• The Prairie Spirit Home Educators support group

    consists of home educating families living in the towns, farms, and acreages surrounding Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
  • Prairie Spirit Parents Liaison Group

    This group meets with members of the Prairie Spirit School Board to form the Prairie Spirit Home-Based Education Committee. Last year the Parent Liaison group helped draft the new home-based education policy now in effect. Members of the Prairie Spirit Home-Based Educator Parent Liaison group include: Lori Giesbrecht,Kayla Hunt, Teena Ens, Melissa Ong, and Shelley Gilbey.
    Please contact any of these committee members with concerns you would like to be addressed by the PSSD Home Education Committee.
  • PSHE on Facebook

    A group for home-schoolers (Parents and Students) that live in the Prairie Spirit area.
    Purpose: to keep up-to-date on activities and info within the homeschool community. We can also share pictures of various events or things we're working on etc.

  • Prairie Spirit School Board

    HBE Facilitator:
    Janet Jeffries 683-2830
    janet.jeffries@spiritsd.ca
    Prairie Spirit School Division Office - 683-2800
    Information for Home Based Educating parents on the Prairie Spirit School Division website

The Scene: Youth Media Festival

Greetings Prairie Spirit Home Educators! Here’s a great opportunity for home schoolers to attend the SCENE Youth Media Festival, taking place at the Broadway Theatre March 3-5. Program info, ticketing and curriculum resources are available online at www.thesceneyouthmedia.ca

 

Tickets are only $2 each!! Space is still available for all 6 of our programs for students aged 6 through 16 and all sessions are open to the public.

The Scene: Youth Media Festival is a youth-centred film festival that promotes media literacy and community engagement. The Festival is dedicated to the presentation of media work that complements the curriculum needs of Saskatchewan educators. With its educational focus, The Scene presents screenings, panel discussions, Q&A sessions with filmmakers, and hands-on workshops. This year’s programming includes themes of creativity and cooperation, worlds of wonder and overcoming obstacles, Indigenous art and culture, storytelling and an entertaining documentary on food sustainability.

 

If you have any questions, contact Alison Whelan, festival administrator, at 306-652-6556 ext. 4 or scene@broadwaytheatre.ca

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Saskatoon Children’s Choir In Concert – “Sing Choirs of Angels”

The award winning Saskatoon Children’s Choir (SCC), under the direction of Artistic Director Phoebe Voigts, will be joined by a number of professional brass, string and percussion players from Saskatoon for its annual Christmas concert “Sing Choirs of Angels”.

The annual concert takes place on Friday, November 28 and Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 7:30 PM at Knox United Church in Saskatoon, and will feature the angelic voices of 130 choristers, accompanied by pianist Michelle Aalders. On the program classical and contemporary choral music, as well as the choir’s stunning renditions of traditional seasonal favourites.

“We are delighted to be joined by so many Saskatoon’s professional musicians once again for this year’s concert,” said Voigts. “Their presence not only enriches the selections on the program, but also creates a wonderful learning experience for our choristers.”

The SCC is a strong presence on the world choral stage. They have performed in France, Spain, Austria, the Czech Republic, China, the United States, South Africa, United Kingdom, Ireland and Canada. Currently, the choir is preparing for their international tour of Germany in July 2015.

Tickets for the concert are available at McNally Robinson Booksellers, and at the door. Reserved seating $25, rush seating $15.

For more information, contact

Rita McLeod, SCC GM and Communications

Phone (306) 374-8077, email: ritamcleod@shaw.ca

Or visit the SCC website at http://www.saskatoonchildrenschoir.org

Prairie Spirit Theatre Company presents Stop Sending in the Clowns

PRAIRIE SPIRIT THEATRE COMPANY is a Homeschool Drama Club.

Our students are busy rehearsing for another spectacular performance weekend presenting…

Stop Sending in the Clowns

A mystery farce by Pat Cook is amazingly performed on a stage near you.

(Produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc., Englewood, Colorado)

“You never know what’s going to happen in a circus!” ballyhoos Ringmaster Burnum at the Burnum and Bailout Traveling Circus – and on this particular day, that statement rings truer than ever. Beulah Von Schmellie, the overbearing and overdressed old dowager, shows up to rain on Burnum and Bailout’s parade of circus acts as she attempts to foreclose on the show. When the local sheriff arrives on the scene, the circus performers scramble for a quick solution, attempting to sell the circus to seemingly naïve tourists Jethro and Dixie before the foreclosure takes effect. An assortment of amusing mysteries pop up as the sheriff makes a hilarious attempt to get to the bottom of a smuggling ring, a petty theft and a missing persons case – all while enduring the sly magic tricks of magician Tina. To make matters more complicated, Agents Cully, Moldie and Spinner show up from the XYZ Files and join the jumbled juggling act of jokes, crime and mystery. Who is behind each of these crimes? Could it be Armando, the blind sharp-shooter? The wacky clown troupe that keeps interfering with the investigation? The clowning-around never stops under this wacky Big Top!

