The Waterfront SchoolToronto, Ontario 21 / 210 Books Given
Principal Dolora Harvey
-Our commitment to literacy and numeracy continues, as we implement a new teacher and teacher librarian literacy partnership in 2017. Beginning in September, each primary class will have two opportunities in each 5 day cycle to spend time with the teacher librarian. One period will be used to further our read aloud time and encourage students to borrow books that are both just right and also interesting to each reader. The other period will be used to further student literacy by teaching students more about different genres, guided reading and author studies. This opens a new need for our school: Multiple copies of the same title so that students can all read together.
-We are a small school with approx 200 students. As a result we generate a only a small school budget since the school budget is allocated based on per pupil funding. This school budget has to cover all sorts of school costs so little is left to purchase books.
- Our School population is quite diverse economically, culturally,and linguistically. We have a daily morning nutrition program to help feed our students. Some of our families reside in public housing.
-We do not qualify for programs and other types of funding such as "Model Schools for Inner Cities"
-Although we have a positive and active School Parent Council, there are many claims on the funds they raise.
-Our local business partners are able to assist through guest speakers, volunteers, trips, but not through monetary donations.
- we are active participants in the Forest of Reading program, with 31 students attending the Awards ceremonies this year and over 40 participating in Silver Birch and Red Maple as independent readers. Our entire primary population (approximately 120 students) voted for the Blue Spruce Award
- Many of our picture books are aging, particularly our Robert Munsch, Dr. Seuss and Mo Willems titles, due to continual borrowing by our primary students
- Our older students are eagerly awaiting an update of our graphic novel collection. Our younger students are also beginning to enjoy graphic novels and our collection would benefit from having more age appropriate titles to appeal to a broad cross section of readers.
- To continue the tradition of reading that we have begun, all of our Grade 8 graduates receive a book to inspire them at graduation. Past titles include "I Wish You More" and "Oh, the Places You'll Go".
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