Scholastic Book Fair


Next week the Scholastic Book Fair will be back in the library.


Dates: Monday, September 21 – Thursday September 24

Times: Open at Lunch, Recess and After School. We will also be open during parent-teacher interviews on Tuesday and Thursday.

Check the notices sent home and posters around the school for more details.

At least 50% of all sales will go towards resources for your school library. Parent volunteers are needed! Please sign up just out side the library or speak to Mrs. Araujo for more details.

Hope to see you there!

Jesse Miller was here!

Today students and staff at South Slope/BCSD listened to some very thought provoking presentations by social media expert, Jesse Miller. He spoke to our intermediate students about how they communicate and how they share their stories. Many of our students are using social media like Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and more, despite the fact you must state that you are at least 13 years of age in order to get an account.

Here are some things Jesse Miller asked us to think about:

“Social media is the deep end of the internet pool, and young kids are still learning how to swim.

Would you pay $1 a day to use social media like Instagram or Snapchat?

When you lie about your age to get an account, you are compromising your character.

Would you feel comfortable if your parents, your teachers, your principal or the police saw what you are posting?

Make sure your story online is something you’re proud of.

The digital world allows us to learn without boundaries, but we need to be thoughtful and safe. Ask for help if you need it.

Privacy setting don’t work that well. How can we make things safer?

Are you connecting to have the world at your fingertips? or

Are you connecting to have the world look at you?

Connect with those you care for and learn from respected professionals.”

In the afternoon, I spoke to one class about what they learned from the presentation and what they might do differently.  Students shared a variety of ideas including shutting down their account, changing their privacy settings or being more thoughtful about what they post.  Others wondered if anyone had been “creeping” their account and noticed that social media can be both good and bad.


If you would like to learn more about Jesse Miller, please visit his web site:


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!

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!