Library / Learning Commons
*Scroll to the bottom of this page for Online Learning Resources. These can be used by students and staff, from home or at school.
*Look to the left on this page and see "VSB Library" - click and scroll to our school catalogue to search the Library books we currently have (including online EBooks).
*Library Book check out procedures will be different this school year due to COVID19. Use a provided bookmark, with your name on it, to check out a book in person at school. Line up at the Library circulation desk and physically distance by standing on a blue line marked on the floor. When at the Library circulation desk please lean your book selections against the plexiglass with the VSB stickers facing the Librarian and your books will be scanned through the plexiglass by the Librarian. Book loans are for two weeks and may be renewed. Please return your books as soon as you are done reading them to the return bin in the Library. Thank you!
Champlain Heights Community Elementary School Library is here to inspire you to enjoy reading, and to even inspire you to write a book of your own! (There is a bin in the Library of student author books if you would like to share a copy of your self published writing with us!)
We would like to welcome Weir Elementary School students and staff to our learning community! Their school is undergoing seismic renovations. Welcome Weir!
Champlain Heights Community Elementary School was designed by the famous Canadian architect Arthur Erickson who also designed the U.B.C. Anthropology Museum, Simon Fraser University, the B.C. Law Courts and Robson Square.
The Champlain Library Learning Commons was designed like an Indigenous big house of knowledge-learning and cultural exchange. It is circular in shape, with a skylight window in the middle of the roof and it has a grand entrance hallway from the front entrance of the school. It was designed to be the heart of the school, to provide a safe and nurturing community for all of the students and "classroom families" that surround it. A new rectangular wing was later added to the school design, and creates a learning space which "reaches out" and connects to the natural forest park area beside the school. The new wing provides many more classroom spaces for the growing Champlain Heights Community.
To celebrate the natural environment surrounding Champlain Heights Community School, the School PAC a number of years ago sponsored the addition of Garden Benches and Garden Boxes around the school, and updated the School Playground Area.
Six Food Garden Boxes are located outside the Library's backdoor. We recently received funding to update our Garden Boxes, Garden Area and Outdoor Learning Programming from a VSB Outdoor Learning Grant, a Jane Goodall Institute of Canada Roots and Shoots Grant and a VSB Sustainability Grant. We love our Garden and our fresh air learning experiences! Go PlantTEAM@Champlain! We celebrate our Library Learning Commons Garden with you - our students, staff, parents and our Champlain Community!
For many years, Champlain students have grown food, flowers and Indigenous plants to celebrate their desire to feel connected to the earth, to the environment, and to the goal of creating a sustainable, peaceful world. Each year the Champlain Gr. 7 Grad Class ceremonially plants a tree together on the school property.
Thank You to our PAC for graciously donating a 2020 book-fund gift to the Library to purchase new books on Gardening, Ecology and Youth Leaders in the Environmental Movement. We have purchased many new books such as books by and about the Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, who visited Vancouver on Friday Oct. 25, 2019 during a student-led climate change rally at the Vancouver Art Gallery, organized by the Vancouver Youth Group The Sustainabiliteens. Greta Thunberg, 16 years old at the time, spoke passionately to the very large crowd and said that "the energy of youth to help with the climate crisis is unstoppable".
All students can look up their Library book due dates and the Library catalogue by going to the:
Champlain Heights Community School website,
or Dr. George M. Weir Elementary School website
then scrolling down and clicking on Teaching And Learning
then find Library / Learning Commons
Click there under VSB Libraries
and search for Champlain Heights Community School
or Dr. George Weir Elementary School
Students can then sign in using their student number and password.
Staff and students can search their book history, renew their books and also place a hold on a book that they would like to read.
There are two search engines to choose from when searching for a book in our V.S.B. Library System: Destiny Discover and Destiny Back Office. One way to look for a book is to look for categories of books until you find a book you would like to read. Destiny Back Office allows you to look up sub-locations of books and then if you press enter you will see all the books in that category, and this will even help you find the location of the book in the Library.
Library books are checked out at school by our Teacher Librarians. Book loans are for two weeks.
*Online learning resources and ebooks are available to staff & students:
https://www.openschool.bc.ca/ Open School BC - Ministry of Education - Keep Learning Website with K - 12 Resources
https://library.vsb.bc.ca VSB Libraries - Search for Champlain Heights Community Elementary School, click, then using the hamburger icon at the top left scroll to "Destiny Back Office" and sign in. (Please contact your classroom teacher for your student number and password if you need to. Staff should sign in with: user name only -not full email address- and then regular password.)
In "Destiny Back Office" you will see useful online learning resources listed under DISTRICT DATABASES/SUBSCRIPTIONS. (Remember to sign in)
You will find access to:
EBSCO Information Search
KNOWBC Encyclopedia of BC
MyBLUEPRINT Education Planner
National Geographic KIDS (needs you to enter the password library)
The Vancouver Sun epaper (only available when at school) - see VPL resource below
World Book Online (needs you to enter ch39 then the password library)
Here you will also find links to Atlas of Canada, BBC News, BC Historical newspapers, Canadian Encyclopedia, CIA World Fact Book, Heritage Minutes, Historical Statistics of Canada, History Chaneel Video Library, National Geographic Video Clip Library, Statistics Canada, Starfall and also websites in French.
To find a few VSB ebooks: Go back to the hamburger icon to find "Destiny Discover" (sign in again if you have to) and here you can scroll down and find a few VSB ebooks that you can "check out" and "close" to return.
Other useful websites:
https://www.cbc.ca/kidsnews/ CBC Kids News
https://www.vpl.ca/digitalnewspapers Free newspapers from Vancouver Public Library
https://www.vsb.bc.ca/page/5202 VSB District Continuity Of Learning Website
https://www.tumblebooklibrary.com/Home.aspx?categoryID=77 Tumblebooks (free ebooks and read alouds for young readers in English, French and Spanish)
https://www.vpl.ca/digitalkids Vancouver Public Library (VPL) Digital Kids Books (you need a VPL Library Card but you can apply here for one online... It's Free! The VLP has many ebooks to choose from!)
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZxYISAt8Opcql7i7QEKqOA This Writer’s Life by Danielle Davis - Interested in writing stories? This author will help you get into the mindset for writing! She has created many youtube video lessons to help you. You do not have to subscribe to view them. Teachers and students may find this video series about the writing process helpful and fun.
https://accesscopyright.ca/read-aloud/ Canadian Read Aloud Program Teachers will find this website useful when choosing to create a "read aloud video" for their class. Here you will find a list of Canadian books that educators have permission to use in an online video presentation.