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Romance Book Picks For Middle Schoolers

Selecting suitable romance chapter books for tweens and young teens can be a challenging task, as this age group straddles the line between childhood and adolescence. The literary landscape offers a plethora of options, but finding the right balance of age-appropriate content and engaging storytelling can be like navigating a maze. This curated book list … Continue reading Romance Book Picks For Middle Schoolers

Book Picks for Holocaust Education Month

Here is a curated book list for Holocaust Education Month. This collection of powerful and thought-provoking children’s literature offers a profound exploration of one of the darkest chapters in human history. As we commemorate this month, these books will help your students gain essential insights into the Holocaust, its survivors, and the lessons we can … Continue reading Book Picks for Holocaust Education Month

MediaSmarts Tip Sheet – Helping Kids Cope With Media Coverage of War and Traumatic Events

As the Israel-Hamas conflict rages on, it is so important to equip ourselves with ways to support our children.  This tip sheet, created by MediaSmarts, a Canadian non-profit focusing on Media Literacy and Digital Citizenship, offers parents and teachers some invaluable suggestions. Tip Sheet – Helping Kids Cope With Media Coverage of War and Traumatic … Continue reading MediaSmarts Tip Sheet – Helping Kids Cope With Media Coverage of War and Traumatic Events

Global Maker Day Story – Make Way For Animals!

The OJCS is celebrating Global Maker Day on Tuesday October 17th and in honour of that I will read the amazing book Make Way for Animals! – A World of Wildlife Crossings by Meeg Pincus and Bao Luu.  This book highlights real innovation in creating safe highway crossings for animals.  These innovators come from a … Continue reading Global Maker Day Story – Make Way For Animals!

Grade 4 Become Super Digital Citizens

Today our grade 4 class became Super Digital Citizens with the interactive Nearpod lesson by Common Sense Media called ‘Super Digital Citizens.’  Our students made the OJCS proud by showing what kind and compassionate upstanders they would be in the face of cyberbullying. An upstander is someone who speaks or acts in support of someone … Continue reading Grade 4 Become Super Digital Citizens

A Back to School Story – Captain Abdul’s Pirate School

I would like to welcome back our OJCS students and families.  To find out more about the library, visit the Back to School Night Videos page on my blog. What if instead of coming to the OJCS, your parents had sent you to Pirate School?  In this story, we are going to find out what … Continue reading A Back to School Story – Captain Abdul’s Pirate School

Memory Jars – Sharing Our Favourite Memories of this Past School Year

For our last storytime sessions of the year, I read the beautiful book Memory Jars by Vera Brosgol to our grade 2 students.  In the book Freda attempts to save all of her favourite memories in jars where they will remain unchanged forever. Since our school year is ending, I asked our students to put … Continue reading Memory Jars – Sharing Our Favourite Memories of this Past School Year

Fun Summer ’23 Reading Recommendations for Middle Schoolers

Summer is almost here and it is important to encourage kids to continue to read all summer long.  This helps to prevent the “summer slide” which is when students lose about 20% of their reading gains over the summer months through lack of use.  These fun books will have your kids excited to read and … Continue reading Fun Summer ’23 Reading Recommendations for Middle Schoolers