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Sulwe Read Aloud and Black Shirt Day

Hello everyone,

“On January 15th, students and educators across BC will wear black shirts to commemorate the ongoing struggle for civil and human rights fought by Black and racialized Canadians. At ARC (Anti-Racism Coalition) we believe Black Shirt Day is an important step in raising greater awareness of the civil rights struggle, and help foster solidarity against all forms of racism and hate.” (from ARC flier, @arc.vancouver).

Below is a read aloud of the book Sulwe read by its author, Lupita Nyong’o. Sulwe is a great story to start discussions about racism and diversity. Sulwe is a little girl whose classmates make fun of her dark skin. Throughout the story Sulwe (and us, as readers) learn and understand that all skin colours are beautiful, and beauty is inside a person as well as outside.

I hope you enjoy this story as much as I did! It makes me think of all the beautiful people and skin colours at Nelson school, and how each and every person is important to our school community. Making fun of others for their skin colour (or anything) is unacceptable, and we, at Nelson, treat everyone with respect.

Happy Reading,

Mrs. Roberts

Chess Club

Hello everyone,

Do you love to play chess? Or…maybe you want to learn how to play chess? Well, now you can play chess virtually! Join other Burnaby students online every Wednesday and Friday at 3:30 to play chess in a fun, friendly environment. No chess experience is needed, and this activity is FREE! If you are interested, you will need a parent/guardian to help you sign up with their email address. For more information, please click HERE.  You can also email me if you have any questions.

-Mrs. Roberts

Ted Staunton – Author Talk Intro

Hi everyone,

On Wednesday, November 18, Nelson Intermediate classes will be having a Zoom talk with Canadian children’s book author, Ted Staunton. Ted has written many kids books, including picture books, novels, and non-fiction titles. Ted’s website is if you’d like more information about him.

He has recorded a video for us to watch before we meet him. Please watch the video HERE

In the video, Ted mentions 4 questions for us to think about:

1.) If you could have any superpower, which one would you choose?

2.) What are 3 things that you need to BEGIN any story?

3.) Which of these Canadian delicacies was NOT invented at a fall fair?

a.) pulled pork cinnamon rolls                  b.) Hawaiian Pizza

c.)  corn dog poutine                  d.) deep fried butter

4.) When a blizzard hit Vancouver in January 2020, one Vancouverite was filmed shoveling snow with which of the following:

a.) frying pan                b.) spatula               c.)  folding lawn chair                  d.) Zamboni


Happy Canada Day!

Hi everyone,

Hope you are enjoying Canada Day with your family. Happy 153rd Birthday Canada!

Even though it is rainy, we can still appreciate our beautiful country and how lucky we are to live in the best country in the world!

Below, I have included a Canada Day message to kids from Justin Trudeau, our Prime Minister, and 2 read alouds about Canada. Enjoy!

-Mrs. Roberts


Summer Read Alouds

Hi everyone,

I am wishing you all a very happy summer! Thank you for visiting this blog over the last few months. I hope you have enjoyed my stories and posts. I may post a few things over the summer, but not every week.

If you haven’t registered yet, please go to the Burnaby Public Library website and register for the Summer Reading Program. Everything is free and online. You are now able to put books on hold at the library, and pick them up when they are ready. It’s called Paper Bag Pickup!

Please enjoy the videos below!

Happy Summer to you all! I look forward to seeing everyone again in September. Be kind, be calm, be safe! And…Happy Reading, of course!

Mrs. Roberts


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