What a Mystery Read-a-thon!


The Read-a-thon starts on Monday, Jan. 22nd so be sure to sign your students up soon!

Here is the link to all of the information you need!

Inquiry Based Picture Books!


Inquiry based picture books are an excellent way to introduce many subjects into your core curriculum and encourage wonder and curiosity.

Overdrive Library has many Dawn Publications Science Picture Books . These books include wonderful ways to engage your students in wanting to learn more about a wide variety of subjects. Many of the Dawn Publication books have corresponding free extension activities (or a longer guide from Overdrive) to help you with expanding your student’s learning. Just type in ‘Dawn Publications’ as your keyword search and you will find many awesome picture books.  Or look under Teachers Lounge at our Inquiry Based Picture book collection.

New in this series!

 

Here is a sample of the books that we have already added:

A Drop Around the World

A Drop Around the World by Barbara Shaw McKinney and Teacher’s Guide

This book is a year-after-year favorite with teachers. It engagingly leads readers around the world following a drop of water—whether as steam or snow, inside a plant or animal, or underground—teaching the wonders and importance of the water cycle. (There is lots of geography, too.) Four pages of science about the qualities of water are included.

Going Around the Sun

Going Around the Sun: Some Planetary Fun by Marianne Berkes and Extension Activities

Marianne Berkes has a gift for making science fun, and this book is exhibit A. Mother sun and her “family” of planets spin, roll, tilt, blow and whirl around the Sun to the tune of Over in the Meadow. Each of those actions is astronomically correct. For example, Earth is the one that tilts, and that is what creates the seasons. It is also astronomically up-to-date, with Pluto being a dwarf planet. Bright illustrations create an exciting mood, and there is plenty of interesting supplementary information in the back along with tips on related ways to integrate science, art, and literature in the classroom.

Going Home

Going Home by Marianne Berkes and Extension Activities

Teachers! This book is like a whole unit on migration wrapped in a winning combination of easy verse, factual language, and beautiful illustrations. For animals, migration is a powerful compulsion to travel, sometimes over long distances, often skipping many meals. Sometimes, as in the case of the monarch butterfly, a round-trip takes several generations. Why do they do it? How do they succeed? The ten featured species offer a broad representation of migration: loggerhead turtles, monarch butterflies, manatees, ruby-throated hummingbirds, Pacific salmon, Canada geese, California gray whales, caribou, Arctic tern, and emperor penguin. The book is loaded with additional tips for teachers. Once again Marianne Berkes combines her teaching, writing, and theatrical skills to combine entertainment with education—creative non-fiction at its best.

How We Know What we Know about Climate Change

How we Know what we Know about Our Changing Climate and Teachers Guide

When the weather changes daily, how do we really know that Earth’s climate is changing? Here is the science behind the headlines – evidence from flowers, butterflies, birds, frogs, trees, glaciers and much more, gathered by scientists from all over the world, sometimes with assistance from young “citizen-scientists.” And here is what young people, and their families and teachers, can do to learn about climate change and take action. Climate change is a critical and timely topic of deep concern, here told in an age-appropriate manner, with clarity and hope. Kids can make a difference!

Natures Patchwork Quilt

Nature’s Patchwork Quilt by Mary Miche and Extension Activities

Just imagine all of nature – mountains, prairies, oceans, and all – lying on your bed as a patchwork quilt! Take flora and fauna in their unique habitats, fold them up and you have a book, this book. Earth’s major habitats are spread before you, ready to be examined. Here in this beautiful package are revealed the key concepts of natural science. This patchwork quilt of nature covers the whole Earth, your home – yours to learn about, to enjoy, to care for, and to love.

Over in Australia

Over in Australia by Marianne Berkes and Extension Activities

Australian animals are unique. Their babies may be riding in mama’s pouch, or hitching a ride on daddy, piggy-back! Children will sing, clap and count to the rhyme of “Over in the Meadow” as they learn about wallabies, koalas, wombats, and more. Cut-paper illustrations add to the fun.

