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Welcome Back Everyone we have a great new year of events and activities happening in the Hillside Library Learning Commons. Book checkout will start this next week, September 18th, and some new lunchtime clubs will be starting up in the Library Learning Commons soon.  I am pleased to see our “Library” moving forward into a Learning Commons style of place where we can find learning happening in more than just the books we check out.  We have Little Readers and  the Lego Club moving to the Library Learning Commons on Mondays.  There will also be some Maker Activities, including the addition of technology within some of them on Thursdays, and there will be Primary and Intermediate Rock Clubs on alternate Fridays.  As always there will also be some literacy events, such as The Red Cedar Awards, some book talk groups and hopefully another graphic novel (visual literacy) club.  On top of all this I am excited to get started on our first Scholastic Book Fair in November, during the week of parent/teacher conferences.  Please don’t to forget to check out the other links on this website, including the great book links and research tools, as well as Wonderopolis and Tumble Books found at the bottom of this page.  If you have any questions or “wonders” please don’t hesitate to drop in and talk to me anytime you don’t see me teaching a class.  The Library Learning Commons is always open after school to anyone, and students are encouraged to come visit or exchange their books anytime, there is no need to wait for their next Library block. 🙂

Remember:  The more you read, the more you know. The more you know, the smarter you grow.  The smarter you grow, the stronger your voice, when speaking your mind or making your choice. Author unknown

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Congratulations Hillside Scholastic Book Fair WOW

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I want to thank the AMAZING STUDENT AND PARENT VOLUNTEERS, who were instrumental in the success of our first Scholastic Book Fair of the 2016-2017 school year.  I also want to thank the amazing community of learners, including students, parents and staff, for coming to visit me and the book fair.  Research has shown that students who own their own books are more likely to become strong readers so thank you parents for supporting your children in such a positive way.  I know the students were so excited to find new and interesting book treasures, providing hours of imagination and intrigue as the dove into the stories. 

We sold $6079 worth of books and other treasures at the book fair, which we get 60% of in the form of new books from Scholastic Canada.  I always choose some books from the book fair and keep some of the capital in the form of a credit to purchase books throughout the year.  Some the books are chosen because of students’ interests, others to support the curriculum that teachers are teaching in their classrooms.  I have already started to process some of the books that I picked up from the book fair and hope to have some on display for checkout this coming week.  As I see students each week in their Library Learning Commons, whether during class time, lunch or after school, they are looking through my pile of new books and asking me if I can process this book next.  I love to see how excited the new books make the students.

On the last day of the book fair I always make our prize draws so that students can come chose their prizes.  There were 12 other prize won during the book fair.  A grade 1 student from Mrs. Buccini’s room won the free $25 dollars worth of books, and Mrs. Buccini also got to choose $25 worth of books for her classroom library.  Student winners also came from Divisions 13, 11, 8, 6, 4, 3, and 2.  In addition, several parents granted the wishes of teachers in our school, purchasing books from the teacher’s wish lists.  These lists are always on display in the book fair every year, and the teachers and their students are always so pleased to get these new and cherished resources in their classrooms.

Once again, I can’t thank enough all my student and parent volunteers who helped set up the book fair, worked at the book fair, and then helped take down the book fair.  We have a strong, supportive community of learners at our school and I couldn’t do it with out you. 

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RED CEDAR AWARDS

What are the Red Cedar Awards?                rclogo

The Red Cedar Awards are British Columbia’s Young Reader’s Choice book awards.  It is the chance for students to have a say in which books they feel are the best of the best in today’s Canadian Literature.

Every year, thousands of children between grades 4 and 7 from across the province are invited to read books from the nominated lists of non-fiction and fiction red-cedar-awards-fiction-book-listtitles and vote for their favourite.

The purpose of the program is threefold:

1. To enrich and broaden students’ reading experiences,

2. To promote literacy through the reading of quality Canadian literature

3. To encourage students’ thoughtful evaluation of these reading materials.

red-cedar-awards-nonfictionThe Red Cedar Book Awards are officially “launched” in mid-November each year, and students have the next six months to read and decide which one of the titles on the list they feel is the best Canadian book of the year. There has been great interest in the books and the grade 4-6 students came down at Lunch on Monday, the First of November, to learn more about the program and to start taking out books.  I’m delighted by the amount of excitement the students have shown.  Come down any time to look at the books, and talk about what is happening.

We will meet once a week in the library to share and discuss the books we are reading.  Any and all students are welcome.

Voting takes place in Late April, and the award winners are announced in May. Students may read books in either the fiction or the non-fiction category (or both if they’re really avid readers!). Two awards are given annually to the book from each list receiving the most votes.

New Year and It’s Already Time For Another Scholastic Book Fair

 

Come Join Us to Find Your Own Treasure

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The books will arrive at some point on Thursday, Nov 17th and I will be working hard to get everything up and ready for the book fair to start on the Friday. I will have the book fair open Friday, Nov. 18th thru Wednesday Nov. 23rd , at Lunch and after School. I will also be open during the Parent/Teacher Conference Night. Students have been encouraged to bring their parents down to see me at the book fair before or after their parent teacher meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 22nd. Those who do, just because they came down to see me, will receive an extra draw ticket to put into a draw to win $25 of free sbf-pirates-3books of their own choosing at the end of the day on Wednesday.

