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

Ignite Theatre Presents Mary Poppins!

CC+ Abbotsford Ignite Theatre is pleased to present the 21/21 Performance of “Mary Poppins”. Come watch our HCOS students perform at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre!

Mary Poppins is an event you won’t want to miss; it’s filled with explosive dance, emboldening harmonies, and a spark of imagination to ignite wonderful adventures. Indeed, it’s a spectacle to behold as it heralds the themes of the importance of family, courage, imagination, believing in anything is possible, and a willingness to look deeper than what the surface presents.

Performances that have an HCOS PAC discount are:

Thursday, May 26th @ 7 pm (Cast 1)

Friday, May 27th @ 7 pm (Cast 2)

*also Saturday, May 28th @ 1pm (Cast 1) and ​Saturday, May 28th @ 7 pm (Cast 2) with no discount.

Visit the Learning Groups Website for more information regarding tickets and an HCOS PAC discount for enrolled students.

Message from Learning Groups re: CC Classes in Abbotsford:

Message from Learning Groups re: CC Classes in Abbotsford

There are initial plans to hopefully have a grade 12 class at CC Abbotsford in 2022-23 (starting this fall), if we have sufficient numbers. These classes have been on Tuesdays from 9-3 weekly at Gateway Christian Community Church in Abbotsford. The plan would be to have Melanie Visscher teach Career Life Connection and English 12 (both required for graduation) and also History 12 and 2 credits of Christian Studies 12, for a total of 14 credits toward graduation, at the same CC+ price point as other grad level CC classes. Students in previous grade 12 CC classes found it a highlight of their week and especially their graduation celebrations to be connected to classmates in this way. If you're able to join from further west or east, we can look into whether a carpool is possible with other students. If you are not currently at CC Abbotsford and are interested in joining this class, please fill out your information at the CC 2022/23 waiting pool link before Spring Break so that the Abbotsford CC coordinator can determine if we have enough students to proceed or not. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Andria at alengkeek@onlineschool.ca.


Science 10 Community Connections class in Abbotsford

Come join us for a course that will focus on hands-on activities and experiments as we explore the Science 10 curriculum. We will delve into genetics, chemistry (with a special focus on acid-base reactions), energy transformations, and the theory of evolution. The course content will be enhanced by robust in-class discussions, informative stations labs, and engaging group activities. We will meet for 23 face-to-face sessions with teacher Darlene Unger to work through this required, challenging course. Come discover the joy of learning in a supportive community setting!

Apply here We meet Fridays, 9:30am - 12:00pm

Northview Community Church - 32040 Downes Rd, Abbotsford

$185 (minus $100 credit for enrolled students) +$30 application fee​


Latest from the Learning Groups:

Dear HCOS Families,

We are excited to unveil the new and improved Learning Groups Website at learninggroups.ca! The site has been designed to showcase HCOS learning group opportunities offered to families. ‘The Details’ page links back to the SOPHIE Family LG Chapter and ‘Participate Now’ outlines our offerings with application links. Please sign up for e-alerts to receive email notification as events are posted and applications open up.

Planning for 22/23 is well underway, and we look forward to CC+ and CC links opening soon to current Heritage students and if space remains, then to those in the waiting pool. If wanting to join and not already attending a CC, be sure to add your name to the waiting pool to be contacted if there is space available for your child.

For more information on our 22/23 opportunities check out:

Parent CC Location Overview *Please note some information in peach is yet to be confirmed.

Grad Orientation SlideShow shared during the Grad Orientation Week

Please note that more will be added as the year progresses.

Cultivating vibrant homeschooling communities around the province is our joy! Looking ahead to next year, please note that Co-ops are parent initiatives and are no longer officially planned through Learning Groups. For those interested in gathering with other like-minded families, we have created a family SOPHIE page to help guide you as a parent, to organize activities with others in your community.

Here are the Virtual opportunities currently available for application:

Virtual NatureKids BC - Tundra Speaks 2021-2022 *FREE EVENT*

Date: Friday, May 20, 2022

Time: 10:30 - 11:30am (PST)

Location/ address: Zoom (link will be sent out prior to event)

Suitable for: All Grades

We will meet Tundra the wolf and learn about the importance of her species in creating and maintaining healthy ecosystems, plus promoting more biodiversity. Participants will also learn how important the wolf is to First Nations peoples. For more info: https://tundraspeaks.com

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: May 17th (or when full)


Virtual Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary - 2nd Session 2021-2022 *FREE EVENT*

Date: Thursday, May 26, 2022

Time: 12:00 - 1:00pm (PST)

Location/ address: Zoom (link will be sent out prior to event)

Suitable for: All Grades

DUE TO HIGH DEMAND, NOW OFFERING A SECOND TIME!

Discover the fascinating world of wolfdogs, with the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary.

Topics covered will include: Differences between wolfdogs & wolves, diet, senses, the needs of domesticated and wild animals, behaviours, seasonal changes and best practices.

*Please note this is a public webinar, not a private tour.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: May 26th (or when full)


Virtual Painting with Di - Sunsets 2021-2022 *FREE EVENT*

Date: Friday, May 27, 2022

Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm (PST)

Suitable for: Grades 1+

Back by popular demand! Do you enjoy British Columbia's beautiful scenery, flora and fauna? Do you like to make art?

Join local artist, ArtbyDi, from Bowen Island, in a private painting session. Di, a talented acrylic painter, loves mountains, water, orcas, bears, salmon, herons and arbutus trees. Di's bold colours and broad strokes are as unique as the sunsets over the ocean, which is what she'll be teaching us to paint! She is inspired by the beauty of west coast landscapes and the abundant wildlife that lives in our scenic province! *Check out Di's art: https://artbydi.ca/

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: May 24th (or when full)


Here are the Lower Mainland Opportunities currently available for application:


North Vancouver Deep Cove Kayaking Spring 2021-2022

Date: Friday June 10, 2022

Session 1: 10:30am - 12:30pm

Session 2: 1:15 - 3:15pm

Suitable for: Prek - Adult

Come and paddle in beautiful Deep Cove, North Vancouver!

This highly anticipated in-person event is a one-of-a-kind experience as we kayak in pairs with a guide. Sightings of cormorants, seals, sea stars and heron are not uncommon on these trips. The duration of the kayak tour is 2 hours. This is not a drop-off event. Children must be accompanied by a parent. Seating is available in pairs (double kayaks; if you have more than one child attending please inquire about seating options). Check out their website for more information.

*Due to limited space, this event is currently open to Heritage Community families only.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: May 26th (or when full)

Latest from the Learning Commons:

Dear Learning Commons Patrons,

We are almost at the end of the school year! We hope you have enjoyed some resources from the LC this year and are looking forward to activities outdoors. To complement some outdoor fun see below for more information.

Physical Commons

  • Re-enrolled patrons can now start booking physical items from the Learning Commons for the year ahead. Newly enrolled families will only be able to access the search portal, and our subscriptions, in the first week of August when ENCOM switches over to the new school year. Read more here.

Subscriptions, Weblinks and SORA

  • Have you tried Make-a-Movie in BrainPOP? It can only be accessed through a teacher-led account but it is easy to sign up for. Check with your teacher.

  • MediaSmarts has a new learning platform for hate speech. This tutorial is useful for students in grades 9-12.

  • National Bee Day occurs on May 20th. Explore SORA for books on bees and activities to celebrate them.

Contests

Events

  • eBook Gardening Storytime with Margaret and Dewey the Dragon on May 24, 2022. Bring your ‘stuffies’ and talk with Dewey about his garden. Register Here.

Grace and Peace to you from the Learning Commons team!

Recent Learning Groups Posts:


Hello HCOS Families,


Happy Spring! As you begin looking toward course completion for the year, please be check out the LG SOPHIE page on Types of LG Opportunities, which includes information regarding the difference between CC+ and CC regarding work submission and course completion.

Please see the current Learning Group Offerings below. Keep your eyes on learninggroups.ca and sign up for e-alerts to receive an email as events are posted and applications open up. Looking for a CC/CC+ for 2022/23? Be sure to add your name to the waiting pool to be contacted if there is space available for your child.

Cultivating vibrant homeschooling communities around the province is our joy! As we in HCOS Learning Groups look ahead to the upcoming year and how to best serve our families, we are blessing and releasing our Co-op parent initiatives. For those interested in gathering with other like-minded families, we have created a family SOPHIE page to help guide you as a parent to organize activities with others in your community.

As events are posted, please be aware that HCOS PO# use for Learning Groups is only available for events with deadlines of April 1st or earlier.

Here are the Virtual opportunities currently available for application:

Virtual Royal Tyrrell Museum - First Steps: Dino Eggs & Babies 2021-2022 *FREE EVENT*

Dates/Times: Please choose ONE session that works best for your family):

Grades 4+ Session: Wednesday, April 13 – 10:00 - 10:45am (PST)

K - Gr. 3 Session: Thursday, April 14 – 9:00 - 9:45am (PST)

Suitable for: Kindergarten+

From Little feet to towering titans, we’ll explore the mysterious history of dinosaur eggs & babies with the Royal Tyrrell Museum! Learn about egg-citing discoveries, how different dinosaurs protected their babies, and what fossils can tell us about parental care. The program includes a Q&A session with a museum expert.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: April 8th (or when full)


Virtual Introduction to Graphic Design 2021-2022

Wednesdays - April 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25; June 1, 8, 2022

Time: 3:00 - 3:45pm (PST)

Suitable for: Grades 5 and up

This is a weekly workshop for beginners to Graphic Design in grade 5 and up.

