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Fax: 306-882-3366
Email: info@sunwestsd.ca

January 13, 2016

Documents to View:
a. RCMP Depot Youth Camp
b. Trial of Louis Riel
c. Saskatchewan Mining Association Education Outreach Resources for Teachers
d. Ag in the Classroom Invitation

Websites To View:
a. Staples Superpower You School Contest
b. Canada Day Challenge
c. Agriculture Literacy Month
 

For Your Information:

1.Canada Games Activity Challenge

To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday and the 50th anniversary of the Canada Games, the Canada Games Council is offering an Activity Challenge to elementary schools across Canada. The Activity Challenge is a free online program that provides fun activities to encourage students to participate in physical activity and develop healthy habits. Activity Challenge resources include physical literacy skill-building activities and an online activity tracker to collect experience points. Rewards and incentives are provided to keep students interested and motivated. Family activity suggestions and articles are also available for parents. Teachers can sign up and add students until January 27, 2017. Activities start on February 13, 2017. For more information and to register, please visit https://activitychallenge.canadagames.ca.

2. 2016-17 Student First Anti-Bullying Forum
The Ministry of Education will launch the fourth Student First Anti-Bullying Forum on Monday, February 6, 2017. The theme of this year’s forum, Our School Includes Everyone, focuses on positive and supportive school climates and student mental well-being. The forum is open to students in grades 6 and up. Resources are geared towards students in grades 6 to 9.

Three 10-minute keynote speaker videos will be available in the resource package:

  • Kelvin and Tunchai Redvers, co-founders of the We Matter Campaign (https://wemattercampaign.org) will provide the English keynote presentations; and,
  • Jennifer O’Bomsawin, co-chair of the Assembly of First Nations Youth Council, will provide the French keynote presentation.

This year, the forum resources have been designed to give teacher’s flexibility and choice in how and when they participate. Engagement and discussion activities may be used with the whole class or small groups and presented at different times to fit class schedules. Online resources and activities will be available from February 6, 2017 until the end of the school year. Teachers and group facilitators are encouraged to schedule activities between February 6 and 17, 2017 to lead up to Red Cross Pink Day.

There will be two teacher training webinar sessions to go through the resources and activities:

  • English session – Jan. 31, 2017, 3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
  • French session – Feb. 1, 2017, 3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

For more information about the 2016-17 Student First Anti-Bullying Forum and to register for the webinars, please visit www.iamstronger.ca.

3. Learning Opportunity: Introduction to Major Dailies (Canadian Newsstand)
Canadian Major Dailies provides access to more than 20 of Canada’s national and regional newspapers. This database provides students and researchers with timely coverage of national and regional events. Canadian Major Dailies is part of the Multitype Database Licensing Program (MDLP) and is available to all K-12 schools and public libraries in Saskatchewan. The webinar will be presented by Michelle Giese, Reference and Electronic Resources Librarian, at the Saskatchewan Legislative Library. Michelle will share searching tips, will discuss how and why teachers and students might use this database, and will explain the differences between this and the other newspaper database in the MDLP collection, PressReader. Connect with Michelle over Adobe Connect on January 26, 2017 from 3:45 – 4:30 p.m. Please register for this event at http://sils-sk.libsurveys.com/webinar.

For more information contact: Regan Gunningham, 306-787-3953, regan.gunningham@gov.sk.ca

4. Odyssey Program 2017-18
Each year language assistants from the Odyssey Program are assigned to schools across the province. Some are assigned to French Immersion schools to help French-as-a-Second-Language teachers encourage students to interact in the French language and to raise their awareness of francophone culture. Others are assigned to francophone schools and help teachers develop students’ knowledge of their French language and build their cultural identity and sense of belonging to the francophone world. If you are interested in acquiring the services of a language assistant for your school division, please complete the attached “Application for Language Assistants” form which can also be found on the Odyssey program website and return it to the Programs Branch before March 15, 2017. Language assistants will be assigned to school divisions by mid-June 2017.

Contact:
Brigitte Périllat, 306-787-6048, brigitte.perillat@gov.sk.ca

5. Official Languages Programs
The Programs Branch is pleased to provide details of the Official Languages Programs: Destination ClicExplore and Odyssey. Brochures and posters for the above programs may be found attached. Please share the information with those interested in promoting the programs before the February 15 (Explore), February 28 (Odyssey) and March 31 (Destination Clic) deadlines. Should you need more information, please contact Brigitte Périllat or visit us online at the following websites: www.destinationclic.cawww.myexplore.ca and www.myodyssey.ca
Contact: Brigitte Périllat, 306-787-6048, brigitte.perillat@gov.sk.ca

