Using Tynker – Demo


Tynker - coding for kids

Tynker Demo will be at:

Thursday, October 26, 2017 11:00 AM(US/Pacific)

Note that this demo will be on Thursday morning, not Tuesday afternoon!! Please try to log in a little before 11:00 a.m.

Duration: 30-45 minutes
Reference: TZLA-GZAE-PTMH

Please join this meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://www.gotomeet.me/TynkerCommunity

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (571) 317-3122

Access Code: 827-562-717

First GoToMeeting? Try a test session:
http://help.citrix.com/getready

Techie Tuesday: Be a Savvy Subber


Hi, HCOS families and especially elementary students:

Due to Beth Johnson’s hydro being off on Tuesday, October 17th, we will change the date for this webinar to Tuesday, October 24th at 3:00 p.m.  She has some helpful information on how to do research with your elementary students.  The focus will be on teaching your students how they can use the sites that will be highlighted:

  • PebbleGo for K-3
  • PebbleGo Next for Grades 3-6
  • BrainPOP Jr for K-3
  • BrainPOP for Grades 3 to 8
  • EBSCO Explora Primary for Grades K-7
  • World Book Kids  for Grades K-5
  • RightNow Media for all ages

We will also touch on Discovery Education Streaming and Learn360 if there is time.

Subscriptions Logo

On Tuesday, October 24th, preferably a little before 3:00 p.m., please join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

https://onlineschool.zoom.us/j/193539192

Or iPhone one-tap :
Canada: +16475580588,,193539192#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
Canada: +1 647 558 0588
Meeting ID: 193 539 192
International numbers available: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=jJTaCacuhIJq-Fe-XUu8cbAi6Z6RPOIz

 

New! “Story of the World” and “Growth Mindset” eBooks On Overdrive


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“Told in a straightforward, engaging style that has become Susan Wise Bauer’s trademark, The Story of the World series covers the sweep of human history from ancient times until the present. Africa, China, Europe, the Americas—find out what happened all around the world in long-ago times. This first revised volume begins with the earliest nomads and ends with the last Roman emperor.

This read-aloud series is designed for parents to share with elementary-school children. Enjoy it together and introduce your child to the marvelous story of the world’s civilizations.”

Please note, these are offered as a supplement to your child’s learning, and are not meant to be substitutes for content areas required by BC’s curriculum.


What is a “Growth Mindset”?

Growth Mindset is the idea that we can grow our brain’s capacity to learn and solve problems. Carol Dweck is a pioneering researcher in the field of motivation and why people succeed (or don’t), and how to foster success.  Watch this TED talk to hear Carol share her research.

 

Want to learn more how to put this into practice?  The Mindset Kit is a free set of online lessons and practices  designed to help you teach and foster adaptive beliefs about learning.


Growth Mindset Books Available Now

on Overdrive Digital Library:

 

Read-Aloud Books about Making Mistakes & Resilience; and Persistence and Hard Work

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The creators of the New York Times bestselling picture books Rosie Revere, Engineer and Iggy Peck, Architect are back with a story about the power of curiosity in the hands of a child who is on a mission to use science to understand her world. Ada Twist, Scientist, from powerhouse team Andrea Beaty and David Roberts, is a celebration of STEM, perseverance, and passion.

Like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie, scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But, this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble!

Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. Touching on themes of never giving up and problem solving, Ada comes to learn that her questions might not always lead to answers, but rather to more questions. She may never find the source of the stink, but with a supportive family and the space to figure it out, she’ll be able to feed her curiosity in the ways a young scientist should.

Iggy Peck and Rosie Revere have earned their places among the most beloved children’s characters, and they have inspired countless kids and adults to follow their dreams and passions. Now in her own charming and witty picture book, determined Ada Twist, with her boundless curiosity for science and love of the question “Why?,” is destined to join these two favorites. The book is the perfect tool to remind both young girls and women that they have the intelligence and perseverance to achieve their dreams.


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The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett
Beatrice Bottomwell has NEVER (not once!) made a mistake…
Meet Beatrice Bottomwell: a nine-year-old girl who has never (not once!) made a mistake. She never forgets her math homework, she never wears mismatched socks, and she ALWAYS wins the yearly talent show at school. In fact, Beatrice holds the record of perfection in her hometown, where she is known as The Girl Who Never Makes Mistakes. Life for Beatrice is sailing along pretty smoothly until she does the unthinkable–she makes her first mistake. And in a very public way!

