What Are We Reading This Week??

A new month means new themes in the Library! This month we focus on remembrance. Our faith celebrates the dearly departed and the communion of Saints with the feasts of all Souls day and All saints Day. We have many great saint books available.
With our national Remembrance Day coming up on the 11th, we have many great books about the importance of Remembrance, Day, what we remember and why. The Grade 4s are listening to the chapter book of Sadako the Japanese girl made ill by the radiation from the nuclear bombs and made famous by her 1000 paper cranes. The primary classes are also hearing a simpler version of this story and also other books about peace and why we wear poppies.
Intermediate students were also introduced briefly to the story of Anne Frank. Stories such as Sadako and Anne Frank make complex and hard to understand historical events more accessible for children to understand and relate to. We also have the Our Canada historical fiction series also has many good books set during war time and actual events that can provide insights into our history.
Happy reading.
Mrs. Moffatt

September 2015

Dear Parents,

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our school, September 25 to October 1, and you are invited to share in this celebration of literacy with us!

This year’s theme: A Monster Book Fair! Watch for more news about the Book Fair as soon as school starts.

Set aside time now and plan to attend the SFX Book Fair as a family.

Now more than ever, reading is vital to leading a better life. Knowing how to read is just the beginning. Motivating young people to keep reading, comprehend what they read and develop the ability to think creatively are the end goals. Together at SFX, we can inspire children to practice reading and read more often. It will make a difference in their lives that will last a lifetime.

Book Fair hours:

Friday              September 25                         10:00               6:00

Monday           September 28                         10:00               6:00

Tuesday          September 29                         10:00               6:00

Wednesday     September 30                         10:00               6:00

Thursday         October 1                                10:00               6:00


Download Link Below (click):

September 2015 Book Fair Notice

March Digital Literacy

Some websites are being introduced in the library.  These may be used to explore with your child some of the advantages and pitfalls of the internet.  How playing some games helps us learn.  How playing some games may be a distraction from learning.  Why parents want children to choose safe websites.  How to come to you for help if they are being tempted to abuse computer use.

www.sfxschool.ca  Under Quick Link to Classes

IT, Information Technology, scroll down to the Coding Cub link on the right: studio.codeorg/s/1.  (Coding is an important digital skill to understand, if not to master because of the clarity and precision required to write and follow directions.) Or search for www.code.org/learn, scroll down to tutorials for beginners and after watching the video the first time, click to start puzzles 1-20.


www.vpl.com.  Useful for students to be able to find books outside the SFX Library  vpl

Alternatively see: Richmond Public library and Burnaby Public Library

www.abcya.com  abcyaA site which has games for leaning alphabetical order.  It contains many other games and is a safe site for children.  Digital literacy problem:  many of the games on the website have a higher fun factor than those which teach alphabetical order.   alphabetical orderTherefore at this elementary level begin to discuss with your child:  How much of digital time should be for learning, how much for playing?  50-50? 75-25?  It is true we learn from playing and having fun is important.  How will we figure out how much work/play?  Listen to your children’s opinions over time.  Be flexible.  Play some of the fun games to examine their appeal and ability to teach.

www.tuxpaint.org  This is a drawing program, a free download and for younger students a good introduction to using a computer.  tux paint 1Drawing activates the right side of the brain and gives the left side a rest so working with shapes and colours helps balance intellectual output.  Secondly, drawing allows children to connect with their imagination and express feelings and ideas beyond their vocabulary level.  Thirdly, digital literacy requires the ability to manipulate images.  (We are unaware of research comparing drawing digitally and drawing with a pencil and paper.  If you find any such research please inform.)Tux_Paint 2

Enjoy the month of march as we continue our extra prayers and sacrifices in preparation for Easter.  April 1 will be Holy Thursday.  Easter is April 5th this year.

February: Speech Arts Festival Preparation

Put the SFX Speech Festival, April 8 and 9, on your radar screen as a key learning element.

3 reasons why.
1) Memory. Memorizing proverbs, poems, prayers, psalms, stories, jokes and nursery rhymes builds mental strength. (Parents should do the memory work too!)
2) Decision making. Choose what to memorize. Be careful what you choose to put in your brain and in your child’s brain. Some things, even though funny, should be pruned out of mind, not put into memory. Nursery Rhymes form part of the rhythm of English and are part of culture.
3) Presentation. How to say what one chooses to say. This is the easiest and the most intimate part:
i) pronunciation/articulation;
ii) pacing (some parts fast, some slow);
iii) pitch (some parts high, some parts low);
iv) volume (some parts loud, some parts whispered);
v) emotional content (happy, sad, angry, surprised, flat).
Thinking.  Pondering.  Why are we working to improve our speaking? Winning a place in the festival, being chosen to represent one’s class, would be an honour. Thinking critically with one’s family about what to say and how to say it will be priceless.
Resources  In libraries one finds nursery rhymes at 398 and poems at 808.81 and 811 among other places; psalms (242), proverbs (221), and jokes (808.88). Use the subject heading ‘Stories in Rhyme’ to find stories which are like poems. To meet the time requirements of the festival, modify: cut out parts, repeat or embellish. One must have the original for the festival but it can be modified if the adjudicators are notified beforehand.

For further information click below:

Speech Arts Guidelines

Prose recitations 2015

Primary Bible Readings 2015

Intermediate Bible Readings 2015