Saskatchewan Willow Awards
Author Visit for Grade 7 and 8 Students - Marsha Skrypuch
Staff and students were mesmerized during Marsha Skrypuch's introductory presentation. She told stories about her relatives' first-hand experiences fighting Nazi and Russian soldiers. She told about her struggles with Dyslexia (her superpower), how she taught herself to read in grade 4, and how she went on to get her Master's degree so she could research information for her books using primary sources.
Her passion for historic storytelling and her knowledge of the writing process were evident to everyone in the room. The writing workshop's Marsha led with students were informative and inspiring. Every single student wrote an action scene which recieved personal feedback from Marsha! I can't think of a better way to spend a morning.
We are looking forward to hosting Canadian author, Marsha Skrypuch who will be visitng St. Josaphat to present a Writer's Workshop to our grade 7 and 8 students at the beginning of March. Marsha's first published book was released in 1996 and she's published a new book almost every year since then. Her books are generally about young people plunged into war and oppression. Her most popular books are her World War II trilogy, Stolen Child, Making Bombs for Hitler, and Underground Soldier.
Book Trailer for Making Bombs for Hitler
Book Trailer for The War Below (US edition)/ Underground Soldier (Canadian edition)
Students are able to order her books prior to her visit to our school.
Skrypuch PreOrder Form March 2018.docx
Scholastic Book Fair
Mystery Literacy Night
International Dot Day - Making a Mark
There is more than one way to celebrate International Dot Day! Many classes took part in International Dot Day this year with students reading The Dot and working individually, with a buddy, or collaboratively in a small group to reflect on how they were going to leave their mark at St. Josaphat this year. And, students fired up their creative juices to create beautiful artwork!
International Dot Day is named for the classic Peter H. Reynolds storybook The Dot. Available in English and many other languages, the book shares the story of a girl who begins a journey of self-discovery after a caring teacher challenges her to “make her mark.”