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  • It's back to school time for the kids, which means getting back into the routine of early mornings, packing lunches and preparing quick

    and healthy breakfasts. It's especially important for your young ones to eat a well-portioned, nutritious breakfast regularly to promote

    wellness for their developing brains and growing bodies. Youwant to send your children to school rested andwell-fed to encourage energy

    and productive learning throughout the day.

    Incorporating mushrooms into your morning routine provides more of what you need, including essential B-Vitamins, Vitamin D, Fibre

    andMinerals and less of what you don't need, Fats, Carbohydrates, Sodium, Cholesterol and Sugar. Because of the nutritional content of

    mushrooms, they are a great choice for keeping hungry kids full without a lot of extra calories. By encouraging your children to consume

    their daily intake of fruits and vegetables according to Canada's Food Guide, you're promoting healthy living and aiding in preventing a

    rising concern, ChildhoodObesity.

    For a quick and tasty breakfast solution, try Mushroom and Cheese Toasties. The kid-friendly Walrus Tusks make for an excellent after

    school snack.

    Prep: 5 minutes - Cooking: 10 minutes - Serves: 4

    1 tbsp vegetable oil 250g closed cupmushrooms, sliced

    Salt and freshly ground black pepper 2wholemealmuffins, split

    4 heaped tsp tomato chutney 50gmature cheddar cheese, grated

    Heat the oil in a large frying pan, add themushrooms and cook over a high heat for 4-5mins or until

    themushrooms are golden brown. Remove from the heat and season to taste with salt and pepper.

    Preheat the grill. Place the muffins, cut side up, on the grill rack and toast on both sides. Place cut

    side up and spread some of the tomato chutney on each muffin. Top with the mushrooms and a

    sprinkling of cheese.

    Cook themuffins under the hot grill for 1-2mins until golden brown and the cheese is bubbling. Serve hot.

    Getting your little ones to eat and enjoy mushrooms can be harder than it sounds. With this fabulous burrito style treat, your kids will be

    asking for more mushrooms please. Preparation is quick and easy, and offers a great opportunity to get your kids cooking with


    Preparation Time: 12 minutes - Cooking Time: 33 minutes - Serves: 6

    8 oz (250 g) pre-sliced freshMushrooms 1mediumonion

    2 tbsp (25mL) olive oil or vegetable oil, divided 8 oz (250 g) lean ground chicken

    1 clove garlic 1can (7.5oz/213mL) tomato sauce

    1 can (14 oz /398mL) beans in tomato sauce 1-1 tbsp (15-22mL) chili powder

    tsp (2mL) cumin powder 6 large (10 25 cm) tortillas

    1/2 (200g) block cheddar cheese Pinch hot red pepper flakes (optional)

    cup (125mL) low fat sour cream

    cup (125mL)mild,mediumor hot salsa

    On cutting board stack 2 mushrooms slices one on top of the other; with sharp knife slice crosswise into narrow short strips; repeat with

    remaining mushrooms; set aside. With sharp knife cut onion in half on cutting board, place flat side down and cut in both directions to

    coarsely chop.

    Add 1 tbsp (15 mL) oil to skillet and place on burner; turn to medium high heat. Add ground chicken and with large spoon stir while

    cooking (about 3 minutes) to break up into small pieces. Stir in onion and mushrooms; crush garlic into pan and continue cooking and

    stirring until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in beans with sauce, tomato sauce, 1 tbsp(15 mL) chili powder, cumin and hot red

    pepper flakes if desired. Lower heat to medium-low and cook stirring occasionally 8-10 minutes or until very thick. Turn off burner and

    move skillet to a cold burner. Taste and addmore chili powder if desired.

    Preheat oven to 400 (220C). On cutting board cut cheese into 30 (/1cm) cubes.

    Lay tortillas on counter; spoon cup (125mL) filling on to the bottom third of each tortilla, leaving a

    1(2.5 cm) border; arrange 5 cubes of cheese on top each one. Fold the bottom of tortilla over filling

    and fold the sides in to seal filling. Roll up tightly frombottom to enclose completely.

    Using pastry brush lightly coat baking pan with 1 tsp (5 mL) oil and place rolled tortillas, seam side

    down on the pan. Brush remaining oil on tops and sides of filled tortillas.

    Place baking pan in middle of oven; bake for about 15 minutes or until lightly browned on the

    bottom. If desired turn on broiler for 2-3minutes to crisp and brown the tops.

