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National Indigenous History Month

These last months the staff at the LRC have missed going into work, seeing our co-workers and enjoying the environment that influences our working day. We are lucky enough to work in a place surrounded by parks and trees where we get to experience the nature around us. At the LRC we respectfully acknowledge that the land where we work is the traditional territory of the Anishinabe, Attawandaron, the Haundenosaunee, and Mississaugas of the Credit. We also acknowledge that the land is mutually covered by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy, the Ojibway and other allied Nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. We also wish to acknowledge that we are settlers on this land and thank the stewards of this traditional territory as we share this land with the enduring presence of the Indigenous people.  

Click here to view HCDSB’s land acknowledgment, created in consultation with Indigenous Elders, Knowledge Keepers from Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Six Nations, the Indigenous Education Advisory Council and the HCDSB Indigenous Education Advisor. 

June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada. This year in virtual classrooms and libraries across HCDSB we celebrate the history, heritage and diverse cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.  

To find some of the resources available through the LRC, e-books and other online resources available through Library Services and HCDSB, view the document below: 

As always, contact your school Library professional for passwords or more information on accessing these and other related resources, or contact LRC@hcdsb.org if you have any other questions.  

Please note that the Board has no control over the changing content of electronic resources. Use your professional judgment when accessing resources. Resources are for HCDSB staff and students only. To maintain our agreements with our vendor partners, we must ensure we are not posting passwords in any public forum. 

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Pride Month – Rainbow Day

June 1st marks the beginning of Pride Month in Canada and will be kicked off at HCDSB by celebrating Rainbow Day, a day to love and celebrate one another as God loves and celebrates each of us. Throughout the month, HCDSB schools will be raising awareness around Pride Month and “nurturing our call to build safe and inclusive learning environments where every student and every member of the community is welcomedvalued, and respected.” Find out more, including activities that will be happening throughout the month here

Find some of the relevant books about belonging and inclusion, breaking gender stereotypes, and celebrating what makes us unique that are available through the LRC catalogueSoraTumblebooks, and Capstone in the bookshelf below: 

June 1st is also “Say something nice day”. It’s a perfect reminder of the importance of our words. Words can lift someone up, bring a smile to their face, make someone’s day, have a lasting impact, and make everyone feel happier (including ourselves). When we choose kind words, we are demonstrating our love and appreciation for one another. 

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” -Mother Teresa. 

Some of the many books that focus on these themes that can be accessed through the LRC catalogueSoraTumblebooks, and Capstone include:  


Speak up

Splat says thank you

Say something 

How do dinosaurs
stay friends?

Tyaja uses
the THiNK test

As always, contact your school Library professional for passwords or more information on accessing these and other related resources, or contact LRC@hcdsb.org if you have any other questions. And on June 1st and every day, why not spread kindness and celebrate each other by saying something nice. 

Please note that the Board has no control over the changing content of electronic resources. Use your professional judgment when accessing resources. Resources are for HCDSB staff and students only. To maintain our agreements with our vendor partners, we must ensure we are not posting passwords in any public forum. 

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PebbleGo by Capstone

Packed with informational articles, interactive lessons, activities, and games to reinforce learning, PebbleGo is an online content hub that boosts engagement and fosters independent learning in core subject areas. At HCDSB we have access to information on Science, Social studies, Animals and Health. Building on this learning, we also subscribe to PebbleGo Next Science. 

 The database is user friendly and easy for students to navigate, with read-aloud audio available for all text on the website. Want to find nonfiction content at the appropriate reading and interest levels? PebbleGo can be used to support curriculum expectations and can be used to better enhance knowledge related to inquiry.  

World bee day is Thursday, May 20th – how much do you know about bees? Did you know that bumblebees help plants grow, which helps the environment? On PebbleGo, learn other fun facts and information about the body, habitat, food, and life cycle of Bumblebees and Honeybees. 
While you’re there, check out Capstone Interactive’s e-books by clicking the link at the top right corner of PebbleGo’s website to find both fiction and nonfiction e-books – including levelled readers!

As always, contact your school Library professional for passwords or more information on accessing these and other related resources, or contact LRC@hcdsb.org if you have any other questions. 

