December Newsletter

Hello HBE families:

I hope that everyone is well, and your educational pursuits are coming along. The cold weather has us spending more time indoors which is a good chance to get some letters to Santa or grandparents and some holiday stories written.  Remember to save some of your work samples so you can see the progress you have made in June. The Ministry of Education requires you to keep evidence of each child’s learning for a minimum of 2 years, you don’t need to keep everything just a few samples/pictures/ test for evidence. After 2 years you may recycle work samples, tests etc. if you wish.

HBE Funding; The funding forms have all been organized and sent into the accounting department, the funding $ will be sent out to HBE families at the end of January 2023. Families are not required to provide receipts for the educational materials they purchase with this funding.

Programs: Some parents have inquired about other educational programming besides Home based education that the PSSD offers.

These are the options:

  1. Students may return to the local school during the school year
  2. We offer a program called “learning@home” for grades K-8. Students regularly connect with the teacher for guidance, but their work is self-paced and managed by individual family schedules. The teacher provides the grade appropriate lesson and  the assessments. Parents support the learning but don’t have to find the curriculum.
  3. Spirit elearning is our online school. The next intake time is January 9th for online classes. Credit classes for grades 10-12

If you are interested in either of these options, please connect with me for more information and the next steps.

Grade 10 Pathways:

Students that are in grade 9 may want to consider the pathway they wish to take for their educational journey and possible post secondary options.  

This graphic is a quick look at the pathways if you are not attending your local school.  

Gym & Skating times for your PE classes:

Martensville Athletic Pavilion: these Fridays: Dec 9, Jan 13, Feb 3, Feb 10, March 3, March 10, March 31, April 28, May 5, May 12, May26, June 2, June 23  from 10am-12pm

Warman Communiplex:    every Tuesday from 1-3pm except non-school days.

It is appreciated that the facilities rules are being followed and that only registered students are using the facilities as per our agreement with the cities of Warman and Martensville.

Skating times are booked on at the Warman Home Centre Communiplex (formerly the Legends Centre) on Centennial Street in Warman. Helmets are mandatory on the ice.

Dec 12th , Jan 16th, Feb 6th , March 2nd , March 16th from 1-3pm

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November 2022 Newsletter

Hello Home based educators:

Well the snow really arrived this weekend I hope everyone was safe and warm and enjoyed the snow and the shovelling. 

2023 SHBE convention: 

I checked the SHBE website to see if they were holding a Home based education convention this year and they are so if you are able to attend it may be of interest to you.  To register go to the SHBE website. 

Hello fellow homeschoolers!

Mark February 24 and 25 in your calendar for the 2023 SHBE Homeschool Convention. Plans are in the works for a full-size convention, including keynote speakers, workshops, vendor hall, used books, and lots of socializing.

SHBE has booked the Queensbury Convention Centre in Regina for the 2023 SHBE convention.

  Mental Health Literacy 

I have attached a couple of videos from a Mental Health Literacy & Wellness workshop I attended last week.  PSSD iheld an in-service and the  PSSD counsellors were sharing information with teachers to help them explain or have discussion about mental health literacy with students. Here are two videos. As parents you may wish to watch and share the ideas with your children. Depending on their age they could watch the video with you and have a discussion as a follow-up or as a parent you could watch the videos and choose what to share with your children.

Literacy tip

Daily reading and writing are important for a strong reading foundation. Reading daily to young children can help with language acquisition, communication skills, social skills, and literacy skills. There are five early reading skills that are essential for development. They are:

1) Phonemic awareness – Being able to hear, identify, and play with individual sounds in spoken words.
2) Phonics – Being able to connect the letters of written language with the sounds of spoken language.
3) Vocabulary – The words kids need to know to communicate effectively.
4) Reading comprehension – Being able to understand and get meaning from what has been read.
5) Fluency (oral reading) – Being able to read text accurately and quickly.

“Repetition is the mother of learning, the father of action, which makes it the architect of accomplishment.” (Zig Ziglar)

Think back to when you learned to ride a bike, drive a car or play a new sport. First, you needed to learn the essential skills. Then it was all about practice and more practice until you increased your confidence, improved your speed and became skilled.

The next time your little one asks you to read a book yet again or wants to play the same game over and over, remind yourself that it’s a good thing! It’s good because repetition provides the practice that children need to master new skills. Repetition helps to improve speed, increases confidence, and strengthens the connections in the brain that help children learn.


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Career education opportunity for students : SIEC(SK Industry Education Council)

Virtual Spotlight on Business Career Pathways Panel – Wednesday, January 19th (1:30 – 2:30 PM)

·         Hear from the local business professionals sharing their career journeys. The panel will include entrepreneurs, small business owners, and sales and marketing representatives, including a realtor and marketing director.

