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education | family literacy

Jan/Feb 2015


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january/february 2015

• education • family literacy

on our cover... Kids from the Writers’ Exchange remind us how soon they’ll be high school grads! Photos by Dylan Doubt

Education Profile of a Playground

Education School Extension Programs

Education Outdoor Adventures

Education Technological Teaching





Family Literacy 15 Minutes to Improved Literacy

Family Literacy Put the “Home” back in “Homework”

Family Literacy Writers’Exchange




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For years I heard about our public school systems in the news: the budget concerns, program cutbacks, school closures, and teacher strikes. Now, my own kids are in the school system and I’ve never been more interested in education. What I’m finding is more than the negative stories you hear about so often in the news. I’m discovering amazing things: teachers who are innovative and constantly learning, schools that develop their own community programs, specialized schools that give families choices, and a province-wide focus that is turning more towards inquiry-based teaching and social and emotional learning. I’m finding parents who get involved and support their schools and community organizations that volunteer time and donate money. We have more choices now in the public schools than ever before, and those options are growing each year. Our system is by no means perfect, but when you stop and look around a little, you can see some amazing things happening. This issue is all about education, and we hope you enjoy reading and learning as much as we did!

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modern home ec Fuel for Learning Recipes to build brain health by Patty Javier Gomez, RHN

Getting children into healthy eating habits early allows them to fuel their bodies and brain with nutrients and nourishment instead of being lead down a path of allergies, learning difficulties, and behavioural problems. Now every child’s problems or adversities cannot be solely fixed by a good hearty homemade meal but it is a good place to start. It is up to us to fill children with all the goodness that nutrition has to offer their growing bodies, although it is a bit unrealistic to think that we can shelter them from all the refined foods the world has to offer. As long as your child is eating a whole foods balanced diet most of the time, their bodies will be able to process all that excess junk food easier, and starting healthy eating habits earlier on encourages healthy habits later in life. Nutritional deficiency can affect your child’s IQ, learning, concentration, sleep, and behaviour. Although there may be many other factors that affect these areas as well, nutrition is very important to be able to focus and learn efficiently in school. Adding the following foods will help with overall health, mood, and brain function. Balance blood sugar - Complex carbohydrates like whole grains, veggies, fruits, beans, or lentils take longer to digest than refined carbohydrates. This will release energy into the body more steadily and gradually avoid those sugar highs and lows, which can affect memory, concentration, mood, and overall wellbeing. The more regularly you eat complex carbohydrates, the better your brain works. Ensure Healthy fats - Our brains are made up of 60% fat, so an intake of healthy fats is very important for overall brain function, especially when your brain is still developing and learning. You can ensure adequate intake of a variety of healthy fats by eating plenty of raw seeds and nuts like flax, hemp, pumpkin, etc. as well as wild salmon two to three times a week, or even supplementing with fish oils. Iron rich foods - Not having enough iron affects learning, memory and attention. Making sure that iron levels are normal will ensure proper cognitive function and overall health. Foods such as beans, leafy greens, beets, broccoli, and some seafood are great sources of iron. B Vitamins - B vitamins are vital for rapidly affecting the way your child feels and thinks. We need B vitamins each and every day, as all eight B vitamins have various functions in the brain and nervous system. Eggs, fish, dark green veggies, and whole grains are great sources of this vital vitamin.


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Profile of a Playground Expired Structures Cost Communities by Heidi Turner


or many parents and their children, public schools and playgrounds go hand in hand, like reading and writing, or peanut butter and jelly. But what many parents donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize is that the cost of school playgrounds is not usually covered by the provincial government or their local school district. In fact, costs associated with building or maintaining a playground falls to parents, parent advisory councils, and volunteers. Unfortunately, as many parents learn only when they start to rebuild a playground, playgrounds are not cheap. 5IBUTTPNFUIJOH-FBOOF#BSMPX 5SFBTVSFSPGUIF1BSFOU"EWJTPSZ$PVODJM 1"$ GPS/PPULB&MFNFOUBSZ4DIPPMMFBSOFEXIFOUIF7BODPVWFS4DIPPM #PBSEJOGPSNFEIFS1"$UIBUUIFJSMBSHFTUXPPEFOQMBZHSPVOEXPVMECF UPSOEPXOCFDBVTFJUIBENFUJUTMJGFTQBO5IFJS1"$TUBSUFEBGVOESBJTJOH committee three years ago to fund the playground replacement. "DDPSEJOHUP#BSMPX OFUDMJNCFSTDBODPTUCFUXFFO BOE   XIJMFBQMBZHSPVOETUSVDUVSFDBOSVOVQXBSETPG  EFQFOEJOHPO UIFEFTJHO*OBMM UIF/PPULB1"$NVTUSBJTFBSPVOE UPSFQMBDFJUT playground equipment. i4DIPPMCPBSETEPOUGVOEQMBZHSPVOET UIFZUBLFUIFQMBZHSPVOETEPXO when they meet their lifespan,â&#x20AC;? Barlow says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to work through 7BODPVWFS4DIPPM#PBSEQPMJDJFTCFDBVTFXFSFCPVOECZUIFN CVUJUTVQ to parents to plan, design, and fundraise for these playgrounds.â&#x20AC;? It might be surprising to learn that playgrounds have a lifespan, but Patti #BDDIVT $IBJSQFSTPOPGUIF7BODPVWFS#PBSEPG&EVDBUJPO TBZTUIFSFBSF safety issues with aging playgrounds, and those issues require maintenance and funding.â&#x20AC;? In my experience, there are some safety issues with older playground equipment, where they cannot be further maintained or SFQBJSFECFDBVTFPGMJBCJMJUZ PSCFDBVTFUIFZEPOPUNFFU$4"<$BOBEJBO 4UBOEBSET"TTPDJBUJPO>HVJEFMJOFTGPSQMBZHSPVOET u#BDDIVTTBZTi4PNFBSF old and reach the end of their lifespan, or contain materials that are not considered appropriate any more for a playground. When they reach the end of their lifespan, they are considered unsafe.â&#x20AC;? 5IF7BODPVWFS4DIPPM#PBSETQPMJDZDPODFSOJOHQMBZHSPVOETTUBUFTi"T capital funding for these projects is not available through the Ministry of Education, all associated costs for these projects must be borne by schools. 5IJTJODMVEFTFRVJQNFOUDPTUT UIF74##PBSETVQQMZBOEJOTUBMMBUJPOPGUIF SFTJMJFOUHSPVOEDPWFS 74##PBSEMBCPVSJOTUBMMBUJPODPTUT BOEPOHPJOH 74##PBSENBJOUFOBODFDPTUTu 8JUIJO UIF7BODPVWFS 4DIPPM %JTUSJDU  UIFSF BSF TUJMM BQQSPYJNBUFMZ  playgrounds that must be removed or replaced. Of those, seven already have FRVJQNFOUQVSDIBTFEBOEJOTUBMMBUJPOEBUFTTFU0ODFUIFSFNBJOJOH XPPEFOQMBZHSPVOETBSFSFQMBDFE BMM7BODPVWFS4DIPPM#PBSEQMBZHSPVOET XJMMBEIFSFUPUIF$4"SFHVMBUJPOTi*UTBDSJTJTGPSPVSTDIPPMT u#BSMPXTBZT i8FSFOPUBMPOFJOIBWJOHPVSTUSVDUVSFDPNFEPXO"IVHFOVNCFSPG schools are slated to have playgrounds torn down.â&#x20AC;? 7BODPVWFS 4DIPPM %JTUSJDU JT UZQJDBM JO OPU GVOEJOH QMBZ TUSVDUVSF replacements. Fundraising for school playgrounds is an issue across the -PXFS.BJOMBOE XJUINBOZTDIPPMTUVSOJOHUPPVUTJEFGVOEJOHTPVSDFT 1BSFOUTBU/PSUI0UUFS&MFNFOUBSZJO-BOHMFZBSFGVOESBJTJOHUPSFQMBDFB decommissioned playground, according to Global News, while the Maple Ridge Times reported in October that Golden Ears Elementary successfully installed a new playground after four years of fundraising. Meanwhile, "CCPUTGPSE4DIPPM%JTUSJDUOPUFTPOJUTXFCTJUFUIBUGVOEJOHGPSQMBZHSPVOE


