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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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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Children’s Festival

You wouldn’t know it by looking outside, but it is almost time for the Potashcorp Children’s Festival!

This is our 25th Birthday year and we have some exciting events planned.

The link to the website is http://www.potashcorpchildrensfestival.com/

There you can find information for all of our shows, as well as a downloadable PDF with information specifically for teachers:

  • Curriculum connections
  • Ordering information
  • Site activities
  • Information on our 25th Birthday special ticket offer!

Please note that the dedicated window for teacher/home-based educator ticket sales closes April 19th. After that date, public ticket sales will commence, increasing the possibility of shows selling out. Teachers will still be able to order tickets at the reduced teacher price, but the public service charge of $1 per ticket will be applied.

If you have any questions regarding school orders, please contact Jody at 306-664-3376, or email schools.childfest@sasktel.net

Jody Polowick
School Communication Coordinator
PotashCorp Children’s Festival of SK

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Willow Awards

Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice – The Willow Awards promote reading by granting a Willow Award to the Canadian books voted by students to be the best of those nominated in three categories: Shining Willow (K-3), Diamond Willow (4-6) and Snow Willow (7-9)

The 2011 Willow Awards winners were announced at the SaskEnergy Willow Awards Gala 2012 on April 27, 2012 at the Heritage Inn, Moose Jaw hosted by Holy Trinity School Division.

Davidson School will host the 2013 SaskEnergy Willow Awards Gala where the 2012 winners will be announced.

2013 Shining Willow Nominees

The Shining Willow Award for books written for young readers.

2013 Diamond Willow Nominee

The Diamond Willow Award for titles written for upper elementary readers, (grades 4-6).

2013 Snow Willow Nominees

The Snow Willow Award for books for young people, (grades 7-9).

What’s New

Ever wondered what’s happening for Willow activities around the province? Check out our News section. All of the latest Willow news, events, and activities are posted there.

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Observation of Nature Art Exhibit

You are cordially invited to the opening of “Observations of Nature” an art exhibit by students with Saskatoon and Area Homeschoolers.

Visit with students, and view their artwork

Sunday, March 10th

from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

 Meewasin Valley Centre Gallery

402 3rd Ave. South

Saskatoon, Sask.


 Refreshments will be served

Exhibit on display March 1st to April 30th.

Please come to see this wonderful show, bring a friend, invite family members and view some great art! 

 HBE 1

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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Through this website we hope to give you a better understanding of what The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is about,  how you can get involved, and what other youth, like yourself are doing to complete their Award. If you have decided to Make a Difference, and have enrolled in The Award, congratulations! We are your division, and will be your point of contact. As your division, we are here to guide and support you, while on the road to completing The Award. 

Can’t find what you are looking for or need a few questions answered about your Award? Then send us an email saskatchewan@dukeofed.org. We are here to help.

We would like to thank our generous sponsors, who are helping to Make a Difference in the lives of young people in Saskatchewan. If you would like to become a donor on a regional level to Make a Difference in the lives of young people in your community, please visit the supporter section of our website or send us an email.

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