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Teachers: Looking for great ideas to inspire your class? Sign up today for the Strathcona County Active Schools E-Newsletter and receive monthly notices with programs, events and activities for you and your students. Opportunities include: • Booking Sparky for a visit • Waste in our World presentations • Reciprocal use updates (where you can use County facilities for FREE!) • Special events • Contests • Field trips to the Strathcona Wilderness Centre, Gallery@501, Smeltzer House, Millennium Place, Ardrossan Recreation Complex, and more! Sign up for the e-newsletter and learn more about Strathcona County’s Active Schools at www.strathcona.ca/activeschools.

Questions? 780-416-7272


Active Student Prize Pack

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Active Eskimos Challenge

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Active School’s Challenge

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Millennium Place School Visits

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Aquatic Programs and Bookings

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Outdoor Education Enrichment Programs

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Gallery@501 - Art Education Program

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Smeltzer House Centre for Arts & Culture

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Festival Place Performing Arts

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Everybody Gets to Play

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Mayor’s School Walk / Run 15 Arbor Day

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Pitch-In 17 Reduce your Footprint Programs

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Emergency Services at your school

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Retreats, Team Building and Summer School Opportunities

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Reciprocal Use Agreement

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What’s inside?


Great prizes for your school!

Active Student Prize Pack

Recreation, Parks and Culture is pleased to provide each school in Strathcona County with a Wellpower Prize Package. These items are great for a variety of school programs and activities such as door prizes for school dances, silent auctions, volunteer recognition and student incentives for reading programs and spelling bees. Each school’s Active Pack includes: 3 2 for 1 recreation single visit passes 3 FREE recreation single visit passes 3 Family single visit passes 3 FREE children’s breakfast vouchers for Cora’s

This package was dropped off at each school at the start of September and is designed to last through to the end of June 2016. We appreciate this opportunity to work with the schools to encourage active living!

780-467-2211

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Team up with the Edmonton Eskimos, Apple Fitness Store and Strathcona County! Get your grade 3 to 8 class registered to participate in the Active Eskimos Challenge this fall. Your class could win tickets (2 tickets per child) to the Edmonton Eskimos game on Saturday, October 17, 2015.

Active Eskimos Challenge

Participating is easy! Just encourage your grade 3 to 8 class to be active for an hour every day at school or at home for one week any time between August 31 and September 30, 2015. Once you’ve completed the challenge, let us know how your class did by sending us a paragraph, story, picture or painting about the week by Thursday, October 1 at 4:30 p.m. The three classes that have the most creative or inspiring entry will be chosen to win the Eskimos tickets for the October 17 game. The winning classes will be announced on Friday, October 2, 2015. Sign up today Sign your class up before September 15, 2015 by contacting Jennifer Wilson at 780-416-7272 or via email at jennifer.wilson@strathcona.ca. www.strathcona.ca/activeeskimos

Jenn Wilson 780-416-7272 jennifer.wilson@strathcona.ca

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March 7 – 18, 2016 Registration deadline: Friday, February 12, 2016 Prizes include: • Field trips to Millennium Place including bussing and a healthy snack. • Free admission pass to Strathcona County recreation facilities for every student that participates. • A prize pack for each participating classroom.

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Participating is as simple as 1, 2, 3‌ 1.

Accept the challenge. Contact Ben Gibas at 780-464-8245 or ben.gibas@strathcona.ca by Friday, February 12, 2016.

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Get active and track your progress. Encourage your students to be active for an extra 30 minutes every day from March 7 to 18.

Track your progress by marking down the total number of minutes your class was active each day and list some of the activities they did on your Active Schools Challenge poster.

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Submit your poster for your chance to win. Send in your completed poster before Friday, March 25 and be entered to win. Posters can be scanned and emailed to ben.gibas@strathcona.ca or dropped off at Millennium Place, Attn: Ben Gibas.

Active Schools Challenge

March 7 - 18, 2016

Bonus: Double your chances of winning by completing the Active Eskimos Challenge too! (page 5)

Ben Gibas 780-464-8245 ben.gibas@strathcona.ca

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What a fit!

