Journey wins Caldecott Honor!

During literacy week we all read the book Journey by Aaron Becker. It is an stunningly beautiful wordless picture book that celebrates the imagination.  This week it was announced that Journey had been awarded the prestigious Caldecott Honor.  Congratulations, Mr. Becker!

Watch the video below to learn how the book was made:

Reading Opens Doors!

Last week we celebrated Literacy in a big way at South Slope/BCSD.

It all started with our Celebration of100 Learning assembly on Monday, Jan. 21st. First, we recognized all the staff and students who completed 100 nights of reading in our reading club.

Next, we were treated to three special Readers’ Theatre performances.  BCSD students performed Red Dragon, Red Dragon based on Eric Carle’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear. Leadership students performed a very funny pindexlay called, Claynocchio.  And finally, South Slope staff was very cool in their shades while they performed, Pete the Cat and his Magic Sunglasses.

On Tuesday everyone was invited to dress up as their favourite character from a book.  Can you guess who these staff and students are?








All week the school participated in Drop Everything and Read times every day.













On Wednesday, we had special guest readers for every classroom from the Burnaby School district and the community.










Every classroom all read the book, Journey by Aaron Becker.  Journey is a wordless picture book that invites readers to use their imagination and embark on incredible adventures.  Many classes have displayed their responses in the hallways.





reading Jan 2014


Our theme this week was Reading Opens Doors.  What doors has reading opened for you?  Do you have a favourite book that changed you or took you on an incredible adventure?  I’d love to read your responses here or come and talk to me in the library.


Literacy Week is coming!


January 20-24 is Literacy Week! 

reading Jan 2014Our theme is: READING OPENS DOORS!

School wide DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) every day!

Monday: School Wide assembly including recognition of our Reading Club and Reader’s Theatre presentations by staff and students!

Tuesday: Dress up as your favourite character from a children’s book!

Wednesday: Guest readers visit our school including Burnaby’s Superintendent of Schools, Kevin Kaardal, and our MLA, Raj Chouhan!

Thursday: Literacy Day.  Celebrating literacy across the curriculum all day!

Friday: School Wide assembly with Reader’s Theatre and DEAR!


Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!  I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing break.

News for the New Year:100

Reading Club: December 31st marked 100 nights of reading.  Please return your orange forms ASAP and pick up your new blue 150 nights forms.  We will have an assembly on Jan. 20th to recognize the reading club and, of course, give away some great books.

scareLiteracy Week: Jan 20-24 we will be celebrating literacy week at our school.  Special events include a “Dress up as your favourite character from a book day” on Tuesday, Jan 21st.  Guest readers on Wednesday, Jan. 22nd. Book trivia will happen throughout the week with prizes for students.  Stay tuned for more details!


New class blog:  I would like to welcome Mrs. March and Division 6 to the blogging world.  Check out their blog here.  I look forward to reading all about the great things they learn in their classroom.

Looking forward to a great new year filled with great books!