Monday, February 6, 2017

French Book Fair is next week!

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Dear Parents, You and your family are invited to join us in this celebration of literacy.
Every purchase you make, directly benefits our school. Help us add new books and
much-needed resources to our library.
Join us at our French Book Fair and help spark a lifelong love of reading! Your child will bring a flyer home. Do not discard this flyer because it has a free ballot to win 25 dollars worth of books. All you have to do is fill out the ballot and put it in the ballot box located in the library.
Good luck and keep on reading!
Mme Gaudreault

In French!
Chers Parents,
Vous êtes invités avec votre famille à vous joindre à nous pour cette célébration littéraire.
Pour chaque achat que vous effectuerez, Dewson recevra une remise. Aidez les enseignants à acquérir de nouveaux livres et de nouvelles ressources pédagogiques.
Participez au Festival du Livre et encouragez l’amour de la lecture chez les enfants, un plaisir qui durera toute leur vie! Votre enfant va apporter un dépliant du festival chez-vous. Ne le jetez surtout pas! Il y a un coupon pour un tirage d'une valeur de 25$ en livres. Remplissez le coupon et déposez-le à la biblipothèque dans la boite prévue à cet effet.
Bonne chance!
Mme Gaudreault 

French Book Fair:
Where: Dewson Library
When: February 13-16
From 7:30 to 4:30
Thursday: until 7:30

Friday, November 11, 2016

Remembrance Day/ Le jour du Souvenir

                                                         Heritage Minute John Mcrae

In French/ en français

                                                                      La minute du patrimoine

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

2016 English Book Fair is next week!

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Dear Parent and Families,

The 2016 English Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our school!

We invite you to share this celebration of books and reading with us. You will discover all kinds of books such as novels, chapter books, leveled books, graphic novels, comic books and many more.
The English Book Fair is a great opportunity for your child to learn or practice choosing a book on his/her own.
Students and parents can purchase books one hour before school begins, at  lunch recess and after school..


Please look at the flyer and don’t forget to enter our Family Event Draw. You could win $50 in books – $25 for your family and $25 for your child’s classroom! 

Click the castle for the flyer in PDF.  

We hope you will join us at the English Book Fair.

P.S. Did you know that for every $10 you spend at the book Fair, up to $6 goes back to our school? This allows us to purchase needed books and educational resources.

English Book Fair Dates:
Tuesday November 15,  Wednesday November 16, and Thursday November 17.
8:00-8:50 am, 12:00-12:30 pm, 3:30-4:30 pm, * Thursday evening only, we will remain open until 7:30 pm since it is parent/teacher interviews.
Location: Library

We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Interac.
If you choose to send your child to school with money, please discuss with your child how s/he will keep the money safe and whether or not the money can be shared with other children. Thank you!

Mme Gaudreault

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!

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Dear Parents, your child will soon begin to check out books from the school library. Reading is one of the most important skills your child learns in school. Like all skills, improvement comes with practice, and the Dewson School Library provides a wide variety of books for students to borrow for reading practice, information, and enjoyment.
Your child will visit the school library weekly to select books.  
A schedule is posted on the library blog at daily.

*     Students are responsible to handle library books with care, since they are for everyone to share. Please keep books away from pets, food, and all liquids.
*     Any book damage should be reported to the library as soon as possible so we can attempt repairs.
*     Library books may be kept for one week then must be returned. A book may be renewed (checked out again) if the student is not finished reading it but the book has to be returned first.
*     An overdue book means a student cannot borrow another book (until the overdue book is renewed or returned).
*     There are no fines for overdue books, but please encourage your child to return his or her book each week. 
*     Magazines come in an envelope. If your child check out a magazine, it is important to return the magazine in its envelope.  
*     If your family plans to move from Dewson, please return all books before moving.

JK-SK students may checkout 2 books at a time. When your child brings the books home, you may want to spend time reading them together. If your child can read, you could listen to him or her read the book and help with words they may not know. We want your child to love reading, so please make the time you share books together fun. French Immersion students will be able to check out an English book and a French book.

At home, please
*     Find a safe place for his or her library books away from little brothers/sisters and family pets.
*     Remind your child to have clean hands when handling the book and to turn pages gently.
*     Encourage your child to read every day.
*     Encourage your child to read for enjoyment and to notice/discuss the illustrations with you.
*     Read and reread the book as well as discuss favorite characters and important parts of the story.
I look forward to a great year and many wonderful stories. If you have any questions or concerns about the library, please feel free to visit or contact me at You may also post a comment on this library blog.

 Sincerely, Mme Gaudreault 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Return your books to the library week!

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Dewson wishes that all students return materials to the library by Jun 24. This will allow the library to proceed with the inventory of our school library in order to be ready for the next school year. Please look in your backpacks, under your beds, on your desks, on your shelves, in your living room, in the kitchen, even in the dog house! 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

TD Summer Reading Club 2016/ Le club de lectureTD de l'été 2016

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Cet été, les enfants sont invités à sortir du quotidien et à découvrir un monde sauvage et inexploré grâce à la lecture. L’inconnu les attend, que ce soit hors de la maison, hors du commun ou hors frontières! Grâce aux livres et aux activités du Club de Lecture TD , ils pourront écouter l’appel de la nature et donner libre cours à leur imagination.

