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February 2023
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2022-2023 Vernon SilverStar Snowsports
Students in grades 4-12 are invited to join us for three days of SilverStar Snow sports!

These include ski and snowboard lessons for students to choose one of the two disciplines. Each lesson will be two hours at a time. Once lessons are complete, students can continue their skills by enjoying the mountain for the day.

Join us on the mountain and let the winter fun begin!

*Upon application, there will be a link to the SilverStar waiver in your confirmation email (one waiver per participant). This form must be signed and brought to the first day of lessons (Jan. 30th).

**Students are required to show up one hour before in preparation for lessons. Please arrive by 8:00 am.

***This is not a drop-off event. Parents are responsible for the care and supervision of their child(ren) when not in the lesson portion of the program, and must remain on site.
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2022-2023 Virtual Hello Anxiety Boys Winter Gr. 5-9
Offerings open to students new to Hello Anxiety, not a continuation of previous sessions Hello (Anxiety) My friend. This LC is back due to popular demand with an added BOYS ONLY group.

Join this online HCOS learning camp, where teens will engage in group counselling to address anxiety. Students will do creative projects, identify feelings, face fears, and explore their nervous systems, all with the aim of collectively sharing, understanding and coping with the oh-so-common experience of anxiety. Together we will learn to regulate and co-regulate, adapting to the online platform of zoom.

Camp Details:

Under Pressure: Guys have feelings too. Right?! Join this online HCOS learning camp, where a small group of guys, grades 5-9, will be counselled on strategies for dealing with pressure, stress and anxiety.
Together this group will gain tools for understanding and managing their nervous systems and emotions and will be trained on how best to acknowledge and face challenges or fears. The groups will be led by a registered counsellor, Julie. She will help the group understand how their brains are wired, and will introduce participants to tools and strategies that increase balanced, secure and calm feelings. Additionally, she will help build both social connection and each participant’s confidence in their own unique identity and abilities.

Julie draws on 25 years of experience leading groups of teens and understands both how to have fun and build healthy group dynamics, while accomplishing outcomes.

For their own success in this camp – it is a committed, closed and private group – participants must agree to the following:
•A commitment to attendance for the full 6 weeks (Parents are to attend only the first session)
•A commitment to engage in a few experiences outside of zoom session times
•Having their own computer screen that is not shared with other participants
•Access to a quiet, private, uninterrupted space with a closed-door during sessions for the confidentiality of the group and quality of group experience


* Depending on applications and group composition, we may attempt tighter age grouping, in which case your student may be asked to consider an alternate group than the one for which they originally applied.

**Thank you to our HCOS LS Department, for their generous support of our enrolled students!

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2022-2023 Agassiz Sasquatch Snowsports
HCOS invites you to participate in the 2023 Sasquatch Snowsports Learning Camp!

Suitable for all grades, however lessons for skiing begin at 6 years of age and snowboarding begins at 8 years of age.

*NEW for this year…adults participating in our group will be joining us for lessons, as we ALL [students and parents alike] will be learning and refining our skills together. The Snow School Instructors are excellent and know how to develop your skill to the next level. Our group discounts are directly built around lesson registration. No lesson, no discount. Without a lesson, lift tickets would need to be purchased directly through the mountain each week at full cost.

Sasquatch is accommodating us for lunch by making the downstairs area available for our group to eat, plus storing our belongings for the day. They have added an outdoor area with Adirondack chairs for us to relax in, along with bench seating around the fire pit. For those who wish to purchase their lunches, you are welcome to access the Cafeteria upstairs in the chalet.

*Please note: All participants will be required to complete an online portion of their registration; this will cover the rental/lesson specifics. As well, all participants MUST sign a liability waiver in order for their registration to be marked as complete. Both links will be mailed to all accepted participants following the registration deadline.

**This is not a drop-off event, parents are responsible for the care and supervision of their child(ren) while on the mountain, with the exception of our 1.5 hour lesson time, when they will be in the care of Snow School Instructors.

