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1,000 Books before Kindergarten promotes early literacy

by Deanna Mitchener preschoolers. Parents can download the app or accompaniment to this campaign," says
print log sheets to track their progress from the Josephine.
It is never too early to start reading to children website: The Sharing books from infancy is not about
and there are many literacy programs going on idea behind the program is simple, and the teaching infants to read. It exposes them to the
throughout the community. reward is priceless. All you need to do is track rhythm of language, and increases the number of
Josephine Bunz-Clark, the Family Literacy every book that your infant, toddler, or words they hear, which will improve their
Coordinator with Edson and District Community preschooler hears or reads. This can include the language skills. Alberta Education defines
Learning Society, says, "One such program is the same book, or a book read by the librarian at literacy as “the ability, confidence and
Magic Carpet Ride for English Language story time, or by a preschool teacher," says willingness to engage with language to acquire,
Learners (ELL) which includes a Conversation Josephine. construct and communicate meaning in all
Circle for adults. All ELL adults are welcome not The goal is to read 1,000 books to your child aspects of daily living.”
just adults with children." before they start kindergarten. "You may think Another literacy resource available at Brighter
"Another literacy initiative called 1,000 Books 1000 books sounds like a lot, but if you read just Futures, FCSS Family and Parent Link Centre,
before Kindergarten is being promoted one book a night that is 365 books in a year. If and the Edson and District Public Library is the
community-wide through the FCSS Family and you read more than one book a day, you can see Bag of Books. Families can borrow the bags to
Parent Link Centre, Brighter Futures, Edson and how quickly that will add up. It is never too engage in fun literacy activities together at home.
District Public Library, and Early Childhood early to start," says Josephine. Visit to find out more about
Matters. Prizes will be available for reaching "The Edson and District Community Learning Family Literacy programs and other learning
milestones of 250, 500, 750, and 1000 books," Society has added a new book to the Newborn opportunities through the Edson and District
says Josephine. Bags to help promote reading from infancy. It's Community Learning Society.
“This is a self-guided program for parents of called A Promise and A Pledge, which is a
Niton Central School

gears up for another year

As we gear up for what promises to be another
terrific year, we are very excited to welcome Jacey
Bura as a new member of our school team. Jacey
came to us last January and quickly became part of
our team. Her role consisted of teaching both junior
high and elementary classes. This year, she will be
an integral part of our junior high team. We were
very happy to welcome her back, along with all
other returning staff members.
After having a very successful Welcome Back
BBQ last year, we have decided to make it an
annual event. This is a great way to bring parents
and teachers together in the first week of school, to
kick off the year, start on the right foot and open
positive lines of communications. We have many
newer teachers at our school, so it is a great way to
introduce them to the families of the students they
will be teaching, as well as to give parents the
opportunity to get to know their child's new
teacher. It is also a wonderful way to show how
much we appreciate all of our families and all they
do to help make our school, and our students,
To round off the month, our Grade 2/3 class will
be hosting our annual Terry Fox Run. Every year
we spend the month of September learning about
Terry Fox, his childhood, what led to him running
across Canada, and what his memory represents.
Then we create a Terry Fox banner and each child
colors an Adidas running shoe to add to the banner,
in order to unite our students for the cause. In the
afternoon, we set out for a 45-minute run/walk.
Becky Richard with her two daughters Millicent Richard (2.5) and Tegan Richard (five months) spending This event is near and dear to many, so it is a great
time at the Edson Public Library. Becky and her family recently moved to Edson in January of this year. way to start the year and a great way for students to
Becky says, "We come to the library at least once a week to hang out." photo Deanna Mitchener work together for a good cause.


Elektra Depee is nine years old and is attending grade four at the Paige Lea is 11 years old and is in grade six. "I
Yellowhead Koinonia Christian School. "My favorite subject in school want to be a teacher when I'm all done school, but
is Language. When I grow up I would like to work with my dad, he not 100% sure just yet. The best thing that
runs cranes. My favorite colour is blue, and I love to eat pot stickers. happened over the summer was going camping
I enjoy reading and playing with my dog Teddy. If I could travel with my family. My favorite colour is blue, and if I
anywhere I would go to Peru, because we studied it in school and so could travel anywhere in the world I would choose
far it looks super good. The best part of summer was going PEI. I enjoy playing soccer, doing art and spending
camping," says Elektra. time with my family," said Paige.

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