Please note that the Board has no control over the changing content of electronic resources. Use your professional judgment when accessing resources. Resources are for HCDSB staff and students only. To maintain our agreements with our vendor partners, we must ensure we are not posting passwords in any public forum. 

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International Museum Day

International Museum Day is May 18th, aimed to raise awareness that “museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.” Learn more about this day from the International Council of Museums

 The Ontario Museum Association has expanded on this day by celebrating the over 700 museums, heritage sites and galleries across Ontario throughout the month of May. Interested in art and fashion? Nature, rocks and minerals? Railways, aviation and automobiles? Find and learn about Ontario’s museums here and explore them by type and/or location. Check out the Canadian Museum of History-Museum at Home, the Virtual Museum of Metis History and Culture, and the Virtual Tours and Online Collections put together by Attractions Ontario.  

Also, check out the online resources and databases available through the Library Services ElementarySecondary, and Staff Resources pages as well as the LRC catalogue to find information and resources to support the learning adventures you embark upon through virtual museum experiences! 

As always, contact your school Library professional for passwords or more information on accessing these and other related resources, or contact LRC@hcdsb.org if you have any other questions.  

Please note that the Board has no control over the changing content of electronic resources. Use your professional judgment when accessing resources. Resources are for HCDSB staff and students only. To maintain our agreements with our vendor partners, we must ensure we are not posting passwords in any public forum. 

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May is the Month of Mary

For centuries, the Catholic Church has dedicated the month of May as a time of honour and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. As the mother of Jesus and our Heavenly Mother, the entire month is spent honouring Mary as we are challenged to follow her example of humility, obedience, and service to God. 

Check out Busted Halo’s video Mary in Two Minutes to learn more!  

On Sunday May 9th we also celebrate Mother’s Day by honouring, appreciating and showing love for mothers, grandmothers, mothers-to-be and all women who in and through their lives encompass the qualities of motherhood in our families and communities.  

Visit the Staff Resources page of our website for even more Catholic Education resources, including CARFELO, who have created a compilation of Mother’s Day prayers

Search the LRC catalogue for other books and resources to support Mother’s Day, including: 


Holy holidays! : the Catholic origins of celebration

Mama, do you love me?

Llama soft toy and books.

On Mother’s lap 

Does a kangaroo have a mother, too?

Mary : an introduction. 

My Footprints 

The Rosary : a special way to pray 

Pirate Mom 

As always, contact your school Library professional for passwords or more information on accessing these and other related resources, or contact LRC@hcdsb.org if you have any other questions. 

Please note that the Board has no control over the changing content of electronic resources. Use your professional judgment when accessing resources. Resources are for HCDSB staff and students only. To maintain our agreements with our vendor partners, we must ensure we are not posting passwords in any public forum.  

Header image retrieved from https://www.nbccongress.org/ 

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Celebrating Dance

International Dance Day takes place every year on April 29th, the birthday of the creator of modern ballet, Jean-Georges Noverre. This day celebrates dance, its value and importance and is intended to bring people together through dance. To learn more, check out International Dance Day and visit Canadian Dance Assembly to read Dance Day messages from across Canada. 

HCDSB staff can find a variety of resources to support dance (and drama) education at Council of Ontario Drama and Dance Educators (CODE). Staff can access resources by using the login information found on the password protected Staff Digital Tools – Passwords and Links page of the Library Services website. Some of the many resources and supports available through CODE are unit plans, lesson plans, and assessment tools and searches can be refined by teaching division.  

Search the LRC catalogue for other books and resources to support dance education, including: 

The Ultimate dance education kit. Elementary

Global groove adventure

Dance Sequences – physical education resource units 

Engaging the soul through the arts and : the Ontario Catholic Graduate 

Also, check out Curio and Learn 360 to find related videos by searching “dance” and refining your results based on age, language and more. But most of all – get out there and dance!!! 

Please note that the Board has no control over the changing content of electronic resources. Use your professional judgment when accessing resources. Resources are for HCDSB staff and students only. To maintain our agreements with our vendor partners, we must ensure we are not posting passwords in any public forum. 

As always, contact your school Library professional for passwords or more information on accessing these and other related resources, or contact LRC@hcdsb.org if you have any other questions. 

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Services during remote learning

While in-person learning is suspended, so is the regular courier service of Learning Resource Centre materials. Curb-side pickup is available to staff for continued access to our physical resources. 