The primary goal of this course is to introduce students to vector-based graphic design using a program called Inkscape. Inkscape is an open-source application that was created by a field of experts who wished to provide a program at no cost to the design community. It will give students an opportunity to learn the fundamentals and principles of vector design. At the end of the course, you’ll receive a unique gift with your artwork etched on the surface.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: March 31st (or when full)

Virtual Pacific Museum of Earth - Volcano Voyage 2021-2022

Date: Thursday, April 7, 2022

Time: 10:30am to 11:30am (PST) - Zoom link will be sent out prior to event

Suitable for: Grades 7+

Join us for a virtual trip to the Pacific Museum of Earth, where we will explore the explosive Earth: our volcanoes!

During this program, students will examine what makes volcanoes work, explore why and when they erupt explosively, learn how volcanologists use volcanic rocks to understand the subsurface magma factories that ultimately cause volcanoes to erupt, and more!

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: March 31st (or when full)

Virtual Vimy Ridge Day 2021-2022 *FREE EVENT*

Date: Friday, April 8, 2022

Time: 10:30am to 11:30am (PST) - Zoom link will be sent out prior to event

Suitable for: Grades 5+

April 9th is Vimy Ridge Day.

HCOS teacher, Debbie Jiang, will be joined by historian, Linda Granfield, to talk about the significance of the Battle of Vimy Ridge during the First World War for Canada. Learn about this historic event and hear the stories of those who were there. We will explore the lives of soldiers who fought there, including a Japanese Canadian fisherman, a Latin teacher and arborist, a Blackfoot scout for the RCMP and a nursing sister, followed by a Q&A.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: March 31st (or when full)



Hello HCOS Families,

Please see the current Learning Group Offerings below. Keep your eyes on learninggroups.ca and sign up for e-alerts to receive an email as events are posted and applications open up. Looking for a CC/CC+ for 2022/23? Be sure to add your name to the waiting pool to be contacted when the application links are available.

Here are the Virtual opportunities currently available for application:

Virtual Mike Lowery Live! 2021-2022 *FREE EVENT*

Date: Thursday, March 3, 2022

Time: 10:30 - 11:15am (PST)

Suitable for: Kindergarten and up

Join us for a 45-minute session and hear Mike talk about weird facts, bugs, do a live drawing, and take questions and answers. He will then lead a session where students can draw along. See all Mike’s cool art and books here: https://mikelowery.com/

For more details and to apply: here

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


Virtual French-Canadian Folkloric Fun! 2021-2022

Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Time: 10:30 - 11:30am (PST) - Zoom link will be sent out prior to event date

Suitable for: Kindergarten - Grade 12

Live on Zoom, join "TiBert le Voyageur", a Franco-Manitoban Métis storyteller, author, stage performer, juggler, poet, and community builder who shares his passion for history and culture!

This will be a bilingual presentation, with singing done in French. Dance and sing to traditional fur traders' instruments and listen to stories from the western Canada's past.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: March 10th (or when full)

Here are the Lower Mainland opportunities currently available for application:

Sechelt Conservation: Bear & Wildlife Awareness 2021-2022 *FREE EVENT*

Date: Thursday, March 10, 2022

Time: 9:30am

Location/ address: Porpoise Bay Provincial Park, 6451 Sechelt Inlet Rd (by the sheltered area)

Suitable for: Kindergarten - Grade 12

Calling all wildlife & nature lovers! Local Conservation officer, Leyland Klassen, will be presenting on bears and other wildlife in our forests. He will also discuss ways to reduce conflicts with wildlife. This is an in-person event, held at Porpoise Bay Provincial Park.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: March 7th (or when full)


Chilliwack Woodworking Spring Break 2021-2022

Please choose ONE of the following dates/sessions:

Date: Thursday, March 24 or March 31, 2022

Time: 10:30am - 3:00pm

Suitable for: Grades 5+ and adults

Join us for a one-day woodworking workshop on your Spring Break!

Two different dates to choose from, where you can get a head start on your Mother's or Father’s Day gifts! Choose from a set of 4 coasters, set of 2 hot pads, or a BBQ scraper. Design, cut using hand tools (grade 5 & up) or power tools (grade 7 & up), and decorate if there is time.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: March 17th (or when full)

Recent Posts from the Learning Commons:


Dear Learning Commons Patrons,

We hope you enjoyed meeting at HCOS last week! It was a joy to present with Cynthia our Curriculum Consultant in the lower mainland and see people face to face! Here is the Google Slide Share if you missed out.

Physical Commons

· Re-enrolled patrons can now start booking physical items from the Learning Commons for the year ahead. Newly enrolled families will only be able to access the search portal and our subscriptions the first week of August when ENCOM switches over to the new school year.

Subscriptions

· Gizmos presented a great webinar for us to access. What’s new with Gizmos? Enter using the passcode “Gizmos123!” Discover some science and math interactive lessons!

· Teaching Books has Monthly Lesson Ideas and Teaching Ideas for you to explore!

Sora

· The Summer Sweet Reads are here! May 4th - Aug 17th. These grade K-12 books are simultaneous reads, meaning they will always be available with no holds or waits. We are excited about a Summer Reading Contest to come, and more details will be shared next week.

Events

· Spring Poetry Contest! The deadline for submissions was Sunday, May 1st. The contest will be judged this week and winners announced next week. A big thank you to all of our participating poets!

Grace and Peace to you from the LC Team


Dear Learning Commons Patrons,

We are so looking forward to seeing some of you at HCOS Connect in the coming week! If you are new to our school be sure to check out our Learning Commons session at the HCOS Connect site. Please bring your questions and we will work with you to help you plan your new year. Earth Day is tomorrow! Check out some great resources to further your learning!

Physical Commons

  • Re-enrolled patrons can now start booking physical items from the Learning Commons for the year ahead. Newly enrolled families will only be able to access the search portal and our subscriptions the first week of August when ENCOM switches over to the new school year.

  • Used Bookstore Our Biggest Savings Event of the Year! Don’t miss out on savings up to 30%. This week we highlight Social Studies resources. See more here.

Subscriptions

  • Gizmos will be presenting a webinar ‘What’s new with Gizmos’ for us on April 27, 2022, at 1 pm Pacific Time. Read about the webinar and join it here. If you are an enrolled family, this webinar is for you!

  • EVERFI scholarships, for $1000 each, can now be applied for here. Three lessons must be completed in the year but full courses may take as little as an hour to complete. The entry deadline is May 6, 2022, at 5 pm EST.

  • TeachingBooks is a great NEW resource! Here is a new 20-minute webinar Creating, Analyzing, and Using Lists on Teaching Books. Teaching Books also have a list of short webinars that can be found by searching ‘webinar’ in their search bar.

Sora

  • NEW eBook content. Check out the new books here.

  • Audiobooks are very popular. Almost as popular as eBooks! With that in mind, we have purchased some amazing audiobook content and read-aloud resources, both fiction and nonfiction for all grades.

Curriculum

  • Curriculum Consultant Cynthia Duncalfe recently presented a webinar, Curriculum Selection Tools and Tips. If you missed it, you can view the recording here.

Events

  • The Learning Commons may be coming to a city near you! Pippa and Cynthia will be in Kelowna, Nanaimo, and Langley for the HCOS Connect events next week to answer your questions and speak on the topic, “The HCOS Learning Commons: Resourcing You for Success”. Learn more about this event here.

  • Spring Poetry Contest! Join in the poetry fun and share your poems. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, May 1st.

  • eBook Story Time with Margaret and Dewey the Dragon is on April 26 at 10 am. Bring your stuffies to meet and make friends with Dewey! Register here.

Grace and Peace to you from the LC Team!

Dear Learning Commons Patrons,

Happy Easter! Blessings on your weekend as you celebrate the risen Lord.

Please note that re-enrolled patrons can now start booking physical items from the Learning Commons for the year ahead. Newly enrolled families will only be able to access the search portal and our subscriptions the first week of August when ENCOM switches over to the new school year. Welcome to our school and feel free to browse the catalogue to research materials for booking in August.

Used Bookstore

· Our Biggest Savings Event of the Year! Don’t miss out on savings up to 30%. See the latest here.

Subscriptions and Weblinks

· EVERFI scholarships, for $1000 each, can now be applied for here. Three lessons must be completed in the year but courses may take as little as an hour to complete. The entry deadline is May 6, 2022 at 5 pm EST.

· Discovery Education has a lot of resources available for Earth Science found here.

· Explora Primary has some great articles about Earth Science that could be used with your students for Earth Day.

· Learn360 is a great resource for Earth Science and Earth Day.

Updates to our Subscriptions:

· ‘What in the World?’ And ‘The Canadian Reader’ new passwords can be found in the Search Portal.

What’s New on Sora

· Audiobooks are very popular. Almost as popular as eBooks! With that in mind, we have purchased some amazing audiobook content and read-aloud resources, both fiction and nonfiction for all grades.

Learning Services Theme: April Highlight; Autism

· SORA collection: Learning Supports link or search by keyword under Autism.

Curriculum

· Apologia Educational Ministries has released a new title in their award-winning Young Explorer’s Series, “Exploring Creation with Earth Science'' for elementary grades which addresses many of the big ideas in BC’s science curriculum. Look for more new releases from Apologia here and at your favourite homeschool resource vendor.

Events

· Spring Poetry Contest! Join in the poetry fun and share your poems. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, May 1st.

· eBook Story Time with Margaret and Dewey the Dragon is on April 26 at 10 am. Bring your stuffies to meet and make friends with Dewey! Register here.

Student Corner

· There is a new Spot The Difference Game in Student Corner! Can you find all 15 differences (including Erin hiding in one of them) between the images?

Blog

· Easter Resources. Enjoy these Easter books, activities and resources curated for you.

Grace and Peace to you from the LC Team,


Dear Learning Commons Patrons,

One of our HCOS learner attributes is a courageous student who is sustained by hope with a merciful, humble and empathetic heart. How do we encourage that in our students who choose this as their trait? We hope you find some of the following ideas and resources helpful in teaching your students.

