Monthly Archives: February 2016

Grade 1 Maps the Library

Grade 1 students are just beginning a unit on how maps help us get information in relation to people, places and time.  As part of that inquiry, students are looking into the types, features and perspective of maps, and how they connect us to the rest of the world.

Ms. Jillian’s class was given birds-eye view maps of the library, and moved around to mark the map as they found library signs labelling the different collections.

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The children oriented themselves next to something they’d already found on the map, and looked at the number and color of shelves and tables around them to decide whether or not the map matched.


Each grade 1 class will have two library mapping sessions, using symbols, keys, orientation and perspective to discover how the library works.



Visiting Author Presentation for Dads, and Books for Sale

John Coy, the author of 14 books, will be with the IST Elementary and Secondary community for a full week in February 2016, from the 1st to the 5th. He visits Elementary from Wednesday-Friday.  John has written picture books and chapter books, often featuring sports as a theme.

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John regularly offers sessions to fathers, on how important dads are in helping their boys and girls develop a love of reading.  He’s offering this session to Elementary and Secondary dads, from 7:20-8:10 Thursday Feb. 4, in the Elementary library.  Please join us for treats and talk.

Find more about John and his books on his website.  Books are on sale in the Elementary library, from Wednesday – Friday, Feb. 3 – Feb. 5.  Please drop in for prices (exact change appreciated!).   There is a book-signing session from 11-11:40, on Friday Feb. 5, also in the library.

Home Language Read-in

A Home Language Read-in is coming up, to kick off Language Week, which is from Feb 8-12.

The Read-in will be held Monday morning, Feb 8. Students from KG-Gr 5 will spread out across the Elementary campus, in designated classrooms. Each room will host one or more of the 45 languages our students speak at home. Older students will read to themselves and/or to younger students. Teachers and parents will also be spread out, to support each language.


Please watch for emails or notes coming home for some (not all) languages, asking to borrow Home Language books, to arrive at school by Friday, Feb 5. The library will be providing books for 20 languages – we’ll ask for student and parent help for the rest. Some students in Grades 3-5 will be asked to bring in a book.  Some parents in KG-grade 2 will receive an email asking for the same.  Please put your name in the books, if you receive a message.  We’ll take good care of them!

EC will be staying in their rooms and having their own Read-In.