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

PLEASE CHECK THIS PAGE PERIODICALLY FOR UPDATES FROM THE LEARNING COMMONS AND LEARNING GROUPS

The Learning Commons:


Dear Learning Commons Patrons,

We hope you are managing to catch your breath with the start of some sunny skies and fewer restrictions ahead. This will be our last newsletter before summer beckons. Please note the Learning Commons will be closed in July, but will welcome you back in August. SORA and our Subscriptions will continue to stay open all summer, so the reading options are not going away. SORA Sweet Reads our simultaneous collection of always available eBooks will allow many students to read some popular books. Read more here.

Thank you so much for your patronage this year! Your students have read many genres and stretched their brains and Lexile levels on Reading Eggs! Please encourage your students to read, read and read over the summer. Your public library will be hosting summer reading challenges too!

Learning Commons

Physical Commons

Subscriptions

SORA eBook Library

  • Sora is once again sharing their Sweet Reads with us this summer! Sora Sweet Reads are a free collection of juvenile and young adult titles available with unlimited checkouts for all students and staff until August 20, 2021.

  • Professional Development for you under Parent/Teacher resources!

High School Highlight

  • Brush up on your Digital Wellness skills over the summer months through our collection of resources specifically for high school students on our website here.

Grace and Peace to you from the Learning Commons Team! Have a wonderful summer!!



Dear Learning Commons Patrons,

Welcome to June, and the last month of school before holidays beckon! As we round out the year please don’t forget the summer slide with reading. Reading or listening to audiobooks is a welcome reprieve under the shade of a maple tree. SORA is available all summer long!

Learning Commons Website

  • We have updated our homepage with Three Simple Steps to Get Started, and our interactive Bitmoji Learning Commons. Check out the interactive slide on our homepage for direct links to many fun things the Learning Commons has to offer. Check it out here.

Physical Commons

  • The Used Curriculum Store Sale ends June 18th, 2021. Find what you need at a great price!

  • Book for the Summer and the new School Year! Read more here.

Subscriptions

  • Our subscriptions are available year-round, except for Tynker, which closes for the month of July.

  • Have you discovered Axis, our Bible website, which helps adults talk with teens about topics they might not otherwise discuss? Go to the Getting Started page to learn how to use the site .

Digital Library Resources and Contests

  • Resources that reflect National Indigenous Month in June. Please use at your discretion knowing that some of the content may bring sensitive matter to light.

  • New Books on SORA.

  • Our Poetry contest has been judged and the winners will be announced soon in a blog post. Stay tuned!

High School Highlight

  • The Learning Commons has lots to offer high school students, and we’ve curated them for you according to subject area in our Grade 10-12 Index here.

Learning Groups:

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

Time: Boys Session: 3:00 - 4:00pm

Girls Session: 4:00 - 5:00pm

Suitable for: Grades 5 - 7

Back due to popular demand - this event will include separate Boys and Girls sessions!

Voices for Girls - same program as the fall session and open to new applicants only. Voices delivers relevant, practical strategies in a fun, engaging manner to equip girls.

Voices for Boys - “A journey inspiring trustworthy relationships.” The new and improved Voices program for boys is now going digital! With new methods of delivering the curriculum, we are aiming to help boys develop and maintain positive friendships and what those look like.

For more details and to apply: here

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

Virtual Dance Through Winter: Introduction 2020-2021

Date: Tuesday, January 19th, 26th and February 2nd

Time: 4:00pm - 4:45pm PST

Suitable for: Kindergarten - Grade 9

3 - 45 minute Zoom dance classes, covering the basics of contemporary, ballet and hip hop dance, taught by teacher/dancer/artist, Katie Wihak. These classes will keep families dancing all winter long.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: January 12th (or when full)

Virtual Hello (Anxiety) Winter: Boys and Girls 2020-2021

Fridays - Jan 15, 22, 29 and Feb 2, 19, 26, 2021

Girls Session: 10:00am - 12:00pm

Boys Session: 12:30 - 2:30pm

Suitable for: Grades 8 - 12 (both groups)

This Learning Camp is back due to popular demand with an added BOYS ONLY group!

