Zone 7 students are enjoying a tropical treat today as they learn more about the beautiful island of Martinique. They have put together some lovely pineapple upside down cakes and made an information web including many interesting pieces of information about this Caribbean country.
Zone 8 students learned all about Belgium in this unit of study. From diamonds to chocolate they discovered many things that make Belgium a unique and interesting country! The highlight of this part of our units is, of course, getting to make food that originates in this part of the world. This time we had Belgian waffles with all the toppings! Yum!
Students in UE1, UE2 and Grade 6 presented their amazing French projects this week. Students and teachers from other classes came in to see them during a walk around and our guests voted for the “most extraordinary” invention.
Our Invention of the Year winners as selected by our guests are Mustafa Khan, Evan Beffort and Bailey Richards. Congratulations!
Senior French students are hard at work preparing their final unit projects for “Eureka!”; a unit that taught us about inventions and project planning. Students chose a situation that they could remedy, created an invention to solve the problem, gave their inventions original names, created logos and are able to speak about the advantages of their creation. They will take part in presentations and a gallery walk of their work in the upcoming days.
The Forest of Reading is Canada’s largest recreational reading program made up of eight different programs and run by the Ontario Library Association. (OLA) The programs target readers in kindergarten to grade twelve, with several programs geared to adult readers as well. The main objective of the Forest of Reading Program is to encourage a love of reading in people of all ages as well as to introduce students to the high quality of Canadian books available on the market today. The program is unique in that it is the readers themselves who choose the winners of each category by voting for their favorite books. Awards are given in Toronto in May.
Reading categories are as follows:
Blue Spruce Award (K to 2; ages 4 to 7)
Silver Birch Award (Gr. 3 to 6; ages 8 to 12)
Red Maple Award (Gr. 7 to 8; ages 12 to 13)
Le Peuplier Award (French language picture books)
As of October 15th, a complete list of this year’s nominees can be found on the OLA’s website: https://www.accessola.org/
At this time, the books in the above mentioned categories have been ordered for our library. Teachers will be introducing these amazing selections and encouraging all students to begin reading in time for voting in April 2016. Last year the children of Tall Pines successfully read over 500 books in the Forest of Reading program! An amazing achievement.
Also, for our budding artists, Mrs. Patt, our art teacher and Mr. Smart, our computer teacher will be coordinating the Forest of Reading Design Contest for those students interested in designing the art of the 2016 awards. Winning artwork will be presented to the winning authors and illustrators at the annual Festival of Trees in May. Winning artwork will also be presented on the Forest of Reading website and social media sites.
You may recall that Pahul Bedi from Upper Elementary won the design contest for 2015!!
Looking forward to another successful Forest of Reading campaign!
September 8, 2015
Welcome to a new and exciting school year! As a new year begins, let me say that I am looking forward to working with your child as the Language Specialist here at Tall Pines School. This is my second year in this role and I am very excited to provide teachers and students with many opportunities to embrace literacy and foster a love of reading throughout the school – students and adults alike!
During Language Remedial sessions, and in partnership with classroom teachers, students will be learning reading strategies, which will help your child become a better reader. Some examples include: reading short stories, articles, essays, poems, and novels. Your child may also be studying and practicing the writing process through various different types of text structures. Analyzing and evaluating text through response and discussion will set the standard for higher level learning. In addition to improving literacy skills, we hope to engage, challenge, and develop a culture of strong readers and “thinkers” here at TPS.
My expectations are simple:
Be respectful (to ourselves, and others all around us).
Be prepared, ready to learn.
Be accountable for your actions.
Be on time.
Bring Your Own Book!
I know both students and parents are filled with excitement, anxiety, and perhaps a little fear in facing a new adventure and learning opportunities. But, it is my hope that at the end of this school year there will be nothing but positive memories. I am looking forward to an exciting and productive year, and I hope you and your child are as well.
Should you have any comments, concerns, or questions in the months to come, I can be reached via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org. My office is in the TPS library (Rm. 212B)and my door is always open.
Mrs. Vetta Lawrence
Tall Pines School
June 2, 2015
Reading can be one of the many fun activities that children fill their summer holidays with. Research has shown that it is also so much more! Children who read and participate in public library summer reading programs not only avoid the ‘summer slide” in learning, but also score higher on reading achievement tests than those who do not read.
Classroom teachers will be sending home “Summer Reading Lists” in the Thursday envelopes. The books on the lists come highly recommended by kid readers from all over the country and some may be available in eBook, audio book, and large print format. This summer, encourage your child or young adult to participate in the summer programs happening at your local library.
Check out these websites:
Brampton Library: www.bramlib.on.ca
TD Summer Reading Club: www.tdsummerreadingclub.ca
Mrs. Vetta Lawrence
Ontario Library Association Announces
the 2015 Forest of Reading® Winners
Young readers voted on the best Canadian authors and illustrators of our time!
TORONTO, ON (May 13, 2015) – The votes are in! Over 250,000 children have participated in the Ontario Library Association’s (OLA) annual Forest of Reading program and have helped to choose the best Canadian authors and illustrators of our time. The awards were presented on May 12 and 13 at the Toronto Festival of Trees, a “rock star concert for authors” hosted at the Harbourfront Centre.
2015 FOREST OF READING WINNERS:
THE 2015 BLUE SPRUCE AWARD WINNER: The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten by Maureen Fergus, illustrated by Mike Lowery
THE 2015 SILVER BIRCH FICTION AWARD WINNER: The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
THE 2015 RED MAPLE FICTION AWARD WINNER: The Rule of Three by Eric Walters
Congratulations to all of our award recipients!
Thanks to all our budding authors who participated in the Polar Expressions Publishing National Student Short Story Contest.
As a school, Tall Pines submitted 77 entries to the contest in March. Thousands of entries from across Canada were submitted, and I am so proud to announce that 40 entries have successfully made it through the first round of judging. An incredible accomplishment! (Classroom teachers will receive a list of winners today.)
The publisher, Polar Expressions will be sending each winner an individual letter of congratulations, certificate, order form, and typeset proof sheet by the first week of June to the home address provided on the entry form. If students return the proof sheet with permission signatures by June 30th they will be published and move forward to the final round of the competition to possibly win other prizes for themselves and/or the school. Winners for bonus prizes will be announced and prizes will be awarded in October 2015. Books containing published stories will be shipped in early October. Parents are not obligated to purchase anything.
The intent of this contest is to provide opportunities for our students to showcase their creativity and compare it with peers across Canada. As a school we are very committed to promoting literacy, encouraging daily writing, and inspiring a lifelong love of prose.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!!
Mrs. V. Lawrence
Tall Pines School
The Forest of Reading Program at Tall Pines School is coming to a close!! This year we participated in three programs in the Forest of Reading: Blue Spruce, Silver Birch and Red Maple. As a school, this Reading Challenge has allowed us to achieve big things and we have a lot to celebrate in the way of Literacy and Reading.
- The students of TPS have collectively read over 450 books since January and we look forward to breaking this record next year!
- Pahul Bedi has won the Design Award for Silver Birch; quite an achievement indeed.
- The buzz and excitement about reading for the pure joy of it has inspired us all to ditch the technology and embrace the love of a good book.
Tomorrow, Thursday, April 23rd is the official voting day. Eligible voters will be joining over 250,000 other readers in Ontario to vote for the best book in each category.
Although the Forest of Reading challenge officially ends tomorrow, students are reminded to – Keep Reading!!
The new challenge begins in October!!!
Way to go TPS!!!
Mrs, V. Lawrence