April 22nd is Earth Day. Check out Earthday.ca or Ecokids for great ideas on how to protect our planet. We also have some great books in the library. Come and see Mrs. Araujo if you want to check one out and stay tuned for more details about Earth Day events at our school.
This week South Slope will host a literacy fair and student-led conferences. Visit the gym for the book swap, book walk and take a tour of the amazing literacy displays. Mr. Douglas has lots of fun planned in the Music Room with recorder stations. The Library is open for the Scholastic Book Fair.
The computer lab will also be open for you to explore online resources. If you have an email address, I invite you to leave a comment on this blog about the Literacy Fair and/or your visit to your child’s classroom. Here are some sentence starters you could try:
I noticed… I liked… My favourite part was….
This reminded me of… This was the same as/different than…
I wonder… I think… I learned…
We hope you have fun!
The Scholastic Book Fair is coming soon! Visit the fair next week in the library from Feb 21st to Feb 24th. It will be open during student led conferences. Every purchase supports your school library. Parent volunteers are needed. Please sign up outside the library or come and see Mrs. Araujo. Hope to see you at the fair!
Last week we celebrated literacy at South Slope/ BCSD with a special assembly. The agenda included a performance by the band, two powerpoint presentations about our author visits and recognition of all those students who have now completed 100 nights of reading. Over 100 students received certificates and pencils and a few lucky students received a book prize.
A special thanks to all the student MCs: June, Geena, Graecen and Bisman. And a big thank you to Graecen, Ian, Emma, Alysha and Kylie for all their hard work on their powerpoint presentations.
On January 17th, Inuit author and storyteller, Michael Kusugak, came to the South Slope/ BCSD library. He did two sessions of storytelling for Divisions 5-11 from South Slope and Divisions 15-17, 19 from BCSD. The students heard stories retold from his published books as well as some new stories. We were all fascinated with his string stories, too. Ask someone from one of the classes that were there to tell you all about it.
On January 12th Eric Wilson visited Divisions 1-4 at South Slope. He got us all hooked on mysteries and writing. The students were excellent listeners and many of them received an autographed postcards for their quick thinking. Come and check out Eric Wilson’s mysteries and others at the library!
We are excited to annouce 3 upcoming author visits this term.
Canadian mystery author, Eric Wilson, will be coming January 12 to do a presentation for students in Divisions 1-4. Check out his site for more information: ericwilson.com
On January 17th Michael Kusugak will come to share his stories with Divisions 5,6, and 7 from South Slope and Divisions 15 and 16 from BCSD. Check out his site for more information: www.michaelkusugak.com
On February 22nd best-selling Canadian author Kari Lynn Winters will come to visit Divisions 8, 9, 10 and 11. Her website is: www.kariwinters.com
During November and December Divisions 6, 7, 8 and 9 read the 5 books nominated for the Marilyn Ballie Picture Book Award 2010. The nominees were Me and You by Genevieve Cote, The Delicious Bug by Janet Perlman, You’re Mean Lily Jean by Frieda Wishinsky , Timmerman was here by Colleen Sydor and Our Corner Grocery Store by Joanne Swartz. The students enjoyed all the books, but chose The Delicious Bug by Janet Perlman as their favourite. Check these great books out at the library and you be the judge!
Thank you to all the students who contributed to the Celebration of Literacy Assembly yesterday. The book talks from Division 1 were fantastic and everyone learned a lot from the animal research projects of Division 2. Thank you also to Division 9 students who shared their personal connections to the reading they are doing. Finally congratulations to the 120 students who received their 50 nights of reading certificates. Keep on reading!