Easter Blessings


 

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Spring is here, the bulbs are beginning to blossom,  and it is time to celebrate Easter and the amazing sacrifice of our Lord Jesus!

This newsletter we will share some of our favourite Easter resources on L4U, OverDrive eLibrary, and some web links.  We will also share some upcoming contests, including our poetry and talent contest on NING.  If you are new to the learning commons please read our welcome getting started for Newbies!


Subscriptions Use Survey

Results of our most recent survey may be found at Subscriptions Survey Results – 2017. A big thank you to all our patrons and staff for completing this survey, which helps inform our purchasing of resources.


Spring and Easter Titles Available Now in the Overdrive Digital Library

Have you been using our Overdrive Digital Library?  There are so many excellent resources to check out!  We have a good selection of Spring and Easter titles available for you here.

 


NING

One of my favourite truths about Easter is that God is relational. Jesus came to earth, died on a cross in our place, rose again to life and conquered the grave. He took our sin so that we may be restored to a place of relationship with God. Fellowship is a wonderful gift given to us, both in our relationship with God and with each other.

NING is an online platform, much like Facebook, but contained within the school.  NING provides homeschool families with the ability to have a school community, even if they do not live close together. It is open to students (Grades 8-12), parents and teachers. If you are interested in joining NING, or would like more information, please email Erin Duncan at eduncan@onlineschool.ca.

New contests on NING are open to students in grades 5-12. You will need a NING account to enter.  For students in Grades 5-7, the family or a parent account may be created to submit the entry on their behalf.

  • Talent Show – Open now and runs until April 30th. Share and enjoy some of the amazing talents that we have in our community! To enter, log into NING,  go to the Groups page and open “The HCOS & NING Talent Show!!!! Spring 2017”. Students are encouraged to share up to 2 talent show entries in a discussion on the NING Talent Show Group page. Everyone is welcome to take part by “liking” the entries. God made us all special and it is fun to share some of those talents in this way!
  • Poetry Contest – *Upcoming Contest* The Theme will be “New Growth”, be this personally, in the Lord, or in nature.  Contest Group Page will be accessible on NING first week  of April.

Web-Linking Library

NEW STEAM resources:


Easter and Spring Books in L4U

Looking for books about Easter or Spring/Nature Study?  In the L4U library, there are Topic Searches under 002 Books by Subject called “Spring/Nature Study and “Easter” which list many of the resources available.

Some favourite Easter books are:

  • The Week that Led to Easter
  • The Story of the Easter Robin
  • Benjamin’s Box: The Story of the Resurrection Eggs
  • Humphrey’s First Palm Sunday
  • The Case for Easter
  • Celebrating Jesus in the Biblical Feasts: Discovering Their Significance to You

Fun books for Spring:

  • Karen Andreola’s Pocketful of Pinecones
  • Keepers of Life
  • Environmental Detectives Teacher’s Guide Gr. 5 – 8
  • The Usborne Complete First Book of Nature
  • Are You Ready for Spring?
  • Take a City Nature Walk

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Using Our Gizmos Subscription

Are you needing a great place for your student to learn and follow their curiosity?  Our Gizmos subscription allows you to do just that.  It is a place to learn math and science for grades 3-9.

Our Learning Commons has information for you about Gizmos.

To answer your questions about how to use the site, you can go to these links:

Video:

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Documents:

If you have questions about subscriptions, please email me Beth Johnson.

 

 

 

STEM Integration Webinar


Happening tomorrow! Lunch n Learn with Kathy Whittome and STEM/STEAM integration in your classroom!

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The learning commons is very excited to welcome you to a STEM/STEAM Integration workshop, with our STEM mentor leader Kathy Whittome.

Who may come?  Students, staff, and teachers.

When?  February 24th @12-1 pm PAC.

Where?  Zoom conference.

