What’s new with Home based Education(HBE) in 2020-21

Welcome to Home based Education for the 2020-2021 school year!

September Updates:

Enrolment: HBE has seen a surge in our enrolment this fall. Last year at this time HBE had approx. 500 students enrolled and this year we are currently at 840 students. The surge is primarily due to Covid 19, with so many new families we want to let you know a bit more about some of HBE staff.

Our HBE team consists of these people: 

Janet Jeffries : HBE facilitator

Rob Troupe  : Spirit eLearning and HBE facilitator

Lorraine Fitzgerald : HBE 

We are pleased to be working with you and are available to you if you have questions or concerns. Call 306-683-2800 to be connected to one of us. 

or email us at : janet.jeffries@spiritsd.ca or lorraine.fitzgerald@spiritsd.ca

We are currently working on the HBE blog and plan to have it updated soon with forms, resources and a new look. Watch for that !

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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 brad.shelley.gilbey@gmail.com

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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 (hoylingj@shaw.ca) 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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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 brad.shelley.gilbey@gmail.com


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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 murphysma@sasktel.net.  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 www.shbe.info 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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NEW…Prairie Spirit Homeschoolers Gym Time!

  • an active afternoon for your kids on Mondays (parent supervised please)
  • bring clean, dry, indoor shoes  (Outside footwear must be stored on boot racks outside of gym)
  • gym provides some equipment we can use (ie. floor hockey, basketball, parachute, pylons, balls)

Where:  Legends Centre; 701 Centennial Blvd, Warman

Starts:  Monday March 24 (weekly booking ends on June 30)

Time:   1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

I think this will be fun for all ages – so come on out:)  If you have any questions, let me know.

Shelley Gilbey




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