The Hour of Code
The Hour of Code is celebrated December 5-11th, but you can participate year round! The site Code.org has tutorials for learning about coding on all kinds of devices plus paper activities as well. Mission School District has gathered together some great resources. Watch the videos and be inspired by the idea of creating your own program and the possibilities of computational thinking.
Hours of Operation
Mon-Thurs: 7:45 AM - 3:30 PM *
Fri: 7:45 AM - 3:00 PM
*and sometimes even later
“Your Guide to Intelligent Giving”
So you want to make a charitable donation this Christmas but you’re not sure how much of your money will actually go towards the charity’s goal?
Or perhaps you aren’t clear about the charity’s mission or the actual work they do?
Perhaps you have some concerns with a particular charity after seeing something in the news?
Charity Navigator (a charity itself) is the place to obtain background on various charities. Enter the name to access quick infographics that show ratings and financial accountability. Perform side-by-side ratings of up to 5 charities at a time, view up to the past 3 years of financial records, peruse the Donor Advisory list, and determine which charity deserves your support this Christmas.
Christmas Food Hamper
WGSS is helping the Langley Christmas Bureau by donating Christmas Hampers. Our hope is that the hampers will provide all the trimmings for a hearty Christmas dinner as well as extra food for the holiday season. Please come down to the Libr@ry and drop your donations into the collection box on the circulation desk!
No-Name Calling Week
We celebrate kindness by putting it into action! Every year for No-Name Calling Week, GLSEN asks students and teachers to challenge bullying and name-calling in their communities. This year, No Name-Calling Week begins on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and ends on the Presidential Inauguration Day in the U.S. It is an important opportunity to show ally-ship to LGBTQ students, particularly transgender and gender nonconforming (GNC) students, as well as LGBTQ students of color. Moreover, it is an opportunity to examine the words we use that can hurt others. It is a week to be kind to everyone and to find ways to end bullying. Walnut Grove’s Pride Club is sponsoring a week’s full of activities to show that Gator Nation supports anti-bullying. -- adapted from GLSEN, 2016
Check out the link below to find more ways to participate!
Genius has no race. Strength has no gender. Courage has no limits.
Women have achieved some truly remarkable feats throughout history, too often without recognition. To help support this pivotal new movie, Hidden Figures, and encourage young women to succeed, TogetherFamilies.com is inviting students to share their own favourite female heroes.
The Canada-wide Hidden Figures Heroes contest will award a math scholarship of $2,000 to a winning student who tweets to tell us who their favourite female hero is and why using #HiddenFiguresHeroes.
For the month of February, the WGSS Library is setting students up on
Blind Dates...with books!
Come down to the library and check out the selection.
You might even find love!
SENIOR BOYS BASKETBALL PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONS!
Don't forget to come down to the library and start your
Spring Break Reading List!
NO LIMIT ON BOOKS!
For the second time in four years, our Senior Boys Basketball team was crowned Provincial Champions on the first Saturday of spring break! In a thrilling Championship Game, our Gators beat the Kelowna Owls for the 5th time this year, enacting revenge for last year’s loss in the provincial semi finals. The game was very close from the start and the teams were tied halfway through the final quarter, before our boys pulled away for a win. The victory capped off a fantastic week and incredible season for the team as they finished with only one loss to a Canadian team.
Great job Gators!
Beauty and the Beast
WGSS Theatre in the Grove’s musical production of
Beauty and the Beast
begins this week April 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29
All evening performances begin at 7pm
Special matinee performance April 29 at 2pm
Adults $15, Students and Seniors $12
Also available "Be Our Guest" tickets for
April 20 and 27 which includes dinner prepared by the ACE IT/ VCC Culinary Program Students
Tickets will be $25 for Adults and
$20 for Students and Seniors.
Tickets can be purchased online
You may also contact the theatre department via email: or call
604-882-0220 ext 580 for more information
Cristy is the author of a number of books for young adults, all of which are available in our Library collection - including her books in the popular Orca and Side Streets series.
All students and interested parents are very welcome to attend this session to meet Cristy, hear about her work as an author and learn more about ways to extend and refine their own writing talents. The Library has also ordered a number of new information resources about writing which are available for students to read. See us for more information about these titles.
Come to the Libr@ry at flex on
Thursday, April 27
to meet author Cristy Watson!
Thursday May 11th is our WGSS Libr@ry Website's
1st Birthday, and you know what that means....
Fill out the Feedback form at the bottom of the Home Page for your chance to win a prize!
Contest goes from May 11th - 31st!
Take a Book, Leave a Book
A special thank you to Mr. Halabourda and his Carpentry and Joinery 11 class who designed and built these Little Free Libraries! These amazing Take a Book, Leave a Book Community Libraries are now in the process of being installed at four local elementary schools in the Walnut Grove and Langley areas –
see below to find out where!