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Features an audio read-along! A creative spirit learns that thinking “ish-ly” is far more wonderful than “getting it right” in this gentle new fable from the creator of the award-winning picture book THE DOT. Ramon loved to draw. Anytime. Anything. Anywhere. Drawing is what Ramon does. It¹s what makes him happy. But in one split second, all that changes. A single reckless remark by Ramon’s older brother, Leon, turns Ramon’s carefree sketches into joyless struggles. Luckily for Ramon, though, his little sister, Marisol, sees the world differently. She opens his eyes to something a lot more valuable than getting things just “right.” Combining the spareness of fable with the potency of parable, Peter Reynolds shines a bright beam of light on the need to kindle and tend our creative flames with care.

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Flight School by Lita Judge

A persevering penguin is determined to fly in this adorably inspiring picture book from the creator of Red Hat and Red Sled.  Although little Penguin has the soul of an eagle, his body wasn’t built to soar. But Penguin has an irrepressible spirit, and he adamantly follows his dreams to flip, flap, fly! Even if he needs a little help with the technical parts, this penguin is ready to live on the wind.


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The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

Features an audio read-along! With a simple, witty story and free-spirited illustrations, Peter H. Reynolds entices even the stubbornly uncreative among us to make a mark—and follow where it takes us. Her teacher smiled. “Just make a mark and see where it takes you.” Art class is over, but Vashti is sitting glued to her chair in front of a blank piece of paper. The words of her teacher are a gentle invitation to express herself. But Vashti can’t draw—she’s no artist. To prove her point, Vashti jabs at a blank sheet of paper to make an unremarkable and angry mark. “There!” she says. That one little dot marks the beginning of Vashti’s journey of surprise and self-discovery. That special moment is the core of Peter H. Reynolds’s delicate fable about the creative spirit in all of us.


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Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds

Features an audio read-along! The sky’s no limit as the author-illustrator of The Dot and Ish winds up his Creatrilogy with a whimsical tale about seeing the world a new way. Marisol loves to paint. So when her teacher asks her to help make a mural for the school library, she can’t wait to begin! But how can Marisol make a sky without blue paint? After gazing out the bus window and watching from her porch as day turns into night, she closes her eyes and starts to dream. . . . From the award-winning Peter H. Reynolds comes a gentle, playful reminder that if we keep our hearts open and look beyond the expected, creative inspiration will come.


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Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty

Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she’s a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer. When her great-great-aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goal—to fly—Rosie sets to work building a contraption to make her aunt’s dream come true. But when her contraption doesn’t fly but rather hovers for a moment and then crashes, Rosie deems the invention a failure. On the contrary, Aunt Rose insists that Rosie’s contraption was a raging success: you can only truly fail, she explains, if you quit.


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Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty

Meet Iggy Peck—creative, independent, and not afraid to express himself! In the spirit of David Shannon’s No, David and Rosemary Wells’s Noisy Nora, Iggy Peck will delight readers looking for irreverent, inspired fun. Iggy has one passion: building. His parents are proud of his fabulous creations, though they’re sometimes surprised by his materials—who could forget the tower he built of dirty diapers? When his second-grade teacher declares her dislike of architecture, Iggy faces a challenge. He loves building too much to give it up! With Andrea Beaty’s irresistible rhyming text and David Roberts’s puckish illustrations, this book will charm creative kids everywhere, and amuse their sometimes bewildered parents.


Cover of The Most Magnificent Thing

A little girl and her canine assistant set out to make the most magnificent thing. But after much hard work, the end result is not what the girl had in mind. Frustrated, she quits. Her assistant suggests a long walk, and as they walk, it slowly becomes clear what the girl needs to do to succeed. A charming story that will give kids the most magnificent thing: perspective!


About the Brain

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The Owner’s Manual for Driving Your Adolescent Brain bJoann Deak

Tweens and Teens! Think you know everything about your brain? Think again!  Your brain is in its second decade, and that means you have the opportunity to blaze your own trail by shaping your brain, building its strengths, and avoiding dangers with the decisions you make. Your brain is an amazing vehicle that will take you through every one of your life’s experiences. Wouldn’t it be good to have an owner’s manual?

The Owner’s Manual for Driving Your Adolescent Brain is packed with the goods on glia and the news about neurons, with a cool way to test your brain power and the scoop on how it’s OK to make mistakes—they’ll make you stronger, if you use them as an opportunity to learn. It’s all about training your brain to help youbecome the very best version of yourself!

