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#GivingTuesdayMTL

GivingTuesday is a global day of giving. Most people know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday  … now we celebrate GivingTuesday, December 3rd, 2019. Volunteer with The Learning Exchange! #TLEVolunteers #GivingTuesdayMTL Across Canada and around the world, GivingTuesday unites communities by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another.

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It’s Holiday Storytime!

The Learning Exchange is visiting nine daycares in the Laval area for Holiday Storytime interactive readings, benefiting over 450 children, from babies to 5 year olds.

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November 11th Resources

In honour of Remembrance Day, The Learning Exchange distributed hundreds of free, bilingual resources to help young people and our new immigrants learn more about remembrance and our country’s military history. Information resources are from Veterans Affairs Canada.  Write a postcard to a Veteran Students are invited to write messages of personal gratitude on postcards that

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Wonderful World of Stories

Literacy weaves through all aspects of family and community life, it is the foundation for all learning. In an effort to build a culture of literacy in the home, instill a love of reading and writing, and in the promotion of early literacy, TLE’s Wonderful World of Stories : Storytime in the Community project will take place in an informal, supportive, story-rich environment with guidance from family literacy volunteers, storytellers, educators, authors and facilitators. Community family literacy events will include character-themed reading events and parent information sessions, Cat-in-the-Hat pyjama storytelling nights, interactive school reading visits, author’s visits, and How-to-Make a Fabulous Writing Kit workshops, to name a few. As well, family literacy team members, wearing story-themed items and fun accessories, will visit schools and daycares in the Laval area to generate excitement around reading by using instruments, storybooks, songs, dance, props and costumes.

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Elementary School Visits

Family Literacy volunteers will be visiting elementary schools in the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board area to read interactive stories with children. These events are taking place a few times a year and are a fun and rewarding experience for all involved!! Children will also be delighted by a visit from the Cat-in-the-Hat! TLE is looking

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#1000BBK Project Huge Success

The Learning Exchange (TLE) community family literacy project funded through the Programme d’action communautaire sur le terrain de l’éducation (PACTE) from the Ministry of Education, Leisure and Sports was a HUGE success. Starting last October 2018, in collaboration with key partners, The Learning Exchange (TLE) implemented TLE’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten reading program in the community.

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Intro. to Modern Art

Starting January 2020, on behalf of The Learning Exchange, Mona invites students from CDC Vimont to an Introduction to Modern Art class. Join the discussion around Renoir to Jackson Pollock and Pablo Picasso. Come for one session or all five. Sessions will be held on Wednesdays 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Students are also invited to occasional outings

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A Tribute to Lazar

All of us at The Learning Exchange are saddened to say goodbye to dear friend and colleague, Lazar Jevremovic. Lazar worked with The Learning Exchange for years on the Board of Directors and as a valued volunteer both in English, family literacy and math. Lazar was passionate in his work as a volunteer and committed

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Calling All Laval Residents

Intergenerational  Storytelling project Laval Senior Academy’s Community Learning Centre in collaboration with community partners Dr. Neomi Kronish & Dr. Tiiu Poldma are seeking the participation of immigrants willing to share their life stories, legends and tales. If you have immigrated to Canada and live in Laval and are interested in participating in a creative and meaningful

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UP Skills for Work Series

Starting October 2019 and running through to January 2020, The Learning Exchange will be sponsoring ABC Life Literacy’s Up Skills for Work Series to adult learners at CDC Vimont during class time. About UP Skills for Work helps learners develop key employability skills through free workshops and downloadable workbooks. Check TLE’s Calendar of Events for dates/times:

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Buy a Gift Card – Support TLE

Use Fundscrip cards for everyday purchases such as groceries, pharmacy items, home hardware and gas. Fundscrip cards also make great Holiday and birthday gifts!! Pay face value for gift cards, get face value at the retailers (you lose nothing), AND a percentage is donated to TLE programs! Choose from over 170 Canadian retailers: Fundscrip Retailers

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Volunteers Needed

Numerous volunteer opportunities are available throughout the year on a regular or occasional basis. We are always looking for new volunteers to tutor adult students in literacy or math. Check our volunteer positions and volunteer opportunities page. Tutoring can be a very rewarding experience. It’s an opportunity to make a real difference in a person’s life, and way

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Fun at Twin Oaks Elementary

Children at Twin Oaks Elementary school had a great morning of fun, when The Learning Exchange reading volunteers and Cat-in-the Hat visited their school March 21st for interactive classroom readings to promote literacy at home.   A LEARNING EXCHANGE project funded through:  

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QFHSA Newsletter

The Learning Exchange is happy to be working with a new organization to bring literacy to families in the Laval area. We had a feature article in the Winter 2018/19 newsletter and continue to work together. QFHSA is donating new and used books for us to distribute to families in our community.