Millennium Place School Visits

Sch Recreation oo l’ s i n

Millennium Place welcomes group and school visits! Floor hockey, gym sports, swimming, skating, walking, running, fitness and more! A unique recreation opportunity is waiting for your students. Whether it’s a structured lesson or a drop-in activity, make recreation fun by trying something new. We will create a custom opportunity that’s right for your students. Millennium Place is your one-stop location for fun activities and great food. We can provide lunches, snacks or any type of catering you require for your class or group function. Some of the activities waiting for you! • Soccer • Volleyball, basketball, badminton and floor hockey • Skating • Swimming in the lap pool • Weight training in the Meyer’s Insurance Wellness Centre

Create your own unique experience with our trained staff. We will create a program to fit your needs!

• The Fit for the Future program • Playground and climbing wall (for children under 12 yrs) in the Shell Edu-tainment Centre • Youth lounge and gymnasium, including foosball, pool table, and more!

Booking Representative 780-416-7252

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Kinsmen Leisure Centre The Kinsmen Leisure Centre is pleased to offer a variety of aquatic programs for each age and ability. A variety of recreational swims, structured swim lessons, specialty programs and aquatic fitness opportunities are also offered. Instructor Resources The Kinsmen Leisure Centre can provide an aquatic instructor and an aquatic program developed specifically to meet the curriculum needs for Junior and Senior high school aquatics. For high school physical educators that book their mutual use time at the Kinsmen Leisure Centre, an instructor program fee may be charged to the school so that a qualified instructor can present a tailored and unique curriculum based program. A variety of elements can be included - the basics of water safety, stroke correction, aquatic sports such as waterpolo, underwater hockey, stroke improvement and lifesaving sports. (Please note that reciprocal use times are planned around scheduled program times.) Daytime/ After School Swim Lessons Daytime swim lessons are always a popular activity, teach great life-skills on being safe in, on and around the water and are designed to meet curriculum requirements. Lessons can be provided in a 6, 7 or 8-week format. This program does fill quickly and is based on a first-come, firstserve basis. We are always happy to try and accommodate every request when possible. Other activities that your school(s) may be interested in: drop-in swims, scuba/snorkel lessons, deep and shallow aqua-fitness classes and specialty programs such as diving or special needs swim classes. Our team will be happy to create a program that fits the needs of your school.

Aquatic Programs and Bookings

If your staff is looking for a unique team building opportunity, we are also available for private pool and classroom rentals. Try underwater hockey or innertube waterpolo. How about a dip in the hot tub and steam room after a staff retreat?

Programs & Bookings Josh 780-464-8237 Reciprocal Use Heather 780-464-8235

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Outdoor Education Enrichment Programs

Our Enrichment Programs have been designed to meet curriculum objectives in a variety of subject areas. Teachers may choose from standardized programs, or a custom program can be designed to meet your needs. All programs are active and fun and are delivered from an experiential framework. Programs run year-round, encouraging students to enjoy the outdoors in every season!

Welcome... The Strathcona Wilderness Centre welcomes school, community and home school groups to experience a wide variety of outdoor and environmental education programs. Our programs are outlined in the Enrichment and Group Program Guides located online at www.strathcona.ca/wildernesscentre Call now to book your programs and overnight stays in our walk-in tent campsites, bunkhouse or lodge.

Programs & Bookings 780-922-3939 swcinfo@strathcona.ca

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The Strathcona Wilderness Centre is located only 20 minutes east of Sherwood Park and is a premiere municipal park. Amenities include a fully equipped lodge, bunkhouses, campsites, a cookhouse and 12 kilometers of hiking and groomed cross country ski trails. Programs are delivered by highly qualified instructors who provide educational opportunities for both students and faculty. You may choose to come for a half day, a full day, or a multi-day program - stay in our lodge, bunkhouses or campsites. Modern and comfortable, rustic and adventurous, we offer it all!

Winter brings opportunities for fitness and fun in the snow through cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, games and wilderness living skills programs. Spring, summer and fall bring opportunities for interpretive hikes, pond studies, canoeing, orienteering and wilderness living skills. Other programs offered year round provide learning in the Science and Social Studies curriculums. These include the Peoples of the Land and Nature Detective series of programs. All programs are curriculum based, and offer opportunities for youth to learn through active participation, cooperation and challenge. Retreates, team building and summer school opportunities are available . See page 15 for options at the Strathcona Wilderness Centre.


