Last chance for summer reading materials in French through Bayard-Milan!
Bonjour tout le monde,
Tomorrow, May 15th, I will have a table of sample materials from the French language publishing house, Bayard-Milan, on display for your consideration in the Learning Commons.
My hope is that parents and families of students of all ages at BCD will stop by during or after school to peruse the selections, and consider subscribing to a magazine for your child for some enriching summer reading in French!
From Pre-school through Gr.9, there is something for everyone!
The samples on display will be organized by level and age, and include a plethora of themes, styles, and layouts. Please check out the link below for more information on the different magazines offered, per age.
What is Bayard-Milan? … “We are journalists, graphic designers, early childhood education professionals, employees or freelancers … for forty years we have chosen to put our readers at the center of our editorial thinking. Listening to them, understanding them, astonishing them, nourishing them with inspirational works and accompanying them at each stage of their lives.”
Here’s a short excerpt on the mission of Bayard-Milan:
“More than anything, today as for yesterday, we have a duty of promoting enchantment in the younger generation. And in this particular situation where our magazines are not the voice of parents or teachers, but of caring accomplices, we can highlight the positive force that exists in everyone and in the many situations one encounters in life. And when you have the chance to live through words, thanks to talented creators, characters who can embody all their life experiences, it’s as if we invent small lights that will mark the lives of children and which they are will remember for a long time.”
Please carve out a few minutes tomorrow to check out the selection of Foreign Language materials in the Learning Commons, for all grade levels and interests!
P.s for all inquiries concerning subscriptions, please refer directly to the US agent for Bayard-Milan ;
Here is just a quick update on the progress that our 6th graders have made with the big task of taking on ‘Mental Health’ as the theme for their Service Learning project for the 2018-2019 school year.
On May 1 we completed our final workshop dedicated to our Service Learning project. We started our morning together with a Narrative 4 workshop, lead by Ms. Laiz. Narrative 4 “harnesses the power of the story exchange to equip and embolden young adults to improve their lives, their communities, and the world.” It is an amazing exercise in empathy building and was a perfect fit to wrap up our yearlong work within the field of mental health. The story exchange is a powerful model based on the belief of Narrative 4’s founding authors. They understand that we will see the world, and ourselves, more empathically through the exchange of personal narratives. Today, this belief is supported by the work of neuroscientists, as well as by the experiences of story exchange participants. Led by Narrative 4 facilitators, story exchanges are customized for classrooms, community organizations, and businesses building on four basic steps.”
The students were very respectful of each other both in the telling, listening, and re-telling their partner’s stories to the group. We heard about harrowing experiences on rollercoasters, the loss of a family dog, a family adventure overseas, an encounter with a bear on a camping trip … just to name a few!
Some of our student feedback following this exercise include these commentaries: “It made me feel nostalgic! / It was kind of cool to not be myself for a moment. / It was weird but cool! / It was neat to hear someone else telling my story. / I liked hearing my story from a different perspective.”
For more information about this powerful community-building tool, please visit: https://narrative4.com/
Following our Narrative 4 exercise, we welcomed a guest speaker from our local professional community. Dr. Cassandra Lipa spoke to our students about her path to achieving her Doctorate in Nurse Practitioning. She spoke to us about the motivation that drove her to dedicate her life to working in our local community, in the role of a mental health provider. We learned why this career path is so meaningful to her, the way in which it has impacted her life, and the lessons she has learned along the way. She spoke with us about the importance of group therapy sessions, especially in a school community setting. She is an advocate for people coming together to talk about their feelings and emotions. She asked our students many questions, and our group explained to her about what we have been doing since September within our Service Learning project, including but not limited to ; making positive affirmation posters and fortune cookies to share with our school community, dedicating a space on our campus to ‘forest bathing’ and preparing a guided meditation to share with our peers. Dr. Lipa praised them for being “ahead of the ball” in their awareness of and concentration on the importance of taking care of our mental health, being ‘OK’ with our feelings, and being mindful. We spoke about what being ‘mindful’ means; being present, being interested in what we are doing at the moment. We discussed the notion of how often we find ourselves on ‘auto-pilot’ – going through the motions of our day without really paying attention to the details of what we are doing. Our time with Dr. Lipa included great conversation and discussion, as well as a mini-workshop on breathing, and learning why it is important to practice deep breathing, for our mental as well as physical health.
The main goal of this visit, combined with our year-long work is to remind our students how important and valuable these tools that they are learning can and will be in their lives to come, when stress levels may rise or fall on the adventure of life! Our students can discuss the importance of maintaining and protecting our mental health and know why it is just as important to keep ourselves mentally fit, as it is to keep ourselves physically fit!
It was enriching to have a local member of the professional mental health community, who is at the cusp of her career, speak to us about what she has done, is doing, and will do in her field.
I speak for Ms. Laiz and myself when I say how proud we are of our 6th graders, in the dedication and maturity they have brought to this very loaded and large theme of mental health. Please check out our BCD photo page for pictures from our last Community Day.
Next step -> Service Learning Sharecase on Thursday, May 30th!
By BCD Blog|2019-05-06T09:02:48-04:00May 6th, 2019|Categories: Grade 6|Comments Off on Grade 6 Service Learning
Please vote for our Grades 7 and 8 French students!
Dear families and friends of BCD,
There’s one week remaining to vote for our Upper School French students!
Our 7th or 8th-grade classes are in the running to win $ 1,000 for the ‘Prix du Public’ award through the Centre de la Francophonie des Amériques Slame tes Accents challenge!
Last month, the 7th and 8th-grade classes each submitted a video which met the requirements of the slam competition (length of the video, vocabulary, and content.) The themes that each of our classes chose to promote in their poetry include unity, respect, and acceptance.
Voting for the ‘Prix du Public’ award began on April 15 and nearly 29,000 votes were received during the first week of voting!
Please help us to increase our chances of winning by inviting your family, friends, colleagues, etc. to vote for BCD and to encourage the hard work that our students have put forth in meeting the challenge of creating their personalized ‘Slam’ in French!
The video that receives the most votes in the 12-14 age group will be declared the winner and that class will win a $ 1,000 grant (Canadian dollars) to use towards an educational event. S’il vous plait, spread the word and vote for our students!
Here are the details to vote:
The voting period is April 15, 2019 at 10:00 am (EDT) on April 30, 2019 at 11:59 pm (EDT); 1 vote per day, per IP address and per category is allowed; The voting platform makes it possible to share each video on different social networks. It will be possible to share your video to the maximum!
Our 7th and 8th-grade French students video projects can be found in the ‘Catégorie de 12 à 14 ans’ (web address included below) … among dozens of videos submitted by students from countries all over the world! Canada, USA, Mexico, Haiti, Costa Rica, Brazil, Peru and Colombia just to name a few…