30 Second Book Talks

Division 2 have been reading up a storm and they’re getting ready to share their love of books with the world.  Students chose books they love and then were asked to write a 30 second book talk script to “sell” their book.  Before they began writing students watched many book talks online and created criteria for their scripts and book talk. Now for the really fun part! Students are now recording their book talks using the Tellagami app.  Today the library, the atrium and the hallways were filled with students recording.

Stay tuned for updates and information on how you can watch and listen. 

Please click the link to read more news about what’s happening in the library. April2017newsletter

Reading Club reaches 250 Nights!

NY-250.svgOur Reading Club has reached 250 nights!  The last day to hand in your forms is Monday, June 20th.  Students will be recognized at our assembly on June 28th.  All those staff and students who completed 250 nights will be able to put their name in a school library book next week.  I will let teachers know when their students can come to the library and pick a book.

Don’t forget to join the summer reading club at the Burnaby Public Library and at libraries across BC.  Registration is now open. Click here for more details. sensa book a trip blk

Artist: Lee Edward Födi

Read my earlier post, Summer Reading, for reading recommendations and more.

Thank you and please return your books!

Last week students visited the library for their last storytime and book exchange of the year.  We read the Thank you book by Mo Willems.  This is the last book in the well loved Elephant and Piggie series.  We will miss Piggie and Gerald, but I’m sure they’ll remain among the most popular of books to check out of the library.  As a response to the book, students were invited to write a thank you to someone on a post it note and put it in the hallway.  We wanted to create a “Thank-o-rama” for all to see!  Come and have a look at some of the wonderful thank you’s that students and staff have written. If you want to leave your own thank you note, you are more than welcome!


As the library begins the inventory process this year it is very helpful to have all books returned.  The due date was June 13th so please check at home if you have any overdue books or maybe even in your desk or classroom.

Aboriginal Stories

During the month of May we have been reading Aborginal stories in the library.


Some classes have been reading books by author/illustrator Julie Flett. We have noticed her use of the colour red and other earth toned colours.  We also noticed how her books make us feel peaceful and happy. We have learned a few new words and phrases in Michif and Cree.

Other classes have been reading new books like Taan’s Moons by Alison Gear. We loved the amazing felt artwork created by Kiki van der Heiden and students from various schools on Haida Gwaii.


Finally some classes have enjoyed reading Orca Chief, Raven Brings the Light and Cloudwalker by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd.  We are amazed at the beautiful paintings and enjoy trying to find the hidden clues in each illustration.


Come and check out these amazing stories any time from the library.

 

 

DEAR Day

October 26, 2015 is the 9th anniversary of the BC Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) challenge. Dear started as a small challenge between school libraries in 2007 and has since grown to involve many participants across the province. The simple, but powerful idea of DEAR is to promote the importance of literacy by having as many students and adults as possible read at the same time on the same day.
Today we celebrated DEAR by reading after lunch for 20 minutes.  Everyone dropped everything and brought their books to the hallways, classrooms, the library and more.  image
The goal for October 26, 2015 is to have EVERYONE in BC put down their work, turn off their computer screens, pick up a book, magazine or newspaper and read for 20 minutes.
Reading is a beautiful thing!
 

Welcome back!

Welcome back to another exciting school year! I hope you all had a wonderful summer and read some great books.  Here is some of the reading I did:

 

The library program has some exciting opportunities in store for your child this year:
• Our curriculum will be promoting the very best of children’s literature to your child with activities designed to help students enjoy the stories even more.
• We will be doing our very best to get (or keep) your children “hooked on reading” by recommending specific reading materials to each individual.
• At each grade level, students will be learning information literacy skills specifically suited to their developmental needs.
• The iPads will continue to be used for learning and exciting new projects!  We have 24 iPads for students to use.
• We have a lot of special events being planned: author visits, DEAR day, book fairs, Literacy Week, the home reading club, and more!
• If you would like to volunteer to help in the library, please let me know. We’d love to have you.

Upcoming Events:

Scholastic Book Fair: Monday, September 21st until thursday, September 24th.  Parent volunteers are needed.  Please see me in the library or look for the sign up sheet on the library bulletin board soon.

Reading Club: Our reading club begins again on September 28th.  Notices will go home the week prior.  I encourage all families to make reading for pleasure a part of your day, every day.

Check out the library blog for more information and updates throughout the year. You can access it from the school website under the library tab or go to: http://goo.gl/PPPXu
Use your smartphone to find us too! (A great app for scanning QR codes is i-nigma)

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Questions? Comments? Please come and see me in the library. I’m looking forward to an exciting year!

Mrs. Araujo
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr. Seuss I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

Michael Kusugak was here!

Today we had the pleasure of hosting Inuit author and storyteller, Michael Kusugak. He had two one hour sessions with primary students from BCSD and South Slope. We were thoroughly entertained by his humorous and relaxed storytelling. Michael told us that his last name, Kusugak, means icicle and his middle name, Arvaarluk, means baby bowhead whale.  We also learned we knew a few words in Inuktitut like igloo and kayak. He even did a bit of magic and storytelling with just a simple piece of string. While telling the story of The Littlest Sled Dog Michael began singing “Somewhere over the rainbow”, the students joined in and the library was filled with beautiful voices.  At the end of each session, three lucky students won signed copies of his books.  We hope he had as much fun as we did!

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You can check out his books from the library any time!
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Literacy Week 2015: What did we do?

What did we do during Literacy Week? At our assembly on Monday, January 19th, we were treated to two special Readers’ Theatre performances.  BCSD students performed Pop, Poppity, Pop! Then the South Slope staff performed Tacky the Penguin. What’s happening?!

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On Wednesday, we had special guest readers and ASL storytellers for every classroom from the Burnaby School district and the community. Our guests included Kevin Kaardal, Superintendent of Burnaby Schools, Councillor Nick Volkow, City ofBurnaby, and Raj Chouhan, MLA for Burnaby-Edmonds.

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On Thursday everyone was invited to dress up as their favourite character from a book.  Can you guess who these staff and students are?

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We also had book trivia with prizes all week long.

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All week classes read and created responses to Quest by Aaron Becker. Our essential question was, “What is your Quest?” Check out some of the student responses:

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Do you have a favourite book that changed you or took you on an incredible adventure?  I’d love to read your responses on the blog or come and talk to me in the library.

Upcoming Events: In February, Inuit author and storyteller, Michael Kusugak, will be visiting our school. He will be telling stories to our primary students. Stay tuned for more details!