General Information

Acronyms

At Heritage Christian Online School we tend to use a lot of acronyms. Here is a chart to let help you understand the common acronyms that we use often.

Acronym

Definition

BCOS

BC Online School

DL

Distributed Learning

Encom

 The data base used for tracking all students

FSA

Foundation Skill Assessment

HS

Home School

HCS

Heritage Christian School

HCOS

Heritage Christian Online School

IEP

Individual Education Plan (written for children with SE funding and/or learning exceptionalities)

KCCS

Kelowna Christian Centre Society

LS

Learning Services

SE

Special Education

SLP

Student Learning Plans

 

 

Administration and Staff Contacts

Welcome to HCOS. The following administration and staff members are here to help you and your student have a successful year! 

Academic Head of School

Business Head of School

Sara Kraushar

Craig Kwiatkowski

skraushar@onlineschool.ca

ckwiatkowski@onlineschool.ca

Director of K-9 Program Jeff Laird      jlaird@onlineschool.ca 
  • Contact Jeff Laird regarding K- 12 Individualized Program, i.e. Enrollment, Support Teacher, etc.
  • Contact Claire Pollok at cpollok@onlineschool.ca regarding Registered Home Learners
Director of Grad Program Chelsea Bitgood        chelsea.bitgood@onlineschool.ca
  • Contact Chelsea Bitgood regarding Course Selection and Enrollment, Graduation Requirements, Provincial Exams and Assessments   
Director of Special Education

 Calvin Johnston

cjohnston@onlineschool.ca

  • Contact Calvin Johnston regarding any questions or concerns regarding our Special Education Program
Director of Technology

Jeremy Tjosvold

jtjosvold@onlineschool.ca 

  • Contact Jeremy Tjosvold regarding any questions or concerns regarding Technology
Director of Resources and Reimbursement Administrator   Ted Gerk     

tgerk@onlineschool.ca

office@onlineschool.ca

  • Contact Ted Gerk regarding reimbursements and course funding.
  • Contact Carole Chobot regarding enrolment documents.
Technical Support  Caleb Block    tickets@onlineschool.ca

Phone: 1-877-862-2375

  • Contact Caleb for computer support or questions regarding username and password for Encom 
BCOS Program Administrator Delayne Cama Moroka

dcmoroka@bconlineschool.ca 

  • Contact Delayne Cama Moroka if you have questions regarding crossed enrolled courses through BCOS. 

    Middle School Online Course Administrator - Grant Wardle grant.wardle@onlineschool.ca 
  • Contact Grant Wardle for questions about middle school online courses

 HCOS informative website at www.onlineschool.ca

The Heritage Christian Online School website is a very useful website. It is through this website that you will log into Encom to find such useful information as your child’s Student Learning Plan, Report Card, your curriculum resource budget and the provincial learning outcomes. It is also through this website that your child will log into Moodle if he or she is doing an online course.

On our front page we keep you up-to-date on any important announcements and important due dates. There are quick links to Learning Camps, Co-ops, Community Connections, the newsletter, new enrolment application etc. 

Under Program Details you will find in-depth information about our Grad and SE programs. 

The Family Resources button gives you information about curriculum, our resource packages, and lists of vendors, learning outcomes, discussion forums, and the learning commons (our enhanced virtual and physical library.) 

Finally the School Info spot takes you to our staff room, where you will find a picture and a biography of each of our staff. If you are interested in being a teacher with us, then this is also where you will find that information. 

 

Contact Us

General Contact information

Local Phone: 250-862-2376

Toll Free: 1-877-862-2375

Email: info@onlineschool.ca

Tech Support: 1-877-630-TECH (8324)

Tech Support Email: tech@onlineschool.ca

Fax: 1-250-762-9277

Mailing Address: 