La liste de livres pour l'été 2016 est disponible sur ce site web sous l'onglet: Titres recommandés

In English
No one knows great reads like the staff at your local library. These Canadian children's books have been carefully chosen to get your kids started on their summer reading adventures. For more information, please visit

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Black History Month Resources available at our library!

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Black History Month & International Women’s Day
Dewson Resources on Black Women
February 2016

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky by Faith Ringgold. (1995) Gr K-4.
With Harriet Tubman as her guide, Cassie retraces the steps escaping slaves took on the real Underground Railroad and is finally reunited with her brother at the story's end.

Escape North! The Story of Harriet Tubman by Monica Kulling. (2000) Gr 2-3.
Surveys the life of Harriet Tubman, including her childhood in slavery and her later work in helping other slaves escape north to freedom through the Underground Railroad.

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad by Dan Elish. (1993)
A biography of the African American woman who escaped from slavery, led slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad, aided Northern troops during the Civil War, and worked for women's suffrage.

Harriet Tubman. Conductor on the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry. (2007) Gr 5-9.
Comprehensive biography of the woman who guided more than 300 slaves to freedom as a conductor in the Underground Railroad.

Life and Times. Harriet Tubman by John Rowley. (1997) Gr 2-4. 
A biography of the woman who escaped life as a slave and then rescued other slaves as a conductor in the Underground Railroad.

The Story of Harriet Tubman Conductor of the Underground Railroad by Kate McMullan. (1990) Gr 3-5.
This biography of Harriet Tubman tells how she helped free over 300 slaves as a conductor in the Underground Railroad and how she became a nurse, scout and spy for the Union Forces during the Civil War.

Time for Kids: Harriet Tubman. A Woman of Courage by Renee Skelton and Time for Kids Editors. (2005) Gr 2-5.
The story of Harriet Tubman’s fight against unfairness and for what she believed was right. She helped hundreds of African-Americans escape through the Underground Railroad.

Other BookFLIX, Follet Shelf and Learn 360 resources (books, video recordings) available through the Dewson Virtual Library by searching Harriet Tubman.
Resources Celebrating Other Strong Black Women and Girls

A Picture Book of Rosa Parks by David A. Adler. (1993) Gr K-4.
A biography of the Alabama black woman whose refusal to give up her seat on a bus helped establish the Civil Rights Movement.

Black Canadian Women. A Legacy of Strength by Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO). (2015) Gr 1-8.
Curriculum and teacher resources for grades one to eight profiling five Black Canadian women: Viola Desmond, Angela James, Michelle Jean, Rosemary Sadlier and Wanda Robson.

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. (2014) Gr 5 and up.
In this award-winning book, the author shares her childhood memories about growing up in the North and South and reveals the first sparks that ignited her writing career, in free-verse poems.

La détermination de Viola Desmond by Jody Nyasha Warner. (2013) De la maternelle à la 3e année.
L'histoire vraie de Viola Desmond, une Afro-Canadienne de Nouvelle-Écosse qui a été arrêtée et emprisonnée en 1946 pour s'être assise dans l'une des premières rangées du cinéma.

Leading the Way. Black Women in Canada by Rosemary Sadlier. (1994) Gr 6 and up.
Biographies of five accomplished Black women: Harriet Tubman, Mary Anne Shadd, Cary Best, Rosemary Brown and Sylvia Sweeney, along with mini-bios of several other black women.

Martin et Rosa: Martin Luther King et Rosa Parks, ensemble pour l'égalité by Raphaële Frier. (2013) À partir de niveau 4.
Les portraits croisés de deux grandes figures de la lutte contre la ségrégation raciale aux États-Unis: Rosa Parks et Martin Luther King.

Rosa by Nikki Giovanni. (2008) Gr 3-5.
The story of the black woman whose refusal to give up her seat on a bus in Alabama set in motion the events of the Civil Rights Movement that resulted in the end of the segregated south.

Rosa Parks: From the back of the bus to the front of a movement by Camilla Wilson. (2001) Gr 4-7.
This book takes a close look at Rosa Parks¹ early life, and also follows her political career after the bus boycott.
The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles (2010) Gr K-3.
For months, six-year-old Ruby Bridges must confront the hostility of white parents when she becomes the first African-American girl to integrate Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans in 1960.

Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges (2000) Gr 3 and up.
Ruby Bridges recounts the story of her involvement, as a six-year-old, in the integration of her school in New Orleans in 1960.

Time for Kids Biographies: Rosa Parks. Civil Rights Engineer by Time for Kids Editors. (2007) Gr 2-4.
Presents the life of Rosa Parks, whose refusal to give up her seat on a bus for a white man triggered the Civil Rights Movement.
Viola Desmond won't be budged! by Jody Nyasha Warner. (2010) Gr K-3.
The story of Viola Desmond, an African-Canadian woman who, in 1946, challenged a Nova Scotia movie theater's segregation policy by refusing to move from her seat to an upstairs section designated for use by blacks.

Who was Rosa Parks? by Yona Zeldis McDonough. (2010) Gr 3-5.
In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give her bus seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama. This seemingly small act triggered Civil Rights protests across America and earned Rosa Parks the title "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement".

Other BookFLIX, Follet Shelf, Learn 360 and NFB resources (books, films, video recordings) available through the Dewson Virtual Library by searching Black women, Viola Desmond, Rosemary Brown, Rosa Parks and Ruby Bridges.