“Let’s Talk” Mental Health Awareness Day

Mental Health is as integral to our well being as our Physical Health. Yet too often we treat Mental Health as something about which we can’t talk openly.¬†Thanks to people like Olympian Clara Hughes (@clarahughes_) and many others, Canadians are starting to fight against the mystery and the stigma around Mental Health. Today Canadians all across the nation are talking about Mental Health. Get in on the conversation.

For more info:

Bell Let’s Talk

Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868)

Canadian Mental Health Association

Essay Contest: Martin Luther King Jr.

The following Essay Contest is open to all Grade 10, 11 and 12 students, and comes to us from our neighbours to the south:

The United States Consulate General in Vancouver would like to bring to your attention an exciting opportunity for your students. In recognition of upcoming Black History Month and Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we are holding an essay contest!

The essay submission deadline is Friday, February 6th, 2015.

Please include your name, grade, school and contact information with your essay submission.

Please contact us at PAVancouver@state.gov if you have any further questions about the contest. Best of luck!




Need magazine or newspaper articles?

Are you working on a project and need to do research using current sources, from Canada or other parts of the world? ¬†Be sure to check out Ebsco’s Academic Search Premier¬†and the many other Digital Resources that¬†you can use as a student in the Surrey School District.

If you are linking to these subscription databases from within the district, you can go directly there. However, if you are trying from home, you will need a username and password. See us in the school library to get those.

If you need more help on using these resources, check out this tutorial.


I Have a Dream

Today in the School Library students and staff will have the opportunity to view the famous “I Have a Dream” speech of Martin Luther King Jr. We will discuss the life of Dr. King, the Civil Rights Movement, and the ongoing struggle for racial equality and justice in our society. ¬†As Americans observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a state holiday, we in Canada can also celebrate the work of Dr. King, who stood for non-violent protest, peace, forgiveness and love.


Why SSR?

bookthiefWhy SSR?  (Reason #8 of 3,487,659) Reading allows you to visit other times.  You can experience life in other eras, whether it is historical fiction that takes you to the past, or speculative fiction that imagines the future. You can go back to your own past of the the last few years, or you can go back deep into history.  You are physically stuck in this time and place but reading allows you to visit other times and places with your mind.

Of course, even better:  (Reason #1) Reading for fun is fun.

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Books “they” are talking about

Check out our current window display, Books “they” are talking about.¬† Some are old, some are new. ¬†There is fiction and non-fiction.¬†Many of the books are¬†thought-provoking. Some are even controversial. ¬†Some of the books will help you learn something about the world. Some will help you to escape from the world for a little while!

CC / Wikimedia Commons / M. Altemark
Source: CC / Wikimedia Commons / M. Altemark
What books are you reading?  What books are you talking about?

Let us know in the comments below.

Guru Gobind Singh

KhandaSikhs in Canada and around the world observe the birthday of Guru Gobind Singh who was born on this day in 1666 in Patna, India. He was the 10th and last of the (human) Gurus of Sikhism. He established the Khalsa, the organization of men and women baptized into the Sikh faith. He also established the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of Sikhism, as the final Guru for the Sikh people. For more on Guru Gobind Singh and the Sikh faith, check out some of the following links:

Happy New Year

Happy New Year 2015!2015

Today is the first day of the year on the Gregorian Calendar and the first day of 2015 according the Anno Domini reckoning of years.

Of course, a “New Year’s Day” is an arbitrary notion and is celebrated at various times according to the traditions of different religions, cultures and nationalities. January 1st was adopted as the start of the year sometime during the era of the Roman Empire. During the Middle Ages, most European countries celebrated the New Year in the Spring. However, by the time the Gregorian Calendar began to be adopted by most Western nations, January 1st became the standard for celebrating the New Year.