905 Badke Road

Kelowna, British Columbia

V1X 5Z5

School Administration

Name

Title

Email

Sara Kraushar

Academic Head of School

skraushar@onlineschool.ca

Craig Kwiatkowski

Business Head of School

ckwiatkowski@onlineschool.ca

Jeff Laird     

Director of K-9

jlaird@onlineschool.ca 

Calvin Johnston

Director of Special Education

cjohnston@onlineschool.ca

Chelsea Bitgood

Director of Grad Program

chelsea.bitgood@onlineschool.ca

Jeremy Tjosvold

Director of Technology

jtjosvold@onlineschool.ca

Delayne Cama Moroka

Director of BCOS & ICOS

dcmoroka@bconlineschool.ca

Ted Gerk

Director of Operations

tgerk@onlineschool.ca

Christine Loewen

Director of Learning Groups

cloewen@onlineschool.ca

Pippa Davies

Director of Learning Commons

pdavies@onlineschool.ca

Richard Bitgood

Director of StudyForge

richard@studyforge.net

Bill Marsh

SE Business Director

bmarsh@onlineschool.ca

Lee Maclennan

Director of Visual Design

lmaclennan@onlineschool.ca

Carmen Timmermans

Director of Learning Services

ctimmermans@onlineschool.ca

K-9

Name

Title

Email

Steve Codling

Regional Admin - Lower Mainland East

scodling@onlineschool.ca

Jinhee Choe

Regional Admin - Lower Mainland East

jchoe@onlineschool.ca

Jeff Laird

Regional Admin - Interior

jlaird@onlineschool.ca

Nicole Terpstra

Regional Admin – Island

nterpstra@onlineschool.ca

Nancy Gullason

Regional Admin – North

ngullason@onlineschool.ca

Pat Mackesy

Online 5-9 Admin

pmackesy@onlineschool.ca

Cynthia Duncalfe

Curriculum Consultant

cynthia.duncalfe@onlineschool.ca

Learning Groups

Name

Title

Email

Amber Haas

Regional  Admin - Interior/North

ahaas@onlineschool.ca

Andria Lengkeek

Regional Admin – Lower Mainland

alengkeek@onlineschool.ca

Laura Lemon

Regional Admin – Lower Mainland

laura.lemon@onlineschool.ca

Lonnie Penner

Regional Admin – Island

lpenner@onlineschool.ca

Dawn Denham

Administrative Assistant

ddenham@onlineschool.ca

Desada Daigle

Financial Assistant

ddaigle@onlineschool.ca

Kari Opper

Online Registration Assistant

kari.opper@onlineschool.ca

Michelle Smith

Data Management Assistant

msmith@onlineschool.ca

Grad Program

Name

Title

Email

Eric Vanee

Grad Adviser - Lower Mainland East

evanee@onlineschool.ca

Tara Klukas

Grad Adviser - Lower Mainland West

tklukas@onlineschool.ca

Ryan Titley

Grad Adviser - Island

rtitley@onlineschool.ca

Diana Mohninger

Grad Adviser - North

diana.mohninger@onlineschool.ca

Anthony Kuchma

Grad Adviser - Interior

anthony.kuchma@onlineschool.ca

Special Education

Name

Title

Email

Heidi Giesbrecht

Regional Admin – Lower Mainland

hgiesbrecht@onlineschool.ca

Philippa Moir

Regional Admin – Interior

pmoir@onlineschool.ca

Steve Bastian

Regional Admin – Island

sbastian@onlineschool.ca

Carol Wicks

Regional Admin – North

cwicks@onlineschool.ca

Allison Miles

LS/SE  Grad Admin

amiles@onlineschool.ca

Ryan Titley

Adult Grad Advisor

rtitley@onlineschool.ca

Lorinda Bedard

EA Administrator

lbedard@onlineschool.ca

Liz Poplawski

SE Office Manager

epoplawski@onlineschool.ca

Learning Services

Name

Title

Email

Alison Ellis

Regional Admin – Island

aellis@onlineschool.ca

Denise McLaughlin 

Regional Admin – Lower Mainland

denise.mclaughlin@onlineschool.ca

Michelle Nimchuk

Regional Admin – Interior/North

mnimchuk@onlineschool.ca

Marcia Mishchenko

Consultant - Lower Mainland

marcia.mishchenko@onlineschool.ca

Nola Morgan

Consultant - Island

nmorgan@onlineschool.ca

Elaine Rodwell

Consultant - Interior

erodwell@onlineschool.ca

Destiny Ward

Consultant - Interior/North

dward@onlineschool.ca

Office Contacts

Name

Title

Email

Aubri Reid

Accounts Payable & Purchasing Manager

areid@onlineschool.ca

Donna Perret

Purchasing Lead

dperret@onlineschool.ca

Carole Chobot

Receptionist

office@onlineschool.ca

Bailey Edwards

Data Manager

bailey.edwards@onlineschool.ca

Caleb Block

Technology Support Specialist

tech@onlineschool.ca

Luana Brooks

Human Resources

luana.brooks@kcc.net

Learning Commons

Name

Title

Email

Cynthia Duncalfe

Curriculum Consultant

cynthia.duncalfe@onlineschool.ca

Shandra Wiebe

Administrator

swiebe@onlineschool.ca

Justine Dehod

Assistant

learningcommons@heritagechristian.ca

Beth Johnson

Subscriptions Facilitator

bjohnson@onlineschool.ca

Rachael Rennie

Unit Study Developer

rachael.rennie@onlineschool.ca

Kelly Wiebe

Shipping and Receiving

shipping@heritagechristian.ca

Safety for at Home Learners

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Fire, Earthquake, Lockdown and other emergencies can happen at any time or place. Just because a student is learning from a home environment doesn't mean they are free from danger. Emergency preparedness helps students and families be ready and act in ways which will give the best chances of survival during and emergency. 