Hello (Anxiety) My Friend! Join this online HCOS learning camp in a winter 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. Together we will learn to regulate and co-regulate, adapting to the online platform of zoom.

Under Pressure: Guys have feelings too. Right?! Join this online HCOS learning camp, where a small group of 6-8 guys, grades 8-12, will be counselled on strategies for dealing with pressure, stress and anxiety. Together this group will gain tools for understanding and managing their nervous systems and emotions and will be trained on how best to acknowledge and face challenges or fears.

For more details and to apply: here

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

Virtual Classic Cartooning: Levels 1 & 2 2020-2021

Date: Fridays - January 22, 29; February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2021

Times:

Level 1: 10:00 - 11:00am

Level 2: 11:30am - 12:30pm

Suitable for: Grades 4 - 9

This fun event is back with 2 levels to choose from!

Brad Gibson, experienced cartoon artist who has worked in the animation industry, is returning for a new set of Virtual Cartooning classes, split into two levels. Level 1 is for those students who have not participated in Brad's Cartooning classes before and will have a focus on Classic Cartooning, while Level 2 is for those of you who are returning for more fun! Both Levels are for grades 4-9.

For more details and to apply: here

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


Virtual Author-Illustrator Visit 2020-2021

Date: Wednesday - January 27, 2021

Time: 10:30 - 11: 15am

Suitable for: Grades 3+

Meet author and illustrator, Mike Lowery, for a 45-minute session and hear him talk about weird facts, sharks, do a live drawing, and take questions and answers. He will then lead a session where students can draw along.

*See all his cool art and books: https://mikelowery.com/

For more details and to apply: here

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


Virtual Painting with Di 2020-2021

Date: Friday, January 29, 2021

Time: 10:30 - 11:15am

Suitable for: Grades 1+

Join local artist, ArtbyDi, from Bowen Island, in a 45-minute painting session. Di, a talented acrylic painter, loves mountains, water, orcas, bears, salmon, herons and arbutus trees. Learn to paint via Zoom in this hands-on, virtual workshop, featuring the rugged wild of British Columbia! Grades 1 and up. Check out Di's art and new book, Safe in Starry Arms, at: https://artbydi.ca/ Download her free colouring pages here.

For more details and to apply: here

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

Here are the Lower Mainland opportunities currently available for application:

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)

Chilliwack HCOS Robotics Competition 2020-2021

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

Time: 9:00am - 12:30pm

Suitable for: Ages 12-14

Students, 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)

Agassiz Sasquatch Snowsports 2020-2021

Application will be open soon - watch for e-alerts and save the dates!

Day/Time: Fridays: 9am - 4pm [with Night Skiing/Riding until 8pm]

Dates - 4 Day Ski/Snowboard Lessons: Jan 22, 29, Feb 5 & 12th [participants receive a FREE Flex Pass - One free lift ticket/week for duration of season beginning Jan 22, 2021].

Lesson Time: run for 1.5 hours: 12:30pm – 2pm [Jan 22, 29, Feb 5 & 12th]

Suitable for: all grades, however lessons for skiing begin at 6 years of age and snowboarding begins at 8 years of age.


*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.

Update from the Learning Commons:

  • Everfi is working on some issues with their subscription. Please use the following code to sign in for all of Vault topics a0378780.

  • Do you have students who struggle with understanding media literacy? This is a hot topic in a year filled with conspiracy theories. Here are a few tips in this Mobile Media Literacy infographic along with an excerpt from a book on teaching media literacy.

  • Have your students discover the beauty of making their own books using Book Creator. The free option allows students to make 40 books!

  • Watch for the Christmas star on December 21st!

SORA Christmas Reading

Christmas Sale Used Curriculum

Contest Highlights

  • The SORA Badge Contest has been extended through the Christmas break. Read more here.

  • The Photography Contest is in full swing. Learn more about how you can participate here.

Exciting Learning Opportunities from Learning Groups:

Here are the Lower Mainland opportunities currently available for application:


Chilliwack Woodworking Christmas Crafts 2020-2021

Please choose ONE of the following dates/sessions:

Thursdays - November 26th or December 3, 2020

Time: 10:30am - 3:00pm

Suitable for: Grades 5+ and adults

After a very successful Fall session, Jennifer will be once again offering her popular Woodworking Learning Camp. 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 Christmas tree.