***Please let us know if your child requires an instructor trained to assist Special Needs, and we will try to accommodate, if possible [email: alemke@onlineschool.ca].

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2022-2023 Virtual Hello Anxiety Girls Winter
Offerings open to students new to Hello Anxiety, not a continuation of previous sessions of Hello Anxiety groups.

Join this online HCOS learning camp where girls will engage in group counselling to address anxiety. Students will do creative projects, identify feelings, face fears, and explore their nervous systems, all with the aim of collectively sharing, understanding and coping with the oh-so-common experience of anxiety. Together we will learn to regulate and co-regulate, adapting to the online platform of zoom.

The group will be led by a registered counsellor, Julie. She will help the group understand how their brains are wired, and will introduce participants to tools and strategies that increase balanced, secure and calm feelings. Additionally, she will help build both social connection and each participant’s confidence in their own unique identity and abilities. Julie draws on 25 years of experience leading groups of teens and understands both how to have fun and build healthy group dynamics, while accomplishing outcomes.

For their own success in this camp, participants must agree to the following:
•A commitment to attendance for the full 6 weeks (Parents are required to attend the first hour of the first week – this session only).
•A commitment to engage and participate with the group and in a few practices outside of the zoom time
•Having their own computer screen that is not shared with other participants
•Access to a quiet, private, uninterrupted space with a closed-door during sessions for the confidentiality of the group and quality of group experience

*Depending on applications and group composition, your student may be asked to consider an alternate group than the one for which they originally applied.

**Thank you to our HCOS LS Department, for their generous support of our enrolled students!
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2022-2023 Kelowna HCOS Outdoor Skating Day *FREE EVENT*
Would you like a winter visit and skate with your HCOS friends?

We are having an afternoon of skating at the Kelowna outdoor skating rink at Stuart Park. Skating is FREE, and rentals are available for anyone that needs them. I would suggest phoning Bladez Skate Rental: 250-215-4458, if you need rentals.

Kids Skates: $4.00
Adult Skates: $5.00
Helmets: $2.00
E-Z Bars: $2.00
*Cash only.

**This is NOT a drop-off event. Parents are responsible for the care and supervision of their child(ren) at all times.

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2022-2023 Harrison Hot Springs Art Classes – Level 1: Gr. 5 – 9
Students in Grades 5-9! Join us for Art Classes!

We will be covering a variety of art mediums in these 4-week sessions:

Session 1 – ACRYLIC PAINTING:
Come paint a mini VAN GOGH and play on canvas in a fun exciting studio. You will leave with your masterpiece. Add your own twist and style.
Session 2 – CLAY:
Hand sculpting techniques will be taught, and you will create a giant mushroom on wood.
Session 3 – ASSEMBLAGE:
Build a floating lantern, design and paint it. The lantern can be used on water or land. This is a design from the Lanterns on the Lagoon event in Harrison Hot Springs. (glaze clay work).
Session 4 – TEXTILES:
Create a unique flag banner, including your interests, likes and passions. Cut, glue, paint, stitch and hammer from a huge assortment of curated materials that were collected for over 10 years.

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2022-2023 Harrison Hot Springs Art Classes – Level 1: K – Gr. 4
Students in Kindergarten to Grade 4! Come join us for Art Classes!

We will be covering a variety of art mediums in these 4-week sessions:

Session 1 – ACRYLIC PAINTING:
Come paint a mini VAN GOGH and play on a canvas in a fun, creative environment. Choose from a series of his paintings and leave with one completed epic piece of art (options to transfer to lifestyle items will be given).
Session 2 – CLAY:
Hand sculpting techniques will be taught, and you will be set free to create a group of fun little mushrooms on wood.
Session 3 – ASSEMBLAGE:
Create an amazing unique boat from found and curated objects. You can personalize them with materials such as driftwood and wire (glaze clay work).
Session 4 – TEXTILES:
Make a unique personal flag with your own flare and personality. Lots of time for laughter and keeping your hands busy (take clay work home).
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2022-2023 Vernon Silver Star Snowshoeing – Session 2 – FREE EVENT
Join us for a social Walk at Silver Star Provincial Park.