Subscriptions and Weblinks Highlight: ADST

· The ADST cycle of learning teaches empathy and compassion as students design and create with their heads and hands! Your students can bless the needs of others by creating designs that reflect innovation, citizenship and humbly serving others. Here are a few resources:

o STEAM page on LC site

o Kids of Integrity

o SORA books on ADST here and here

o PBS Design Squad

o League of Young Iventors

· EVERFI Webinar for parents and teachers coming up on March 16 at 1 pm Pacific Time. EVERFI has highly interactive programs for K-12 teaching literacy, understanding money, sustainability, biology, health and goals. Some programs are available in Spanish and French. Register here.

· World Book and Explora (Ebscohost) had passwords that were compromised last week. The passwords have been changed and are in the Search Portal.

Learning Services Theme: March Highlights Nutrition and Brain/Eating Disorders

· eBooks on nutrition. And on the brain here.

Curriculum

· Master Books has just released the “Living Healthy: Nutrition, Exercise, and Making Wise Choices” curriculum suitable for students in Grades 4 - 6. This fun and flexible course uses the Charlotte Mason style to gently introduce topics that will inform their choices and impact their health for the rest of their lives.

· We have just added more language arts curriculum titles by Jessie Wise in our Sora eBook/audiobook library.

Events

· Curriculum Selection Tools and Tips Webinar: it’s time to begin thinking about what curriculum and resources you may like to use next fall. Join HCOS Curriculum Consultant Cynthia Duncalfe as she shares tools and tips for selecting a curriculum. Register here to attend. April 6th, 1 pm on Zoom.

· Student Book Review Showcase Contest Winner! Thank you to all of our participants in our Book Review Contest! Congratulations!

Student Corner

· There is a new Spot The Difference Game in Student Corner! Can you find all 15 differences (including Erin hiding in one of them) between the images?



Dear Learning Commons Patrons,

Welcome back to school! We hope you all enjoyed a relaxing Spring break!

One of our HCOS learner attributes is a courageous student who is sustained by hope with a merciful, humble and empathetic heart. How do we encourage that in our students who choose this as their trait? We hope that you find some of the following ideas and resources helpful to teach your students.

Subscriptions and Weblinks

  • MysteryScience has a new first-grade lesson on helping lost baby animals find their parents. It is one of their new ‘open-and-go’ lessons, just in time for spring. Ask your teacher to send you a link!

  • PBS has awesome lesson plans for Spring!

  • Easter is almost here! Bring the family together for songs and Bible application with Seeds of Easter from RightNowMedia.

  • Checkout thematic materials on Easter, seasons and spring on SORA

  • Learn about the Endurance ship and Sir Ernest Shackleton by reading the title Endurance in SORA

  • Discover the beauty of colour as we welcome spring with this lesson plan aligned with books on SORA.

Updates to our Subscriptions:

  • World Book Discover is all new! Have a look at their introductory video here.

  • Know BC has a 3-minute about the top 10 great things to know about BC.

  • Google Read & Write has made some great updates! Scroll down on the SOPHIE page to the “text help” logo to read up on them here.

  • Focused Education Resources has a three-minute introductory video for you here. Remember, don’t click on ‘login’ at the top of the page when you are entering Focused Ed. Scroll down on the main page and click on the icon of the Subscription you wish to enter.

Learning Services Theme: April Highlight; Autism

  • SORA collection: Learning Supports link or search by keyword under Autism.

Curriculum

Events

  • Wednesday, April 6th, 1 pm on Zoom: Curriculum Selection Tools and Tips Webinar: it’s time to begin thinking about what curriculum and resources you may like to use next fall. Join HCOS Curriculum Consultant Cynthia Duncalfe as she shares tools and tips for selecting a curriculum. Register here to attend.

  • eBook Story Time with Margaret and Dewey the Dragon is on April 12 at 10 am. Bring your stuffies to meet and make friends with Dewey! Register here.

Student Corner

Grace and Peace to you from the LC Team

Dear Learning Commons Patrons,

Happy February! Valentine’s Day, Lunar New Year, Black History Month, and the Winter Olympics will hopefully keep us engaged this month, along with lots of reading in our Read For Change! We hope you find some inspiring resources for your students. Thank you for all you do for your students!

Blog

· Happy Lunar New Year! - Learning Commons Information & Resources on this holiday.

Learning Supports February Theme

· Safer Internet Day - SORA resources here. Plus, check out all our Digital Wellness resources.

· Eating Disorders Awareness Week - SORA resources here.

Sora eBook Library

· Read For Change - curated lists for all ages on the landing page of SORA: Elementary, Middle Grades and Young Adult.

· New books on SORA. We have purchased a great collection of books awarded the Red Cedar Award or Chocolate Lily Award (BC)

Subscriptions

· RightNow Media will be hosting a webinar for parents and teachers next week on Feb. 9th at 1 pm. Please put it on your calendar. Find out information about this webinar and register here.

· Mystery Science now has grade four lessons in Spanish! Choose English or Spanish at the bottom right of your video. Next month, grade five will also be available in Spanish.

· Curio has a series called “Black on the Prairies” which can be accessed here.

· Just a heads up: ERAC/BCDC has changed to BCDC/Focused Ed Resources in the Subscriptions page on the website.

Black History Resources in the Physical Learning Commons

· Black History Month: the Learning Commons has many great resources which recount Black history and celebrate the many achievements that Black Canadians have contributed to Canada’s history and culture.

Events

· Student Book Review Showcase Contest! As students read books they can share their thoughts in book reviews. Email Erin Duncan (eduncan@onlineschool.ca) and she will add them to our gallery on the Student Corner. There is a book review template included in the gallery. All reviews that are sent in between now and the end of February will be entered into a random draw for an Amazon gift card!

· Storytime! Join Margaret and Dewey the Dragon for an eBook Story Time on February 8th at 10 am. Come and enjoy mouse-themed stories and receive a craft and colouring page. Register here.

Weblink Resources

· Learn360 has made a 30 minute webinar “Why Asking Why is Important” to help us learn inquiry skills to battle fake news.

· Choose a random act of kindness using the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation and enter a colouring contest to win prizes and find resources to spread kindness.

Grace and Peace to you from the LC Team.



Dear Learning Commons Patrons,

Happy New Year and welcome back to school! We hope your Christmas was joyful and relaxing! If you are new to our school, feel free to reach out to Shandra Wiebe or contact us on our Live Chat between 9 and 3 pm.

LS Themes for January

· Family Literacy Day is January 27th! Our Readathon starts on January 18th! Time to research some newer audiobooks to read as a family!

· Learn more about Braille this month by reading Who was Louis Braille or Six Dots by Jen Bryant on SORA.

Sora eBook Library

· New eBooks

· Youth books that teach resilience.

· January is also writing/research month. Do you need books to support writing skills? Check out some of the popular writing research resources here.

Subscriptions

· Learn360 has been very busy over the last month. They have added 418 new titles! You can access the new material here.

· MyBlueprint has a new two minute video walkthrough for setting effective S.M.A.R.T. goals for 2022. Goal Setting in All About Me K-6/7 and Goal Setting in Education Planner 7/8 -12.

Used Curriculum Store - Sale!

· Save 20% off all items. Read more here.

Events

· The Photo Contest has ended. Winners will be announced soon.

· The STEAM Marble Run Contest is closed to new participants and will wrap up this week. We hope to announce the winners next week so stay tuned!

Archived Posts:

Learning Groups:


Hello HCOS Families,

We encourage you to have a great rest over the holidays. Please be aware that the Learning Groups office is closed Dec. 24-Jan. 3rd and will be responding to emails in the New Year.

Coming Soon!

Some other anticipated events will be opening in early January including Sasquatch Skiing Days (Agassiz), Family Tubing Day at Harper Mountain (Kamloops), and Ski lessons at Hart Mountain (Prince George). Sign up for e-alerts to receive an email as events are posted and applications open up.

Here are the Virtual/School Wide opportunities currently available for application:

Virtual Hello Anxiety Girls Winter 2021-2022 *INTEREST ONLY*

Date: Fridays - January 14, 21, 28; Feb 4, 25; March 4, 2022

Time: 12:30 - 2:30pm (PST)

Location/ address: Virtual

Suitable for: Girls: Grades 8-12

*Offerings open to students new to Hello Anxiety, not a continuation of previous sessions of Hello Anxiety groups*

As we want to ensure a successful group composition for all participants we ask that you fill out this application form letting us know your interest. We will be reviewing all applications and letting you know if you have been accepted to participate in this session by January 11th. If selected you will then be sent a separate sign up page to confirm acceptance and make payment. If you are not selected for the winter session we will keep your application on file for future sessions.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: January 5th (or when full)


Virtual Return to Hello Anxiety Girls Winter 2021-2022 *INTEREST ONLY*

Date: Fridays - January 14, 21, 28; Feb 4, 25; March 4, 2022

Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm (PST)

Location/ address: Virtual

Suitable for: Girls: Grades 8-12

Already participated in Hello Anxiety? This HCOS virtual learning camp is a follow-up program for girls who have gone through “Hello Anxiety” with Julie.

