Wednesday, June 24, 2020
The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation is helping provide kids in hospital with opportunities for continued learning and creativity with a gift of $75,000 to Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Originally, Tanzy Janvier envisioned perhaps sending a few boxes of food and other much-needed materials to family and friends in her hometown of La Loche.
As a community that has often struggled with a myriad of challenges already, it suddenly found itself at the epicentre of the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Janvier felt helpless as she was in Saskatoon and unable to go home due to travel restrictions.
Monday, June 22, 2020
While perhaps not on the same level as some dates in history, March 16, 2020 is a date I suspect Saskatchewan teachers will remember and discuss throughout their careers. On this day, the decision was made to close schools in Saskatchewan as part of a public health order aimed at combating a virus threatening to overwhelm the health-care system.
For teachers and students in Saskatchewan, the school year, at least temporarily, came to a stop. Classrooms began to empty that afternoon and students were invited to continue educational opportunities through some form of distance learning later in the month.
Saturday, June 20, 2020
Although hardly what you would usually encounter in a school gymnasium, the scores of stuffed black bags poignantly underscored two things simultaneously: a school is very much the heart of the community and with the provincewide closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these are different times.
The scene was Westmount School on Saskatoon’s west side, and the gym was the temporary distribution point for the Cheer Crate campaign, initiated by the Saskatoon Public Schools Foundation in collaboration with Saskatoon Public Schools.
The aforementioned bags were stuffed with not only food, but also learning materials and a host of more fun-filled items such as sidewalk chalk, skipping ropes and bubbles. The packages were destined for more than 500 families from 31 schools in the city.
Friday, June 19, 2020
In terms of providing any substantive changes from the planned expenditures announced in late March, there was little sign of that on June 15 as Finance Minister Donna Harpauer provided the 2020-21 budget on the first day of the recently announced three-week sitting of the Legislature.
And, while Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation President Patrick Maze maintained his previously announced statement that the overall increase of $42.1 million in the school operating grant is a step in the right direction, it’s the next step that has him concerned.