development may come from local parent initiatives, local community service organizations, the Ministry of Education or school fundraising. #BDDIVTTBZTEP[FOTPGQMBZHSPVOETJO7BODPVWFSBSFFYQFDUFEUPFYQJSF in the next few years, with the costs to fix or replace the structures varying XJEFMZ)PXQBSFOUTĂąOEUIBUGVOEJOHJTVQUPUIF1"$ CVU#BSMPXTBZTJUT not easy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just do bake sales, you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just get the money from QBSFOUT u#BSMPXTBZTi*UTOPUGBJSUPCVSEFOUIFN7PMVOUFFSJTNJOTDIPPMJT difficult, because there is a limited parent base. There are time challenges GPSQBSFOUT4PNFFBTUTJEFJOOFSDJUZTDIPPMTHFUBOJOĂłVYPGGVOEJOH8FSF not in a high income tax parent bracket; weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in-between. Our parents are working hard to keep the houses they have, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not seen as desperate need, so weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not a funding priority.â&#x20AC;? "NPOH GVOESBJTJOH JOJUJBUJWFT BSF HSBOU BQQMJDBUJPOT  ĂąOBODJOH UISPVHI QSPHSBNTTVDIBT"7*7" BOEMBSHFTDBMFGVOESBJTFST JODMVEJOHDBSOJWBMTBOE community outreach. The problem, Barlow points out, is that fundraising for playgrounds is done by parents who tend not be professional fundraisers and often have full-time jobs and families to focus on. Fundraising is another draw on their already stretched schedules. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Playgrounds should be funded by the Ministry of Education,â&#x20AC;? Bacchus says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They occasionally come forward, but not consistently. With so many children growing up without outdoor spaces to play in, school playgrounds are a great way to provide them with UIBU BOEUIFZDBOCFVTFEGPSEBZTBZFBSXJUIMPXPQFSBUJOHDPTUT while keeping kids active and safe.â&#x20AC;? 4PGBS IPXFWFS UIFQSPWJODFTGVOEJOHGPSQMBZHSPVOETIBTCFFOTQPSBEJD BUCFTU*O UIFQSPWJODFBOOPVODFEJUXPVMETQFOENJMMJPOUPGVOE 44 new playgrounds and updates across BC. Bacchus notes that although the Ministry of Education occasionally provides funding support, it does not do so consistently. In the meantime, it is up to the parents to volunteer their time and, possibly, their money to ensure playgrounds can be rebuilt. i"TBQBSFOU ZPVBTTVNFUIBUXIBUTPOTDIPPMQSPQFSUZJTPXOFECZUIF 7BODPVWFS4DIPPM#PBSE u#BSMPXTBZTi*XPVMEOFWFSIBWFDPOTJEFSFEUIBU outdoor play is not part of our schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commitment to children. Obesity is on the rise; children donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have trees in backyards to play on. These are foundational years to build a healthy approach for our children.â&#x20AC;? Parents at Nootka Elementary have attempted to branch out, offering playground passports to the local community and seeking community involvement in fundraising. One of the biggest hurdles, though, might be in raising awareness that not only are playgrounds not funded by the school district, there is a significant cost associated with repairing or replacing them and communities and schools must work together to keep our children active and healthy.

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School Extension Programs Enrich Your Childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Education by Nicole Breit


oes your child possess an aptitude for sports, art, or math, or demonstrate a high level of creativity? If so, he or she may qualify for an enrichment program through the BC public school system.


Deltaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;STRETCHâ&#x20AC;? Program 1SPHSBN#BTJDT"OFOSJDINFOUPQQPSUVOJUZGPSTUVEFOUTXJUIBOBQUJUVEF GPSBSU XSJUJOH TDJFODF PSNBUI4UVEFOUTNFFUJONVMUJBHFHSPVQJOHTFJHIU to ten times a year to complete a unique program of study. â&#x20AC;&#x153;High ceilingâ&#x20AC;? activities, problem and project-based learning methodologies, and homebased activities encourage students to â&#x20AC;&#x153;stretchâ&#x20AC;? their learning. This year, a HSPVQPG8SJUF4USFUDITUVEFOUTBSFQBSUJDJQBUJOHJOBOi"UXPPE4BMPOuXIJMF UIFJS.BUI4USFUDIQFFSTDPNQMFUFBi(BMJMFPMBCu 8IPJTFMJHJCMF 5IFNBUI TDJFODF BOEBSU453&5$)QSPHSBNTCFHJOJO HSBEFĂąWFHJGUFEXSJUFSTDBOQBSUJDJQBUFGSPNHSBEFTUXPUISPVHI5IF application process takes place each spring.

