Lower Mainland

This web page is where you, as a Lower Mainland student can come and see what is going on in our area and the greater Lower Mainland. Please don't forget to checkout the pages for school wide information.

~ Mr. Brad Lemon

An Update from Learning Groups:

This is an extraordinary opportunity for our students!!!!

Hello HCOS Families!

We hope you have all gotten into a good rhythm in your homeschooling routines and are enjoying the splendor of fall.

We have already had many events open and available for application on our Learning Groups website: https://learninggroups.ca/. While perusing the site, I would like to encourage you to sign up for “e-alerts,” to receive notification of Learning Group opportunities happening in your area.

*If you are interested in a Learning Group activity and do not see it listed here, it could be that it is full. As we endeavour to anticipate and serve the interests and needs of our students, we invite you to fill out the learning camp interest link here. You may also indicate your interest in a CC by filling out the waiting pool link here, as a few seats may yet be available.

Here are the LOWER MAINLAND opportunities currently available for registration:

Maple Ridge Deep Roots Family Farm Tour 2020-2021

Date: Friday, October 30, 2020

Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm

Suitable for: All Ages

There will be four different stations throughout the tour. Participants will visit a pumpkin patch to learn about agriculture, an animal area, vegetable garden and end with a fun wagon ride.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: October 22nd (or when full)


Chilliwack Cross Stitching Workshop 2020-2021

Tuesdays - November 10 or November 17, 2020

Time: 12:30 - 2:30pm

Suitable for: Grades 4 - Adult

Welcome Art & Craft enthusiasts!

Join this exciting new Learning Camp for a two-hour learn to cross stitch session. This camp is geared to students in Grades 4 and up who are beginners to Cross Stitching. Basic stitches will be taught first, and then there will be time and materials to practice your new skills. Next participants will get started on their very own mini project! Projects will be taken to finish at home.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: November 2nd (or when full)

Here are the VIRTUAL opportunities currently available for registration:

Virtual Hello Anxiety - Session 2 2020-2021

Fridays: November 6, 13, 20, 27 December 4, 11

Girls Only Group (Gr 6-10): 10:00am - 12:00pm -- OR

CoEd Group (Gr 10-12): 12:30 - 2:30pm

Session 2 offers the choice of a Girls Group or a CoED Group!

Girls Group & CoEd Group offerings open to students new to Hello Anxiety, not a continuation of previous sessions of Hello (Anxiety) My friend!

This Learning Camp is back due to popular demand with an added CoEd Group targeted at an older age range! Join this online HCOS learning camp, where teens will engage in group counselling to address anxiety. Students will do creative projects, identify feelings, face fears, and explore their nervous systems, all with the aim of collectively sharing, understanding and coping with the oh-so-common experience of anxiety. Together we will learn to regulate and co-regulate, adapting to the online platform of zoom.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: October 29th (or when full)

Virtual Week of Remembrance: Film Workshop 2020-2021

Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Time: 1:00 - 2:00pm

Suitable for: Grades 5 - 12 (due to mature topic of war)

Eric Brunt is a documentary filmmaker from Victoria, BC who has a passion for telling Canadian history. After graduating from UBC in film production, he began a cross-Canada journey to interview and film as many surviving Second World War veterans as possible. Over two years, 415 veterans have shared their experiences on camera. These interviews form his upcoming documentary entitled,"Last Ones Standing."

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: October 21st (or when full)

Virtual Week of Remembrance: Author Visit 2020-2021

Date: Friday, November 6, 2020

Time: 10:30 - 11:30am

Suitable for: All Grades

As part of HCOS' Week of Remembrance events, come and hear one of Canada's top historians and writers, Linda Granfield, author of over 30 books.