As we want to ensure a successful group composition for all participants we ask that you fill out this application form letting us know your interest. We will be reviewing all applications and letting you know if you have been accepted to participate in this session by January 11th. If selected you will then be sent a separate sign up page to confirm acceptance and make payment. If you are not selected for the winter session we will keep your application on file for future sessions.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: Jan. 5th (or when full)

Virtual Novel Study: Jane Eyre 2021-2022

Dates: Thursdays: January 20, 27; February 3, 10, 17, 24; March 3, 10, 2022

Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm (PST)

Suitable for: Grades 9-12

The classic Victorian novel, Jane Eyre, offers so much more than the thrills of a Gothic Romance. Students can expect to be inspired and challenged, as together the big themes of prejudice, resilience, and moral dilemmas are explored.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: Jan. 13th (or when full)


Here are the Virtual/School Wide opportunities currently available for application:


Virtual Bamfield Marine Science Center Live! Oceanography 101 2021-2022

Date: Friday, December 3, 2021

Time: 10:30 - 11:30am (PST)

Suitable for: Kindergarten - Grade 12

Bamfield Inlet provides the backdrop for an examination of the biotic and abiotic characteristics of the ocean. Get familiar with an oceanographer’s tools for measuring temperature, salinity, turbidity, pH, and collecting plankton. Contribute to citizen science by adding your ocean data to our ongoing multi-year study.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: Nov. 30th (or when full)


Here are the Lower Mainland opportunities currently available for application:


Chilliwack 3D Printing Fall 2021-2022

Dates: Monday, Nov. 29; Thursday, Dec. 2 and Monday, Dec. 6, 2021

Time: 9:30 - 11:30am

Suitable for: Grades 6-12

In this workshop, students will learn everything they need to know about how to design and 3D print their own creations that they can take home. They’ll learn how to use Tinkercad, an online modelling program that will let them design just about anything. They will also learn the ins and outs of desktop 3D printing. Students will learn skills that are directly connected to innovative careers such as architecture, animation, engineering, industrial design, electrical engineering, and more, and will address many of the competencies of ADST (Applied Design Skills and Technologies).

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: Nov. 11th (or when full) *Extended*

Chilliwack Woodworking Christmas Crafts 2021-2022

Please choose ONE of the following dates/sessions:

Thursdays - December 2nd or December 9th, 2021

Time: 10:30am - 3:00pm

Suitable for: Grades 5+ and adults

This one-day woodworking workshop will be holiday themed, where participants can choose from a variety of projects:

Hand tools (grade 5 & up): variety of ornaments, or a pair of skates.

Power tools (grade 7 & up): variety of ornaments, 3-D reindeer, pair of skates, or 3D Christmas tree.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: Nov. 18th (or when full)



Hello HCOS Families,

We would like to inform you of upcoming face to face and virtual group learning activities. Check out the list below or visit learninggroups.ca regularly (including our Year at a Glance Grid) and sign up for e-alerts to receive an email as events are posted and applications open up.

Mental Health Day for Students—FREE Livestream Event—October 26 8:30am-11:30am

Join us on Tuesday, October 26 for a virtual Mental Health Day for students in grades 6–12 sponsored/presented from ACSI. Our speaker, Katy Kwon, will provide practical tools on building life-long resilience skills to help students navigate through life’s peaks and valleys from a biblical worldview.

Theme: Building Life–Long Resilience with theme verse: Romans 5:3–5

For more details and to apply: Here

Many other Mental Health resources can be found on this page, with links to lots of options.

We would love to have you join us this fall! All the best to you and your family in the coming year!

Here are the Virtual/School Wide opportunities currently available for application:

Virtual Remembrance Day Visit with Linda Granfield 2021-2022

Date: Friday, November 5, 2021

Time: 1:30 - 2:30 pm (PST)

Suitable for: Grades 4+

Take time to remember the significance of Remembrance Day.

On this virtual visit, hear award-winning Canadian author and expert on remembrance. She will be presenting on her book, "Road to Afghanistan" and the importance of Canada's role in that country.

For more details and to apply: here

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

Here are the Lower Mainland opportunities currently available for application:

Abbotsford Indoor Rock Climbing Gr. 8-12 2021-2022

Date: Wednesdays - Nov. 17, 24; Dec. 1, 8, 2021

Time: 10:00 - 11:30am

Suitable for: Grades 8-12

This camp will be instructor-led at Project Climbing Center, in Abbotsford. No experience required. All you will need are comfortable athletic clothes, running shoes, a water bottle, a great attitude, and a willingness to learn. Feel free to check out their website.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: Nov. 4th (or when full)


Hello HCOS Families,

We would like to inform you of upcoming face to face and virtual group learning activities. Check out the list below or visit learninggroups.ca regularly and sign up for e-alerts to receive an email as events are posted and applications open up.

Please remember all participants and adults attending face to face Learning Group activities must complete a daily Health Check prior to arriving. Health checks do not need to be submitted, but please stay home if symptoms are present.

Do you have questions about an event? Please reach out to the event coordinator with any event-specific questions. Contact details for each event can be found by clicking the blue "details and apply button" and then selecting "contact us". Fill out the form and the coordinator will respond to you via email.

We would love to have you join us this fall. All the best to you and your family in the coming year!

Here are the Virtual/School Wide opportunities currently available for application:


Virtual Scholarships & University Applications Gr. 9-11 2021-2022

Date: Thursday, October 21 & November 25, 2021

Time: 7:00 - 8:30pm

Suitable for: Grade 9-11

Presented by Gord Robideau and Allison Miles, this is a free Grad Program Learning Camp focused on helping current grade 9 to 11 students learn what it takes to find university scholarships and bursaries and what steps can be taken now to enhance your chances of receiving one.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: Oct. 18th (or when full)


Virtual Bamfield Marine Science Center Live! Marine Invertebrates Diversity - Lab 2021-2022

Date: Friday, October 22, 2021

Time: 10:30-11:30AM PST

Suitable for: All grades

Join the Bamfield team via Zoom and explore the diversity of live marine invertebrates found in Barkley Sound, BC! Students will explore the diversity of live marine invertebrates found in Barkley Sound, BC, off the wild, west coast of Vancouver Island. We will examine characteristics of invertebrates vs. vertebrates and an introduction to classification systems of living things. Then we will study the unique characteristics and adaptations that help our most common species thrive.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: Oct. 19th (or when full)


Here are the Lower Mainland opportunities currently available for application:


Abbotsford Indoor Rock Climbing Gr. 8-12 2021-2022

Date: Wednesdays - Nov. 17, 24; Dec. 1, 8, 2021

Time: 10:00 - 11:30am

Suitable for: Grades 8-12

This camp will be instructor-led at Project Climbing Center, in Abbotsford. No experience required. All you will need are comfortable athletic clothes, running shoes, a water bottle, a great attitude, and a willingness to learn. Feel free to check out their website.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: Nov. 4th (or when full)

Britannia Mine Museum 2021-2022

Date: Monday, October 25, 2021

Time: 10:15am - 12:45pm

Suitable for: Families, but geared towards students Kindergarten and up.

Do you love rocks and whales? Have you seen the giant yellow dump truck along the Sea to Sky Highway?

Join us on this exclusive field trip to an award-winning, national historic site! Students will go on a journey that details the discovery of copper, the ways it was processed, and the consequences for the nearby Howe Sound ecosystem. Students will get to see the limited time TerraLabexhibit: Ore and Orcas: the Remediation of Howe Sound |Átl’ḵa7tsem, including a chance to see and touch a real killer whale skeleton courtesy of the Strawberry Isle Marine Research Society. Included on this trip will be the BOOM! multi-media show, a tour of the mine and visiting the permanent exhibits of the museum grounds.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: Oct. 18th (or when full)

Learning Commons:

Dear Learning Commons Patrons,

Welcome to fall and a focus on harvest, and seasons! We hope you are all enjoying the fruits of your hard work as you start off the school year with focus and engagement. If you are a brand new family member please reach out to us on live chat or contact Shandra Wiebe to get going swiebe@onlineschool.ca

Getting Started With The Learning Commons

· Did you miss the webinar with all the information about the Learning Commons? No problem. You can listen to it here.

· Webinar Wednesday, September 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Using the Search Portal to Book Physical Resources – Save time with Multiple Bookings! Join our Resource Librarian, Shandra and Learning Commons Director, Pippa, to learn how to navigate the search portal and book physical resources. This webinar will go over the booking process in detail. Great for all newcomers and those who have been using the Search Portal for a while!

Curriculum

New Items in the Used Curriculum Store!

· Check out the new resources added and receive up to 30% off! Sale ends September 30th, 2021.

Subscriptions

· Contact margaret. basaraba@onlineschool.ca for subscription support.

· Contact raine.oddy@onlineschool.ca for universal subscriptions support.

· Reading Eggs has a great training/resource page with lots of quick clips on how-to’s, and full recorded training.

· Curio has a new version. Parents will need to choose the “former Curio” button to continue to use the school access code.

SORA eBook Library

· New eBooks and AudioBooks on SORA include Geronimo Stilton, Enid Blyton, and lots of new non fiction! All of which are simultaneous reads!

· Harvest/Fall books on SORA

High School Highlight

· Gizmos science resources! Gizmos are interactive math and science simulations for grades 3-12. Over 475 Gizmos aligned to the latest standards help educators bring powerful new learning experiences to the classroom. Gizmos use an inquiry-based approach to learning that has been validated by extensive research as a highly effective way to build conceptual understanding. Gizmos meets the requirements of inquiry-based learning as described in the new BC curriculum.

Contact margaret.basaraba@onlineschool.ca for login information.

Live Chat Support

· Need immediate assistance? Live Chat Support is available Monday through Friday from 9 am to 3 pm. Or, access on our website, bottom right-hand corner. Feel free to reach out to us; we’re happy to help!

Student Corner

· The first book review submitted by students has been posted in the student corner! Congratulations to Emily B. and thank you for joining in the fun! Learn more about Student Corner Book Reviews.

Grace and Peace to you from the Learning Commons Team!


Dear Families,

Welcome to a new school year!

We are excited to introduce you to our Learning Commons (library) website and search portal (catalogue), and share the process of borrowing materials.

What is available in the search portal?

Books, eBooks, audiobooks, subscriptions, unit study kits, research databases, website resources, robotics and more! Our website contains all the information needed to explore our unit study kits and subscriptions. To access usernames and passwords to the resources, and to book physical items or search within databases you will need to log in to the search portal with your Encom username and password.

