September 22 2018

How to use the Hold feature in Destiny Catalogue

Martha Currie Teachers – Here’s the link to the catalogue. Scroll down to Martha Currie. Teachers can sign into the catalogue with their district log in.

Find the items you are looking for and click ‘Details’.

This will give you a ‘Hold It’ option on the right. Then save.The Teacher Librarian will see a little red flag that a book has been requested the next time they are in the catalogue. Give us some lead time : ). I usually pull those during my next scheduled Library Administration block and pop them into the teacher’s mailbox.



September 22 2018

Meet the Teacher in the Learning Commons

As part of welcoming families for Meet the Teacher evening, students populated the Learning Commons with some very quiet readers. (A bit too quiet for me – no one asked any questions!)

The class created self portraits on paper plates which we taped to wooden sticks. Rulers or paint stir sticks would also work.

Students brought long sleeved hoodies from home that were slipped over the back of the chairs and we stuffed the sleeves with newspaper to ‘hold’ the books.

No pants needed…just push in the chairs.

Tip: Tape the heads to the backs of the chairs after the hoodies are in place – some students brought shirts that had no zips.

September 9 2018

Welcoming Students to the Learning Commons

As I am new to Martha Currie I thought this might be a fun way to welcome students to the Learning Commons. In their school mailbox, teachers will find a short introduction note with a parcel to be opened with their class. The parcel contains a book or two for their classroom library. Here’s how I did it…

Most books were gathered from thrift stores. Value Village has small paperbacks for about a dollar. I used some left over school library funds for additional French titles.

As you wrap each parcel, make sure they are labelled as to the contents – this time of year divisions and grade level assignments can change.

I used up old wrapping paper and added a short note to each parcel.

One note for K and K/1, one for classes that have library prep and one for upper intermediates.

Woot! Lots of fun. Next time I will be able to make the project more cost efficient and with more selection by gathering the French books throughout the year.

May 27 2018

Be Who You Are: Self Expression

Students shared Be Who You Are by Todd Parr and we talked about all of the different messages and images that students wear on their clothing. Here’s a quick video showing some of our T-shirt choices..

May 27 2018

Building Community in the Learning Commons

This week we invited parents and guardians to an appreciation tea held in the Learning Commons. We celebrated our work with The Salmon Run by Clayton Gauthier with a video showing how we completed our project. We decorated the tables with vases of salmon perched in pebbles and colourful salmon art and, coordinated our tables and table cloths to match the red and blue of Mr. Gauthier’s art.

Students who were sharing a bhangra dance at the school variety show were also invited to perform for our guests.

Ms. Perry’s class created some wonderful clay salmon inspired by Mr. Gauthier’s art. Check them out in the hallway display case.


May 2 2018

Inspiration from Clayton Gauthier – Cree/Dakelh Artist and Author

Many thanks to Clayton Gauthier  – Cree/Dakelh Artist who kindly gave us permission to draw inspiration from his wonderful book The Salmon Run.

We are so proud of this collaborative Learning Commons project which included every student at our school. Everyone was able to participate in different ways, from design, sanding, drilling and painting. It was an entirely inclusive project.

Each division looked at the life cycle of the salmon from an Indigenous Perspective and discussed Clayton Gauthier’s powerful images about showing true colours, persevering in the face of struggles, following your heart, honouring your ancestors, protecting the environment and the interconnectedness of life. Safety First from Kindergarten to Grade 7:  Sanding the wood and drilling the holes. Thanks to Brian Newbold for the jigs. The painters each did one part of a salmon and were totally engaged in this cooperative, communal project. Over 500 students made 100 fish.The project took one full month to complete, including our discussions and developing an understanding of the perspectives of  The Salmon Run. This involved scheduling entire classes as well as small groups into the Learning Commons. The space was taken over by tarps, newspaper, wood and paint cans for the duration of the activity. Our next step is to celebrate this Indigenous project with the school community. We will be hosting a parent tea with The Salmon Run theme and showing a video of images from our learning.

For next time I would remember: Outdoor paint goes a long way – don’t buy too much. Match the drill holes better to the size of the wire. Get very fine sandpaper for the exuberant sanders. Don’t worry about the carpet – we didn’t spill one bit of paint, not one! Regular sweeping keeps the sawdust under control. Wash the brushes immediately. Buy better quality brushes. Most importantly, just jump right in.

Clayton Gauthier. Dakelh translation by Francois Prince.
Penticton, BC: Theytus Books, 2016.
20 pp., stapled pbk., $9.95.
ISBN 978-1-926886-44-2.
Click image for CM Magazine review.









April 22 2018

Fantastic New Picture Books

Here’s a few of our newly arrived picture books, guaranteed to get you right in the feels. Synopsis from the publishers.

Words and Your Heart by Kate Jane Neal, 2017 This book is about your heart. (the little bit inside of you that makes you, you!) The words we listen to can affect how we feel. Some words can do amazing things and make us happy. And some words can really hurt us (we all know what sort of words those are). Our words have power, and we can choose to use them to make the world a better place.

Most People by Michael Leannah. Pictures by J.E. Morris 2017 

The world can be a scary place. Anxious adults want children to be aware of dangers, but shouldn’t kids be aware of kindness too? Michael Leannah wrote Most People as an antidote to the scary words and images kids hear and see every day.
Jennifer Morris’s emotive, diverting characters provide the perfect complement to Leannah’s words, leading us through the crowded streets of an urban day in the company of two pairs of siblings (one of color). We see what they see: the hulking dude with tattoos and chains assisting an elderly lady onto the bus; the goth teenager with piercings and purple Mohawk returning a lost wallet to its owner; and the myriad interactions of daily existence, most of them well intended. This reassuring picture book is a courageous, constructive response to the dystopian world of the news media.

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