Authors are Coming! Authors are Coming!
On April 25th students will have the opportunity to attend presentations and a writer's workshop presented by two Alberta authors - Lois Donovan and David Poulsen.
Grade 5 and 7 students will attend the Lois Donovan presentation. Lois writes historical Canadian fiction.
In her first novel, Winds of L’Acadie, two teens - Sarah and Luke, are transported to 1755 in Nova Scotia via a Mi’kmaq porcupine quill box, just as the Acadians are about to be deported from their homes. The teens are desperate to save their new friends from this terrible tragedy. This novel has strong themes of family, friendship, courage and loyalty. Ages 10+
Her second Novel, The Journal - Kami, while reading newspaper clippings from 1929 that are pasted in an old diary, finds herself in the very British world of Edmonton when two Alberta heroes are making their mark. World War I flying Ace “Wop” May sets off with medicine in a minus thirty degree snowstorm in a brave effort to prevent a diphtheria outbreak from spreading and the first female judge, Emily Murphy is leading the Famous Five in their fight to have women recognized as “persons” in the Canadian constitution. This novel explores themes of friendship, family, trust, courage to make a difference, and racism. Ages 10+
Both of these books are available to purchase on School Cash for $10 each (gst incl.) and will be signed by the author to the student (or whomever you choose). After you make your purchase, you must let the office or myself know to whom you would like the books signed. If you'd like to purchase some signed copies as gifts, that is fine too, just as long as we have a name for the author to address. These must be purchased prior to the visit so the author knows how many books to pack along with her. She may have a few extras on the big day but ordering in advance will ensure that you have a copy.
Grade 6 and 8 students will attend the David Poulsen presentation. David has written many books covering several genres.
He has been a broadcaster, teacher, football coach, rodeo cowboy, stage and film actor as well as a writer. His most recent novel, "And Then the Sky Exploded", is the historical fiction story of a young teenage boy who discovers that his great, great grandfather played a role in the development of the atom bombs dropped over Japan in 1945. In a subsequent school trip to Japan, the young boy struggles to find a way to make amends to the people he feels his grandfather harmed.
David Paulsen will be selling and autographing books on site - the cost will be between $8 and $13 (incl. gst.)
Welcome to Our Newly Renovated
Library Learning Commons
"Libraries stand for Freedom, privacy of thought, search and expression. They stand for private study in a social space. They are safe, places of sanctuary and they are trusted." - Roly Keating
The Library Learning Commons is the Hub of the school! It houses 32 chromebooks as well the library collection. Classes are often taught within the library and we have a smart board and a giant screen with projector to fit teacher's needs. We now have a brand new breakout room for teachers and EA's to use with small groups of students or perhaps a group of students needing a space to work collaboratively on a project. Because of our extended lunch hour, this year the library is open during lunch recess for students who wish to choose books, sit and read, or work on homework/projects. As dynamic as the library can be, it is also a respite for those looking for a quiet place to read, study, work on homework or simply collect their thoughts.
This year we are re-branding as the Curiosity Shop and encouraging all students to be curious about the world around them and to head to the learning commons to find the answers to all their burning questions - either through the books on the shelves or our collection of Chrome books. Check out our curiosity page of interesting sites and topics!
We are all Knights on a Quest for Knowledge!
Students are welcome to use the charging station in the library for their phones and devices :)
Hours of Operation: 8:15-3:45 Mon.-Fri.
Students can access the library before school, at recesses and after school any time through the day as directed by their teacher.
Books are signed out for 2 weeks and can be renewed as needed. There is no limit (within reason) to the number of books that may be signed out, but students know that as soon as they have an overdue book, no more books may be borrowed until the overdue book is returned. If a student is chronic with overdues, their account may be limited to only one book at a time.
Fiction Books of every genre: Novels, Picture Books, Science Fiction, Humor, Historical Fiction, Easy Reading, Manga, Graphic Novels and much more!
Non-fiction encompasses not only curriculum related materials but also a large selection of special interest such as: Sports, Drawing, Cars, Hunting, Guinness World Records, Ghost Stories, Pets, Cooking, and so much more!
All students are issued textbooks from grade 5-8. From time to time throughout the year they are issued novel studies which fall under the realm of textbooks as well. Students are expected to take care of their textbooks throughout the year and any damage that is not considered normal wear and tear will result in the students being billed to repairs or replacement. Students are encouraged to cover their textbooks with instruction and materials available from the librarian.