Building Belonging- diversity, Events, Special Days/Weeks/Months

Orange Shirt Day/National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

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.

Events

Welcome Back to School, and Terry Fox Books

Welcome back, everyone!  I hope that all of you had a great first week of school!  It was so nice to see all the students again and I am looking forward to the 2022/23 school year! Our theme for the year is “Our Stories for God’s Glory.” I can’t wait for all of our student storytellers to show the ways that God is partnering with them to make the world a better place.

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The Back to School Event is this Friday evening!  I look forward to seeing you there.  Be sure to stop by the library for a special new bookmark and to enter a raffle for a new book!

Students, don’t forget to bring back your Summer Reading forms either to me or your homeroom teacher!  You will earn an HHCS Seal for your work.  I hope you all had a good summer of reading!

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Many people in the community will be participating in the Terry Fox Run soon.  Here are some books about Terry Fox for families to read together.

Meet Terry Fox (Scholastic Canada Biography)

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Terry Fox: A Story of Hope

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Events, Family Literacy

Summer Reading Program and New Books to Read this Summer

Summer Reading Activities 2022

Wow, it’s the last week of school!  The HHCS Summer Reading program will be coming home in your child’s report card envelope.  There are 3 main options outlined for your child to choose from, either completing a total of 24 hours of reading over the summer, reading books from around the world, or reading in various locations and documenting it in pictures!  Students who complete the challenge will receive an HHCS seal next June at the Awards Assembly.  Have fun with it! Students may return the summer reading forms to me in the library in September or may give it to their homeroom teacher. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions, at l.baillargeon@hh-cs.org.

Here are some book lists to help if your child wants to do the read around the world challenge!

Books Set on Every Continent & A Printable Reading Activity

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Here are some new books for kids that have either been released recently or will be soon, to get your kids excited for reading this summer.

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Hattie Harmony: Worry Detective by Elizabeth Olsen and Robbie Arnett

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The Bad Guys in Open Wide and Say Arrrgh! (The Bad Guys #15)

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Ali Cross: The Secret Detective (Ali Cross, 3)

Spy School Project X

The Pigeon Will Ride the Roller Coaster!

Jessi's Secret Language (The Baby-sitters Club Graphic Novel #12): A Graphix Book (Adapted edition) (The Baby-Sitters Club...

Mummies in the Morning Graphic Novel (Magic Tree House (R))

Key Player (Front Desk #4)

The Princess in Black and the Mermaid Princess

Learn to Read Box

The Super Cup Face-Off (Geronimo Stilton #81)

Brave Every Day

Have a wonderful summer, everyone!!

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Building Belonging- diversity, Events, Scholastic Book Club, Special Days/Weeks/Months

Asian Heritage Month, Scholastic Digi-Flyers, and Scholastic Book Fair is Here!!

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!

 

May June Flyer

Scholastic- English Digi-Flyer for June

Scholastic- French Digi-Flyer for June

Scholastic- Camp Read-a-Lot

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!

Kids’ Books on the Experiences of Asian American Immigrants

The Many Meanings of Meilan

Scholastic- Asian Heritage Month

Alvin Ho series by Lenore Look

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things

Any Day with You by Mae Respicio

Any Day with You

Kudo Kids Series

Kudo Kids: The Mystery in Manhattan

Soul Lanterns by Shaw Kuzki

Soul Lanterns

Authors, Events, Scholastic Book Club

Author Focus on Oliver Jeffers, Scholastic Book Fair and Other Library Reminders

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Oliver Jeffers has written and illustrated many children’s books and is a talented artist.  His books have a wonderful sense of whimsy.  Check out some of his work!

 

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Scholastic book fair is coming NEXT WEEK!  Classes will visit the fair on their regular library visit day so be sure to pack spending money that day.

Last day to take AR tests is coming up on June 9!  Students should plan accordingly to be able to meet their goals by this deadline.

Honours Reader program (optional challenge) is hosted in Google classroom- join code is qru34nw.

Please double check with your children if they have been bringing back their library books on time or if you might have received any late notices from the library that may have gone to your spam folder.

Have a wonderful week!

 

Authors, Events

Who HQ, and Scholastic Book Fair Starts in 2 Weeks!

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Have you and your children checked out the Who HQ series? This huge collection of non-fiction books helps kids to learn the who, what, when, where, and why of the world!  I have recently purchased some more of this series to enrich our collection in the library at school.  There is even a tv version of this book series on Netflix!

Images from whowasbookseries.com

who was the first man on the moon?: neil armstrong

who sparked the montgomery bus boycott?: rosa parks

what is the coronavirus disease covid-19?

what is the civil rights movement?

where were the seven wonders of the ancient world?

The book fair is coming up… I could still use one more volunteer!  Email me at l.baillargeon@hh-cs.org if you’re able to help during the school day. Parents will be welcome to stop in to shop after school after the Arts Assembly on Wednesday June 1.

Events, Social-Emotional, Special Days/Weeks/Months

Volunteers Needed for Scholastic Book Fair, May is Mental Health Awareness Month

It was so great to have so many families come through the library on the Celebration of Learning night last week!  It was so fun to have you all making bookmarks, using the selfie station, checking out extra books, and just reading and relaxing together!  The library is such an important part of our school community- thank you for coming by!

I am excited that we will be able to host an in-person book fair for the students the week of May 30!  I will need a couple of volunteers to help out with sales.  Email me at l.baillargeon@hh-cs.org if you might be able to help!

May is Mental Health Awareness Month!  This year at school I started a permanent rotating display of social-emotional books in the library for the students to easily find.  It is so important for us to talk about these issues with our kids and to support them in mental health.  I hope these resources will be helpful.

Random House- Kids Books About Mental Health

What's Up, Maloo?

A Mighty Girl- Books to Help Kids Overcome Anxiety, Worry, Fear

Events, Special Days/Weeks/Months

Earth Day, and Upcoming Celebration of Learning Night

Earth Day was on Friday!  It’s very exciting around school these days as our classes get ready for the Celebration of Learning night on May 5.  Quite a few classes are working on projects that have to do with the environment.  We can’t wait to show you what we’ve been learning this year!  Make sure to stop by the library that night too- I am planning to have some book-related selfie props for you to take some pictures with your family in the library, as well as some DIY bookmark-making materials- lots of fun!

CBC.ca – Canadian Books for Kids to Read for Earth Day

Books for a Better Planet! 16 Earth-Friendly Reads for Kids

Here We Are

Books to Celebrate Earth Day

Picture Books for Earth Day

18 thoughtful children’s books about the environment