Over in the Arctic

Over in the Arctic by Marianne Berkes and Extension Activities

Teachers and parents, here is another favorite from Marianne, who has a special talent. The kids think it is entertainment while teachers and parents think it is a great lesson about the Arctic! This book combines singing, counting, and full-body action with terrific cut-paper illustrations that kids will want to imitate. Over in the Arctic, the snow goose honks and the wolf howls. Children too will joyfully honk and howl while they count the baby animals and sing to the tune of Over in the Meadow. And they will hunt for hidden animals on each page. A big plus for educators are several pages of extension ideas for curriculum and art projects as well as resources on the web and elsewhere.

Over in the Forest

Over in the Forest by Marianne Berkes and Extension Activities

Jump like a squirrel, dunk like a raccoon, and . . . uh-oh . . . watch out for the skunk! Children learn the ways of forest animals to the rhythm of “Over in the Meadow” in this delightful introduction to the woodland habitat. They will also count the babies and search for hidden animals. And when they see how each illustration is made from cut paper, they may be inspired to try cut-paper art, too.

Over in the Jungle

Over in the Jungle by Marianne Berkes and Extension Activities

Teachers and parents, here is the easiest, most entertaining way ever to teach about this important habitat. The special talent of this author is entertaining kids while the adults think it is a lesson about the rainforest. Kids will sing, clap, and count their way among monkeys that hoot, ocelots that pounce, parrots that squawk, and boas that squeeze! It will not take much to have your child joyfully hooting and squawking too. And the illustrations are painstakingly all done in polymer clay and then photographed, giving a 3-D effect. They are truly remarkable, vividly conveying the abundant energy of a rainforest, and will inspire many an art project. Plus there are several pages of extension ideas for curriculum and art projects as well as resources on the web and elsewhere.

Pass the Energy Please

Pass the Energy, Please! by Barbara Shaw McKinney and Teacher Guide

Here is a favorite of elementary science teachers for the food chain. Each of the creatures passes the energy in its own unique way. In this upbeat rhyming story, the food chain connects herbivores, carnivores, insects and plants together in a fascinating circle of players. All beings on Earth—from the anchovy to the zooplankton—depend upon the green plant, which is the hero of the story. The special talent of the author shines again (see also A Drop Around the World) for being able to present the science curriculum so concisely, creatively, and cleverly.

Salmon Stream

Salmon Stream by Carol Reed-Jones

Named a prestigious CBC/NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book, this is a poetic yet accurate description of the life cycle of salmon. For kids, it is fun and eye-opening. For teachers, it is a valuable supplement to a unit on water, fish and ocean animals, and life cycles. Fast-paced prose and brilliant illustrations follow the salmon from their form as eggs in a stream to the wide ocean, eventually making a hazardous journey home to their stream of origin. As in her earlier best-selling book, “The Tree in the Ancient Forest,” author Carol Reed-Jones uses cumulative verse – a literary technique that is not only enjoyable but suggests how interconnected salmon are with their habitat. At the back is a section on salmon facts and what makes a good habitat for them, teaching the basics of ecology and why clean streams and waters are so important.

Seashells by the Seashore

Seashells by the Seashore by Marianne Berkes and Extension Activities

Both classroom teachers and vacationing parents will find this little book to be a charmer. Counting from one to twelve, Sue picks up shells—periwinkle, kittens paw, scallop—and carefully adds them to her bucket as a gift for Grandma. She and her friend identify the shells, and when they discover one that still has the mollusk living inside they put it back in the water—learning that shells are actually the abandoned homes of sea animals—but sometimes the animal is still home! The paperback edition contains a tear-out shell identification card to enhance the hands-on lesson in simple wonders from nature.

Sunshine on my Shoulders

Sunshine on My Shoulders by John Denver

This heartwarming book—an adaptation of one of John Denver’s best-loved songs—is a lovely reminder of the good, pure things in life. “Sunshine On My Shoulders” celebrates friendship, sunshine and simple joy. Children and adults alike will love Christopher Canyon’s whimsical and humorous illustrations, that capture the innocence of childhood. This is one of a series of picture book adaptations of John Denver’s songs that reflect the gift of friendship and nature.