    Cool 4-5 minutes; mix sour cream and salsa in small serving dish. Using serrated knife cut tortilla

    rolls in half diagonally. Servewith dipping sauce.

    For kids' mushroom recipes, tips for parents, and fun educational activities visit






    Dipping Sauce:


    www.mushrooms.ca or

    Quick Mushroom and Cheese Toasties

    Walrus Tusks

    Breakfast and After School Fun Foods

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  • Club contacts:

    Brenda @ 403-933-2664

    Nicole @ 403-933-3083

    www.ffsc.caor visit our website at

    2012-2013Registration will be held:

    Thursday, September 6, 20127:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the

    Flare & Derrick Hall, Turner Valley

    Foothills Skating ClubFoothills Skating ClubFoothills Skating ClubBlack Diamond, ABBlack Diamond, ABBlack Diamond, AB

    Thursday, September 27, 20125:00 to 6:00 p.m.

    at the Oilfields Regional ArenaBlack Diamond

    Come & Meet the CoachesFun Skate

    during our

    (skaters are welcome to strap ontheir skates & helmets and enjoy an

    hour of free skating with the coaches).

    September Clinics

    Sept 10,12,17,19,24,26, 2012from 5::30 to 6:30 p.m.

    Cost: $135.00

    Sept 10,12,17,19,24,26, 2012from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

    Cost: $135.00Minimum of 15 for each

    program to run.Deadline to register for clinics:

    Friday, August 24, 2012

    CanPower Skating Clinic

    CanSkate Jump Start Clinic

    Submitted by: Brenda Thompson,President, Foothills Skating Club

    On May 11th, 2012 the Foothills Skating Clubgathered for their annual AGM and awards night in

    celebration of the years' accomplishments. All our skatersprogressed and developed their skating skills throughout the

    season meeting the CanSkate and StarSkate program objectivesof creating a fun and active learning environment that engages'

    skaters interest and challenges athletic and personal development.Our club objective is to develop self-confidence, focus and positive

    attitude, develop fundamental movement, develop basic sport specificskills, introduce simple rules and ethics of the sport,

    and instill a love of skating.CanSkate Champion Medals: Brayden Thornhill and Kamryn Blanchet.

    CanSkater of the Year: Avery Meechan. Most improved Preschool Skater:Jason David. Most Improved Preliminary Prep Skater: Danielle Denning.

    Program Assistant of the Year: Kyra Glazier-Morris. Martha Schiel MemorialAward: Jillian Falasconi. Patricia Fisher Award: Josh Brauner

    Gold Skaters in Interpretive: Katelyn Thompson, Hannah Lansdell,Josh Brauner

    Gold Skaters in Skating Skills: Hannah Lansdell, Katelyn Thompson, JoshBrauner. Gold Skaters in Dance: Katelyn Thompson, Josh Brauner,

    Hannah Lansdell. Gold Skater in Freeskate: Alex Brauner. Triple GoldSkaters: Katelyn Thompson, Hannah Lansdell, Josh Brauner.

    Quad Gold Skater: Alex BraunerStarSkater of the Year: Katelyn Thompson.

    Foothills Skating Club will be offering CanPowerand CanSkate clinics in September.

    Please visit our websitewww.ffsc.ca for

    registration information.






    At intersections controlled by a safety patroller, be sure to listen andobey their directions and don't cross until they say it is to do so. At intersections controlled by an overhead lit crosswalk, make sure toalways push the button, wait until the traffic (in both directions) stops.Then, make eye contact with the driver to ensure they see you and becareful that another vehicle is not passing the vehicle(s) that is stoppedfor you.

    At intersections not controlled by a safety patroller oran overhead lit crosswalk,wait until there are no vehiclesapproaching the intersection and look both ways beforeyou cross.


    While you are walking to and from school,

    please be sure to stay safe by following the crosswalk safety tips:

    In all instances, always pay attention while you are crossing a streetThis important message brought to you by:

    The Town of Black Diamond Protective Services Department

    Celebrates a Successful Season!

    Gateway Gazette Digital Newspaper August 2012 ~ Back To School Supplement ~ www.gatewaygazette.ca~

  • Moving froma one roomschoolhouse to a oneworld schoolhouse is nowa reality.

