February Learning Commons Updates

February is always a busy month of the year. Heading into this month we are celebrating CARNAVAL as a whole student body with lots of different winter activities and traditional Carnaval foods. And this month we celebrate African Heritage month with The Toronto Public Library offering a couple of programs to help inform students and our community of the rich heritage of history and culture that these various communities bring to our school and our city. Be sure to check out the latest opportunities for students at the library in the coming weeks.

The Forest of Reading program has launched and dozens of students have started reading the various Canadian English and French fiction and non-fiction material in The Silver Birch and Blue Spruce programs for students in K-5. Students meet twice weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays during first lunch. If your child is involved, please be sure to ask them about their reading experiences!

We kicked off several other clubs with one more coming in the next few weeks. The podcasting club has met several times to refine their ‘radio personas’ and hone their scripts for their very first podcast. We hope to have this podcast published in the next week, or so. These podcasts are all student-driven! The students have plans to interview other students and teachers and touch on subjects that interest them.

Also, The Innovator’s Club started on Wednesday. Students were introduced to the basics of Micro:Bit technology. Once we figure out how to use them more confidently, we’ll branch out into some cool projects! Two grade 6 students from John English are also helping to support this club. In fact, I hope to have these two students lead this group through many of the sessions. Thanks to Phil and Sam for volunteering their time and their expertise to the younger students at Sir Adam Beck!

Looking forward we are excited to host our very first Read for a Day event. On March 8th, we will be asking all students and staff to read, read, and read some more. We have an author coming to present to the primary and junior English and French students. He will focus on presenting his experiences on various topics related to our eco-school theme. We’re excited to have him present his material! Also, The Toronto Public Library will be hosting various sessions on their new website for children – lots of cool resources! And, of course, students will be able to read independently, or with a partner, or via read alouds throughout the day. What a way to head into the March Break – experiencing reading as a community!