Art Education Programs Explore... Gallery@501 is a contemporary art gallery in Strathcona

County that features artwork from local, national, regional and international artists in a variety of media.

Learn…

Cross-curriculum connections are the focus of the tour and studio components of these programs.

Engage… Engaging, interactive gallery tours & exhibition-linked,

hands-on studio projects are designed for each grade level, with age appropriate content, language and studio materials.

Inspire… Education Programs are available for students in grades

K to 12. Visual arts education programs provide an in-depth, substantial experience for the students, inspiring communication, flexibility, forward thinking, problem solving, creativity and innovation.

Connect... Art reveals our stories, history, culture, technology,

global community, and a sense of meaning, place and identity in this world.

For more information, visit strathcona.ca/artgallery to view our Education Programs brochure.

Gallery@501 “Providing cross-curriculum aligned visual literacy programs”

Teacher Testimonials: “Great to have the gallery in town...confirms the importance of art as more than the making, but also the creating of ideas and developing of new perspectives to undestand others’ ideas.” – Teacher, FR Haythorne Junior High School

Bring the Gallery to your school! We now offer Outreach programs for Grades 7-12. An instructor will come to your school for a two part lesson. In the first lesson we will discuss all the elements of a particular theme, followed by the second lesson where students will create a related project.

Kaylee Low 780-410-8581 kaylee.low@strathcona.ca

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Smeltzer House Pottery Programs Our pottery programs are designed to offer a challenging and creative educational experience to your students. Freedom of expression and imaginative use of materials are encouraged.

Smeltzer House Centre for Arts & Culture

We’ll provide a unique experience that students wouldn’t normally get in school - working in a real pottery studio setting at the Clay Hut. Clay programs are offered for Kindergarten through grade 6. There are a variety of projects from with the teacher can choose including handprints, picture frames, masks, family plaque, animals and coil pots. Seasonal sculptures are also available upon request.

See www.strathcona.ca/culture for more information.

“Students learn problem-solving, planning, new skills, patience, sense of accomplishment, and a love of learning!” “The students get to see and do something different that we could not do in the classroom.”

Smeltzer House Centre for Arts & Culture 780-464-2023

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Festival Place Theatre Tour Get a behind the scenes tour of this vibrant performing arts facility, and learn how performers, staff and stage crew bring countless productions and programs to life for our community. Students will finish their tour with creative drama or movement games. Tour and games can be tailored to fit the group. For more information contact: Susan Mullen 780-410-8566 susan.mullen@strathcona.ca

Festival Place Performing Arts

Outreach workshops are also available. For more information contact: Gavin Farmer 780-410-8565 gavin.farmer@strathcona.ca

“Performing arts brings your imagination and creative spirit to life! By learning how to express their creativity, students improve their self esteem which can improve their overall quality of life.” “All the world’s a stage” – Shakespeare’s As You Like It – Act II, scene vii

Programs or Workshops Susan Mullen 780-410-8566 susan.mullen@strathcona.ca

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Recreation Access Program What is the Recreation Access Program? The program improves access to services by those residents who have a limited income. It provides approved applicants with no cost drop-in recreational opportunities as well as registered program opportunities at a reduced fee.

Benefits The Recreation Access Program offers: • An annual Millennium Card at no cost. • All drop-in activities and services offered with the Millennium Card, which is valid at: Millennium Place, Kinsmen Leisure Centre, Glen Allan Recreation Complex, Strathcona Wilderness Centre and the Ardrossan Recreation Complex. • Registered program discounts. To determine eligibility for the program contact Family and Community Services at 780-464-4044

Family & Community Services 780-464-4044

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Free Play Days are hosted by Everybody Gets to Play to allow kids to instinctively, creatively and energetically have fun.


Celebrate healthy and active living, register your class today for our annual Mayor’s School Walk / Run. Your class will enjoy a morning or afternoon walk / run with other grade 4 classes from across the County, followed by a swim at Millennium Place. Our wellpower team will set up the walk / run and provide you with: • A fun warm up • A healthy snack • A ribbon for each participant • A swim at Millennium Place after the run

Mayor’s School Walk/Run For Grade 4!

