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Family Reading Tips for the Summer, and Summer Reading Challenge for HHCS Students

I can’t believe it is the last week of school and my last blog post for the school year!  I wanted to share with you some helpful ideas for getting your kids engaged in summer reading.  Check out these articles for parents:

20 Relaxing Happy Places for Kids to Read this Summer

Using Summer Fun to Build Background Knowledge

Start With a Book – Books and Activities for Summer Reading and Learning

Ricky Rocket

Classroom Read-Alouds and Activities to Inspire Screen-Free Summer Adventures

Fun in the Sun: Summer Printables and Activities

I hope to see many of you at the car parade at HHCS on the 25th!  On that day, jumbo freezies for all, as well as McDonald’s ice cream certificates for those who met their Term 3 AR goal will be handed out.  Those who participated in the Poetry for Popsicles challenge will receive their prize that day as well.  Finally, the SUMMER READING CHALLENGE will be distributed in print form in the learning report envelopes, or you can also access the digital version here.


I am starting a new initiative where students who complete at least one of the Summer Reading Challenge options and submit it to me in September, will receive an HHCS seal for their certificate in June.  (in the same way that we give seals for leadership teams, sports teams, etc.)

If you want to use the digital format of the Summer Reading Challenge, please make a copy of the presentation for yourself and rename it with the name of the student when you submit it in September- e.g. “Summer Reading Challenge- Bob Brown” or something that makes it easily identifiable for me. And if you want to use the paper version, simply have your child bring it to the library in September, or just give it to their homeroom teacher to pass along to me.  (Remember as stated above, will come home in the learning report envelope.)

If you have any issues managing this or need help this summer with book recommendations then you can email me at

I hope everyone has a great last week of school! I will miss all the students and I wish you all a happy, blessed, and safe summer.  I can’t wait to see you all in September.

schools out


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Indigenous History Month, New Scholastic Digi-Flyer, and Father’s Day Books

June is Indigenous History Month and it is a time to celebrate First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people.  However at HHCS we recently mourned the very sad news about the discovery of the remains of 215 children at a former residential school in British Columbia.

If you would like to talk about this topic some more with your children, here is an article from CBC Kids News that could help you.

CBC Kids News

Here are some resources to help you to highlight the many amazing things about Indigenous people and community.

CBC Kids is always a great site to visit!

The Barren Ground by David A. Robertson

The Barren Grounds

Click on the link above for the synopsis/review.  Several of the students I work with read this book for the Forest of Reading program.

What’s My Superpower?

Just an everyday awesome indigenous kid in this story!


My Heart Fills with Happiness

A sweet and happy book about family!

My Heart Fills With Happiness

May We Have Enough to Share

Community and gratitude are celebrated in this meaningful book.

May We Have Enough to Share

Visit indigenous websites:

Scholastic Digi-Flyer- June

Class code – RC391237

June Flyers Are Here

Read about Scholastic Camp Read-a-Lot here!

I will also have more options for Summer Reading Challenges- to be announced next week!  Your child will have the opportunity to earn a Summer Reading seal!

In other news, don’t forget about Father’s Day coming up soon!

Father’s Day Fun: 14 New Picture Books Perfect for Dads

My Dad Used to Be So Cool
Daddy Long Legs
Every Friday