An Artful Afternoon


On January 24th CFY and the Carlyle Public Library with help from the RBC Foundation celebrated Family Literacy Day with an Artful Afternoon Family Event.  The art was provided by the Afterschool Art Classes that have been working hard on projects since last October.

Families were invited to view the art, listen to stories, play games and create their own projects.  It was a great afternoon!

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R-tworx: November Art

Sometimes some of the best art is unplanned.  These pictures were created when the students were finished their other projects.  They were given simple instructions such as: Draw yourself, your family, your house, etc.  I wish I had taken more pictures as I let the kids take home their sketches.

The last picture by Mady P. is a painting she brought to show.  This painting was displayed in the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon – How Cool!!!

Nov 21 – No School Fun Day!

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On Friday Nov 21 we celebrated National Children’s Day with a No School Fun Day.  In the morning we had grades k-2 play active games, build tape roads and make play dough.  In the afternoon grades 3-6 played active games with the parachute, played kick ball and soccer, made healthy snacks and built wire hanger wreathes.  It was a great day with more than 40 students participating!

R-tworx: Colour Study with Marylin Carter


Local artist Marylin Carter came to R-tworx last week to teach the kids how to blend water colours.  It was a fantastic class!  We started with basic water colour paper and drew three overlapping circles.  Then we used our red, yellow and blue watercolours in each circle.  Twirling the paper and using extra water let the colours begin to mix.  The kids thought this was magic!  When they were satisfied with their colours they learned how salt could add texture to the watercolours.

Thank you Marylin Carter for coming to teach us all about watercolour painting!

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For our Winter Themed after school program the Pre-K – Gr 1 classes took part in snowball relays, snowman decorating game and snow dough.

To take part in these activities read below:

Snowball Relay:

You will need:

  • Spoons
  • Styrofoam Balls
  • A large space
  • items to mark the start and finish (such as hula-hoops)
  • items to weave in an out of (such as pylons)

How to play:

  • Have kids pick up a Styrofoam ball and place it on the spoon
  • They must then walk with the ball on the spoon through the pylons to their teammate
  •  They will then transfer the ball to their teammate who must return to the start with the ball.
  • Try with different sized “snowballs!”


Decorate a Snowman Game:

You will need:

  • Toilet Paper
  • Scarf, Hat, Buttons, Nose (we cut ours out of construction paper)

How to Play:

  • Pick a “Snowman”.
  • Have the other children wrap the child up in toilet paper.
  • Dress the snowman.


Snow Dough:

What you will need:

  • 1 Cup Cornstarch
  • 1 Cup Hair Conditioner

How to make:

  • Mix the ingredients together in a bowl and play!  Keep in an air tight container
  • Add glitter or food coloring to make it more fun!




Girls Circle Round-Up

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Our 2013 Girls Circle session ended just before Christmas.  I was so pleased to be able to work with such a creative and caring group of young women.  Through the fall we had been working through our “Being a Girl” work book and had spent time discussing friends, bullies and ways to help empower ourselves.

One of the things I will cherish about this group is how readily they were willing to support each other outside of the Girls Circle program.  They would share stories of how they helped each other resolve fights, avoid becoming victim to mean girls and deflect bullies by just being confident.  It was an incredible season.

I am looking forward to 2014 where I will explore the “Relationships with Peers” work book with the new group of young ladies starting in March.  For now I have found this wonderful video from Dove on the idea of beauty.  Please check it out!

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The CES Children’s Mural 2013


The 2013 CES Children’s Mural is up!  This painting is a “KIDLABORATION!” of many different sketches from children in grades k-4.  (Huge bummer, I don’t have the original artwork anymore!!)  This project was made up of seven pieces of plywood, two cans of primer, 15 quarts of exterior latex and a lot of hard work.   The background was achieved by taping off sections of the wood with masking tape and painting the different colours of blue to make an interesting sky arrangement.  After a few coats and 24 hours of drying time the tape was removed to reveal a stained glass effect.

The children’s art was transferred onto the mural via a projector.  We started in pencil and then realized that paint marker was the way to go for the kids to be able to see the lines when painting.  It ended up being a huge colouring page!!!  We stuck to using very bold rainbow colours for this project and I think it turned out marvelous!  The kids filled in much of the piece and a group of summer students and facilitators cleaned up the details and drips afterwards and re-outlined piece.  Three coats of polyurethane were used to seal this piece from the elements.

In front of the mural are three new garden beds that, unfortunately, only yielded about 10 tomatoes this year….. we had a very late planting coupled with some mischief (ie: someone pulled up our first crop of plants!).  So we will have to hope for better luck next year!  🙂

So what do you think?

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Eat Healthy Foods!



Hi Everyone!

It has been a while, hasn’t it!? I know I have a few summer posts to catch up on this week.  Wow, did we ever have a busy summer!

In the mean time check out some of our photos and activities visit our Facebook page.  Or, while you wait, consider this old time favorite video of mine from Sesame Street.  A very fitting message as our schedules begin to fill up with activities again.



Jennifer Sedor,

CFY School Age and Youth Coordinator




Check out how much our seedlings are growing!!!  Do you remember when they were just little seeds?  Today the garden beds were ordered for the vegetable gardens, planting will be a bit late this year, but it was a long cold spring.  Aren’t you glad Winter is over???