Abbotsford Sports Academies 1SPHSBN#BTJDT"OFMJUFQSPHSBNEFTJHOFEUPOVSUVSFBDBEFNJDFYDFMMFODF BOE IFMQ TUVEFOUT GVMĂąMM UIFJS BUIMFUJD ESFBNT 4UVEFOUT QBSUJDJQBUF JO B combination of high performance training and skill development with professional coaches during school hours. Who is eligible? Middle and secondary students with a passion for soccer, CBTFCBMM TPGUCBMM IPDLFZ PSHPMG"GPSNBMBQQMJDBUJPOBOENPOUIMZGFFT are required.

West Vancouverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s iDEC Program

Vancouverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s GOLD Program


Program Basics: This alternative program for twice exceptional secondary school students (intellectually gifted with a learning disability) is offered BU 1SJODF PG8BMFT BOE %BWJE5IPNQTPO 4FDPOEBSZ 4DIPPMT 4UVEFOUT develop a positive self-concept by understanding their unique strengths and difficulties, and learn strategies to succeed at school.

Who is eligible? Kindergarten through to grade seven students. Because this is a program of choice, priority is given to students living within catchment boundaries.



Burnabyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Advanced Learners

How To Apply For Extension Programs

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Who is eligible? Grades four through to grades seven students may apply. "DPHOJUJWFTDSFFOJOHBTTFTTNFOUBOEJOUFSWJFXBSFSFRVJSFE

How Parents Can Help Extend Their Childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Learning


Outside of school, you can support your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s special interests by:

Richmondâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Math Circle

¡ Nurturing curiosity. When your child asks a question, explore the answer together or direct your child to a resource.

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¡ Taking â&#x20AC;&#x153;field tripsâ&#x20AC;? to museums, libraries, art galleries, musical performances, and sports events to fuel their desire to keep exploring. p (JWJOHUIFNEPXOUJNFUPSFTU EBZESFBN BOEIBWFGVO"MJUUMFCJUPG â&#x20AC;&#x153;boredomâ&#x20AC;? can stimulate free creative play, and develop independence so kids stop asking, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What do I do now?â&#x20AC;? 5IJT JT KVTU B TBNQMF PG FYUFOTJPO QSPHSBNT PĂ­FSFE JO -PXFS .BJOMBOE schools. Check with your school district to see what is available.

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Outdoor Education Learning from Mother Earth by Kelly S. Thompson


FSFJOUIF-PXFS.BJOMBOE XFIBWFFOEMFTTPĂ­FSJOHTPGPVUEPPS activities and exploration. Mountains and lakes, oceans and valleys; we have it all! Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a wealth of information to be gleaned from the great outdoors and spending time in the open air is excellent for health and wellbeing, especially for children who are constantly developing and growing. These days, education is moving outdoors, with several schools and districts offering outdoor programming to expand and extend (or sometimes, replace!) current educational methods. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve rounded up a few of our favourite and interesting outdoor educational programs just ready to teach your little one about the great, wild world.

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The Environmental School Project %JTUSJDUJO.BQMF3JEHFBOE1JU.FBEPXTIBTBDVUUJOHFEHFQSPHSBN JO UIFJS &OWJSPONFOUBM 4DIPPM 1SPKFDU  XIJDI IBT CFFO UBLJOH DIJMESFO PVUEPPSTGPSBVOJRVFFEVDBUJPOBMFYQFSJFODFTJODF5IFQSPHSBNJT JOQBSUOFSTIJQXJUI4JNPO'SBTFS6OJWFSTJUZTPUIBUFEVDBUJPOBOESFTFBSDI DBOCFCMFOEFEJOUPPOFGBOUBTUJDPVUEPPSTDIPPMQSPHSBN4UVEFOUTJO kindergarten to grade seven participate in learning that is â&#x20AC;&#x153;place-based, imaginative and ecological,â&#x20AC;? in nature, showing children how nature influences the world and how to apply outdoor-based knowledge to everyday life. Qualified teachers have learned how to use the outdoors as


a educational tool that allows children to immerse themselves in outdoor culture and forge new friendships and experiences while learning about our rich ecological culture.

The Urban Seed Project 'PSBNPSFPDDBTJPOBMTDIPPMPVUEPPSQSPHSBN DIFDLPVUUIF4USBUIDPOB 6SCBO4FFE1SPKFDU XIJDITFFLTUPFEVDBUJPOJOJOOFSDJUZTDIPPMT  community centres and more. The project seeks to teach children where their food come from and shows them how to make sustainable food gardens that they maintain and care for. This unique experience gives children endless learning opportunities, through plant-based science, nature awareness and more. Children also learn how to give back to the community and participate in a project that unites an entire community. One Urban 4FFEQSPKFDUTBXBWFSUJDBMGPPEXBMM DPNQMFUFEJO7BODPVWFSTEPXOUPXO east side, which provides fresh food to the low-income neighbourhood. Kids will learn while giving back to their community!

TREK Outdoor Education Program For a truly immersive outdoor education, look no further than the TREK QSPHSBN  PGGFSFE BU 1SJODF PG8BMFT 4FDPOEBSZ 4DIPPM  TUVEFOUT participate each year for the duration of their grade 10 school year, allowing teens to achieve all of their education credits while learning outdoor skills and practical, applicable knowledge for their futures. Teens will learn through outdoor activities, field studies and trips, and occasional academic classroom learning. While exploring outside, activities include kayaking, hiking, skiing

and climbing, just to name a few! Kids will develop a new sense of confidence and understanding of the outdoors while also gaining practical skills that they will apply for years to come. TREK also builds self-esteem, as teens learn to care for themselves in the outdoors, while also honing their comprehension of teamwork as they forge new friendships.