The Sea that Feeds Us

This is the Sea that Feeds Us by Robert F. Baldwin

From the delightful opening verse of this poetic nonfiction book, the reader learns the important concept that plankton is the first link in the ocean food chain. The rhyming text continues and covers each link—the shrimp who eats the plankton, the sea bass who eats the shrimp and the humans who catch the sea bass for dinner. This is a wonderful resource for studies on ocean plankton, habitats, and food chains.

What's in a Garden?

What’s in the Garden? by Marianne Berkes and Extension Activities

Good food doesn’t begin on a store shelf with a box. It comes from a garden bursting with life, color, sounds, smells, sunshine, moisture, birds, and bees! Healthy food becomes much more interesting when children know where they come from. So what’s in the garden? Kids will find a variety fruits and vegetables, and a tasty, kid-friendly recipe for each one to start a lifetime of good eating. A “food for thought” section presents interesting facts about each fruit and vegetable, and a “how does your garden grow?” section explains facts about gardening and the parts of plants.

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Updated Unit Study/CC List


At this time of year, many families are looking for resources and assume that most of the kits are booked up.  Often there are changes as folks delete bookings, so there is more availability. Here is an updated list of all of the Physical Unit Studies, Curriculum Correlations Packs and Donna Ward Supplementary Packs available for booking in L4U. You will need to log and go through the booking process to see what dates are available.

Kit list by grade 2018 PDF to download

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Techie Tuesday: STEAM Mentor Mark Lamden shares on Coding Design


January 30th, 3:00 p.m.
STEM Education with Mark Lamden:  Focus on Tynker

What:  Not sure what ADST is?  Curious about the Design Process?  Wondering how to help your students get the most out of Tynker?  Join us today as we take a look at our new online Module called ADST and Levelled Coding.  This Module teaches the Design Process and guides students through a course in Tynker.  Mark Lamden (one of our HCOS STEAM Mentors) will walk us through this new module, demonstrating how to use Tynker as part of your ADST plan for the year.

Who may attend:  Students K-12 and parents, staff

When:  3pm PAC time

Where:  Zoom classroom

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/j/185297414

Or iPhone one-tap :
Canada: +16475580588,,185297414#
Or Telephone
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location)
Canada: +1 647 558 0588
Meeting ID: 185 297 414
International numbers available: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=yORRZwP-6lTwGpU5HOxZsZyC7gmJcqiL

 

Read Aloud Day!


Welcome to the World Read Aloud Day on February 1st 2018 @ 10 am!  To celebrate this auspicious day we are inviting students to come and hear famous author Christine Pakkala share her love of reading and her fabulous books from the series : Last But Not Least Lola! These early chapter books are perfect for your students in grades 2-5.  They are also available on Overdrive and should be read as a prelude to the session if possible.

 

What:  Author read aloud with information on Christine Pakkala’s books and writing.

Who may attend?  Students in grades 1-7 and parents/teachers

Where?  Zoom Video conferencing platform.

Time :  10 am PAC

 

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/j/337380724

Or iPhone one-tap :
Canada: +16475580588,,337380724#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
Canada: +1 647 558 0588
Meeting ID: 337 380 724
International numbers available: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=WGxM9a_azkFS0blBUvXizrNB2ieUiEdp

Sign up at this poll or in the comments area.

New Books in L4U!


We have added some great new resources in L4U (Library for you)!

Science:

The new BC Science Connections 8 and 9 provide current, relevant, and rigorous content

that stresses science process skill development, mastery of knowledge outcomes, and the connections between science, technology, society, and the environment.

STEM Resources:

STEM, Grade 1 (Applying the Standards)

Applying the Standards: STEM for grade 1 offers 64 pages of highly engaging STEM tasks. It includes a problem-solving rubric and guided pages that walk students through completing each step of the STEM process. First graders will complete tasks in areas such as measurement, flight physics, food chemistry, sound, and the geometry of structures.