·         This live event will provide the opportunity for student, teacher, and parent Q&A.

Check out our website to view our Spotlight on Business & Finance virtual Resources such as:

  • Interviews with experts in the Financial sector – View Now
  • Post-Secondary Series where we talk with advisors from the Business & Finance Programs in Saskatchewan – View Now
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November HBE newsletter

Good Afternoon HBE families,

I wanted to share a couple of educational resource sites with parents and students. 

All PSSD students have access to the Prairie Spirit School Division Website. The PSSD website has numerous learning resources available that may be of interest.   Kahn academy is just one of the resources that offers lessons in most subject areas. I have attached the PSSD link here for you under the student tab.  Students will need their PSSD username and password to sign in. If you do not know what your user name and password is please email me the student’s name and I will get it from the PSSD technology helpdesk. Students also have access to Office 365 by signing in.

Another good information and resource site is called,  Here is the link to that site. 

I hope your school year is going well; it is hard to believe we are already in the third month of the school year!

Take care, Lorraine Fitzgerald   HBE facilitator

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Grade 10-12 career information October 2023

please click here for the SIEC newletter;

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Grades 10-12 students’ career education fair

See Your Future – Education & Career Fair

2023 allows students to ask important

questions about life after high school:

click on link to register

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PSSD Home Based Education Gym Times 2023-24

The following times are book for Home Based Education Students

Warman (WHCC) 1-3pm Tuesdays :

Oct. 10, 17,24,31 Nov. 7,14,21,28 Dec. 5,12,19 Jan. 9,16,23,30 Feb. 6,13,20,27 Mar. 5,12,19,26 Apr. 2,9,16,30 May 7,14,21,28

Martensville (MAP) 10am-12pm Fridays

Oct. 6,13,27, Nov. 3,10,24, Dec .1,8,22, Jan. 12,26, Feb. 2,9 Mar. 1,8, April 12,26, May 3,10,24

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HBE update 09/25/23

Good Day HBE families:

We are at the end of September already, it went by quickly but it has been a beautiful month. 

I have 99% of the registrations completed, I am required to have all registrations entered by Sept 29th.  If you have recently received a phone call, or an email asking you to complete a form or an online registration please do so immediately.  Thank you to the families that have all their forms in already. 

 Next week I will start sending out the confirmation of enrolment letters by mail. 

Gym times : 

Starting  Oct 6th -May  24th : Students that are registered with PSSD homebased education have gym times available on: The gym times are not availble on non-school days. 

 Fridays  10am-12pm at the Martensville Athletic Pavillion, except the 3rd Friday of each month and these dates: March 22, 29th

Tuesdays from 1-3 pm : Warman Home Centre Communiplex (Legends) 

Rules and regulations:

The gym times are for registered PSSD HBE students

Parents are required to supervise their registered HBE students while at the MAP

indoor shoes are required

no food or glass bottles, 

no smoking, vaping or use of profanity or abusive language

there is zero tolerance for threats, inappropriate and violent behaviour at the MAP

HBE Communication Committee

Last year we started a HBE parent committee. They have set up a facebook page so HBE parents can ask, share and get information regarding PSSD home based.

The name of the Facebook group is : Prairie Spirit HBE Information  and the email address for the parents’ communication committee is :

You will be asked to fill out a questionarie and we will confirm you are an HBE family before you will be invited to the Facebook group. Please complete the questionaire so we can grant you permission. 

Waldheim parentsWaldheim area parents have an SCC representative that is a communication link between Waldheim HBE families and the school. If you would like to receive information pertinent to Waldheim home based students and are from the Waldheim area please email Ryan Dueck to put your name on his emailing list;

Drivers Ed Information:
If your child is turning 15 (or is currently 15 or older) you may register for Drivers Education by connecting with your local school. Please do this as soon as possible as dates are already set for the fall. When do you register please let me know so I can send you your student log in information.

Thank you and I hope your school year has started off well. 


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June Home based update

Hello HBE families:

We want to wish everyone a safe and fun summer. The HBE office will be closed as of July 1st till August 25th. If you want to email your 2023-24 registration forms in please do so. They are due by Sept. 15th, 2023 but anytime prior is preferable.. Please do not do the online registration unless you are registering a new, never been registered in a SK school before student. i.e.(Kindergarten students and new to the province students). 

I have attached the required forms for students between the ages of be registered. The direct deposit form is only needed if you changed banking information or did not previously receive your funding by direct deposit. The forms are also available at :

Please carefully fill out the forms in pen,not pencil. If you send them all in one email or mail them in all at once it is much easier for me to keep track of. Please do not reply directly to this email but use either:           or

Enjoy the summer !

Lorraine Fitzgerald: HBE Facilitator

 Kim Cooper: HBE Special Education 

Bruce Mellesmoen: HBE coordinator

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