Outdoor School at Cheakamus Centre

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This short-term program offers students and teachers an exploration of the MJWFTPG'JSTU/BUJPOTQFPQMFT4UVEFOUTJOHSBEFTUBLFQBSUJOTFWFSBMEBZ programs at Cheakamus Centre and explore indoor and outdoor education with guided visits to places like the salmon hatchery, farms, the forest and more. 4UVEFOUTOPUPOMZMFBSOBCPVUUIFOBUVSBMXPSMECVUBMTPIPOFDPNNVOJDBUJPO TLJMMTBOECVJMEOFXGSJFOETIJQTUPMBTUBMJGFUJNF5IJTIBOETPO0VUEPPS4DIPPM is a great experience for students and teachers alike to learn about First Nations culture as well as nature knowledge.

Sierra Club BC 5IF $PBTUBM 'JSTU /BUJPOT5VSOJOH 1PJOU *OJUJBUJWF  4JFSSB $MVC #$ BOE UIF Centre for Non-Timber Resources at Royal Roads University have partnered to offer different educational programming in schools for kindergarten to HSBEFFJHIU4UVEFOUTMFBSOBOEFYQMPSFUISPVHIIBOETPOQSPHSBNTJOUIF outdoors, learning about natural history and the rich world of the west coast. 4DIPPMTQBSUJDJQBUFXJUIUIF4JFSSB$MVC XIPIBTDPPSEJOBUFEXJUIUIFMPDBM curriculum to supplement in-class learning with education on ecosystems, human relationships with nature, and respect for the environment. 4PJGZPVSDIJMEJTJOUFSFTUFEJOUIFPVUEPPST MPPLJOUPTPNFPGUIFFYDFMMFOU PVUEPPSCBTFEMFBSOJOHQSPHSBNTBWBJMBCMFJOUIF-PXFS.BJOMBOE

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Technological Teaching How Technology is Influencing New Education Methods by Neil Stephenson


t’s a fascinating time to be involved in education, as many emerging trends, technologies and ways to engage students are being developed and shared by teachers across the world. While there are many changes and new ideas influencing today’s classrooms, here are three currently influencing my work.

A Focus on Thinking In BC, we are in the early stages of a new curriculum, and like other provinces, this new curriculum is designed to put more emphasis on the process of learning through students exploring bigger concepts and ideas. While the learning of foundation skills and literacies is still crucial to student success, the new BC curriculum has reduced the number of specific outcomes in order to provide more time and space for teachers and students to gain depth in their learning. In addition, the new BC curriculum has more of a focus on developing student thinking skills, accomplished through an emphasis on critical and creative thinking.


Supporting at home: The simplest way to support student thinking is also the lowest cost—ask questions and model curiosity at home! Get in a habit of sitting alongside your child as they are engaged in something they are interested in, and ask questions that get them thinking. From a recent Edutopia blog post, (www. here are five great questions to ask students: What do you think? Why do you think that? How do you know this? Can you tell me more? What other questions do you have? "OPUIFSHSFBUSFTPVSDFGPSIFMQJOHTUVEFOUTEFWFMPQUIFJSPXORVFTUJPOTJT the “Right Question Institute” ( The Right Question Institute (RQI) is an organization that assists people in learning to ask better questions. RQI was not designed originally for teachers and schools, but for parents who were struggling to ask the right questions to acquire the social service supports they needed. It was only after working with parents for a few years, working out the best way to support the design of good questions, that the RQI began using their techniques with teachers and students.

With that in mind, the RQI website has some great free resources and strategies for helping people ask better questions. I have used this in my work with TDIPPMT BOEUIFSFBSFUFBDIFSTJO%FMUBXIPIBWFCFHVOVTJOHJUJODMBTTSPPNT with positive results. The RQI resources would be helpful to use at home with your child, perhaps as they are working on a school research project or even wrestling with a tough decision in their own lives.

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The Maker Movement "OPUIFSQPQVMBSUSFOESVOOJOHQBSBMMFMXJUI45&.FEVDBUJPOJTUIFiNBLFS movement.â&#x20AC;? The Maker movement is a contemporary do-it-yourself culture, complete with the emergence of websites, magazines, and conferences dedicated to amateur tinkering, designing, and building. This movement IBT MFE UP UIF DSFBUJPO PGi.BLFS4QBDFTu JO DJUJFT BDSPTT /PSUI "NFSJDB .BLFS4QBDFTBSFXBSFIPVTFUZQFTQBDFTĂąMMFEXJUIBSBOHFPGFMFDUSPOJDT  SPCPUJDT %QSJOUFSTBOEPUIFSNBLFSUPPMT XIFSFNFNCFSTIJQTBSFBWBJMBCMF for the public to drop in to invent, create, and build. There are number of common tools and technologies that are at the heart of the maker movement, many of which are low cost enough to be purchased GPS IPNF VTF "SEVJOP XXXBSEVJOPDD  JT B XJEFMZ QPQVMBS  FBTZUPVTF electronics platform designed for creating simple computers and other JOUFSBDUJWFPCKFDUT"SEVJOPTBSFDPNQSJTFEPGBCBTJDDJSDVJUCPBSEBOEBXJEF WBSJFUZPGTFOTPST MJHIUT TXJUDIFT BOE-&%TDSFFOT"SVEVJOPTBSFDPOUSPMMFE by a simple programming language, allowing for the limitless creativity and JOWFOUJWFOFTTGPSTUVEFOUT5IFSFJTBMBSHFPOMJOFDPNNVOJUZGPS"SEVJOPVTFST  providing students with inspiration, design ideas, and technical support. Other NBLFSUPPMTEFTJHOFEGPSZPVOHTUVEFOUTDBOCFDPNCJOFEXJUI"SEVJOPT  TVDIBT4RVJTIZ$JSDVJUT XXXNBLFSTIFEDPNQSPEVDUTTRVJTIZDJSDVJUTLJU  for learning the basics of circuits and MakeyMakey ( for students to experiment with different input devices for their electronic creations. *OUIF%FMUB4DIPPM%JTUSJDU XFBSFFYDJUFEBCPVUUIFQPTTJCJMJUJFTGPSFEVDBUJPO in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s world. We are striving to provide students with experiences that are relevant and purposeful, while at the same time, honouring what we know works. One of the challenges for those of us in education is to strive to find balance between the best of what is currently working for students and the exciting possibilities that are opening up new ways to engage students and inspire them to be curious, life-long learners. Neil Stephenson, District Principal of Innovation and Inquiry, Delta School District See examples of Inspired Learning at: Follow Neil on twitter: @neilstephenson