We have also added: STEM, Grade 2 (Applying the Standards) and Stepping into STEM Grade 4. Search by:  Series = Maker Ed for the whole series. 

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The World Book Natural Marvels Series 
Natural Marvels takes readers around the globe to explore exceptional land features created by such forces as erosion and volcanic activity. Carefully written text breaks down sometimes complex processes into more easily understood segments. Arresting photography captures the attention of readers while revealing the often beautiful results of these forces at work. Readers will stare down into the depths of canyons, up to the peaks of still-growing mountains, and almost feel the spray from crashing waterfalls as they learn what causes these dramatic land forms.

Search by:  Series = Natural Marvels
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Draw Canada And Greenland by Draeger, Kristin

Geography is essential to a child’s education. And basic to that study is a simple outline ofprovinces, countries and continents. In Draw Canada and Greenland I have tried to give students an easy introduction to committing the map of Canada and Greenland to memory. Through simple, step-by-step instructions, students learn to draw each province and territory as they connect to their neighbors and, with a little practice, will be able to draw Canada and Greenland as a whole.

Digital and information literacy Six book Series:

Music and video streaming by Mooney, Carla

Smart machines and the Internet of things by Nagelhout, Ryan.

Research project success using digital tools by Michalski, Pete

Web-based digital presentations by Daniels, Leonard

Virtual reality  by Rauf, Don

Strategic searches using digital tools by Towne, Isobel

Search by:  Series = Digital and information literacy

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New Competency Packs!


We have added the last two Core Competency Packs to the L4U library. These packs support the core competency of personal awareness and responsibility. Personal awareness and responsibility includes the skills, strategies, and dispositions that help students to stay healthy and active, set goals, monitor progress, regulate emotions, respect their own rights and the rights of others, manage stress, and persevere in difficult situations. Students who demonstrate personal awareness and responsibility demonstrates self-respect and express a sense of personal well-being.

 

Communication, grade K-3 Core Competency Pack

Five Books included:
Lacey Walker Nonstop Talker
The Noisy Paint Box
The day the crayons quit
My Mouth is a Volcano
Communication, then and now

Personal awareness and responsibility, grade 2-3 Core Competency Pack

Six Books included:
Extra yarn
Lemonade Hurricane
The boy who harnessed the wind
Four Feet, Two sandals
Up the Creek
Making Friends is an art

 

All of these book packs are available to book in L4U.

They can be found in the Topic Search: Topic Search: 001 Curriculum Resources as well as under each grade icon.pic2

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You can also search by typing in “core competencies” then click the Subject icon

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Read Along Books on Overdrive!


Do you have a student who struggles with reading, or who is just beginning reading?  Are you a busy teacher or mum who needs something to keep her younger student busy whilst helping an older sibling?  Then your answer is Overdrive Read Along Books format.

You can find these readers by choosing the tab, Subject ->Fiction and then refine your search on the left with FormatRead Along Books.  Currently we have about 120 of these books and looking to purchase more of these as demand grows.

Happy reading with this best version of an audio-picture book!

New Unit Study Kits and More!


 

New Grade 8 Socials Digital Unit Study Kits

 

We have three new Socials Unit Study Kits for Grade 8:

Coming Soon! Crusades Digital Mini-Unit Study Kit

To cover content and curricular competencies for Gr. 8 Socials, students are required to complete the Middle Ages kit AND the Renaissance kit, and EITHER the Reformation Mini Kit or the Crusades Mini Kit (coming soon).

 

More Learning Commons News

We look forward to hosting our Mystery Read-a-Thon later this month, as well as two webinars on Intermediate resources on Overdrive and a STEAM session! If you have a special request for a new webinar topic, please let us know and we will look into finding an expert to share!

Our Learning Commons has purchased a set of Dash robots for our younger K-Gr 5 students. Our STEAM mentors and teachers are excited to launch these this year at community centers near you. We also have one set available for usage from L4U. See this post for more.