Enjoy the beauty of the forest, incredible views, and fun snow conditions. The terrain can be a bit steep in places, so you will get fitter while having fun. This is not a marathon – we will have frequent stops whenever needed. However, we will likely be out for at least 2 hours. Parents and children can get to know each other on the trails.

Snow shoes can be rented from Stussi Sports – 4823 Silver Star Road, Vernon. It is $10 for a half day rental for adults, and $8 for a half day rental for children, ages 3-14. We cannot rent from Sovereign Lake as we are not allowed to take them off site. I will try to borrow some snow shoes – let me know if you need. First come, first serve.

DIRECTIONS: We will meet at the first car park, close to Sovereign Lake Nordic Club. Turn left off Silver Star Road on Lake Road, towards Sovereign Lake Nordic Club. (Do not go all the way up to Silver Star downhill skiing area.) Before you get to the car park for the cross country skiing, there is a right turn on Aberdeen Summit Road. Park at the first car park and we will leave from there.

*THIS IS NOT A DROP-OFF EVENT. PARENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CARE AND SUPERVISION OF THEIR CHILD(REN) AT ALL TIMES.
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2022-2023 Virtual Science 10: Physics
This Learning Camp is for Grade 10 students who would like a boost to their studies in the Physics unit of Science 10, and follows the dates and topics of the online synchronous course.

The format of this camp is a lecture style lesson on Mondays, with a smaller group tutorial time offered at different days of the week/times. During application you will be required to select your tutorial time and it will be the same day/time for the entire learning camp.

*Please note that the Monday lectures will not be live on Holiday Mondays. Mr. Dorie will send a recording for that session which students should review before the tutorials on Tuesday or Thursday.

The schedule of topics and lecture dates is as follows:

Feb. 13: Intro and Energy
Feb. 20: Energy
Feb. 27: Work and Force
March 6: Potential energy
March 13: Elastic Potential Energy
April 3: Kinetic Energy
April 10: (Recorded Lecture) Law of Conservation of Energy & Energy Transformation
April 17: Unit Test Prep. & Review

Session Dates:

Lecture:
Mondays – Feb 13, 20, 27, March 6, March 13, April 3, 10, 17
Time: 10:00 – 11:00am PST – All Students

Then choose 1 tutorial time (PST):
Tutorial 1: Tuesdays — 9:30 am-10:30
Tutorial 2: Wednesdays — 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
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2022-2023 CC Chilliwack Charis Camp Spring
Welcome to Charis Camp Community Connections! Come explore the forest environment with us! Our unique camp and forest setting will provide lots of opportunities for relationships, outdoor learning and exploration. Students in classes Kindergarten-grade 2, grades 3-5 and grades 6-9 will be taught by subject specialized instructors, and each week will rotate through activities in Art (indoor and outdoor), Outdoor Education, and another subject area that is yet to be determined. Instructors will draw out content and curricular competencies from each class’ grade ranges. We have strategically made our classes 1.25 hours each, with a generous 45-minute lunch break to create an engaging atmosphere of experiential learning and relationship-building.

Important: Priority will be given to students who are not already enrolled in another Community Connections offering.
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2022-2023 Kelowna KF Aerospace Centre for Excellence Tour Gr. 4-7
Grade 4-7 students – come join this fantastic tour!

Students who attend this learning camp will experience a guided tour through the newly opened KF Aerospace Center for Excellence, see some famous airplanes up close, and hear from an aircraft mechanic about their work! There will be an opportunity to ask questions about airplane mechanics, airplanes, the amazing architecture of the building, and careers and job opportunities in the aviation industry.

After the guided tour you are free to explore the aircraft, interactive displays, and simulators on your own.

*This is NOT a drop-off event. Parents are responsible for the care and supervision of their child(ren) at all times and must sign up and pay within the application.

**NOW OPEN TO GENERAL COMMUNITY STUDENTS.
2022-2023 Kamloops Harper Mountain Tubing
Enjoy an evening of tubing for the whole family!