6. Official Languages French Teacher Summer Bursary
The Programs Branch would like to invite interested French language teachers to apply for the Official Languages Bursary Program for French teachers. Teachers must be teaching French this school year and must be under contract to teach French in the 2017-18 school year. The focus of the bursary program is to improve teachers’ French language skills. Applications must be approved and signed by the Director/Supervisor of Education and forwarded to the Programs Branch by March 31, 2017. A maximum of eight bursaries of up to $2000 each will be awarded to the pre-determined recipients. For more information, please visit us online.
Contact:
Brigitte Périllat, 306-787-6048, brigitte.perillat@gov.sk.ca

7. Investigation of Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect Fact Sheet for School and School Division Personnel
The ministries of Education and Justice, with input from the Saskatchewan School Boards Association, developed a fact sheet about the roles that police and child protection services play in investigating child abuse.

Investigation of Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect Fact Sheet for School and School Division Personnel

Contact:
Sharon Markesteyn, 306-787-9535, sharon.markesteyn@gov.sk.ca

 

January 6, 2017

Documents to View:
a. Homewood Health  January Newsletter Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder


Websites to View:
a. January 27, 2017 is Family Literacy Day (Website Resources)

For Your Information:
1. The Saskatchewan Association for Community Living (SACL) has partnered with People First of Canada (PFC) to offer a newly created educational presentation about “Inclusive Language”. 

During the presentation, an individual with an intellectual disability will provide first hand experiences about times when hurtful words and stereotypes have affected them.  The presentation touches on the history of the “R” word and offers insight into why this terminology is outdated.  It provides students alternative language to use when talking about disability. This one hour presentation is targeted towards grades 5-8.  The presentation is ideally provided in individual classrooms.  This smaller group encourages questions and input from the audience.  The presentation is free for interested teachers and classrooms.  If you are interested in booking the “Inclusive Language” presentation please contact Nicole at nicole.graham@sacl.org or 306-955-3344.

2.  Resonate For Teachers – April 4th, 2017, at Beaver Creek Salvation Army Camp

Professional development for educators.  Join professional musicians as they present sessions on:  drumming, boomwhackers, jamming, hip hop, song writing, recording, instrument building, guitar, and classroom resources.  Resonate 2017 is pleased to have special guest Larry Livingston from Conn-Selmer, Indiana as a featured artist in 2017.  You do not want to miss out on the broad musical background that Larry brings to Resonate 2017.  To learn more about Larry go to: http://education.conn-selmer.com/en-us/education/Educational-Clinicians/clinician-profiles/Larry-Livingston

 2017 Registration Information: Teachers & Post-secondary students last day to register is March 6th, 2017 **Early bird deadline is January 31st, 2017 To register and stay up to date as plans emerge go to:  www.resonatelive.ca

Resonate Student Music Conference – April 5th, 6th, and 7th, 2017, at Beaver Creek Salvation Army Camp (Poster attached).  Limited space available for non-PSSD students.
Join professional musicians to make music and learn about drumming, hip hop, composing, digital recording, jamming, instrument building, guitar, vocals, wind ensemble, and more.  Open to students in grades 7-12.  Students may attend ONE of the days listed.  Non-PSSD schools can register up to 5 students while spaces are available.
2017 Registration information: Last day to register is March 6th, 2017
To register contact kendra.worman@spiritsd.ca to request registration forms.  Stay up to date as plans come together at:  www.resonatelive.ca

 

December 21, 2016

Websites to View:
a. Smiles 4 Canada
b. MacKenzie Art Gallery School Tours
c. Saskatchewan Alliance for youth and Community Well-being Provincial Report
d. International Institute for Sustainable Development Essay Contest 

For Your Information:

1. Moodle Upgrade
(Submitted by: Jade Ballek, Principal, DLC)


Over the Christmas break, Moodle will be upgraded to the 3.1 version. There are a few changes, some more noticeable than others:

1.You may notice a change in the look of your course. All our courses are moving to a single "theme" which means that they will all have a consistent colour scheme and layout that incorporates the Sun West School Division colours and logo. 
2.There is a change to the Auto-Math Slate plug-in (was part of the tinyMCE editor that has been discontinued). There will be no noticeable change.  
3.The update includes some security fixes as well, none of which should be noticeable to you. 

 

2. Sun West Wikis (located under the staff tab on the Sun West home page)
(Submitted by: Danielle D. Jamieson, Assessment and Data Consultant)

Please don't forget to check out the Sun West Wikis that have been created for all subject areas. These wikis have great resources to use as they are or adapt and are continually being added to.
If you have items that you would like added to the wikis please forward them on to Danielle Jamieson, Arlene Low or Vanessa Lewis and we will make sure this gets done.

 

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