westridge, Confederation Park and Buckingham teams were worthy competitors.

I, Mrs. Nerpio, had our team in the library for the battle while the rest of the class watched from the classroom with Mr. Grant. In my 6+ years of participating in Battle of the Books, it was the first time the final battles were done over Zoom, which was both a challenge but also created new and different opportunities. Normally, when all the teams are in one gym the teams work through the questions with whispers, pointing and gesturing. Because each team was at their own school and were muted on Zoom the team could actually talk and it was my absolute pleasure to watch our team talk through the questions and work together to figure out the answers. I was so busy scoring our team and enjoying watching them that I forgot to take a photo!

The second BOTB battle was held 2 days later using the exact same questions and Clinton won that battle beating our score by one point. The Clinton-Glenwood students sure did a great job preparing for the battles. The organizers are now busy tracking down the winner’s plaque so hopefully, it will arrive soon and can be sent out for engraving.

Good job everyone!

YRCA 2021 Voting open NOW!

Students in divisions 1 and 2 have been busy reading the eight books in this year’s Young Reader’s Choice Awards and now it is time to vote.

If you have read at least 2 of the eight books nominated in this year’s YRCA, you may vote now (online at the link below) until Monday, April 12 at 7 pm.


If you need a non-tech way to vote see Mrs. Nerpio first thing Monday morning, during your library time or when Mrs. Nerpio is alone in the library on a Tuesday or Friday.

Battle of the Books is Back!

Battle of the Books (BOTB) is back for our students in Division 1 as part of their Language Arts program as well as a friendly reading competition between schools.

Students have been divided up into 3 teams and each team is responsible to read all 10 books, from a variety of genres. Some students may read 1 or 2 books and others may read all 10 books. Students are responsible for creating questions for the “battles” in which the students will work together to answer the questions. Questions can be submitted in one of 2 ways: on paper (available at school) or through a form online (links below).

Link: BOTB Online Question form

QR code to Online Question form:

We will have 3 or 4 practice battles throughout April and at the end of our practice battles, a team of up to 10 students will represent Glenwood in our district’s annual interschool battle. This year, due to COVID limitations, for the first time we are holding the final battle over Zoom. Fingers crossed all the technology works!

The 10 books in this year’s battle are:

    • (Click the links below to read a review or view a book trailer, if available)

Al Capone Does My Shirts

The Crazy Man

The Juvie Three

Mick Harte Was Here

My Name is Seepeetza

The Pants Project

Red Kayak

Sky Watchers
Dez and Jax are both in the sixth grade. Now they can be Sky Watchers, kids who patrol the sky path to school on their sky bikes. The Sky Watchers protect their schoolmates from spinners, little flat disks that have been programmed to steal bike packs and take them to the ground below. Nobody but the gang kids go below the tree line. It’s polluted down there.


War of the Eagles

YRCA 2021 is finally here!

Divisions 1 and 2, read a minimum of 2 of these 8 books by the end of March and then you can vote for your favourite.

Watch the book trailers for each book below.

In this long video the author gives a super short introduction of the book before reading the whole first chapter:

This is an older video from just before the book was released. You only need to watch the first 2 mintues of the video for the summary of what the book is about.

You Matter!

Author Christian Robinson reads his picture book You Matter. Enjoy!

He also answers some questions people have asked him about writing his books at the end of the video.

Tumblebooks links

See the Reading Resources Menu above for more reading links

 Direct link to Tumblebooks

Tumblebooks provided mostly online storybooks of interest to K-3 but there are some chapter books and graphic novels some grade 4-7 students may find interesting. Storybooks are read to the students and partially animated. Some of the chapter books can be read aloud and the student can follow along. Some chapter books and the graphic novels are simply for reading online.

Tumblebooks seems to work best with Chrome on a computer but may work well enough on other devices, give it a try. Mobile devices will look and function differently than computers.

If you are prompted for login information try, sd41 for the username and login for the password.

3 additional Tumblebook products temporarily available:

Teen Book CloudDirect link to Teen Book Cloud
TeenBookCloud is an online database of eBooks and educator resources perfect for your middle school and high school use. Including a selection of Graphic Novels, Enhanced Novels, eBooks, classic literature, National Geographic videos, educator resources, and audiobooks.

Tumblebooks Math – Direct Link to TumbleMath
TumbleMath is a comprehensive collection of math picture books.

Audiobook CloudDirect Link to AudioBook Cloud
AudioBookCloud is an online audio book library collection of streaming audio books for schools and libraries.

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Welcome, Glenwood!

My intention for this blog, for now, is to use it primarily as a repository for information, links and various resources. I will also post activities and opportunities for Glenwood students.

Feel free to comment and let me know if you need help navigating the blog or want me to post something in particular or have any other ideas.