Pippa Davies is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/759979571

Or iPhone one-tap (Canada Toll): +16475580588,759979571#

Or Telephone:

Dial: +1 647 558 0588 (Canada Toll)

Meeting ID: 759 979 571

International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=-tyBax_eOww58EtMLFxbYtwgQLqImEt7

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Read Around the World Event


Welcome to the Read Around the World Book Club!  Join Pippa Davies, teacher librarian, as she celebrates beautiful picture books from around the world, during two sessions in March.  Each week we will read books from different parts of the world, celebrating all of the continents.  Here is a list to get you started on your reading using Overdrive e books.  Parents can help their students by starting a passport for reading around the world. More activities can be found on this page to help support your student’s reading.   Then students can continue with their reading after the two weeks.   If they read 20 or more picture books from around the world by the end of March, they will be entered into a draw for a $50 Amazon gift certificate for more books!  Please register/s your student once they have completed their reading on this form.

Who may attend?  Students and parents in grades K-6

Where will this happen?  Zoom videoconferencing room.

Pippa Davies is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 Read around the World Celebrating Picture Books 
Time: Mar 8,  and 15th 2017 11:00 AM- 12 PM PAC time

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/585395427

Or iPhone one-tap (Canada Toll): +16475580588,585395427#

Or Telephone:
Dial: +1 647 558 0588 (Canada Toll)
Meeting ID: 585 395 427
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=xWY-QWAogGJIs54iSSwMPUW0-N16p5_b

Cost:  Free

Please register at this poll here.

Digital Citizenship and Research Skills Lunch n Learn


Digital citizenship and online safety workshop happening this Thursday. Students in grades 7-12 come and hear our mentors and Mrs Davies sharing on online discipleship.

ANTD – MMS141 Digital Citizenship from Winter David on Vimeo.

Pippa Davies is excited to share with our High school students all about digital citizenship, and the Inquiry process in a Lunch n Learn workshop.  This workshop will cover some of the ADST requirements for grade 6.

When?  9th Feb 12pm- 1pm PAC

Who?  Students in grades 6-12

Where?  Zoom Video conferencing.

Pippa Davies is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/273130216

Or iPhone one-tap (Canada Toll): +16475580588,273130216#

Or Telephone:
Dial: +1 647 558 0588 (Canada Toll)
Meeting ID: 273 130 216
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=BJhgQEwrjXsbC1QfcA0566zY9BDa2x6C

Please let us know if you are attending by filling out this poll.

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February News from the Learning commons!


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Winter is almost over and learning is alive!  What a great year of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) discovery, and finding purpose in our learning as we encourage our students to share in their passions and inquiry!  The BC Ed Plan has allowed for so much more flexibility and freedom to go more deeply into some topics, and less in others.  We pray that the resources we are compiling on this K-9  page are going to help you meet the needs of your student learning.  Shandra has also been working on updating new topics in L4U catalogue to make searching easier.

As we work on the middle grade kits we are aware that there are many topics that will inspire inquiry and great discussion.  Please use discernment and your student’s passions and interests to inspire research with the many activities included in our kits.

The new  grade six kits are ready to go and you can find them here.

The latest physical kit for grade six, on war and conflict is listed here.

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This coming month we are focusing on all things READING, LOVE, STEM, WRITING and INQUIRY.

Literacy

Finding times to read and write this month has never been more fun as we celebrate reading in our Bookaneer Readathon!  Don’t forget to post your selfie with your favourite book on our Facebook page or on Twitter with the following hashtag #hcsreadathon2017 @ShandraWiebe @PippaDavies.  There will be a prize for the most unique selfie on social media!  Last day to share your scores on the ‘Minutes Completed’ form with Shandra Wiebe is February 7th.

Love

February is the month of celebrating LOVE,  and what better way to share learning around love than reading picture books and chapter books on Overdrive or L4U!  Read more with Natalie’s article here.  Erin shares some great web links here in her Valentine’s article.

Socio-Emotional learning and teaching students about the antithesis of bullying.  Here is a wonderful article with lots of great ideas for teaching students just reading picture books.

STEM, INQUIRY and WRITING

Upcoming Lunch ‘n Learn workshops!

