NMPS Learning Commons

September Information: School Council

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International Dot Day

September 15ish is International Dot Day.

International Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration, began when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot on September 15, 2009. It is now celebrated by classrooms around the world on or around September 15ish each year.

The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe. (Information taken directly from http://www.thedotclub.org/dotday/)

The book is about taking risks,being creative,making your mark and believing in yourself.

Students from Kindergarten through to grade 6 have listened to the story, talked about the messages in the book and have created some dot related artwork in the library or in their classrooms. It has been a wonderful way to begin our year!

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Other books by Peter Reynolds in our school collection


The North Star

So Few of Me

I'm Here

Sky Color

Judy Moody Series (Peter Reynold was the illustrator for this series)

Stink Series (Peter Reynold was the illustrator for this series)

Library News

Library orientation visits have been occurring since the first week of September. Students are reviewing the library routines around book check outs and are exploring many of the new books that have been added to our school collection.

Students may sign out up to two books at a time and are encouraged to bring them back to school as soon as they are finished reading them. Students who do not return materials or have overdue items will not be permitted to sign out materials until the items have been returned.

Students in JK-1 will be provided with a labelled library bag to transport their books to and from school. Please return the bags with the library books each week.

Tech Tip: Accessing the School Library Catalogue from home

Did you know you and your children can access the NMPS School Library Catalogue from home?

This may come in handy when students are looking for a specific resource to read or use for a classroom assignment.

The following steps below will illustrate how to access the information.

1. From your web browser log on the the NellIe McClung PS website


2. Select the LIBRARY tab at the top.

3. Click on the Tab that says: School Library Catalogue which will take your to our library collection.

4. You can now search for the book or resource you are looking.

5. Students will have to come to the library to sign out or use the book.

This site shows books and resources that we have as a part of our school library collection, however, it will not indicate if the book is currently in the library or checked-out to another student.