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Heritage Christian Schools Learning Commons website provides Canadian, Christian, educational digital and non-digital resources to our school users; including teachers, parents and students.

Our learning commons mission is… to transform young people across the globe by means of a Christ-infused resource based library. Recognizing that Heritage Christian Schools has been given an extraordinary opportunity to provide a distinct online educational framework, one that will impact youth in BC and around the world. Our goal is to prepare our students to become lifelong learners, who can disseminate information consistently, think creatively and innovatively, and research effectively online, while actively engaging in their world from a Christian world-view, through discipleship-based Christian Education.

Weekly Learning Commons Update

Dear Learning Commons patrons,

We pray that you are all experiencing the supernatural peace that comes from our loving God during the different challenges we have been facing. We are hopeful and trusting that good news will come soon, no matter what the outcome. Here are a few resources for you to check out!

  • Our Resources and Activities Being Offered for Free or at a Reduced Rate During COVID-19 page is now organized on our website according to the subject area.
  • Just in time for spring! plant a seed and see what grows Foundation offers free lessons in English and French, including materials for download.
  • Considering curriculum options for next year? Be sure to check out this page on the Learning Commons website, which highlights all the free resources HCOS students have available to them, and many print curriculum options to be aware of. Also check out our used curriculum store.
  • Learning Commons Digital Wellness page. Many of your students may be struggling with anxiety. Picture books on OverDrive or SORA may help you address mental health with younger students. This week Axis, our Christian teen culture website, provides video content on Anxiety for older students and COVID19 resources for parents.
  • Information on COVID at a student information searching level. Do you need to explain the virus to your small students? Check out the Pebble Go Science article for more information, a lesson plan and video. Find it in PebbleGo Science - Life Sciences - Humans - Staying Healthy - Feeling Sick - COVID-19
  • Night Zookeeper subscription special expires end of May. This writing program with assessment comes highly recommended and is 60% off. Click on this link.
  • Start some summer reading plans with some spiritual growth reading material!
  • We are pleased to announce the launch of our annual poetry contest. We encourage all of our students from K - Gr 12 to enter and share their creative gifts!

With kind regards,

The HCOS Learning Commons Team

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love. Corinthians 1:16, 13-14

Kind regards,

Pippa Davies,

Director HCS Blended Learning Commons

Heritage Christian Online School

905 Badke Rd, Kelowna, British Columbia


Twitter: @PippaDavies

Tel: 604 9080826

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Corona Virus getting you down? Catch an Opportunity.

According to the World Health Organization, we are in a pandemic. The information is coming at us at breakneck speed. The young people we work with everyday are hearing the news of schools and sports shutting down and are wondering...What is an influenza? What does pandemic mean? What about epidemic? Will my game be canceled? Should my family cancel our spring break plans? How can we avoid getting sick?

We are in a teachable moment. Curiosity is running high and there are

  • historic,
  • social,
  • scientific/medical,
  • geographic and
  • political/economic

implications that students can dig into! This is a perfect opportunity for inquiry.

Pandemic, epidemic, influenza, vaccination are some of the basic vocabulary that students can learn from studying COVID19. We might assume our students know that influenza is the flu, but they may not have made that connection. The word Pandemic offers insight into other words as it originates from the Greek pandemos or pan = all demos = people Learning the word pandemic can apply to all the other words with the prefix pan and root, demos.

What about history? Of course, there have been pandemics in the past. How is this different from the pandemics of the past- the Spanish Flu or Yellow Fever?

This Smithsonian podcast "Killer Viruses and One Man's Mission to Stop Them"unravels some of the keys to understanding viruses with a historical lens and how we combat them with science! Also Check out the images of artifacts at the bottom of that page under the podcast that might get your students thinking/wondering about other pandemics from history for some curious thinking for Open and Immerse.

What in the World and The Canadian Reader

Dec 2019

To download your personal copy, please go to the Subscribers page on our website: http://www.lesplan.com/en/subscriber-issues

What in the World? The password forLevel 1 - Issue 4 is flood7 (all lowercase letters). The password to open the Level 2 – Issue 4 materials is vote4 (all lowercase letters).

The Canadian Reader The password to open the Issue 4 materials is bird all lowercase letters).

Nos Nouvelles (Nov) Le mot de passe donnant accès au numéro 3 est cour (tout en minuscules). Pour télécharger votre copie personnelle, visitez la page Abonnés de notre site Web à https://www.lesplan.com/fr/abonnes

We strongly recommend that you save the PDF and Word files to your hard drive before you open and print. We also suggest you save your passwords so that you can access past issues.

The main document is in a PDF format and you need Adobe Reader to open it. This software allows you to view and print Portable Document Format (PDF) files on all major computer platforms. If you do not have this free program, you can download it from Adobe at: http://get.adobe.com/reader/otherversions/

Beth Johnson

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