 

UPCOMING WEBINARS

 

Overdrive and L4U Intermediate Resources

 

What? Discover how to use Overdrive and L4U to find Intermediate Resources. Pippa and Cynthia will walk you through the joys of reading using audio and eBooks including some of the amazing digital kits we have on Overdrive.

When? January 16th at 3 pm

Where? Zoom classroom

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/j/794363237

Or iPhone one-tap :
Canada: +16475580588,,794363237#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
Canada: +1 647 558 0588
Meeting ID: 794 363 237
International numbers available: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=OpBgMMDDAvr8wSA56VIIB1E4cczQAtmu

Register at this poll here.

 

Coding and Tynker: Discovering the Design Process

 

What? Not sure what ADST is? Curious about the Design Process? Wondering how to help your students learn these skills? Join us today as we take a look at ADST, the Design Process, how it relates to various skills, coding, and more. Mark Lamden (one of our HCOS STEAM Mentors) will walk us through these topics, and introduce us to some of his own courses which have been created to help families tackle ADST successfully.

Who?All individualized students and online students/parents or staff are welcome. There will be a time for Q and A after the session.

When? Jan 30th @ 3 pm

Where: Zoom classroom

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/j/185297414

Or iPhone one-tap :
Canada: +16475580588,,185297414#
Or Telephone
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location)
Canada: +1 647 558 0588
Meeting ID: 185 297 414
International numbers available: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=yORRZwP-6lTwGpU5HOxZsZyC7gmJcqiL

Please register at this poll here.

 

Device Giveaway Winner


CONGRATULATIONS and FELICITATIONS!!  We have a winner for our device giveaway on Overdrive!

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AND our winner IS ………

Jaslyn Thienbunlertrat!!

Please contact Pippa Davies to confirm your prize!

Thank you all who participated in the reading event during the month of December!  Watch out for our next Mystery Read-A-Thon happening soon!

 

Bible Study and Character Training


Parents are often asking about resources for bible study, devotions and character training.

Here are some highlights of the resources we have available in physical format in L4U:

Character First Series

Each unit contains 3 lessons on 3 different character traits such as Attentiveness, charObedience and Thankfulness.  For each characteristic included you will find 3 pieces of literature that demonstrate the character trait presented:
1. Bible Story or verse
2. Article about an animal
3. Article about an historical character.
Memory work, games and activities are also included. Master copies for photocopying coloring pages are included.

You can visit this website for online resources as well.

Plants Grown Up: Projects for Sons on the Road to Manhood and Polished Cornerstones: Projects for Daughters on the Path to Womanhood by Forster, Pam 

Each chapter offers a variety of reading, writing, Bible study, and active projects for you plantto choose from for each of your unique sons. Projects in each chapter are listed in order according to increased difficulty. Start work in each area and continue to disciple your children with increasingly more difficult assignments.
Each project is labeled with the school subject it relates to, enabling homeschoolers to easily incorporate projects into their regular school plans.

We have more books on Character for all grade levels which can be found in L4U. To book, log into L4U and go to Topic Search, then click on 001 Curriculum Resources. Scroll to the Character, Manners and Values icon.

You will also find the Apologetics/Bible Study in the Topic Search under 001 Resources.

In this list, we have DVDs and CDs as well as many titles by authors such as:

Kay Arthur’s Inductive Bible Studies for kids series

Lee Strobel’s The Case for Christ series

Ravi Zacharias – The End of Reason

Apologia – What We Believe series of four books:

Who is God and Can I really Know Him?
Who Am I? And What Am I Doing Here?
Who is my neighbor?
What on Earth Can I Do?

If you are looking for a good study to do with older teens in a group setting, we have:

True U: Does God Exist? 

In this first DVD set of the TrueU series, Dr. Stephen Meyer plays a “philosophical survival game,” pitting four worldviews against one another in the quest to decide which one gives the best answers. Dr. Meyer examines the evidence and provides the tools needed for students to defend their faith and make it their own. This is the perfect resource for students preparing to enter college and a culture that may be hostile to their faith.

