Monday, March 29, 2010

How to enter to win a free Hybrid Bus for your school

"From: Canadas GreenestSchool []

Sent: Thursday, March 25, 2010 7:32 AM

To: Canadas Greenest School

Subject: Chance to Win a Hybrid Bus and Classroom Supplies/ Une chance de gagner un autobus scolaire hybride et des fournitures scolaires

Did you know that one school bus has the capacity to take 36 passenger cars off the road, for a total of 1.9 million cars in Canada a year! That means over 1.3 billion litres of passenger car fuel are saved in Canada every year by students riding school buses.

Green facts like these are why school bus manufacturer IC BusTM is hosting the Canada's Greenest SchoolTM Contest. The contest invites school children to use their creativity to describe what they would do if they were in charge of making their school a greener and more eco-friendly place. Students have the chance to win $3,000 to be put towards his/her education and the school of the winning student will win a hybrid school bus from IC Bus (a $200,000 value) and a green audit of the school from a LEED accredited professional. The teacher of the winning entrant will also receive $500 for environmentally friendly class supplies.

To enter, students must submit an entry in the form of a photo collection, an essay, video, music, photos or any other creative format. Individual or group/classroom entries are encouraged.

If you would like to encourage students from your school to participate, please visit


• A call for entries from Canadian Olympic figure skater, Josee Chouinard.

• Printable materials for your classroom including posters and eco-educational class activities.

• Environmental facts and figures that can help inspire students to take action!

• Details about the contest and the Official Rules.

Don’t be tardy—the deadline to enter is April 5, 2010!

Good luck!

Ketchum Canada on behalf of IC Bus

P.S. Please help us spread the word by forwarding this message to other teachers, students’ parents, and the school PTA."

March 22-26, 2010 RABs

This was our first week using our new library program called DESTINY.

Our OPACs have a whole new look for searching with some amazing user friendly options such as "visual search". 

Why don't you visit the Library to try it out?

Kindergarten: Too Many Toys by David Shannon. This author really knows true life! It was as if he had written an episode of my life with my son and his toys... that spill into the living room... his latest obsession being a box which he has decorated as a car that you can watch movies in!

Grade 1: The Boy Who Loved Bananas by George Elliot. A real crowd pleaser with lots of repetition and a humorous twist at the end.

Grade 2: Lemon Duck by Laura Backman. Lemon is not like the other hatchlings... a tender story with a good ending.

Grade 3: Jim and the Beanstalk by Raymond Briggs. This is what I call an "oldie but goodie" (copyright 1970)! A funny story about what happens when Jim climbs up the beanstalk to find that Jack's giant has aged. The old giant is in need of glasses, dentures and a wig. A sweet ending.

Grade 4: Christopher, Please Clean Up Your Room! by Itah Sadu. Christopher's pet fish team up with the cockroaches next door. They go to extremes to try and get Christopher to clean up his room and eventually the stinky fish tank.

Grade 5: Camilla Camelion by Colleen Sydor. Camilla is born with some amazing abilities which make her popular with her classmates AND her teachers!

March 1-5, 2010 RABs

Kindergarten: Willy and Hugh by Anthony Browne.

Grade 1: Dr. Drabble's Spectacular Shrinker-Enlarger; Dr. Drabble and the Dynamic Duplicator by Sigmund Brouwer and Wayne Davidson. (See also:

Grade 2: Goose's story by Cari Best. If you liked the movie: Fly Away Home, you'll also enjoy this book about a goose who arrives at the pond one spring with a mysterious broken leg.
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Grade 3: The Boy Who Ate the World (and the girl who saved it) by Don Gillmor and Pierre Pratt. Students were tickled by this hysterical tall tale.
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Grade 4: Missuk's Snow Geese by Anne Renaud.  A sweet tale of how a girl helps her father find his way home in a snowstorm.

Grade 5: Sydney And Norman by Phil Vischer
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 A parable with a surprising and arresting twist.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

RABS February 22-26, 2010

This week we celebrated
National Freedom To Read Week!

Kindergarten: Iris Has a Virus by Arlene Alda
Grade 1 and 2: The Delicious Bug by Janet Perlman
Grade 3: Violet by Tania Duprey Stehlik
Grade 4: Victory at Paradise Hill by William Roy Brownridge
Grade 5: Bamboo by Paul Yee

RABS February 15-19, 2010

K-5 How to Train with a T. Rex and Win Eight Gold Medals by Michael Phelps.

This book illustrates what kind of training goes into competing to win gold medals.  Even though this book was about the summer Olympics, it really gave students a new perspective about what it takes to compete at any Olympic level (winter or summer).