Learning Commons

Welcome to the Learning Commons

Hello and welcome! The Learning Commons at C.W. Perry is a place where students can access the resources they need to support their learning. Books, digital resources, computers, i-pads and green screen are all  available to students and staff.

If you have questions or need help finding a resource please contact Ms. Ratzlaff, the Learning Commons Facilitator.  Ms Ratzlaff is available by phone at 587.775.3523 or by email.

Helpful Websites

Destiny Discover E-books

Discover how to use our electronic books! For instructions on how to use Destiny Discover click here.

Students are allowed up to a limit of 2 check outs at any given time, this does not include the textbooks signed out for the school year

Standard loan period is 3 weeks but students may exchange items as often as they wish during school hours.

Donations will be accept for the Learning Common’s Collection under the following guidelines:

  1. Item is appropriate fiction reading for middle school age level or junior high curriculum
  2. Age of item does not exceed 5 years
  3. Item is in good condition
  4. If donated item does not support the collection it will be sent to another Learning Commons that can use it.

Textbooks will be assigned to students at the beginning of September for the duration of the school year
Should a textbook be lost or damaged the student will be have to pay the replacement cost of the item before receiving another textbook.

Students will not be allowed to sign out new material until overdue item(s) are returned
Lost or damaged books must be paid for before a student will be allowed to sign out new material

Any lost or damaged item from the Learning Commons may be paid for in one of three options:

  1. Pay for item
  2. Purchase a copy of item and donate to the Learning Commons
  3. Donate a item of equal value preferable in same subject or genre to the Learning Commons collection.

Volunteers are welcome in the Learning Commons. A criminal record check must be completed prior to being able to volunteer. If you would like to volunteer or need more information please contact Mrs. Ratzlaff via email or the school at 587-775-3523.

Parents and students are encouraged to submit titles for purchase to enhance the Learning Common’s collection. Please contact Mrs. Ratzlaff if you would like to make a suggestion.

The following titles are available for parents to sign out in our Learning Commons.

The Rollercoaster Years: Raising your child through the maddening yet magical middle school years / Charlene C. Giannetti

How to Talk so teens will listen & listen so teens will talk / Adele Faber

The Drama Years: real girls talk about surviving middle school – bullies, brands, body image, and more / Haley Kilpatrick

The bully, the bullied, and the bystander / Barbara Coloroso

Help your teenager beat an eating disorder / James Lock

The everything parent’s guide to sensory processing disorder / Terri Mauro

The 10 best-ever anxiety management techniques / Margaret Wehrenberg

Hold on to your kids: why parents need to matter more than peers / Gordon Neufeld

Chicken soup for the soul: Think positive for kids / Kevin Sorbo

When kids are grieving: addressing grief and loss in school / Donna M. Burns

The explosive child: a new approach for understanding and parenting easily frustrated, chronically inflexible children / Ross W. Greene

Be different: my adventures with Asperger’s and my advice for fellow aspergians, misfits, families and teachers / John Elder Robinson

Raising your spirited child: a guide for parents whose child is more intense, spirited, perceptive, persistent, and energetic / Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

Bright not broken: gifted kids, ADHD, and autism / Diane M. Kennedy

Scattered minds: the origins and healing of attention deficit disorder / Gabor Mate

Conversations on the go: clever questions to keep teens and grown-ups talking / Mary Alice Ackerman

The 7 habits of highly effective families / Stephen R. Covey

Freeing your child from anxiety: practical strategies to overcome fears, worries, and phobias and be prepared for life-from toddlers to teens / Tamar E. Chansky

Stress free kids: a parent’s guide to helping build self-esteem, manage stress, and reduce anxiety in children / Lori Lite

Stand up for yourself & your friends: dealing with bullies and bossiness and finding a better way / Patti Criswell

Reviving Ophelia: saving the selves of adolescent girls / Mary Pipher

Masterminds & wingmen: helping our boys cope with schoolyard power, locker-room tests, girlfriends, and the new rules of boy world / Rosalind Wiseman

Setting limits with your strong-willed child / Robert J. Mackenzie

Kids are worth it: raising resilient, responsible, compassionate kids / Barbara Coloroso

How to hug a hedgehog: 12 keys for connecting with teens / Brad Wilcox

Middle school: the inside story – what kids tell us, but don’t tell you / Cynthia Tobias

Raising Cain: protecting the emotional life of boys / Dan Kindlon

What is panic disorder? / Carla Mooney

What in anxiety disorder? / Carla Mooney

What are sleep disorders? /  Leanne Currie-McGhee

What is self-injury disorder? / Janice M. Yuwiler

Teens and stress / Peggy J. Parks

Teens: cutting and self-injury / Peggy J. Parks

Land Acknowledgment

Rocky View Schools would like to acknowledge the land and recognize all the Indigenous Peoples whose footprints have marked these lands from time immemorial. Together, we can learn and honour the Ways of Knowing of Indigenous Peoples for all future generations.