True U: Is the Bible Reliable? building the historical case

Who is God, and how can we know Him? The Bible claims to be the direct revelation of our Creator. So if the biblical record is true, it is a primary means by which the God of the universe has revealed Himself to mankind. However, if it can be proved false, then the God of whom it speaks is simply one more pretender in the assembly of gods that man has created.

In Is the Bible Reliable? Dr. Stephen Meyer challenges you to examine the historical and archaeological evidence to determine for yourself the veracity and accuracy of biblical Scripture. Is the Bible true? You decide.

Includes two DVDs, each with five 30-minute lessons, and a 96-page, two-color discussion guide.

We hope this helps you find resources for your student’s needs.

New Year New Goals!


 

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Happy New Year!

January and Winter are here, and the research, reading, and learning are happening!  January is traditionally one of the busiest times of year for reading and research!  Let us know if we can help you with any of your research or project queries.  We love to find the very best bibliographic resources to help your student shine!

We look forward to hosting our Mystery Read-a-Thon later this month, as well as two webinars on Intermediate resources on Overdrive and a STEAM session! If you have a request for a webinar on some new learning please let us know and we will look into finding an expert to share!

SURVEY RESULTS

Thank you for participating our new physical commons survey.  Here are some of the results.

FUNCTIONS OF A LEARNING COMMONS TOP THREE:

  • 92 % Believe the learning commons should be a place to borrow a variety of materials
  • 83% believe that the learning commons serves as a place of research and reading.
  • 63% believe that the physical commons serves as a place for Maker ed learning.

ARCHITECTURAL ASPECTS TOP THREE:

  • Natural Light
  • Open Plan Layout with a few traditional office/collaboration/reading rooms.
  • Innovative Out of the Box style architecture

WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT FEATURES OF THE LEARNING COMMONS TOP FOUR:

  • 88% Books
  • 76% Electronic access and wireless support
  • 72% Library staff
  • 61% Robotics and Maker Kits!

 

NEW IN THE LEARNING COMMONS

The learning commons has purchased a set of Dash robots for our younger K-Gr 5 students.  Our STEAM mentors and teachers are excited to launch these this year at community centres near you.  We also have one set available for usage from L4U.  See this post for more.

 

DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR

Mystery Read-A-Thon

Jan 22- Feb 9th.  Register by reading the post above.

 

UPCOMING WEBINARS

 

Overdrive and L4U Intermediate Resources

 

WhatDiscover how to use Overdrive and L4U to find Intermediate Resources.  Pippa and Cynthia will walk you through the joys of reading using audio and eBooks including some of the amazing digital kits we have on Overdrive.

When?  January 16th at 3 pm

Where?  Zoom classroom

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/j/794363237

Or iPhone one-tap :
Canada: +16475580588,,794363237#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
Canada: +1 647 558 0588
Meeting ID: 794 363 237
International numbers available: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=OpBgMMDDAvr8wSA56VIIB1E4cczQAtmu

Register at this poll here.

 

Coding and Tynker:  Discovering the Design Process

 

What?  Not sure what ADST is?  Curious about the Design Process?  Wondering how to help your students learn these skills?  Join us today as we take a look at ADST, the Design Process, how it relates to various skills, coding, and more.  Mark Lamden (one of our HCOS STEAM Mentors) will walk us through these topics, and introduce us to some of his own courses which have been created to help families tackle ADST successfully.

Who?All individualized students and online students/parents or staff are welcome. There will be a time for Q and A after the session. 

When?  Jan 30th @ 3 pm  

Where:  Zoom classroom

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/j/185297414

Or iPhone one-tap :
Canada: +16475580588,,185297414#
Or Telephone
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location)
Canada: +1 647 558 0588
Meeting ID: 185 297 414
International numbers available: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=yORRZwP-6lTwGpU5HOxZsZyC7gmJcqiL

Please register at this poll here.

Blessings for a healthy, happy and peaceful New year!

From the Learning Commons Team!

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