A student left us a beautiful piece of art on our whiteboard table space today.In the short time we have had readily available collaboration spaces for students we have seen them doing any number of activities. Some have been seen brainstorming ideas for a project, others have left behind inspirational messages for their peers, some have taught each other math, and others have written poetry. It has been interesting to watch how the students enthusiasm changed with something as simple as a space to write and a few pens.
Winter break is coming and everyone is going to have two glorious weeks of time to rest and relax in amongst the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Why not fill some of that time with a relaxing read? If you need help picking something, come on in and we can try to find the right book for you. Maybe start with the Surrey Teens Read books? I can confidently say there is something on that list for everyone.
Everything that I have been reading about creating more innovative spaces has included the need to create collaboration spaces that are easily accessible. One book suggested using Showerboard as an alternative to an official whiteboards, but we don't have any wall space to hang it on. I also looked into Idea Paint, but again a lack of wall space and cost made this unreasonable. I ended up finding Wall Pops dry erase decals ($20 each of Amazon). They are peel and stick whiteboard decals. They are repositionable and are safe to apply to all kinds of surfaces.
I bought one for every one of our library tables. They don't cover the entire table surface because students will need to use the tables for more than just collaborating, especially using glue. I don't want that on the whiteboard surface. I put them on this morning. There was a buzz about them at lunch and after lunch I had two Grade 9 Social Studies classes working on an Industrial Revolution news broadcast. They used the whiteboard space to brainstorm and plan their broadcasts. They were humming with activity and on task for most of the class. They were excited. It was a small change, but early indications are that it will have a big impact.
With the cold weather outside, winter has definitely set in. Come in and visit the Commons @ Clayton Heights Library and "warm up with a good book". We have lots of ideas for great books to keep you entertained on those cold days during Winter Break.
The food drive is in full swing. If you don't have a period 4 class, please bring a donation to the Library and we will enter you into the draw to win Rider gear.
The Clayton Heights Library and Learning Commons is observing Remembrance Day. Book displays commemorate and reflect on the service and sacrifice of our Canadian veterans. Come in and learn more. Lest we forget.
Community observances on November 11, 2014:
Cloverdale Remembrance Day Service
17710 - 56A Avenue
Please join us at the Cenotaph for our Rembrance Day service.
Ceremonies begin at 10:15 AM, and we will observe two minute's silence at 11:00 AM.
Following the service, the Legion Colour Party will lead the parade back to the Legion branch, where there will be refreshments, entertainment, and fellowship.
For more information see the Legion website at www.cloverdale.bc.ca/legion
Surrey Remembers at the Surrey Museum and Surrey Archives
Bring your family to take part in the annual Remembrance Day ceremony at the Cloverdale Cenotaph next door to the Surrey Museum and the Surrey Archives.
After the ceremony, join us in the Museum to warm up and enjoy activities:
Drop in, Admission by donation
Location: Surrey Museum, 17710 - 56A Avenue
Time: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Aldergrove: Members of the Royal Canadian Legion branch in Aldergrove will be marching from the Salvation Army Thrift Store at 3111 272 St. to the Legion hall at 26607 Fraser Hwy. The marchers will form up at 10 a.m. at the Thrift Store for the brief march, which will conclude with outdoor ceremonies at the cenotaph in front of the Legion hall.
Langley City: The Langley City Legion branch will host its parade and ceremony at the new cenotaph in Douglas Park. The parade will muster at the Legion branch, 206th Street south of 56th Avenue, and will proceed south and then west to the cenotaph at 20550 Douglas Cres. The parade begins at 10:25 a.m. and the ceremony will start promptly at 11 a.m.
Fort Langley: The service at the Fort Langley Cenotaph will include a procession following a new route this year. The procession will begin at the west end of the cemetery, near the intersection of St. Andrew’s and Nash Streets, and will make its way toward the cenotaph following the gravel and grassy roads inside the cemetery. The procession begins at 10:25 a.m. and the service starts at 10:40 a.m. A flypast of the Fraser Blues team will occur at around 11 a.m.
Murrayville: There is a Cenotaph in the Murrayville Cemetery at 21405 44 Ave. While no official ceremonies are typically planned, individuals often gather to quietly observe a moment of silence at 11 a.m.