April 2020 Spruce Grove What’s Happening!
The Spruce Grove GSA Society respectfully acknowledges that we are situated in Treaty 6 territory, traditional lands of First Nations and Métis people.
Currently our GSA is temporarily postponed, due to the outbreak of Corvid 19, and the recommendations of all levels of our governments. We had to make the difficult decision to temporarily postpone our Spruce Grove GSA at St. Andrew’s United Church (1A Fieldstone Drive) for the time being.
We do not take the decision to postpone even one meeting of a Safe Space lightly, and we are working hard to try and find safe ways for everyone to connect while maintaining all levels of health and safety standards.
I promise we are here for you. We are planning, we are still thinking of events! They might look different, they might be delayed, but they will still be yours, and we will create many more memories together!
I can’t wait to hear the hall fill with music and your laughter, and your boots stomping down the stairs!!
Use some of the time you have right now to discover something new. About you, about the world, about whatever might interest you.
Our world is filled with beautiful amazing and endless things, go forth and discover! Please Be safe, follow proper health and safety standards https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16997.aspx#prev
Explore the world around you! But do it online! I am going to ask for your help. I need ideas, games, links, science experiments, crafts, gyms that are offering online classes… ANYTHING you can send to me that I can share and pass along to our friends, and families! Our kids are connected! Let’s help everyone stay connected but also keep everyone safe at home!
Virtual School Activities for all ages!
A collection of sites to live webcams, virtual tours/trips, and other miscellaneous fun educational sites.
This list keeps growing daily! Everything from virtual tours, to live webcams, games at the San Diego Zoo, the Great Wall of China, the NASA Mission Operations Room, Story time from Space, Science Experiments with Bill Nye, the Louvre, and so much more!!
Simple Activities for Children and Adolescents
Offers activity ideas to parents and caregivers whose families are sheltering in place, social distancing, and homeschooling due to school closures amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.
WILD Outside program - funded by the Government of Canada under the Canada Service Corps program
WILD Outside is a national conservation-based youth leadership program designed for youth ages 15 to 18. By participating in this immersive program, young Canadians will experience opportunities for personal growth while developing and encouraging their own “conservation ethic”. Learning from CWF facilitators alongside their peers, youth who join the WILD Outside program will connect with other participants in their area by exploring the outdoors and planning and carrying out community-based conservation action projects in their own community. Participants in the program are encouraged to commit to 120 hours of service activity and engagement over a calendar year and will be recognized for their dedication. We aim to create a safe and inclusive atmosphere for all youth and hope to welcome young people from all communities, many different walks of life, and varying experiences to this exciting program.
While COVID 19 currently prevents participants from gathering together in person, that hasn’t stopped us from adapting our programming to bring people together virtually across the country.
We are still encouraging interested youth to continue to register for our WILD Outside program; then join us as we connect online to learn about and plan conservation projects we can deliver once we get the green light to gather our WILD Outside participants together again.
Spring has Officially Sprung Let’s plant a garden!!
Food is one of life's basic needs. Gardens are being used across Alberta at all grade levels to help people understand and appreciate the industry that grows, processes, and delivers safe, abundant food to Albertans every day. The gardening process also encourages students to make healthy food choices.
Bird House Craft Project
Looking for a spring project that will keep the birds in your area safe and cozy?
Brickbubble designed a beautiful, easy to assemble bird house kit, that is ready to paint!
Who wants to explore the world with me!!!
Check out all of these amazing live animal cameras!!
*note some of them are a little creepy at night. I did make that mistake when checking them all out. 😬
Explore.org Free App on Apple Devices – Live cams
Explore.org Free App on Android Devices - Live cams
Explore.org Link to the website online - Live Cams on the Internet
Silent River Kung Fu
Silent River Kung Fu has taken their classes online and offer 3 - 4 classes per week. Once a week, a recorded class is available for students to learn and practice. Then twice a week they host a Livestream skills class, and this is followed by the option of a one on one with an instructor.
Please submit your requests through the contact us tab on the website for more information.
Calgary Gyms and Fitness Studios Offering Online Workouts
With Calgary fitness facilities closed to the public due to Covid-19, some studios have gotten creative with ways to help their members stay active. The following studios have turned their focus to online fitness content to help Calgarians keep fit from home.
Just Dance – on YouTube
Yes, the very first song I loaded was ABBA Dancing Queen!!! Please find some glow in the dark bands and JUST DANCE!!!
Video Games to Play and Socialize
Playing video games with friends online is the perfect solution. You don’t have to be good at them, that’s not the point – online games provide a location to meet up, chat and have experiences together.
Free Online Jigsaw Puzzles
Play puzzles on your computer!