Emergency Preparedness 

Students and families need to be prepared and know how to handle and respond to emergency situations.  Families should prepare and practice for the following:

Fire Drills- 6 times per year
Earthquake Drills- 3 times per year
Lockdown Drills- 2 times per year
Other emergency situations (determined by location e.g. forest fire, flooding etc.) 
This information is taken from http://safetydrills.weebly.com/ 

SOPHIE

Heritage Christian Online School designed SOPHIE to be a central resource that houses procedures and helpful information for staff members and families. SOPHIE is actually an acronym which stands for 

Standard Operating Procedures & Helpful Information Encyclopedia.  

SOPHIE works best if you view it like a library. There are Books available and within each of the books are chapters and pages. The chapters titles provide a general overview of what type of information will be found on the pages within.

For Example:

Please note that chapters are orange and individual pages are blue

However, the one down fall of this library analogy is that SOPHIE was not necessarily intended to be read like a book (from cover to cover and page to page). And that is where the word "Encyclopedia" is important. SOPHIE has a variety of information and so we encourage families to use SOPHIE like an Encyclopedia, to pop in and find the specific information they are looking for and to pop back out. To help locate a specific topic, use the search function located on the top right-hand side. Our hope is that SOPHIE can answer and provide some information to general questions that you may have. 

Tips and Tricks to Search in SOPHIE:

  • Use 1-2 key words 
  • Use "quotation marks" to narrow the search 
    • Example: "Course Preview"

 

Online Course Preview - Guest Pass

If your family would like to preview an online course before committing to it as a part of their education plan, they have the option to receive a five day pass to preview the course. 

Families can send an email to info@onlineschool.ca to request access. Please let the office know what grade and course they are looking for and the office will send them a link for a five day pass. 

Vaccination Reporting Regulation

BC's new Vaccination Status Reporting Regulation has been updated and HCOS will continue to provide student lists to the Ministry of Health as requested. HCOS will not be requesting or tracking the vaccination status of students.

To view the latest information of what is required of Heritage Christian Online School by the BC Government, please see here.

If you have any further concerns regarding this please contact Ted Gerk, our Privacy Officer.

 

10 FAQs for Back to School

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1. How do you lease a computer/tablet/iPad? 

Our computer lease program is available. For more information and forms please visit here.
Please note: You must obtain your Teacher's approval in order for the lease request to be processed.

2. How do you purchase new curriculum?

New guidelines have changed how HCOS can process the purchasing of resources from companies that do not accept HCOS PO#s. For more information see here. For a list of vendors which do accept HCOS PO#s please go here.  For more information visit Purchasing Process for Parents.

3. Do Lesson Providers need a Criminal Record Checks (CRCs)?

A reminder to HCOS Parents and all lesson providers: Provincial Regulations now mandate a Criminal Record Check (CRC) for anyone providing lessons to our students. Organizations need only provide a letter, on official stationery, that a CRC Policy for all staff and volunteers is in place.

Individual Lesson Providers MUST have a CRC done through the Ministry of Justice (RCMP CRCs are not acceptable). HCOS cannot process and pay invoices unless a valid CRC or CRC policy has been confirmed. For more information and to apply for a Criminal Record Check, please contact the HCOS office at office@onlineschool.ca.

4. What are FSAs?

The Foundation Skills Assessment is an annual, province-wide assessment of British Columbia students’ academic skills, and provides a snapshot of how well BC students are learning foundation skills in Reading Comprehension, Writing, and Numeracy. These are standardized tests held for students in Grades 4 and 7. 

These tests are not optional unless students meet a very narrow set of requirements for exemption.

5. How do I access Moodle?

Moodle is your students online classroom and is a required part of any online or hybrid course. In addition, some individualized teachers also use Moodle as a way to track submissions and other documents. For steps on how to access Moodle click here.

6. How do I use the Learning Commons search portal?

The mission for the HCOS Learning Commons is to provide Christian community, discipleship, innovation and literacy to all our patrons and staff. As we purchase our collection of digital and non-digital resources we try to discern what meets the needs of all our schools from a Christian perspective. Here is more information for returning patrons.

7. Why should a family value learning a second language?

To find out more information on learning a second language please visit our second language page.

8. What subscriptions does the Learning Commons offer?

Online subscriptions are available to teachers and families through Learning Commons. To find out more information on specific subject related subscriptions, click here.

9. How do Student Learning Plans (SLP) work?

The Student Learning Plans (SLPs) are very important documents. It is the first document that the Ministry looks at when they are checking to see if we are following the government guidelines (SLP page).

10. Are there are important dates that we should know?

For specific information about deadlines and due dates please go to our SOPHIE page: Important Dates 2019/2020

Unintended Consequences - Presentation from Phil Hills at RenewED 2019

Phillip Hills is the Executive Regional Director for ACSI Western Canada.  The HCOS staff welcomed him to speak as a keynote at our RenewED 2019 conference.  

 

Unintended Consequences - How our Digital Lives are Erasing our Identities
Presented by Phillip Hills, August 2019