Serving up Hospitality and Spaghetti 

The Monday after the Big Storm, Bethany Hope Centre opened its doors to the community. We operated as a comfort station providing refuge to anyone needing a warm, friendly and bright place to go. That evening's Messy Church service hosted a special spaghetti dinner to all who attended.  

Memories are great
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Helping you become a more effective computer user

Once a month we're offering a workshop to interested clients in improving their computer skills. 

Our October workshop will be held on Tuesday, October 30th from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. 

In order to give participants lots of one-on-one help, only a very small number of clients can be accommodated at this session. To make sure there's space available for you, speak to Phil to let him know you'd like to attend.

The overall goal of this session is to increase the computer confidence of participants. Take a look at the topics we plan on covering throughout the year. To make these sessions as helpful as possible, we'll also take requests.

Here are the main topics we're planning on covering:
  • Email Drives: How to use Google Drive and OneDrive to do schoolwork efficiently.
  • MSWord Proficiency: Using spellcheck and grammar check, inserting tables, saving as .pdf files and using equation editor.
  • How to Upload ILC Presentation Assignments to YouTube.
  • Research Strategies: Reliable sources and citations.
  • Typing Practice: Using online typing tests to build your skills.
  • Introducing...the Ottawa Public Library! Using online resources to collect information from a variety of sources: video, articles, books etc.
  • Internet Safety: Password check, how and why to inscribe from your many, many mailing lists, understanding your digital footprint.
  • Making effective posters, brochures and logos using Publisher and free online tools.

We'll put them to very good use.

Much Appreciated Calculators

A very generous person recently made a donation of incalculable value. Our new graphing calculators will, no doubt, get years and years of good use. They are a welcome addition in our classroom, and we are grateful to have received them. Thank you!

The Playroom is always a busy place.

A Hive of Activity Every Month

September was a busy month in the playroom. We had a very exciting music day where the toddlers made homemade guitars, shakers and tambourines. Parents learned about the benefits of music for their developing children. We sang songs and danced!!! Our staff Sarah even brought her ukulele!!

Stay tuned for exciting activities in October! On October 10th we are going on a field trip to Valley View farm. If you are interested in attending please speak to the playroom. We will be having a Halloween party on October 31st! All are welcome. Feel free to dress up!

Careful behaviour now will keep your hearing at its best

Once a month, we screen a Netflix documentary that deals with an important issue of concern to many. This month's film will be screened  on Thursday, October 4th from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm . Called  "Living on One Dollar - Exploring life in extreme poverty" , it shows the problems that four young university students faced when they attempted to survive on this small amount of money each day. That's the reality that more than one billion people have to face each day.

"Could you live on only one dollar a day?

Maybe, for a while?

Now, could you raise a family on it?

Surprisingly, the answer is also, yes, but not comfortably. Over 1.1 billion people (15-20% of the world) live on less than 1 American Dollar per day. In 2010, four university students embarked on a journey to live out this reality. The fruit of their experience is a 56 minute Netflix documentary called Living on One Dollar. In the documentary, you follow these young men who take two cameras, minimal supplies, and the promise to live on only one dollar a day for a whole summer in rural Guatemala."

Since space is limited to see this documentary, please speak to Phil to reserve a spot for yourself.

Here's a chance to challenge yourself.

Games can be both educational and fun. 

If you'd like to take a break and try your hand at a new game, we've set aside 11:30 am to 12:00 m on Tuesday October 9th to introduce you to one of our games. 

On Tuesday, October 9th, we'll be showing you how to play Scattegories. "Scattergories is a creative-thinking category-based game. Roll the die, flip the sand timer, and think of answers to each category on the category list. Players race against the timer as they write down answers such as things in a musical group, a vegetable, a reason to have a party, and items found in a bakery. Score points for writing down things no one else did. The more creative the answers, the more points you score. With more than 190 categories and 20 letters on the die, the game is exciting to play over and over again."

If you'd like to have some fun learning and playing this game, speak to Phil and let him know you're interested.

Who doesn't like to eat?

Cooking with Style

Our new session of Friends with Food began this month. We are working with a new group of young chefs. They had an orientation to the kitchen and, as well as, they went apple picking with their families. Stay tuned for more exciting news from Friends with Food.

Modern day problems

Of course, it's not just cursive writing that causes students to scratch their heads these days. The world has changed considerably from the time of your parents and grandparents. Besides struggling to read cursive writing, figuring out the time shown on analog clocks and knowing what numbers Roman numerals mean can be very annoying.

However, help is available for you to deal with these modern day problems.

On Wednesday, October 17th from 11:30 am to 12:00 m, Phil will be leading a workshop that will show you a few useful strategies to use when faced with:
  • cursive writing
  • analog clocks
  • Roman numerals
Since space for this workshop is limited, speak to Phil to let him know you'd like to participate.

Careful behaviour now will keep your hearing at its best
The Learning Coach - (613) 799-2668 (voice or text)

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