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Hand In Hand Literacy Partnership News A Collaborative Effort of the Regina Literacy Network and Balcarres Communities Literacy Network

www.literacyhub.ca

Volume 1, Issue 3, February 2011

In the Spotlight… Literacyhub.ca Our Regional Knowledge Network Launched January 1, 2011―Literacyhub.ca had over 39,000 hits in its first month online!!! in·no·va·tion [in-uh-vey-shuhn] –noun 1. something new or different introduced

⇒ Easily connect with the literacy hub Youtube Channel, Twitter Feed and facebook Page all from the Home page on the website! ⇒ News feed runs on every page of the site! ⇒ Find out more about the Regina Literacy Network and Balcarres Communities Literacy Network by clicking the About Us tab. ⇒ Visit the Opportunities page to learn about ⇒ upcoming trainings being delivered by the Hub Team! ⇒ volunteer opportunities! ⇒ programs the Hub Team can facilitate at no cost to your organization! ⇒ Keep informed on current events via the Calendar and Events pages! ⇒ Click on targeted interest pages ⇒ Adults and Parents―information about Regional Adult Learner Support Group and other Adult Learner/Parenting resources

In this issue…

⇒ Children―Stop by for a game or two, find homework help or log into a game on Brain Nook! ⇒ Youth play a game of Sudoku or Math Man, check out the word of the day or find resources to help with your latest studies! Con’t page 2

Hub Learning Opportunities

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Provincial Family Literacy and School Community Council Conference

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Hub Program Opportunities Partnership Opportunities

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Adult Learner Week 2011 Special Events

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Asset Building In Saskatchewan

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Regional Literacy Hub―New Staff Resources and Hub Favourites

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Regional Adult Learner Support Group

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Hub Learning Opportunities ... Friday, February 18th, 2011―Balcarres, SK Friday, February 25th, 2011―Lestock, SK 9 AM ― 4 PM Free to Attend

Training costs covered by Regina Literacy Network and Balcarres Communities Literacy Network Hosted by Balcarres Communities Literacy Network, Muskowekwan School and Community Family Resource Centre Inc. Assets Alive! Facilitator Training Monday, February 28th, 2011―Balcarres, SK 9 AM ― 4 PM $100/Person Hosted by Balcarres Communities Literacy Network To register for the trainings listed above contact us at the information listed below or email registrations@literacyhub.ca:

BCLN Executive Director Home Office: 306-334-3630 Fax: 306-569-1360 Cellular: 306-531-7150 Blackberry PIN: 30E38C1F

RLN Executive Director Home Office: 306-569-1368 Fax: 306-569-1360 Cellular: 306-551-7532 Blackberry PIN: 30E38BE3

Literacyhub.ca Highlights (con’t) ⇒ Learn more about the 40 Developmental Assets®, the Healthy Community―Healthy Youth® Regina Website, or the latest research helping kids to succeed and thrive via the Assets Tab on the menu. ⇒ Find links to other literacy based organizations and parent/ student supports on the Resources Page. Also link to information on Health Literacy, Justice Literacy, Workplace Literacy and Media via this page. ⇒ If you are a Staff Member, Hub Team Member or Board Member for the Regina Literacy Network or Balcarres Communities Literacy Network you can register for the security locked pages of the hub. ⇒ Get information on how to reach any of the staff or subscribe to a newsletter on the Contact Us page. ⇒ Take a minute to sign the Guestbook to let us know what you think of the site and/or give us feedback about what else you would like to see posted!

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Provincial Family Literacy and School Community Council Conference ...

May 12th & 13th, 2011 9 AM—4 PM 1909 Ottawa Street, Regina, SK $175/Person $150/Person Early Bird Price Early Bird Deadline—April 1, 2011 Registration forms at http://www.literacyhub.ca/Conference.php Don’t Miss Out! Topics Include: • • •

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Why Join the School Community Council? Do We Really Understand the Early Years In Saskatchewan? A New ABC? Asset Building Communities! Using the 40 Developmental Assets® to Promote and Protect our children Engaging Every Parent! What are their Sparks? From Diapers to Duct Tape—Fun Ways to Involve Dads in Your Programs Who’s Job Is It? The roles of the School, the Community Council, Parents and School Boards—who does what regarding children’s education? Get the message out! Promoting your programs to parents and community. Helping parents at home and in their community.