 

There will be other “treasure” prize draws happening at the book fair once again. There will be one draw for “treasure” where students need to try and figure out a question that will be on display, and eversbf-pirates-4y student who wants to guess can enter to win. There will also be 7 other “treasure” draw, choice-baskets. Students will receive one ticket for every book that they buy throughout the book fair and they can choose which draw box to put their ticket in. The baskets will contain a choice of one of two books, along with some other goodies.  Who knows what other treasures will be found……

Good Luck to everyone. J     Hope to See You All at the Book Fair,

Book Exchange & Sale

It Is On

Book Exchange Sale:  

Bring One, Get One, Buy One Sale  

All Happening This Friday, June 10

At Recess Lunch and After School 🙂

At the beginning of the year I mentioned the concept of having a book exchange and or sale at some point during the year and many students were very excited about the idea.  Well the time has come.  The idea behind this book exchange/sale is for students and families to go through their household books and look for books that students/children have outgrown.  These are the books that they do not want to keep or pass down to others.  Students will receive a ticket for the first five books they bring in, though they are welcome to bring in more. The students can then come to the book exchange/sale at Recess and use their tickets to purchase a new book for them to love and read.  For those who do not have any books they want to trade in, all the books will be able to be purchased for 25 cents at lunch and after school.

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In addition to the books being provided by the students, there will be books that have been deselected from the library shelves.  These books will have been deselected from our resources by the Teacher Librarian, Mrs. Brooks, based on a well thought out and documented criteria.  Anyone wishing to see these criteria is encouraged to come visit me after school any day.  The de-selection process is a slow but necessary one, which I started over the summer last year.  As our library grows in resources it is necessary to re-evaluate the older resources as to their effectiveness on the shelves.  This is based largely on stereotyped text and illustrations, dated or miss-information, as well as the relevance of the resource to our students.  Since our library has many books that are over 20 years old and that have not been used since automation, this process will continue to be happening.  There will be among the items being deselected some well-loved books, many of which I will be replacing on the shelves with newer versions.  The books in question are not being read due to dated imagery, yellowed pages and numerous other aesthetic reasons.  Dated imagery will often turn off a reader, as they look at the image and think old, this cannot be relative to me.  Well this many seem irrational to some, I can’t tell you the number of times I have tried to sell the idea or reading the older copy of a story, only to be told, “No, I’ll wait for the other one to come back.”

I am very excited about both our upcoming Bring One, Get One, Buy One Book Fair and hope to see many students and other members of our learning community come to check it out this coming Friday.    🙂

BOOK FAIR THANKS

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Well our second book fair went fantastic, thanks to all my helpers and the support of the whole school community.

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We sold $3915 worth of books to our avid readers.  Between the two book fairs we’ve had this year, we sold approximately  $9000 worth of books.  The resources of books and money have provided a wealth of new literature for our library shelves, and has left us with some money in reserve to purchase other items in the coming year.  I am ever so grateful to have such wonderful students and parents who give up their time to support the book fairs.  Without their support the book fairs would never be as successful as they are.  Once again, I also wish to thank our community of learners and readers who came out to find new reading gems.  I hope they find endless hours of enjoyment as they read through their new books.

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR TIME AGAIN :)

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The books will arrive at some point on Thursday, March 3rd and I will be working hard to get everything up and ready for the book fair to start on the Friday. I will have the book fair open Friday, March 4th thru Wednesday March 9th, at Lunch and after School. I will also be open during the Parent/Teacher Conference Night. Students have been encouraged to bring their parents down to see me at the book fair before or after their parent teacher meeting on Tuesday, March 8th. Those who do, just because they came down to see me, will receive an extra draw ticket to put into a draw to win $25 of free books of their own choosing at the end of the day on Wednesday.

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There will be other prize draws happening at the book fair once again. There will be one prize draw where students need to try and figure out a question that will be on display, and every student who wants to guess can enter to win. There will also be 7 other prize draw, choice-baskets. Students will receive one ticket for every book that they buy throughout the book fair and they can choose which draw box to put their ticket in. The baskets will contain a choice of one of two books, along with some other goodies.

Good Luck to everyone. J     Hope to See You All at the Book Fair,

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*SPECIAL NOTE: There is a BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE section within the Scholastic Book Fair. It is their way of saying THANK YOU to the entire school community for our continued efforts and commitment to literacy. PLUS! Scholastic Book Fairs will donate 50% in Books to designated children’s hospitals through select Big Brothers, Big Sisters agencies in our area.

 

Every purchase you make, counts in a BIG way!

Riot of Reading

This Saturday, January 23rd from 11:00-3:00 at Mission Central Elementary the community of Mission is invited to come to our yearly family literacy event, the Riot of Reading.  This is fun family event that is absolutely free for everyone who wishes to join us.  There will be many different booths providing information on different community programs.  Visitor will have the chance to get involved with different crafts and games as they travel about the fair.  In addition, throughout the event there will be numerous performances of music, dance, drama and stories, and a magician who will arrive around 1:00.  Many of these activities, though performance based, will encourage audience interaction.  A great amount of fun can be had by all. In addition we will get to meet Clifford the big red dog, and Geronimo Stilton.  Both will be wandering around the fair throughout the day.  Towards the end of the event the large community cake will be cut and there will be pizza and refreshments available to go with our sweet dessert.

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Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4. 1968)

An activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience.

Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (1964) because he taught people to fight with words not fists.  Other Awards he received were the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1977, posthumously) and the Congressional Gold Medal (2004, posthumously).

Martian Luther King was loved all over the world He was best known for his deliverance of his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963 where he shared his dreams and filled them with hope.  By 1964 the “White Only” signs came down and the Civil Rights Act abolished segregation.  In 1983 Martin Luther King Day holiday was signed into law to be the third Monday in January.  This year it is Monday, January 18th.

This is Martin’s Big Words, adapted from a book by Doreen Rappaport and Illustrated by Bryan Collier.

 

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