Linda will read from her award-winning children's book, "In Flanders Fields," and conduct a live slideshow presentation about John McCrae. She is Canada's leading expert in the life of Lt.-Col. John McCrae, the doctor, soldier and poet who penned the famous poem during the First World War. Enjoy this rare visit and be able to ask questions and interact with one of our country's best-loved children's authors.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: October 28th (or when full)


Virtual Aqua School 2020-2021

Fridays - Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27, 2020

Time: Gr. 3 - 5 - 12:00 - 1:00pm

Gr. 6 - 8 - 1:00 - 2:00pm

Suitable for: Grades 3 - 8

Welcome Animal, Ocean and Science lovers! The Vancouver Aquarium is bringing their exciting programming to your home with a brand new Virtual Aqua School.Participants will be joining a 4 week session called, Our Beach, Our Home: Become a better explorer and ambassador for your local beach and land! We’ll discuss how we rely on and impact our ocean, explore how Indigenous culture and diet continue to depend on the health of the land and oceans, and discover how to respect the importance of land, animals and water. This camp will empower participants to become better observers, creative critical thinkers, and youth ambassadors in a rapidly changing environment without having to leave their home.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: October 30th (or when full)

Virtual Music and Instrument Making 2020-2021

Tuesdays, November 3, 10, 17, 24, 2020

Times: K - Gr. 3 Session: 10:00 - 10:50am

Gr. 4 - 7 Session: 11:00 - 11:50am

Suitable for: Kindergarten - Grade 7

HCOS is happy to offer an engaging, virtual music camp for both primary and elementary students!

Kindergarten-Gr. 3 Session: Join accomplished music teacher Lynne Rogers, for this four week music camp as she introduces fun and creative music lessons for young students. Participants in Kindergarten to Grade 3 will learn the basics of rhythm, song and sound as they realize music can be found all around them!

Grades 4-7 Session: Join this 4 week virtual camp to create musical instruments out of everyday household items and learn about music rhythm and theory in a fun and creative way! This camp will be taught by the talented Lynne Rogers, who is a passionate recording artist and music teacher. For each class students will be creating a different musical instrument (using common household materials, list will be provided), in order to learn basic theory and rhythm while learning new songs.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: October 27th (or when full)

Virtual Music and Instrument Making 2020-2021

Tuesdays, November 3, 10, 17, 24, 2020

Times: K - Gr. 3 Session: 10:00 - 10:50am

Gr. 4 - 7 Session: 11:00 - 11:50am

Suitable for: Kindergarten - Grade 7

HCOS is happy to offer an engaging, virtual music camp for both primary and elementary students!

Kindergarten-Gr. 3 Session: Join accomplished music teacher Lynne Rogers, for this four week music camp as she introduces fun and creative music lessons for young students. Participants in Kindergarten to Grade 3 will learn the basics of rhythm, song and sound as they realize music can be found all around them!

Grades 4-7 Session: Join this 4 week virtual camp to create musical instruments out of everyday household items and learn about music rhythm and theory in a fun and creative way! This camp will be taught by the talented Lynne Rogers, who is a passionate recording artist and music teacher. For each class students will be creating a different musical instrument (using common household materials, list will be provided), in order to learn basic theory and rhythm while learning new songs.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: October 27th (or when full)

Community Connections

Our classes have begun, and we’re excited to be face-to-face learning again. If you’re interested in joining a CC for terms 2 & 3, please fill out the waiting pool linked above.

CC Abbotsford gr K-12 on Tuesdays 9-3

CC Abbotsford Ignite Theatre gr. 5-12 on Wednesdays 9-1

CC Abbotsford Foundations class for drama gr 2-5 Wednesdays 9-11

CC Chilliwack gr. K-10 on Thursdays 9:30-3

CC Langley gr. K-11 on Thursdays 9:30-3:30

CC Sumas gr. 1-6 on Wednesdays 9-3


Hello from your new Grad Advisor!

I wanted to take this chance to introduce myself. I'm Brad Lemon, the Grad Advisor for the Lower Mainland. Those of you that have been around for a while may have noticed that we no longer have LM East and LM West -- we've combined them, and I will be serving the entire Lower Mainland from the Sunshine Coast and Whistler, all the way to Hope!

I thought you might like to know a bit about me. I live in Chilliwack with my wife, Laura, and our 4 kids, James, Braeden, Jack, and Anna. I've taught at Abbotsford Christian Secondary for the past 13 years and before that, oversees in Korea, Portugal, and Japan. For the past 3 years, my wife has been a teacher with HCOS and my kids have been students with HCOS and seeing the impact of the school's mission on my family convinced me to make the leap to HCOS for myself.

