Not-Back-To-School Picnic at Beaver Lake


Photo by Matthew Lipscomb.

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Hi everyone,

While still enjoying the last weeks of summer, it’s time to mark your calendars for the 8th Annual Not-back-to-school picnic on Friday September 4th 2015, from 11am to 5pm at Beaver Lake on Mont Royal.

The Montreal Homelearners group invites all homeschooling families to come from far and wide and celebrate our freedom from the classroom! In previous years, a few hundred people attended. If you want to be sure to meet lots of other homeschoolers, this is the event to drive in for!

We will gather in and beside the playground at Beaver Lake. There is a small water spray, so bring your swim stuff. Also bring your picnic lunch – there are picnic tables and lots of shady spots to spread your blanket. At the nearby chalet, there is a small café and bathrooms.

After lunch, we will organize some games for the children, including relay races, a tug-of-war, and a baseball game. There will be time for free play too : )

Centre Communidée will hold a raffle at 4:30pm, with great family prizes to be won!  Tickets cost $5 each or 3 for $10.

Please help us get the word out by passing this invitation along to any homeschoolers you know…

Hope to see you there!


Pendant que l’on profite de l’été, c’est le temps de noter sur vos calendriers le picnic de non-rentrée à l’école: vendredi le 4 septembre, de 11h à 17h, au Lac des Castors sur le Mont-Royal.

Les Montreal Homelearners invitent toutes les familles qui font l’école à la maison de venir de partout pour célébrer notre liberté de la salle de classe! Lors des dernières années, il y avait quelques centaines de personnes. C’est une opportunité idéale de rencontrer d’autre gens qui font l’école à la maison. Même si vous venez de loin, ca vaut le détour.

La rencontre aura lieu près du nouveau terrain de jeux pour enfants. Il y a un petit parc avec jet d’eau, alors n’oubliez pas vos maillots. Amenez votre propre dîner. Il y a des tables à picnic ainsi que des endroits à l’ombre, sous les arbres pour s’iinstaller par terre.  Au chalet tout près, il y a un café et des toilettes.

Après le dîner, il y aura des jeux pour les enfants, incluant des courses de relais, une lutte à la corde, et un jeu de baseball.

Centre Communidée tiendra une tombola à 16h30, avec de superbes prix de la famille à gagner! Les billets coûtent 5$ chacun ou 3 pour 10$.

SVP aidez-nous en faisant circuler l’invitation à d’autres familles que vous connaissez qui font l’école à la maison…

En espérant de vous voir!

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Visit our sponsors

These organizations generously contributed prizes for our Not-Back-To-School Picnic Raffle to be held on September 4th 2015. Please visit their websites and show them your support!

Raffle tickets cost $5 each, or 3 for $10.  You can buy your tickets at the picnic or by contacting













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Invitational Track Meet – June 5th

Centre Communideé’s Invitational Track Meet June 5th

We’d like to invite ALL homeschoolers to join us for our own home-made track meet!

Come and join us for track events, lemonade and the chance to tie-dye a shirt to take home. The cost is our regular $20 per family drop in fee. All proceeds will be put towards paying our rent and starting our fund for a community microscope.

If you’d like a shirt to tie-dye please pre-register with names and ages by June 1!

When: June 5th (Rain day June 12)
10:00 Sign Up (pre-register by email with names, ages if you’d like a tie-shirt!)
11:00-3:30 Track Meet (lunch from 12:30-1:30)
3:00 – 4:30 tie-dye your shirt (white shirt provided)

Centre Communidée
137 St-Ferdinand #153
Montreal, QC
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Events: Sprints, 200m, High Jump, Long Jump, Shot Put, Hurdles and Relays (parents be ready to run too!)

To bring: comfortable clothes and shoes for running, lunch, sun protection, spare clothes in case a water fight breaks out :)

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Communidée Turns Four!

Four years ago on March 1st, Centre Communidée moved into the current space on St-Ferdinand, a space that has become like a home away from home :)  Thanks to everyone who has helped to make the centre the great place it is today!

Here are some of the things we have done together in the past year:

Activities: yoga, music, french, history, sewing, cooking & cultures, arts & crafts, building club, woodworking, aikido, strings & things, chess club, Suzuki violin demo, snow play, junior youth group, computer science, pottery, games night, drawing, science, non-violent communication, plants & gardens, drama, tennis, urban sketching, make a video game, cooking, the story of stuff, natural clowning, track & field, soccer, poetry, Pathfinder, D&D, badminton, survival skills, the human body, 3D printing and modding Minecraft, and reading Sherlock Holmes short stories while colouring.

Projects: the Pancake Bot, an amazing lemonade stand, a compost, a hanging window garden, a wood-storage unit, a skating rink in the park, and now a 25-foot long sailboat!

Special activities: Brain Awareness Week, Neufeld videos & discussion, McGill Community Involvement Day, portfolios & school boards, homeschooling and higher education, legal information session, and an adult distance education information session.

Special events: the Narnia play, the Wizard of Oz play, chess tournaments, Magic the Gathering tournaments, ping pong tournaments, foosball tournaments, the community garage sale in June, the Not-Back-To-School picnic at Beaver Lake, a mini-track meet, a University of the Streets Café public conversation on education, a clothing exchange, and a film screening of “Racing with Copepods”.

Parties: Halloween, Christmas, Valentines, spring, and the year-end party and sleepover.

And with all this, there is so much more that happens spontaneously!

Field trips: a Geordie play: The Iliad, the OSM: Russian Legends, the McGill telescope, a fossil walk, the Lasalle Rapids, a Geordie play: The Odyssey, a bike trip to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, a trip to Ottawa, a sports day at UdeM, canoeing on the Lachine Canal, the St-Sauveur water park, a visit to Julie’s beehive, a bike trip to the Lasalle Rapids, organic apple picking, a visit to the wastewater treatment plant, our track team participated in the Pierrefonds indoor track meet, a visit to TOHU Recycling Sorting Centre, the OSM: Pierre et le loup, a tour of the new super hospital, a Geordie play: Chloe’s Choice, winter activities at Beaver Lake: skating, cross-country skiing, and tobogganing, the OSM: The Magic of Mozart, and another Geordie play: Beneath the Banyan Tree.

Communidée also attended the AQED Symposium, the Montreal Mini Maker Faire, and REDAQ’s conference on democratic education.

Fundraising: selling food and stuff at the annual community garage sale, the 7th Annual Not-Back-To-School Picnic Raffle, and we went Christmas carolling and busking a few times.

Last year’s summer camps were a success and not only covered the summer rent, but made a bit extra to put into savings.

Looking to the future, we have an exciting spring program developing, and we are hammering out the last details of our summer camps. In general the centre is doing well, showing signs of health and growth :)

Here’s to another great year!


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Legal Services


Centre Communidée has been working with Geeta Narang since 2011 to provide legal services and advice to our members. We set up a group deal with her at that time, with members agreeing to pay a fixed amount per year up front to get access to counsel in urgent situations.

Geeta understands that homelearning encompasses a variety of methods and that people learn in different ways. She respects the right of the parents to decide, within reason, what is best for their children.

It is our belief that Geeta will enable our community of homeschooling families to become stronger and better organized in the face of interactions with a range of institutions, including schools, school boards, youth protection and the minister of education. She aims to resolve matters quickly and out of court.

Our group deal with Geeta costs $150 per family per year if you sign up before the end of October. Otherwise it costs $250 per family per year.

To sign up, please fill out this form and send it to Communidée along with your payment.


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