February 2019 News from the Library:
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, Drawn Together. 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.
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.