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Tree of Perseverance

Learners at CDC Vimont have been busy building a Tree of Perseverance. Every day the tree continues to grow! #HookedonSchoolDays #HookedonSchoolDaysVimont #JPS2019

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Hooked on School Days 2019

This year’s theme, Our actions, a + in their success highlights the diversity of actors and tangible gestures which can have a positive impact on a youth’s determination, perseverance and school success throughout his or her life.  Recognizing the power each and every one of us possess to make a difference in the effort to promote school

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Cat-in-the-Hat Returns to Laval

PROJECT OVERVIEW TLE’s Cat-in-the-Hat Returns: Storytime in the Community project will take place in an informal, supportive, story-rich environment with guidance from family literacy volunteers, storytellers, educators, authors and facilitators. Community family literacy events will include Cat-in-the-Hat themed reading events and parent information sessions, pyjama storytelling nights, interactive school reading visits, author’s visits, and How-to-Make a Fabulous

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TD Canadian Book Week 2019

TD Canadian Children’s Book Week connects Canadian authors and illustrators with children and teens across Canada. Tour participants speak to their audiences about the pleasures of reading and the delights of Canadian children’s books through their presentations and workshops. What is it? TD Canadian Children’s Book Week is the single most important national event celebrating Canadian

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Library Visits

Come one, come all, to the largest library in the province of Quebec! Join TLE’s independent library group, named by the participants as: B.I.R.D.S: Books for Intelligent Readers Development for Students, to the Bibliothéque National du Quebec. Several literacy students from Laval and Longeuil have been gaining independence by going to the library for over six years

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Book Giving Day…Any Day

There are always three simple ways to celebrate International Book Giving Day…any day! 1. Give a Book to a Friend or Relative.  Celebrate International Book Giving Day by giving a child a new, used or borrowed book. 2. Leave a Book in a Waiting Room or Lobby. Choose a waiting room where kids are stuck

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Tutoring Tips

Use these tips the next time you are tutoring!

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International Literacy Day 2018

Literacy and skills development On 8 September 2018, International Literacy Day will be celebrated around the world with the theme ‘Literacy and skills development’. Despite progress made, literacy challenges persist, and at the same time the demands for skills required for work, evolve rapidly. This year, ILD explores and highlights integrated approaches that simultaneously can

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Bell Let’s Talk Day

Bell Let’s Talk Day is January 31, 2019. Join the conversation: Text, tweet, share! On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell will donate more towards mental health initiatives in Canada, by contributing 5¢ for every applicable text, call, tweet, social media video view and use of our Facebook frame or Snapchat geofilter. What is Bell Let’s Talk? Bell Let’s Talk

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#CDCGetsFit #CDCEnForme a Success

Following this last challenge, we proceeded with the draw for the Fitbit 2. Marco Papaleo won the Fitbit. We then had a draw amongst all the participants of the different challenges and the following 4 students won a 25$ gift card at Walmart: Terrian Julien, Mark Leisk, Jessica Marshall and Markus Holak Pereira. Congratulations to

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New Green Space for Students to Enjoy

With many students graduating from the SIS program this year and moving on to use their learned skills out in the community, we wanted to put together a project that encompassed the essence of the SIS program. With the competencies of the program heavily weighted in promoting a healthy, active lifestyle we thought what better

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Smoothie Challenge- Défi Smoothie

The smoothie challenge was a huge success. 10 participants prepared their best smoothie for the pleasure of all our tasters.  58 votes were compiled in a very close race for the most liked smoothie.  The 10 recipes were also analyzed by our nutrition expert Eric Brûlé Champagne. Eric was looking for fibers, protein, fruits and

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Storytime Events

It’s Storytime in the Laval community! Storytime events take place in the evenings making it fun for all to wear pyjamas, robes and slippers. Participants are also encouraged to bring teddy bears and other stuffed animals. The Cat-in the-Hat is always on hand to greet and interact with the families! There are lots of fun

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Reading at Hillcrest Academy

Volunteers visited Hillcrest Academy at 265 Bladen in Chomedey, Laval on Thursday April 26th to spread the joy of reading with children in Kindergarten to grade 3. A great time was had by all! A LEARNING EXCHANGE / CDC VIMONT partner project funded by regroupement lavallois pour la réussite éducative

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Celebrate the Value of Volunteering

