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Northland schools celebrate family literacy

Posted on January 12

Family Literacy Day 2016 at Grouard Northland School!

Family Literacy Day 2016 at Grouard Northland School!

Schools across Northland School Division will celebrate family literacy in conjunction with Family Literacy Day (Friday, January 27, 2017)! Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and held annually on January 27th to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family. Check out what Northland schools have planned to celebrate family literacy! 

January 23, 2017

Kateri School: The school has planned a full four days of Literacy Day activities! The school is excited to celebrate and promote literacy in the school and in the community! Activities begin on Monday, January 23rd, and will finish on Thursday, January, 26th. The activities planned include the following: A K-6 Bookworms Contest (winners to receive a classroom Scholastic's order), a grade 7-12 Short Story Contest (winner to receive a classroom pizza party), a D.E.A.R afternoon, a Mom and Tots reading night, a school-wide Read-a-thon, and a Literacy Game Night for children and their families, as well as community members! 

January 25, 2017

Father R. Perin School: The school is hosting a Literacy Day! Experiential Learning Initiative Coordinator Mike Mercredi will be sharing his knowledge about Traditional Hand Games to students and staffTraditional Hand Games is the theme for the Literacy Day event. The school is culminating the activity on the 25th with a tournament for the school and community!

St. Theresa School: From 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m., the is doing a CAFE strategies set-up in the gym with five activities in each. Adults will play with their children, learning some of the strategies and games that will help their children become better readers. When done participating in one activity in each section, guests will be served their choice from two prepared meals in a mini cafe! The school will also have a traditional storytelling section in which elders will tell stories from long ago.

January 26, 2017

Fort McKay School: The school is hosting a Literacy Day in the afternoon. Students and parents will participate in reading and writing activities! 

Elizabeth School: Students and their families will arrive in their pajamas to enjoy an evening of celebrating great books - making learning time as a family, a fun time together. School staff, dental hygienist, community nurse and local RCMP officer will join students and parents in different centers to encourage and celebrate healthy night routines that include: story telling, reading, brushing teeth, high-5 for conversation, snacks, safe use of technology, games and showing care and concern.

Hillview School: The school is hosting Family Literacy Night Passport to Literacy from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. After an introduction on literacy and information on the evening’s program families will participate in three activities:

1. The Land of Words – Families search for specific words in a scavenger hunt throughout the school.

2. The Land of Stories – Families listen and actively participate as a story is being read, (making prior connections, predicting, word meaning …).

3. The Land of Imagination – Families will write/illustrate a story using the words from the scavenger hunt. As families complete the activities they get their "passports" stamped. Our event includes a “KFC picnic" supper.

Little Buffalo School: The school is holding a Literacy Night on January 26th from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. They are also organizing an afternoon of Reading Buddies on Family Literacy Day (January 27th)

Peerless Lake School: The school is celebrating 2017’s Family Literacy Day from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Our focus, “Daily 5 With My Family, will have children and their family members participate in fun “rounds” tasks together. These shared events will allow students to proudly exhibit their growth in literacy skills, while parents gain awareness of their child’s classroom learning experiences. This informal, welcoming, relationship-building approach will provide opportunity for those encouraging conversations that will help parents know the value of their involvement in literacy activities.                                    

Grade 1: “Chain” Narrative Writing; Making Words; Sight Word Sorts; Read With Someone In My Family                                                                                                                                    

Grade 2/3: Read “Good Fit Books” With Someone In My Family & “Book Talks” (Comprehension); Word Work Activities                                                                                           

Grade 4/5: Co-Writing an Information Report; Word Work Games, Read With Someone In My Family; PM Benchmarking Information                                      

Grade 6: Vocabulary in Context Discovery; Read With Someone In My Family; Readers’ Theatre                                                                                                            

Grade 7: “Novel-Tree” Display (culmination of January Paperback Reading Incentive Program); “Book Talks” to younger grades during the day, January 26th and 27th.

January 27, 2017 (Family Literacy Day)

Anzac Community School and Bill Woodward School: Tired of all the slush and snow? Winter temperatures got you down? Well, come join us at Anzac Beach! The sun is warm, the shirts are Hawaiian, and the games are literacy based! To celebrate this years Family Literacy Day on January 27th the Anzac Lil Wolves are throwing a Summer Beach Party! Starting at 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. students will be broken into centers and will travel around the school to hear summer theme stories and participate in a number of various fun in the sun literacy activities. Each student in attendance will receive a ballot for their chance to win the “Super Sizzling Summer Prize Pack" which is filled with new books, journals, and writing tools! Parents and family members are invited to join us any time between 10-12 for a special trip to “Library Island” where they will get to enjoy a little quality reading time with their own family and earn extra ballots for the prize pack! A special picnic style lunch will also be provided to all students and parents in attendance in the gym at 12! We hope to see you all there in your best Summer gear! COWABUNGA LIL’ WOLVES!

Conklin Community School: The school is hosting a Chili/Stew cook off and have a number of games stations that incorporate literacy and mathematics. Students will write and record the class recipes! 

Dr. Mary Jackson School: The school is hosting literacy day activities from 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Parents and elders are invited come in and read to the students at that time. 

J.F. Dion School: The school is celebrating Family Literacy Day with several events. The school is hosting a book swap where students will be able come and book shop for free books to take home. They are also organizing a teacher exchange, where teachers and several school staff choose their favourite picture books to read to a different class along with activities to accompany the books. Later in the day, parents are invited to the school to read with their children and share some delicious cookies and hot chocolate!

Paddle Prairie School: Junior and senior high students are participating in a Career and Technology Studies/Career and Technology Foundations Week from January 16th - 20th. ECS - Grade 6 will have an afternoon of stories and snuggle (students can wear their pajamas and invite parents to come and read to them. 

Susa Creek School: The school invites parents to come to the school and read with students! Literacy based activities will be planned for students and parents and snack and refreshments will be provided. 

February 10, 2017

Calling Lake School: Kokums, mosoms, parents are invited to celebrate literacy at Calling Lake School! More details to come.