Time flies when you’re having fun, or at least that’s the what the old adage says. And at Sir Adam Beck, we’re having fun! If only the weather would cooperate just a little…
Everyone Has a Story…
As we move into May we reflect on weeks just gone by and weeks to come. The Silver Birch Reading group wrapped up their months of reading through the various Canadiana that The Forest of Reading organization selected for this year’s books. Students enjoyed both fiction and non-fiction works covering many different topics and highlighting exciting journeys into different places with wonderful characters and edgy plots. If you follow us on Twitter (@siradambeck) you would have noticed the picture of the very full Silver Birch tree on our bulletin board. The tree is so full of silver leaves that indeed it is truly a ‘silver wonder’ of the Sir Adam Beck kind! Well done readers! To wrap up The Forest of Reading program a number of our more committed readers will be heading down to The Harbourfront Centre for the awards ceremony for The Silver Birch Fiction award! The students also get to meet authors, do some activities and perhaps even get an autograph or two from their favourite authors! Thank you to Mme El Boury for accompanying these readers down to the festival!
‘Everyone Has a Story’ is the theme of our second ‘Read for a Day’ event on May 17th. The ancient art of storytelling will be the filter we will use to captivate young minds and hearts with the spirit of reading. And to highlight the event we’ve invited renowned storyteller, Bob Barton to share his storytelling skills with our students! We are looking forward to his presentation! Also, teachers will allow students to read independently in both the AM and PM as well as provide other opportunities for their students to embrace reading as an essential part of their lives.
The Toronto Public Library will also be hosting various presentations to the students in our library learning commons. The students have access to the library throughout the summer months and our TPL librarians have showcased the kid’s portal on the TPL’s website. Also, junior students have learned how to use TPL’s Overdrive feature so that they can download books on their devices and read electronically!
Please do ask your children about the event and keep on reading with your kids! Limit your child’s screen time and help them become absorbed in a good fiction or non-fiction book, graphic novel, or comic!
Even though we’ve talked about podcasting at Sir Adam Beck for some time we haven’t yet launched a podcast. This has changed! We now offer you our very first podcast conceived and delivered by our podcast team of Indiana and Justine.
As we move into the final three months of the year, new opportunities for learning and collaborating spring up! The podcast group’s first podcast will be uploaded shortly and they have some plans to interview different people and talk about different events here at SAB over the next three months. As mentioned in a previous post, this is completely driven by student voice! They generate their own topics and they write, direct and produce the final product. Mr. Gard is simply the technical advisor!
The Silver Birch Club is wrapping up another year by voting on favourite titles in both the fiction and non-fiction categories. Some students will be going to the Forest of Reading awards in May for the Silver Birch Fiction winner. This event will be held at The Harbourfront Centre. Mme El Boury is excited to attend with them! What a great way to celebrate Canadian fiction with hundreds of other students!
If you weren’t aware, Sir Adam Beck shares a very special relationship with The Toronto Public Library (largest public library system in the world!) via their Alderwood Branch. We share common space and our teacher-librarian and the staff of TPL work closely together to program different events for the students of SAB. Coming in May, Alderwood will have access to some special pop-up labs. These labs will include virtual reality headsets and programs and various pieces of technology that are cutting edge. Wait for the announcment!
On another note, Kerry Morton, Alderwood’s Branch Head, will be retiring this month! Kerry has put in 40 years of serving people in The Toronto Public Library system. She was the first Branch Head of Alderwood’s new location in the Alderwood complex which Sir Adam Beck shares along with Toronto Parks and Recreation. She has been an invaluable support to our students and staff over the years here and she will be sorely missed! We welcome Anne Campbell as the new Branch Head of Alderwood!
We look forward to finishing up our Innovator’s Club held every Wednesday after school in the school learning common’s conference room. Students have been busy working through Micro:Bit projects, working with Root Robots and Sphero computers. The club ends on the last Wednesday of the month.
We launched our first ever ‘Read for a Day’ event on March 8th with the goal of emphasizing the importance of reading and giving students an opportunity to explore different ways they can read. Author Philip Roy presented from several of his works in both French and English and he brought along some of his folk art to help capture the imagination of the students. As one student noted: ” I can be both an author and artist at the same time!”
Writing requires planning…
Along with Philip’s presentations, The Toronto Public Library offered an overview of a couple of their new online resources, including their revamped kids site and their ebook download service called OverDrive. The junior students were excited by this opportunity and one class even brought their own personal devices to access OverDrive using their TPL card and their PIN during the day. The primary students were treated to some interactive ebook presentations and some sing-alongs that everyone seemed to enjoy.
Throughout the day teachers and students were participating in independent reading, shared reading, read-alouds and teachers were able to present to their classes different resources that the students have access to from both home and school, including BrainPOP and the TDSB’s very own Virtual Library.
