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Friday, 1 June 2012

TDSRC Progress update

TD Summer Reading Club progress update

Administration (April)
Did a TDSRC concept proposal and presented it school principal to approve the pilot summer reading club (TDSRC).

National and Regional Club team (May)
Got the materials from regional library system and Library and Archives Canada.

Teachers (May)
Principal emailed the proposal to teachers. Cool idea. Consensus: Go for it.

Students (May)
First, students had a brainstorming session about what they would like to do at the Summer reading club? Then, they colored the poster. Wow! they made rainbows, Some of them used hearts and made it like a fish with a blurb.  I have many of these posters posted by the kids on the library door and if we get the kids excited and engaged they will come and read.

Launched the program at the Ermineskin school library (May 31)
RockSchool Live concert by high school students from the Samson band.  (Community partnership and relationship development with Samson high school Band.)

Parents (May 31)
Sent the SRC information to parents home Newsletter

Teachers (June)
Engaged the teachers by asking them to present their best ideas and activities from their class for centers  (Ideas generated: Pointillism, mosaics pictures using tissue paper, candle holders using jars, cereal boxes or cracker boxes book covers-sandwich beginning, middle and ending./ characters settings, book reports, make words with tiles)

Librarians (June)
Updated the blog, connected with the librarians via email and stakeholders and kept the library community informed.

Marketing and Promotion  (May-June)
Email tag: I have inserted the club information in the signature of my email message and I send out many emails.

Class visits: At each scheduled library class visit to the library in the month of May, I told the students about the TDSRC.

Posters and in the school promotion:  Displayed the posters colored by students on the library door, in the school café, classrooms, bathrooms, and in the library  
·      Brainstorming and coloring expression in teams

June 1:  Students made Thank You* notes for the high school students
·      Writing and coloring expression

June 4: Gave the date and time details to front line office staff  (just in case they receive phone calls from parents)

June 5:  Request students to tape more colored brainstormed students posters in the school

June 6: Date and time for the reading club posted on the front school doors for parents, students and everyone involved.

Our school library will be open from 12:30-4:30 pm on the following Wednesdays in July and August.

July 4, 11, 18*, 25
August 8, 15, 22
* Wednesday, July 18, COW Bus will be coming to our school.

Join the TD Summer Reading Club at the Ermineskin Elementary School.

June 7: Club volunteer job descriptions

June 8: Club volunteer job descriptions emailed to teachers and student sign-up.

June 11: COW Bus date and time confirmed and posted on the doors, washrooms, around the school and given to Grade 1-3 teachers.

June 11: Reading Club distribution of reading packages and teachers tips.
Distributed the activity books and posters to Grade 2K, 2L, 2A, 2D and 3S.
When I visited 3M class they were making a memory book.  Students asked me for an autograph. I signed the message, "See you at the library on Wednesday, July 4th, at 1 pm."

Observation:  Some students started doing the crosswords immediately.  I think students are used to receiving curriculum books and some students start writing as soon as they receive them.

June 12: Students colored the poster and posted them all around the school.

June 13: Student Interest Survey
Students were requested to things they would like to do at the library.

So, what can I do at the library during the Summer Reading Club?

1.         Read new books
2.         Make book covers, bookmarks, book trailers
3.         Do AR reading tests
4.         Write book reviews
5.         Write books
6.         Author studies
7.         Color the activity sheets
8.         Make puppets
9.         Do puppet shows
10.  Visit the imagination stations
11.   Make words
12.  Play games
13.  Do craft activities
14.  Evaluate author websites
15.  Use the library catalog
16.  Come and explore at your school library
17.  Exchange books – Bring a book to share, Show n tell

Our school library will be open from 12:30-4:30 pm on the following Wednesdays in July and August.
July 4, 11, 18*, 25
August 8, 15, 22
* Wednesday, July 18, 1-4 pm, COW Bus will be coming to our school.

Join the TD Summer Reading Club at the Ermineskin Elementary School library.

Observation:  One student asked for paper-pencil and  started writing a book, 'The lost kids.' 

June 14: Students giving Reading Recommendations

A Reading Recommendation


I think everyone should read___________________________________________________________

By__________________________________. It is about_____________________________________________


June 15: SSR
Sustained Silent Reading (SSR) programs have a variety of names:

High Intensity Practice (HIP)
Positive Outcomes While Enjoying Reading (POWER)
Free Volunteer Reading (FVR)
Uninterrupted Sustained Silent Reading (USSR)
Sustained Quiet Reading Time (SQUIRT)
Drop Everything and Read (DEAR)
Fun Reading Every Day (FRED)

Student ideas snowball technique
Students wrote the list of things they would like to do on the posters. The librarian typed the things student suggested and this was the student survey.  Students circled their favourite activities. They also added more activities. (I would like to draw an astronaut, read new books,  and write stories.)

Teachers Tips and sharing of resources

Reading Recommendations

Students writing stories - The lost kids

June 15: Communications at internal events via a display table
June 15, 1 pm: Kindergarten Grad day
June 18, 10 am: Parent Volunteer tea
June 19, 1 pm: Student awards
June 22: Staff awards ceremony

June 15: Library trends (School libraries open to take care of the reading loss)

June 15: Student Reading Recommendation Posters
Printed pictures of students with Reading Recommendations posters and gave this to them to take home and display around the school.

Odessa, Youa re awesome. Keep on reading poster.

June 16: Accessed Office of Literacy and Essential Skills toolkit
Developing Partnerships to support Literacy and Essential Skills
This tool is designed to help you develop effective partnerships for supporting Literacy and Essential Skills (LES). It offers a simple four-step process to help you get started and includes tips for building and maintaining successful partnerships.

June 17: Community Partnerships
Sent emails to Prairie Tales cameraless animation, Alberta Health Services for nutritional literacy, and COW Bus

June 17: Puppet Storykits

June 17: Speech language pathologist sharing resources

June 17: Reading Buddies

June 18: Partnership:  Community nutritionist Merv Leibel from Alberta Health Services (AHS) 
Gave us activity books, portion size kits, website for curriculum linked nutritional literacy, health eating cook book and resources for parents and preschoolers.  Mr. Leibel will come with a information kiosk for the COW Bus on July 18, 1 pm.

June 18: Teachers Tips
Cookie sheets and magnetic letters, Cereal box book covers, Making Words templates, pointillism, word search puzzles, puppet storyboard, shaving foam letters, mosaics, word bingos, word searches, etc.

TDSRC Program Coordinators comment:  The staggering approach to distributing materials worked very well. We gave the posters to students in Week 1. Activity books in Week 2.  Book inuksuk Tattoos were distributed in Week 3.   Invitations (with date and time)  were distributed in Week 4-June 18.

June 18, 10 am: Parent and Volunteers Tea
Display Table with posters
Lots of questions by parents. Which library?

June 18, 2 pm: Grade 6 graduation
Display Table with posters

June 19: Community partnerships
Alberta Health Services nutrition, COW Bus, Samson high school music band, Kasohkowew Child Wellness Society (Capacity Development for the Social Workers), internal teachers community, etc.

June 19: Display table in the gathering area
TDSRC Program Coordinators comment:  In the morning the students were taking the posters, tattoos and activity booklets.

June 20: Community board (outside the school)
TDSRC Summer Reading Program
Wednesdays at EES library from 12:30-4:30, July 4 - August 22

TDSRC Program Coordinators comment:  The process of informing our students is literacy in itself. The questions parents asked were: Will there be games? Which library? So, we said you can visit the neighboring public libraries and at our EES Elementary School Community library.

Next step: 
Promote at the June 20 Powwow