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Family Literacy 15 Minutes Is all it Takes to Improve Literacy Skills


fter a long day at school, the last thing most kids want to do is learn at home. But the benefits of learning as a family outside the classroom are huge â&#x20AC;&#x201C; not only are children exposed to a culture of lifelong learning, but the bond between parent and child can grow with each teachable moment. Finding time to set aside to learn as a family can be difficult, but all you OFFEJTNJOVUFTBEBZUPSFBQUIFCFOFĂąUT*OIPOPVSPG'BNJMZ-JUFSBDZ %BZTUI"OOJWFSTBSZ XIJDIUBLFTQMBDFBDSPTT$BOBEB CFMPXBSFĂąWF learning activities parents can do with their children in less than 15 minutes:

4. Bake some cookies! Most recipes are less than 15 minutes and measuring ingredients helps children understand math and numbers.

1. Read a book aloud together. Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s books are usually short and are a breeze to get through in 15 minutes.

5. Go for a walk as a family and read the street signs. You can even think of a city or country that begins with the same letter as the sign.

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While we may not think of it, most of the time spent together at home can be a learning opportunity between you and your child. Even time spent doing the dishes, eating dinner or having a bath can all easily have a focus on learning in a fun way.

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Put the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Homeâ&#x20AC;? Back in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Homeworkâ&#x20AC;? Literacy tips for your little ones


omework is a key part of your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s education, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important that they not only complete it, but also understand what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve MFBSOFE 4UVEJFT TIPX UIBU DIJMESFOT BDIJFWFNFOUT JO TDIPPM JNQSPWFXJUIJODSFBTFEQBSFOUJOWPMWFNFOUJOFEVDBUJPO4PHFU involved in your kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; schoolworkâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;you might even learn something new too! "#$-JGF-JUFSBDZ$BOBEBPĂ­FSTUJQTPOIPXUPNBLFIPNFXPSLQBSUPG your daily routine: %FWFMPQBEBJMZSPVUJOFCZTFUUJOHBTJEFBTQFDJĂąDUJNFFBDIEBZFWFOJOH for homework.

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wcf news >> Healthy Living Grants

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>> Pink Shirt Day Created by the CKNW Orphanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fund, annual 1JOL 4IJSU %BZ JT PO  'FCSVBSZ   5IF movement seeks to eliminate and raise awareness of bullying by uniting the world in wearing pink shirts, running bullying education programs, and teaching children to be compassionate and DBSJOH JOEJWJEVBMT *O   NPSF UIBO   was raised for the CKNW Orphanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fund in partnership with other local organizations who are also seeking to eliminate bullying through UIFJSPXOQSPHSBNNJOH1JOL4IJSU%BZJTOUKVTU about raising bullying awareness, as itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also about kindness and the impact that this can make on the MJWFTPGPUIFST4NBMMHFOFSPTJUJFTBOELJOEOFTTIBT a snowball effect and makes all of us more loving BOEFNQBUIFUJD7JTJUUIFXFCTJUFCFMPXUPNBLFB donation, download a poster for your school or to help raise awareness in your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s school today!

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Laura Patrick Kids Physio By Kelly S. Thompson | Photo by Dylan Doubt


â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can be a business owner and a mom. I just had to tap into the community.â&#x20AC;?


helped me realize that I am not the business. I am the founder, but by stepping BXBZ *IBEUPTFFUIBUNZWJTJPOUPIFMQLJET uTBZT-BVSBi*DBOCFBCVTJOFTT owner and a mom. I just had to tap into the community. I call them MomQSFOFVSTu8JUIUIFTVQQPSUPGIFSIVTCBOEBOEUIF'8& -BVSBPQFOFEIFS ĂąSTU,JET1IZTJPJOBOEUPEBZ UIFSFBSFMPDBUJPOTJO/PSUI7BODPVWFSBOE 4VSSFZi*QJDLFEUIF'8&XPNFOTCSBJOTUPĂąHVSFPVUXIBUTZTUFNT*OFFEFE to have in place to help me look after my baby and go back to work,â&#x20AC;? she says.

TTIFQVUUFSTBSPVOEUIF'SBTFS4USFFU,JET1IZTJPMPDBUJPO -BVSB Patrick seems completely at ease in the business she has built. The walls are painted bright green and toys are tucked neatly into their buckets with various ropes, bands and games lying in wait. Kids Physio looks MJLFBQMBZHSPVOEJOTUFBEPGBNFEJDBMGBDJMJUZBOEUIBUTFYBDUMZXIBU-BVSB wanted when she created the Kids Physio brand; a place where children could receive personalized and specialized physiotherapy in a place that was fun, XFMDPNJOHBOEGVMMPGFOFSHZ"TBNPNUP/PMBO NPOUIT BOEBDBSJOH wife who simultaneously runs three businesses, it would be an understatement UPTBZUIBU-BVSB1BUSJDLIBTIFSIBOETGVMM

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-BVSBXBTCPSOBOESBJTFEJO/PSUI7BODPVWFSXIFSFTIFOPXMJWFT4IFXBT determined to be a physiotherapist who worked with athletes, which led to her undergraduate degree at UBC before going to McMaster University in 0OUBSJPGPSIFSNBTUFST-JLFNPTUQIZTJPUIFSBQJTUT -BVSBIBEUPDPNQMFUF several clinical placements, but it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t until she worked with children in a Peterborough location that she changed her athlete focus to a desire to work JOQFEJBUSJDQIZTJPUIFSBQZ8IFO-BVSBHSBEVBUFE TIFDSBWFENPWJOHCBDL to the West Coast to provide services to children.

