Christmas, Special Days/Weeks/Months

Christmas in the Library, and HHCS Student Newspaper

Thank you to all students who brought in an ornament for the Christmas tree in the library!  A name will be drawn for a prize this week and students may come to collect their ornaments back on Wednesday or Thursday.  Here are some pictures I thought I’d share of Christmas in the Library.

I am also excited to announce the first issue of HHCS Moose News- a student newspaper written by a small group of students that I work with!  I have set up its own blog site to keep all the issues together digitally, but we will also print a few copies for each classroom at school.  Please read and enjoy with your children.  If any of your kids would like to contribute a guest article for our next issue, please let me know!  Here is the link to the newspaper blog and the first issue.

Issue #1- December 2022

I can’t believe it is so close to Christmas.  Merry Christmas and have a wonderful break, everyone!

happy Christmas

Christmas, Events, Special Days/Weeks/Months

Classic Christmas Books

How many of these classic Christmas books have you read with your kids?  Give some of them a try this season! I’ve included some here with original type of covers and some as updated versions.

A Christmas Carol

Polar Express 30th Anniversary Edition (9780544580145)



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These next 2 are not technically Christmas books but they definitely feel like they should be read during the Christmas season!

Little Women

Don’t forget the last day to bring in a Christmas ornament for the library tree is Friday Dec. 16!

Christmas, Events, Special Days/Weeks/Months

Christmas Book Crafts and Activities

Try out some of these book-related Christmas activities before and during the holidays!  And of course, don’t forget students can make something for our library Christmas tree! Due date for those who would like to participate is December 16.

Christmas Book List with Crafts and Activities


25 Christmas Books With Crafts To Match

10 Christmas Book Activities to Help Your Kids Focus on Christ

Ways to Use Books as Christmas Decorations


Christmas, Events, Special Days/Weeks/Months

Christmas Chapter Books, Short Stories, and Picture Books, and Christian Christmas Books

30 Best Christmas Chapter Books for Tweens (Ages 8 to 12 Years)

Enjoy this week’s roundup of amazing Christmas books to read with your child- of any age!

Biggest, Best List of Children’s Christmas Books

Best Christmas Books For Tweens And Teens

A Mighty Girl- The Christmas Owl

A Mighty Girl- The Christmas Book Flood

Don’t forget about the Christmas ornament contest!

Scholastic Book Club, Special Days/Weeks/Months

Remembrance Day, and Scholastic Digi-Flyers for November

November English Flyer

November- English

November French Flyer

November- French

My Class Code

As a school we are getting ready for Remembrance Day.  We will have an assembly Friday morning in the gym and parents are welcome to attend. I hope these book ideas will be helpful for you to discuss the topic as a family at home.

Canadian Books for Children and Young Adults to Commemorate Remembrance Day

A Remembrance Day Reading List

Lest We Forget- Books for Remembrance Day

Highway of Heroes

Events, Special Days/Weeks/Months

Books about Thankfulness, Book-Themed Lego Contest, and Christian Book Fair!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!  Here are some books to help us to cultivate a thankful attitude with our kids all year long.

Picture Books About Gratitude

20+ Terrific Thankfulness and Gratitude Picture Books

Children’s Books About Gratitude to Read All Year!

Doing Good Together- Gratitude Picture Books


I’m so excited for the student book-themed Lego submissions to start coming in this week!

Lots going on- we also have a Christian book fair coming up soon!

Building Belonging- diversity, Events, Special Days/Weeks/Months

Orange Shirt Day/National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

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.

Scholastic Book Club, Special Days/Weeks/Months

Books About Queen Elizabeth, and Scholastic Digi-Flyers for September

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

September English Flyer

September- English

September French Flyer

September- French

September/October Bonus Flyer

September-October Bonus Flyer

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.

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Queen Elizabeth II: The Queen Who Chose To Serve

Who Is Queen Elizabeth II? book cover

Queen Elizabeth II: A Little Golden Book Biography

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Special Days/Weeks/Months

All Library Books Need to be Returned this Week, and Fathers’ Day is Coming Up!

7 Overdue Library Book Memes to Make you LOL | Alexandria

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!

7 Overdue Library Book Memes to Make you LOL | Alexandria

Uncategorized – Library Voices

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?

28 Sweet Picture Books That Celebrate Fatherhood

Daddy Speaks Love

thunder boy diverse books about dad


The Storm Whale by Benji Davies

Building Belonging- diversity, Events, Scholastic Book Club, Special Days/Weeks/Months

Asian Heritage Month, Scholastic Digi-Flyers, and Scholastic Book Fair is Here!!

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!


May June Flyer

Scholastic- English Digi-Flyer for June

Scholastic- French Digi-Flyer for June

Scholastic- Camp Read-a-Lot

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!

Kids’ Books on the Experiences of Asian American Immigrants

The Many Meanings of Meilan

Scholastic- Asian Heritage Month

Alvin Ho series by Lenore Look

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things

Any Day with You by Mae Respicio

Any Day with You

Kudo Kids Series

Kudo Kids: The Mystery in Manhattan

Soul Lanterns by Shaw Kuzki

Soul Lanterns