The exciting follow-up to Your Fantastic Elastic Brain, The Owner’s Manual for Driving Your Adolescent Brain has won six awards: The Academics’ Choice “Smart Book” Award; The PubWest Book Design Gold Award; The Mom’s Choice Gold Award; The Moonbeam Silver Award, The Nautilus Silver Award; and The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Silver Award.”


For Parents and Teachers

Cover of The Growth Mindset Coach

A COMPLETE AND EASY-TO-FOLLOW GUIDE FOR INSPIRING EVERY STUDENT WITH THE POWER OF GROWTH MINDSET
Created by teachers for teachers, this is the ultimate guide for unleashing students’ potential through creative lessons, empowering messages and innovative teaching.
The Growth Mindset Coach provides all you need to foster a growth mindset classroom, including:
• A Month-by-Month Program
• Research-Based Activities
• Hands-On Lesson Plans
• Real-Life Educator Stories
• Constructive Feedback
• Sample Parent Letters
Studies show that growth mindsets result in higher test scores, improved grades and
more in-class involvement. When your students understand that their intelligence
is not limited, they succeed like never before. With the tools in this book, you can
motivate your students to believe in themselves and achieve anything.

Subscriptions News – Fall 2017


Hooray!  All the HCOS subscriptions are now available to our students!

You may have been waiting to sign up for some of them; here are the links:

As your students are learning, don’t forget all the wealth of subscriptions that is available to you. To find them, log in to your parent home page in Encom, choose “Curriculum Resources” and scroll down the page to find the links, usernames and passwords for the subscriptions of your choice. To find the ones which are appropriate for your grade and learning, go to Resources for each grade

New Grade 8 Science Digital Unit Study Kits Available Now!


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All New Unit Study Kits Available in Digital Format:

 

Grade 8 Plate Tectonics Digital Unit Study Kit

Grade 8 Kinetic Molecular Theory and Atomic Theory Digital Unit Study Kit

Grade 8 Cells Digital Unit Study Kit


 

Important Notice:

The final Science Unit Study Kit for Grade 8 is expected soon, and then we’ll begin working on the long-anticipated Grade 8 Socials Kits! Once the Grade 8 Unit Study kits are complete, we will begin working on the Grade 9 kits.

In the meantime, we have developed Curriculum Correlations Guides and Kits to help address some of your needs in Grade 8 Social Studies and Science.  


Curriculum Correlation Guides for BC’s New Competencies

The purpose of the Curriculum Correlations Guide is to outline how a specific curriculum aligns with BC’s standards, showing you which sections of the material to complete.

It has been designed to help you prioritize your time and effort, assisting you in addressing the relevant content and core competencies.

We recommend that you complete these packages in consultation with your teacher so that your student’s learning style and needs can be addressed.

Gr. 8 Curriculum Correlations Guides and Packages 
Gr. 9 Curriculum Correlations Guides and Packages

Note:  if you do not wish to purchase the curriculum required for these guides, you may borrow the Curriculum Correlations Package from our L4U physical library for up to 7 weeks.


 

Drum Roll, Please! Our Next “Techie Tuesday Webinar” is October 3rd at 3:00 pm!


“Unit Study Kits:  What They Are and How to Use Them” with Pippa and Cynthia

Webinars are a quick and easy way to receive a lot of valuable information in a short amount of time – in a live, virtual setting where you can also get all of your questions answered.  During this “Techie Tuesday” webinar, Pippa and Cynthia will walk you through Unit Study Kits:  What They Are, and How to Use Them.

 

What:  Pippa and Cynthia will share about our  HCOS Unit Study Kits – Digital & Physical curriculum to help your students learn from an inquiry base.

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

Where:  Zoom classroom

 

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/j/249449622

Or iPhone one-tap :
Canada: +16475580588,,249449622#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
Canada: +1 647 558 0588
Meeting ID: 249 449 622
International numbers available: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=UjxqnAPcer2zhcwjUKwD4rzMLyCN6TAh

 

List of Kits (Both Unit Study and Supplemental Kits) Available in L4U

Unit Study Kit Description:  These kits are available in digital format (using OverDrive eBooks, etc.), or in physical format (Heritage Christian Online School couriers these kits to your home and will arrange for courier pick up as well – all free of charge for HCOS students).  These resource kits, created by our staff, outline lesson plans and activities for your students.  Significant effort has been made on your behalf to include quality resources and hard-to-find supplies, in order to address learning standards efficiently and effectively.

