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  • A Week in a Glance: April 6 - April 10, 2020

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March Message

​2020 RTA Staff:
Favourite Children Books
As an avid read, before Spring Break, I asked RTA teachers to send me the name of their favourite children’s book. Like my husband, many teachers struggled with the openness of my question. By favourite children’s book, did I mean favourite picture books for 5 year olds and under? Did I mean favourite elementary book? Did I mean favourite pre-teen book, and so on, and so on…
My goal was not to cause any undue stress. Really, I was just interested in how they would answer my question.  Several teachers changed the question (which I called ‘cheating’), providing me with name of multiple favourite books. While some teachers answered the question based on their family environment. Yet, other teachers, who gravitated towards a specific genre or author, game me favourite names.
Favourite Children Books
Gordon Korman
Strong themes of perspective and empathy with each chapter told through the lens of a different character. - Braben
The Eleventh Hour 
Graeme Base
The Eleventh Hour is a mystery story set around a birthday costume party. Both the rhyming text and the beautiful illustrations give clues to solve the mystery of who ate the birthday feast. The Eleventh Hour encourages the reader to delve deeper and immerse themselves into the mystery; I spent hours poring over this book as a child, and cannot recommend Graeme Base enough for the captivating way he creates a journey through his books. - Hanley
The Giving Tree
Makes me cry every single time and is so awesome for teaching empathy. Forces the reader to consider if they are the tree of the boy. - Wiens
Hardy Boys & Matt Christopher books
Good old-fashioned adventure and mystery.  Simple reads, predictable stories, mostly traditionally masculine heroes, but grade-5-Wiens read them voraciously. – Wiens
I have to go
Robert Muncsh
Anything Robert Munsch. - Rigg
The Gruffalo
Julia Donaldson
This is my favourite book from my boys' early years. The rhymes and slightly scary but fun storyline makes for a tale that can be repeated over and over again. - Hadley
The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins
I read this series when it first came out and I have reread it several times since. Engaging science-fiction/adventure story of a dystopian society and the struggles of a teenage girl to survive. - Hadley
Harry Potter
Any of them. What doesn’t it have? Good triumphs over evil, there’s friendship and rivalry and misunderstanding and above all, hope. – Peterson
Harry Potter &
Narnia Series
I love the Harry Potter series, which I am currently reading to my son at bedtime. Narnia series is another I hope to share soon. It speaks of hope and people making mistakes. I love the morality. – Clark
Fudge Series &
Shadow Series
The Fudge series by Judy Bloom and the Shadow children series (Among the Hidden) by Margaret Petersen Haddix. - Burkell
A Hero's Guide to Saving your Kingdom 
Christopher Healy
The book is laugh out loud hilarious. As it is a trilogy, so two more books. - Armitage
The Underneath
Kathi Appelt
For the animal lover, it is written poetically. - Armitage
The Mysterious Benedict Society 
Trenton Lee Stewart
Furiously Happy
Jenny Lawson
4 orphans problem solve to find the truth - a four-volume series. - Armitage
A book I give to anyone who needs a good laugh about a woman who struggles with mental health and writes about her adventures dealing with anxiety throughout her life. - Davey
Meet me at the moon
Gianna Marino
This book is about a young elephant who learns that a mother's love is everywhere and is enduring.
It tells a story about how a mom elephant had to leave her little one and go ask the sky for rain because they didn’t have rain for quite a long time. The things were getting dry. It’s a beautiful story and tells how the little one waits for mom to get back. In the meanwhile, he sings the song to her mom by looking at the moon and remembering her love.
We (me and my daughter) both still read this book at bedtime as it's very soothing. Sometimes, after reading the book we will go gaze at the moon and the stars from the window in my daughter's bedroom. - Khurana
Salt to Sea
Ruta Sepatys
Classified as Junior High, but wonderful for adults as well. We also have Shades of Gray by her - they are both WW II stories.  I love history, and she helps us understand, in a very real way, what it was like !  ILOVED it! – Smith
Oh the places you’ll go
Dr. Seuss

Harry Potter Series
The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss is a good reminder of the ups and downs of life.
All the Harry Potter books for her imaginative story telling.  - Gray
Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Kate Dicamillo
This is a beautifully written book. It is my go to for a read-aloud, no matter the grade. It’s both funny and sad at the same time. I get emotional just thinking Edward’s journey. - Lewis
The Mystery of the Green Ghost
(An Alfred Hitchock and The Three Investigators book)
Robert Arthur

Lost in the Barrens
(aka Two Against the North)
Farley Mowat
Its Alfred Hitchcock mixed in with teen detectives. – R. Lewis
A pivotal Canadiana story of survival. It is a defining book on the coming of age story of Jamie and his friend, Awasin. – R. Lewis
What Do You Do With a Chance?
Kobe Yamada
I feel that this book helps children be resilient and confident to take risks/chances in life, especially in their learning.  I love the message. - Lee
Julia Donaldson

This book was published a couple of years before my oldest son was born and I received the board book as a shower gift. It became a favorite bedtime story for my kids and holds many fond memories. - Clack

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In light of Alberta Government Covid-19 guidelines that gatherings should not exceed 15 people, today's Public Board meeting will be held online only. The meeting begins at noon and will be live streamed.

Our "classrooms" look different, but we continue to support student learning. Check out this video for more info. #wearecbe

Learn more about what students and families can expect to hear from their schools next week. Classes are cancelled and students will not be returning to their schools, but learning is ongoing. #wearecbe

Yesterday we sent a message to all Gr. 10, 11 and 12 families about diploma exams. Diploma exams are cancelled, but under special circumstances, students can request to write a diploma exam. For more info, see info on our website

All city and school playgrounds are closed effective immediately to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. City parks remain open. Let’s all work together to protect the public’s health. #WeAreCBE

CBE Spring Break runs Mar. 23 – 27 for Traditional Calendar Schools, until Apr. 3 for Modified Calendar Schools. CBE Schools are closed during this time. Students and Staff, enjoy your time off, be safe and take care of yourselves. #WeAreCBE

An important parent message and video regarding continuation of learning for students was posted today.

Looking for interim educational ideas for your K-9 student? Check out CBE’s Learning at Home page for a variety of resources to support literacy, numeracy and wellness at home. #weareCBE

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