Register today! Wednesday May 18, 2016 Grade 4 students

Jenn Wilson 780-416-7272 jennifer.wilson@strathcona.ca

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Arbor Day 2016 Friday, May 6 Calling all Grade One Teachers! Recreation, Parks & Culture is inviting all Grade One students in Stathcona County public and separate school systems to a fun tree focused event at Broadmoor Lake Park on May 6, 2016.

Be kind to the Environment

Melanie Larson 780-464-8013 melanie.larson@strathcona.ca

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Help instill the importance of trees and caring for our environment at an early age. Each year Strathcona County presents all Grade One students in Strathcona County with a seedling to help celebrate Arbor Day.


Pitch-In 2016 Our local Strathcona County campaign kicks off on May 2, 2016. Your school can select a date, then we supply the waste bags to help you clean up your school yard and surrounding community. Challenge your students to be ecoActive! Becoming an ecoActive school enables your students to become role models in your community by showing your school pitches-in and cares about the environment. Last year Strathcona County had 10,000 residents spend a total of over 3000 hours participating in Pitch-In and collecting approximately 3000 bags of garbage!

Be kind to the Environment

We hope you will join us during this year’s campaign to make Strathcona County clean and green.

Pitch-In and make a difference!

Melanie Larson 780-464-8013 melanie.larson@strathcona.ca

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Strathcona County Utilities Strathcona County believes that through education, current and future generations will respect and conserve natural resources by making informed choices. Various programs for all grade levels are available for your students. Choose from the following or work with a programmer to develop one that will work well for your class.

Reduce your footprint programs

Waste in our world (also offered at the Strathcona Wilderness Centre 780-922-3939) Magic dirt - Plant native seeds in compostable cups with compost made from the Green Routine. Waste-free lunch - Students get a hands-on lesson on how to reduce their lunch time waste. At play - Students are taught in a fun and interactive way how to stick to the Green Routine while visiting County facilities like Millennium Place.

Yellow fish road Learn how we can take action to keep our stormwater ponds and wetlands healthy.

From wastewater to wetlands Discover the many stages of wastewater treatment and surface water treatment through this interactive program.

Ecosystem health Learn about protecting our natural environment through this Project WetTM inspired activity.

Get recognized! Is your school doing great things for the environment? We would love to hear about it and tell others. Contact us and we will showcase what your class is doing to help the environment on our website.

Waste Programs Water Programs Sustainable Plan-it Waste to Energy

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Erin 780-416-6784 Vanessa 780-416-7296 Rene 780-464-4044 Chad 780-417-7116

Water challenge Learn about being a responsible, global water citizen with a ten-week challenge board to calculate water savings.

Turning waste to energy Take a tour of the Community Energy Centre and learn how we turn construction waste into power. This tour is aimed at grades 7-12.

Sustainable plan-it How are new neighbourhoods planned? How does Strathcona County address social, environmental and economic factors when planning new neighbourhoods? In this hands-on workshop, students learn about neighbourhood planning and work in teams to create their own sustainable neighbourhood plan. The program is offered to grade 6 classrooms and is facilitated by Strathcona County staff from a wide range of backgrounds including planning, landscape architecture and community development.


Safety Presentations 9-1-1 Students will learn when it is appropriate to call 9-1-1 and what questions the 9-1-1 operator will ask. We can tailor this program anywhere from 15-45 minutes. This program is suited to grade 1 students. Hazard house and home safety presentation Students will learn about safety hazards in the home, and how to prevent them. We can tailor this program anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. This program is suited to grades 3-4.

Emergency Services at your School

At home by yourself There is no “right� time for your child to be left alone in the home; the child must feel comfortable with the situation and feel ready for the responsibility. The At Home by Yourself program covers a variety of topics including general safety, the value of 9-1-1, dealing with different types of emergencies, potential hazards in the home, and some brief first aid. This program is suited for grade 5-6 students. Emergency preparedness and home school safety presentation Are you and your family prepared to be self-sufficient for up to 72 hours? This presentation is aimed at teachers (perfect for a staff meeting) where we will discuss what emergency preparedness is and how you and your family can get ready. A presentation can also be tailored for any grade level. Presentations for students are best organized at the individual classroom level Educational materials will be provided to each participant.

