Kelowna

APRIL 25, 2022

Kelowna Christian Centre, 905 Badke Road, Kelowna

Detailed Schedule

2:00pm - 2:15pm

Welcome, Introductions and Opening

2:15pm - 3:15pm

Lifting Our Eyes Up - Sara Kraushar & Craig Kwiatkowski

3:15pm - 3:45pm

Break

3:45pm - 5:00pm

  • Newbie to Success! – Grace Peters
  • The HCOS Learning Commons: Resourcing You for Success
  • Graduation 101 (for Grades 8-12) – Anthony Kuchma
  • Your HCOS Universal Support Toolbox

5:00pm - 7:00pm

Break

7:00pm - 8:15pm

Viewing of the film Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience

8:15pm - 8:40pm

Breakout for Discussion of Screenagers K-5

Breakout for Discussion of Screenagers 6-9

Breakout for Discussion of Screenagers 10-12

Closing

Detailed Schedule

2:00pm - 2:15pm

Welcome, Introductions and Opening

2:15pm - 3:15pm

Lifting Our Eyes Up - Sara Kraushar & Craig Kwiatkowski

3:15pm - 3:45pm

Break

3:45pm - 5:00pm

  • Success - Grace Peters
  • The HCOS Learning Commons: Resourcing You for Success
  • Graduation 101 (for Grades 8-12) - Anthony Kuchma
  • Your HCOS Universal Support Toolbox

5:00pm - 7:00pm

Break

7:00pm - 8:15pm

Viewing of the film Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience

8:15pm - 8:40pm

Breakout for Discussion of Screenagers K-5

Breakout for Discussion of Screenagers 6-9

Breakout for Discussion of Screenagers 10-12

Closing

Conference Starts In...

Workshops

Speakers

Sara Kraushar

Academic Head of School

Sara Kraushar is the Academic Head of School for Heritage Christian Online School, living in Langley with her family. Over the 12 years of working at HCOS Sara has enjoyed being part of many aspects of the school as a teacher, administrator and parent. Home education has been an unexpected journey for Sara’s family and one they have been on for the last 9 years. In their free moments Sara’s family enjoys being outside, travel, and projects.

Sara Kraushar

Academic Head of School

Sara Kraushar is the Academic Head of School for Heritage Christian Online School, living in Langley with her family. Over the 12 years of working at HCOS Sara has enjoyed being part of many aspects of the school as a teacher, administrator and parent. Home education has been an unexpected journey for Sara’s family and one they have been on for the last 9 years. In their free moments Sara’s family enjoys being outside, travel, and projects.

Craig Kwiatkowski

Business Head of School

Craig Kwiatkowski is the Business Head of School for Heritage Christian Online School, living in Kelowna with his two children. Having been with HCOS for the past 15 years, he has experienced the changes, challenges and celebrations along the journey to be a school that serves a diverse community of home educators and learners. Craig is also a worship leader, hiker, disc golfer and donut aficionado.

Craig Kwiatkowski

Business Head of School

Craig Kwiatkowski is the Business Head of School for Heritage Christian Online School, living in Kelowna with his two children. Having been with HCOS for the past 15 years, he has experienced the changes, challenges and celebrations along the journey to be a school that serves a diverse community of home educators and learners. Craig is also a worship leader, hiker, disc golfer and donut aficionado.

Grace Peters

My name is Grace and I’m a mom of 4, a planner creator and I’ve been the chief homeschool chaos coordinator in our home for the last 12 years. I started out as a reluctant homeschooler and wanted to throw in the towel many times along the way. 12 years later, I’m still in the trenches of homeschooling/home learning…and wouldn’t have it any other way. When I’m not schooling the kids, I love to encourage, inspire, and equip other moms in their many roles. I enjoy sharing tips to get organized and ways to implement simple rhythms and routines for homeschool life over at @rhythmsofgracehomeschoollife on Instagram and Facebook. I think it’s important for moms to know that it is possible to have order in the home and joy in the busy homeschool life.

Grace Peters

My name is Grace and I’m a mom of 4, a planner creator and I’ve been the chief homeschool chaos coordinator in our home for the last 12 years. I started out as a reluctant homeschooler and wanted to throw in the towel many times along the way. 12 years later, I’m still in the trenches of homeschooling/home learning…and wouldn’t have it any other way. When I’m not schooling the kids, I love to encourage, inspire, and equip other moms in their many roles. I enjoy sharing tips to get organized and ways to implement simple rhythms and routines for homeschool life over at @rhythmsofgracehomeschoollife on Instagram and Facebook. I think it’s important for moms to know that it is possible to have order in the home and joy in the busy homeschool life.

Anthony Kuchma

Grad Advisor

Anthony is a teacher and grad advisor here at HCOS. He is passionate about Christian education and wants to see the world filled with amazing youth serving the Lord. His speciality is Math and Science. When he’s not teaching he’s probably on some adventure with his kids of which he now has 5.