 

Kits include all or some of the following:

Several informative books on the unit study topic

Hard-to-locate reusable resources such as prepared slides, battery holders, and spring scales

A game, activity or DVD to make learning fun

Related websites to extend learning

A parent activity guide which breaks the content into a variety of lesson plans. The guide can also be accessed on the website and has live links to other websites


 

Maker-Ed is Back for 2017/2018!


We at the Learning Commons are excited about this coming year for Maker-Ed and hope you are too! We have some old favorites such as K’Nex , Makey Makey and Keva Planks along side some new additions with Lego coding and Robotics! The sessions will take place in the HCS Learning Commons on Thursdays 1:30pm- 3:30pm( unless otherwise stated) for students from grade 3 to grade 7. If you would like to register your student or have any inquiries please email Justine Dehod at learningcommons@heritagechristian.ca.

Maker-Ed Sessions and Dates.

  • October 12th 2017 ,1:30-3:30pm : Lego Mazes and Lego We Do!
  • October 26th 2017, 1:30-3:30pm: Catapults and Ramps!
  • November 2nd , 9th and 16th 2017, 2:30-4:30pm:’ Microbits ‘Learning Camp!
  • December 14th 2017, 1:30-3:30pm: Paper Bridges+ Trash Tower Building!
  • January 25th 2018′ 1:30-3:30pm: Animation Lego and Mixed Media.
  • February 22nd 2018, 1:30-3:30pm: Makey Makey + Lunchbox Conductors!
  • March 15th 2018, 1:30-3:30pm: Tunnel Books- For the Love of the Classics!
  • April 19th 2018, 1:30-3:30pm: Robotic coding+programming
  • May 24th 2018, 1:30-3:30pm: Google Cardboard + Virtual Reality!
  • June 7th 2018, 1:30-3:30pm : Self Portraits + Chatterpix + Quiver!

October ThankFALL!





September flew by with a great start to a new school year!   We hope you are enjoying the crisp Autumn air, after the hot and fiery summer!  We pray your students have settled into a good school routine with their learning, and we look forward to connecting with you this year.  As you start the school year, we want you to know that we are here to help and guide you in your school choices for curriculum.  We pray that your students will feel encouraged, inspired and confident as they seek to find new challenges that suit their purpose and gifts.  We also pray you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families!


There are numerous ways to get in touch with us!


NEW TECHIE TUESDAY VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS!
  • Instead of Lunch ‘n Learn workshops, we now have Techie Tuesdays.  Check out our fall lineup of virtual workshops on Zoom.
  • Let us know if you have a special unique gift you would like to share with our families.  We will host you in a workshop or you can share an article to our blog.

NEW PURCHASES IN THE COMMONS!

Hello, My Name is JD Robot!  Check out our newest friend in the learning commons!


NEW ON OVERDRIVE!

There are new eBooks in OverDrive, and check out this article on “Read an eBook Day

Have you checked out our OverDrive Grade Level Lists recently?  These resources link directly into Overdrive if you are already signed in:  KindergartenGrade 1Grade 2Grade 3Grade 4Grade 5Grade 6Grade 7Grade 8Grade 9.

If your student is struggling to find his or her passion, check out our thematic lists to find project ideas!

New professional development in The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity by George Couros.

Books about Thanksgiving on Overdrive!


NEW KITS!

Many of you have been patiently awaiting our Grade 8 Unit Study Kits.  Good News!  The first of our Science Kits is available now!  Check out our Gr. 8 Cells Digital Unit Study Kit.  Our Plate Tectonic kit is almost here.  Check the website this week!


FROM OUR CURRICULUM CONSULTANT

Help, I Still Need Curriculum!  by Cynthia Duncalfe

 


SCOOPIT NEWSLETTER!

See our updated newsletter on the latest web links in our Learning Commons, including STEAM, Maker ideas and farming, plus harvest lesson plans.


UPDATED INDIGENOUS PEOPLES PAGES

Click on this page for some ideas for integrating Indigenous Peoples content into your curriculum.  Your teacher now has a spreadsheet of all the correlations to resources in our learning commons.  Contact your teacher for this spreadsheet.


NEW FROM SUBSCRIPTIONS!

Wanting ideas for getting your students to start writing?  Try Kidblog, a subscription which allows you (as teachers or as parents) to set up a roster for your students to write and, if you wish, to interact with other students.

