January 2018 Registration Night

Don’t Forget!

Registration is Tuesday, January 9 and Thursday January 11, 2018, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Brunskill School (Multi-Purpose Room), 101 Wiggins Avenue North.

A membership fee of $10/individual, $20/family per year is required to participate in programs and must be presented at the time of registration. Varsity View Community Association honours other community association memberships.

In an effort to ensure everyone who wants to particpate can, cost-as-a-barrier assistance is available for those facing hardships. To inquire, please contact Barb (blgiles@sasktel.net) or inquire with any volunteer on registration night. All inquiries are confidential.

Check out the Programs page for information on our offerings this session.

Saskatoon WinterCity

There is already so much to do in Saskatoon in the winter! From outdoor winter activities like skating and cross country skiing, to PotashCorp Wintershines, one of Canada’s Best Winter Festivals, to attending a winter camp.

Check out the City’s website for listings of Outdoor Winter Recreational Facilities, Outdoor Winter Events, and Outdoor Programs and Activities, and more>

WinterCity YXE

WinterCityYXE supports a number of the City’s Strategic Goals and is an intentional effort by the City and community stakeholders to celebrate what makes Saskatoon unique as a four-season place that is inviting, vibrant and prosperous, even in the coldest months of the year.

Across North America and internationally, city leaders are partnering with community groups to highlight and tackle specific problems that occur in cities in the winter months, with the goal of improving the vitality of their community. Facilitated through the City of Saskatoon’s (City) leadership and engaging the interest and efforts of the entire community, a Winter City Strategy will articulate the changes necessary to help residents, businesses and visitors ‘embrace’ winter with as much enthusiasm as they have for the summer season.

The goals for a Winter City Strategy are to improve broader community accessibility, inclusion, activity and energy, and lead to greater economic vitality (particularly within service, accommodation and retail sectors) as the opportunities of winter are realized and the challenges mitigated. The intent of the Strategy is to be broad, responding to opportunities associated with winter life, winter design and winter economy; as well as addressing perceptions, attitudes and behaviours of citizens to generate a positive winter culture.

Kindergarten 2018

Children who will be 5 years old by January 31st, 2019 can register for the Fall Kindergarten Program. Call Brunskill School at 306-683-7130 for more information or attend the Parent Information Meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18th, 2018.

*This year we will start accepting registrations beginning Monday, January 8th, 2018.

All parents/caregivers who will have children eligible to attend Kindergarten during the next school year, are invited to attend our Information Night on January 18, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Brunskill School LRC (library). The meeting provides an opportunity to hear about our fabulous kindergarten program, meet the teachers, visit the classrooms and ask questions. This information evening is just for adults, but childcare in an alternate space within the school will be provided. Please spread the word to your friends and neighbors about this evening if they too have children eligible for Kindergarten.

All registered children will get a chance to meet the teachers and experience the program when they come to a Sneak Peak in May.

January 2018 newsletter

The December 2017/January 2018 VVCA ‘The View’ newsletter is available to download from our Newsletter page, but a paper copy will be delivered to your home later this month.

Reminder that Program registration will be held, Tuesday, January 9 and Thursday January 11, 2018, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Brunskill School (Multi-Purpose Room), 101 Wiggins Avenue North.

Winter 2018 Leisure Guide

Winter 2018 Leisure eGuide … is yours missing?

The Winter Leisure Guides have been delivered to each household in Saskatoon. What happens if you (or a resident in your community) did not receive one?

First, do you have a “No Flyers” sign on your door, or perhaps you called the Star Phoenix and asked them not to deliver flyers? If so, you will not get the Leisure Guide. The StarPhoenix delivers the Leisure Guide and the Leisure Guides are considered the same category as flyers. However, hard copies of the Leisure Guide are available at all Leisure Centres, Public Library locations and City Hall, and you can access an electronic copy on saskatoon.ca/leisureguide.

If you don’t have a “no flyer” sign and have not previously asked to not receive flyers, then please call the StarPhoenix (306-657-6320). It may be that your neighbourhood is missing a delivery person for a particular route, or perhaps the last person who lived in your house asked to not receive flyers (and therefore your address was put on the “no flyer” list). The StarPhoenix will arrange for a Leisure Guide to be delivered to you.

Also, if your address was not on the “no flyer” list – and your Leisure Guide simply did not get delivered – please call the City’s Marketing & Communications Team (306-975- 2882) and give them your address. Marketing & Communications produces the Leisure Guide, and would like to follow up on any issues where residents do not receive a copy.

YAS Basketball Camps

Next Summer’s Basketball Camps

YAS – Young Athlete Saskatchewan is administered and headed by Saskatchewan professional “A” certified teachers who are highly accomplished basketball coaches.

Next summer’s YAS basketball camps in Saskatoon and Regina will start the week of July 2 to 6 and continue until the week of August 20 to 24, 2018.

Every youth age 8 to 10, 10 to 12, 12 to 14 and 14 to 16 who would like have fun and make new friends while learning and developing basketball skills is most welcome and invited to YAS camps.

Thank you to the Saskatchewan Community Initiatives Fund, Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority, Canadian Tire Jump Start Charity, Hall*Comm Trust, and private citizens for their financial donations to YAS that ensure that every youth can afford to attend YAS.

More information at www.yas.ca

PD Day activities

Parents’ Child Development Co-operative offers a program for school age children on Professional Development Days and other non school days such as Christmas break, Easter break and through the summer.

We operate in three schools: Brevoort Park School, St. Bernard School and St. Philip School.