I'm passionate about serving Christian families and giving them the tools they need to reach their goals during and after their time in the Grad Program. Please reach out by email if you'd like to connect or have any questions.

I look forward to supporting you!

Langley Community Connections - HUM 10/11

This is an extraordinary opportunity for our students!!!!

Langley CC+ is now open for applications! The registration link is bit.ly/langleycc20-21​

While enjoying working through curricula in a group setting led by BC certified teachers Al Breitkreuz, Mark Daley, and Eric Vanee, students will engage in rich provocative narratives, respectful debates identifying what it means to be human, and collaborative projects which engage the culture. It is reassuring for young adults to receive quality instruction from a Gospel worldview as they complete 16 credits towards their Graduation Program. Community Connections students will also have the opportunity to build leadership skills through first hand encounters with deep human realities, and walk away from the program with renewed confidence in their faith story.

Gearing up for the 2020/2021 school year

The month of May is the time of year that we really gear up and begin planning for the next school year. The first thing that you need to ensure is that you have re-enrolled for the 2020/2021. What this does is it puts you on the radar of your Grad Advisor so that we can reach out to you during the planning stage.

Grad Program Students (10-12)

There are many important websites that we have assembled for you to assist in your planning. I recommend that over the next few weeks, pick one or two a week to familiarize yourself with.

GRADE 9's transitioning into HCOS Grad Program

Last year, we hosted two information meetings for students and families in Grade 9. If you would like to get started in your planning, please choose one of the recordings to review. But please also review the websites above.

Here are the recordings:

Adding courses for 2020/2021

Registration for courses for the 2020/2021 will open in May. Please fill-out the Course Planning document with courses your student has completed and also which courses they hope to take in 2020/2021. I would love a copy of your plans so that I can connect with you and assist you as needed.

If you have any questions, I am happy to help.

Please reach out and email me. Mrs. Tara Klukas

Community Connections 2020

Community Connections across the province are beginning to open for applications. Below you can find links for those that currently have space for new families. If you are interested in a CC that is not listed below, please use the waiting pool link to let us know (families in the wait pool get advanced notice of space opening up in CC’s and help us plan for expansion where possible). As always, keep up to date on our website https://learninggroups.ca/ and sign up for e-alerts to stay in the loop.

CC+ Sumas

Breaking News! A new HCOS CC+, fully covering courses in Science, Social studies and two of either PE, ADST or Art, will be opening for Sept 2020! We will meet for 30 Wednesdays from 9 to 3 at Abby Free Church (33218 Marshall Road, just off the Clearbrook Road or McCallum Road exits of the freeway). Students in Grades 1-3 will be taught by Kathy Whittome and students in grades 4-6 will be taught by Jonathan Zuidhof. We look forward to sending out the application form for this CC very soon. Keep your eyes open for it and join us!

CC+ Langley

Thursdays, 9:00-3:00 at Christian Life Assembly

Grades K-11

More info and to apply here.

CC+ Abbotsford

Tuesdays 9:00-3:00 at Gateway Christian Community Church

Grades K-12

More info and to apply here.

*please note that grades 2/3, 4/5, and 6/7 are full. You may use the wait pool link for those grades, or consider Sumas, Langley or Chilliwack instead*

CC Chilliwack

Thursdays 9:30-3:00 at the Salvation Army Church

Grades K-9

More info and to apply here

*please note that grade 5 is currently full. You may use the wait pool link if you are interested in gr. 5*

CC+ Chilliwack Grade 10 Humanities

This is a new opportunity for grade 10 students in Chilliwack for a full-credit course that covers English 10, Social Studies 10, and Christian Studies 10.

More info and to apply here


BCeID

Most post-secondary schools are moving to only accept transcripts through a student BCeID. Please make sure to sign up for this. Your final transcript will now be delivered through the BCeID rather than through sent to you through the mail. The BCeID also allows you to look at your unofficial transcript and track courses. In some cases students have found courses that were not reported on their transcripts. It is important that you use this resource and are aware of the courses listed on your transcript for your graduation needs.