Join TLE April 15th-21st, 2018 to recognize the contributions of TLE’s volunteers in our community. National Volunteer Week (NVW) is a time to celebrate and thank Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers.This year’s theme by Volunteer Canada is: “Celebrate the Value of Volunteering – building confidence, competence, connections and community”. Volunteering is often seen as a selfless

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Mindfulness Practice with Ian

Students and staff of TLE and CDC Vimont attended Ian Hepburn’s Mindfulness Practice: Two workshop sessions were held on March 14th:  Morning Session + Afternoon Session MINDFULNESS PRACTICE is exactly that – a practice. It is something we do. It is the easiest thing you have ever done … and the most difficult. It is Sitting-up

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A+ Perseverance Wall

#HookedonSchoolDays As a part of Hooked on School Days, students participated in this event by writing a few words dedicated to an important person that is an inspiration in their studies. They wrote a message to this person mentioning the reasons for which they are staying in school and why this person is important for

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Healthy Lunch and Learn Info. Session

On Thursday, TLE had the privilege of having Eric (dietitian) and Matthew (physical trainer) at CDC Vimont to talk about Health and Nutrition with students, as part of the Healthy Body, Health Mind Connection project. Over 350 students were present to visit the kiosk, sample a healthy smoothie and learn about health & fitness. Matthew

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Perseverance Pays Off!

As part of the TLE and CDC Vimont Healthy Body, Healthy Mind Connection project during Hooked on School Days, 10 CDC Vimont students were awarded Perseverance Certificates and $15 gift cards to Cafe Depot. Congratulations to all!! #HookedonSchoolDays   A LEARNING EXCHANGE / CDC VIMONT partner project funded by regroupement lavallois pour la réussite éducative  

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Writing Contest: Perseverance

Let’s unite our voices with words of motivation! The YES YOU CAN Words of Motivation Writing Contest #HookedonSchoolDays is meant to help to inspire and motivate learners to persevere and stay in school. What drives you to continue your studies? Did someone motivate you? Did you have to overcome obstacles? What are your personal experiences? What are

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Converto Robot Challenge

Mona and Armen went to Laval Senior Academy to take in Converto where it was very exciting to see the robots challenging each other to win the football dropping game.

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Gumboot Dance Coming to CDC Vimont

Gumboots session April 16th will kickoff Adult Learner’s Week! JUST AISSI Join Just Aissi for a truly unique and fun workshop combining exercise, rhythm and percussion as well as the genesis of Gumboots, its origins and story. Fun is Guaranteed! Choreographer and percussionist for 20 years, Just Aissi taught at the School Dance Louise Lapierre, at Vanier

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Winter Art Project

Following Bell Let’s Talk Day, six information sessions for The Three Friends of Winter Art Project took place in classrooms early February, to introduce the idea of Winter Art as therapy for better mental health. The first art workshop was held at lunch on Feb 7th with 8 students in attendance. Students observed tree branches from the window and

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Get Involved! #bookgivingday

February 14th is about sharing the love of books! #bookgivingday 6 Ways You Can Get Involved in International Book Giving Day! ~ by bookgivingday.com Subscribe to our website, join over 11,000 already committed to #bookgivingday. Leave a book for a child to discover, donate to a local charity. Click here for plenty of inspiration! Connect with others

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Teacher Ideas #HookedonSchoolDays

This year’s campaign aims to illustrate the power of many small actions adding up to a real difference in a young person’s success. Actions within anyone’s reach. Actions that can be taken throughout a youth’s schooling. Hooked on School Days 2018 Looking for a way to incorporate this year’s Hooked on School Days into your

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Stronger: A Poem

It’s a dark rainy day, and I want to say I am brighter then YOU, I am stronger than YOU. And I will not let YOU defeat me. In the time of darkness, I’ve learned where to turn, whether it is a painful or good feeling, YOU are nothing but evil and YOU tear people

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A Day at the Library

I like to be an adult learner because I like to learn to understand more of life.  To help my daughter, myself and the people around me. I learn how to use the computer and send e-mails to friends. So I am happy to learn more and more by reading books, speaking and communicating with

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The Healthy Body, Healthy Mind Connection

TLE is happy to announce it has received funding from the Regroupement lavallois pour la réussite éducative (RLPRÉ) for its project titled The Healthy Body, Healthy Mind Connection: Motivation, Self-Esteem and School Perseverance The primary aim of this project is to relieve barriers affecting school motivation and drop out rate, to have an influence on learners’ school perseverance and

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TLE’s Health Literacy Project

TLE is thrilled to announce its proposal for the project titled: Health Literacy in the Community: Communicate, Comprehend and Evaluate was accepted and will begin immediately! TLE will target English speaking members of the community to improve their health literacy in order to better comprehend and evaluate health-related issues as well as provide the language and

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EssentialSkillsQuebec.com

The Essential Skills Quebec website by The Learning Exchange provides links to outside sites and resources related to the 9 Essential Skills. Use these resources to develop everyday skills or to better prepare yourself to work in a variety of positions that require skills such as reading, writing, document use, oral communication and computer literacy.