Community Safety Education 780-464-8468 safety.educators@strathcona.ca

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Retreats, Team Building and Summer School Opportunities

The Strathcona Wilderness Centre offers a variety of programs for staff development, student council and team building. Mix business with team building activities and outdoor programs for a memorable PD day or overnight retreat. Our lodge is also available to rent for catered events

Strathcona Wilderness Centre: Programs & Bookings 780-922-3939 swcinfo@strathcona.ca

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Retreats: Situated far enough from the city that you feel the quiet of the wilderness, but close enough to the city to ease time and transport, the Strathcona Wilderness Centre is ideally located to provide overnight field trips or team building retreats. Our modern pine lodge offers hostel-style accommodations for up to 41 people. Wireless internet is available. Should your group prefer more rustic accommodation, our bunkhouses or campsites may be just what you are looking for! Team Building: Our team challenge programs are designed to meet your groups’ particular needs. The programs offer team building initiatives, with well-designed pre-briefs and debriefs to enhance group development and dynamics. The programs are challenging and fun. Suitable for staff development, student council, sports teams and workshops. Summer School Opportunities: Our summer school programs are designed to experientially meet curriculum objectives. Day opportunities or weeklong programs are available. Our qualified staff will coordinate with your teachers to experientially meet curriculum objectives for CALM, Physical Education, and specific CTS programs. The programs may be custom designed to meet your needs. Please call the Strathcona Wilderness Centre and let us design a package for you!


Reciprocal Use Agreement

For bookings, please contact: Ardrossan Recreation Complex

780-922-3377

Did you know that Elk Island Catholic and Public Schools have an agreement with Strathcona County Recreation, Parks and Culture that allows teachers to book and use some recreation facilities and activities with their classes? It’s true! Below you will find a list of activities and facilities that are available for you and your class free of charge (some restrictions or fees apply.) We can also arrange paid programs like swimming lessons, cross country-skiing lessons or visits to Millennium Place.

Glen Allan Recreation Complex

780-467-4404

Kinsmen Leisure Centre

780-464-8235

Millennium Place

780-416-7252

Strathcona Wilderness Centre

780-922-3939

I want to…

Facility available

I want to…

Facility available

Go skating indoors

Ardrossan Recreation Complex

Indoor fields

Millennium Place

Glen Allan Recreation Complex Moyer Recreation Centre

* Go hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing or tent camping

Strathcona Wilderness Centre

Sherwood Park Arena

Play baseball

Ardrossan Athletic Park

Go skating outdoors

For all outdoor bookings including fields and diamonds: Recreation, Parks and Culture

780-467-2211

Sherwood Park Sports Centre (Shell)

Centennial Park

Strathcona Olympiette Centre

Salisbury Athletic Park Strathcona Athletic Park

Brentwood School Kinsmen Westboro Park

Play disc golf

Strathcona Wilderness Centre (Spring/Summer/Fall)

Sherwood Heights School

Play tennis

Ardrossan Athletic Park

Strathcona Athletic Park

Brentwood School

Kinsmen Leisure Centre

Clover Bar School

Millennium Place (lap pool)

Hastings Lake

Ardrossan Recreation Complex

Jean Vanier School

Glen Allan Recreation Complex

Kinsmen / Westboro Park

Strathcona Olympiette Centre

McGhan Park

*Go golfing

Broadmoor Public Golf Course

Village on the Lake

Play beach volleyball

Salisbury Athletic Park (near Kinsmen Leisure Centre)

Go swimming *Go curling

Use a wellness centre

Ardrossan Recreation Complex

Run on a track indoors

Ardrossan Recreation Complex

Practice track and field

Ardrossan Athletic Park Salisbury Athletic Park Strathcona Athletic Park

Use a picnic area

Broadmoor Lake Park Centennial Park Strathcona Wilderness Centre

Jenn Wilson 780-416-7272 jennifer.wilson@strathcona.ca

* Some fees apply for use of facilities

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online resources website includes: 3 curriculum based programs 3 activity booklets 3 guest speakers 3 leadership & team building 3 community events & challenges 3 field trips & books 3 reciprocal use information Call 780-467-2211 for more information

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