They’re READY!

You may not have known that you were waiting for these, but you were!

The Learning Commons team has been working to create the ultimate resource for parents and teachers wanting to meet the requirements of the new BC Education Plan.  These pages for Kindergarten through Grade 9 are now ready for you to use.  Wait till you see what’s available to help you plan for your students’ schooling!  Look for this icon on the right-hand side of the Learning Commons website or click on the icon below:


For more information, go to BC Ed Plan New Curriculum


BrainPOP Jr. – Redesigned

Have you seen the new BrainPOP Jr.?  It has an amazing new design that is touchscreen-friendly and can be used by your various devices.


BrainPOP Jr. is the K-3 version of our popular BrainPOP website.  (Did you know that BrainPOP is our most used subscription of all?)  BrainPOP Jr. has some new and improved features:

  • With the improved Write About It, students can explore key vocabulary words to use as they write.
  • A richer Draw About It allows young learners to drag and drop shapes onto their drawings, and even add movie images.
  • The new Word Play enables students to explore and practice key vocabulary words through both drawing and writing.
  • Students can even collaborate to create a skit using BrainPOP Jr. characters.

There’s more information at the BrainPOP Educators’ Blog.  Parents, if you would like information about how to access the free BrainPOP Educator site, just email

Teachers will enjoy that their teacher rosters in My BrainPOP are now able to link to BrainPOP Jr.

Book-a-neer Read-a-thon Starts Today!


Starts Monday January 16!

Register Now!

MAKER-ED 2017!

Dates for the up and coming Maker-Ed sessions.

January 27th 9-11: Claymation ( please bring a shoe box for each student)

February 17th 9-11: Rube Goldberg Contraption- using marbles, string, KEVA planks and cardboard ramps.

March 10th 9-11: 2D-3D Design- Pinwheels and Flowers!

April 21st 9-11: KEVA -Chutes and Tunnels!

May 12th 9-11: Makey Makey!

If you would like to register any of your students in Grade 3 to 6 please email Justine Dehod at .

Shiver me Timbers! Pirate titles in Overdrive!!

Ahoy there! We have some great pirate titles for you in Overdrive to inspire you to join our Bookaneer Read-a-thon! Yarr! Sign up now!!

Are You a Pirate Captain? by Gareth P. Jones

First Mate Hugh has the whole crew and the pirate ship ready, but they can’t set sail until they find a captain! Come on this swashbuckling adventure as Hugh and his scurvy sea dogs try to find the perfect pirate for the job. Rather than a peg leg or a hook, it turns out that what their captain needs is the brains to lead! End pages adorned with lively pirate songs make this book a seaworthy tale from beginning to end!

Beware Pirates by Frieda Wishinsky

In Beware, Pirates!, the debut title in the Canadian Flyer Adventures series, friends Matt and Emily discover the Canadian Flyer, a magical time-traveling sled, in Emily’s attic. The magic sled transports them back to the year 1577 where they find themselves aboard Martin Frobisher’s ship, The Aid. Adventure beckons, and Emily and Matt are happy to follow. Until, that is, they encounter a crew of pirates! Author Frieda Wishinsky weaves well-researched and accurate historical facts into her compelling, kid-friendly storytelling, while Dean Griffith’s evocative illustrations situate readers perfectly in place and time. At the end of their adventure, Emily and Matt share additional facts about pirate ships, Nunavut, and Martin Frobisher, and Wishinsky gives additional facts here too, in an informative Q&A format.

Explore Like a Pirate by Michael Matera

Are you ready to transform your classroom into an experiential world that flourishes on collaboration and creativity? Then set sail with classroom game designer and educator Michael Matera as he reveals the possibilities and power of game-based learning. In Explore Like a Pirate, Matera serves as your experienced guide to help you apply the most motivational techniques of gameplay to your classroom. You’ll learn gamification strategies that will work with and enhance (rather than replace) your current curriculum and discover how these engaging methods can be applied to any grade level or subject.

