Events, Social-Emotional, Special Days/Weeks/Months

Volunteers Needed for Scholastic Book Fair, May is Mental Health Awareness Month

It was so great to have so many families come through the library on the Celebration of Learning night last week!  It was so fun to have you all making bookmarks, using the selfie station, checking out extra books, and just reading and relaxing together!  The library is such an important part of our school community- thank you for coming by!

I am excited that we will be able to host an in-person book fair for the students the week of May 30!  I will need a couple of volunteers to help out with sales.  Email me at if you might be able to help!

May is Mental Health Awareness Month!  This year at school I started a permanent rotating display of social-emotional books in the library for the students to easily find.  It is so important for us to talk about these issues with our kids and to support them in mental health.  I hope these resources will be helpful.

Random House- Kids Books About Mental Health

What's Up, Maloo?

A Mighty Girl- Books to Help Kids Overcome Anxiety, Worry, Fear

Events, Social-Emotional, Special Days/Weeks/Months

Reading Olympics Challenge, and Books for Valentines Day

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Flyers are being handed out this week to your child’s class for the READING OLYMPICS CHALLENGE!  I’m looking forward to seeing what your kids come up with for the Reading Olympics categories!  Have fun!

Wishing everyone a happy Valentines’ Day!  Enjoy these picture books about Valentines, love, and friendship.

Children’s Library Lady- Sharing Love Picture Books

Picture Books about Love and Compassion

Christian Book- Valentine Books for Kids

God Is Love


Books That Show Kids What Love is All About

9 books about Valentine’s Day for kids

Apps and websites, Family Literacy, Social-Emotional, Special Days/Weeks/Months

Bell Let’s Talk Day/Social-Emotional Books, and World Read Aloud Day

Bell Let’s Talk Day was last week, so in honour of that, this week I have posted their website, as well as a slideshow I put together of social-emotional issues, including mental health.  Have a look below- you can see the preview in the post- just click on where it says Slideshow and it will take you to the full screen where you can hit your keyboard arrows to navigate through.  It has social-emotional books featured by topic as well as by favourite authors who have entire collections of books with social-emotional themes. Hope it’s helpful!



This week on February 2, it is World Read Aloud Day!  This day is created by Lit World and sponsored by Scholastic.  Check out some of the online events and activities for your family below.


7 Ways to Celebrate Reading Aloud Together on World Read Aloud Day

Apps and websites, Building Belonging- diversity, Christmas, Events, Social-Emotional, Special Days/Weeks/Months

World Kindness Day, and Upcoming Book-Themed Christmas Ornament Challenge

Saturday was World Kindness Day!  As Jesus-followers, let’s intentionally teach our kids to find ways to be kind.  You will love all the practical ideas and resources on this site:

Quotation: A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. Amelia Earhart

Take a look here:

A Mighty Girl – 25 Picture Books about Kindness and Empathy

Cool to Be Kind: Children’s Books That Champion Kindness

Here We Are


Our fall Book Character Potato Contest was so fun, that I’d like to do something similar yet different for Christmas!  I am planning to put up a Christmas tree in the library in a few weeks.  I would love for students to create (at home) some book-themed ornaments to put on the tree!  Any materials or format are fine as long as they will work well with being up on a tree!  Let your creativity flow!  I will draw a couple of names again to win an Indigo gift card to say thanks for participating.  You may send the students’ creations in at any time – the tree will go up sometime late November.  Need ideas?  Try a keyword search for “DIY Book Character Ornaments.”

Building Belonging- diversity, Events, Social-Emotional

Welcome Back to School! HHCS Library Re-Opens, Back to School Books, and Back to School Night on Friday

Welcome back to school HHCS!  I can’t believe it’s been 5 months since the students have been in the building!  I am so excited to present to you our newly re-opened and newly decorated library.  Most of the library had to be dismantled last year to use the space for an extra classroom to keep the class sizes smaller for the pandemic.  This year we are so excited to welcome students back to their library, back to their gym, back to a newly landscaped back forest with outdoor learning space, and back to a newly decorated front entrance of the school.  Thank you so much to the volunteers who helped me to move and unpack boxes and to shelve everything back in order in the library- I couldn’t have done it without you!  It is so great to be in the library space and I love being able to have classes in there as well as wave at everyone as they go down the hall while I am working at the desk.

Last call for the summer reading challenge!  If you forgot to send it back and your child did complete it, please send along either the printed copy or you can email me a copy of the digital version.  Students will earn an HHCS seal.

