Today we had a visit from the BC Lions! At an assembly they spoke to us about how team work, determination and striving for success can help us reach our goals whatever they may be. Thank you to Solomon Elimimian #56, Dante March #31 and Jovan Olafioye #63 for your inspirational message and for signing so many autographs!
Last Wednesday South Slope/BCSD celebrated Halloween in fine style. The primary students started off the day with a parade. Later many classes had celebrations in their classrooms. BCSD intermediate students organized games and activities for the younger students. Divisions 1 and 2 had a dance in the gym. It was an super spooky day!
It was a warm and cozy afternoon at South Slope/ BCSD this past Monday. After lunch we all got our books and read around the school in our pyjamas.
Congratulations to everyone who helped us celebrate reading!
Tomorrow is Drop Everything And Read day. Don’t forget to wear your pajamas and join us right after lunch for at least 20 minutes of reading. We will be joining schools around the province as we celebrate the power and joy of reading!
We were excited to host graphic novelist Scott Chantler at our school this past Tuesday. Divisions 4, 15, 16, and 17 were the lucky students who got to hear his presentation and learn more about the art of writing a graphic novel. Marissa, a big fan from Division 17, introduced Scott and then he began his presentation.
Next, he talked to us about the differences between a comic book (series of stories, shorter periodical) and a graphic novel (one story, longer, published as a book). But they both are considered part of the “Comics” genre.
He then read us a script from his new book, The Captive Prince, and showed us the panels at the same time. Some of his original ideas in the script stayed the same; some changed.
Some students had a copy of his book and read along.
Many students had prepared powerful questions for Scott. We learned that he announced to his mom at age 6 that he wanted to draw comics.
One of the highlights was when he drew the characters from his series: Dessa, Topper and Fisk. Shannon said, “He makes it look so easy!” And indeed he did.
Thank you to Scott and Ilona at the Vancouver Writer’s Festival for making this great event possible.
Were you at the presentation? What was your favourite part?
Last Thursday Kim Sparling from the Terry Fox foundation visited our school again. She spoke to BCSD students about her battle with cancer and how she survived. She brought her running leg, which she calls “black Betty”, and let the students touch it to see how it felt. The students asked her lots of interesting questions. She told us she had to “dig deep” when she was diagnosed with cancer at 18 years of age and how she was determined to survive. We also found out that Kim is training hard and hopes to compete at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. We wish her all the best.
I am excited to announce that author and cartoonist, Scott Chantler, will be visting South Slope/BCSD on October 16th as part of the Vancouver International Writer’s Festival. Mr. Chantler is the author of the graphic novel series Three Thieves and has received many awards for his work. We have Tower of Treasure and The Sign of the Black Rock in our library and I just purchased his latest book, The Captive Prince.
Click here to visit his website and learn more about this amazing cartoonist.
Reading Club begins Monday, September 24th. This year we are going to try and read to the moon! Students should have received their forms from their classroom teacher. You can also pick one up from the library.
Happy reading everyone!
― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
The Scholastic Book Fair is back! Visit Room 211 this week to check out some great new books. The fair is open at lunch and after school Monday-Thursday. We are also open late on Tuesday and Thursday so you can come and visit the fair before or after your visit with your child’s teacher. The proceeds will be used to purchase new resources for the school library.
Parent volunteers are still needed. Please come and see Mrs. Araujo in the library to sign up. Thank you for your support!
Welcome back! I hope everyone had a wonderful summer.
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 new iPads in the library will be available for classroom use!
- We have a lot of special events being planned, author visits, book fairs, 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.
Sept 17-20: The Scholastic Book Fair is back! Come and check out some great books before or after you visit with your child’s teacher that week.
Sept. 24- Home Reading Club begins. Last year we read around the world. Where can we read to this year? Stay tuned for more details.
Questions? Comments? Please come and see me in the library Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. I welcome your thoughts on the blog as well.
I’m looking forward to an exciting year!
Mrs. Araujo 🙂