The Fraser Valley Regional Library
has a summer reading club!
The best time for reading is while you are enjoying the sunshine!
Orange Shirt Day - Friday Sept., 29
To honour Survivors of Indian Residential Schools, promote the message of “Every Child Matters” and provide leadership in Truth and Reconciliation, the Langley School District has participated in Orange Shirt Day since 2014. Orange Shirt Day activities take place throughout the Langley School District
the week of September 26th to 30th.
Every October, artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month.
Click here, and check out the video below to learn more!
And the winner is...
The Libr@ry will be hosting contests for students once every few months!
Be sure to keep your ears open for announcements about what the contest is, and what you could win!
NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is an annual tradition where writers, aspiring writers, and people who just love a challenge all attempt to write 50,000 words in one month. For those with less free time there is the Young Writers Program or YWP.
The YWP allows the participant to set their own goal that is manageable within their schedule. Both the YWP and the NaNoWriMo website have some excellent resources (and exclusive deals) for writers including workbooks and discounts on software made specifically for writers. Not only that, but you can also find Pep Talks from some of your favourite authors, including the wonderful John Green! So get out there and write. A whole month of writing, there’s gotta be something good in there somewhere.
Follow the link for more information:
Our WGSS Library Advisory Council
is sponsoring this adorable
Saw-Whet Owl named Bauer!
NOTE: If you have a soccer net, please consider taking it down when not in use as they present a danger to owls. If you need to leave it up during the soccer season, you can help make your net more visible to wildlife by weaving cloth strips or ribbon 4-5 inches apart. Make it fun by using your team colours! --The Owl Foundation
We are at
Where do the glasses go? Watch a video clip about
IRIS Mundial 2017
Guess the Book!
With winter looming before us, the library has decided to bring a little warmth with a contest. Against our very nature, we have (gasp!) shredded a book!
This motley assembly of parts has been poured into Ms. Elliott’s overlarge pickle jar.
Come down to the library and gawk at it!
Which book is it? How could you even tell? Have the library staff totally lost it?
JANUARY'S WINNER IS...
The answer was...The Maze Runner #1
NEW CONTEST COMING AFTER SPRING BREAK!
Visit us in the library to view the remains of this month’s book and take a guess!
Fill out one of our handy dandy slips of paper and drop it in the contest entry box.
If you get it right, you might win a Starbucks or Tim Horton's gift card!
As part of the tradition of recognizing excellent achievements at WGSS, last year Ethan Eigenfeldt, Kevin Kim, and Robin Lee took part in the annual 2017 ZoomFest student film competition based out of Vancouver. They had 48 hours to develop a script, film, and edit a short film and submit to the judging board by 48th hour. This year, there were over 160 entries in the Jr and Sr categories.
The team cleaned up. The won the following in the Senior division:
BEST OVERALL FILM
BEST GROUP PERFORMANCE
BEST SCREENPLAY – runner up
BEST EDITING – runner up
Check out their captivating video "The Yellow Day".
We love the name that you picked for this area, Madelaine!
Thanks to our WGSS PAC now we have a beautiful, custom counter top similar to the Quiet Side of the library, brand-new bar-stools, and charging ports.
Look for upcoming art displays on the new slat-wall bulletin board !
Check out this awesome video!
PBS NOVA's Rise of the Robots
Read, Run, Repeat
Check out our Featured Blog Post written by our very own Calysta Thompson!
Calysta is a WGSS Grade 12 student and Library TA who has a passion for writing. In her new blog post Calysta shares her personal experience participating in
NaNoWriMo - not sure what that is?
Check out her post to learn more!
TAKE A L
K AT THIS
Art 8: Paper Cuts
In the style of Charlie Harper
Art 10: Campbell's Soup
Using found imagery to create pop art
Art 8: Experiments in Water Colour
Shape and Texture
New books last updated May 7th, 2018
Support your Libr@ry - Order through Scholastic!
Go to the Scholastic Reading Club Canada website and create an account!
From the homepage select First Time Here? PARENTS (Connect to your teacher). This will open a new window, follow the steps, select Walnut Grove Secondary as your school, and select
Mrs. Proske as your Teacher - then you can create your account. For Teens Books - Shop by Collection.
All Scholastic orders purchased through Mrs. Proske this way will give credit to the Library to purchase new books!
BLACK OUT POETRY!
And the winner is...
Thank you to all who have participated!
Be sure to check out our next contest when you return in September!
In the mean time, check out FVRL's Summer Reading Contest below !
Welcome Back, Gators!
Drawing and Painting 10, 11, and 12
Sung Bin Y.
A New Perspective
Art 8: Self Portraits Gelli Prints