Monday, September 25, 2017

September in the Library

Library Orientation
Our library at Portage View is up and running and as busy as ever!
Students have visited with their classes to review the organization and routines in the library.  Kindergarten students listened to a book by Amanda Haan called “I Call My Hand Gentle” and talked about how to share and care for our library books.  Primary students heard the story “No David” written by David Shannon and then used stick puppets to help David decide what he should and shouldn't do with our books. The grade three students used our iPads to take photos on a scavenger hunt
and then used the Pic Collage app to create a media work to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding.  Our junior students participated in “Library Jeopardy” answering questions on topics such as: All About Libraries Everywhere, Library Organization, Technology and Miscellaneous topics.  Finally, our intermediate students participated in the “Amazing Library Race” moving around the library to solve tasks and hoping not to get SPEED BUMPED by another group before they reached the end.

SCDSB Read Aloud
Several of our junior and intermediate classes will begin participating in the SCDSB Read  Aloud. Click on the link to read more about this reading initiative happening right here in Simcoe County.  
Students in the Junior division will be reading “Wonder” by R. J. Palacio.  This link will take you to the publishers trailer for this book.  This book deals with bullying, empathy and kindness- a great novel for the start of the school year.  
Our intermediate students will be reading” 90 Days of Different” written by Eric Walters.  Mr. Walters has supported the Simcoe County Read Aloud for the past few years and has offered once again to discuss his novel and participate in a Q & A with the students at the end of this initiative.

Global Read Aloud
Two of our primary classes will be participating in the Global Read Aloud beginning on October 2nd. The grade 2 students will be reading 6 books written by Mem Fox.  They will have the opportunity to make a connection with a class from somewhere else in the world to meet and discuss the six books they will be reading.  The official start date for the Global Read Aloud is October 2.

Indigo Adopt a School Program
Portage View was selected to be a part of the Indigo Adopt a School Program. There are three ways that our community can support our school.  To begin go to: and then we would appreciate you helping in one or more of these three ways:
1. Book​ ​Bonus​: For every two books you donate to our school online, the Love of Reading Foundation will donate a bonus book, up to 100 books!  
2. Tell​ ​a​ ​Story,​ ​Give​ ​a​ ​Story​. Every time you post a story to our Adopt a School profile, the Love of Reading Foundation will donate one book in support of our school library, up to 20 books!
3. Adopt​ ​a​ ​School​ ​Story​ ​Contest​: “Heart” your favorite story to help a school for a chance to win* big! The five most-loved stories in each province will be entered into a random draw for a chance to win a $2,500 Indigo eGiftcard to purchase books for their adopted school. The remaining four top “hearted” schools in each province will win a $500 Indigo eGiftcard to purchase books! Choose wisely because you only get one shot to “Heart” a story!  This means we need to “Heart” the story on our website that currently has the most hearts but all posted stories help our school so please share those stories!
**This event ends on ​October​ ​8​th so please login and share your reading story.**

To find out more about the activities, connections and learning taking place in our library follow us on Twitter @pawspvpstoread.

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