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BEDFORD SEPTEMBER 2015 E-UPDATE


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555-1550 Bedford Highway
Bedford, NS  B4A 1E6
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www.kellyregan.ca

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Dear Friends – 
 
Now that summer is over, we’re resuming our e-newsletter.

If you have a child or children in school, you may notice some changes in the classroom this year.
  • Class size caps have now extended to grade 4. Now classes in grades primary to 2 are capped at 20 students, and classes for grades 3 and 4 are capped at 25.
  • Our students will spend more time every day improving their math and literacy skills.
  • For example, students in primary to grade 2 will spend 33 minutes more a day on literacy, and 30 minutes more on math.
  • Students in grade 3 will spend 43 more minutes per day on literacy, and 30 more minutes per day on math.
  • The Math Mentors program cut by the NDP government has been restored as part of our commitment to improve student outcomes in math. 
  • And the Reading Recovery program cut by the NDP government is being rolled out to all boards as part of our commitment to improving student literacy outcomes.
There's also a new homework policy, which you can find at: https://www.ednet.ns.ca/
 
We believe these changes will help prepare our students to succeed.  
 
Thank you for taking the time to read this e-newsletter.  Have a terrific autumn!
 
Kelly
GOVERNMENT NEWS
More Atlantic Canadian eBooks for Public Library Users
 
Public library users looking for local titles on their electronic devices now have hundreds of new choices. The Nova Scotia Provincial Library, Halifax Public Libraries, and the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association have collaborated to provide greater access to the region's ebooks through a project called Read Local.
Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage Tony Ince says Read Local makes it easier for Nova Scotians to borrow more Atlantic Canadian books from anywhere they can access the Internet. More than 600 new ebooks are available for free across the province.

Fall New Season of Public Events at Government House Announced

Musical performances, sculpture installation, a book launch and lectures are among the events planned for the new season of public events hosted by the lieutenant-governor.
All events are free, open to the public, and will be held at Government House in Halifax. The series begins Tuesday, September 8th, at 7 p-m, with a presentation by Colonel John Boileau on Nova Scotia's Boy Soldiers in the Great War.
Visit http://lt.gov.ns.ca/ for more information.

More Personal Development Credit Opportunities Available to Students

Students now have more options to earn Personal Development Credits with the addition of three new partner organizations for the 2015-16 school year.
The new providers are The Canadian Red Cross, Water Safety and Instructor Program, The Catapult Leadership Society, Catapult Plus; and, The Nova Scotia Forestry Association, Nova Scotia Envirothon program.
Through the Personal Development Credit, high school students are given more choices in meeting graduation requirements. The program allows students to earn half or full general elective credits towards graduation.
For information on how to become a provider or take part in the program as a student visit: https://pdc.ednet.ns.ca/
NEWS YOU CAN USE
Soup Sisters

On the first Tuesday of every month, Soup Sisters hosts a social evening in the kitchen of their culinary partner, Kitchen Door Catering, at its Bedford location, to make soup for Bryony House.
That’s the premise behind the Halifax chapter of Soup Sisters, a non-profit group that provides Bryony House — a 24 hour, 24-bed shelter that is the only transition house in HRM — with hundreds of litres of soup each month.
Soup Sisters invite anyone interested to go on their website at www.soupsisters.org/halifax.php and register for an upcoming event. Each event can accommodate 24 people at a time, and runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month at Kitchen Door Catering located at 2 Bluewater Rd. in Bedford.

CPA Online Welcome Booklet – Important Information!

New and returning students and parents of CPA must read this Online Welcome Booklet that contains important information about the upcoming school year.
Registration is now open for the 2015 Bedford-Sackville Minor Football (BSMF) Youth Tackle season. BSMF offers tackle football for four age groups; Mite(Grades 2 & 3), Atom (Grades 4 & 5), Pee Wee (Grades 6 & 7) and Bantam (Grades 8 & 9). Skill and conditioning camps will be opening in the coming weeks and game play will start in early September. Information on conditioning camps and practices will be posted on the BSMF website (www.bsmf.ca) as soon as they are available.

To register, please go to : www.bsmf.ca and look for Player Registration button. On-line registration at www.bsmf.ca is now available and the preferred method. Registration is NOT complete until final payment has been made. Payment is via Visa, MasterCard.
Keys to Happy Aging

People have many misconceptions and needless fears about getting older. If
you would like to learn positive and practical aspects of aging, join this group.
This is an Inspired earning program, presented by Terry Choyce of Bedford United Church. Just $30 for 3 nights of honest discussion and helpful hints on how to enjoy being 55 and over. Register at terrypaulchoyce@yahoo.ca. Dates to be announced later.

Call our office (902) 407-3777 or email kelly@kellyregan.ca to request a sign!
KELLY IN THE COMMUNITY
Ryde for Lyme - July 1, 2015
www.rideforlyme.ca
Reception for Scott Manor House summer students - August 24, 2015
4th Annual Convenience Store Day - August 26, 2015
Grand Opening of Flowers of Spring - September 8, 2015
www.flowersofspring.ca
COMMUNITY EVENTS
Maple Leafs Announce Training Camp Visit to Bedford

The team will travel to Halifax where they will conduct on-ice sessions at BMO Centre in Bedford, Nova Scotia from September 18-20.
Practices on Sept. 18-20 will begin each day at approximately 9:30 a.m. each day and end at approximately 2 p.m. Tickets for each day will be on sale each morning at the main entrance of the arena at a cost of $5 per person (cash only) with all proceeds benefitting KidSport Nova Scotia, a program of Sport Nova Scotia which has long been a charitable partner of MLSE Foundation and the Leafs. Capacity at each session will be limited and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
Make Waves for the IWK '15 theme is Heroes v. Villains! Fun for all ages, Sept. 26, 11am-5pm at DeWolf Park, Bedford
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