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

In 1751, after the untimely deaths of his parents, Scotsman David Balfour, the 17-year-old protagonist and narrator of Stevenson’s classic adventure yarn, travels to his father’s childhood home to meet with his uncle, Ebenezer. Instead of a warm welcome, Ebenezer pays the captain of a pirate ship to kidnap his nephew and transport him to America. On board, David meets dashing Highlander Alan Breck Stewart, and together they manage to take over the ship, beginning a friendship that continues through several land-based adventures. One of these involves witness (and escaping blame for) a murder. Scottish actor Rintoul does an amazing job of delivering a bouquet of brogues—including David’s mild-mannered narration, his uncle’s croaky, angry snarl, and Alan Stewart’s almost musical, supremely confident pronouncements.

The Pirate and the Pig by Frank Rodgers

“Stop that soppy snivelling!” yelled Billy Blackheart. “It’s time for a dip!” Captain Peg-Leg Doubloon and Matey the pig are best friends. And best friends stick together – especially when the black-hearted crew of the Jolly Rotter decide to mutiny… A delightful and heart-warming tale of friendship and bravery.

Meet Zarina, The Pirate Fairy by Disney

Read along with Disney! Zarina is a misunderstood dust-keeper fairy who dreams of creating different colors of pixie dust. After she causes an accident that destroys the Dust Depot, she leaves Pixie Hollow to continue her experiments…and become a pirate! Follow along with the word-for-word narration in this illustrated leveled reader based on the new animated Disney Fairies movie.

Pirate Diary by Richard Platt

Curious about life on a pirate ship? Climb aboard this account of adventure on the high seas as told by a feisty nine-year-old carpenter’s apprentice, circa 1716. Historically accurate illustrations of ship and crew, a map of Jake’s travels, and a detailed glossary and index vividly reveal the fascinating—and harsh—life of a pirate in the eighteenth century. Ships ahoy!

Pirate Island Treasure by Marilyn Helmer

Charlotte and her brother, Jacob, are thrilled to head off on an adventure in their grandpa’s boat, The Seawind. As they set sail for Pirate Island, they look forward to a day of beachcombing, playing pirates and storytelling. There are plenty of great treasures to be found, but Charlotte, who can be very bossy, is having trouble sharing with Jacob. When Charlotte accidentally loses one of Jacob’s best finds, a piece of driftwood that looks just like a pirate’s cutlass, it’s the final straw. Feeling horrible for upsetting her brother, Charlotte is determined to set things right.

Pirate Pups by Nickelodeon Publishing

Set sail with the rescue pups from Nickelodeon’s PAW Patrol as they search for lost pirate treasure! Kids ages 2 to 5 are sure to love this all-new, full-color book. This Nickelodeon Read-Along contains audio narration.

Pirate, Viking and Scientist by Jared Chapman

In this tale of a classic friendship conundrum, a determined little boy won’t rest until he proves his theory that you really can have more than one best friend!

Pirate is friends with Scientist. Scientist is friends with Viking. Pirate and Viking are NOT friends. What will Scientist do? Use his brain, of course! Scientist forms a hypothesis, conducts an experiment, observes his results, and tests his subjects again and again until he discovers the perfect formula for friendship.

No Pirates Allowed by Rhonda Gowler Greene

At Seabreezy Library, things were just right. / Booklovers were cozy. The sky was blue-bright / when—Shiver me timbers!—through Seabreezy’s door / stormed big Pirate Pete and his parrot, Igor! Argh!! Things are looking—and smelling!!—a little fishy at Seabreezy Library. When the big X on Pirate Pete’s treasure map leads him and his parrot-sidekick Igor to believe buried treasure is hidden at the library, the patrons are quaking in their shoes. But never fear! Library Lou, Seabreezy’s librarian-extraordinaire, is as cool as a cucumber and knows how to handle an irate pirate or two. She knows exactly where the treasure is buried. But first she needs to help Pirate Pete and Igor get a handle on their hygiene, brush up on library etiquette, and then tackle learning their letters. And that will lead them to the treasure that can always be found at the library.