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*OJUJBMMZ VQPOSFUVSOJOHUP#SJUJTI$PMVNCJB -BVSBXPSLFEJOQVCMJDIFBMUI care with school age children. It was in this role that she quickly recognized a need for children to have access to private physiotherapy services, and yet, there was nowhere they could go to receive treatment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was young, but there was a really big need and I saw an opportunity to become known as someone XIPUSFBUFELJET uTBZT-BVSBi'PSNFUIFSFXBTUIJTHSPVQPGLJETUIBU*LOFX XIP XFSF OPU HFUUJOH QSJWBUF QIZTJP  BOE UIFZ OFFEFE JUu 4IF CFHBO IFS own private practice specializing in the needs of children, seeing up to forty patients a week from a tiny space. However, it quickly became clear, as she met her husband and wanted to start a family, that she would need to create a business that could operate without her by welcoming other therapists and building a self-sustaining operation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I realized I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be able to maintain UIBUCVTJOFTTNPEFMJG*XBOUFEUPIBWFBGBNJMZ u-BVSBTBJE 5IBUTXIFO-BVSBSFBDIFEPVUUPBOFUXPSLTIFLOFXTIFDPVMESFMZPO UIF Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE), where she sought their experience, advice and mentorship on not only starting her business, but gaining insight into how she could raise a family while also building her brand. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My mentor



A Place to Read and Grow Vancouverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Own Writing Program for Youth by Grady Mitchell


IF8SJUFST&YDIBOHFJTB7BODPVWFSCBTFEPSHBOJ[BUJPOEFEJDBUFE to getting kids excited about reading and writing, and through that to ensure that every kid knows just how awesome they are. The QSPHSBNXBTGPVOEFECZ4BSBI.BJUMBOEJO JOTQJSFECZBOJOUFSOTIJQ TIFDPNQMFUFEJO4BO'SBODJTDPBU7BMFODJB UIFGBNPVT%BWF&HHFST establishment with a pirate shop up front and a youth writing program in back.

Writersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Exchange

6QPOSFUVSOJOHUP7BODPVWFSBOEMJOLJOHVQXJUI,JE4BGF BMBSHF7BODPVWFS OPUGPSQSPĂąU 4BSBISFBMJ[FEUIFLJETTIFXBTXPSLJOHXJUIXPVMEFOKPZB GVO MJHIUIFBSUFESFBEJOHBOEXSJUJOHQSPHSBNTJNJMBSUP7BMFODJBT4PJO  TIFMBVODIFE5IF8SJUFST 3PPNBU2VFFO"MFYBOESB&MFNFOUBSZBT QBSUPG,JE4BGF5IFZUPPLPWFSBSPPNBUUIFTDIPPMXIFSFUIFZPĂ­FSFE specialized reading and writing programs with volunteer mentors. Based POUIFTVDDFTTPGUIBUQSPKFDU 4BSBIXBOUFEUPFYQBOEUIFQSPHSBNTPUIBU kids from other inner city schools could take part, and the Writersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Room HSFXJOUPUIF8SJUFST&YDIBOHF*O UIFZPQFOFEUIFJSPXOTQBDFBU 881 East Hastings. Today The Writersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Exchange runs a number of programs ranging from elementary to high schools, both in school and at their Hastings location, working alongside teachers and volunteer mentors. Every Writersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Exchange QSPHSBNJTDPNQMFUFMZGSFF"UUIFFOEPGFWFSZQSPKFDU BCPPLJTNBEF TP every child gets to see their writing inside a professionally designed, highquality book. Every book gets a launch party where the kids are encouraged to read their pieces aloud to friends and family. The goal, says Managing %JSFDUPS "OOB 'PSTU  JT UP FOTVSF UIF LJET IFBE IPNF GFFMJOH TVDDFTTGVM on their own terms. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They have an opportunity to work one-on-one with volunteer mentors on fun and creative projects that really tap into their JNBHJOBUJPO u"OOBTBZT iUPUIFJSGVO DSFBUJWFTJEF BOEJUSFBMMZCSJOHTPVU the writer and reader in them.â&#x20AC;? 4JODF EBZ POF UIF JEFB PG FOKPZNFOU IBT CFFO FTTFOUJBMi5IF8SJUFST &YDIBOHFQSPWJEFTUIFNOPUPOMZXJUIBQMBDFUIBUTTBGF uTBZT"OOB iCVU also a place thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun, and a place where they can learn and grow and become confident readers and writers.â&#x20AC;? Often the programs are tailored to the specific group of kids, meaning that they can take ownership and approach reading and writing in exactly the way that most excites them.


photo by Joe Sales

5IF8SJUFST&YDIBOHFIBTBMSFBEZIFMQFEIVOESFETPG7BODPVWFSLJETMFBSO to love reading and writing, and with your help, they can reach even more. To learn more about The Writersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Exchange and exactly how you can lend a hand, visit

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Adult Events for the Hip Mom Around Town! The Odd Couple Main Stage at the Surrey Arts Centre January 14-25 Meet Felix Unger, the neurotic, neat-freak news writer. Meet Oscar Madison, the slovenly sportswriter. When life changes bring them together as roommates, will these two friends learn to meet in the middle? Or will their irreconcilable differences split them apart? 5JDLFUTTUBSUBU 604.501.5566 | Children the Heart of the Matter Conference Bell Performing Arts Centre January 16-17, 6:30pm For anyone who works with young children and families in child care settings, family resource programs, primary school grades and other community programs. The goal is to raise awareness of child care and early childhood development services through professional development, networking and information sharing. Re-calculating- Vancouver CBC Studio 700, Vancouver January 22-24 Re-calculating is a one-man show featuring RVBESJQMFHJDESVNNFS%BWF4ZNJOHUPO Re-calculating will take you on one manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personal journey as he navigates his way UISPVHI JEFOUJUZ BOE SFMBUJPOTIJQ TUSVHHMFT " drum kit his constant companion. shows-in-development/re-calculating/ PuSh International Performing Arts Festival Various Venues throughout Vancouver January 20-February 8 5IF  GFTUJWBM GFBUVSFT BMNPTU  QFSGPSNBODFT BOE FWFOUT PWFS  EBZT  JODMVEJOH  .BJO 4UBHF TIPXT  UISFF XFFLT PG QFSGPSNBODFT BU $MVC 1V4I  OFUXPSLJOH FWFOUTBUUIF1V4I"TTFNCMZ UIFGSFF1V4I'JMN TFSJFT  EJOOFSUIFBUSF FYQFSJFODFT XJUI %JOF 0VU7BODPVWFS BOENBOZBSUJTUUBMLTBOEPUIFS ancillary events. 604.605.8284 |

Vancouver Turkish Film Festival Vancity Theatre January 23-25  IBT CFFO POF PG UIF NPTU JOUFSOBUJPOBMMZ successful and prolific years for Turkish films. It is evident that the time is ripe, and the atmosphere conducive to host a film event of this calibre in 7BODPVWFSBDJUZGVMMPGĂąMNMPWFSTPGBMMLJOET 778.895.2954 |

CKNW Orphansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Fund Pink Shirt Day February 25 Wear Pink today to symbolize that we as a society will not tolerate bullying anywhere, anytime. Purchase your pink shirt or make a donation online. Proceeds directly benefit many local organizations helping our youth.