This past week some classes enjoyed back to school books like The Day You Begin by Jaqueline Woodson and You’re Finally Here! by Melanie Watt. That’s definitely how all the HHCS staff felt this week- the students were finally back! What a great feeling!

Friday night will be a modified version of our usual HHCS Back to School Night.  Be sure to check Sycamore for details.  I will be in the library handing out bookmarks and a page of resources for parents!  Come and say hi!

Building Belonging- diversity, Social-Emotional, Uncategorized

May is Mental Health Month and Asian Heritage Month

Hello everyone!  Thank you to all who sent in their poems for the Poetry for Popsicles Challenge!  We really enjoyed having the students share their poems!  So much creativity in the writing and reciting of these works of art!

May is a busy month as we observe both Asian Heritage Month and Mental Health Month!  Let’s continue to promote understanding and diversity.  It’s especially important that our kids understand how to take care of their mental health and that it’s ok to ask for help with their mental health.

30 Asian & Asian American Children’s Books for Ages 0 to 18

Mighty Girl Books for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Book List: Asian Heritage Month

12 Kid-Approved Middle Grade Books That Tackle Mental Health

The Seventh Most Important Thing


Picture Books about Mental Health

Apps and websites, Authors, Building Belonging- diversity, Events, Social-Emotional, Uncategorized

The Snowy Day, More Reading Resources, and Recent Read-Alouds

Hello HHCS! I thought I’d start off this week’s blog post with the children’s book that I most associate with winter and snow – The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats- a classic book loved by many.  (Although we don’t really have that much snow at the moment- but I hear we’re getting some more next week!)

Have a look at this interview with the author of A Poem for Peter- a book that tells about Ezra Jack Keats and his best-loved character, Peter- from The Snowy Day.

Enjoy some more snowy read-alouds:

Our public library is a very valuable resource for you right now! Got a library card?  Then you’re all set to go – sign out audiobooks and e-books on your library’s website!  Even if you don’t have a library card, you can now sign up for one via email or phone! You will be able to access Audiobookcloud, Cloudlibrary, Overdrive, etc. The Tumblebook library is an online collection for young readers of over 600 titles and reading levels from grades 3-8.  Ontario Download Centre – overdrive- ebooks

Libby is an app where you can borrow e-books and audiobooks using your library card:

Hoopla is through the public library as well and is a digital service that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, and tv shows to borrow.  There is no waiting at all when using Hoopla- you can stream or download immediately.

This past week I have been hosting Zoom read-alouds, available for all families from the school to drop in at 3:20.  You can find the link and information on Sycamore or in the list of links that your child’s homeroom teacher will have emailed to you.  I look forward to seeing you this coming week- I will be there every day during distance learning from Monday to Friday!  This past week we read some great books.  Mrs. Bonvanie loaned me her copy of Maybe God is Like that Too- a beautiful book about seeing God and the fruit of the spirit everywhere we go.

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We had fun reading the latest book by Jory John (author of The Bad Seed, The Good Egg, and The Cool Bean)- The Couch Potato! I love the social-emotional themes of these books, and of course I love that they are hilarious!

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The World Needs Who You Were Made to Be- a beautifully illustrated book with a beautiful message- written by Joanna Gaines- what a treasure!  This book reminds us that our diversity and different interests and talents make the world a better place.

Happy reading!

Apps and websites, Authors, Building Belonging- diversity, Social-Emotional, Uncategorized

Anti-Bullying, and Just Ask! Book

This week I am featuring some articles and book lists on the topic of anti-bullying.  I invite you to take a look and find a book to read and discuss with your children!

A Mighty Girl is an amazing source of reading-related information for everyone.  Take a look at the article titled “The End of Bullying Begins with Me” for some helpful books to share with your children, tweens, and teens.

A Mighty Girl

The End of Bullying Begins With Me: 18 Bullying Prevention Books for Young Children

Doing Good Together™

Doing Good Together has an article about “Picture Books About Bullies, Bystanders, and Being Kind.”

A Growing List of Picture Books about Bullies, Bystanders, and Being Kind – Doing Good Together™

Check out this article from Scholastic, focused just on tweens and teens:

Books About Bullying for Middle Schoolers

This week I featured the book “Just Ask”, written by Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, in lessons in some of the classes that I teach.  This book is amazing! It is written in a matter of fact, age appropriate way for children to learn a little bit about some of the differences that some people have, such as diabetes, asthma, autism, down syndrome, dyslexia, ADHD, nut allergies, blindness, and deafness.  Sotomayor compares the differences that people have being just like the different flowers in a garden.  Rather than making assumptions or avoiding people with differences, the author encourages children to just ask their questions in a polite and friendly way.  What a great book to help our children be more accepting and understanding of each other!  I love the tagline at the bottom of the book too- “Be different, be brave, be you”!

Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You Book Poster Image


Moose information of the week:  The main predators of moose are wolves and bears.

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Enjoy the new snow everyone!

Events, Social-Emotional, Uncategorized

World Kindness Day, and Mr. Rogers

24 Picture Books To Teach Students About Kindness

World Kindness Day is coming up on Nov. 13 and I thought I’d get the information out a little early- let’s look for ways to teach about kindness all month long!  Here is a list of book resources to share with your children- I will be reading some of these books to some classes at school.  World Kindness day also overlaps with Cardigan Day! Cardigan Day celebrates the work of Mr. Rogers, who taught adults and children about kindness, among many other things.  Last year I bought this lovely book for my daughters- “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood- The Poetry of Mr. Rogers”.  I love having Mr. Rogers’ song lyrics written and illustrated in this book, it is so beautiful.


The online book fair is underway!  Get those orders in and find some Christian books and merchandise in time for Christmas!  Here’s a note from Ann, the book fair lady!

Hello Parents, Students, Teachers, Grandparents and your Loved Ones.
It’s Ann Schieckoff, the Living Books and Kerusso T-Shirt Lady.  This year’s Book Fair, as with most things, has a “Covid” look to it.  Sorry, no tables full of product.  Instead an email linking you to both a Catalogue and Order Form with lots of great Fiction, Devotionals, Christian Living, Bibles, Boxed Christmas Cards, and much more for the whole family.  Over 800 items to choose from!
Launch Date is: Wednesday October 28,2020
Order Deadline is: Friday November 13,2020
Buying gifts for students who shouldn’t see in the bag? – no problem – simply mark the order.  “Gift Order, please give to Parents Only”
Plus, every order is entered into a draw for the “Family Basket” (retail value $100).
** A percent of all orders goes to supplying Free Christian Books for the HHCS library.
Orders will be packaged individually by myself and delivered to the school before the end of November (Items with December release dates will follow as soon as possible).
Welcome to Halton Hills Christian School’s Book Fair – Covid 19 Style
Attached to this email you will find:
1.) An Order form in 2 formats.  A printable PDF version and an Excel version. Please note that Prices are Tax Included on these 2 forms.
2.) A Deals and More 1 page flyer
Also the Link! Use this link to download the Living Books 20/21 catalogue and Christmas Good News Flyer 2020.  (Please do not use the Order Form on the Catalogue Site as it does not reflect the taxes)
To Place an order, use one of these options:
1.) Print the PDF Order Form attached, record your order, drop it and payment off at the school.
2.) Print the PDF Order Form attached, record your order, scan it and email it directly to me at
3.) Use the Excel file attached.  Record your order and then SAVE it to your computer under your family name.  Email that file to me at
4.) Type your order into a separate email and list your name, phone number and payment method.
5.) Phone me directly at 519-501-2274 (6-9pm) or leave a message and I will call you back.
Payment Methods: 
Cash and Cheques can be delivered to the school with your order.  Please send order and payment to school with your child.
Credit Card *If you do not feel comfortable giving your number over the Internet, please give me your phone number and I will call for your number once I have your order complete.
E-Transfer, please make note on the form that you wish to pay by e-transfer. I will verify your order and email you the correct amount to Transfer  (Some of the items on the bottom of the Order Form are limited quantity).
Wishing you Christ’s peace and safety during these times we are in.
Blessings and wishing I could be with you.
Ann Schieckoff


Apps and websites, Events, Social-Emotional, Uncategorized

Novel Effect App, and Books About Anxiety

There are some great fiction and non-fiction books to help talk to your child about their anxiety and worries.  I hope that some of these can be helpful for you:

(This one also has information for how to create a calm-down kit)



I would also like to introduce you to a really fun reading resource- the Novel Effect App!  This free app is easy and so fun to use.  You can also subscribe to a paid version for more options. As you read a fiction book, non-fiction book, or poem in the app’s collection aloud, the app follows along with your voice and plays sound effects and music that matches the different parts of the story!  Recently I read “The Day the Crayons Quit” with the app and it added an imaginative dimension to the read aloud.  The Novel Effect app has a good selection of books that are available to read with sound effects.  I found it really added to the enjoyment of the story and with keeping the children’s attention.
Moose facts of the week:
Moose live about 15-20 years in the wild.  They weigh about 1,800 pounds on average.
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