South Oaks School
Principal's Message - Why Read?
One very basic reason is that we learn to read by reading. Building a system of reading in our brain literally takes years. It starts with children hearing a lot of language, being read to, and eventually learning to read independently, step by step, piece by piece. Over the years, I have seen a number of children who appeared to have been "natural readers". It seemed like they simply just picked up reading without any effort whatsoever. I think this is a myth.
When I have talked with the parents of these children, the response is usually the same. The parents say something like, "I didn't do anything". Then, as they reflect a little bit, they say "I just read to my child when they were babies, provided lots of exposure to books at home, modeled reading for them, took them to libraries, played with letters/words, did lots of writing over the years, etc." It all comes down to exposure. That was their superpower as parents.
Of course, there are very legitimate learning disabilities and not all children will pick up reading simply through exposure. However, I would predict that the majority of children will. So, when we ask the question, "Why Read?", the answer is simply, because that is how we learn to read. I Love to Read month is just a reminder to all of us that we need to create the conditions at home and at school for kids to gain exposure and experience with Literacy. Without this, they may have a very difficult time becoming Literate individuals. That is not the legacy we want to leave for our children.
I Love to Read... Fairy Tales!
South Oaks students, HELP! Rapunzel is trapped in a tall tower and she needs your help to be freed! You can help free Rapunzel by reading lots of books at home in February. The more you read, the longer Rapunzel’s hair will grow. Once her hair is longer than the tower, she can be saved! Rapunzel needs every student to read at least 10 picture books or 2 chapter books (appropriate to his/her reading level) at home by February 26 to ensure her hair will be long enough! Parents, if your child is not yet reading independently, please help him/her participate by reading books to your child.
Check out the South Oaks online calendar for special events like: Read with a Magical Pal (Stuffy), Read with a Torch (Flashlight), Read in Your Pajamas and “I Read Canadian” Day. Other special events include Guest Readers from GVS and a Book Fair. Please visit our Open House on February 27 from 4:30 - 6:00, to see what we’ve been up to!
Dates to Remember
Jan. 30: Opening Assembly "I Love to Read Month" @ 9:15 am
Jan. 31: Admin/PD Day - No classes
Feb. 6: Grade 3/4 Choir sings at Manitoba Moose game
Feb. 17: Louis Riel Day - No classes
Feb. 21: Admin/PD Day - No classes
Feb. 24-28: Book Fair (see above calendar for times)
Feb. 27: Celebration of Learning 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Feb. 27: Closing Assembly "I Love to Read Month" @ 9:15 am
Book Fair Details
Stars of the Future Update
Roseau River Bible Camp
We are also pleased to announce that we plan to hold our grade 4 farewell event at Roseau River Camp on June 22. This is a change from the Goldeye's game event in the past. Parent feedback has suggested that it was time for a change, so we are trying something new!
Reminder - Kindergarten Registration for 2020-21
If your child is eligible for Kindergarten Registration (must be five years of age on or before Dec. 31, 2020), and have not yet registered, it is helpful if this is done by March 1st. Our new online registration process takes only a few minutes to complete. To begin, visit the HSD Kindergarten Registration page at https://hsd.ca/schools/kindergarten-registration/
Registering early will assist our school in preparation and planning for the upcoming school year. Early registration also provides parents/guardians with the opportunity to participate in upcoming orientation activities.