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Tuesday, 20 November 2012

"Star Wars Literacy" programs for your library's support of ELL, Special Education, and Classrooms, as well as for library events, creative writing and arts projects, and more!

Learn about ABDO's new "Comic Book Curriculum" and "Star Wars Literacy" programs for your library's support of ELL, Special Education, and Classrooms, as well as for library events, creative writing and arts projects, and more!

This webcast will feature a report on the 10-school pilot program ABDO led with elementary students and staff in a California district, using their Marvel Age comic books and graphic novels, eBooks, and teachers guides in a weeks-long "comic con" with the kids creating their own superheroes and stories based on the books.

Tune in and put on your superhero and superheroine masks and capes for this webcast - you'll be ready to defeat reluctant readers, provide super-strength support to your schools, and promote the greatest superpower of them all – reading.
Webcast on December 4th.

Received $3,641.66 in Indigo e-gift cards from Adopt a School!

Ermineskin Elementary School has just received $3,641.66 in Indigo e-gift cards from Adopt a School!

To receive these funds, please log in to your Adopt a School account and go into the Admin section where you can manage your school. There will be a Payouts tab along the top where you can review how much money you have earned, and where you can download your e-gift cards.

Follow this link to gain access to your school admin.

All the best, and good luck with your fundraising!

The Adopt a School Team

Monday, 19 November 2012

November 20-25 is Universal Children's day: Read in Week - Pajama Reading Party

Pajama Reading Party


Dear Parents,

In order to get our reading programs off to an exciting start, as well as mark the beginning of our school READ-IN program, we will be having a Pajama Reading Party in the Library. Instead of reading bedtime stories at home, we invite you to come and use the school library books. All students, siblings, and parents are welcome. We encourage children to wear their pajamas and bring along their favorite stuffed animal or blanket.

The evening's agenda is as follows:

6:45-7:00 pm: Parents read with their children
7:00-7:10 pm: Four reading stations will be available. Students go to ONE of the stations to listen to a bedtime story (read by one of the teachers).
7:10-7:20 pm: Students choose another reading station to attend
7:20-7:30 pm: Milk and cookies will be served to students. Cookies will be available for parents, too!

We will be supplying the milk for the children. Please complete the form below to give us an indication of the amount of milk required. We kindly ask parents to assist us by supplying cookies. If you are able to bring one dozen cookies for our Pajama Reading Party, please indicate soon the form below.

We thank you for your continued cooperation and support. We look forward to seeing you at the Pajama Reading Party.



Please complete this form and return it to your child's teacher by___________________________________

_______We will be attending the Pajama Reading Party on______________________________________________

________Number of children attending

________I can supply at least one dozen cookies

(Please send the cookies in with your child on the morning of the party.)

________Unfortunately, we are unable to attend the Pajama Reading Party.


Parent's Signature

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Grandparents read to grandchildren

Grandmother Theresa Thunderchild is proud to read to her children anytime and in particular during the National Reading campaign.

National Reading campaign Henderson Best

Henderson Best uses, 'On a Pirate Ship' book to teach life skills lessons to his students.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

5C class received book from First Books for achieving their AR reading goals

Mrs. Jessica Chaves was the winner for many students in the class achieving their reading goals. The class is a model for Peer to Peer reading support. This class demonstrates high motivation to read for pleasure. Thank you First Books for giving books on this day of the launch of the National Reading campaign.

3C class received books for bringing all the borrowed books back to the library

Ms. Santana Chief's Grade 3 class are voracious readers with very good library borrowing habits. Each student in the class was rewarded for reading and they received a book as a gift from First Books. Thank you First Books for laying reading as a foundation for learning.

First Books-TD Bank give books to FN students on reserve land Hobbema

All the students of class 6S received Rick Riordan's, 'Lightening Thief' graphic novel for achieving and leading plus setting reading goals and benchmarks for the school. Thank you TD Bank and First Books.

AR reading medal achievers announced on November 14

Young, Tristan 32.4 points, Class 6S, School reading leader

Smallboy, Jacob: 31.9 points, Class 5C

Fraynn, Karina: 27.7 points, Class 5C

Smallboy, Kierik: 24.8 points, Class 5C

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Hobbema's FNs students honor war veterans via a postcard writing campaign

Remembrance day postcards by Sandra Mah's class

Compliments for the library by the students

Puppet show by a student

Student volunteers recognized at the library

The librarian appreciates the efforts of the students volunteering at the library and gives them an Appreciation Feather.

