HHCS will observe Orange Shirt Day again this year on September 30. Orange Shirt Day is observed on Sept. 30 to honor Residential School survivors, those who did not survive and their families. It is an opportunity for First Nations, schools and communities in Canada and beyond to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope. The origin of Orange Shirt Day is based on Phyllis Webstad’s story of entering an Indian Residential School as a 6 year old girl. We wear orange as a symbol of remembrance because on Phyllis’ first day at a Residential School, the shiny new orange shirt her grandmother bought was taken away from her and replaced with a school uniform. We will be wearing orange shirts on Friday in memory of those who attended residential schools. At HHCS we remember that God loves all of us and that Every Child Matters. It is important to know Canada’s history and to learn more to be able to recognize this day. School should be a place where students feel celebrated, loved, and safe. We won’t forget the children who were at residential schools and we stand with the Indigenous community. I hope the online read-alouds, book trailers, and videos below will be helpful. ‘With Our Orange Hearts’ is the newest book release.
End of the year Scholastic digi-flyers are here! Don’t forget that volunteer hours can be earned by purchasing from Scholastic!
When ordering, use Class code- RC391237. Orders over $40 are FREE delivery to your home!
The in-person Scholastic book fair also starts this week!! Students will shop during their class’s regular library period of the week. (Grade 4-5 and 6a are rescheduled to Friday because of the music assembly on Wednesday.) I will also have the book fair open during morning recess on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Students who need to come back to shop a second time or who will be away on their class’s scheduled day may come during recess times. Parents are also welcome to come after the music assembly on Wednesday until 4:00.
May is Asian Heritage month- enjoy these book selections!
Easter weekend is over, but the reading and the learning doesn’t stop! Here are some great recommendations to continue to help your child learn more about Jesus’ death and resurrection or just to extend the fun of the holiday a little longer. I especially love these diverse book lists.
I am launching a new version of the HHCS Honours Reader program! Some of you might remember this program from a few years ago. The new program will replace the format of the old one. It will have categories to work on such as classics and modern classics, various genres, and diverse books. Students who complete this challenge before they graduate will receive a special HHCS seal. If you like reading, would like to learn more about the world around you, and would like to earn an HHCS seal for your efforts, then go to Google Classroom and click on the plus+ sign button on the top right to add a class and enter this code qru34nw. You will see all the categories with further instructions there.
Scholastic April digi-flyers are here! School-wide class code is RC391237.
This Monday at HHCS we celebrated World Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day. We talked to the students about our wonderful neurodiverse brains, about qualities and difficulties of autism, and about accepting and celebrating our similarities and differences. Enjoy these resources!
Let’s start with a round-up of biography books for kids and tweens/teens! There are so many great choices these days for kids to learn about interesting people in the world.
Last week we celebrated World Down Syndrome Day! Above is a link to my post from last year with some books to learn more.
I’m excited to be starting a Battle of the Books team! If your child is interested and missed last week’s introductory meeting, there is still time to join. We will meet during two recess times each week. This program is organized and hosted by the Halton Hills Public Library.
Recently Mrs. Kroezen, Grade 6B, and I hosted a school assembly on the theme of Black History Month. This year we decided to go with a Canadian Focus. Black History is Canadian history! As a school we celebrated the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians who have done so much for our country. Enjoy some of these Black History month stories below.
Read about the role of Canada as a safe place for slaves to escape to and watch a Heritage Minute about The Underground Railroad:
The role of Harriet Tubman:
The amazing story of John Ware:
Enjoy the music of Oscar Peterson:
She’s on our $10 bill- Viola Desmond!
He’s the real McCoy- inventor Elijah McCoy!
Hockey fans- it’s Willie O’Ree!
Keep working on your reading for The Reading Olympics Challenge! Remember that each book you read can only be applied to one category for the Olympics.
Something a little different for you this week! Last year around this time I posted some pictures of vintage children’s Christmas books that I have at home. I love children’s literature and feel that is so important- and I also love vintage children’s literature! I have a collection at home of my favourites. My number one favourite author-illustrator from my childhood is Gyo Fujikawa. I had forgotten all about her books until one day I saw “Oh What a Busy Day” and I was immediately transported back to childhood.
Gyo captured childhood so well in her writing and illustrations and lovingly depicted children from all cultures playing together, at a time when that was not commonly featured. You can read about her amazing life in this article from The New Yorker. It includes anecdotes about when her family was in an internment camp and when she worked for Disney. https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/how-gyo-fujikawa-drew-freedom-in-childrens-books
There is even a fairly new book about Fujikawa’s life, titled “It Began with a Page-How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way.” You will love reading these books with your children, they are really special!
The awesome thing about these vintage books is you don’t have to hunt them down- they are easy to find as the re-prints are available at Amazon or your local bookstore!
Saturday was World Kindness Day! As Jesus-followers, let’s intentionally teach our kids to find ways to be kind. You will love all the practical ideas and resources on this site: https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/
Take a look here:
Our fall Book Character Potato Contest was so fun, that I’d like to do something similar yet different for Christmas! I am planning to put up a Christmas tree in the library in a few weeks. I would love for students to create (at home) some book-themed ornaments to put on the tree! Any materials or format are fine as long as they will work well with being up on a tree! Let your creativity flow! I will draw a couple of names again to win an Indigo gift card to say thanks for participating. You may send the students’ creations in at any time – the tree will go up sometime late November. Need ideas? Try a keyword search for “DIY Book Character Ornaments.”
Our school will be participating in the Scholastic Reading Program again this year. If your child’s homeroom teacher runs this program through the classroom, then please order through that. However if your child’s teacher does not participate, you are welcome to use my school-wide code! Your order will ship to your home and you can order online whenever you’d like! When you enter the ‘class code’, your order earns 20% back for new books for our school library. Orders over $40 are free shipping.
Use this for the Class code – RC391237
Orange Shirt Day is coming up this week on September 30. Again our school will be observing this day in various age-appropriate ways in the classrooms and as a whole school. We will discuss why Every Child Matters and how all people should be treated with love and respect. We will be working on a wall display this week as well and I will post pictures of that next week. Be sure to wear an orange shirt on Thursday.
I started a new special ‘graphic novel section’ in our school library this year so I thought I’d post about graphic novels! Here is an infographic I made about the benefits of graphic novels. See below for information about graphic novels that may be appealing or helpful to your child. Have a great week HHCS!
It was so nice to see so many families come through on Friday night for a visit to the school! I enjoyed having you all come through the library with your children. Thanks for stopping in!
Here is a link to a presentation I made for our school about Digital Citizenship. I used resources from Common Sense Media which is an amazing site for parents and educators. I hope that you will find this useful and refer back to it during the school year. (link below.)
You can also go to this link from Common Sense Media and get free text message tips about how to promote healthy media habits with your family!
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre has a very helpful article about how to choose a book for your kids. It has general advice and then also specific advice for each age group and for different book genres.
It’s Hispanic Heritage Month! Let’s celebrate with some great books.
I have a whiteboard outside the library where I am starting to post a ‘library question of the week’ for students to write their answers. The first week’s question was “What was a great book that you read this summer?” and the current question is “Where do you like to read?” How about you? Feel free to leave a comment below! Have a great week HHCS and don’t forget about Culture and Curriculum Night on Wednesday!