For more information you can visit our website: www.mypcdc.ca

Me Ta We Tan

Recreation and Community Development has developed a wonderful program for teens in the City. Please join us at one of the following locations for the Teen Drop in Centre.

Location Name: Caswell Hill School Gym
Program Time: 2017 – 18:30 to 20:30
Days of the Week: Wednesdays
Age Category: Youth
Program Fee: FREE
Program Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 to Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Age Grouping: YOUTH
Community Association: Caswell Hill

DID YOU KNOW ME TA WE TAN means “Let’s Play” in Cree?

Each Centre has two leaders trained and certified in HIGH FIVE and can deliver moderate to vigorous activities based on skill development to meet the needs of the participants. HIGH FIVE is a certification based on the Principles of Healthy Child Development and is offered through Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association.

For more information on City of Saskatoon MeTaWeTan, please visit www.saskatoon.ca

Free Youth Programs

Little Sisters In Action
Friday November 10th

Free one-day event for girls ages 10 – 14. Walk, dream, run and believe you can soar like an eagle! Be inspired to discover yourself by enhancing sell-confidence and leadership skills, and being physically active.
Where: White Buffalo Youth Lodge, 602 20th Street West, Saskatoon to register please call 306-975-3378.

Girls In Motion
Friday November 10

9:00am – 4:00pm – Shaw Centre (122 Bowlt Crescent)
A day for girls to become inspired to live a healthy, happy lifestyle and enjoy physical activities. This year’s sessions include Country Heat Class, Yoga, Athletics/Track and Field, Hula Hoopsters, and more!

Taking to the Court
Friday, November 10

9:00am – 4:00pm – Cosmo Civic Center (3130 Laurier Drive)
A day for boys to get active, learn, and improve skills in volleyball under the direction of qualified instructors.

Lunch and snacks are provided at each event. Space is limited. Please call 306-975-3378 before Wednesday, November 8 to register.

Festival of Wreaths

The Saskatoon Council on Aging is hoping to raise funds to help support our programs and services. Preston Park Retirement Residence is excited to host the Festival of Wreaths November 21 -28, 2017. Adorn your door with one of our beautiful home made wreaths! Proceeds will support the Saskatoon Council On Aging, a non profit organization dedicated to the promotion of dignity, health and independence of older adults. Preston Park is at 114 Armistice Way.

A week of holiday cheer to get you in the decorating spirit…
Tuesday, November 21: Sneak Peak Open House and advance bidding begins, Chase the Ace Draw
Wednesday, November 22: DIY Wreath and Door Swag Design with professional designer
Thursday, November 23: Silver White Winters display
Friday, November 24: Door Bells and Sleigh Bells display with crisp apple strudel
Saturday, November 25: Holiday Door Swag Display
Sunday, November 26: Balloon Wreath Winning, pop for prizes
Monday, November 27: Wreath wrap up – last chance to pre-purchase your favorite wreath
Tuesday, November 28: Merry Mix & Mingler – Live auction, raffle, entertainment and more!

Do not miss the sneak peek preview open house on November 21, 2017 from 2:30 p.m.– 4:30 p.m., providing attendees with the first opportunity to view this year’s wreath designs, purchase or advance bid on your favorites, place your holiday wishes in the wishing well, enjoy cookies and sugar rimmed cocktails! Your invitation to the preview party is complimentary. Further information is available at the Preston Park Market Mall kiosk, The Saskatoon Council on Aging or call us directly at 306-933-0515. Don’t wait, RSVP preferred for any of the events and be inspired by creative door decor. Home made baking will be served.

U of S Remembrance Day

There will be a Remembrance Day Ceremony at the University of Saskatchewan on Saturday, November 11, 2017.

Event Details
Following the city-wide service at SaskTel Centre, there will be a wreath laying service at the Memorial Gates (near the College Drive entrance to Royal University Hospital) at 1:30 pm.

Reception to follow at Louis’ Loft. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Winter 2018 Registration

Hello VVCA members, it is that time again to think about what can I do to get me out of the house and make winter go by quicker? Come on out a try something different or keep on going with what you are doing!!

Mark Tuesday January 9 & Thursday January 11, 7-8:30 on your calendars!

Registration is at Brunskill School (Multi-Purpose Room), 101 Wiggins Avenue North.

A membership fee of $10/individual, $20/family per year is required to participate in programs and must be presented at the time of registration. Varsity View Community Association honours other community association memberships.

In an effort to ensure everyone who wants to particpate can, cost-as-a-barrier assistance is available for those facing hardships. To inquire, please contact Barb (blgiles@sasktel.net) or inquire with any volunteer on registration night. All inquiries are confidential.

Our instructor is healthy now so self defence for women is a go!! Unfortunately we have to move it to Monday nights from 8:30-9:30! NOTE this is a change from the City’s Leisure Guide!

Other changes from the Leisure Guide include Tae Kwon Do pre-beginners should say OR instead of AND, that is, Wednesday OR Friday.Also, the Thursday night Yoga class was also missed in the Leisure Guide! Don’t you worry we put it back in in our newsletter!

Hope everyone had a happy and healthy holiday season!! Here is to a short winter filled with a lot of fun!!

Spring Soccer and Basketball registrations will be announced at a later date!

See Programs page for Winter 2018 programming.

– Barb and Maya

Pumpkins in the Park 2017

Do you carve your pumpkins? Or do you paint and add decorations to your pumpkins? Whatever you do, we can’t WAIT to see them!

Bring your pumpkins out and join us on Wednesday, November 1 at 6pm at Rotary Park for PUMPKINS IN THE PARK. Watch the many pumpkins come together and enjoy some free hot dogs & hot chocolate.

Pumpkins will be composted after the event.