Remembrance day resources provided by Veterans Affairs

Bookmarks, posters, books, DVDs, Information handouts, podcasts, etc.

Free books distributed to FNs students on reserve land

First Book Canada-TD Bank helps establish home libraries for FNs students on reserve land.

Books were bought from First Books-TD Bank grant and distributed to a class of Grade 4E students on November 9th.  Their teacher Mr. Frans Erickson (in the picture) was excited and promotes reading for the fun of it. Each student received five copies of the Diary of the Wimpy Kid books.


Thursday, 8 November 2012

Remembrance Day postcard writing skills exercise by students

FNs students honor and remember war veterans.


Remembrance day bookmarks distributed to students

Read to Puppets

Puppets are using shelf markers

Puppets travel around the world

Halloween fun, 'Guess the Name of the Teacher'

I love reading

Nora is making the shelves tidy

Students help students at the library

Peer to Peer support is encouraged at the library.

Ermineskin Reads Book Bins are ready for distribution

Making Math Fun for Kids: Pre K-Grade 3

Fairfield Public Library will present a free "Making Math Fun for Kids: Pre K-Grade 3" program at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in the children's program room at the main library, 1080 Old Post Road.

Elementary math tutor Jessica Curtiss will demonstrate fun math games to play with young children by using everyday materials, according to a release. Parents may bring materials home with them ready to use.

The talk is the last program in the library's Pathways to Parenting series this fall.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Remembrance Day 2012 index page




National Bullying Awareness Week (November 12 – 17, 2012)

Dear Friends,

In recognition of National Bullying Awareness Week (November 12 – 17, 2012), we are pleased to invite you to participate in an interactive webcast about cyberbullying prevention, hosted in partnership with our Prevention of Bullying Youth Committee. Learn more about cyberbullying, Internet safety and ways to support friends and family members online.

Date: November 13, 2012

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Participate: online via or

Attend live: Louis St. Laurent Junior/Senior High School, 11230 - 43 Avenue, Edmonton

The panel discussion will focus on:

· Defining bullying and cyberbullying and learning the signs and how children and youth can be supported;

· Learning about tools to navigate the Internet safely and how to support others affected by cyberbullying; and

· Bullying prevention resources.

We hope you will be able to join the discussion for this important event.


Dave Hancock, QC Jeff Johnson

Minister of Human Services Minister of Education

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

In How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character (Houghton Mifflin, 2012), Paul Tough challenges the generally accepted notion that academic achievement rests primarily on the types of cognitive skills measured by IQ tests. Could it be that success is, in fact, more dependent upon non-cognitive skills or character traits such as grit, self-control, zest, social intelligence, gratitude, optimism, and curiosity? And if so, what does it mean for well-intentioned but perhaps flawed educational reform designed to lift children out of poverty by focusing on improving student performance on high-stakes math and reading tests?

I think their examples tell us two things. The first is that the environment that kids grow up in matters a tremendous amount in their outcomes. No children in this country should have to grow up with the kind of deprivation and stress and trauma that those four kids experienced in their early years. More than anything, we need to develop a better social-support system in this country for disadvantaged children and families, one that focuses on the early years but continues through adolescence.

The second is that young people can succeed even when they do grow up in very difficult circumstances. But they can't do it alone. They need help from a committed adult, whether that's a family member, a teacher, a mentor, or a coach. I think about the kind of dedicated, compassionate, focused support that Keitha got from her mentor, Lanita Reed. That was what made a difference for her.


Monday, 5 November 2012

“Privacy Matters” will be the theme of this year’s Media Literacy Week

MediaSmarts and the Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF) are pleased to announce "Privacy Matters" will be the theme of this year's Media Literacy Week, shining a spotlight on the privacy knowledge and skills that youth need for their online activities.

The week will be held Nov. 5-9.

November is Picture Book Celebration month

Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates the print picture book during the month of November.

Founder, Dianne de Las Casas (author & storyteller), and Co-Founders, Katie Davis (author/illustrator), Elizabeth O. Dulemba (author/illustrator), Tara Lazar (author), and Wendy Martin (author/illustrator), put together their worldwide connections to make this happen.

Every day in November, there is a new post from a picture book champion explaining why he/she thinks picture books are important.  The world needs picture books. There's nothing like the physical page turn of a beautifully crafted picture book.

Join the celebration and party with a picture book!  Enjoy a picture book with your family. Come to the library and borrow your favourite picture book or visit a book store and buy a book.