Anthony Kuchma

Grad Advisor

Anthony is a teacher and grad advisor here at HCOS. He is passionate about Christian education and wants to see the world filled with amazing youth serving the Lord. His speciality is Math and Science. When he’s not teaching he’s probably on some adventure with his kids of which he now has 5.

Amber Haas

Regional Admin – Interior

Amber Haas is the Regional Administrator for the Interior spanning through the Thompson Okanagan, Shuswap and Kootenays. Amber started with HCOS in 2004, as a new teacher quickly seeing the value in home education and the role it holds within the families choosing to do so. With her love of field trips, she also held a role with Learning Groups providing opportunities for community and learning all in one! She coordinated Community Connections for both Vernon, Penticton and Kelowna bringing families for weekly lessons. Now one of her Regional Administrative roles, is to welcome new families to HCOS connecting them with their teacher. Amber’s goal is to support both families and teachers well by coaching and equipping her teachers in their roles so they in turn can provide educational support for their students. Amber enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, paddle boarding and exploring with her two sons. She also keeps a flower garden with certain variety but lots of color.

Amber Haas

Regional Admin – Interior

Amber Haas is the Regional Administrator for the Interior spanning through the Thompson Okanagan, Shuswap and Kootenays. Amber started with HCOS in 2004, as a new teacher quickly seeing the value in home education and the role it holds within the families choosing to do so. With her love of field trips, she also held a role with Learning Groups providing opportunities for community and learning all in one! She coordinated Community Connections for both Vernon, Penticton and Kelowna bringing families for weekly lessons. Now one of her Regional Administrative roles, is to welcome new families to HCOS connecting them with their teacher. Amber’s goal is to support both families and teachers well by coaching and equipping her teachers in their roles so they in turn can provide educational support for their students. Amber enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, paddle boarding and exploring with her two sons. She also keeps a flower garden with certain variety but lots of color.

Pippa Davies

Pippa Davies has 30 years experience encompassing working as a director, administrator, library specialist and teacher-librarian, in many fields; medical, legal, public, reference and education. Her goal is to constantly challenge herself to learn new technology, and educational innovations for my school and students, to encourage learning which is vibrant and relevant to their 21st century needs. For the last 17 years, she has loved working as the Director of Heritage Christian Online School Learning Commons. As a change agent in the learning commons environment she enjoys collaboration, technology integration, literacy projects and dynamic inquiry-based learning, whilst creating a voice for all of our students and staff. She also is married to her husband John, and has three adult children and two grandchildren who fill her life with love!

Pippa Davies

Pippa Davies has 30 years experience encompassing working as a director, administrator, library specialist and teacher-librarian, in many fields; medical, legal, public, reference and education. Her goal is to constantly challenge herself to learn new technology, and educational innovations for my school and students, to encourage learning which is vibrant and relevant to their 21st century needs. For the last 17 years, she has loved working as the Director of Heritage Christian Online School Learning Commons. As a change agent in the learning commons environment she enjoys collaboration, technology integration, literacy projects and dynamic inquiry-based learning, whilst creating a voice for all of our students and staff. She also is married to her husband John, and has three adult children and two grandchildren who fill her life with love!

Cynthia Duncalfe

Cynthia Duncalfe has been working with HCOS as Curriculum Consultant for the past 5 years as part of the Learning Commons team, and is committed to building community and providing innovative ways for our teachers and families to access resources suited to individual needs. Prior to that, she was an owner/operator of Cornerstone Learning Resources, Ltd. for 11 years, a retail and online store that provided educational materials to educators and students, specializing in home education curriculum and consultations. Cynthia is a mother of 5 teen and adult children, all of whom were home educated, and is blessed to be happily married to her husband of 30 years.

Cynthia Duncalfe

Cynthia Duncalfe has been working with HCOS as Curriculum Consultant for the past 5 years as part of the Learning Commons team, and is committed to building community and providing innovative ways for our teachers and families to access resources suited to individual needs. Prior to that, she was an owner/operator of Cornerstone Learning Resources, Ltd. for 11 years, a retail and online store that provided educational materials to educators and students, specializing in home education curriculum and consultations. Cynthia is a mother of 5 teen and adult children, all of whom were home educated, and is blessed to be happily married to her husband of 30 years.

Michelle Nimchuk

Michelle Nimchuk has been with HCOS for over 11 years as a homeschool parent and over the last 10 years as a Support teacher and Learning Service Consultant. In her role in Learning Services, she enjoys finding appropriate supports to meet the learning needs of students.

Michelle Nimchuk

Michelle Nimchuk has been with HCOS for over 11 years as a homeschool parent and over the last 10 years as a Support teacher and Learning Service Consultant. In her role in Learning Services, she enjoys finding appropriate supports to meet the learning needs of students.