Let’s Learn Kindergarten Registration

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Let’s Learn Kindergarten Registration for the 2016 school year is taking place in October and November in Bruce-Grey. This registration is for children born in 2011 and 2012 who will be starting school for the first time. The Let’s Learn program gives children and their families an opportunity to visit the school to meet with school staff, preschool resource teachers and other professionals from various children’s programs and services in the community. To register for a Let’s Learn session contact the school your child will be going to in 2016 to schedule a time for you and your child to attend. More information about this valuable program can be found at Let’s Learn Kindergarten Registration.

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Free Backpacks and School Supplies

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Does your child need a new backpack and school supplies to return to school in September? The United Way of Bruce Grey are helping families with the high cost of going back to school by providing free backpacks and school supplies!! Having proper school supplies ensures that students start the school year with the tools they need, feeling prepared and ready to learn. Please contact 2-1-1 by July 31st, 2015 to apply for school supplies. You will be asked for your name, telephone number and the ages of children in your family.

The Backwards Brain Bicycle

The “backwards brain bicycle” is an entertaining video. Destin, of YouTube channel Smarter Every Day demonstrates that knowledge does not equal understanding.  The unique bike turns right when you turn left, left when you turn right. Destin son learns to ride the bicycle much quicker than he does, validating for Destin that children have more neural plasticity. Destin remarks that this may be why the greatest time to learn a language is as a child!

College and Career Preparation

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Pathways is a FREE Employment Preparation program offered by Georgian College at the Owen Sound Campus. The Pathways curriculum is designed to assist individuals exploring the possibility of going back to school or students who need to develop employment skills. The goal of the Pathways program is
to help students to find the confidence and skills needed to become more employable. The course is held two days per week for eight weeks making it a comfortable setting for students to ease into an academic environment. The program is divided into three areas: Professional Development, Computer Skills, and
Workplace Math. This opportunity is available to individuals that are 19 years or older and who meet eligibility requirements. The spring session of Pathways starts May 4 and ends June 24, 2015. For more information about the program contact the Academic Pathways Liaison, Julie Gruetzman at (519)376-0840 ext. 2406

Free Comic Book Day

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Comic books can be a useful addition to your ESL learning. Reading comic books can help you to improve your English vocabulary, writing and knowledge about culture. Reading comic books is a FUN way to learn English!! On Saturday May 2 the Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library and the TOM Thomson Art Gallery are having a FREE Comic Book Day. You can pick up your free comic book in the Youth Services Department of the library. A number of comic book focused events will be taking place at the library on May 2. More information about Comic Book Day can be found at Owen Sound Library.

Adult English as a Second Language Groups

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Would you like to improve your English conversation skills?
Joining an English as a Second Language group is a fantastic way to improve your English skills. Connecting with an ESL group is also a wonderful way to meet people living in your community that are newcomers to Canada. Here is a list of some of the FREE English as Second Language groups meeting in Bruce and Grey.

Bruce County English 101 Port Elgin and Kincardine call Steve at 519-389-2302 to register
Hanover ESL Cafe contact 519-364-1420 or visit Hanover library for more information
Owen Sound ESL Group contact the Adult Learning Centre 519-346-6623 ext. 3 to register

Explore Skilled Trades

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Skilled trades are jobs that are done with your hands such as construction, plumbing, and welding. The Owen Sound Georgian College Campus offers one and two-year full-time programs that train people to become skilled trades workers. The College is hosting a Trades Open House in Owen Sound on Saturday June 14th. College staff will be available at this event to answer questions and to provide information about local job opportunities in the skilled trades. If you would like to learn more about this event visit Georgian College Trades.

YMCA Employment Services

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Looking for work? Get help and advice at YMCA Employment Services
The YMCA Owen Sound Grey Bruce is the designated Employment Ontario (EO) service provider for Grey County. YMCA Employment Services offers information, services, programs and support to help you find a job. Their trained staff will help you find the services you need to start and be successful in your job search. They offer employment services throughout Grey County with locations in Hanover, Meaford, Thornbury, Durham, Dundalk and Flesherton. Learn more about the many employment services available at FREE EMPLOYMENT SERVICES.