Search Portal Access for Parents

In an effort to reduce the number of usernames you need, we have tied your login information for the search portal to your Encom account. If you know your Encom login information you can access the search portal at https://hcs.insigniails.com/LibrarySAML/Home right away. If you are unsure of your login information, please email tickets@onlineschool.ca and one of our support team will help you reset the account.

Search Portal Access for Students

We have also made it possible for students to log in using their Encom account. If your student is taking an online course, then you have probably already set up their account and they can login right now. To do so, skip to step #3 below. If not, please use the steps below to create a password for them to use before logging in.

  1. Sign in to your Encom account at https://encom.onlineschool.ca/.


  1. Click on Student's Account in the Quick Links section on your parent homepage to set your child's password, and be sure to click save.


  1. Once you are ready to log in to the Learning Commons search portal, please go to https://hcs.insigniails.com/LibrarySAML/Home. You will see the Search Portal menu below; click on the Login in the right hand upper corner.


  1. Use your Encom username and password. If you have forgotten your password please click Forgot Password? and you will be provided with instructions to reset your account. If you prefer, you can access the search portal via our landing page.


  1. If you arrive at this page, please click on Sign in using SAML SSO and follow instructions in step 4.


Congratulations, you now have access to the search portal. To verify, check that your name is showing in the top right. If you are not able to login please email tickets@onlineschool.ca and one of our support team will reach out to help get you logged in.

Physical Resource Limits:

  • Loan period is 10 weeks

  • 8 Free shipments (4 deliveries and 4 returns) per school year from August 1st to June 18th.

    • Maximum of 40 items per shipment

    • Minimum of 5 items per shipment

  • Shipments can not include more than:

    • 6 unit study kits out at one time.

    • 8 media items including DVDs and CDs.

  • Grad Program textbooks are loaned out for 10 months.

  • For questions please contact Kelly Wiebe (shipping@onlineschool.ca) for more details.


Important Note

If you ever change your password in Encom it will also change for the Learning Commons search portal a day later, so please keep track of your login information.

Tutorials

Do you have any questions? Discover our Learning Commons staff here or chat with us live from 9:00 to 3:00 pm Monday through Friday.


Dear Learning Commons Patrons,

Welcome back to a new school year! For those of you in smoky areas we pray that you are experiencing cooler weather and less smoky conditions. If you are a brand new family, a WARM welcome to our school! We are here to serve you! Please read our Family book on the Learning Commons and reach out to us on Live Chat if you have questions.

Student Corner

  • We have a brand new area on our website just for students, with opportunities for them to submit their art projects and/or book reviews for other students to enjoy and learn from. Plus, we have a lot of fun activities for all ages. Visit our mascot Dewey and check out Student Corner today!

  • Read an eBook Day event for students (grades K-5) happening Sep 16th. Sign up here on the event page!

Physical Commons

Unit Study Kits and Curriculum

  • New to our school? Take a peek at our Curriculum Selection Toolbox!

  • Our new Blended Grade 4 Science Unit Study Guides are now available. Check them (and all of our kits) out here!

Subscriptions

  • When accessing the Subscriptions please go to the Search Portal, using your ENCOM username and passwords to login. The Subscription passwords in the Search Portal will be up-to-date.

  • If you have questions about subscriptions please reach out to margaret.basaraba@onlineschool.ca

SORA eBook Library

High School Highlight

  • HCOS Learning Commons invites all high school students to explore the grad website and discover reading material on SORA and the physical commons. Check out textbooks and more in this informative blog article.

Learning Supports September Theme: FASD and ADHD

Grace and Peace to you from the Learning Commons Team! We hope you have a great start to the school year!

Learning Groups:


Hello HCOS Families,

We would like to inform you of upcoming face to face and virtual group learning activities. Check out the list below or visit learninggroups.ca regularly and sign up for e-alerts to receive an email as events are posted and applications open up. Additional information and FAQs are also noted on our learning groups website and link to our school’s home page.

Do you have questions regarding the face to face health and safety guidelines applicable for the new school year? Refer to the Family Book page which is regularly updated as information is received.

We would love to have you join us this fall, all the best to you and your family in the coming year!

Here are the Virtual/School Wide opportunities currently available for application:

Virtual Science 10: Chemistry 2021-2022

Lecture - Mondays (Sept. 20, 27; Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25)

Time: 9:00-10:00am (All Students)

Then choose one Tutorial Time:

Tutorial 1: 1-2 pm Tuesdays (Sept. 21, 28; Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26)

Tutorial 2: 9-10 am Wednesdays (Sept. 22, 29; Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27)

Tutorial 3: 3-4 pm Thursdays (Sept. 23, 30; Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28)

This is for current Grade 10 students who would like a boost to their studies in the Chemistry unit of Science 10.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: Sept. 9th (or when full) ** EXTENDED UNTIL SEPT 13

Virtual Memory Challenge 2021-2022

Date: September 1, 2021 - May 27, 2022

Suitable for: All Ages

As we look forward to all that the Lord has to teach us in the upcoming school year, join us in learning about the intersection of faith and action from a book of the Bible often described as “the ‘Proverbs’ of the New Testament”. By joining the Memorization Challenge and memorizing verses from the book of James, you will have the opportunity to have your heart, mind, and life shaped by the Word of God!

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: Oct. 1st (or when full)


Virtual Hello Anxiety Co-ed Fall 2021-2022

Fridays - Oct. 1, 8, 15, 29; Nov. 5, 19, 2021

Time: 12:30 - 2:30pm (PST)

Suitable for: Grade 8-12 Girls and Boys

Join us online where teens (boys and girls together) 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: Sept. 23rd (or when full)

Virtual Book Club The Journey Gr. 9-12 2021-2022

Mondays - Sept 27; Oct 4, 18, 25; Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2021

Time: 1:00 - 2:00pm (PST)

Grade 9-12 students - do you love talking about books? Then join us for an engaging and collaborative 9 weeks as we discuss great literature! The three novels will be:

1) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin

2) The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

3) Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: Sept. 16th (or when full)

Virtual Honeybee Centre Hive Dive 2021-2022

Date: Friday, October 1, 2021

Time: 10:30 - 11:15am

Suitable for: All Grades

Can you spot the Queen Bee? What are the bees' roles in the hive? This fun and interactive 60-90 minute workshop will introduce students to the amazing world of honeybees through an informative and interactive presentation, a visit to the live hive at the Honeybee Centre in Surrey, BC, followed by a candle-making craft and Q&A time.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: Sept. 29th (or when full)

Virtual Building a Scholarship Resume Gr. 12 2021-2022

Date: Thursday, Sep 23, 2021

Time: 7:00 - 8:30pm

Suitable for: Grade 12

Presented by Gord Robideau and Allison Miles, this is a free Grad Program Learning Camp focused on helping current grade 12 students navigate University and Scholarship applications.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: Sept. 20th (or when full)

Virtual Scholarships & University Applications Gr. 9-11 2021-2022

Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021

Time: 7:00 - 8:30pm

Suitable for: Grade 9-11

Presented by Gord Robideau and Allison Miles, this is a free Grad Program Learning Camp focused on helping current grade 9 to 11 students learn what it takes to find university scholarships and bursaries and what steps can be taken now to enhance your chances of receiving one.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: Oct. 18th (or when full)


Virtual Internet Safety & Digital Literacy for Parents/Caregivers 2021-2022

Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Time: 7:00 - 9:00pm

Suitable for: Parents/Caregivers Only

This FREE session will help parents and caregivers to proactively understand the enabling power of technology and mobile communications, but also how to mitigate the sometimes unintended consequences of high risk or undesirable online behaviour.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: Sept. 26th (or when full)


Abbotsford Indoor Rock Climbing Gr. 8-12 2021-2022

Date: Wednesdays - Nov. 17, 24; Dec. 1, 8, 2021

Time: 10:00 - 11:30am

Suitable for: Grades 8-12

This camp will be instructor-led at Project Climbing Center, in Abbotsford. No experience required. All you will need are comfortable athletic clothes, running shoes, a water bottle, a great attitude, and a willingness to learn. Feel free to check out their website.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: Nov. 4th (or when full)


Hello HCOS Families,

For many of our Community Connection locations, there are spaces available for you to apply and join our learning communities. Check out learninggroups.ca regularly as these will be posted there with information and the link to apply and/or sign up for e-alerts to get an email as events are posted. We’d love to welcome you in 2021-22!

Some Learning Camp opportunities have now opened, and additional camps will be opening throughout the summer. If you wish to be notified when applications open for any of our events, subscribe to e-alerts on the Learning Groups website. See you in the Fall!


Do you have questions regarding the health and safety guidelines applicable for the new school year? Please refer to the Family Book page which is regularly updated.

Here are the Virtual/School Wide opportunities currently available for application:

Virtual Voices for Girls Fall 2021-2022

Wednesdays - September 22, 29; October 6, 13, 20, 27, 2021

Time: 4:00 - 5:00pm (PST)

Suitable for: Grades 5 - 7

This 6-week virtual learning camp will be made up of 6 one-hour sessions for girls in grades 5 - 7. Strong communication skills and empathy are a HUGE predictor of personal success, yet they are rarely taught specifically to youth.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: Sept. 13th (or when full)

Virtual Understanding Different Perspectives Gr. 1-3 2021-2022

Thursdays - October 7, 14, 21, 2021

Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm (PST)

Suitable for: Grades 1-3

This camp is geared towards addressing literacy competencies for students in grades 1-3. Stories and multi-media experiences will be presented by HCOS teacher, Karen Effa, to help students explore the reasons for differing perspectives through discussion and activities. Growth in this area supports happier relationships with family and friends.