“Dreams are today’s answers to tomorrow’s questions.” - Edgar Cayce Brand New World Café May 12th, 2011 — 7 to 9 PM 1909 Ottawa Street, Regina, SK Refreshments will be served. On May 12th, 2011 parents, staff and community members from all over Saskatchewan will gather to ask the Right questions questions… Will you join us us? Phone 551-7532 or email us at sasc@literacyhub.ca to let us know if you will be able to attend to help us plan for café needs! More Information at http://www.literacyhub.ca/SASC.php Be a part of the collective wisdom that will shape the future for the voice of parents in Saskatchewan’s education system. We will have a meaningful, community conversation about children's education in Saskatchewan and the role of parents and community community.. Let your voice be heard heard..

Conference Co-Hosted By:

Saskatchewan Association of School Councils

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Hub Program Opportunities ... A Digital Storytelling Project in Partnership With the Regina Senior Citizens Centre Telling “our story” is the most effective way of sharing our culture and traditions with future generations. We would like 12 seniors to be introduced to the world of digital storytelling in the computer lab at the Regina Senior Citizens Centre (2134-Winnipeg Street). The participants will explore a variety of ways to document their family tales, customs and traditions using print, photos, journaling, and oral formats. In the end, participants will publish a personalized digital work that they feel best represents “their story”, at no cost to them and it will be theirs to keep as a gift or pass it down to another generation to keep the tales from their tree alive and well! Friday Mornings from 10 AM—12 PM, March 4th—April 8th, 2011 Pre-registration is required. For information on partnership opportunities or to register for the program listed above contact us:

Partnership Opportunities ... The BCLN and RLN have a variety of programming opportunities available for partnership delivery in your community! In most circumstances, partner agencies would need to provide the facility and a snack, We will provide the program materials and facilitator. For information on what programs are available, please download a copy of our Partnership Opportunities booklet at http://www.literacyhub.ca/Partner.php.

RLN Executive Director Home Office: 306-569-1368 Fax: 306-569-1360 Cellular: 306-551-7532 Blackberry PIN: 30E38BE3 BCLN Executive Director Home Office: 306-334-3630 Fax: 306-569-1360 Cellular: 306-531-7150 Blackberry PIN: 30E38C1F

The Story Within Dinner and Silent Auction $25 /person

Saturday, April 9th, 2011 6:00 PM Regina Literacy Network 1909 Ottawa Street, Regina, SK

Visit www.literacyhub.ca/Events.php for more information! In celebration of Adult Learner Week we will gather together to share a meal and hear the stories of adult learners from our Region. We will hear about the struggles, achievements, hopes and dreams of learners from our Regional Adult Learner Support Group. The group will be working together to gather items for the silent auction as well! All proceeds raised from the Silent Auction and Dinner will go towards sustaining the Regional Adult Learner Support Group.

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Focus On Families

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Pre-Conference

7:30 AM―9:00 AM

Resource Swap and Networking Session

Regina Literacy Network 1909 Ottawa Street, Regina, SK

Thursday, May 12th, 2011 7:30 AM―9:00 AM

$5/Person to Attend Light Breakfast Included

Regina Literacy Network 1909 Ottawa Street, Regina, SK

Purchase Raffle Tickets to Win Family Literacy Baskets including baskets from Saskatchewan Authors!

$5/Person to Attend Light Breakfast Included

Share training materials, books and literacy resources at little or no cost to attendees!

Enter to Win Door Prizes!

Bring your new or gently used resources and trade them with other practitioners, teachers and parents over a light breakfast with great conversation!

Bring your new or gently used children’s storybooks and participate in the bring a book/take a book swap! Receive free handouts and resources prepared by the Hand In Hand partnership with 10 great ideas for Rise and Read events to hold in your school or organization!

Adult Learner Week 2011 ... In honour of Adult Learner Week 2011 the Hand In Hand Literacy Partnership will be hosting a number of events and trainings in Regina. Please join us in celebrating our adult learners and their accomplishments at any or all of these events! Literacy For All Ages Conference Saturday, April 2nd, 2011 9:00 AM―4:00 PM Regina Literacy Network 1909 Ottawa Street, Regina, SK $50/person Celebrating Intergenerational Life-Long Learning

I Have A Story...Adult Learner Conference Saturday, April 9th, 2011 9:00 AM―4:00 PM Regina Literacy Network 1909 Ottawa Street, Regina, SK Free to Attend Adult learners will spend the day working with Saskatchewan’s Own Carey Rigby-Wilcox, an award winning adult learner, artist and published author and illustrator to discover and document the story they have within. Learners will prepare speaking notes and some will share their stories at the Story Within Dinner and Silent Auction that evening!

