Flowers and food in the library!

Division 8 spent Wednesday morning learning about serving size for each food group.  To help them visualize how much of each type of food is a serving, students created a 3-D models.

3-D food






In the afternoon, Division 12 learnt about the basic parts of a flowering plant and the main parts of a flower.  Students watched their teacher use a document camera to show how to dissect their flower, then they dissected flowers and labelled the parts.

plant dissection

Plant dissection

Red Cedar Awards

The results are in!

Gilmore Community School results:

There was no clear winner for Gilmore readers; of the students who voted there were votes for The World in Your Lunchbox; Rescuing the Children and Willie O’Ree.

The Gilmore winner was Ungifted; followed by Summer in the City and Gargoyle at the Gates.

Red Cedar Award Results (province wide)

The World in Your Lunchbox, by Claire Eamer

Ungifted; by Gordon Corman

Thanks for participating in the Red Cedar Award Club.  I hope to have more of you reading the nominees and voting next year.

Ms. Taylor

Red Cedar Award Club

“The Red Cedar is British Columbia’s Young Reader’s Choice book award.  Every year, thousands of children between grades 4 and 7 from across the province are invited to read books from the nominated lists of non-fiction and fiction titles and vote for their favourite.”

Gilmore Community School’s Red Cedar Club has started the voting process and their final votes will be entered next week.

The Fiction books the students have read are:

Cat’s Cradle Book 1: The Golden Twine by Jo Rioux
Gargoyle at the Gates by Philippa Dowding
Grave Robber’s Apprentice by Allan Stratton
Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
Mimi Power and the I-Don’t-Know-What by Victoria Miles
Mr & Mrs Bunny, Detectives Extraordinaire! by Polly Horvath
My Name is Paravana by Deborah Ellis
Summer in the City by Marie-Louise Gay and David Homel
Torn Apart: The Internment Diary of Mary Kobayashi (Dear Canada) by Susan M. Aihoshi
Ungifted by Gordon Korman

The Non-Fiction books the students have read are:

The Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Willow Dawson
Bodyguards! From Gladiators to the Secret Service written by Ed Butts, illustrated by Scott Plumbe 
City Critters: Wildlife In The Urban Jungle by Nicholas Read 
Cryptic Canada: Unsolved Mysteries From Coast To Coast by Natalie Hyde, illustrated by Matt Hammil
Earth-friendly Buildings, Bridges and More: The Eco-Journal Of Corry Lapont by Etta Kaner, Illustrated by Stephen MacEachern
Mimi’s Village and How Basic Health Care Transformed It by Katie Smith Milway, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes
Rescuing The Children: The Story of the Kindertransport by Deborah Hodge
Secret Life Of Money: A Kid’s Guide To Cash by Kira Vermond, illustrated by Clayton Hanmer
Willie O’Ree: The Story of the First Black Player in the NHL by Nicole Mortillaro
The World in Your Lunchbox: The Wacky History and Weird Science Of Everyday Foods by Claire Eamer, illustrated by Sa Boothroyd

May the best books win!

And Then It Happened…

Michael Wade’s visit on Thursday was a lot of fun!  Mr. Wade wanted the students to know that anyone can be a writer; that everything you need to know you learn by the time you finish high school.  Students found his presentation fun and funny.

Don’t forget, 25% of the words in a book are the 31 one words you learnt in Grade 1!  Start your novels now!!

A Busy November

November will be very busy with two exciting events.

First, the morning of November 21, the author Michael Wade will be speaking to our Grade 3 – 5 students.  Michael and Laura Wade write the books “And Then It Happened”, currently an eleven book series.







Second, the Scholastic Book Fair will start on November 26.  Students will be able to preview the Fair’s offerings on Monday the 25 with their classes.  Book sales will begin on Tuesday.  On November 26 – 28, books will be sold from 8:30 – 9:00 am; 12:00 – 1:00 pm and 3:00 – 4:00 pm.

Parents, if you have time to help with book sales, please speak to Mrs. Nelson (parent) or Ms. Taylor (Teacher-Librarian).

The more books that are bought at the Fair, the more resources and books can be bought for the school library!

New Book Day

Today about 40 new books were put out for students to check out.  Titles include:

Intermediate:  House of Hades; Jedi Academy; Creepover; My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish; Flora and Ulysses and many more.

Primary:  Rabbityness; Spiderman; Ghost in the House; Glasswings: A Butterfly’s Story and more.

Non-fiction:  365 Things to do with Paper and Cardboard; Guinness Book of World Record 2014; Discover the Awesome World; Just Joking: 300 Hilarious Jokes and more.


On October 29, Gilmore Community School participated in Drop Everything And Read; a celebration of the love of reading and libraries.  During the school day, D.E.A.R. was announced and the whole school stopped what they were doing and read!  All of our students and staff read together twice that day.

Thank you everyone for your participation.  Keep on reading!

Ms. Taylor

Welcome Back to School!

I hope everyone had a great summer;  I’m excited about this year at Gilmore Community School.

The Library Program will continue to promote a love of reading through various activities:
-an organized, colourful and welcoming space
-purchase of and/or draw attention to excellent literature for all reading levels
-purchase of some of the many requested books (requested by students)
-Library Club membership
-A Red Cedar Award Club, where students’ votes help elect the award winning book
-Drop Everything and Read day (celebrated late due to the schedule)
-and more!

New books will be announced next week, after students have had their first Library Orientation classes.  Please stop by the library to check out the changes I’ve made, ask questions or to say hello.

Ms. Taylor