HCOS Newsletter September 20, 2016
Newsletter, September 5, 2016
In the throw of things
Time to get really practical and let everyone know what's going on in a few areas.
- Learning Plans (SLP)
- Learning plans are all drafted and sent to parents. I'm waiting on each of you to sent them back. It's important that you add whatever you might do or what like to do. You'll never be required to do something just because it's in the SLP, it's just so that others can see that we've thought ahead. Lets let them see the richness of our ideas, dreams and plans.
- I need your plans by October 10th.
- After I've sent your SLP to Encom I'll need you to login to Encom to sign off.
- Encom is at https://encom.onlineschool.ca/. You were sent a username and password when your registered. You can also click "lost your password" and follow the instructions to get a new password. If that doesn't work, then call HCOS tech support: 1-877-630-TECH (8324).
- Library. It seems like the library is going to be more important this year than ever.
- Learning Commons: The HCOS library system starts from what's called an online "Learning Commons". The Learning Commons is a nice blog and a central hub to hang everything off of. For example online subscriptions, events and ideas. The menus at the top or critical.
- L4U: Means library for you. L4U is provides six week loans on physical resources. Resource kits that are set up for subjects like Canadian Government (Social Studies). You have one account per family. The account is separate from Encom.
- Overdrive: It's the E-Library. E-Library is a way to find the good and relevant material quickly. It has subscriptions to copyrighted material that you can't get on the open web. It's the same account as L4U and also student codes.
- Appointments: The learning commons, library and digital collections are somewhat separate from HCOS main system. They have their own passwords and support. Shandra Wiebe will provide support if you email her and set up a phone appointment. She will provide passwords and walk you through the process.
- Library How To Resources: (download the PDF)
- Weekly Reports: I plan to phone each of you this week to talk about your reporting. The key is to send me enough information that I can tell how students are doing. Really more is better. I do have different strategies for each of you: online, email, facebook and print. I find the best way is just to send lots of scans and pictures that show what your child can do. The main interest is the artifacts he or she creates as part of her schooling, along with your comments, if possible. I don't always have time to respond to emails where you've attached student work, but I consider them very valuable. The work goes in a folder and builds your portfolio. I go through the portfolio at report card time. Weekly reports are also a great time to stay in touch.
- Samples of Work: Two critical steps for us are 1. SLP Sign Off. 2. I need three samples of work the student did. It should be done on paper and can include art. It must be the work of their hand. It must have their name on it and have the date on it. The date must be between October 1 and October 21, but I need it by October 15, and October 10 would be better. It's a narrow window because you need time to get the work and I need time to check it and put comments on it and upload it. Thanks for pay attention to this.
I hope you don't think that the whole year will be this technical. Soon we'll be back to encouraging your kids to learn. It's all stuff at the beginning of the year we have to do to get funded.
October 1: Accepting invoices for lessons, start collecting samples on student work with date and name.
October 10: Possible Sports Day put on my the Wiebes, Adon and Emma. They are planning to organize a sports day and thinking of the 12th of October. They are wondering how many other students there are in our grade that could help them. The sports day would have different games and sports for all ages. It would probably be after lunch. If you are interested email me (Rob) and I'll connect you up.
October 15: Have all your work samples in to me by October 15. Rob's drop-dead date for SLP's.
November 11: First Portfolios due
Week Of Welcome
We had a great time at Lakelese Lake. I don't know about you, but I loved hanging out with everyone over the hotdogs. Even better, Angelica impressed us all with the bug she found. I'll finish with this nice picture we took together.