Kids Swap Meet Cloverdale Fairgrounds January 31, 9am-12:30pm Find everything from baby items, kids clothing, toys, books, outdoor toys and so much more at discounted prices! 604.533.1970

After Hours Vancouver Aquarium February 26 Experience the peace and tranquility of the gallery without the kids! Join other 19+ for an adult-only evening.

Ending the War with Our Bodies Vancouver Public Library - Central Branch January 31, 12noon-1:30pm Experts, and individuals, who have struggled with body-image, talk about self-esteem, eating disorders, prevention awareness, and early intervention of eating disorders.

InFlux Surrey Art Gallery February 27, 8-11pm " NVMUJNFEJB TPDJBM FWFOU XJUI QFSGPSNBODFT  live music, spoken word artists, interactive %*: BDUJWJUJFT  BOE PQQPSUVOJUJFT GPS JOGPSNBM conversation and networking with artists and DVSBUPSTBOENPSF$PTUJTCZEPOBUJPO QFS person minimum) 604.501.5566 |

Vancouver International Wine Festival Various Locations throughout Vancouver February 20-March 1 One of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premiere wine festivals, this event is a unique opportunity to learn about & enjoy some of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finest wines. The event features wine tastings & pairings, gourmet dinners & luncheons, educational seminars & culinary competitions. Check out our website for event times. 604.872.6623 |


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community The Robson Square Ice Rink and Plaza Robson Square, Downtown Vancouver Ongoing until February 28, Check website for hours 4LBUJOHJTGSFFXJUIZPVSPXOTLBUFT PUIFSXJTF SFOUBMTBSFBWBJMBCMF GPSTLBUFTBOEJODMVEFTB helmet). The rink also features a concession stand with snacks and warm drinks. Family Day at PdA! Place des Arts, Coquitlam January 11, 1:30-3:30pm Using the Exploring Iceland exhibition by BOB Photography as a reference, kids create a giant mountain range using only white and black paints on a large roll of paper. Once theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve contributed to the mountain, you can move on to create and paint a Japanese paper fan and QBSUJDJQBUFJOBTQFDJBMXPSLTIPQ"ENJTTJPOJT free. Register online. 604.644.1636 | Be a Tree Dog Bite Prevention Delta Community Animal Shelter January 24, 10-11:30am $IJMESFO BHFTmZFBSTPME MFBSOIPXUPCF safe around dogs and prevent dogs from biting. 5IJT JT B GSFF DMBTT 4QBDF JT MJNJUFE  TP SFHJTUFS FBSMZ1MFBTFOPUFBEPHMJDFOTFOVNCFSJT required for registration. 604.940.7111 Family Literacy Day Various locations January 27 'BNJMZ-JUFSBDZ%BZ IFMEBOOVBMMZPO+BOVBSZ  XBTEFWFMPQFECZ"#$-JGF-JUFSBDZ$BOBEBJO 1999 to celebrate adults and children reading and learning together, and to encourage Canadians to spend at least 15 minutes enjoying a learning activity as a family every day.

The Addams Family Michael J. Fox Theatre, Burnaby February 6-21 Featuring all the characters weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve come to love, including the unconventional romance of Gomez and Morticia, and the eccentric Uncle Fester. This JTBGVONVTJDBMGPSBMMBHFT5JDLFUTTUBSUBU Bobs & LoLo The ACT Arts Centre & Theatre, Maple Ridge February 9, 1pmâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;2pm Join the fun with music, movement and makebelieve that create lasting memories for the XIPMFGBNJMZ4IBSJOHNVTJDBMTUPSJFTUIBUFOHBHF  JOTQJSFBOEFEVDBUF #PCTBOE-P-PUFBDIZPVOH audiences to care about the world around them. 604.476.2787 Love Your Pet Day Delta Community Animal Shelter February 15 $FMFCSBUF -PWF:PVS 1FU %BZ CZ WJTJUJOH UIF %FMUB $PNNVOJUZ "OJNBM 4IFMUFS UP HFU B  microchip implanted in your pet. By appointment only. 604.940.7111 Heritage Week 2015 Various Locations, Vancouver February 16-22 5IFXFFLLJDLTPĂ­XJUIUIFOBUJPOBM)FSJUBHF%BZ designated by Heritage Canada, The National Trust. Hundreds of communities, large and small, FOKPZ EPXOUPXO .BJO 4USFFUT XJUI IJTUPSJD buildings. 604.428.7243 | Music with Marnie Band Kitsilano Community Centre January 17, 11am Get ready to boogie with WestCoast Families magazineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Reader Choice Gold Winners - The Music with Marnie Band and all of their fun and GVSSZDIBSBDUFST4UBZBGUFSUIFTIPXBOEHFUB FREE, professional 5 x 7 photograph with Marnie. 5JDLFUTQFSTPO 604.257.6976 |

Gluten-Free Expo Canada Place, Vancouver January 17-18 5IJT ZFBS UIF UXPEBZ FWFOU JODMVEFT  exhibitors, a Kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fun Zone and a list of speakers that includes some of the most informed and influential people in the gluten-free community. This expo is the best place to get the most up to-date information on everything gluten-free! 5JDLFUTBSFBWBJMBCMFPOMJOFGPSPSBUUIF door. Children ages 10 or under get in free. Norman Foote Main Stage at the Surrey Arts Centre January 31, 7pm Packed full of comedy and engaging music, Norman Footeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concerts are famous for his crazy collection of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;props with an attitudeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; that come to life onstage in surprising fashion! With young TJOHFST GSPN 4VSSFZ BQQFBSJOH BT IJT CBDLVQ choir, the show features their voices as Normanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;animated wall of soundâ&#x20AC;? during this entertaining GBNJMZDPODFSU5JDLFUT"MMTFBUT 604-501-5566 Beauty and the Beast Queen Elizabeth Theatre February 3-8 Hurry and get your tickets to this family-friendly %JTOFZDMBTTJDNVTJDBMUPEBZ5JDLFUTTUBSUBU Check the website for play times. Family Day Surrey Art Gallery February 8, 12noon-4pm Explore, enjoy and create art together on BCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 'BNJMZ %BZ XFFLFOE &WFSZPOF XFMDPNF BOE children must be with an adult. Cost is by EPOBUJPOQFSDIJME