    - Cisco Systems

    Leonard Quilty is a Teacher with the Center for Learning@Home in Okotoks, Alberta. He can be

    reached by e-mail at lquilty5@gmail.comor visit hiswebsite atwww.inspiredtoteach.com

    I came across a really interesting video on Twitter last year. Its name is Did you know? The video

    linkwas posted by a fellow educator, RichardByrne:

    (http://www.freetech4teachers.com/). The short video details the changes being brought about via

    the internet and social media. Just to name three of those changes: the top 10 in-demand jobs in

    2010 didn't exist in 2004; there are over 200 million users on MySpace that would equal the fifth

    largest country in the world; and 4 exabytes (a billion gigabytes!) of unique information were gener-

    ated in 2011 more than in the previous 5,000 years!

    Isn't that amazing? But here's another point to consider. The video ended, almost ominously, with

    an intriguing question (for which no answer was supplied). The question was: So what does it all

    mean? That gotme thinking, so I decided towatch the video a couple ofmore times.

    Here's what I think it means. I believe it's an incredible advantage for humankind to have this new

    knowledge multiplying at such a rapid pace. It's like what I've often heard or read in pedagogical dis-

    cussions: all knowledge builds upon prior knowledge the more knowledge you have, the easier it is

    to accelerate the process.

    That brain thrust of new knowledge can only augur well for possible breakthroughs in medical re-

    search and other fields of endeavor. But, coupled with this evolution of human intelligence, there has

    to be a parallel growth (at the very least) in our sense of moral certitude. As the information explosion

    continues on its upward spiral, our ethical compass must be likewise directed to its true north. The

    apostle Matthew pointed in that direction when he said in chapter 16, verse 26: What will it profit a

    man if he gains thewhole world but loses his own soul?

    One night last summer I read, as a bedtime story to my youngest daughter, an adapted version of

    the classic children's tale Alice inWonderland. The story took quite a while to read andmy daughter's

    interest, because of her sleepy state, was beginning to wane. I hurried my pace a little and tried to

    pique her continued interest by saying that an important part of the bookwas contained near the very

    end. With her interest mildly renewed, I quickly arrived at the section where Alice had come to a fork

    in the road. She then asked the Cheshire cat which road she should take. He asked her: Where are

    you going? Alice replied that she didn't know. The Cheshire cat quickly responded: Then it doesn't

    matter what road you take.

    Contrary to Alice's predicament, on the information highway it's important to illuminate our way

    with frequent signposts. For the purpose of clarity and direction, these signposts displayed in flash-

    ing neon colors should read something like this. Attention: objects on the horizon are closer than

    they appear. Always filter new discoveries through the triple sieve: the Ten Commandments; the

    Golden Rule; and the advice from Jesus found in John 14:6: I am the way, the truth and the life: no

    one comes to the Father except throughme.

    From the Teacher's Desk by Leonard Quilty

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  • Ask the Principal

    How is the configuration of the classes deter-

    mined each school year?

    This is a question of great concern for many parents. Par-

    ents and school personnel both want to create the best possi-

    ble learning environment for students. To do this, careful at-

    tention is paid to the academic and social needs of each child.

    Classes are created using class size guidelines that are based

    on the staffing allocation given to the school. These ratios are

    19.5 and 26.7 students per teacher for Division 1 & 2 classes

    respectively. The make-up of school classes rarely match the

    ratios and that is when decisions must be made in terms of

    split, multiage and combined class groups. Turner Valley

    School has basically had one class of each grade for the past

    few years. Our student population is growing and it is likely

    that there will be a split grade homeroomnext year. The curric-

    ulum for language arts andmath and the options spirals and is

    thus the same for all elementary grades and challenges the stu-

    dents where they are at developmentally. Science and social

    studies curriculums outcomes are combined. In this way we

    create optimum class size numbers for all students and are

    able to provide rich learning experiences.

    Here is a comment from Dawn Jardie whose children have

    experienced a variety of class configurations

    What aworry parenting can be! Every new experience to be

    questioned, researched, double checked and doubted long after

    the decision is made. We all want what is best for our children,

    and it has been my experience that we have an amazing staff

    and administration that also has our children's best interest at

    heart. Thankfully taking some of the guess work out of this new

    venturewe call parenting.

    Asking questions and seeking answers is a great start to un-

    derstanding themultiage and combined class groups.Weare all

    learning as our kids experience every newopportunity don't be

    afraid to ask questions. Volunteering inmy kids classrooms has

    been an amazing opportunity to see firsthand how the teachers

    andkids handle their daily tasks.

    I have been impressed with the way the teachers and ad-

    ministration combine their skill sets and divide/combine class-

    rooms to provide for our children's individual needs. Let's keep

    inmind this is no easy task, as year to yearwe are never certain

    what funding will be given or taken away. Keeping th...