Literacy Week 2019: We had a wonderful week celebrating literacy in January. We hope you have had the chance to visit our “Response Gallery” to see all the different ways classes responded to our school wide read, DrawnTogether. Thank you to all the families who donated books for book swap. We had a lot of fun dressing up as our favourite literary characters.
Can you guess who they are?
On Thursday, guest readers and ASL storytellers visited each classroom to share their love of reading. What a fabulous week!
You may have noticed some changes in the library lately. We have moved around some things and made a special place for students to tell and write stories with a variety of materials and loose parts. It has been an exciting adventure that began with Ms. Shuster and Division 9 visiting the story studio once a week. Now Division 7 is visiting the Story Studio. Using the Story Workshop structure, students are exploring many Big Ideas in Language Arts including: language and story can be a source of creativity and joy.
VR and AR:
This year Mr. Hunter and I are part of a district learning team exploring how using Virtual Reality(VR) and Augmented Reality(AR) can provide experiences for students that allow them to make connections to curricular content and competencies in unique ways. For 2 weeks in February we have a kit of 30 Google Carboard glasses and 30 smartphones we are using with students. Division 5 is using this technology to help their understanding of key science concepts. We are hoping to give as many classes as possible the opportunity to experience these amazing tools for learning.
The book fair will be returning March 4-7. Parent volunteers are needed. Stay tuned for more information.
Author Lana Button will be making a presentation to our primary students on March 14th. Thank you to the PAC for helping to fund this event.
Fort Langley National Historic Site is pleased to welcome Inuit storyteller Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak for a special afternoon of Arctic Stories. Join us on Saturday, December 1st at 1 p.m. for this all-ages storytelling event. General seating in the theatre; arrive early to choose a seat. The event is included in the regular admission fee, or pick up your earlybird annual pass at the Visitor Centre.
Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak grew up in Repulse Bay, NWT (now Nunavut) and now splits his time between Sooke, BC and Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. During his childhood, his family travelled by dog sled, living a traditional Inuit lifestyle. He is an award-winning author of twelve children’s books and was a co-writer of A Promise is a Promise (with Robert Munsch).
Parks Canada invites Canadians to be inspired and captivated by the stories of the people and events that shaped the Canada of today.
On Monday, October 22nd we will be joining thousands of readers across the province as we participate in the Drop Everything and Read challenge. We are inviting everyone to wear their PJs so we can get cozy as we all curl up with a book after lunch. Come and visit the school library if you need a great read for Monday or any day. We are looking forward to celebrating as a community of readers!
Join a Deaf storyteller and a children’s librarian for stories, rhymes and crafts presented in both American Sign Language and English. This is a free drop-in for children of all ages and abilities, together with a parent or caregiver. Interpreters will be present.
Four Saturdays from 2:00 to 3:00 PM: September 15, October 13, November 10, and December 8
At Tommy Douglas Library in Burnaby: 7311 Kingsway, 604.522.3971
Tommy Douglas Library is located on the north side of Kingsway, just west of Edmonds Street. Take the Millennium or Expo line to Edmonds station, or take the 106, 112, or 129 bus. Free parking underground: enter off Arcola Street, which is off Walker Avenue.
Next week, September 17-20, the Scholastic Book Fair will be coming to the library. We hope you will visit and find a great book and support our school library. 60% of book sales go towards new resources for the library! Parent volunteers are needed. Please see Mrs. Araujo in the library and/or check the sign up sheet in the hall just outside the library.
Check out our new library header! It was created by Phoebe Qian, one of our Grade 7 students who will be heading off to high school in the fall. As you can see she is extremely talented and we wish her all the best. I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of Phoebe and her artwork in the future.