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Asset Building In Saskatchewan ... Assets Alive! is an eight-week family literacy program that was designed by the Regina Literacy Network for parents and their pre-school children. This themed family reading program uses children’s books that support the 4 External and 4 Internal Asset Categories to help parents and their children learn about the 40 Developmental Assets. Extension activities such as songs, rhymes, finger plays and cooking activities help to reinforce the learning for both parents and their children. The Regina Literacy Network has also started an Assets Alive! Youth Alliance, a youth group for young people aged 11―17 that supports the acquisition of these assets. All people trained in the Assets Alive! Program are able to utilise the name and logo to support their own Assets Alive! Youth Alliances locally. The Regina Literacy Network has also used this program model to develop: • a one week Day Camp for parents and their pre-school children, • one day Youth Camps for young people aged 12 – 17, and 2 - 40 week After School Programs (for ages 9 – 13 and ages 12 – 17). All of these programs new additions to the Assets Alive! Program are being piloted this training year in various communities throughout Southern Saskatchewan by the Balcarres Communities Literacy Network and Regina Literacy Network, as part of an action research project and Community Literacy Plan. Once these programs have

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been successfully piloted and amended based on the research findings, the manuals for these modules will also be made available to trained Assets Alive! Facilitators for use at their discretion. The Assets Alive! program model was designed as part of the Regina Literacy Network’s Justice, Family Literacy Strategy. Research shows that increased assets = decreased risk taking behaviour and increased academic success..

Helping Canadian Kids Thrive! 2011 7th National Conference on Positive Youth Development

May 5th & 6th, 2011 Regina Inn Regina, Saskatchewan FIND OUT MORE! http://www.literacyhub.ca/Assets.php Hosted By: Lions Quest Canada The Canadian Centre for Positive Youth Development with the Alliance of Asset Champions, HCHY Regina & Area and the Saskatchewan Alliance of Asset Champions


Regional Literacy Hub Welcomes New Staff ... The Hand In Hand Literacy Partnership has been able to hire new staff people to work in our region to help deliver our community literacy plan! We are elated to announce that funding for our community literacy plan and literacy outreach projects has allowed us to contract new literacy program facilitators! Our literacy hub team of facilitators now has Trudy Kolbenson, Alice Samkoe, Dr. Sally Cleland, Kimber Gabriel, Carey Rigby-Wilcox, April Dahnke and Hilary Dahnke delivering over 350 Literacy Program sessions in the Region between now and July 31, 2011! From our current pool of contract facilitators, we were also able to hire two part time staff members to further assist us in delivering the plan. Kimber Gabriel is working as the Administrative Assistant from the Regina Literacy Network Office and Trudy Kolbenson has been hired as the Literacy Hub Outreach Coordinator to work with employers and outside organizations developing partnerships, raising awareness, delivering literacy audits and coordinating the efforts of our Regional Adult Learner Support Group. Trudy and Kimber will be working closely with the Executive Directors in Regina and Balcarres to organize and host the Literacy For All Ages Conference, the Regional Adult Learner Conference and the Provincial Family Literacy and School Community Council Conference this year! As well as a number of special events raising funds and awareness for literacy in our region! Please join us in welcoming them aboard―it is a pleasure to have them join our team!

Resources and Hub Favourites ... Playful Reading: Positive, Fun Ways to Build the

Bond between Preschoolers, Books, and You by Carolyn Munson-Benson Want to boost a child’s love of reading while making your time together more fun and meaningful? Playful Reading takes readers on a joyful romp through asset-rich children's picture books, emphasizing early literacy skills, reading for pleasure, and the eight asset categories. This collection is a terrific resource for teachers, daycare providers, parents, grandparents― anyone who spends time with children. Playful Reading comes full of activities, discussion topics, and ways to create memorable

moments between children and the adults who read to them. Includes fun activities and discussion topics on these favourite children’s books: • • • • • • • • • • • • •

You Can Do It, Sam Molly Goes Shopping A Birthday for Frances Adam’s Daycare How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? Now I’m Big Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus Owl Moon And If the Moon Could Talk Toot and Puddle: Puddle’s ABC Stella, Queen of the Snow The Ugly Vegetables The First Thing My Mama Told Me and many more!

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Need Help? Who?

Adult Learners and Parents in Regina and surrounding area. What? An opportunity to meet other adult learners to visit, learn and share your experiences! We have planned a variety of “field trips”, presentations and group activities over the next few months as well! For example― • A grocery store tour led by a Nutritionist • A Presentation on Immunizations with a Community Health Nurse • ESL Conversation Groups Where? Regina Literacy Network

Located In Trinity Lutheran Church Parish Hall 1909 Ottawa Street Regina, SK When? Saturday, February 12th, 2011 1―3 pm For more information call Trudy at 789-0468 or e-mail her at outreach@literacyhub.ca

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