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Money Matters 2017

Money Matters Sessions were held September 26th and October 2nd, 2017 thanks to our TD Volunteers and ABC Life Literacy Canada. TLE was pleased to bring back to CDC Vimont: Money Matters, a financial literacy program developed by ABC Life Literacy Canada in partnership with Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (Education Savings Community Outreach –

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Writer’s Stories

My Strength I don’t know how to stay, I’ll just jump from one place to the other, using my “lucky charm” power, The colour green seems to give me more power, Luck will give me more strength when there’s lots of gold, People who are feeling blue, I’ll strike my green laser to them, A

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Working with Partners

TLE’s working retreat for the Board of Directors and staff took place the May 26th – 28th  weekend at the L’OASIS DE L’ÎLE – AUBERGE SANTÉ ET SPA. Members joined together with partners Heather Halman of CDC Vimont and Marlene Dagenais of the Laurentian Literacy Council to review the past year’s work and to plan and strategize for our collective

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Volunteer Opportunities at TLE

Become a volunteer with TLE today! Contact TLE to become a volunteer Do you have a skill, a specialty or an interest you would like to share? Want to meet others in your community or be a virtual volunteer? From essential skills development to family literacy story time events we have volunteer opportunities to suit

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Story Time at Twin Oaks

The Cat in the Hat is BACK at SWLSB! We had another fun Story Time in the Community at Twin Oaks Elementary School in Laval! Story time events take place in the evening making it fun for all to wear pyjamas, robes and slippers…and don’t forget the teddy bears and other stuffed animals. The Cat-in the-Hat

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The REMIND App

Try the Remind App! It’s a quick and useful communication tool for teachers or tutors who wish to communicate with their classes, individual students, or parents.”/]

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Common Core Basic Ed.

What is the Common Core Basic Education Program? The Common Core Basic Education Program is the result of decisions taken by the Ministère de l’Éducation et Enseignement Supérieur / MEES with respect to the education reform in Québec. It consists of 13 programs of study in the first phase of adult general education, known as

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Reading Resources

Are you looking for printable, easy-to-use, and accessible English reading worksheets? I recommend eReadingWorksheets This fantastic website provides worksheets to practice anything from reading comprehension, grammar, to more specific topics like literary devices up to grade 8. ~Kristina Resource Project Consultant

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Resource Project Updates

The Resource Project is designed to help teachers and tutors as well as students. The project team has created over 30 resources for multiple secondary English courses and has countless additional English and Math resources available at The Learning Exchange for anyone who needs them. Come see us in Room 106 and room 218 at

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Resource Volunteer Tutors Wanted

If you, or someone you know, is interested in volunteering with The Learning Exchange, contact Karen at: 450-688-2933 ext 3126 for more information about volunteering. Call us today! English: Flexible days. Tutoring times available Monday to Friday  1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Math: flexible days or Tuesday/Thursday evenings

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Share a Book

There are three simple ways to share books throughout the year! 1. Give a Book to a Friend or Relative.  Celebrate the love of reading by giving a child a new, used or borrowed book. 2. Leave a Book in a Waiting Room or Lobby. Choose a waiting room where kids are stuck waiting and there

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New and Used Books Wanted

We are currently accepted new and used books in English and French, for children or adults, to give away to the public. Books can be dropped at CDC-Vimont, 2100 blvd des Laurentides during school hours Monday to Friday, excluding holidays. No school text books or old computer programming books please!

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Reading Success at Souvenir Elementary

Family Literacy volunteers and the Cat-in-the-Hat visited Souvenir Elementary school classes on Tuesday Feb. 21/17 to read interactive stories to 273 students:”/]

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A Generous Gift of Books

At my high school, as a final evaluation we have to create a unique, personal project. Being a big bookworm, I chose to do it on literacy and how important it is. I noticed how many books I had that were already read and just uselessly gathering dust and thought about how I could find

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15 Minutes of Fun!

To encourage family literacy in the home, ABC Life Literacy Canada is encouraging Canadian families to have “15 Minutes of Fun” learning together. Learning can happen at any time. Practicing literacy together for just 15 minutes a day has tremendous benefits for both children and parents. Here are some great ways to get started: Create your own

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