Come down to the School Library to have a look at Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough, and the other Surrey Teens Read selections for 2020-2021. You can also go online and borrow many of them as e-Books and/or Digital Audiobooks.
What is fiction? What is nonfiction? Even many Grade 12 students still have difficulty answering these questions. Give it some thought. Click on “Leave a Comment” (below) to share your answers. Check back for some of our answers in the next “School Library FAQ.”
We will also have a new question or two for you.
MLK Day is held on the 3rd Monday in January in honour of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. While this is a National Holiday in the United States, MLK Day is also significant to Canadians and other people around the world who recognize the role that Dr. King played in the cause of anti-racism and how his legacy continues to play a vital role in the ongoing struggle for racial equality in the USA and around the world.
Check out our display of items on the life and times of Dr. King
The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born on this day in 1929.
Dr. King was the leading figure of the Civil Rights Movement, as African-Americans struggled for freedom and equality in the United States. Dr. King was a brilliant orator and an inspirational leader. Dr. King was committed to the principals to non-violence, in part based on the example of Gandhi in India. He believed that the only path towards a peaceful resolution of the plight of black people in the United States was through non-violence, civil disobedience, and peaceful protest.
For more on the life of Dr. King:
Show solidarity in the fight against racism. Help raise awareness for the ARC and other anti-racist efforts by wearing a black shirt to school tomorrow, Friday, January 15.
Find out more: Anti-Racism Coalition Vancouver
Come down to the School Library to have a look at Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff, and the other Surrey Teens Read selections for 2020-2021. You can also go online and borrow many of them as e-Books and/or Digital Audiobooks.
Every now and then it might be helpful to consider where we sit in the big picture.
Our students will leave our school and soon become the adults who will hold the future of democracy in their hands. We must educate and equip our students to recognize the rights and responsibilities of democratic citizenship. We must help them see the precious nature of the democratic traditions that have been handed to them by previous generations. We must help them see the fragile nature of those institutions and the peril that is represented by those forces that are at work to undermine democracy.
Most pressingly, we must help our students to recognize the rise of fascism, both in the world and in our own backyard. We must equip our students to denounce fascist ideology and to defeat fascist attempts to destroy our democracy.
The politics of fear, division, and hate will fight for the souls of our students. We must counter those dark forces with hope, unity and love. Forces are at work undermining the foundations of democracy, including the rule of law, freedom of the press, public education, respect for science and reason, confidence in free and fair elections, and peaceful transitions of power. We must build up faith in those ideals in our kids, and equip them to demand them as their rightful expectation for a civil society.
Polarizing forces are at work which divide us, resulting in extreme “othering” to the point of dehumanization. We must find ways to help the next generation to reconcile that which divides us, or at least to find respectful and peaceful ways to engage with those divisions. Somehow we must find common ground with our beliefs about truth. We must find some way to agree on “the facts” even if we don’t agree on what do with those facts.
Please check out our display of items related to the struggle between democracy and fascism.
Do you know that you can have school library books delivered to you in your classroom? If you haven’t done it before, it is easy to learn how!
1. Search for Tweedsmuir Library or use this URL : tweedsmuirlibrary.wordpress.com
2. Click on Catalog
3. Sign in with your School District username and password
4. Use the Catalog (Destiny Classic or Destiny Discover) to search for books
5. When you find a book, click on the title or on the “Details” button
6. Click the “Hold It” button
7. Expect an email to your Surrey Schools email address when the book is ready.
8. IF you don’t use your Surrey Schools email, you will need to use your regular email to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
9. When the book is ready, you can pick it up at the School Library OR you can have it delivered to your morning class.
Come down to the School Library to have a look at A Curse Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer, and the other Surrey Teens Read selections for 2020-2021. You can also go online and borrow many of them as e-Books and/or Digital Audiobooks.
Welcome to 2021 in the School Library. We hope that the New Year brings new hope, new joy and new life to you, your family, and to the world.
For many Canadians and for millions of people around the world, Christmas is a secular holiday. It is not a religious holy day, rather it is a cultural event based on things such as family, gift giving and charity. For many Christmas is focused on children and the central figure is Santa.
Yet for many millions of of other people in Canada and around the world, Christmas Eve is a deeply significant night of the year in spiritual terms. Christmas emerged as the Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus. Whether in churches or other places of worship, or at home, or in other locations, Christians gather together celebrate the Nativity, the birth of Jesus.
Check out some of these books from our display, “Holidays and Holy Days.”