Easter Blessings


 

easter flowers

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.


New Gr. 6 and 7 Digital and Physical Unit Study Kits

Looking for a way to finish up that last Science and/or Socials Unit in this last semester? These Unit Study Kits provide tons of content and lots of options for interacting with the material in fun and engaging ways.  All Unit Studies are available in both physical format through L4U, and in digital format through Overdrive.  Reserve today – limited quantities!

 

Grade 6 Science – Digital Unit Studies

Extreme Environments Digital Unit Study
The Solar System Digital Unit Study
Newton’s Laws of Motion Digital Unit Study
Human Body Systems Digital Unit Study
Mixtures & Solutions Digital Unit Study

 

Grade 6 Science – Physical Unit Study Kits from L4U

Extreme Environments Physical Unit Study Kit 
The Solar System Physical Unit Study Kit
Newton’s Laws of Motion Physical Unit Study Kit
Human Body Systems Physical Unit Study Kit
Mixtures & Solutions Physical Unit Study Kit

 

Grade 6 Social Studies – Digital Unit Studies

Government and Economics Digital Unit Study
Urbanization and Migration of People Digital Unit Study
Conflict and War Digital Unit Study
Global Issues and Media Literacy Digital Unit Study

 

Grade 6 Social Studies – Physical Unit Study Kits from L4U

Government and Economics Physical Unit Study Kit 
Conflict and War Physical Unit Study Kit
Urbanization and Migration of People Physical Unit Study Kit – COMING SOON!
Global Issues and Media Literacy Physical Unity Study Kit – COMING SOON!

 

Grade 7 Science

Creation and Evolution Digital Unit Study

… Stay tuned; more Grade 7 Science Kits coming soon!

Grade 7 Socials

Stay tuned; Grade 7 Socials Kits coming soon!


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.

 

 

 

A Peek at New Kits!


How is your summer going? Lots of beach time, travel, visitors?  I hope it’s relaxing and rejuvenating for you and your family.  It’s hard to believe we are already into August!  Our Learning Commons team has been busy…very busy!  Preparing new kits and adding new resources to meet the new outcomes.  Here’s just a peek at few of the Kindergarten to Grade 3 units we now have on the shelves!  So EXCITING!!

 

You can view and download the parent guides in L4U  or on our web page: Unit Studies by Grade. We are adding more units so watch for more updates!

We will open bookings on Monday, August 15th!

Blessings,

Shandra

 

New Account info!


New client codes/pins have been sent via email to all parents and teachers who have 2016/17 accounts in Encom. These emails were generated by L4U on Monday, so please check your junk folder if you don’t see them in your inbox. The old accounts have been deleted.

Items out

All items out are due back June 17th unless you arranged a renewal (no unit study kits will be renewed).  Please contact Kelly to arrange pickup: shipping@heritagechristian.ca

Unit Study kits:

  • If you have kits out, they are due back June 17th. They cannot be renewed over the summer.
  • Unit Study Kits are being redone to meet the new outcomes, so they cannot be booked over the summer OR for next year at this time.
  • We will announce the date they will be available to be booked in August, most likely August 15th.

Summer Loans

  • You can book curriculum, books and CDs/DVDs for the summer and next year, (but not unit study kits).
  • Last day to book items for the summer is June 17th.  Books will be shipped the following week.
  • Summer items will be due back in August.

Changes to Loans and Shipping

  • The Loan period is now 6 weeks as the new unit study kits will be shorter in length. You can use the materials for the full 6 weeks as shipping time is calculated outside of that time.
  • New limit of 35 books and 8 AV items out at one time per family.
  • Enrolled families now receive 16 FREE shipments (8 round trips) per school year (August – July)
  • Registered families now receive 10 Free Shipments (5 round trips) per school year (August –July)
  • Registered families will now have access to Overdrive, and most materials in L4U except MakerEd and Unit Study kits. Access to Digital kits and all guides is available here.

If you have moved – please contact either Kelly or myself with your new address as we do not get automatic updates from the office.  It’s so sad when an order goes to the wrong address and time is lost trying to get it back!!

Read-A-Thon time!


Hi all learning commons peeps!!!!

Hey Avid Readers, we have enjoyed reading your tweets and seeing your pictures! We are looking forward to seeing more selfies and reviews, so dress up as your favorite character and take a picture!  You can email it to Pippa, pdavies@onlineschool.ca or Shandra at swiebe@onlineschool.ca

At the end of Friday, you need to tally up your reading minutes and fill in the Minutes Completed form.

Deadline to submit minutes is Wednesday, February 12th, 2015. If you don’t submit this form, you are not eligible for the prize draws.

