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Why is it that February, the shortest month of the year, often seems like the longest? The Old Farmer’s Almanac says this about February:
“Groundhog found fog. New snows and blue toes. Fine and dandy for Valentine candy. Snow spittin’; if you’re not mitten-smitten, you’ll be frostbitten! By jing-y feels spring-y.”
As we tend to spent more time indoors in February there is no better time to relax and read a good book to your children. Here at Tall Pines, we believe that no matter how old your child is, nothing will keep students engaged like a good story.
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) Celebrates World Read Aloud Day
Imagine a world where everyone can read….
February 24th, 2016 is World Read Aloud Day. It is organized each year by LitWorld and is about taking action to show that the right to read and write belongs to all people. World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words, especially those words that are shared from one person to another, and creates a community of readers advocating for every child’s right to a safe education and access to books and technology. Find out more about LitWorld and World Read Aloud Day by searching litworld.org/wrad.
The FOREST OF READING IS IN FULL SWING AT TALL PINES
This year we are participating in six programs in the Forest of Reading: Blue Spruce, Silver Birch (Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Express), Red Maple as well as Le Prix Peuplier, our Jr. French program. Last year a total of 250,000 readers in Ontario read and voted for the best book in each category. To qualify to vote in April, at least five of the ten nominated books on the shortlist must be read in a particular category.
Here are the latest statistics:
- Casa 3 has read 6 Blue Spruce books since our last update
- The Zone is in second place with a total of 71 books read.
- Once again, Mrs. Dougan’s class still leads the pack as 7 students and Mrs. Dougan have read all 10 Silver Birch Non-Fiction books. In total they have read 96 books. Impressive!
To date, the students of Tall Pines have read 417 books. That’s amazing!
POLAR EXPRESSIONS PUBLISHING: Poetry & Short Story Contest
In December, over 60 short stories were submitted to the 2015/2016 National Student Short Story Contest. Winning entries will be offered publication in a professionally printed and bound keepsake collection. First-round results will be available in March. Good luck to all our budding writers.
Congratulations to the following students whose poems were chosen for publishing:
Olivia Bouchard – Gr. 7 “Still the Poppies Lie”
Aiden Gravelle – Gr. 7 “The Unsung Heroes”
Ayla Ahmad – Gr.8 “What Has Become of All of Us”
Rea Bhamra – Gr. 8 “Soldiers Asleep”
Michael Do Rego – Gr. 8 “Fight for Our Cause”
Guneet Kaur – Gr. 8 “For the Fallen”
Aly Muhammad Ladak – Gr. 8 “Hawks and Doves”
Celeste Morin – Gr. 8 “Darkness”
Rianna Oh – Gr. 8 “A Day to Remember”
TALL PINES SCHOOL COMMEMORATIVE BOOK CLUB
Support Our Library
Donate a book in your child’s honour
This year, we are offering this unique way to honour your child’s birthday, a notable achievement or in honour of a special teacher(s) while enriching our school library at the same time.
There are still a great selection of hardcover books available for purchase and are displayed in the front foyer. Fill out a donation form with the necessary information including a dedication. Your child will be acknowledged on a special bookplate inside the front cover of their book. The book will have a special place in our library for all to see and read. Also, your child will be the first to check out the book.
Thanks to all the parents that have already generously purchased books on behalf of their child/children for our library.
Stay warm and keep reading and in the words of the immortal Dr. Seuss, “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick a book and read to a child.”
Mrs. V. Lawrence
Tall Pines School