World Read Aloud Day

“On February 24, 2016 Lit World encourages children, parents, teachers, other educators, and librarians to read aloud. Lit World’s World Read Aloud Day (#WRAD16) champions the importance of telling stories no matter where one is around the globe.”

Watch and listen to Karma Wilson read aloud from her book “Bear Snores On”.

You can find more stories to watch and read along with on the World Read Aloud Day website.

Pink Shirt Day

Mark your calendar:  Pink Shirt Day is on February 24th.

Wear something pink to show that we are all working together to erase bullying in our community.  What better time of year to connect with models of kindness like Auggie (Wonder, by R.J. Palacio).

Check out these resources and book trailers to get inspired and spread the message for kindness all year round.

Class Resources:  Pledge to “Choose Kind”

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Pink Shirt Day additional resources:

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Black History Month

February is Black History Month.  Take some time to learn about the accomplishments and contributions of black Canadians with these resources:

Government of Canada, Black History Month website:

“Every year, Canadians are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honour the legacy of black Canadians, past and present. Canadians take this time to celebrate the many achievements and contributions of black Canadians who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation it is today. During Black History Month, Canadians can gain insight into the experiences of black Canadians and their vital role in the community.”  Resources include:

20 Notable Black Inventors Infographic (American and Canadian)

Black Inventors Infographic

 

Family Literacy

Thanks to the organizers, families in attendance and our wonderful Teacher Librarian superheroes (including our planners and set up team) for an inspiring literacy event at today’s Riot of Reading.  The Riot of Reading is an annual community event in Mission to celebrate Family Literacy Day.

We had so much fun exploring Reading Superpowers, sharing fictional and real-life superhero books, and discovering our Superhero names.  Hanging out with Clifford was pretty cool too!

Hope to see everyone again next year!

Have a Heart Day

This message is from the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada (FNCFCS) website:

“Have a Heart Day is a child and youth-led reconciliation campaign that brings together caring Canadians to help ensure First Nations children have the services they need to grow up safely at home, get a good education, be healthy, and be proud of who they are.

Activity Ideas:

  • Host a Valentine’s Day party to raise awareness in your school or community. Choose a day leading up to Valentine’s Day that makes sense for your class or community.
  • Spread the word through social media like YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. Use the hashtag #HaveaHeartDay.

Explore the Have a Heart Day website to download Have a Heart Day resources, and to order bookmarks and buttons!  There is also an information sheet entitled “Reconciliation is all of us”.

Through activities like Have a Heart Day, we are creating a movement where the landscape of Canada is only one of honour and possibility for First Nations children.”

FNCFCS also shared this music video by N’we Jinan Artists “Important to Us”, written and performed by students at Pierre Elliot Trudeau School:

 

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