Please note requests for resources through curb-side pickup must be sent directly to LRC@hcdsb.org. 

  1. First look for the item or items you are interested in borrowing. 
  1. Email LRC@hcdsb.org with your request, including the title and preferred date and specific time for pickup. 

**Curb-side pickup is being offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30-1:30** 

  1. You will receive a confirmation email from the LRC, including the pickup date and time and additional information about the location and procedure for safe contactless pickup on that day. Please arrive on time for your pickup, as times are staggered to ensure we are limiting visitors. 

In addition to curbside pick-up, all of Library Services e-resources remain accessible! 

Looking for eBooks? Check out SoraTumbleBooksTeenBookCloudCapstone, and ABDO. With today being World Book and Copyright Day, it’s a perfect time to grab your device and read! For more information about this day, visit United Nations – World Book and Copyright day

For more information about Copyright and how it applies to the classroom, visit Library Services’ Staff Resources page

As always, our research databases including InfobaseBritannicaGale and EBSCO are available. Check out even more on the Elementary or Secondary Resources pages of our website. 

Please note that the Board has no control over the changing content of electronic resources. Use your professional judgement when accessing resources. Resources are for HCDSB staff and students only.   

Have questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us at LRC@HCDSB.org. 

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Earth Day

Spring is here, birds are chirping, and we are getting more days with perfect weather to go outside and enjoy nature. With enjoying and appreciating everything  our wonderful planet has to offer, comes the responsibility to take care of it. On April 22nd, we celebrate Earth Day. This year’s campaign theme is #TakeCareofThePlanet. For more information about this day and what you can do to make a difference, visit the Earth Day website

The library @HCDSB also has a number of resources! Check out the flyer below for Earth Day related books and kits at the LRC, e-books through Sora and Tumblebooks, and links to articles, videos and other useful websites.  

 

Search the LRC catalogue for other books and resources related to nature, the environment, spring and more, including: 

Spring inquiry library 
Watering can and books kit.

Spring Blossoms 
Balanced and barefoot : how unrestricted outdoor play makes for strong, confident, and capable children 

As always, contact your school Library professional or LRC@hcdsb.org for passwords or more information on accessing these and other related resources. 

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Easter

Easter is a special season celebrated by Christians around the world. As Catholics, the highs and lows of our faith are recognized during the Triduum when we celebrate the life, passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter Sunday marks the beginning of the Easter season and it is when we enter 50 days of celebration as we answer Jesus’ call for us to walk with him in peace and love throughout the world. 

Ever wonder why Catholics wave palms on Palm Sunday or why there are purple veils on crosses during Holy Week? Check out Busted Halo’s A Catholic Guide to Holy Week Symbols to learn more!  

Carfleo also has a number of resources for staff, students, and families to use relating to Holy Week and Easter, including many song prayers with inspirational words and videos. 

Staff at the LRC have created an Easter Bookshelf where you can find books and video resources on Easter. 

As always, contact your school Library professional or LRC@hcdsb.org for passwords or more information on accessing these resources.  Happy Easter! 

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Robotics

You don’t need to wait for the future! Robotics kits and other resources are already here and ready to be borrowed from the LRC. Robotics and coding build a wide variety of skills and are a fun way to teach STEAM education in the classroom.  

One of our favourite additions to the collection to get primary students started is mTiny. It doesn’t require any additional devices and includes coding cards and map blocks to interact with and encourage exploration. It also makes some fun noises!  

Another great option that doesn’t require an additional device is KUBO Coding robot kit, which includes teacher guides and lesson plans to deliver cross-curricular challenges. KUBO is a little more advanced than mTiny, and can be used in both primary and junior. 

The Root coding robot has over 30 features and sensors and is able to navigate magnetic whiteboards for unique hands-on experiences with coding and computational thinking skills in the classroom. Don’t forget to book an iPod to go with it! 

Need something for your more advanced coders in intermediate or secondary grades? Try Makeblock HaloCode, a single board computer designed for education, that pairs with block—based programming software. 

Check out the guide below, and for even MORE, visit the LRC catalogue and search our science kits and books using keywords like “robotics”, “coding”, “robots”, and “STEM resources.” 

**please note: our kits do not contain batteries. If an item requires batteries, this will be noted in the summary** 

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