Suitable for: Grades 1-3

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: Sept. 22nd (or when full)

Virtual Science 10: Chemistry 2021-2022

Lecture - Mondays (Sept. 20, 27; Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25)

Time: 9:00-10:00am (All Students)

Then choose one Tutorial Time:

Tutorial 1: Tuesdays (Sept. 21, 28; Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26)

Time: 1:00-2:00pm

Tutorial 2: Wednesdays (Sept. 22, 29; Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27)

Time: 9:00-10:00am

Tutorial 3: Thursdays (Sept. 23, 30; Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28)

Time: 3:00-4:00pm

Suitable for: Students currently taking Science 10

This Learning Camp is for Grade 10 students who would like a boost to their studies in the Chemistry unit of Science 10.

The format of this camp is a lecture style lesson on Mondays, with a smaller group tutorial time offered at different days of the week/times.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: Sept. 9th (or when full)

Virtual Book Club Gr. 1-3 STEAM Buddies 2021-2022

Mondays - Sept. 27 -- 2 sessions: parents: 12:00 - 12:45pm // students: 1:00 - 2:15

Oct. 4, 18; Nov. 1, 8, 15 (see time change for this session), 22, 29; Dec. 6, 2021

Time: 12:00 - 1:30pm (except for Nov. 15 - which will be 9:00 - 10:30am)

Suitable for: Grades 1-3

Pippa Davies (Teacher Librarian), will be focusing the content on grade 2/3 standards. Curriculum competencies addressed are biodiversity in the environment and knowledge of First Peoples of ecosystems.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: Sept. 16th (or when full)

Virtual Beginner Coding Class 2021-2022

Tuesdays - Sept. 28; Oct 5, 12, 19, 26; Nov. 9, 16, 23 (Skipping Nov. 2)

Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm

Suitable for: Grades 6 - 9

Welcome to Virtual Coding Class!

This is a fun, interactive, online coding class designed for beginners. We will be using CS First and Scratch to start learning the basics of block-based coding with the theme of 'Music and Sound'. Students will learn how create a music video, and build an interactive music display on Scratch over 8 weeks of instruction.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: Sept. 21st (or when full)


Hello HCOS Families,

You may view current offerings available for application on our Learning Groups website: https://learninggroups.ca/. We also encourage you to sign up for “e-alerts” for email notification of Learning Group opportunities in your area.

Here are the Virtual/School Wide opportunities currently available for application:

Virtual Internet Safety & Digital Literacy Ages 15+ 2020-2021

Date: Monday, May 10, 2021

Time: 1:00 - 2:30pm

Suitable for: Ages 15+

Teens are the primary producers of web content and want to share their ideas, thoughts, and pictures with others online. This session will provide the needed information that will help to keep students safer, increase their privacy and protect their online digital footprint. It is designed to provide students with proactive reflective, online critical thinking and decision-making strategies that youth can immediately put to good use. Knowledge and the understanding and application of that knowledge is power.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: May 5th (or when full)

Virtual Take Flight: Lynn Canyon Eco Centre 2020-2021

Date: Friday, May 14, 2021

Time: 11:30am - 12:30pm (PST)

Suitable for: All Grades

In this program hosted by the Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre located in picturesque North Vancouver, you'll learn about the anatomy and adaptations of birds. We'll discover the feeding and nesting habits of local birds and the remarkable ways that different birds find niches in the temperate rainforest ecosystem. http://www.lynncanyonecologycentre.ca/

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: May 11th (or when full)

Virtual Last Ones Standing: FREE EVENT 2020-2021

Date: Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Time: 10:30-11:30am (PST)

Location/ address: Zoom

Suitable for: Suggested for Gr. 5-12 - all are welcome

Eric Brunt is returning for another workshop on his film Last Ones Standing. In this workshop there will be an emphasis on the importance of remembering historical events decades after they have happened and what we can do to make sure these stories continue to be shared. https://ericbruntmedia.com/last-ones-standing/

For more details and to apply: here

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



Virtual Draw with Mike Lowery Spring 2020-2021

Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Time: 10:30 - 11:15am

Suitable for: Grades 2+

Back by popular demand, author and illustrator, Mike Lowery, will lead a 45-minute session and talk about weird facts, sharks, do a live drawing, and take questions. He will lead a segment where students contribute ideas and can draw along. He is funny and entertaining - students don't want to miss this learning camp!

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: May 23rd (or when full)


Virtual Transitioning from Grade 12 to Post-Secondary Campus - FREE EVENT 2020-2021

Date: Monday, May 31, 2021

Time: 7:00 - 7:45pm (PST)

Location/ address: Zoom

Suitable for: Grade 12

Attention Grade 12 students! Join us for this workshop designed to be of practical help to our graduating home learning students and an encouragement to them wherever they are in their faith journey. In this 45-minute presentation, "Transitioning to College/University", you will hear from Peggy Porter from Power to Change and Christian students currently enrolled in university. They will share about their experience of transitioning from high school to university, practical tips for life as a university student, different ways 1st year students can find community. The students will also share the importance for Christians to get connected to a Christian community and how campus life has impacted their personal faith journey. A Question & Answer period will follow.

For more details and to apply: here

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


Here are the Lower Mainland opportunities currently available for application:


Chilliwack Charis Adventure Day Camp 2020-2021

Date: Thursday May 27. 2021

Time: 9:30 am - 3:00pm

Suitable for: Kindergarten - Grade 12

This fun-filled day of activities is for all ages, so even the youngest or oldest participant can engage at their own level. There will be plenty of opportunities to get to know your teammates as you adventure from one station to the next, and we’ll put participants in groups of a similar age wherever possible.

*This Learning Camp addresses competencies in Physical and Health Education.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: May 20th (or when full)

*If you are interested in a Learning Group activity and do not see it above or on the LG website, it could be that it is full. Fill out the learning camp interest link here, and we shall see what we can put together in the future.

Possibility of Humanities 12 Classes at CC Abbotsford

There are initial plans to hopefully have a grade 12 Humanities class at CC Abbotsford in 2021-22 (starting this fall), if we have sufficient numbers. Classes are on Tuesdays from 9-3 weekly at Gateway Christian Community Church in Abbotsford. The plan would be to have Melanie Visscher teach Humanities including History 12, English 12 and Christian Studies 12. If you are not currently at CC Abbotsford and are interested in joining this class, please fill out your information at the CC 2021/22 waiting pool link by the end of February so that I can determine if we have enough students to proceed or not.


A variety of classes are open and available for application on our Learning Groups website: https://learninggroups.ca/. We also encourage you to sign up for “e-alerts” for email notification of Learning Group opportunities in your area.

Here are the Virtual/School Wide opportunities currently available for application:



Hello HCOS Families,

You may view current offerings available for application on our Learning Groups website: https://learninggroups.ca/. We also encourage you to sign up for “e-alerts” for email notification of Learning Group opportunities in your area.

Here are the Virtual/School Wide opportunities currently available for application:


Virtual Internet Safety & Digital Literacy Ages 12-14 2020-2021

Date: Monday, May 3, 2021

Time: 10:00 - 11:30am (PST)

Suitable for: Ages 12-14

This session will help preteens and teens walk through things they may have come across at this age online, including the emotional, professional, legal, and reputation challenges they can encounter at this age and beyond into adulthood.

For more details and to apply: here

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

Virtual Internet Safety & Digital Literacy Ages 15+ 2020-2021

Date: Monday, May 10, 2021

Time: 1:00 - 2:30pm

Suitable for: Ages 15+

Teens are the primary producers of web content and want to share their ideas, thoughts, and pictures with others online. This session will provide the needed information that will help to keep students safer, increase their privacy and protect their online digital footprint. It is designed to provide students with proactive reflective, online critical thinking and decision-making strategies that youth can immediately put to good use. Knowledge and the understanding and application of that knowledge is power.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: May 5th (or when full)

Virtual Royal Tyrrell Museum at Work 2020-2021

Date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Time: 10:00 - 10:45 am

Suitable for: Grades 6+


Museum at Work offers students the opportunity to talk with Royal Tyrrell Museum staff from a variety of areas such as research, fossil preparation, education, public relations, exhibit development, visitor services, and more. Senior museum staff share insights about resume building, interviewing skills, working as a team, and other valuable tips for building a career in their field.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: April 20th (or when full)


Virtual Pacific Museum of Earth Tour 2020-2021

Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm

Suitable for: All Grades

Located on the campus of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, we will explore the main exhibit spaces of the PME: Life Through Time, Earth’s Treasures, and Natural Disasters. Discover stories about local fossils, the history of valuable minerals and gems, and the most powerful forces that shape our planet.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: April 25th (or when full)

Virtual Honeybee Centre Hive 2020-2021

Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Time: 10:30am - 12:00pm

Suitable for: All Grades + Attending Adults (that wish to participate)

This fun and interactive 60-90 minute workshop will introduce students to the amazing world of honeybees through an informative and interactive presentation, a visit to the live hive at the Honeybee Centre in Surrey, BC, followed by a candle-making craft and Q&A time.

For more details and to apply: here

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

*If you are interested in a Learning Group activity and do not see it above or on the LG website, it could be that it is full. Fill out the learning camp interest link here, and we shall see what we can put together in the future.


Hello HCOS Families,

Below are some of our current offerings to which you can apply. You can view current offerings available for application on our Learning Groups website: https://learninggroups.ca/. We also encourage you to sign up for “e-alerts” for email notification of Learning Group opportunities in your area.

Virtual Lego Stories - History of B.C. 2020-2021

Cohort 5: Wednesdays: 10:15-10:45am // Fridays: 10:15-10:45am (April 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, May 5)

In this BC History class, we will examine the timeline of BC. Students will be asked to use their Lego/building blocks sets at home, along with a small supply kit of specific Lego pieces, to create scenes and significant people from BC’s History!

