JANUARY 19, 2022 -- Thanks to the work of the Settlement Support Workers in Schools (SSWIS) at Regina Open Door Society, the letter used to inform families when there is a COVID-19 case in a student's classroom have been translated into Mandarin and Vietnamese. Bangla, Hindi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Urdu, Tagalog, Tigrinya and Somali will be posted soon!
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DECEMBER 17, 2021 -- Russell Fayant was December’s guest speaker at Albert Community School. Russell is a faculty member with the Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program (SUNTEP), and he is based out of the University of Regina campus. Russell is Métis and from the Qu’Appelle Valley in Saskatchewan. He is a Michif speaker and says he is still learning his language.
Russell began his presentation at Albert School with a jovial hello to everyone and then started to introduce himself in his Michif language. Once he finished his introduction in Michif, he explained to everyone what he said and what it meant to him to be able to speak his language. Russell is not fluent in Michif but is continually learning from other speakers.
DECEMBER 15, 2021 -- As the snow has fallen to the ground, so comes the season of storytelling in Indigenous culture.
Students at Judge Bryant School have hung on every word that has come from Elder Hazel Dixon. After one class watched several of Elder Hazel’s storytelling videos from the Royal Saskatchewan Museum website, one impressed young learner exclaimed to her, “I didn’t know you were a YouTuber!”
Staff at Judge Bryant are so grateful for the wisdom that Elder Hazel shares with everyone at the school.
DECEMBER 15, 2021 -- On November 24th, students from the Scott Collegiate Food Tourism & Hospitality Pathway helped cater the lunch provided at the Indigenous Agriculture Summit.
Chef Jenni Lessard, owner of Inspired by Nature Culinary Consultant and member of the Indigenous Culinary of Associated Nations, worked alongside the students, sharing her recipes. Chef Jenni and the students harvested rosehips for the rosehip lime butter to go with her grandmother’s baked bannock recipe. The bannock was served with a bison stew with bison donated from Canadian Bison and a three sister spice cookie for dessert.
DECEMBER 15, 2021 -- The staff at Judge Bryant School would like to extend the most heartfelt thank you for a homegrown act of generosity!
This year, CUPE 3766 is helping out where they can. The union (which represents Special Education Assistants, Teacher Associates and Elementary School Administrative Assistants) made the decision to give over $11,000 to chosen Regina Public schools to purchase food hampers for families in need. This money came from over 600 members who paid union dues intended for their annual Christmas party.
December 10, 2021--DON’T HESITATE, VACCINATE
COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for the Students and Families of the following schools and communities:
Dec 13, 2021
- McVeety School 9:30-1600
- École Centennial Community School 9:30-1600
Dec 15, 2021
- Thomson Community School 11:30-16:00
Dec 16, 2021
- W.H. Ford School 9:30-16:00
Dec 17, 2021
- Judge Bryant School 9:30-15:30
- Ruth M. Buck School 9:30-1600
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DECEMBER 6, 2021 -- Students at Albert and Centennial Community Schools have both been participating in land-based learning. To read about their exciting and meaningful experiences, please click on the links below.
NOVEMBER 30, 2021 -- The Grade 3 students at Ethel Milliken School had an inspiring conversation during Social Studies as they learned and realized that families in our city are sometimes faced with the harsh reality of having an empty fridge at home.
NOVEMBER 29, 2021 -- On November 1st, the Grade 8 class at Harbour Landing School taught by Danielle Stinson and Brianne McFetridge had an exciting return to field trips with a visit to the Legislative Building of Saskatchewan. This was the culmination of their unit on elections and government procedures that had them engaged in an election simulation ending with the 2021 Student Vote.
The trip to the Legislative Building included a tour of the building where they learned about the history and about some of the major political figures of Saskatchewan. Following the tour, the Grade 8 students were invited to the public gallery in the legislative chamber to watch Question Period. Question Period is always interesting to watch and this time was no exception!
NOVEMBER 29, 2021 -- The “Speaker Series: Growing up Indigenous and Getting an Education” is about bringing Indigenous professionals into Albert Community School via Zoom to talk to students. These Indigenous professionals are in various careers that required some type of post-secondary education.
The goal of the Speaker Series is for students to meet other Indigenous people who are on their own personal educational journey. The speakers have had challenges navigating the education system; yet through it all, they have succeeded. The speakers have “made it” and now can be identified as having “earned privilege” by Western World standards.