Digital Citizenship and Research Skills Lunch ‘n Learn workshop read more here.

Writing Workshop  with Pat Mackesy read more in this article here.

STEM Integration Workshop with Kathy Whittome read more here.

Archived webinars.  Click on this link to listen to our recent Gizmos science and math Lunch ‘n Learn  webinar.  Click on this link to hear our recent Overdrive eLibrary Lunch ‘n Learn webinar.

Blessings from the learning commons team!

Writing Lunch n Learn


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We are excited to host a writing workshop with Pat Mackesy, our grades 5-8 online Language Arts teacher.  In this session you will learn more about how to develop a great paragraph  and find joy and passion in your writing.

When?  Feb 7th @ 12-1 pm

Who may attend?  Students gr 4-8, teachers and students

What to bring?  Pencil and paper.

Where?  Zoom conference platform.

Pippa Davies is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/179868858

Or iPhone one-tap (Canada Toll): +16475580588,179868858#

Or Telephone:

Dial: +1 647 558 0588 (Canada Toll)

Meeting ID: 179 868 858

International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=i1HWKpmNN3WqmqXXXhxX5H0Vnc0wYEFg

 

Digital Citizenship and Research Skills Lunch n Learn


ANTD – MMS141 Digital Citizenship from Winter David on Vimeo.

 

Pippa Davies is excited to share with our High school students all about digital citizenship, and the Inquiry process in a Lunch n Learn workshop.  This workshop will cover some of the ADST requirements for grade 6.

When?  9th Feb 12pm- 1pm PAC

Who?  Students in grades 6-12

Where?  Zoom Video conferencing.

Pippa Davies is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/273130216

Or iPhone one-tap (Canada Toll): +16475580588,273130216#

Or Telephone:
Dial: +1 647 558 0588 (Canada Toll)
Meeting ID: 273 130 216
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=BJhgQEwrjXsbC1QfcA0566zY9BDa2x6C

Please let us know if you are attending by filling out this poll.

STEM Integration Webinar


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The learning commons is very excited to welcome you to a STEM/STEAM Integration workshop, with our STEM mentor leader Kathy Whittome.

Who may come?  Students, staff, and teachers.

When?  February 24th @12-1 pm PAC.

Where?  Zoom conference.

Pippa Davies is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/759979571

Or iPhone one-tap (Canada Toll): +16475580588,759979571#

Or Telephone:

Dial: +1 647 558 0588 (Canada Toll)

Meeting ID: 759 979 571

International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=-tyBax_eOww58EtMLFxbYtwgQLqImEt7

STEAM buddies January


I cannot believe we are almost at the end of our book club on all things STEM!  This month we have become savvy researchers using Pebble Go database,  and our iPads to create awesome research reports.

Students learned how to create statements on their facts after researching one or two aspects/interests on the water cycle, and then shared illustrations and notes on their findings. We explored how water is so important in God’s creation, and what extremes we have in North America with our diverse geography.  I just love the fact that my littles can cite their work so easily using Pebble Go.

Some students built their own water cycles from lego, and craft paper, whilst others tried to be chemists and made their own water filters.  Here is Juniper sharing what she learned via video recording.

We learned about fact and fiction, and read several inquiry picture books on the water cycle, including the lovely books as shared above which include keywords and awesome content tied to the new science standards.  In Follow that Tap Water a lovely design thinking experiment is included to help students become compassionate caring citizens.

This last week we studied First Peoples usage of water by reading the beautiful e book The Salmon Twins  by Caroll Simpson, and discussed how important water is in their economy of fishing.  We spent time exploring the beautiful art work and shapes inherent in this lovely picture book.  Students shared how each page was like an art work!   We also became problem solvers with this video Small Number and the salmon harvest from SFU.  I learned about the importance of tides and fishing besides the math problem.  🙂

Next week we will celebrate First Peoples artwork by painting, making or drawing our own version of sea life in Haida style.

I am going to miss my buddies!

Why Read in 2017?


 

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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.

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