We will announce the winners on Monday, February 16th!

Here is the Certificate which you can print for your students. Certificate

Blessings

Pippa and the learning commons team

L4U and Overdrive Passwords, Booking Unit Studies and more!


We are adding new patrons to the system every two weeks. If you enrolled after September 15th, your information was uploaded today. Please check your junk folder for an email from L4U with your client code and pin. Students were also sent their information.
To learn how to access the L4U library, click on the icon “How to Use the Library” and read the documents provided. Shipping information is also included further down the page.

Help! The Unit Study I need is fully booked! What do I do now?

It’s been a busy time in the learning commons – we can tell by the bare shelves that homeschoolers everywhere are hard at work! Many new families have joined us – Welcome! We are happy to help you navigate the websites and learn the ropes!

Due to the popularity of the physical unit study kits, some are already completely booked for the year. But don’t despair; we have other options for you! Alternative Resources

Client Codes and PINS for L4U Library and Overdrive


As we prepare for the new school year, we are receiving lots of requests for access to the L4U library, which offers books, curriculum and unit study kits, and Overdrive, our E-library which also offers curriculum and books!

If you had an account with us last year, your client code and pin remain unchanged.

If you are new to HCOS, you will receive your client code and pin in an email sent from L4U. It is important that you add L4U to your safe senders list and/or check your JUNK folder for the info. Your students will also receive emails – the email is sent to the email address supplied by you when you enrolled them. We will be adding new patrons weekly until October, so please watch for the email!

One client code/pin – TWO libraries!

Important Notes:
1. Only one LIBRARY account is set up per family, under the parent’s name. However each parent and student will be sent a client code and password. Students cannot book items in the physical library; all items must be booked through the parent account. However, Students can access e-books through Overdrive!
2. SAVE your new client code and pin! *You can log in using your LAST NAME instead of the client code!!
3. To learn how to use the new L4U system and learn about our shipping guidelines, visit: How to use the library.
4. Go to the library webpage at L4U library and log in.
5. You can access Overdrive details here: Overdrive
6. Please don’t hesitate to contact Shandra Wiebe swiebe@onlineschool.ca regarding the L4U library or Pippa Davies should you have any queries regarding the E Library.

Aboriginal Peoples of Canada Unit Study


Aboriginal Peoples of Canada

We have just added another one of our Overdrive Digital Unit Studies to the Learning Commons. Aboriginal Peoples of Canada. This unit study incorporates Overdrive E Resources which may be used from the convenience of your computer or digital device at any time.  Maybe you would like to complete it over the summer months?  It is ready for you!

We will be adding more units to our Downloadable Overdrive Unit Studies over the summer, so check back often.  We also have a range of themed resources in Overdrive which you may want to browse.  If you have not yet discovered e-book reading on Overdrive our Learning Commons team would love to help you get started.

Scholarships and Bursaries for 2014 Graduates


Do you have a student graduating from Heritage Christian Online School this year?

If so, it’s not too late to apply for the HCOS PAC Scholarships and Bursaries! The deadline is May 30th, and awards will be announced at the Grad Banquet in June. If your student is planning to attend college or university in the next 18 months, they should apply in the category best suited to their situation.

Heritage Christian Online School Parent Advisory Council is pleased to offer ten scholarship/bursary opportunities of $1000.00 each in the following categories:

1) SCHOLASTIC ACHIEVEMENT – Two Scholarships
2) FINANCIAL ENCOURAGEMENT – Two Bursaries
3) AUSTIN JONES MEMORIAL AWARD – One Bursary (graduating while enduring difficult circumstances)
4) OVERCOMING GREAT ADVERSITY – One Bursary (graduating while overcoming great adversity)
5) TRINITY WESTERN UNIVERSITY or A QUALIFYING CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY – One Scholarship
6) MINISTERIAL PURSUIT – One Bursary
7) TRADES – Two Bursaries

Visit the HCOS PAC website for full details.

Springing into March: Learning Commons Newsletter


As I share our news from my learning commons, office on this sunny but snowy day, I am reminded that Spring is just 23 days away!  Yes, time to drop a layer or two and look forward to the new buds! 😀

We are so grateful to connect with you all in this wonderful community we call HCS Blended Commons! Thank you for the awesome patronage shared by our staff and families!   We hope you will enjoy some of our team’s collaborative efforts.  We also love to hear from you!  Feel free to contact us and share your blog posts, suggestions or feedback.

Curriculum Finds!