November 26, 2021 -- Regina Public Schools continues its commitment to promote the health and safety of students and employees and to provide and maintain a safe work and learning environment for all. The Government of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Health Authority have recommended vaccinations for those who are eligible as one way to minimize COVID-19 risk to citizens.
As of November 29, 2021, proof of vaccination, or recent negative COVID-19 test, will be required for all who enter a Regina Public Schools building. This requirement does not apply to students.
NOVEMBER 25, 2021 -- F.W. Johnson Collegiate flies the Métis flag for the entirety of November in recognition of Métis Awareness Month.
In the classrooms this month, students continued to further their learning on Métis culture and finger wove their own mini sashes to wear for Louis Riel Day on November 16th. Both staff and students wore mini Métis sashes on their lapels as part of their ongoing acts of reconciliation to honour Louis Riel.
NOVEMBER 25, 2021 -- Campbell Collegiate’s Business program created online games and activities to engage the community in all topics relating to money and financial literacy. They will be sharing the links via emails, social media and student announcements each Monday in November for #MoneyMondays.
NOVEMBER 24, 2021 -- When École Massey staff were looking to make the entrance to the school more welcoming, Vice-Principal Maxine McKenzie-Cox shared some knowledge she received at a conference that focused on inclusion. The speaker stressed the positive impact that seeing one’s own language would have on visitors to any building.
The idea led to a collaboration with Regina Open Door Society, who already had the I’m Glad We’re Neighbours campaign up and running for Regina residents. A quick survey of students asking which languages were spoken at home meant adding other languages (including the ASL sign for “welcome”) to the 10’ by 4’ banner.
NOVEMBER 4, 2021 -- On September 22, 2021, more than 100 students from Balfour Arts Collective and Balfour Collegiate’s dance and performing arts programs in Regina came together to perform a flash mob. Socially distanced and masked, students in Grades 9 to 12 danced on the school football field to a mix of upbeat and inspiring songs by Canadian artists. They were proud to dedicate this performance to all of the hard-working healthcare workers in Saskatchewan.
NOVEMBER 3, 2021 – The following article was written by Sara Salazar, teacher at Martin Collegiate.
For the last two years, I have had the absolute privilege of teaching the Fine Arts Drama 9 rotation as a temporary teacher at Martin Collegiate during an ever-hanging pandemic. As if starting a new career and precarious work during a global pandemic wasn't stressful enough, you can imagine creating authentic theatrical experiences for drama students has been an interesting challenge.
NOVEMBER 1, 2021 -- A culture of innovation is building at The Crescents School. Monthly book clubs, vegetable fundraisers and home visits are just a few of the many inclusive ways that staff, students and the community are innovating together!
Teacher Rebekah Halvorsen has a star jar to help build community and responsibility within the Grades 1/2 classroom. By working together, students are filling the jar with stars so they can achieve goals that they collaboratively brainstorm. Some of those goals include extra technology time or more time to complete activities with partners.
OCTOBER 28, 2021 -- The ribbon skirt has been worn for centuries by Indigenous women. The original product would have been made from hides and then a design application would have been done with natural paint. As time passed, the European traders brought with them silk ribbon and cotton calico fabric to trade for furs. These trades then changed the design and look of ribbons skirts.
OCTOBER 27, 2021 -- Raelynn Smith’s Grades 7/8 class at Lakeview School has focused on learning more about truth and reconciliation over the past number of weeks in their classroom. They have worked in groups to demonstrate their learning and have created orange T-shirts out of paper to share the information with others in the school.
The students learned truths about residential schools in Canada. They learned about the discriminatory Indian Act that is still in place today. They examined copies of historical documents to learn about the pass and permit system and then read an article about farming policies meant to repress Indigenous farmers. Students also researched current social issues and injustices that plague Indigenous people today.adminrpsweb Wed, 10/27/2021 - 08:16
OCTOBER 27, 2021 -- On Wednesday, September 22nd and Thursday, September 23rd, the Grades 7/8 classes at Coronation Park Community School had the honour to visit the Regina Indian Industrial School (RIIS) cemetery off of Pinkie Road. Accompanied by Bill Wall from the RIIS Commemorative Association, students learned about the hardships and history during this important part of Canada’s past.adminrpsweb Wed, 10/27/2021 - 08:03