Thursday, 19 December 2013

Kindness and Caring for the Holidays

Another year is coming to a close. This week we have been reading the story " How to Heal a Broken Wing" by Bob Graham. While it is not a Holiday story, it does capture that theme of kindness, and thinking of others. Last week we read a winter story called "One Winter's Day" by Christina Butler, it highlights the adventures of a Hedgehog who also spends his time doing kind things for others despite his own troubles. Below are summary's of each book from indigo.

One Winter's Day:

When a fierce windstorm blows away Little Hedgehog''s nest, he puts on his winter clothes and sets off for Badger''s warm house. On his way, Hedgehog meets his friends, all shivering in the wind and snow. One by one, Hedgehog gives away his cozy mittens, hat, and scarf.

But will Little Hedgehog make it through the storm to safety without his warm clothes?

A delightful story about sharing with others, with soft flocking wherever Little Hedgehog''s mittens, hat and scarf appear.

How to Heal a broken Wing:

No one saw the bird fall."

In a city full of hurried people, only young Will notices the bird lying hurt on the ground. With the help of his sympathetic mother, he gently wraps the injured bird and takes it home. In classic Bob Graham style, the beauty is in the details: the careful ministrations with an eyedropper, the bedroom filled with animal memorabilia, the saving of the single feather as a good-luck charm for the bird''s return to the sky. Wistful and uplifting, here is a tale of possibility - and of the souls who never doubt its power.

Below is a resource for parents that highlights Kindness and Caring, and how you can continue the conversation at home.

Finally, students have been given overdue notices to take home today. Please return the form (with the books!) So that we may maintain our collection here at Earl Beatty.

Have a safe and Happy Holiday!

Sunday, 8 December 2013

This Past Week: Just Read it Parties and Google Work

Hello Earl Beatty!

As the week begins, we wanted to share with you what has been happening in the Library, and what is to come. This past week we hosted our very first Library parties for the winners of the just read it campaign. Students had a great time working together in cooperative games, and enjoyed each other's company over hot chocolate and cookies.
Keep reading throughout December and tell us about it here on our blog to win a chance to be a part of next month's party.

We have begun to wrap up our work on the google 4 doodle contest. Most of the work we have been doing include investigating inventions, and helping students to generate ideas that are innovative and forward thinking. We have sent home a notice with students on how to follow through with the contest if you would wish to officially enter their ideas. Please see the notice attached to this email for more details on what you can do at home over the holiday break.

Finally, over the course of this week and the next, the Library will be sending home notices for overdue books. Please make sure to look for these missing items over the winter break. Many overdue notices may be showing up from previous year. We are trying to resolve accounts and need your help in either finding missing books, or communicating errors that are showing up in our reports.

Notice Home for Google Doodle Contest

Check out some great ideas from our Kindergarten students!

Have a great week!