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (and novel study guide)

Perhaps Stevenson’s best-known work, this adventure novel set in the eighteenth century is inspired by the actual exploits of pirate Captain Kidd and the search for his buried treasure. For pure imaginative delight, Treasure Island is unsurpassed. From the moment young Jim Hawkins meets the blind pirate Pew at the Admiral Benbow inn, to the spirited battle for hidden treasure on a tropical island, the novel spawns unforgettable scenes and characters that have thrilled young and old for more than a century.

Stevenson’s romance is noted for its swift, clearly depicted action, its memorable character types—especially of Long John Silver—and its sustained atmosphere of menace. A story of a classic battle between good and evil, it illustrates one young boy’s rite of passage into the dangerous world of mature responsibilities.

Reviews by Overdrive

Why Read in 2017?



January is one of our main reading months of the year!  It has been interesting to see the stats in our Overdrive e library soar over the holidays, and we can see that students and families are enjoying their reading!  This month we launch our Bookaneer Readathon and here are some of the factors for resolving to read this month!

  1.  Time to use your learning commons and discover your next adventure!   If you have not discovered the joys of our physical and virtual commons please contact Shandra Wiebe, and she will get you going with your membership to a beautiful array of non-fiction and fiction resources.  You can find resources which may be read to you or listen to, or you can read the old-fashioned way with a physical book.  Our Overdrive digital library appeals to students in all grades and is immediately accessible.  Our physical commons has a multitude of curriculum and fiction resources and our staff will ship materials to your home.  Feel free to contact us at our Contact Us sign for your reference queries.
  2. This year for our Bookaneer Read-a-Thon we are focusing on our reading pleasures; habits, hobbies, or treasure, whatever that may be.  Perhaps choose a book from a different genre that you normally read, to enlighten your mind.  Or read a book set in a location you would like to visit.  Read more about an area that you have been praying about, or feel compassion.  Read up on a hobby or subject you want to know more about.  It could encompass both fiction and non-fiction.
  3. Picture books are a wonderful and precious leeway into many of our new BCEDplan standards.  Especially our Inquiry picture books on Overdrive e library, which cover fiction and non fiction beautifully.  Many of these books are read-aloud, which allow our younger students who are not reading able to enjoy.  Click on the Dyslexia font in the settings if you have a student who needs help reading.
  4. Write a book review after reading your books.  Journaling is a great way for younger students to write about what they are seeing, hearing or viewing.  Encourage them to share their opinions along the way.  Then share with our learning commons staff.  We will post to our blog 🙂
  5. Listen to an audiobook as a family and then share your thoughts at the dinner table or tea time!
  6.  Send us your requests for what you would like to read either on Overdrive or L4U.  Just keep on reading!  The literacy results will show!

Blessings from the learning commons team.

Lunch n Learn – L4U Training

Searching! Booking!  Shipping!  Come to our Lunch n Learn with Shandra, and unravel the mysteries of L4U (Library for You!), our physical library of resources! You will learn how easy it is to search, book items individually and as a group for one date, book for the year, renew,  modify and delete bookings!  We have amazing resources for all ages so come learn how to take advantage of them!

Date: Thursday, 26/Jan/2017

Time:  12pm-1pm

Who may attend:  Staff and parents, students

Where:  Zoom videoconferencing meeting room.

Please click on this link on the day:

Join URL: L4U Meeting


Opening our Spiritual Gifts from God

Each of us has been wonderfully made in God’s hands. He has given us spiritual gifts that help to make us unique individuals. Knowing the spiritual gifts that God has given us can help us throughout life, be it personal or business, work or play.


Sometimes it is hard to know what our spiritual gifts are. Sometimes it is very apparent to ourselves or to others that we are gifted a certain way. A fun thing about spiritual gifts is that they are gifts. We don’t have to earn them. We don’t have a limit on how many we get. God will give us what we need as we serve Him throughout our lives.