PhET: Free Online Simulations for Science and Math!
PhET sims are based on extensive education research and engage students through an intuitive, game-like environment where students learn through exploration and discovery.
Where the Wonders of Learning Never Cease!
TED Ed @home
To support the millions of students, parents and teachers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, TED-Ed is working with expert educators and TED speakers throughout the world to create and share high-quality, interactive, video-based lessons on a daily basis, for free.
200+ Amazing Online Learning Resources
Here is a growing list of online learning resources. And to make it better, many companies are choosing to make their products free for schools, teachers, and students during these turbulent times.
Sorry, no events at this time!
Wash your hands!
Keep at least a hockey stick length between you and others in ALL public spaces!
Hours for 2020
March 13th & 27th(postponed)August 14th & 28th
April 10th & 24th(postponed) September 11th & 25th
May 15th & 29th October 9th & 23rd
June XX & 26th November 13th & 27th
July 10th & 24th December 11th & XX
January 8th & January 22nd (2021)
Taking Care of You!
Practice brief relaxation techniques during the day.
Check in with friends, family, and chosen family.
Prepare for changes in your life.
Increase leisure activities, stress management, and exercise.
Pay attention to health and nutrition.
Maintain boundaries. Say no, avoid getting overloaded.
Practice good sleep routines. (don’t look at your phone at night)
Find things that you enjoy or make you laugh.
Seek help if extreme stress persists for greater than two to three weeks.
Keep a journal to get worries off your mind.
Access support from friends by sharing concerns.
Stay aware of limitations and needs.
Increase activities that are positive.
Learn how to “put stress away”
Write, draw, paint.
Limit caffeine and substance use.
Write in a journal.
Volunteer for a cause meaningful to you.
Make a gratitude list.
Take a fresh air break.
Meditate or listen to guided visualization.
Cuddle with pets.
Treat yourself to a nice meal.
Take a nap.
Listen to music.
Lay in the grass.
Read a good book.
Write a blog.
Spend time outdoors, if possible.
Go for a drive.
Join an online social club.
Nutrition – increase healthy food choices.
Turn off electronic devices.
Have a movie marathon Play a game.
Wear something that makes you feel confident.
Join an online support group.
Have a virtual game night with friends.
Work in the garden.
Drink some hot chocolate (with marshmallows).
Get creative: draw, paint, write a song, or cook a new meal.
Try a new hobby.
Write yourself a letter.
Have an adventure day.
Spend time with your children – read to them, listen to their laughter, play with them, etc.
Create a poster with images of a positive vision.
Listen to enjoyable podcasts or videos.
*adapted from MHFA Self Care and Resiliency Guide
Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus
Kids worry more when they're kept in the dark
Many parents are wondering how to bring up the epidemic in a way that will be reassuring and not make kids more worried than they already may be. Here is some advice from the experts at the Child Mind Institute.
Our Community – Help our GSA grow together!
Please help us continue to grow! Even though we are temporarily closed, we are still paying our insurance. We are still doing research and helping folks online. We are still reaching out to youth and adults in our community. Please help to stay open and continue to grow by saving your bottles or by making a donation online. We will re-open, and we will continue to be a Safe Space where our youth can feel included, respected, and protected.
Are you able to help set up a fundraising committee?
How can you contribute?
Our community is filled with folks with amazing people that care about youth and their surroundings. Our GSA is a Community GSA, help us grow together!
Some of the ways you can fabulous:
Monetary donations, click on the donate button on our website, spend time with us at different events, parades or resource fairs)
Contributions of any size will be used to support youth through the purchase of materials that will be used at our meetings, as well as to fund excursions to special events within the community. They will also support the GSA as a whole by helping us with operational expenses.
We are a 100% volunteer-run organization; all funds will go to ensuring we can continue to offer services to youth.
Please Donate your bottles to the Spruce Grove GSA Society! We will gladly arrange to pick up bottles once a month. This will greatly help out with our fundraising goals! Thank you to the folks who are currently donating to our GSA!
Important Phone Numbers
780-962-2222 Spruce Grove 24 hours
780-968-7267 Stony Plain 24 hours
Kids Help Phone
Text CONNECT 686868
24-hour, anonymous phone counseling for children and youth, 100% confidential
they do not trace calls, they do not have call display, you do not have to tell them your name. You can
connect by phone or mobile app, or through the website.
Need to talk? Call! Our peer support hotline is run by and for trans people.
Resources for Albertans daily needs.
Health Information and Tools
Spruce Grove GSA Website
On our website you can find all of our information such as dates of our GSA, tips on Safe Spaces, health, recognizing abuse and Resources.