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PWSD schools celebrate literacy

January 18, 2018

Family Literacy Day, celebrated annually on January 27, is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada. Some PWSD schools extend the event to a week of literacy activities, or celebrate on an alternate day. More than reading stories together as a family, Family Literacy Day promotes other activities, such as making a grocery list and encouraging your children to locate the items at the store, playing board games, unscrambling jumbled sentences, and allowing your child to keep score during a game to sharpen their math skills. Families can learn more about incorporating Literacy Day into daily activities at http://abclifeliteracy.ca/family-literacy, and through the following school-based activities:

SchoolDate / TimeDetails
Beaverlodge Elementary SchoolJanuary 22-26

Using a Dr. Seuss theme (pictured), students and staff will participate in book swaps, story reading in the gym, reading bingo cards, and the following literacy-themed days:

  • Monday: Green Eggs and Ham Day – wear green.
  • Tuesday: I Can Read with My Eyes Shut – wear a shirt you can read.
  • Wednesday: Wacky Wednesday – wear mismatched clothing.
  • Thursday: Fox in Socks Day – wear crazy socks.
  • Friday: Cat in the Hat! – wear a wacky hat.
Bonanza SchoolFriday, January 26, 12:30 - 2:10 p.m.Students will travel to Savanna School for the afternoon of Thursday, January 25 to attend a literacy-themed presentation by Hula Hoop Circus. On Friday, parents, grandparents and community members are invited to Bonanza School for a 'Play = Learning Literacy Day Fun' afternoon of reading and interactive learning games.
Clairmont Community SchoolJanuary 22-26

Each day will begin with a poem, read over the intercom by the Principal/Asst. Principal.

  • Monday: Camp Read opens in the library and runs all week (pictured).
  • Tuesday: Intercom announcements to "drop everything and read for 10 minutes."
  • Wednesday: Teachers will swap classes to read a book.
  • Thursday: Dress up as your favourite book/character; reading buddies in gym.
  • Friday: Read the Halls – silent hallway reading during last period, until 3:00 p.m.
Harry Balfour School and Whispering Ridge Community SchoolJanuary 22-26Annual book swap. Books are due on January 22. Students will choose books during January 23-24. Grande Prairie Firefighters will read with Kindergarten-Grade 3 students on January 24-26.
Helen E. Taylor School January 22-26
  • Monday: Reading Café during first period.
  • Tuesday: Regular assembly at 9:35 a.m., with a literacy-themed court activity.
  • Thursday: Bring a blanket and pillow to relax and read while enjoying muffins and hot chocolate provided by the school.
  • Friday: Family Literacy Night at the Museum. Join Helen E. Taylor and Wembley Elementary School Councils, in conjunction with the Phillip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, for this free event at 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Bring the entire family for a night of board games, crafts and snacks.

All week:

  • Giant Scrabble: Students will receive three letters to start, and then earn more.
  • All cafeteria meals will be associated with books. Students can guess which book to be entered in three draws for Coles $10 gift cards.
  • Guess which book teachers enjoyed as a child: Match teachers' pictures to books.
LaGlace SchoolFriday, January 26In celebration of Literacy Day, and in conjunction with the school's Twin/Triplet Day, students and staff will dress as famous twins/triplets from literature. Younger students will partner with older students to share their favourite children's book.
Penson SchoolFriday, January 26Students and staff will dress up as their favourite book character.
Robert W. Zahara Public SchoolFriday, January 26Family brown bag lunch, beginning at 12:15 p.m. Parents and students can eat and read together in the gym, classrooms or the school's flex space.
Savanna SchoolJanuary 22-26

Reading Week with various guest speakers and presentations:

  • Monday: Junior/senior high reading with elementary students.
  • Tuesday: Community members reading with students.
  • Wednesday: Two RCMP Officers will read with students at 10:00 a.m.
  • Thursday: Author and Hula Hoop Circus presentations.
  • Friday: School-wide reading for 15 minutes, beginning at 12:15 p.m.
Teepee Creek SchoolFriday, January 26

Students will circulate through literacy stations during the afternoon of Friday, January 26: 

  • Campout Reading: Reading books with flashlights in a tent (pictured).
  • Tasty Treats: Students will read a recipe to create tasty treats.
  • Race to Read: Similar to the game Snakes and Ladders. Students will provide words beginning with the letter in each square – the longer the word, the more points.
  • Yoga Alphabet: Students will create letter shapes with their bodies.
  • Alphabet Scavenger Hunt: Hunt for an alphabetized list of items.
  • Spelling Bee: Teams of students will spell words and write them down.
Woking SchoolFriday, January 26Students will dress as their favourite character and decorate a literacy banner for display in the school. During the afternoon, students will cycle through literacy stations run by the Grades 6-8 Leadership class, including cooking, reading, games and a scavenger hunt.

Members of the media who wish to attend school-based events must RSVP to angelasears@pwsd76.ab.ca. Upon arrival, please sign in at the school office. School office staff must approve photos of students prior to publishing.

Photo Captions:
1. Students enjoy Clairmont Community School's Camp Read during 2017 Literacy Week activities.
2. At Beaverlodge Elementary School, decorated doors and bulletin boards reflect the Dr. Seuss-themed Literacy Week activities.
3. Teepee Creek student Jayse Hoag and friends read inside a tent.