Snow Town Tube Park at Harper Mountain It’s an easy ride up and a thrilling slide down. Exclusive time just for our HCOS community.

Everyone over 2 years of age in the Tube Park requires a ticket. If you are not tubing, you will need to wear a Park Pass ticket: @ $5.00/person. There will be bonfires to gather around.

*This is NOT a drop-off event. Parents are responsible for the care and supervision of their child(ren) at all times and must sign up and purchase a ticket within the application.

**3 year olds are free, but need proof of age to tube

***0-2 year olds are free (no ticket needed) – but not permitted to tube
2022-2023 Dawson Creek Bear Mountain Snowsports
Have you felt as though you are missing a connection with your Homeschool community? Then come out Thursday, February 16th to a Ski/Snowboard day at Bear Mountain Ski Hill in Dawson Creek!

Lift Tickets will only be $15 per person! Rentals for $15! A Ski Patrol/Instructor will be there giving free lessons again this year!

*This is not a drop-off event. Parents are responsible for the care and supervision of their child(ren) at all times and must sign up and pay within the application if participating. There is no fee if not participating.
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2022-2023 Virtual Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 – Simulation
In this virtual program, students will be able to engage in real-time with one of our Heritage Interpreters in an interactive role-playing experience that strives to detail immigration to Canada at the start of the 20th Century.

Learners will build a character and answer questions asked by the “Immigration Officer” to try to get into Canada, all while learning about Canada’s exclusionary policies. These policies directly affected the lives of real people, determining who was allowed into the country and how they were treated. It is worth noting that some learners taking part in this program will be the direct descendants of these immigrants. As such, going through the experience will potentially impact different learners in different ways.

Special Note: This learning camp is interactive and relies on audience participation. Please mark this learning camp on your calendars. One week before, the coordinator will email you your child’s designated role for this learning camp. Their participation is integral to the success of this learning camp.
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2022-2023 Lake Country Art Camp Winter
Come join our amazing art camp!

The first exhibition of 2023 at Lake Country Art Gallery is “The State(s) of Being,” with five female artists. This exhibition makes time and space to support and reinforce the role of women artists and asks why to this day, women are still underrepresented in the art world. The artists in the exhibition are; Janine Hall, Joice M. Hall, Lindsay Lorraine, Mary Smith McCulloch, and Rhonda Neufeld.

Week One: Visit “The State(s) of Being” exhibition (with a guided tour through the exhibition):
Students will select one image to study closely, examining the themes of the art piece and its relation to exhibition themes, reflective statements, or poems. Introduction to charcoal, series of 5-minute portraits in Art House.

Week Two: Looking at selected works by artists in the exhibition:
Identifying different approaches to using charcoal (Janine Hall and Rhonda Neufeld). Create concertina sketchbooks, still life, abstract, and moving charcoal drawings.

Week Three: Ideation on the theme “The Mother Load” an upcoming members exhibition:
On the subject of motherhood and the creative process, this curator for the exhibition asks members to reflect on the clichés associated with motherhood and artists’ roles. Students will be guided through a series of exercises to develop ideas and formulate a plan to make an art piece related to the theme using charcoal, abstraction, realism, or mixed media. There is potential to work collaboratively or individually.

Week Four: Creation of artworks based on previous week’s planning:
Opportunity to write reflective statements about artwork/process, peer critique to close.
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2022-2023 Campbell River Camp Bob Outdoor School Spring
Join HCOS families for 5 sessions of outdoor exploration at beautiful, rustic Camp Bob this spring!

This outdoor program is open to students in grades K-12 to have the opportunity to enjoy and explore God’s beautiful creation and their place in it.

All activities will be run by Camp Bob’s qualified camp staff and have age/grade-appropriate curricular ties. Activities may include creating artwork, hiking, wildlife watching, obstacle courses, and group games.

The sessions will take place on 5 different Fridays throughout the spring from 10:00am- 3:00pm.
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