A great way to teach science:  Mystery Science!!  Contact your support teacher to be assigned the mysteries, and enjoy a great family-friendly site for K-5 science.


UNIT STUDIES and BOOKING in L4U

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!  And YES, we still have lot of unit study kits available to book throughout the year.

Read More!


Blessings from the Learning Commons team!

Techie Tuesdays!


Dear Learning Commons patrons,

Our staff is delighted to share that we will be running Techie Tuesdays every third Tuesday of the month.  These webinars will be hosted on Zoom virtual classroom, and will include professional development on literacy, library software, STEAM learning, and subscriptions information.  If you have a gift which you would like to share with our team, or you would like more training on some aspect of learning please share with us, and we will be happy to try and organize on your behalf.


Techie Tuesday L4U with Shandra

When:  Sep 19th @ 2.30 pm (PST)

What:  Shandra will share how L4U works, how to search and borrow and navigate the newly curated grade topics.

Who?  Open to staff and parents

Where:  Zoom classroom Link

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

Or iPhone one-tap :    Canada: +16475580588,,7813674494#

Or Telephone:    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):Canada: +1 647 558 0588      Meeting ID: 781 367 4494

International numbers available: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=xTJzEvdkUGSdkPGpxcsKxyYg3r9Qe4hK

Click on this poll to register:


Techie Tuesday Overdrive Read an E Book Day!  With Pippa and Cynthia

When:  Sep 26th @2.30 pm PAC

What:  Pippa will share the love of reading e books and show you how to find materials on Overdrive.  Cynthia will share on curriculum resources on Overdrive.

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

Where:  Zoom classroom

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

Click to register here:


 

Have you moved?


Everyone here in the Learning Commons is excited to be back to school!  And home educators around the Province have been busy ordering books and unit studies as they start off their year! Please be sure to contact us if you have moved in the last few months. We do not receive updates from the HCOS office or Encom, so it is absolutely necessary for patrons to contact us directly! Otherwise, you packages may not reach you and sometimes they go missing altogether!  Please email Shandra at swiebe@onlineschool.ca or Kelly, shipping@heritagechristian.ca

Thanks and have a stupendous September!

Hello my name is JD Robot!


Have you met JD Robot in your classroom?  If not you will be thrilled to hear that as part of expanding our MakerEd technologies at HCS Learning Commons, based on the latest educational trends in the Horizon report,  we are excited to share our newest and latest friend in the commons, who might very well take over our work one day!

JD robot

This week of training our teachers and STEAM mentors were immersed in learning how to teach this robotics course under the dedicated supervision of Dennis from Robots.education.com.

Robots

In the video below Dennis shares some of his robotics experience and expertise in teaching coding.

 

Our students are about to be totally engaged and amazed at what they will learn with this interactive humanoid robot at your community connection centre, in the winter and spring. Watch for a learning camp in your area! Stay tuned!!

 

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Help, I Still Need Curriculum! TIPS From our Curriculum Consultant


help-153094_1280The new school year is nearly upon us, and if you’re like me, there may still be a subject or two that you have yet to decide on curriculum for.  I’ve enjoyed the phone conversations and email dialogue I’ve had with many of you, and for the rest of you, I thought I’d share some tips to help you find the best curriculum options for your child(ren).


TIP #1:  Explore the HCOS Learning Commons

 

  • Discover our Grade Level Pages – a comprehensive collection of what the Learning Commons has to offer, including subscriptions, free of charge to HCOS families, and organized by grade

 

  • Consider these Unit Study Kits – using your choice of eBooks OR books from our L4U physical library, these kits for Social Studies and Science are fully aligned to BC’s standards and are adaptable to all learning styles

 

  • Check out this comprehensive Newbie Training document – tap into all the resources, programs, and events the HCOS Learning Commons has to offer

 


TIP #2:  Narrow Down the Options for Print Curriculum

 

  • Check out these Curriculum Picks from our BC vendors, chosen to address BC’s standards

 

  • Explore HCOS Recommended Resources (note that some of these options may require supplementation to fully address BC’s standards)

 

  • For a broader range of options, explore all the vendors who accept HCOS PO#s.  (Note that some of these options may require supplementation to fully address BC’s standards)

 


Questions?  Contact Cynthia Duncalfe, Curriculum Consultant:  cynthia.duncalfe@onlineschool.ca
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