Learning Commons

Empowering and Engaging Lifelong Learners

A Learning Commons is a common or shared space that is both physical and virtual. It is designed to move students beyond mere research, practice and group work to a greater level of engagement through exploration, experimentation, and collaboration. (Leading Learning, 2014) 

Collaboration and Learning Partnerships

The Learning Commons provides a space where everyone in our school community can work together and engage in the learning process. Students have access to Chrome Books and I Pads ( as signed out by their classroom teacher) to aid in their inquiry research. 

Programs for Coding and the use of Dash and Dots and Spheros are also accessible to broaden their knowledge and experience with new technology. We even have access to a 3-D printer and EV3 Robot Kits!

Keeping literacy relevant and helping to engage their learning is easy with Graphic novels of the Classics and even Shakespeare! A variety of novel sets are available to use for Literature circles in which they can diversify their learning by making the characters and scenes come alive by using the Green Screen!



  1. Battle of the Books (Junior and Senior) * Grades 3-8
  2. Forest of Reading (Blue Spruce-JK/SK-2); Silver Birch (Gr.3-6); Red Maple (Gr.7-8)
  3. Genius Hour / Teacher Partnering/ Inquiry Learning
  4. Artist Club (A few students from each grade will come to the Library Learning Commons once a month to create art work and share with others their success. The art work will be displayed in the Library Learning Commons).



  1. BATTLE OF THE BOOKS (Junior and Senior) * Grades 3-8
  2. FOREST OF READING (Blue Spruce-JK/SK-2); Silver Birch (Gr.3-6); Red Maple (Gr.7-8)


TWITTER: Please follow us on Twitter @St.JoesUxLibrary 

I will post tons of photos and videos of our wonderful students creating Maker Space activities, working on Literacy units and of course, working in community to foster our Christian values and learning.


MUSIC: We will be running our UKULELE club again this year! We will start near the end of November and continue until the end of February.


Date Event

September 4, 2018

March, 2019

First day of school. Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year!



"That's the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet." Jhumpa Lahiri


R VanDerVleuten- CCT and Teacher Librarian