Monday, January 31, 2011


The highlight of every librarian's year is just around the corner... Over 5,000 librarians from all over Canada and the United States will be converging on the Toronto Convention Centre this week.

Mrs. Dassios has the privilege of being the Vice-Chair of the Forest of Reading Programs for Ontario. There will be many opportunities to meet fantastic Canadian writers. Stay tuned for all the news on the new publications for Kids' books!

Sorry, kids! But come by any afternoon and take out new titles to keep up
your quota for the week.

A la semaine prochaine! Mrs. D.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Silver Birch Reading Club @ Noon Updates

Silver Birch Updates from Mrs. Dassios:
Today we held our Silver Birch meeting in the Learning Commons today at noonhour. We discussed more of the Silver Birch books, the Fiction, Non-Fiction and Express titles. Last week's winner of a poster was Reese. Today's winner of a poster was Emelia.

For the first time, the students had the opportunity to go on the Internet to explore the books, authors and biographies on the Silver Birch website organized by the Ontario Library Association (OLA). Students started writing letters to their authors, which they will email to them and hopefully receive replies in the near future.

We discovered an interesting series of videos on

Eric says of the site, "The Youtube website has videos about the books. They are made byCitizenkidstrailors. Today I watched How to Build Your own Country, by Valerie Wyatt. It was telling you like the steps in a short way. The voice was by kids. It was kind of like, It wasn't too much like the book because it has some different steps. It didn't have some of the steps.. like make your own passport."

Students can access both sites from home.

Friday, January 7, 2011

First of all, I'd like to share with you a Science Unit Partners in Action project we did with Mr. Martynowski's Grade One class!! They spent many weeks studying and buiding air powered cars. Then they filmed their experience of racing their home-made cars to see WHO could GO THE DISTANCE!!! Please check out our video posted down the side of this blog.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Happy New Year in the Learning Commons!

Hello to everyone! After a very hectic first term at Chine Drive P.S., I'm happy to be back at the computer to finally keep you all up to date via our Learning Commons BLOG!

A library book opens the door to visit anywhere in the world

A library book opens the door to visit anywhere in the world
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