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"The Cat in the Hat"
Congratulations to Sara, Skyler, Paige and Emily
Grade 3 Student Wins Signed Book
After reading Barnabas Bigfoot: A Close Shave in library class, many Grade 3 students entered drawings depicting scenes from the book in a contest for the next in the series.
Lane's drawing showed Barnabas, his father and Dogger Dogwood. It is full of colour, creativity and personal expression. He received a copy of Barnabas Bigfoot: A Hairy Tangle, personally signed by our author-of-the-year, Marty Chan.
2nd place winner Amelie's drawing is beautifully coloured, placing Barnabas in his natural habitat of mountains, forests and a beautiful sky. The footprints are a delightful detail.
BOOK FAIR 2013
The book fair was a great success again. With about $6000 in sales, the library got over $800 in books and over $1000 in cash, which will be used for programs like author visits as well as resources and extras like the bean bags we bought last fall with book fair money. Our generous community donated 31 books to classrooms with the Wish List program.
Congratulations to Grade 1 & 2, who tied for their Wish Boxes decorated in the All Star Reader theme. They each received a book from their classroom wish list.
Congratulations also to Madison G., who won the family draw. She got to choose $25.00 in books for her family and her teacher, Mrs. Christensen got to choose $25.00 in books for the classroom.
"Magic means 'to change'.
- by Unknown
Influencing their Younger Schoolmates in a Positive Way
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Eight junior and senior high students have volunteered this year to read to elementary students in their classrooms. They share their enthusiasm for and their challenges with reading and everyone enjoys themselves.
This award is presented to the elementary class with the best record for returning their books during the previous month.
We believe that a seemingly small thing like taking care of and returning library books on time, demonstrates organization skills and responsibility that will serve students all through their school careers and onward in life.
Grade 1 Takes Back the Library Award
For the 4th month this year, Grade 1 has taken the April award.
The generosity of a Local Business Brightens up Easy Street
‘Easy Street’, the K-2 section in the newly designed school library is a lot brighter and more comfortable now with a bright new children’s carpet sponsored by local business, Bernies Hot Oil Services. Whole classes get comfortable on it to hear stories and everyone loves to sit on it to read and work together. Students and staff at Swan Hills school are very grateful for Bernie's generosity and thank them for 'Filling Their Bucket'.
Library Transformed!The library has undergone an entire transformation from painting and carpet to a whole new arrangement called "Islands of Knowledge", which supports Alberta Education's Inquiry-Based Learning model and makes it easier for students find exciting materials.
Many thanks to the Parent Action Committee as well
News and Notes
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The MS Read-and-Walk-a-Thon was a great success. The kids had lots of fun while raising awareness and even getting some reading in. The pictures should be up on the website soon. Many thanks to all the families who pitched in for this worthy cause.
I'm excited that we will again have a yearbook this year. Again - thanks to all of you who placed your order in time to make sure that we have enough.
Now it's time to start getting ready for the Book Fair. I will be setting up on the 11th, classes will come through on the 12th & 13th and of course we will be open during parent teacher interviews on the same days as well as the morning of the 14th. I look forward to seeing everyone there.
Well, the new year is upon us already and as has become a tradition, we start the year with our annual MS Read-And-Walk-A-Thon. We hope to build on the spirit of giving that is emphasized during the Christmas season and encourage students to maintain a habit of generosity throughout the year.
Our School Goal is to beat our previous high total of $3112 raised in 2007. The money will be used by the MS Society of Alberta to fund research to find treatments and cures, (which currently don't exist for most forms of the disease), or it might supply three people with wheel chairs, or a myriad of other supplies to help them in their daily lives.
At an assembly for Grades 1-6 on January 14th we will about multiple sclerosis and the 11,000 Albertans aflicted with this disabling disease. Students will be shown exactly how their money will be spent by the MS Society.
On February 6th the whole school will get together for a walk around town followed by hot chocolate and a period of buddy-reading.
I'm looking forward to 'Sharing the Gift of Story' in the library this week, It has become a tradition, meaning we do it every Christmas. Traditions develop in many ways and they are not only different for every school, every family and every culture - they vary around the world. Click here for a jumping off point for exploring Christmas traditions around the world.
Thanks to the Young Alberta Book Society, which supports reading, writing and the work of Alberta authors, illustrators and storytellers, Kindergarten to Grade 12 students at Swan Hills School enjoyed a a visit from Marty Chan on November 13. Chan, who was raised in Morinville, has become very well known as a playwright, radio writer, television story editor, and young adult author. See more about Marty Chan's visit by clicking on his picture and see the photo album of his presentations here.
The final stages in the reorganization of the library were completed over the summer. "Easy Street", the K-3 section has been organized by topic. Teachers and students will find it very handy to have all the fiction and nonfiction books about, for example Math, together in one area. Come in and check it out!
"There has been an alarming increase in the number of things I know nothing about." - Winnie the Pooh.