Kindergarten Morning Meeting in the Library: Poetry

Written by EmmaK. Posted in ES Library

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Pablo Neruda, Poet of the People by Monica Brown


In April, Kinder students are working on Poetry.  

 If you were not able to attend the Kindergarten Morning Meeting on Friday, you can see my presentation here.

Poems are beautiful examples of how our language can create magical ideas and amazing thoughts with just a few words.  A great way is to read lots of examples of poetry


Why Does Your Child Need Poetry?

When read aloud, poetry is rhythm and music and sounds and beats.

Young children may not understand all the words or meaning, but they’ll feel the rhythms, get curious about what the sounds mean and perhaps want to create their own. Poetry can allow kids to paint sketches of their lives, using metaphor, imagery and symbolic language to describe experiences, or parts of themselves. Poetry allows kids to put language to use and maybe break rules along the way.


If these books are already checked out, please let me know and I can reserve them for you.

Poetry:  Stories Written as Poems

A Hen, a Chick and a String Guitar By Margaret Read MacDonald

The Sound of Day.  The Sound of Night By Mary O’Neill

The Quiet Way Home By Bonny Becker

Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford

 All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon


 Poetry:  Books of Poems

 Dear Hot Dog by Mordicai Gerstein

 Lunch Money And other poems about school by Carol Diggory Shields

 Firefly July Selected by Paul B. Janeczko

Flutter & Hum Animal Poems by Julia Paschkis

 Sail Away by Langston Hughes

Hi, Koo by Jon J. Muth


 Poetry:  Books about Poets

 The Remarkable Story of Georges Moses Horton, Poet by Don Tate

 Enormous Smallness A story of e. e. cummings by Matthew Burges

Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People By Monica Brown


Success at the BFIS St Jordi Book Fair

Written by EmmaK. Posted in 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, ES Library, Library

Thank you so much to all the volunteers who helped to make our St. Jordi Used Book Sale the best ever! 

We raised an incredible





This would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of all the volunteers who donated books, helped to sort and box them, carry all those boxes to the fair and do an outstanding job of helping parents and students find just the right book. (Not to mention helping out with the tidy-up afterwards!)

It is a wonderful achievement and my gratitude goes out to all those who made it possible.  Your help and support is very much appreciated. 

All the money will now go to make our BFIS Libraries even better!

Thank you!

Miss Emma & Mr. Cevoli

Realsitic Fiction in Grade 1

Written by EmmaK. Posted in 1st Grade, ES Library

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Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant


In March, Grade 1 students are working on keepin’ it real with Realistic Fiction.

 Realistic Fiction are stories with made up characters that could actually happen in real life. Characters have problems and discover solutions that we could have in our lives.  Readers share the thinking and feelings of each character and develop empathy towards the situations in realistic fiction.  Students ask themselves, “What would I do if this was me?”

Here is a link to my presentation on Realistic Fiction with books that are available to check out in our Elementary Library.

Happy Reading!


Sant Jordi Book Sale Donations

Written by EmmaK. Posted in 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, ES Library

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Are you Spring-Cleaning your book collection?

The BFIS Libraries are organising the annual Sant Jordi Used Book Sale, which will take place during our Elementary festivities on Friday, April 21st. Last year we raised approximately 750€ of additional funds for the libraries.

If you have any books for donation, now is the time to put them to good use.  Please speak to Ms. Emma before bringing them into school. They would be delighted to arrange a time for you to drop off any relevant material that is in good or excellent condition.

Thank you in advance for helping to support the sale and the libraries!