Dates: Friday & Saturday, November 21 & 22, 2014
Where: NEW Warman Theatre; Legends Centre, 701 Centennial Blvd, Warman
When: Doors open 6:30 pm for Rush Seating/ Showtime 7:00 pm
Cash Admission: $5.00/person at door *suggested age 6 yrs & up
Tickets: Contact Lynn @ 306-381-8682 (buy ahead for the shorter line-up at the doorJ)

A CIRCUS SNACK RECEPTION IS INCLUDED FOLLOWING BOTH SHOWS.

Come out and join the antics for an exciting family evening of circus adventure!

Suzuki Piano and Violin Lessons

Jeanine and Keri Munchinsky are offering music lessons in Suzuki piano and Suzuki violin. Formerly home educated, both have completed a Bachelor of Music through Brandon University, and have been certified through the Suzuki Association of the Americas. In addition, Jeanine and Keri have obtained an ARCT degree in their respective instruments. Both have had numerous years’ experience in teaching music lessons.

Distinctions of the Suzuki Method include: starting at an early age, parental involvement, and learning by listening to music. Parents are expected to attend lessons and practice daily with their child. This allows the child to benefit from continuity of instruction throughout the week. By listening to the music they play, children will learn music more easily and quickly. The Suzuki Method is non-competitive and focuses on skill acquisition and progressing at the students’ pace.

Lesson times are currently available in the afternoons on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. If you are interested in Suzuki music lessons for your child(ren), please contact:

Jeanine – B. Mus., ARCT in Piano, ARCT in Violin

Keri – B. Mus., ARCT in Violin

Phone: (306) 249-1338

Saskatoon Children’s Choir In Concert – “United in Song”

The award-winning Saskatoon Children’s Choir presents “United in Song” on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at Third Avenue United Church in Saskatoon.

Under the artistic direction of Phoebe Voigts, the Saskatoon Children’s Choir explores choral folk music from Canada and beyond our borders. Also on the program are compositions by classical and contemporary composers.

The 120 choristers will be joined by Michelle Aalders, principal accompanist, and other professional Saskatoon musicians.

The Saskatoon Children’s Choir has earned an international reputation for artistic excellence and creative performance practices that are focused on initiatives promoting global understanding. The choir has performed on choral stages in Europe, Ireland, the British Isles, Asia, South Africa, the United States and across Canada.

Tickets are $25 and are available at McNally Robinson Booksellers, and at the door. Reserved seating.

For more information, contact

Rita McLeod, SCC General Manager and Communications

Phone 306-374-8077, email: ritamcleod@shaw.ca

Or visit the SCC website at http://www.saskatoonchildrenschoir.org and like us on Facebook.

Saskatoon Children’s Choir Auditions for 2014-2015 Performing Season

The Saskatoon Children’s Choir auditions for 2014-2015 performing season will take place on May 3, 10 and 24, 2014. The Saskatoon Children’s Choir offers young singers a rich and challenging experience. All young people who enjoy singing are welcome to audition.

The Saskatoon Children’s Choir has three choirs: Preparatory Choir for children aged 7-9, Apprentice Choir for children aged 8-13 and Concert Choir for young people aged 12-16.

Please call 306-249-3927 to book an audition or for more information. Visit the choir website at http://www.saskatoonchildrenschoir.org.

Violin Instruction – Nova Wong

Nova Wong
Violinist
M.Mus.(Indiana University); B.A. (CUHK);
Pro. Dip. (HKAPA); ATCL; AMusTCL

“…she has a wide knowledge, not only for violin playing but of the skills essential

to teach at an extremely high standard. She has a fine balance of demanding that high standard of playing from her students, but also of encouraging her students in a very positive way. “As a retired concert pianist, teacher of piano pedagogy and performance at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, and senior examiner of pedagogy and performance, I am well aware of the art of teaching any musical subject…

“I have no hesitation in recommending her … She is a person of great integrity, highly organized, and sincerely motivated in her teaching.”

– Ms. Daryl Irvine, Ontario, Canada.

“When I think of your teaching style with Brigid the main thing that comes to mind is your gentle manner and disposition in dealing with a young student. I appreciated how you would show them the right way and a wrong way to do something and have them actually see what the difference was rather than simply telling them. I also liked that you often had the children lay their hand on top of yours so they could get a feel for what the technique and rhythm should be like.
“I appreciated that you paid great attention to detail and didn’t let them get away with playing things incorrectly. You had high expectations for their ability and technique, but you still had the patience for them that a 5-year-old demands with their short attention span. Brigid enjoyed your pleasant disposition which made the lesson a relaxed and comfortable setting and not something that made her feel intimidated or uncomfortable.”

– Mrs. Martina Green, Kingston, Ontario

Starting her teaching career since 1998, Ms Wong is a sought after violin instructor. Among her students are winners in festivals and competitions, and have high standings in examinations. Ms Wong’s abilities to befriend with her students in all ages, to capture their attention, and to develop their interests make the abstract violin techniques simple.

Now accepting registration for 2014-15.

A free assessment session could be provided prior to the first formal lesson.

https://sites.google.com/site/novawtw/
novawtw@gmail.com
(306) 979-8872