- Other projects can be available upon request.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: Nov. 23rd (or when full)


Surrey Beeswax Wraps DIY 2020-2021

Date: Friday, December 4, 2020

Times: Session 1: 10:30 - 11:30am or

Session 2: 11:45am - 12:45pm

Suitable for: Grades 2 and up

Do you want to learn about the amazing honeybee? Do you also want to help lessen waste and plastic? This field trip is the perfect combination! What exactly is beeswax? Where does it come from, how do we harvest it and how can it help us save our environment? Come learn a few fascinating facts about beeswax, then make 3 different sized wax wraps to take home for food storage.

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: Nov. 23rd (or when full)

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


Virtual Will’s Jams Concerts 2020-2021

French Concert: Friday, November 27 2020 (applications open)

Time: 10:30-11:15am (for both dates)

Suitable for: Kindergarten - Grade 7

CBC Kids star, JUNO-Award nominee, Will Stroet, is coming to HCOS! He will perform live via Zoom for our school! You won't want to miss this! Concerts will be performed on two dates, one will be in English and one in French. Will's Jams is appropriate for the whole family! (Most suitable for K - Grade 7). The perfect event to supplement your music and French learning!

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: French Concert - Nov. 24th (or when full)

Virtual Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre Live! Field Trip Under the Docks 2020-2021

Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Time: 10:30 - 11:30am

Suitable for: Kindergarten - Grade 12

Bamfield's educators will use a live, underwater camera to show us the diversity of intertidal and sub-tidal species who make Bamfield Inlet their home. Virtual sessions are designed to be interactive and informative, almost like being there!

For more details and to apply: here

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

Virtual Learn to Draw Hockey Cartoons 2020-2021

Date: Wednesday, December 9th, 2020

Time: 1:00 - 1:40pm

Suitable for: Grades 3+

Learn how to create your own comic strip based on "Small Saves" by goaltender and cartoonist, James DeMarco! In this 40-minute workshop, students will hear what inspired this goalie to create his spunky, Grade 3 net-minding cartoon character in 1991. Participants (age 8+) will be taught how to start and finish a comic strip, how to come up with a storyline, and how to keep readers smiling (and laughing).

For more details and to apply: here

*Application Deadline: December 6th (or when full)

Exciting Learning Opportunities:

An Update from our Learning Groups Team

Hello HCOS Families!

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

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


Chilliwack Junior Wonder League Robotics Competition 2020-2021

Day of week/dates: Thursdays - Nov. 26; Dec. 3, 10, 2020

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: Nov. 19th (or when full)


Chilliwack Wonder League Robotics Competition 2020-2021

Day of week/dates: Thursdays - Nov. 26; Dec. 3, 10, 2020

Time: 9:00am - 12:30pm

Suitable for: Ages 12-14

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: Nov. 19th (or when full)

Chilliwack Woodworking Christmas Crafts 2020-2021

Please choose ONE of the following dates/sessions:

Thursdays - November 26th or December 3, 2020

Time: 10:30am - 3:00pm

Suitable for: Grades 5+ and adults

After a very successful Fall session, Jennifer will be once again offering her popular Woodworking Learning Camp. 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 Christmas tree

- Other projects can be available upon request

For more details and to apply: here

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


Surrey Beeswax Wraps DIY 2020-2021

Date: Friday, December 4, 2020

Times:

Session 1: 10:30 - 11:30am

Session2: 11:45am - 12:45pm

Suitable for: Grades 2 and up

Do you want to learn about the amazing honeybee? Do you also want to help lessen waste and plastic? This field trip is the perfect combination! What exactly is beeswax? Where does it come from, how do we harvest it and how can it help us save our environment? Come learn a few fascinating facts about beeswax, then make 3 different sized wax wraps to take home for food storage.

