Divisions 6 & 7 Science Inquiry


Encyclopedia of British Columbia


The Canadian Encyclopedia


Canadian Geographic

National Geographic Kids


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Festival du Livre – Merci!

festivalbookThis 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!


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Mo Willems visits Vancouver!

mo & me,MAOn 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:


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Home Reading Club / Club de Lecture

familyreadingThe 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.

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Library closes Thursday, June 9th

girlbyshelfPlease 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.

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The Vancouver Asahi Baseball Team







Websites to do research:






Japanese Canadian National Museum:


Japanese Canadian History – The Early Years:


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May is Thank-O-Rama Month!

#25All 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!

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Seaforth Stampede Sports Day

Armadillo_Rodeo_0_largeHowdy 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’!

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Chris Grabenstein , Children’s Author in Vancouver

FullSizeRender (2)Last Wednesday evening, Ms.Higgins went to see the author of one of the YRCA 2016 titles, Escape from Mr.Lemoncello’s Library , Chris Grabenstein which was hosted by Vancouver Kidsbooks. It was a delightful and informative presentation in which Mr. Grabenstein had children come up to the front to participate in some short quiz games. Of course, afterwards , participants received Lemon Drops! Ms.Higgins will be sharing what she heard to some of the Intermediate classes. To learn more about this entertaining author and his books, go to his website – http://chrisgrabenstein.com/

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Willy’s Stories by Anthony Browne

willy'sstoriesThis morning, I read the first part of Willy’s Stories, a picturebook by Anthony Browne, a gifted author and illustrator from England, to Division 9 . It is about Willy who goes to the library, and on each page of the picturebook, he describes an event from a book he reads and escapes into. On the right of the photo is a game card I made from the last page in the picturebook. From the written and visual clues, the students would give me the title of the book Willy was describing. I would pull down the tab to reveal the book title. So far, Division 9 has got the first five books correct. They have five more book titles to discover which we will do when we finish the book next week! I will be reading and doing this little game with other Intermediate classes next week. most of the book titles are classics and I am hoping this fun activity will inspire students to read them.

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