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.

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!


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


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:


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




Ash Wednesday!

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten season.  Lent lasts for 46 days, ending on Holy Saturday, the 26th of March. The six Sundays in Lent are not counted among the forty days of lent because each Sunday represents a “mini-Easter”, a celebration of Jesus’ victory over sin and death.

This 40-day period reflects the suffering endured by Jesus when he fasted in the wilderness of the desert before beginning his ministry.

During his time in the desert he was tempted three times by Satan, and each time he overcame the temptation.

When he was then crucified, his disciples fasted, giving us the final fasting period of Lent during Holy Week.

For this reason, Christians tend to fast during Lent and on specific days in the Lenten calendar.

To learn more about Lent and the Passover, we have some excellent resources you can share with your children:

Celebrating Jesus in the Biblical Feasts:

Weaving the Scarlet Thread From the Feasts of Israel to Jesus! This intriguing and biblically sound book clearly shows the significance of each Feast of the Lord—and how they all point to Jesus. Dr. Richard Booker depicts the unity found in God’s unfolding purposes for His people, be they Jew or Gentile, from the new birth found in Passover and the Crucifixion, all the way to entering God’s rest found in the Feast of Tabernacles and the Second Coming. The Always-Present One said to Moses, “Tell the people of Israel: ‘You will announce the Always-Present One’s appointed feasts (festivals) as holy gatherings. These {are} My special feasts (Leviticus 23:1-2 PEB). The Feasts of the Lord given originally to Israel are pictures of the Messiah, and represent seven phases of spiritual growth in the life of believers: • Passover. • Unleavened Bread. • First Fruits. • Pentecost. • Trumpets. • Atonement. • Tabernacles. Welcome the relevance and richness of celebrating the feasts today!

Walk with Y’shua through the Jewish Year

Holiday comes from the words Holy Day — which always means something we want to remember and commemorate in a special way. Jesus did! When Jesus (Y’shua) was growing up in Nazareth, the cycle of Jewish holidays provided natural opportunities to grow in wisdom and stature in favor with God and man (Luke 2:52). Knowing and following the same cycle that He did will give our children, grandchildren and kids of all ages the opportunity to likewise grow. Your family will be blessed and enriched! This is a great resource for all those who love to learn and to teach. Fifteen Jewish holidays are explained with illustrations and examples, and a special place to record your family’s celebration experience and create a living heirloom. From the staff of Jews for Jesus to you.

A Picture Book of Passover

Describes the events which led to the liberation of the children of Israel from slavery in Egypt, and explains some of the Passover traditions and customs.

All About Passover

Retells the story of the Passover and the Israelites’ flight from Egypt explaining the traditions of the Passover Seder, and includes recipes of the various foods eaten during the celebration.

Amon’s Adventure

Amon, the thirteen-year-old son of Jotham and Tabitha, willingly gives up his childhood ways to save his father after Jotham is accused of a terrible crime, and his search for justice leads him to Jerusalem where he witnesses the events of the final days in the life of Jesus. Includes short devotions.

All of these resources are available in the the L4U library. Log in to L4U



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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies ‘s insight:

Just in time for Father’s Day some free printing options for cards!  Surprise your dad with one of these cards:)

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March Awakenings!

As the spring bulbs and worms poke their pretty heads from the warm, wet, sluggish soil, we can sense God calling us to rise with them and stretch our weary bodies,  readying ourselves with the groundhogs and saints,  for the atoning season of Easter.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16  Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission

  • May you find many wonderful lessons in our Easter lesson plan library.  Here is a short animated version of the Easter story to share with your younger students:)
  • March is also time for St Patricks’ Day
  • New student contests in our LC Scoopit newsletter!
  • Our photography contest winds down at the end of this week for the final judging next week.  Make sure to post your entries soon if you want to be included in the judging.  Please post your entries here.  If you need membership to the Ning please contact pdavies@onlineschool.ca

Jessie our campus librarian shares more on our literacy promotion with Flat Stanley.

Psalm 37:23 “The Lord directs the steps of the Godly.  He delights in every detail of their lives.”