For more details and to apply: here

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

Virtual Voices for Girls Spring 2020-2021

Date: Wednesdays - March 31; April 7, 14, 21, 28; May 5, 2021

Time: 4:00 - 5:00pm

Suitable for: Girls - Grades 5 - 7

Voices for Girls - same program as the previous sessions and open to new applicants only.

Voices walks participants through navigating friendships & “frenemies,” peer pressure and healthy boundaries with herself and her world.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: March 18th (or when full)

Virtual Blender Basics Spring 2020-2021

Date: Mondays - March 29 & April 12, 2021

Time: 12:30 - 2:00pm

Suitable for: Grades 5 - 12

This virtual learning camp will go over the very basic first steps to using Blender 3D modelling software. Blender is a free program that can be used to create a variety of 3D and 2D images to be used in everything from 3D printing to animation.

For more details and to apply: here

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

Virtual Blender 3D Modelling: Level 2 2020-2021

Date(s): Thursdays - April 1 and 8, 2021

Time: 12:30 - 2:00pm

Suitable for: Grades 6-12

This virtual learning camp will go over the first steps of creating armatures and rigging simple meshes within Blender. Blender is a free program that can be used to create a variety of 3D and 2D images to be used in everything from 3D printing to animation.

*Must have taken Blender Basics course or have significant experience with Blender (at instructor discretion).

For more details and to apply: here

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

Virtual Dinosaur Eggs & Babies with the Royal Tyrrell Museum 2020-2021

Date: Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Time: 1:00 - 1:45PM (PST)

Suitable for: Kindergarten+ (All Grades)


We’ll explore how different dinosaurs protected their babies, and what fossils can tell us about parental care, in this 45-minute program. *Due to the secular host of this learning camp, there may be language and references to the theory of evolution.

For more details and to apply: here

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

Virtual Internet Safety & Digital Literacy for Ages 9-11 2020-2021

Date: Monday, March 29, 2021

Time: 1:00 - 2:15pm (PST)

Suitable for: Ages 9-11

No amount of filtering or monitoring tools are sufficient compared to our critical thinking skills and understanding of behaviours and consequences. Plus, any apps used to control internet access are all limited in capabilities. Unless there is 100% parental supervision every time a child is online, this presentation is necessary to help teach kids the power and openness of the internet and sometimes those who we speak to online may not have our best interests in mind.

*This session will be presented by www.thewhitehatter.ca

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: March 25th

Virtual Internet Safety for Parents & Caregivers 2020-2021

Date: Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Time: 7:00 - 9:00pm (PST)

Suitable for: Adults only

This session will help parents to proactively understand the enabling power of technology and mobile communications, but also how to mitigate the sometimes unintended consequences of high risk or undesirable online behaviour.

*This session will be presented by www.thewhitehatter.ca

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: March 25th

Virtual Bamfield Science Center Live! Temperate Rainforest 2020-2021

Date: Thursday, April 1, 2021

Time: 10:30 - 11:30am

Suitable for: All grades (K-Gr 12)

Experience a guided walk, via Zoom, in the coastal temperate rainforest. The biology of many plants, fungi, mosses, ferns, shrubs, and trees is discussed with an emphasis on traditional cultural uses. Culturally modified trees along the path illustrate how First Nations people harvest from trees.

For more details and to apply: here

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

Virtual Hello Anxiety Spring 2020-2021

Date(s): Fridays - April 9, 16, 23, May 7, 14, 21, 2021

Time: 10:00-12:00

Suitable for: Grades 8-12

Join this online HCOS learning camp in a spring session, 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. For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: April 1st (or when full)


Virtual Equipping Peer Helpers 2020-2021

Date(s): Fridays - April 9, 16, 23; May 7, 14, 21, 2021

Time: 12:30 - 2:30pm (PST)

Suitable for: Grades 8-12

Adolescence is a time of much transition and growth. Add to that the challenges that have come with this Covid season, including fear, loneliness, isolation, and all of us can see the importance and relevance of better understanding mental health. While any of us may be coping alright ourselves (for the moment), many young people have friends that are struggling and who may be looking to them for understanding and support.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: April 1st (or when full)

Virtual Royal B.C. Museum: Chinese-Canadian Experience 2020-2021

Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021

Time: 10:30 - 11:15am

Suitable for: Grades 4+


Join the Royal B.C. Museum for a live, virtual tour of the, "Becoming B.C. Gallery Tour."

The focus of this learning camp will be the historical Chinese-Canadian experience, revolving around the following places in the gallery: Chinatown, the hotel and “Main Street.” Our guide will discuss the Chinese Head Tax and early challenges for Chinese immigrants to Canada.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: April 5th (or when full)


Virtual CRA: Students & Financial Literacy *FREE EVENT* 2020-2021

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Time: 1:00 - 2:00pm (PST)

Suitable for: Grades 8-12

Come join this informative free event!

Learn what it means to file your taxes! Join us for a 1 hour presentation in conjunction with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Outreach Program.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: April 8th


Hello HCOS Families,

Below are some of our current offerings for you to apply to. When considering which opportunities are best for your families, please note that we continue to review guidance provided from the Provincial COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidelines for K-12 settings circulated regularly. Should changes or amendments of our offerings be required, we will do so and be in touch as soon as possible with the participating families and all involved. Wanting to learn more about Learning Groups? Check out our new LG general information pages in the HCOS SOPHIE Family Book, in the Learning Groups Chapter.

View current offerings available for application on our Learning Groups website: https://learninggroups.ca/. We also encourage you to sign up for “e-alerts” for email notification of Learning Group opportunities in your area.

Here are the Virtual/School Wide opportunities currently available for application:

Virtual Discovering Dinosaurs with the Royal Tyrrell Museum 2020-2021

Date: Friday, March 12, 2021

Time: 12:00 - 12:45pm (PST)

Suitable for: Kindergarten - Grade 3

This virtual tour introduces young participants to the study of palaeontology, and the dinosaurs that lived in ancient Alberta. Each stop explores a different curriculum concept, like carnivores and herbivores, predators and prey, or plants and the ancient environment.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: March 1st (or when full)

Virtual Internet Safety & Digital Literacy for Ages 9-11 2020-2021

Date: Monday, March 29, 2021

Time: 1:00 - 2:15pm (PST)

Suitable for: Ages 9-11

No amount of filtering or monitoring tools are sufficient compared to our critical thinking skills and understanding of behaviours and consequences. Plus, any apps used to control internet access are all limited in capabilities. Unless there is 100% parental supervision every time a child is online, this presentation is necessary to help teach kids the power and openness of the internet and sometimes those who we speak to online may not have our best interests in mind.

*This session will be presented by www.thewhitehatter.ca

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: March 25th

Virtual Internet Safety for Parents & Caregivers 2020-2021

Date: Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Time: 7:00 - 9:00pm (PST)

Suitable for: Adults only

This session will help parents to proactively understand the enabling power of technology and mobile communications, but also how to mitigate the sometimes unintended consequences of high risk or undesirable online behaviour.

*This session will be presented by www.thewhitehatter.ca

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: March 25th

Virtual Sea Otter Conservation Research 2020-2021

Date: Friday, March 5, 2021

Time: 10:15 - 11:15am

Suitable for: Grades 6+

We are going on a virtual field trip to Seattle!

The Lower Mainland of BC has a lot in common with the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Find out what it takes to conduct research on wild sea otter populations. Students will learn how to collect data, ask research questions, and plan and carry out investigative work through the example of our own curator of conservation research, Shawn Larson, and her team’s work on the outer coast of Washington state.

https://www.seattleaquarium.org/distance-learning.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: March 2nd

Virtual Voices for Girls Spring 2020-2021

Date: Wednesdays - March 31; April 7, 14, 21, 28; May 5, 2021

Time: 4:00 - 5:00pm

Suitable for: Girls - Grades 5 - 7

Voices for Girls - same program as the previous sessions and open to new applicants only.

Voices delivers relevant, practical strategies in a fun, engaging manner to equip girls. Strong communication skills and empathy are a HUGE predictor of personal success, yet they are rarely taught specifically to youth. Voices walks participants through navigating friendships & “frenemies,” peer pressure and healthy boundaries with herself and her world. Each Session consists of:

• Core teaching from our Voices director

• Activities and handouts to relate information to real life!

• Discussion points for parents or mentors to facilitate conversational learning.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: March 18th (or when full)

Virtual Bamfield Marine Science Center Live! Tidepools 2020-2021

Date: Friday, February 5, 2021

Time: 12:30 - 1:15pm

Suitable for: All grades

Back by popular demand, experience Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre's live educational programming!

Located on the wild, west side of Vancouver Island, we will visit Bamfield's Brady’s Beach, with its picturesque sea stacks, sandy and rocky shores. It is a wonderful place to explore the intertidal zone. Exploring this beach gives an opportunity to see the organisms in their natural environment. Brady’s Beach is an ideal site to conduct quantitative and qualitative studies, for example, tide pool studies involve mapping, estimating volume, and observing organismal interactions. Don't miss this one-of-a-kind field trip where you can ask questions and follow the live camera!

For more details and to apply: here

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

Virtual Intro to Chinese Culinary Arts 2020-2021

Fridays - February 19, 26; March 5, 12, 2021

Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm

Suitable for: Grades 6 - 12 (Grades 6 - 9 students are required to have a parent present)

In this class students will learn about eight different traditional cuisines. Each week two cuisines will be addressed:

Week One: Su cuisine & Chuan cuisine

Week Two: Yue cuisine & Xiang cuisine

Week Three: Lu cuisine & Hui cuisine

Week Four: Zhe cuisine & Min cuisine

Each week the history of each cuisine will be taught. After learning the concepts/ history, there will be live cooking demonstrations while participants follow along at home.

