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Thursday, 10 September 2015

Posing right questions to understand how was your child's day at school

Questions a kid will answer at the end of a long school day:

1.     What did you eat for lunch?

2.     Did you catch anyone picking their nose?

3.     What games did you play at recess?

4.     What was the funniest thing that happened today?

5.     Did anyone do anything super nice for you?

6.     What was the nicest thing you did for someone else?

7.     Who made you smile today?

8.     Which one of your teachers would survive a zombie apocalypse? Why?

9.     What new fact did you learn today?

10. Who brought the best food in their lunch today? What was it?

11. What challenged you today?

12. If school were a ride at the fair, which ride would it be? Why?

13. What would you rate your day on a scale of 1 to 10? Why?

14. If one of your classmates could be the teacher for the day who would you want it to be? Why?

15. If you had the chance to be the teacher tomorrow, what would you teach the class?

16. Did anyone push your buttons today?

17. Who do you want to make friends with but haven’t yet? Why not?

18. What is your teacher’s most important rule?

19. What is the most popular thing to do at recess?

20. Does your teacher remind you of anyone else you know? How?

21. Tell me something you learned about a friend today.

22. If aliens came to school and beamed up 3 kids, who do you wish they would take? Why?

23. What is one thing you did today that was helpful?

24. When did you feel most proud of yourself today?

25. What rule was the hardest to follow today?

26. What is one thing you hope to learn before the school year is over?

27. Which person in your class is your exact opposite?

28. Which area of your school is the most fun?

29. Which playground skill do you plan to master this year?

30. Does anyone in your class have a hard time following the rules?

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Science Day coordinated by Maskwacis Library for the Schools on March 11th

Feedback from Host

March 12


Hello Manisha,


It was a huge success and went over very well with the teachers, the U of A people and the students. We appreciate the way Montana conducted themselves and they were very respectful and assisted and participated. ​Thank you for the opportunity.



Kevin L. Buffalo

Principal- Kisipatnahk School

P.O. Box 1290

Maskwacis, Alberta T0C 1N0



Feedback from Volunteer coordinator

Hi Manisha,

Generally my volunteers and I had a positive experience delivering hands-on chemistry to the students of both schools. As I indicated to you, in future I would try to bring more volunteers to such a large event. Thanks again for this wonderful invitation!

Best regards,


Feedback from Collaborator

Science day went really well. Our students really enjoyed the day. Over 200 students particiapted. THANKS, Alison
Montana School

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Maskwacis Library spreads interest in Science

January 28, 2015


Hi! This is Alison Peoples. Both myself (grade 4/5 Mrs. Peoples) and (grade 5/6 Ms. Kimeda) would like to come and do something related to grade 5 chemistry as one group. There would be about 30 students and 4 staff. If possible so that it would take up the day and if you can accommodate us it would be great to do two experiments and participate in the other activities that were around last year like visiting the library and the COW bus.


Let me know,



Connection: March 11th science stations will be set up at the school for Grade 4-6.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

This Christmas, give a book as a gift. Pick your FREE book from Maskwacis Library on November 25, 2014

This Christmas

Give a book as a gift

Pick your FREE book

From Maskwacis Library

On November 25, 2014

Free Book pick up time: 12-1 pm

Call 780 585 3925

Ask for Manisha for the Christmas gift book giveaway

See you on Tuesday, November 25

Friday, 26 September 2014

Young Children’s Numeracy Development on November 21 at the Maskwacis Cultural College

Young Children’s Numeracy Development on November 21 at the Maskwacis Cultural College
Young Children's Numeracy Development
Friday, November 21, 2014 from 10 to 11:30 am at the Maskwacis Cultural College.

Numeracy Development
There is one single predictor of children's school achievement at high school level: Early numeracy knowledge! Many factors influence children's numeracy knowledge and skills in early childhood such as culture, language, frequency of teaching, and home numeracy experiences.  Parents and caregivers can make a significant contribution to children's future school achievement through informal and formal numeracy experiences early on.   This speaker will focus on explaining why numeracy knowledge before Grade 1 is very important, which numeracy skills children should master in early childhood and how to teach those concepts. 

Facilitator: Dr. Ozlem Cankaya is an early childhood development expert specialized in literacy and numeracy development.  Her past research focused on the effects of language, culture, and home experiences on the acquisition of early numeracy and literacy skills.
After finishing her M.A. in Cognition and Instruction program at McGill University she spent a year teaching kindergarten children in Thailand.  Ozlem received her PhD in Cognitive Science at Carleton University (Ottawa, ON).  She also worked as a research consultant at the UNESCO Institute for Statistics in Literacy Assessment and Monitoring Programme (LAMP) provided the diagnostic information required in monitoring and improving literacy skills in different counties.
Currently, Ozlem is a Research Scientist at the Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research in the Child Youth Data Laboratory (Edmonton, AB).  She is a part of a research team working on issues, policies and practices affecting Alberta's children and youth, by linking and analyzing cross-government, administrative data.

Three things that participants will take away from the session:
1. Learn about factors that influence early numeracy development.
2. Find out about how culture and language influence early numeracy development
3. Learn skills to support formal and informal numeracy experiences
Early bird registration fee  $55 per person includes refreshments, Library in a Box, hands on craft making sessions,  community engagement, and numeracy program handout for indigenous communities.

·         Early bird registration deadline: October 15, 2014.
·         Registration fee after the early bird deadline is $95.
·         Cheques to be made/mailed in the name of Maskwacis Cultural College, Box 960. Maskwacis, Alberta T0C 1N0.
·         Call us at toll free: 1-866-585-3925 or by email

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Invitation to holistic approach learning outcome by Rainbow woman

Nurture Spirit, Heart, Mind and Body

Presented by Rainbow Woman

Learn to apply a holistic approach to life, which means recognizing and nurturing the Spirit, Heart, Mind and Body and all areas of life and relationship. Ningwakwe will present a learning outcome for each of the four aspects and a practical way in which Aboriginal educators facilitate that learning outcome.

Presenter Facilitator: Ningwakwe (Rainbow Woman), aka Priscilla George, is a Deer Clan Anishnawbe Kwe from the Chippewas of augeen First Nation.  Ningwakwe has been involved with cultivating indigenous training from the grassroots and international levels.

Ningwakwe advocates for the holistic approach to life, which means recognizing and nurturing the Spirit, Heart, Mind and Body and all areas of life and relationship. This is the foundation for developing positive cultural identity, which gives us the skills to walk successfully in two worlds – the aboriginal and the non-aboriginal.

Target Audience:  Community organizations, Schools, Families, Recreation Managers, Literacy Programmers and Practitioners, Social Workers, Family Support Workers, Teachers, Education Assistants, Learning Coach, and Residential School Survivors.

Date: Monday, September 8 from 10 am to 3 pm. Networking begins early at 9 am.  Please bring indigenous materials, your organization profile and any other information which you would like to share or display.

Location: Maskwacis Cultural College, Alberta


·         Early bird registration fee is $85 per person includes refreshments, lunch, and a tour of the library and learning spaces.

·         Early bird registration deadline is August 25, 2014.

·         Registration fee after the early bird deadline is $125.

·         Certificate of Participation will be provided and professional category A credits for social workers.

·         Digital badges of participation will be provided to all participants

·         Cheques to be made in the name of Maskwacis Cultural College, Box 960. Maskwacis, Alberta T0C 1N0.

·         Online registration page

·         Call us at toll free: 1-866-585-3925 or by email