May 17th – Read for a Day!
As we move into the final chapter of our school year, we have several exciting items that we want to share with you. Firstly, our next ‘Read for a Day’ event will be held May 17th! Please do engage Mr. Gard or any other teacher with ideas you may have that would make this day even more successful! We are tentatively looking for different well known local people – celebrities are welcome! – to come and read from a favourite book! Please do let us know if you have a contact and could arrange for this person to come and read at some point during the above date.
Secondly, a number of our Silver Birch club members will be attending the awards ceremony for fiction reading at The Harbourfront Centre in May. This is an exciting opportunity for our students to join hundreds of other students to celebrate the authors who will be given the coveted Silver Birch Fiction award. Imagine joining a large crowd of excited readers in a venue like The Harbourfront Centre!
As always, the Sir Adam Beck Library Learning Commons is a great place for students to explore topics that excite them, and ideas that need to be energized. Please remind your daughter or son to ask Mr. Gard or one of The Toronto Public Library librarians for help with their work, regardless of what that may mean. If we don’t know the answer, we’ll definitely find someone who does!
On Tuesday, February 19th the grade 5 girls volleyball team traveled to Lambton-Kingsway school for their tournament. They had been practicing three times a week under the coaching expertise of Mme. Mahaney, Mr. Mejiaand Mr. Bates. The team was a little nervous to start the game but soon shook off their nerves to win the first game convincingly versus Rosethorn. Next up was the host team, Lambton-Kingsway. They played incredibly well and split the two sets to tie. As the day progressed the girls got better and better. They finished the round-robin portion of the tournament with a 1-0-2 record and advanced to the semi-final. The semi-final game was an intense one that required a tie-breaking third set. The girls came out fast and strong in the deciding set to secure the victory, advancing to the final game and a rematch against the host team. Unfortunately, they came up a bit short in the finals. It was a really fun day.
The girls represented SAB with positivity, camaraderie, and wonderful sportsmanship. They were kind, respectful and humble. Congratulations, girls. You made the whole school proud!
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!
It’s a brand new year with brand new opportunities for students! Below you will find information about two separate clubs that will begin this month! Please note that both clubs require parent consent, especially with The Innovator’s Club because it will be an after-school program. Further, the Innovator’s Club will also require the student to have his/her own Micro:Bit card. You can find more information below.
The Silver Birch Reading Club
The Silver Birch Reading Club is an annual tradition at Sir Adam Beck. Silver Birch is part of the Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading program that encourages students from all ages to read both French and English fiction and non-fiction books from Canadian authors. Students who read a certain number of books get to choose their favourite book from the fiction and non-fiction sections and vote for that book during the voting period in April.
In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you. – Mortimer Adler –
We have offered The Silver Birch program to students in grades 3-5 in both English and French. Mmes El Boury and Rovas help to facilitate the French program while Mr. Gard and the TPL staff help to facilitate the English program. Students select a book they would like to read and then return the book for another title once they’ve finished reading. Students are encouraged to read as many of the books as they can during the duration of the program. The program ends in April.
Start Date: January 15th – Introduction
Frequency: Tuesdays and Fridays from 11:50 – 12:20 PM until the end of April
The Innovator’s Club
We are launching a new club this year. The ‘Innovator’s Club’ will focus on working Micro:Bit cards. These electronic devices provide many opportunities for students to learn how to code and then use this code for different creations. During the course of this club, students will have an opportunity to create and innovate using the Micro:Bit. It’s a great way to witness the fruits of coding using an inexpensive device.
This club will run every Wednesday after school from 3:45 PM until 5 PM beginning January 30. Students will meet Mr. Gard in the SAB Library Learning Commons. Students in grades 3-5 who wish to participate will need to purchase a Micro:Bit card. This club is for Sir Adam Beck students only. Find the details below:
Please return the attached form to Mr. Gard by January 25th
Students will require a Micro:Bit Go Box (includes a Micro:Bit, USB cable, and battery pack) Approximate value: $25.00
All of Sir Adam Beck’s Newsletters are posted here on the website. You can download and view our newsletters and other important information in PDF format. A great way to save paper, and a convenient way to read the newsletter or any other document posted on SAB’s website on a portable device.
What does this mean? Students are expected to bring a litterless lunch and reusable water bottle to school. Our goal is to create as little waste as possible throughout the day and a huge part of this can be done by reducing lunch waste! Try to send your child’s snacks in reusable containers and always pack a reusable water bottle instead of a plastic water bottle.
Your child will have the chance to participate in a variety of EcoSchools initiatives throughout the year such as Buy Nothing Day, World Water Day, the annual Clothing Exchange and Yard Clean Up Day. They will learn how to reduce energy consumption in their classroom and sort waste properly.