October 2nd Author Visit with Marty Chan a BIG HIT!!
St. Martin's was lucky to host the entertaining and inspiring author Marty Chan on October 2nd. Marty spent his morning speaking for 20 minutes with our Kindergarten students to start and then presented to the grades 1-3s before recess and the grades 4-6s after recess. All of his presentations were very well received by both students and teachers! Marty uses a wee bit of magic and student volunteers to liven up his presentations while he speaks of using your imagination and real life experiences to write stories.
For the kinders, he told a folk tale on how the first rainbow came to be, with very animated actions and volunteers from the audience to help. He also spoke about his picture book "True Story" and how he wrote it about his two silly cats, Max and Buddy.
For the grades 1-3s Marty's presentation included acting out a folk tale about a painter with a magic paintbrush who painted things to life, but he only painted things for people in need. A greedy emperor wanted him to paint bars of gold and Marty told how the painter outsmarted the emperor and became the new emperor!
For the grades 4-6s, Marty told the students how they could come up with story writing ideas: spy on people and eavesdrop and pay attention to the world and you can find all kinds of ideas. He gave many examples of this! He told the kids how his favourite series growing up was the "Hardy Boy Mysteries" and how he wanted to be a detective just like the boys in the books, in his dad's store. He told the students how he made his detective tools using his imagination and the items he had around him. He also told the students what his inspiration was behind his book "The mystery of the mad science teacher" and "The mystery of the frozen brains". Both of these stories are based on his real life experiences as a child, and he had the students laughing all the way through at times and other times quiet as mice as they waited for him to hell his next detail!
We want to thank the Student Advisory Council for making this possible for our school, and can't wait to have Marty Chan return to our school in the near future!
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eBooks at St. Martin's? YES!!
St. Martin's is excited to announce that we are now subscribing to Overdrive, which is an eBook lender! Students just need to have a personal device (an eReader, smart phone, tablet, iPad, etc.) or a computer with an internet browser to check out an eBook or an audiobook! Just go to the Overdrive website link: Click here for Overdrive or download the Overdrive app onto your device, log in with your St. Martin's school username and password and open a new world of reading possibilities! Never lose a book, never have an overdue book or a damaged book again! Great for students who read through their library books quickly and need a replacement before the library is open again!
Stay tuned for news of the Fall Book Fair!
The Scholastic Fall Book Fair is fast approaching! Books inspire young minds and give children educational advantages. A successful book fair will not only help our school raise important funds for our library, but will also help your child discover the rich rewards of reading.
There will be many of the newest and best books available in children’s literature. Along with award-winning authors, hundreds of exciting new books will be available at the fair. Living Books will again be selling their line of inspirational, character building books. There will be draws for posters during school hours and contests for free books on Wednesday evening for the students to enter so make sure you stop in! You can make a donation to your child’s classroom to help build up their classroom libraries as well which is always appreciated. We also will have a table of gently read books for sale with all proceeds going to the library for purchasing new books.
2019 Fall Book Fair Hours:
All classes will be visiting the Book Fair (check their agenda for which day) therefore there will be no regular library classes for this week.
Looking forward to seeing you there,
Big news for Reading!
We had the pleasure of hosting an incredible Alberta author, Sigmund Brouwer! His hour long, high energy performance always sparks reading and writing motivation in all of our students!
Below are some links for you to check out Sigmund in action!
Grade 4-6 https://youtu.be/RTF5JE_DjfE
Grade specific introduction vidoes: Grades K-6 http://rockandroll-
Follow Sigmund at the Grammys https://youtu.be/
Check out Sigmund's website www.rockandroll-literacy.
FREE ebooks students? Go here to find out more! www.rockandrollbooks.