Happy Halloween!

Well, it was another exciting Halloween at South Slope/ BCSD.  Today reminded me of how much I love my job and working at this school.  We had the primary costume parade in the gym, the haunted house, the intermediate dance and more.

it was also a fun week in the library with lots of great read alouds.  Here are some of the fantastic books we read this week.

Happy Halloween!


DEAR Day 2014

Today we joined thousands of students in Burnaby and across the province as we participated in Drop Everything And Read day.  This event is sponsored by the BC Teacher Librarians association “because the love of reading is a beautiful, valuable, lifelong habit that everyone should enjoy, every day.”

Here is what it looked like today at our school from 12:15-12:35.  Some classes even read for longer. Don’t forget to enjoy reading every day.  Reading is a beautiful thing!



New books and more

This week we’ve been busy in the library. We’ve read some new books like Genevieve Cote’s, Starring Me and You, and Ashley Spires’s, The Most Magnificent Thing.









We also released some other new books:


Monday is Drop Everything and Read Day. Our whole school will be reading for 20 minutes or more after lunch. Everyone is invited to wear their pyjamas to make our reading time even cozier.

The kindergartens are ready. Check out these pictures of them reading in the library on Thursday.


Reading Club begins!!!

The Reading Club began October 3rd! Every student and staff member at South Slope/ BCSD is automatically a member of the club.  This year we want to continue to put the focus on community and recognition.

When your child student completes their reading record form, s/he returns the form to school and receives a new form.  Students will be recognized individually on a bulletin board in the school and as a group at our Celebration of Learning assemblies.  Students who complete 250 nights of reading before the end of June will have a book dedicated to themand placed in our school library.

This year our goal continues to be to help kids develop a love of reading and read for fun. “Children who read for pleasure are likely to do significantly better at school than their peers, according to new research from the Institute of Education (IOE).The IOE study, which is believed to be the first to examine the effect of reading for pleasure on cognitive development over time, found that children who read for pleasure made more progress in maths, vocabulary and spelling between the ages of 10 and 16 than those who rarely read.” To read the whole article click here.

We can’t do this without support at home.  Parents can help by encouraging their child to read every night (or be read to) for a minimum of 15 minutes and then sign the reading record form.  Make this a special time for you and your child, talk to them about their reading and model good habits by reading yourself.

Thank you for helping your child develop a lifetime habit of reading!   Please come and see me in the library if you have any questions or comments.

Mrs. Araujo



Start: October 3rd

50 nights November 21

100 nights January 10

150 nights March 1

200 nights April 20

250 nights June 9

Awesome authors!

There are two new fantastic graphic novels in the library:


On Sunday night I had the opportunity to listen to the authors, Raina Telgemeier and Kazu Kibuishi, and meet them. It was a fabulous evening and I learned a lot about the creative process. There were so many kids there and they were all excited to meet the authors.

A few things I remember:

  • Raina draws everything in a rough draft before she submits it to her editor.
  • Kazu writes everything down like a script before he draws.
  • “Repetitive practice is the key to sucess.” Kazu
  • “Try not to make decisions based on fear.” Kazu
  • One of Raina’s favourite books as a kid was Calvin and Hobbes.
  • After both author have drawn their comics in ink, they have colourists who add the colour.

Three great things about the night:

  • My daughter got to ask Raina a question in front of the whole audience.
  • I met Raina Tegelmeier and she knows who I am on Twitter.
  • Seeing students and former students at the event.


Can you guess who some of these mystery readers are?

Come see me in the library to check out these new books and more!