Park Time

PARK TIME starts next week April 28th in Warman…

Where:   Warman Lions Spray Park
When:    TUESDAYS 1:00 pm – 3:30ish pm

A free drop-in style weekly time for home-based educating families to get together in the great outdoors.  Kids of all ages can have fun together – it is a park!  There is playground equipment, spray park, lots of trees & green space.  You may want to bring a ball of some kind, Frisbee, bathing suit & towel, etc, but definitely a water bottle!  Parents, bring a lawn chair or blanket so we can gather in a common area for visiting, meeting new people, sharing ideas, supporting each other, or just relaxing together.

Park Time continues right through the summer, usually until it is too cold in the autumn for the moms to sit outside happily:)

If you have questions, feel free to contact me:

Shelley Gilbey at 306-384-2716 or

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Swimming Lessons



Start May 1 (next Friday!)
End June 19


Once again, we are offering swim lessons to homeschooled children at Harry Bailey Aquatic Centre on Friday mornings.


Please come to the lobby at Harry Bailey on Thursday night, April 23 from 6:30 – 8:30 for our registration night. Payment must be made at that time as well. We take cash and cheques made out to Saskatoon Homeschoolers.


Prices are as follows:


Preschool levels through to Level 4  $65
Levels 5 – 8  $85
Levels 9 and 10  $95


Lessons go on anywhere from 9 am to 10:40. We won’t know your exact swim time until a few days after registration and we will contact you with this via email. A recreational family swim will be held every week from 10:40 – 11:25–a great opportunity for the kids to socialize and practice their skills!


Please note: there will be 7 instruction days and the last day will be a rec. swim from 10 – 11:25! They unfortunately do not have enough lifeguards to teach the whole 8 weeks, but they assure me that everyone can still get their badges within those 7 weeks of instruction.


Thank you all for your patience while I organize this. See you Thursday!

Janina Chamberlain ( and Melody Friesen

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The Caldecott Medal

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

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Newbery Medal Books

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

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The Willow Awards


The mission of The Willow Awards is to promote reading by granting a “Willow Award” to the Canadian and/or Saskatchewan book(s) voted by Saskatchewan students to be the best of those nominated in designated categories for a specific year.


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Saskatoon Public School Division HBE has graciously invited us to join them in their regularly scheduled swim times.  As these sessions are for families registered with the Saskatoon Public School Division and are booked under the Reciprocal Use Agreement between the City of Saskatoon and the Saskatoon Public School Division our attendance is by invitation and a few procedures need to be followed in order for this to work:

  1. Prairie Spirit School Division families have to pay to attend (payment made at the pool on the swim day)
  2. Swimming is not drop in
  3. Numbers are required by the pool in advance, so if you are planning to attend, you must register with me ( by the required dates with your name and the number attending so that I can forward the numbers to the Saskatoon Public School Home-Based Education Coordinator.  (The numbers are required so that the necessary number of lifeguards are scheduled)

SWIMMING TIMES for the next three months are:

Friday, November 14   1:00 – 3:00 p.m.         Lawson Civic Centre                       REGISTER by Nov. 5

Friday, November 28   1:00 – 3:00 p.m.         Lakewood Civic Centre                 REGISTER by Nov. 14

Friday, December 12    1:00 – 3:00 p.m.          Lakewood Civic Centre                 REGISTER by Nov 28

Please note the change of pools – Lawson Civic Centre will be closed until the new year.  Times and locations for January will be booked shortly and I will send those to you as soon as I get them.

A big thanks to Karen Searcyk from Saskatoon Public School Division for the invitation!


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Stop Sending in the Clowns

PRAIRIE SPIRIT THEATRE COMPANY is a Homeschool Drama Club.  Our students are busy rehearsing for another spectacular performance weekend presenting…

Stop Sending in the Clowns

A mystery farce by Pat Cook is amazingly performed on a stage near you. (Produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc., Englewood, Colorado)

“You never know what’s going to happen in a circus!”  ballyhoos Ringmaster Burnum at the Burnum and Bailout Traveling Circus – and on this particular day, that statement rings truer than ever.  Beulah Von Schmellie, the overbearing and overdressed old dowager, shows up to rain on Burnum and Bailout’s parade of circus acts as she attempts to foreclose on the show.  When the local sheriff arrives on the scene, the circus performers scramble for a quick solution, attempting to sell the circus to seemingly naïve tourists Jethro and Dixie before the foreclosure takes effect.  An assortment of amusing mysteries pop up as the sheriff makes a hilarious attempt to get to the bottom of a smuggling ring, a petty theft and a missing persons case – all while enduring the sly magic tricks of magician Tina.  To make matters more complicated, Agents Cully, Moldie and Spinner show up from the XYZ Files and join the jumbled juggling act of jokes, crime and mystery.  Who is behind each of these crimes?  Could it be Armando, the blind sharp-shooter?  The wacky clown troupe that keeps interfering with the investigation?  The clowning-around never stops under this wacky Big Top!

Dates:  Friday & Saturday, November 21 & 22, 2014
Where:  NEW Warman Theatre; Legends Centre, 701 Centennial Blvd, Warman
When:  Doors open 6:30 pm for Rush Seating/ Showtime 7:00 pm
Cash Admission:  $5.00/person at door *suggested age 6 yrs & up
Tickets:  Contact Lynn @ 306-381-8682 (buy ahead for the shorter line-up at the doorJ)


Come out and join the antics for an exciting family evening of circus adventure!

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Dates:     Oct. 20/14 to March 30/15  (cancelled on Dec. 22, 29, and Feb. 16)

Time:      Mondays 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Where:    Warman Diamond Arena

This program is a free drop-in ice time for home-based education families in the Prairie Spirit School Division. We split the rink space 1/2 & 1/2 for skaters & rec hockey.  There are bleachers in a heated visiting area for parents and non-skaters:)


* everyone on the ice has to be wearing skates (no boots)

* soft-puck hockey only (due to no equipment being worn, and non-hockey skaters also using the ice surface)

* for hockey, no slapshots & proper helmets are required (cages for young players recommended)

PARENTS:  please inform your family of the rink rules, and it will be your responsibility to enforce them with your kids – Thanks:)

If you have any questions, please contact me.

Shelley Gilbey at 306-384-2716 or


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Homeschool Curling League:  The Nutana Curling Club (2002 Arlington Ave) will be hosting our curling league this year.  The times will be Friday afternoons from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm starting on October 3rd, 2013.  The cost is $100 per curler for the year, or $60 per half year, either adult or child.  The parents are encouraged to come out and join the kids for some fun on the ice.  We had a lot of fun the last 2 years, and would like to see even more people come out and join us this year.  The format will be games, with teams made up at the beginning and changing around later in the year.  For more information and to register, please contact Joan Hoerdt-Lukan at 306-955-0764 or  Please register with Joan by Friday, September 19th, with payment made to the Nutana Curling Club on our first game day.

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SHBE – The Saskatchewan Home Based Educators

The Saskatchewan Home Based Educators (SHBE) provides supportive, social and instructional resources for homeschoolers and is the official voice of home-based educators in Saskatchewan. The user-friendly SHBE website is and has links to many resources for parents. For example, there is the Getting Started tab as well as Beginner and Seeker Resources that they can access if they click on the Links side tab. The other useful tab is the FAQ that will have answers to many common questions about homeschooling. If you still have concerns or questions, there is a direct link to the Help Desk if you click on the Links tab.

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