Fall & Winter Reads

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Yesterday a Gr. 8 student asked me what books I’ve read lately.  She explained that she checked the website but couldn’t find any recent posts.  And she’s right!  Even though I’ve done quite a bit of reading, the Fall and Winter have gone by so quickly and I never stopped to take a moment to update this section of our website.  My sincere apologies.  Unfortunately, I feel too much time has passed for me to thoroughly write about all the books I’ve read over the last few months.  So today, here is a brief snapshot of the YA and Youth titles I’ve read since November.  I promise to check in more often and keep you up to date with what I am reading more regularly as the rest of year progresses.

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Forest of Reading 2016

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The Forest of Reading programs are underway once again here at Bruce Trail with participation in the Blue Spruce, Silver Birch Express, Silver Birch, and Red Maple programs.

Our Grade 1 and 2 students will hear the Blue Spruce nominated titles during their weekly Library visits and our Kindies will begin the program later this month.

Silver Birch Express runs as an extra-curricular program on Mondays at 1st Nutrition Break.  We had an AMAZING turn out this year with over 100 students involved.  This means not all students will have books each week but they are working hard to finish books quickly in order to share with each other.  Mr. Skinner will be hosting a “Lunch & Learn” session this upcoming week to show students how they can complete reading responses using Google Forms.

Silver Birch happens on Wednesdays at 1st Nutrition Break and many students are already on their 2nd and 3rd book!  With dedicated readers like this, Silver Birch is sure to be a success.  Students share their thoughts on the books using Edmodo as an on-line discussion conference moderating by Bruce Trail staff who have already read the nominated titles.  A great way to connect our learning community members and make a big school feel a little more intimate.

Our intermediate readers are involved in Red Maple which takes place on Fridays at 1st Nutrition Break.  We had are largest turn-out in years with over 90 Grade 7 & 8 students reading the 10 nominated fiction titles.  This again means that there is a wait for books, but students are encouraged to access titles at the Milton Public Library as well.  Edmodo responses have already started pouring in and the students are crafting superb reflections on the books they’ve read.

Be sure to check out the 2016 nominated titles on the Ontario Library Association website: OLA Forest_of_Reading Nominated_Lists

-Miss Westbury