This month in the Learning Commons we are encouraging the primary aged children to “Step out with Flat Stanley as he Marches across Spring Break”.  Our students are reading the books and documenting Flat Stanley’s adventures with them on their school break. They have an opportunity to become a part of the global “Flat Stanley” community by adding their videos or photos to the wiki or to our technology based presentations in the Learning Commons.  Where will Flat Stanley go next….?  Share your word doc or video on the wiki , campus and DL students.


Readathon concludes this week and Shandra,  shares more on the process for completion below.

In order to be entered for a prize, each student needs to read the minimum number of minutes assigned for each grade.The Read-a-thon is drawing to a close on Friday, March 8th.  Please read the following information which explains how to submit your minutes!


  • Kindergarten 20 minutes daily.
  • Grade 1- 25 minutes.
  • Grade 2 – 25 minutes.
  • Grade 3 and 4 -30 minutes.
  • Grade 5 – 40 minutes.
  • Grade 6 and up 1 hour.

Submit minutes online here (a separate entry is required for each child): Tally Sheet

  • To enter the random draw for the prize of a Sony E-Reader, students need to meet the minimum reading requirements for each day AND submit a book review online Book Review Form.
  • There will be a prize of a Sony E-Reader for the highest, high school and elementary score. Top readers in each grade will receive $20 gift certificates.
  • All participants will receive a Read-a-thon Certificate.

We hope you have enjoyed your time reading!

Shandra Wiebe

Natalie, our curriculum consultant shares more on the Caldecott Prize winning awards held on a yearly basis.  Next month we will look at the Chocolate Lily awards books,  to celebrate the best illustrators in British Columbia.

This month instead of highlighting a specific author, I thought that it would be great to highlight Randolph Caldecott and several of the Caldecott Medal winning books. Randolph Caldecott was born on March 22, 1846. The Caldecott Medal is named after him, and is awarded for the most distinguished American picture book for children by the American Library Association. Caldecott was an illustrator of many books himself.

This year is the 75th Anniversary of this medal.

I wanted to take a trip down memory lane with you, and highlight a few of these amazing books. You may have read them to your children, or had them read to you, or maybe you need to find a few of them and start new reading traditions! These classics become like old friends, just waiting for the next generation to enjoy them!! I know our family has!!

Here is a list of all the Medal and Honor winners from 1938 to present.

1942 Medal Winner Robert McCloskey: Make Way for Ducklings


This beautiful story about a pair of ducks who raise their family in the centre of the city in Boston’s Public Garden, is very engaging and well worth the time to search it out. Robert McCloskey won the Caldecott Medal twice and is a very gifted illustrator.


1963 Medal Winner: The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

This was the first picture book that featured an African American protagonist. It was a milestone in Children’s literature in the US.


1964 Medal Winner: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

This is such a well written and illustrated book,  going into the life of a young boy’s mind and a fantasy world. In 2009 it had already sold 19 million copies worldwide. I understand why, when I think back to reading this to my son when he was young. Lots to share about discipline, and the circle of life in this book.


1984 Medal Winner: The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot by Alice & Martin Provensen

This is a great historical book that would be a wonderful way to kick off a study of flight! The illustrations are in that unique Provensen style, one that is easily recognizable.


1988 Medal Winner: Owl Moon , illustrated by John Schoenherr; text: Jane Yolen

My two youngest daughters loved this book. I think the walking through the forest at night with Dad is such a beautiful picture of childhood. The illustrations are lovely,  and you can’t help but feel the snow crunch under your feet when you read this one.

CM_grandfathers_journey1994 Medal Winner:  Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say; text: edited by Walter Lorraine

This is a beautiful book by Japanese author Allen Say. The size of the book, the detailed illustrations make it one to keep for generations.


1999 Medal Winner : Snowflake Bentley, Illustrated by Mary Azarian, text by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

This book is such an intriguing story of a man devoted to his art. This book helped us to look at snowflakes in a whole new way,  and see the wonder of God’s creation in every one!


Check out this year’s Caldecott Medal – take a look at these!! This year’s winner is “This is Not My Hat” by Jon Klassen. Enjoy!!



From all of us in the learning commons we wish you a blessed time with your families over the spring break, and a Happy Easter.

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