Natalie shared more about some of the amazing fiction books related to International Friendship Month (career and health outcomes grade 1-5) we have on our E Library in this article here.  Did you know that February 20th was Love Your Pet Day?  Natalie shares some of the wonderful curriculum we have purchased in regards to novel studies and pets in this article here.   For grade seven students learning about Ancient Egypt you may discover how to use some amazing social studies curriculum in this article here.

Picture Books Celebration

If you have a student who enjoys reading, blogging or reviewing books,  please invite them to join in our Chocolate Lily Children’s book awards celebration and blogging bonanza.  Read more in this article here.  To launch this part of our book club Natalie and Pippa will be hosting a “How to Blog” webinar next week on Thursday March 6th @ 11 am.  If your students in grades 4-9 would like to attend please RSVP Pippa Davies.  Come ready with questions and Gmail address to get your Blogger going!  If you are 13 or under please ask a parent whether they are willing to share their Gmail address?

Here is the link to the virtual classroom on Blackboard Collaborate.  Please sign in 15 minutes early to check your headset and sound.


https://ca-sas.bbcollab.com/m.jnlp?sid=7345&password=M.DFDD377336D30DF4C874D117700BD6

Campus News

From the campus Jessie shares about her inquiry based learning and iBuddies program in this article.

March Happenings

Missions Read-A-Thon winners will be announced in March.  Don’t forget to add up your reading and donate your monies to our worthy charity! Thank you for participating with us!!  Read more at this website.

PRIZE for the E Reader competition on Overdrive will be shared on the blog next week.  Stay tuned for more information:)

Innovator of the Year Competition on the Ning.   If your student has a science project, computer skill set, video producer, virtual world innovator, or entrepreneur please encourage them to enter this competition.  Students in grades 4-12 may enter.  D Day is March 15th for all entries!  If you would like an invite to the Ning to find out more please contact Pippa Davies.

Current Awareness

Find some great lesson plans, and educational resources related to Plants, Nutrition and St Patricks Day, Martin Luther, Carol Barnier, Science and Math, Art, and apps,  in our Scoopit Newsletter.

Blessings from our learning commons team!

Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good. His faithful love continues forever. Psalm 136:1 (NIrV)

Cultivating Reading With Book Clubs @HCS!


Heritage Christian Schools Learning Commons strives to put literacy on the front line for all its students.

Statistics show that:  role modelling reading as parents ;  encouraging trips to libraries ; sharing great audiobooks or telling stories ; reading to your students more than once a day ; and encouraging literacy participation in Read-A-Thons  will really help your student flourish in their literacy skills!

Our HCS distance learning and campus students in grades  4-9 may be found collaborating in virtual classrooms, and in the campus commons sharing about their reading, and blogging book reviews.

During the fall of 2013 the grades 4-8 students have read books nominated for the Red Cedar Awards.  All book clubs including our campus book club are collaborating on the  HCS NDG blog.  The most popular reads were CatBoy by Eric Walters and Racing Home by Adele Dueck (both books may be found on our E Library).  We are very excited to follow up this collaboration with an Author event starring Adele Dueck sharing from her award winning book in May.  More details of this classroom will be made available closer to May!  Stay tuned if you have a student in these age groups, and would like to hear more about how an author writes a children’s book and some of the challenges.

Our next event in our book clubs for this spring involves critiquing children’s books,  in regards to their pictures and their themes.  Our book clubs, including the distance learning students,  and our campus book club are teaming up with a British school,  Notre Dame Catholic School in New Guernsey England,  to contribute to the BC Chocolate Lily Picture  Book awards, and possibly the Kate Greenaway Awards (British awards) which take place late in June.

 

Some of the questions we will be examining include the following:

1.  Does the story have rhythm?  Is it a pleasure to read aloud or do you stumble with the words?

2.  Did you enjoy the story?  Would a small child enjoy the story?  Why or why not?

3.  Do the images match the theme of the story?  Could the images tell the story on their own?

4.  Is it a circular story? Does it bring you back to the end or does the ending take you somewhere else?

5.  Does the character grow or change in some way by the end of the book?

6.  How much of the text is telling you the story?  Do you feel like things are being explained to you a lot?  Can you see the images in your head when you read?

7.  Is the language suited to the story?  Does it start off well?  Are there any sensory details that add to the text?  Are the nouns and verbs strong?

8.  If there is a rhyming text does the rhyme add to the story? Is it a strong story without the rhyme?  Does the story have substance or is the author relying on the rhyme to get through?  Is the rhyme innovative?

9.  Is this book unique in some way?  What makes it special?

After our blogging all book clubs hope to participate in a collaborative classroom event on Blackboard where we will vote on the winners! We might even post our library staff sharing the books via video to our blog!   Join us in our blogging adventure and encourage literacy:)!

 Blessings from the learning commons team!
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