*Please note it can sometimes take a few weeks before a course shows up on your transcript after completion. Let me know if it has been longer than this and you still do not see the course listed.

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/k-12/support/transcripts-and-certificates

Grad Student and Parent-Year at a Glance

This year at a glance is a general guide for parents and students of important bench marks.

September

  • Select your courses for the upcoming year if you have not done so in May/June

  • Get started on your course work and activate your Linear/Semester One courses.

  • Ensure your program meets the graduation requirements. Use planning tracker from grades 10-12 and meet with your grad advisor to ensure you are on track for graduation.

October

  • Parents check-in with your student to ensure progress is being made in their linear and Semester 1 courses – check their percentage of completion

  • Review admissions requirements for post-secondary programming to ensure your child has the high school prerequisites to get into their programming of choice.

  • BC universities- Application for Admission opens, apply directly or go to: https://educationplannerbc.ca Note important dates (such as when the application and transcripts are due, housing application deadlines, or when scholarship applications are due) on a calendar and track them monthly.

  • Grade 12 students should begin applying for Scholarships and Bursaries offered outside of the school.

  • Sign-up for January Numeracy Assessment 10 and Literacy Assessment 10

November

  • Parents check-in with your student to ensure progress is being made in their linear and Semester 1 courses – check their percentage of completion

  • Sign up for BCeID and make sure that any courses you have already completed have been posted to your transcript. If you do not see a course that should be on your transcript, please inform your GA so they can help make sure it is reported.

· Numeracy Assessment 10 and Literacy Assessment 10 -November Session

  • BC students applying to out-of-province universities should be familiar with admission requirements, important deadlines, how to apply and submit applications before January

  • First Interm reports sent to parents if the student is struggling

December

  • Parents check-in with your student to ensure progress is being made in their linear and Semester 1 courses – check their percentage of completion

· Christmas Break – Moodle Closure the week of Christmas

January

  • Parents check-in with your student to ensure progress is being made in their linear and Semester 1 courses – check their percentage of completion

  • Report Cards Issued for Semester One and Linear courses

  • Enroll in courses for 2nd semester

  • Most post-secondary applications are due this month for Fall 2020 entry. Make sure to check dates with the post-secondary, college or trade school that you are applying to.

  • Numeracy Assessment 10 and Literacy Assessment 10 -January session

February

· Check in with your Grad Advisor--is my child on track?

  • Parents check-in with your student to ensure progress is being made in their linear. Semester One courses should now be complete.

  • Semester two course begin.

March

  • Re -enroll with HCOS for the next school year

  • Parents check-in with your student to ensure progress is being made in their linear and Semester 2 courses – check their percentage of completion

· Spring Break -Moodle Closure for one week

April

  • Re -enroll with HCOS for the next school year

  • Parents check-in with your student to ensure progress is being made in their linear and Semester 2 courses – check their percentage of completion

· Numeracy Assessment 10 and Literacy Assessment 10 -April session

  • Check in with your Grad Advisor--is my child on track?

  • Make sure all courses that your student needs/wants to activate are active. All none active courses will be removed at the beginning of May.

  • April Interm Reports Issued

May

  • Meet with grad advisor to review courses, discuss post-graduation plans

  • Enroll in courses for 1st semester

  • Parents check-in with your student to ensure progress is being made in their linear and Semester 2 courses – check their percentage of completion

  • Parents check-in with your student to ensure progress is being made in their linear and Semester 2 courses – check their percentage of completion

June

  • Meet with grad advisor to review courses, discuss post-graduation plans

  • Enroll in courses for 1st semester

  • Graduation ceremony and celebration in Langley, BC.

  • Numeracy Assessment 10 and Literacy Assessment 10 -June session

  • Parents check-in with your student to ensure all courses are wrapping up

  • June Report Cards issued

July/August

· Take a summer course, complete courses that were not quite finished, or get some well-deserved time in the outdoors and with family.

· Summer Break – Moodle Closure last two weeks of August