Our library visits and book exchanges are up and running! It is wonderful to be able to welcome students and staff back to the library with safety protocols in place. Here is the library schedule for each division for the 2020/2021 school year:
Our school observed Orange Shirt Day on Wednesday, September 30th.
We are fortunate to have so many Indigenous authors and illustrators with published books so that we may learn about Indigenous culture and ways of knowing, residential schools and their impact, and ways in which we can come together in reconciliation.
Shi-shi-etko, by Nicola I. Campbell, inspired Ms. McQueen’s class to connect with nature and usecottonwood leaves to create heart-shaped rubbings for Orange Shirt Day. We explored the significance of the land in the story which connects Shi-shi-etko to her family, her traditions, and her culture. Please read more about this beautiful, powerful story here.
Welcome to another school year! While it is a very different start than what we are used to, our ability to share in the joy and wonder of reading never changes!
In recent years, a fun and enjoyable way to begin the school year is for me to read Peter H. Reynold’s book, The Dot to classes. This is the story of a young girl who is struggling with her art and her confidence. The theme of the book is to make your mark and see where it takes you. This year I am teaching one day a week in Ms. McQueen’s class, so we celebrated Dot Day on September 15th by exploring with dot painting, nature mandalas, patterning, the 3D Quiver app, and made links to Metis art. In connection to the book, we wondered, “How can we leave a positive mark on our school community this year?”.
Enjoy this video from Peter H. Reynolds and Happy Belated Dot Day!
This document was created by a group of educators to develop awareness of diversity, human rights, and inclusion in connection with the Black Lives Matter movement. Thank you to Mrs. Martone for sharing this resource. When you go to the document, click on a book to listen to the story.
This year the Burnaby Public Library is moving their Summer Reading Club online. Visit their website here to find out how to sign up! You can also find a list of book recommendations here and you can still borrow books using their paper back pickup service.
For our Grade 7 students, the Teen Reading Club is also available. Find out more by clicking on the image below.
I know this summer will be different than we are used to, but we can all still enjoy reading and spending time with stories! Happy Summer Reading!
Today we have a beautiful story that celebrates love and father-daughter relationships. Zuri has hair that has a mind of its own and as hard as she tries, she just cannot get it to do what she wants. It’s up to her dad to help give her the hairstyle she wants!
Watch the animated short film that won an Oscar award, which is a special award given to outstanding work in movies. Then click on the book cover image to listen to the story read aloud.
This will be my last read aloud of the school year and I have enjoyed continuing to be able to share stories with you even though we cannot be together in the library. I hope you have enjoyed my book choices as much as I have enjoyed reading them to you. Thank you for listening and my last pick is Pink is for Boys. Hop on over to my Read Aloud page and let’s celebrate all the colours and everyone’s right to enjoy whichever colours they want! What is your favourite colour?
June 1st marked the beginning of Indigenous Peoples Month and Indigenous Peoples Day will be observed and celebrated on June 21st. Listen and/or read along to this selection of stories and books to learn about Indigenous traditions, culture, and history.
The Words Writing Project in our school district is a yearly event that invites students around Burnaby to write and submit an original story or poem for a chance to have their work featured in an anthology, a collection of writing.
This year a Stoney Creek student has her poem featured in the Words writing collection! Click on the image below to read a variety of stories and poems from students around the Burnaby School District, and please enjoy the beautiful imagery in this poem by Breana in Division 3.
Right now there are millions of people and their supporters using their voices to tell the world how much they matter. They are using their voices for change and to make sure that everyone is treated fairly and equally.
Here is a story by author and illustrator, Christian Robinson, who reads his book, You Matter, in the video. Listen carefully at the beginning of the video as he talks about why he wrote this book.
Christian Robinson has a series called “Making Space”. In these videos he works in his making space to lead viewers in art projects and to talk about books. This next video is about friendship. Have fun and be creative!