Wednesday, 18 May 2022

How to Create a Graphic Novel - Learn from the Masters!

Jim Davis: 
- Britannica
- Publisher Simon and Schuster
- Academic Kids

Dav Pilkey
- Interview with Dav Pilkey by Reading Rockets
- Dav Pilkey Homepage

Jeffrey Brown
- Scholastic - Star Wars Jedi Academy
- Simon and Schuster

How to Make A Graphic Novel:
- Cat Kid Comic Club  series by Dav Pilkey

By comic writer JP Coovert (21:53)

How Garfield is Drawn (5:42)

Wednesday, 6 April 2022

Virtual Scholastic Book Fair (French & English), Mon., April 11th - Sat., April 23rd, 2022


Save The Date!

Dear families,

Mark your calendars! The fun and excitement of a Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our school!  Scholastic has developed a Virtual Book Fair to provide an easy way to explore Scholastic literary treasures, as well as raise some money for your school library. 

So save the date! Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair will take place from Mon., April 11th to Sat., April 23rd, 2022

When it’s time to shop, visit our school’s Virtual Book Fair site using the below link (also located on the Bastion Homepage Library tab, and from Mr. Menzie's post on the Bastion homepage): or click HERE

Before our Fair begins, click the link to:

   SAVE it to your browser

   WATCH videos of popular new titles

   PREVIEW our Featured Books

Watch for news leading up to our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair!

 Happy reading, Mme. Murrells-Allaway, aka Mme M.


Tuesday, 5 April 2022

April is National Poetry Month / Avril est Le Mois Nationale de la Poésie, 2022

April is National Poetry Month

Sample, taste, and delight in some poetry: from your Bastion library (poetry / poesie) or Okanagan Regional Libraries.  Or try from digital sources: I have listed a few for you below.

Collect, &/or write some poetry for Poem in Your Pocket Day (PIYP Day), Friday, April 29th.  This poetry sharing day is an international movement inviting us to select a poem, carry it with us, and share it with other at schools, bookstores, libraries, local shops, parks, workplaces, coffee shops, street corners, and more.  You can read/share a poem or give it away!

See below and click on the the following link to learn about our Bastion Poem in Your Pocket Day, 2021:

For your French pocket poem needs (for both students and adults),
check out the 2018 booklet created by 

"The Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll

"Ickle Me Tickle Me ..." by Shel Silverstein

Crocodile's Toothache (By Shel Silverstein) (2:19)

     - Haiku from written mostly by grade 3 students 
     - Bastion Student Haiku, Kidsku - students please send your Haikus to Mme Me if you want to be added to this link: 

FREE VERSE: poetry that doesn't rhyme, but rather sounds like regular speech
"Firefly" by grade 1 student, Dylan read in Writers in Schools

Someone brought me a firefly.
Sparkling and glittering like a yellow crystal.
Looking like a star in the sky.
Cool in your hand to see.
It flies very fast and the buzz sounds like music.
It tickles as it crawls on my arm.
My heart turns into a flashlight.
Someone brought me a firefly, and it flashed away.

"Dear 14-Year-Old Valeria" by Valeria, grade 5 read in Writers in Schools
A poem for you:  
Singing is your favorite melody.
You found out what friendship means and where it lights up.
Everyone and everything inspires you to keep moving on.
So keep moving on.
The day and night are your best companions.
You see the world as not dangerous but as freedom
and if you ever speak up, know that it’s going to change
how you live and who you are.
You want to be free and escape to a place of delight.
As day and night combine, you will light up the sky.

"Exam Day" by local teacher Ms. Shawn Bird
In the class room
the fan makes the loudest noise
second to the crinkle of paper
turning, shuffling.
Shifting bodies.
deep breaths,
inhaling fortitude,
exhaling a last,
desperate hope.

"Begin Again" by Ms. Shawn Bird
See the tense bodies, tentative smiles,
step through the door into new beginnings,
slip into a new desk, a new view,
Stretch understandings,
begin again!

Poetry for Kids collected by


Asha Christensen at TEDxKids@SMU 2012 (2:41)

"The Miracle of Morning" by Amanda Gorman (2:22)

Solli Raphael, 12 becomes the youngest winner of Australian Poetry Slam (2:30)

Amanda Gorman reads "The Hill We Climb," USA Inauguration Poem, 
Jan 20, 2021 (5:52)

Lesson Plan Ideas for Educators:

A Poem for Adults Modelling for Children How to Be Their Best:
Thank you to Mme Isaac for sharing this Youtube version of "Desiderata" with me - beautiful.