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The new Ontario Student Grant will be available to all eligible students applying for the Ontario Student Assistance Program for the term starting in September, 2017. 

To find out how much you could receive from this program,  check this link.

Discovery University come to Bethany Hope

Every Wednesday morning from now until March 22, between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., Bethany Hope Centre will host Discovery University's discussion group. This will allow interested students to participate in a university-style discussion group, and get childcare!

The topics of each discussion will vary, but each will be centred around John Stuart Mill's Utilitarianism. There is an accompanying weekly lecture hosted by Discovery University elsewhere in the community.

To learn more about this unique opportunity, text Phil at 613-799-2668.

Please let us know.

If you've moved recently, please let us know. Your file is only really up-to-date when we have all of your most current information. Since we have to report to your LEAP worker each month, we are always working to keep our records accurate. 

To give us your new address, or to check to make sure we have the correct one, just give us a call or text us at 613-799-2668 or send us an email.

Reading is a critically important life skill
Thought you'd like to know....

Lately, there's been a great deal of publicity about the city's plans to build a new, main library branch. This new library would replace the one on Metcalfe Street. 

Whenever the city proposes building anything, we immediately hear criticism - and sometimes praise. The proposal for the new library is no exception. Eventually, however, the critics will calm down, a compromise will be reached and a new library will then be built.

In its early history, Ottawa struggled, without a great deal of success, to build a library system. In 1901, a fabulously wealthy American, Andrew Carnegie, donated $100,000 for the construction of a central library. This funding provided the foundation for our modern, present-day library system. (In 2007, Carnegie's wealth was estimated to have been over $300 billion in today's money.)

Reading is important. One of the most important things a parent can do is read to, and with, their children. Teaching children by example that reading is an essential life skill will encourage them to read throughout their lives. When you can, take them to the library. When they're ready, have the librarian make a library card for your child. Remember, kids learn by example. If they see reading is important to you, they are much more likely to value it themselves. Reading is critical for success in school. Later in life, they'll thank you for the encouragement you gave them to become proficient in this important skill.

The original Carnegie library in Ottawa is long gone, but one branch library, also built by Carnegie, is still here and serving local citizens. You'll find this branch on Rosemount Ave, just around the corner from the Bethany Hope Centre's former home on Wellington Street.

Carnegie built just over 2,500 libraries around the world, 125 here in Canada, 111 of them in Ontario. We've all benefited from his philanthropy.

Interested in learning more about the background of our library system? Check here.

Be careful out there

Winter can be lots of fun but it also can bring with it a number of dangers - especially for young children:

* Children can easily be frostbitten - make sure your child's clothing, boots and gloves stay dry

* Piles of snow left for clearing are dangerous places for children to play - snow clearing equipment can appear unexpectedly

* Falling ice from roofs can cause serious injury - check overhanging ice and remove regularly

* Downhill toboggan rides that slide across sidewalks or onto roads are particularly dangerous

Parents always want to know ...

The Ages & Stages Questionnaire, Third Edition ( ASQ-3) is a developmental screening tool for children from 1 month to 5 1/2 years.  It is used to screen young children to identify potential developmental delays as early as possible.  Areas that are assessed are Communication, Gross Motor skills, Fine Motor skills, Personal-Social skills and Problem-Solving skills. 
Please contact the Children Services staff if you would like to have an ASQ-3 done on your child. 613.725.1733 ext. 203

It's a dangerous world out there

The online world has become central to our lives. We use it everyday and enjoy the many services it offers. However, that doesn't mean we should let our guard down. It's important to be vigilant. 

* never share your passwords and select a complex combination of letters, numbers and symbols for them

* after completing any financial transaction online make sure you sign out of the website you're on.

* before giving your credit card number or other financial information to an online business make sure their website is protected and secured. Look for a lock symbol somewhere on the browser or make sure the URL begins with https://

Constructive complaining works best

Cleaning the roads and sidewalks in Ottawa after a major winter storm is a massive undertaking. The city has to plow the equivalent of a two lane highway from Halifax to Vancouver to clear all the roads in Ottawa. And that's just the roads, it doesn't include all the kilometres of sidewalks that also need attention. And of course, everyone wants this huge job to be done instantly and perfectly. 

Given the enormous challenge the city faces with each winter storm, it's remarkable how well they usually do. Still, problems do crop up that need special attention. Rather than just grumbling, the next time a storm hits, try using either or both these links to let the city know what problems still need to be resolved: for road clearing problems, for sidewalk clearing issues.

We're glad to help

It's very important that you complete and send in your income tax forms, especially if you want to apply for the GST/HST credit, and to begin or continue receiving Canada child tax benefit payments.

All Bethany Hope clients are invited to the Owl's Perch Learning Centre for free tax help. Starting in March, check the BHC calendar for details.

The Learning Coach - (613) 799-2668 (voice or text)

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