Why do we remember?

Divisions 1 and 2 have created a wiki to help answer the question: Why do we remember?
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Students interviewed family members, friends and teachers to get their perspectives on war and remembrance. Classroom activities included watching films on war, reading fiction and non fiction texts, discussions, participation in the Remembrance Day assembly and more. After their interviews students were asked to respond using a method of their choice (eg. poetry, visual art, essay, movie, slide show, etc).

Click here to see the wiki and read some of the incredible stories the students uncovered.

Mrs. Araujo’s new Favourite Book

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick.  That’s my new favourite book.  Some of you may have heard me talk about this book.  Ms. Ziola, Ms. Zuvic and Ms. Sian have all read it too. 

Click here to visit the book’s website.  Watch a video about the book and more. 

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Here’s a video from The Today Show with kids talking about the book with the author, Brian Selznick.

Come to the libary to check out this book.  I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Please leave a comment here. Did you like one story better than the other?  What do you think about the way deaf culture is represented?  Would you recommend this book?

Reading Club reaches 50 Nights Nov. 14th

It’s hard to believe, but we’ve almost completed 50 nights of reading. 

After November 14th you can drop off your yellow forms in the library and pick up your new orange form for 100 nights.

Students’ names will be posted on the bulletin board across from the library and beside the lunch room.  We will recognize the Reading Club as a group at the assembly on Nov. 28th.  There will also be a draw for some great books for some lucky readers!

Thank you to parents for helping your child develop a lifetime habit of reading.

How far do you think we’ve traveled? Remember that 50 nights = 50 km. Every student or staff member who completed a form would count as 50 km. Post your answer here and the closest estimate will win a prize at the assembly.  Please include your first name and division in your comment.

YRCA Books Released This Week!

The YRCA books will be available the week of Nov 14th to all students in grades 4-7.  I will talk to each class about these books this week.  There are some fantastic books this year.  Even some of the teachers (and our principal) are reading them. See how many you can read.  Before we vote, we will have some YRCA book club meetings in the library at lunch. Stay tuned for more details…and check the YRCA page for updates and links to book trailers and web sites for each book.

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Who can vote? – Anyone in grades four through seven who has read (or has heard read) at least two titles from the list.

When do we vote? – Between March 15 and April 15.

Where do we vote? – Mrs. Araujo will provide the ballots.

When are the winners announced? – In mid-April.


Thank you to all of you who participated in our Drop Everything and Read Day! Everyone looked fabulous in their pajamas. To see more photos please come see the display in the hall outside the library doors.