Congratulations to the following Seaforth students who completed this summer’s BPL reading club program called Take a Trip! The participants’ reading calendars were sent to all Burnaby Schools so that Teacher-Librarians could print out and present the students with their Certificates of Completion. Certificates were handed out last week and this week during Library Book Exchanges.
On Wednesday, October 19th, Rachelle Delaney, a local Children’s author came to Seaforth and did presentations to Divisions 4 to 10. Rachelle talked about the writing process , and how she gets her ideas for plot , setting and characters. She read and talked about her book, The Metro Dogs of Moscow which was a Red Cedar Book and which won The Chocolate Lily Award. The sequel to this book, The Circus Dogs of Prague is a YRCA Junior division book this school year. Rachelle’s delightful and insightful presentations have motivated many of the students to read her books. Another testament to how inspiring Author visits can be for children!
This year’s Festival du Livre was a big success. Merci to the students and their families who attended this event to purchase French books and, in turn, to raise funds for the school library. The winner of the Family draw door prize was a grade one student from Ms.Papapanagiotou’s class. Both the student and teacher each won $25.00 worth of books! Un gros Merci to Michelle Sherwood, PAC Book Fair chairperson and her group of parent volunteers. Without you, this event could not happen!
On Friday, June 10th , Mo Willems came to Vancouver, the only Canadian city he was visiting on his North American tour. Kidsbooks hosted the event and it was sold out within 24 hours so it was a real privilege to get a ticket to see him. I got a front row seat! He is as entertaining in person as he is on video. He made everyone put their phones and cameras away because he really wanted the audience to be fully engaged and be in the moment. He read The Thank You book with so much expression and then read us the draft copy of his next book. I am not going to do a book spoiler but to prepare you for it, get your mind thinking about all the words that end with ‘et’ and ‘ette’. Maybe brainstorm and make a list of words you know with those endings. This new book will be available next school year. After reading us the two books, he took a few questions and then signed books. At that point we could take photos. So here I am with Mo! I like to call it ‘Mo & Me!”. I also gave him Sarah L.’s journal entry about Elephant & Piggie being at the Seaforth Stampede Sports Day. After Mo reads it, I’m hoping he will take the time to contact Sarah or myself about it. Here is what she wrote:
The Home Reading Club / Club de Lecture passports are due on Friday, June 3rd. Students who have reached the 200 nights of reading goal will receive their book prize the week of June 6th to 9th. Thanks to all the families who participated in this recreational reading incentive program.
Please return your books by June 9th!
Yes, it’s that time of year again! It’s June and the school library must close on June 9th so that I can get all the books back by June 29th and also to carry out the annual district-mandated library inventory. So, students need to return their books by June 9th and their cooperation is appreciated. After that date , students are encouraged to go to the Burnaby Public Library to get their reading materials.
All good things … and book series must come to an end! This is going to be a hard lesson for some of our young readers at Seaforth when I share some sad news from the literary world. With the publication of The Thank You Book, Mo Willems has announced that it will be his twenty-fifth and final Elephant & Piggie book. To mourn this sad event, we will participate in Thank-O-Rama month the week of May 24 to 27. We will do a variety of activities from the Thank-O-Rama website. The students at Seaforth want to Thank Mo for this wonderful and delightful series that hooks them into reading and gives them a love of books and reading! I want to Thank him, too!
Howdy pardners, this year’s Sports Day theme is Western and we have aptly named it the Seaforth Stampede. During the week leading up to Sports Day, I will be reading a humourous story by Jan Brett titled Armadillo Rodeo to the lower primary classes. I’ll also be reading another humourous story titled Bubba, the Cowboy Prince: a fractured Texas tale which is loosely based on the Cinderella fairy tale to the upper primary classes. HeeHaw! These stories are as ‘cute as a cow’s ear’!