HHCS will observe Orange Shirt Day again this year on September 30. Orange Shirt Day is observed on Sept. 30 to honor Residential School survivors, those who did not survive and their families. It is an opportunity for First Nations, schools and communities in Canada and beyond to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope. The origin of Orange Shirt Day is based on Phyllis Webstad’s story of entering an Indian Residential School as a 6 year old girl. We wear orange as a symbol of remembrance because on Phyllis’ first day at a Residential School, the shiny new orange shirt her grandmother bought was taken away from her and replaced with a school uniform. We will be wearing orange shirts on Friday in memory of those who attended residential schools. At HHCS we remember that God loves all of us and that Every Child Matters. It is important to know Canada’s history and to learn more to be able to recognize this day. School should be a place where students feel celebrated, loved, and safe. We won’t forget the children who were at residential schools and we stand with the Indigenous community. I hope the online read-alouds, book trailers, and videos below will be helpful. ‘With Our Orange Hearts’ is the newest book release.
It was so nice to see so many families at the Back to School Night! I hope you all had a great time. Don’t forget this Wednesday is Culture and Curriculum Night. I will be in the library so you can stop by to talk to me. I’ll have a handout to give everyone as well. See you soon!
I run a Scholastic program where parents can purchase books for their children and then we receive free books for our school library as a reward. For those who have children in classes where the homeroom teachers are not already running a classroom account, you are welcome to use this whole-school one.
Your order will ship to your home and you can order online whenever you’d like! When you enter the ‘class code’, your order earns 20% back for new books for our school library. Orders over $40 are free shipping.
Use this for the Class code – RC391237
With the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, here are some books for kids to learn more about her life, faith, and the events of her lifetime. At school on Monday we will be observing with a moment of silence.
Students had their last book check out of the school year last week, and all outstanding books need to be returned on your child’s regular library day this week! Please keep an eye on your email inbox this week in case you might get a batch email from our library system indicating your child has books that still need to come back. (maybe check your spam folder too!) Thanks everyone!
Fathers’ Day is coming up in a few days! Why not gift them with a special book with themes of fatherhood to read with their kids?
End of the year Scholastic digi-flyers are here! Don’t forget that volunteer hours can be earned by purchasing from Scholastic!
When ordering, use Class code- RC391237. Orders over $40 are FREE delivery to your home!
The in-person Scholastic book fair also starts this week!! Students will shop during their class’s regular library period of the week. (Grade 4-5 and 6a are rescheduled to Friday because of the music assembly on Wednesday.) I will also have the book fair open during morning recess on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Students who need to come back to shop a second time or who will be away on their class’s scheduled day may come during recess times. Parents are also welcome to come after the music assembly on Wednesday until 4:00.
May is Asian Heritage month- enjoy these book selections!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Just another reminder to stop by the library this Thursday during Celebration of Learning Night! I will have selfie station props and DIY bookmarks ready for you! Students may also check out an extra book with their family!
Earth Day was on Friday! It’s very exciting around school these days as our classes get ready for the Celebration of Learning night on May 5. Quite a few classes are working on projects that have to do with the environment. We can’t wait to show you what we’ve been learning this year! Make sure to stop by the library that night too- I am planning to have some book-related selfie props for you to take some pictures with your family in the library, as well as some DIY bookmark-making materials- lots of fun!
Easter weekend is over, but the reading and the learning doesn’t stop! Here are some great recommendations to continue to help your child learn more about Jesus’ death and resurrection or just to extend the fun of the holiday a little longer. I especially love these diverse book lists.
I am launching a new version of the HHCS Honours Reader program! Some of you might remember this program from a few years ago. The new program will replace the format of the old one. It will have categories to work on such as classics and modern classics, various genres, and diverse books. Students who complete this challenge before they graduate will receive a special HHCS seal. If you like reading, would like to learn more about the world around you, and would like to earn an HHCS seal for your efforts, then go to Google Classroom and click on the plus+ sign button on the top right to add a class and enter this code qru34nw. You will see all the categories with further instructions there.
Bruce the Moose visited HHCS for his birthday on Friday! Here are some pictures of him hanging out in the library.
April is poetry month! Mrs. Weening and I are planning a combination Speechfest/Poetryfest to take place coming up in May. Your child can check with their homeroom teacher for details. In the meantime, here are some resources for how to have more poetry in your children’s lives.
Have a great week and a blessed Easter coming up soon!
Scholastic April digi-flyers are here! School-wide class code is RC391237.
This Monday at HHCS we celebrated World Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day. We talked to the students about our wonderful neurodiverse brains, about qualities and difficulties of autism, and about accepting and celebrating our similarities and differences. Enjoy these resources!