Michael Kusugak was here!

Today we had the pleasure of hosting Inuit author and storyteller, Michael Kusugak. He had two one hour sessions with primary students from BCSD and South Slope. We were thoroughly entertained by his humorous and relaxed storytelling. Michael told us that his last name, Kusugak, means icicle and his middle name, Arvaarluk, means baby bowhead whale.  We also learned we knew a few words in Inuktitut like igloo and kayak. He even did a bit of magic and storytelling with just a simple piece of string. While telling the story of The Littlest Sled Dog Michael began singing “Somewhere over the rainbow”, the students joined in and the library was filled with beautiful voices.  At the end of each session, three lucky students won signed copies of his books.  We hope he had as much fun as we did!

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You can check out his books from the library any time!



Literacy Week 2015: What did we do?

What did we do during Literacy Week? At our assembly on Monday, January 19th, we were treated to two special Readers’ Theatre performances.  BCSD students performed Pop, Poppity, Pop! Then the South Slope staff performed Tacky the Penguin. What’s happening?!


On Wednesday, we had special guest readers and ASL storytellers for every classroom from the Burnaby School district and the community. Our guests included Kevin Kaardal, Superintendent of Burnaby Schools, Councillor Nick Volkow, City ofBurnaby, and Raj Chouhan, MLA for Burnaby-Edmonds.


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


We also had book trivia with prizes all week long.


All week classes read and created responses to Quest by Aaron Becker. Our essential question was, “What is your Quest?” Check out some of the student responses:


Do you have a favourite book that changed you or took you on an incredible adventure?  I’d love to read your responses on the blog or come and talk to me in the library.

Upcoming Events: In February, Inuit author and storyteller, Michael Kusugak, will be visiting our school. He will be telling stories to our primary students. Stay tuned for more details!

Literacy Week 2015 is here!

Literacy week is back!  Tomorrow is our official start and we have lots of fun events planned throughout the week to celebrate literacy.  Our theme for the week is “What is your quest?” We will be reading Aaron Becker’s amazing wordless picture book, Quest. Last year we read his book, Journey, and we are all excited to find out what happens in this sequel.










On Monday we have our Celebration of Learning Assembly at 9:30am,  First, we will recognize Reading Club and 100 nights of Reading.  Next, Readers’ Theatre plays will be performed by BCSD students and the Staff of South Slope.

On Wednesday we have invited some very special guest readers and ASL storytellers to visit all the classrooms starting at 1pm.


On Thursday dress up as your favourite character from a book. Here are some fun costumes from last year.

On Friday come back to the gym at 12:15pm for more Readers’ Theatre performed by our leadership students and Drop Everything and Read.

It’s looks like it’s going to be an amazing week.

What is your Quest?  What does literacy mean to you?  I’d love to read your comments below.

A busy week in the library!

It has been a busy week in the library!  Here are some of the things we’ve been up to.

Divisions 5,6,7,8 and 17 are well into their Canadian Picture Book of the Year project.  We are reading all five of the books nominated for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book award and then voting for our favourite. So far we have read How To by Julie Morstad, Fox and Squirrel Make a Friend by Ruth Ohi, and this week we read My Name is Blessing by Eric Walters and illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes.

howto fox and squir




My Name is Blessing is a powerful story about a boy author, Eric Walters, met while visiting Kenya.  The students were moved by this true story of an orphan with a disability, and shared that, while some parts of the story were very sad, they thought it was beautiful.

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The Kindergarten students have also been reading a Canadian author, Genevieve Cote.  The students have really enjoyed the characters of Pig and Bunny in one of her series.

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We have written letters to Genevieve Cote and will wait patiently and hopefully for a reply.

Finally, Divisions 5 and 6 are coming to the computer lab to learn some digital literacy skills.  They have learned how to log on, add tools to their desktop, bookmark a website and navigate some online story web sites.  They were hard at work this week listening to stories online on Tumblebooks and had fun at the same time!


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