Young adults

The main spiritual gifts often have personality traits that help us know that they are there. Over the years quite a few fun tests have been created to help us both find out and better understand what our spiritual gifts are. We have a few of these tests available through our HCOS Web-Link Library ,and invite you to use them to find out what spiritual gift you have been given so far.

You can also check out our RightNowMedia library for more Bible studies on spiritual gifts; like Your Divine Design by Chuck Ingram.  Our grad students discover more about their spiritual gifts be mentoring younger students in our mentoring program, and Forum moderation leadership on the Ning.

Primary students

If you have a younger primary student they might prefer the resource God Given Gifts in our Overdrive e library.

Blessings Erin

FMT leader.

Learning Commons News January

Hello learning commons folks!


Welcome to 2017!  I pray the Christmas season brought rest, peace, and many blessings to you and your families.  As we start the New Year it is a good time to refresh our goals in regards to learning and all things related to our gifts and passions.  We want to serve you with excellence this year, and look forward to seeking relationship; whether it’s one on one with curriculum/reference help,  or in a group workshop.  With that in mind we have some wonderful inquiry based workshops,  and resources for you to enjoy!

From Overdrive e library  catch up with our latest picks from Natalie.

For those of you who did not have time to catch up all things Curriculum and Distance Learning Philosophies here is the recording for your listening pleasure.  Thank you so  much Natalie and Sara-Beth for sharing your passions.

January is often a time for research and writing, as both middle grade and high school students start their major reporting.  To find out more about research and using our inquiry subscription Explora watch this video.  Follow up with Pippa to book a time for research strategies and bibliography support.

January Lunch n Learn workshops-

Pebble Go and Inquiry Workshop Jan 10th

Overdrive e library Lunch n Learn Jan 19th

Gizmos Lunch n Learn Math and Science Inquiry standards. Jan 24th

Learn L4U Tips and Tricks:  Jan. 26th

News from Subscriptions- 

Article on Adaptive Curriculum from Beth.

New web links-

New Years around the World  article from Erin!  Lesson plan ideas.

Librarian approved apps for your new year technology boost!


Bookaneer Read-a-Thon coming your way soon!  REGISTER and Follow up with more details here.

New in L4U: Berean Builders science series by Dr. Jay Wile! from Shandra

Science in the Beginning
Science in the Ancient World
The Scientific Revolution
Science in the Age of Reason
Science in the Industrial Revolution (Not yet available)

Cathy Duffy’s review:  This series is built around three unusual features that result in a unique science curriculum. First of all, every lesson has a hands-on activity or experiment. The activity is generally introduced briefly, then detailed instructions walk you through each activity with students making their own observations. After the activity, the text discusses what the student should have seen or experienced. That activity serves as the jumping off point to then explore a scientific concept… While you will be using many items for the activities, the cost should be minimal.

The second unusual feature is that the courses explore science in chronological order. The first course draws its themes from the days of creation. From there, courses proceed chronologically, telling the stories of important scientists and their discoveries. This approach helps students understand how scientific understanding continually expands as scientists build upon the work and discoveries of those who have gone before them. Students study pertinent scientific concepts relating to each time period. Families might want to try to coordinate their history studies with the science curriculum some years, although that probably won’t work well every year.

Thirdly, courses are designed so that all elementary level children in your family can participate in lessons together. Lesson material is presented in about two pages following each activity. This can be read aloud and discussed together. It includes some vocabulary that is presented with explanations that make it easier to recall, but it’s not vocabulary intensive. Read full review here.

This series is available to book now in L4U.  Not sure how to book  items?  Go Here

Blessings from the learning commons team!





Maker- Ed Highlights this semester.


K’Nex Car Building Challenge October 2016.


Design work first.

Which K’Nex design will travel the furthest?

Way to go Maker-Ed designers!

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