The benefits of attending this camp are that students will also learn how to speak entry-level Mandarin Chinese words from each session.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: February 10th (or when full)


Here are the Lower Mainland opportunities currently available for application:

Chilliwack Woodworking Spring Break 2020-2021

Date: Thursdays - March 18 or 25th

Time: 10:30am - 3:00pm

Suitable for: Grades 5+ and adults

Get a head start on your Mother or Father's Day gifts. Choose from a set of 4 coasters, set of 2 hot pads, or a BBQ scraper. Design, cut using hand tools (grade 5 & up) or power tools (grade 7 & up), and decorate if there is time.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: March 4th (or when full)


Chilliwack HCOS Junior Robotics Competition 2020-2021

Day of week/dates: Thursdays - Feb 25, March 4, 11, 2021

Time: 9:00am - 12:30pm

Suitable for: Ages 9 - 11

Children, in teams of 3 or 4, will design real-world science and technology solutions to collaborative problem-solving challenges for Dash robot. Teams will develop critical thinking and creativity skills, learn about issues facing the world around them, and build meaningful relationships with their peers. No experience needed!

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: Feb. 18th (or when full)

Abbotsford Adonia Musical Camp 2020-2021

Date: Monday, March 15 - Friday, March 19, 2021

Time: Mon - Fri. Choir 9:30am-12:00pm and Dance 1-3pm

Suitable for: Grades 3 - 9

This year's HCOS Adonia Musical Camp is based on the Biblical story of Naaman and his eventual journey to health, in 2 Kings 5.

This musical camp provides students with the opportunity to experience the production of live theatre with attention to singing in a choir setting, voice projection, being involved in props making, learning dance and sign language elements as well as participating in daily devotions digging deeper into the bible story and how this applies to their personal lives. The ultimate goal of HCOS Adonia Camp is for the kids to develop a deeper relationship with God and his Word and to discover more of the various God-given talents students have been given, increase confidence to communicate on stage, and to promote group cooperation skills.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: Extended (or when full)

Update from the Learning Commons


Students in grades K-7 love picture books! Next time you enjoy reading with your students, open a picture book and remember that art is intentionally chosen to support conversation. Check out this lesson plan on exploring art in picture books.

Physical Commons

  • New resources are being added every week! Read more here.

  • Save on used curriculum during our Valentine’s Sale. Read this article for the coupon information.

Website

  • We have added our first Bitmoji virtual space to our website! Check out our homepage for a fun graphic with hyperlinks to popular hands-on resources to borrow, and Valentine’s day books on Sora.

  • Valentine's Day is almost here! Check out some fun activities in this article.

  • Chinese New Year is on Friday the 12th. Discover more here.

SORA

We are excited to offer you three new curated topics in OverDrive and Sora. We hope you enjoy exploring the titles in these collections!

Subscriptions

  • Use Matific’s Gold Rush Division to teach students to learn division of whole numbers and decimals by single-digit numbers. The concrete model helps students see how the regrouping works.

Curriculum

  • The National Centre for Collaboration in Indigenous Education has an excellent collection of educational resources here.

Upcoming Webinars and Events

  • February 17th is I READ CANADIAN DAY, a national day of celebration of Canadian books for young people. This year, all registrants will be entered to win prizes; learn more here. See the HCOS Learning Groups virtual camp on I Read Canada Day here.


Winter is here and our Read For Change Read Read-A-Thon is now in full swing with over $12,000 raised! We hope that you will enjoy reading to improve literacy skills and also for pleasure! Learn more here. Our SORA stats are soaring as students dive into some great reads. The average reading time has gone up from 70 minutes a day to 130 minutes a day. Way to go students!

Digital Commons

  • The first of our new Grade 4 Science Unit Study Kit Blended Guides, Energy is now available! (Please note, that if you want to use the physical kit, you will still need to use the older guide to go with it).

NEW on SORA

  • Want to learn more about how to use Sora? Check out these new options for training including self-paced e-learning modules and more on their blog.

  • Did you watch author/illustrator Mike Lowery present this week on Zoom, care of Learning Groups? Check out the collection of his books on SORA by searching his name in the keyword search.

Subscriptions

  • RightNow Media reminds us that a New Year is a good time for you to check out all of the amazing Scriptural resources available to you. The invitation link and password is in the Search Portal under the Subscriptions tab.

  • Learn360 has a vast array of printables available: science diagrams, fact sheets and math activities. (Username and password are in the Search Portal under the Subscriptions tab.) Check it out!!

  • World Book now has a new site called “Wizard”, found under World Book Student. This replaces Science Power. Look for the “NEW: World Book Wizard” tab under World Book Encyclopedia.

  • Remember, if you have subscriptions questions, you’re always welcome to email Beth Johnson.

Curriculum

  • Jump Math: please be advised that the free comprehensive offerings of Teacher Resources on the Jump Math website are going to be replaced with samples only. We have received word from Jump Math that families are welcome to download these resources while they still can. Please create your free account at www.jumpmath.org and then you can access these resources from this page until early spring.

Upcoming Webinars

  • Research Subscriptions for Middle Grades Feb 10: Link to sign up.

  • Canadian Online Homeschool Conference: FREE to watch live, Feb. 3 - 9. Learn more or register here.

Contest Highlights

  • The Photography Contest results are in! Check out the winners here .


Update from the Learning Commons


Dear Learning Commons Patrons,

Winter is here and our Read For Change is happening! We hope that you will enjoy reading to improve literacy skills and also read for pleasure! Learn more here.

Digital Commons

  • The New Grade 3 Indigenous People Around the World Blended Guide is now available. See more here.

  • We have updated our “Resources” menu on our website to make it a bit more streamlined.

Subscriptions

  • RightNow Media has released four new Bible Study Roadmaps, year-round curriculum for small groups using RightNow Media content.

  • EBSCO’s Canadian Reference Centre includes leading Canadian and international periodicals, reference books and biographies, plus thousands of images from the Canadian Press.

Upcoming Webinars

  • Overdrive and SORA: A Treasure of Digital Books and Curriculum: Link to sign up.

  • Research Subscriptions for Middle Grades: Link to sign up.

  • Canadian Online Homeschool Conference: FREE to watch live, Feb. 3 - 9. Learn more or register here.

Physical Commons

  • January Curriculum Sale happening now! Read more here.

  • New Sphero robot available here, and live Sphero webinar on Thursday January 21 at 2:45 PT; more details here.

Update from the Learning Commons

Dear Learning Commons Patrons,

Happy New Year from the Learning Commons! Welcome to 2021 beckoning with Hope in Christ, and glorious sunshine! If you are a new family just starting at our school, please reach out to us via our contacts page to get connected with the team and resources offered in our Learning Commons! Live Chat is back in action on our site and we welcome your questions. If you need curriculum support, please reach out to Cynthia Duncalfe, our curriculum consultant.

Digital Commons!

SORA Winter Reading

Subscriptions

  • Matific Here is a fun activity to use for teaching multiplication. Ask your teacher to add it to your student’s Matific site.

  • EverFi To sign up for a class in EverFi, email Beth Johnson. (Classes in: Financial Education, STEM Readiness, Health and Wellness, Literacy) EverFi 2021 Student Scholarship application

Upcoming Webinars

  • How to Use the Search Portal to Book Physical Materials: Link to sign up.

  • Overdrive and SORA: A Treasure of Digital Books and Curriculum: Link to sign up.

  • Research Subscriptions for Middle Grades: Link to sign up.

Contest Highlights

  • The SORA Badge Contest has concluded with 38 students joining the fun and 366 new Sora Badges earned. That's a lot of reading! The first place winner of the new Kobo Clara E-Reader is N. Otis, and the second place winner of the $20 Amazon gift card is H. Mollet. Congratulations to the winners, and thank you all for participating! Read more here.

  • The Photography Contest concludes this month on the 10th and prizes will be announced soon.

Physical Commons

  • January Curriculum Sale happening now! Read more here.

Exciting Learning Opportunities from LEARNING GROUPS:


Hello HCOS Families!

Thank you for your continued support of Learning Groups! You may notice that our winter camp opportunities may look different than in times past. We are planning outdoor alternatives, such as shifting to cross- country or snow-shoeing where downhill skiing may not be possible to be offered as a school group.

As we strive to provide as many safe opportunities to students as possible, we continue to review guidance provided from the Provincial COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidelines for K-12 settings circulated regularly. Should changes or amendments of our offerings be required, we will do so and be in touch as soon as possible with the participating families and all involved.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming HCOS Learning Group Program!

A variety of classes are open and available for application on our Learning Groups website: https://learninggroups.ca/. We also encourage you to sign up for “e-alerts” for email notification of Learning Group opportunities in your area.

Here are the Virtual/School Wide opportunities currently available for application:

Virtual Dinosaurs & Fossils with the Royal Tyrrell Museum 2020-2021

Day of the week/Dates: Fridays

Grades 2 - 6 Session: January 15th or

Kindergarten - Grade 8 Session: January 22nd

Time: 10:30 - 11:15am PST (both sessions)

Suitable for: Kindergarten - Gr 9

January 15th (Grades 2-6): Secrets of the Lost Quarry

Investigative skills are put to the test in this interactive adventure with a science educator from the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, AB! Journey 45 minutes (on Zoom), into the Alberta badlands to rediscover a fossil site lost over 100 years ago. Students are transported through the Red Deer River valley to collect and study evidence, and discover the location of a historic dinosaur quarry:

January 22nd (Grade K-8): Up Close and Palaeo Jr.

Time to get up close…to palaeontology! In this 45 minute session (on Zoom), explore the process of fossilization and the differences between the types of fossils. Take a look behind the scenes to follow the journey of a fossil from its discovery, excavation in the field, and preparation at the Royal Tyrrell Museum. For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: January 13th (or when full)


Virtual Voices for Boys and Girls 2020-2021

Date: Wednesdays - January 13, 20, 26; February 3, 10, 17, 2021