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Story Time at Twin Oaks

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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 is always on hand to greet and interact with the families!

We had lots of fun stations for the children and their parents or other family members to visit:

  • Making a bookmark
  • Interactive stories in the reading tent
  • Word and alphabet puzzles
  • Exchange-a-Book
  • Story Wall drawings
  • Pick-a-Book
  • For parents: Creating a Writing Kit | Two kits were drawn for two lucky winners


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Common Core Basic Ed.

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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 Common Core Basic Education.

These programs of study are made up of courses spanning three levels: Literacy, Presecondary and Secondary Cycle One.’’

All Adult General Education services and programs of study of the 2016-2017 school year have been described in a reference document produced by the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur.

An electronic version of this document is available on the website of the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur at

In Mathematics, the new Adult General Education curriculum will be mandatory as of the next school year meaning that all old codes will be depleted as of June 30th, 2017.

Please, note that all students are now registered in CCBE programs of study.

In Mathematics, please find in the tables below the correspondence between the old codes and the new codes:

MTH P015-1 MTH-B213-4    Arithmetic and Money                                                                     Natural numbers
􀂃Monetary concepts
􀂃Arithmetic operations Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
MTH P017-1          MTH P019-2 MTH-P101-4   Arithmetic and Personal Finances                                              Whole numbers and decimals
􀂃 Ratios and percentages
􀂃 Proportional relations
􀂃 Financial concepts
NONE MTH-P102-3    Sense of Space and Time                                                                 Space
􀂃Relationship between space and time
􀂃Decimals and ratios
􀂃Proportional relationships
MTH P021-1          MTH-P103-2   Sets and Statistics                                                                                  Sets
􀂃Statistical distributions
􀂃Mixed numbers
MTH P016-1          MTH P018-2 MTH-P104-4   Geometric Representations                                                             Plane figures
􀂃 Measurements
􀂃 Decimals and ratios
􀂃 Proportional relationships
MTH 1005-1             MTH 1006-2               MTH 1007-2 MTH-1101-3   Finance and Arithmetic                                                                  Rational numbers
􀂃 Proportional relations
􀂃 Financial concepts
􀂃 Sets and statistics
MTH 2008-2          MTH-1102-3   Statistics and Probability                                                                    Data collection
􀂃Statistical distributions
MTH P020-1          MTH 2006-2 MTH-2101-3   Algebraic Modelling                                                                                Basic algebra
􀂃Perimeter, area, volume
MTH 2007-2          MTH-2102-3 Geometric Representations and Transformations                                                                      

􀂃Geometry of transformations
􀂃Plane figures
􀂃Proportional relationship

Resource Project Updates

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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 CDC Vimont to browse our vast collection of resources!

TLE Resource Page


Congratulations Warren!

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Congratulations to TLE's volunteer tutor Warren Law, this year's Literacy Quebec #FredaHudson award.

As Executive Director of The Learning Exchange, I am pleased to present Warren Law, a highly valued volunteer with TLE, the Freda Hudson provincial award. Over the years, Warren has proven to be highly motivated and enthusiastic in his volunteer work in multiple roles with The Learning Exchange: one-on-one tutor, class tutor, event and outing volunteer, school reader and family literacy team volunteer. Having had the pleasure of working with Warren personally, I have found him to be passionate about teaching and learning. He is deeply respected and admired by students, staff and fellow volunteers. Warren’s dedication is highly admiral, and truly in keeping with Freda Hudson herself. Warren’s immense dedication and straight forward approach with students have made him an invaluable asset to TLE and CDC.

As our card to Warren says:
This award is for someone special…
Someone who does so much, so often, so willingly –
and all from a beautiful heart…
Thank you.
Congratulations Warren!


About the Freda Hudson Volunteer Recognition Award
Source: Literacy Volunteers of Quebec

LVQ inaugurated the Freda Hudson Volunteer Recognition Award in 2007, in memory of a remarkable volunteer. It is presented to annually to an active volunteer who has made a significant contribution to literacy.

A remarkable woman, indeed.
Freda Hudson was instrumental in forming and resurrecting LVQ a number of times, serving as a Director and Chairperson for many years. Freda pulled the organization through some difficult times.

Freda was active on the national literacy level, as a Director for LLC. Her contributions included authorship of several Canadian publications, many of which are found in the libraries of the literacy councils today.

Not satisfied to conquer the literacy challenges nationally and provincially, Freda contributed in a major way to the Yamaska Literacy Council, serving as a Director, a tutor, a Chairperson, and an adviser.

Without downplaying Freda’s many contributions to the literacy world, it is safe to say there is one feat that stands head and shoulders above the others. Freda changed the life of her student. Many literacy tutors think that somehow they will teach their student to devour the classics, adore poetry and pen novellas… to find out that literacy is about helping people function at home, in the grocery store, and at work.

Freda’s student, Trudi Brown, like her tutor, is a remarkable woman with a remarkable story to tell. With Freda’s support and encouragement, Trudi wrote “A Rose of Courage”, the story of her mother’s life.

Recently, Trudi wrote about Freda, “Now I can go around the world in a book. I travel so much in books and every time I do I think of Freda.”

Previous Award Winners:

2015: Jim Eames
2014: Mary Chuprun
2013: Valerie Sauriol
2012: Beryl Kerrison
2011: Lillian Hartley & Ed Chaffey
2010: Cornelia Fischer
2009: Mona Arsenault
2008: Martha Shufelt
2007: Grace Saabas

Resource Project Update

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Twenty students have been supported in English thanks to The Learning Exchange and CDC Vimont’s English Resource Project. Our dedicated staff is looking forward to helping more students every day!

Teachers: You can still refer students for additional academic support. The project runs until the end of the 2017 school year.

Resource Volunteer Tutors Wanted

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Do you have an afternoon to spare? Would you like to help a young adult with their English high school course studies or would you like to help someone with their math studies? Join us at The Learning Exchange as a Resource Volunteer Tutor! We are looking for volunteers to tutor adults 16 – 25 years old. Training available!

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

Share a Book

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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.

. Leave a Book in a Waiting Room or Lobby.
Choose a waiting room where kids are stuck waiting and there are few to no good books available. Purchase a good book, and deposit your book covertly or overtly in your waiting room of choice. The goal here is to spread the love of reading to kids, so choose a fun book.

3. Donate a Book.
Wrap up a box of children’s books that your kids have outgrown and get them in the hands of children who could really use a book or two. Donate your books to your local second hand store, library, children’s hospital, or shelter.

New and Used Books Wanted

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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!

Reading Success at Souvenir Elementary

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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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