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calendar Family Day with Will Stroet! February 9, 11am Lougheed Town Centre, Burnaby +PJO8JMM4USPFUBOEIJT#BDLZBSE#BOEGPSBGSFF TIPXJODFMFCSBUJPOPG#$T'BNJMZ%BZ Mike the Knight: The Great Scavenger Hunt February 14, Surrey, Bell Performing Arts Centre February 15, Vancouver, Queen Elizabeth Theatre %POU NJTT .JLF BOE BMM IJT [BOZ GSJFOET JO UIF (SFBU 4DBWFOHFS )VOU  XIJDI UBLFT BVEJFODFT on an interactive and eye-opening adventure for the whole family, complete with an enchanting world of medieval castles, plucky trolls and flying dragons. link=edp_Artist_Name Lunar New Year Celebrations 2015 The Golden Village, Richmond February 19 Thousands will flock to Richmondâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Golden 7JMMBHFUPXFMDPNF UIF:FBSPGUIF4IFFQ  with fireworks, live music, countdowns, Chinese flower and gift fairs, colourful lion and dragon dances and of course, delicious, authentic food. Gung Hay Fat Choy! 15th Annual Chutzpah! Festival Various locations throughout Vancouver February 19-March 15 "XFJOTQJSJOHEBODF JOTJHIUGVMUIFBUSF ĂąSTUSBUF hilarious comedy and engaging music highlight this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s festival with world-class performances and workshops by international, Canadian and MPDBMBSUJTUT5JDLFUTBSF

Day of the Arts Pro-D Day Art Camp: Rainy Rainforest Place des Arts, Coquitlam February 20, 8:45amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;3:45pm Kids from Kindergarten to grade five will explore UIFSBJOZSBJOGPSFTUEVSJOHUIJT1SP%EBZBSUDBNQ featuring a variety of visual and performing arts classes. Register now online, by phone, or in person. | 604.664.1636 Wildlife Hero Pro-d Day Camp - Eagles Extraordinaire 5216 Glencarin Drive, Burnaby February 20, 9am-3pm +PJOUIF8JMEMJGF3FTDVF"TTPDJBUJPOMFBSOXIBU makes eagles top predators and how many species of eagles there are. Go on an hour-long nature walk and make a craft to bring home. Children will be able to touch and see real wildlife VQDMPTF$BNQJT 604.526.2747 | Cardboard Boat Races Ladner Leisure Centre February 20, 10am-12noon Bring your supplies and your friends & create B DBSECPBSE CPBU:PV XJMM HFU  NJOVUFT UP construct your vessel, and then let the races begin! Coldest Night of the Year Gateway of Hope, 5787 Langley Bypass February 21, 4-9pm This is a fun, family-friendly walking fundraiser that raises money for the hungry, homeless and hurting in 80+ communities across Canada. Join members of your community by participating in UIF-BOHMFZXBMLPSHBOJ[FECZUIF4BMWBUJPO"SNZ Gateway of Hope. Please register online. 640.514.7375

Seedy Sat/Sun & Garden Expo Harris Barn, Ladner February 21-22, 10am-3pm 4FFEZ 4BU4VO CSJOHT UPHFUIFS HBSEFOFST PG all levels, urban farmers & seed savers who are passionate about gardening. Bring your seeds to swap, visit garden, seed & plant vendors, or take part in workshops. There will be eight speakers over two days, including Brian Minter 5IPNBT)PCCT"ENJTTJPOJTCZEPOBUJPOXJUI BMM QSPDFFET HPJOH UP UIF -BEOFS $PNNVOJUZ Gardens 604.940.0937 Notes of Defiance Orpheum Theatre February 22, 2pm 7BODPVWFS"DBEFNZPG%BODFQSFTFOUT/PUFTPG %FĂąBODF'VOGPSUIFXIPMFGBNJMZ 5JDLFUT TUBSU BU  4FOJPS4UVEFOUT   GPS adults. Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade Chinatown February 22 %VSJOH $IJOFTF /FX:FBS  NPSF UIBO   people line Chinatownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s streets to watch traditional lion dance teams, as well as marching bands and dance troupes. Pounding drums and firecrackers help ignite the excitement. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parade will celebrate the year of the ram. Cammidge House Heritage Day Cammidge House, Boundary Bay Regional Park February 22, 1-4pm -FBSOBCPVUFBSMZGBSNJOHJO#PVOEBSZ#BZ BOE enjoy tea and baked goods served by volunteers in period costume. 604.432.6359

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last look All Natural Lip Balm by Kelly S. Thompson

Kids love to cook and craft, so why not blend the two!? All natural lip balm makes a fun gift or can be used by every member of the family without preservatives and other chemicals, and everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lips will be soothed in the cold winter months!


- 1.5 oz beeswax - 2.5 oz shea butter - 2.5 oz sweet almond oil - few drops vitamin e oil (extends shelf life) - 1 teaspoon essential oil of your choice t &NQUZMJQCBMNUVCFTPSQPUT t 1MBTUJDTQPPO t 0MEQPUGPSNFMUJOHJOHSFEJFOUT t 1BQFSUPXFMTGPSDMFBOVQ t .BSLFST TUJDLFSTBOEPSXBTIJUBQFGPSEFDPSBUJOH

make it! Step 1: Slowly melt the beeswax on the lowest heat setting on the stove, stirring occasionally. Use a plastic spoon and an old pot, since the balm can be hard to wash off once it hardens. Step 2: Add the shea and almond oil, stir and melt everything together. Step 3: Take off the heat and add the vitamin E and scented oil. Step 4: Place open tubes on a paper towel and slowly fill them and allow them to harden. Step 5: Wipe off excess and decorate tubes and pots with stickers, markers and washi tape!



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