For more details and to apply: here

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


Just a reminder that it is everyone's responsibility to check their symptoms of health before attending any face to face LG activity

Special Student Online Safety Sessions:

Please note that there will be two online Student Safety Sessions upcoming. All Grad Program students are encouraged to participate! These 60-minute presentations are designed specifically for students, and will cover all things digital, from digital citizenship to fake news and to the growing anxiety of the unknown with the COVID-19 pandemic. Concerns currently surrounding student’s use of social networking sites and smartphones will be discussed including suggestions for reporting worrisome behaviours.

Note the Session Dates:

October 29, 2020 4pm to 5pm https://event-wizard.com/SocialMediaAwarenessStudentOctober2020/0/register/

November 25, 2020 1:30pm to 2:30pm https://event-wizard.com/SocialMediaAwarenessStudentNov2020/0/register/

An Update from Learning Groups:

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

Hello HCOS Families!

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

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

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

Here are the LOWER MAINLAND opportunities currently available for registration:

Maple Ridge Deep Roots Family Farm Tour 2020-2021

Date: Friday, October 30, 2020

Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm

Suitable for: All Ages

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

For more details and to apply: here

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


Chilliwack Cross Stitching Workshop 2020-2021

Tuesdays - November 10 or November 17, 2020

Time: 12:30 - 2:30pm

Suitable for: Grades 4 - Adult

Welcome Art & Craft enthusiasts!

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

For more details and to apply: here

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

Here are the VIRTUAL opportunities currently available for registration:

Virtual Hello Anxiety - Session 2 2020-2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more details and to apply: here

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

Virtual Week of Remembrance: Film Workshop 2020-2021

Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Time: 1:00 - 2:00pm

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

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

For more details and to apply: here

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

Virtual Week of Remembrance: Author Visit 2020-2021

Date: Friday, November 6, 2020

Time: 10:30 - 11:30am

Suitable for: All Grades

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

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

For more details and to apply: here

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


Virtual Aqua School 2020-2021

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

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

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

Suitable for: Grades 3 - 8

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

For more details and to apply: here

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

Virtual Music and Instrument Making 2020-2021

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

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

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

Suitable for: Kindergarten - Grade 7

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

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

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

For more details and to apply: here

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

Virtual Music and Instrument Making 2020-2021

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

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

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

Suitable for: Kindergarten - Grade 7

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

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

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

For more details and to apply: here

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

Community Connections

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

CC Abbotsford gr K-12 on Tuesdays 9-3

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

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

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

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

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


Hello from your new Grad Advisor!

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

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

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

I look forward to supporting you!

Langley Community Connections - HUM 10/11

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

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

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

Gearing up for the 2020/2021 school year

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

Grad Program Students (10-12)

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

GRADE 9's transitioning into HCOS Grad Program

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

Here are the recordings:

Adding courses for 2020/2021

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

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

Please reach out and email me. Mrs. Tara Klukas

Community Connections 2020

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

CC+ Sumas

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

CC+ Langley

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

Grades K-11

More info and to apply here.

CC+ Abbotsford

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

Grades K-12

More info and to apply here.

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

CC Chilliwack

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

Grades K-9

More info and to apply here

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

CC+ Chilliwack Grade 10 Humanities

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

More info and to apply here


BCeID

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

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

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

Grad Student and Parent-Year at a Glance

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

September

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

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

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

October

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

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

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

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

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

November

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

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

· Numeracy Assessment 10 and Literacy Assessment 10 -November Session

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

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

December

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

· Christmas Break – Moodle Closure the week of Christmas

January

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

  • Report Cards Issued for Semester One and Linear courses

  • Enroll in courses for 2nd semester

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

  • Numeracy Assessment 10 and Literacy Assessment 10 -January session

February

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

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

  • Semester two course begin.

March

  • Re -enroll with HCOS for the next school year

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

· Spring Break -Moodle Closure for one week

April

  • Re -enroll with HCOS for the next school year

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

· Numeracy Assessment 10 and Literacy Assessment 10 -April session

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

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

  • April Interm Reports Issued

May

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

  • Enroll in courses for 1st semester

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

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

June

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

  • Enroll in courses for 1st semester

  • Graduation ceremony and celebration in Langley, BC.

  • Numeracy Assessment 10 and Literacy Assessment 10 -June session

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

  • June Report Cards issued

July/August

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

· Summer Break – Moodle Closure last two weeks of August