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Obviously, I am a big hockey fan. But I try my very best not to be an annoying hockey fan.

Which is why when I met Derek Ryan for the first time, I tried not to talk about hockey. I told myself, surely he doesn’t want to talk about the Calgary Flames all the time. Surely it’s annoying when people only see the hockey player and are not interested in talking about anything else.

Despite the fact that I have been writing about the Flames for a while now, I waited more than a full year before asking him to do an interview. My wife was a bit more courageous, asking him to sign my jersey as a birthday surprise to me not long after he moved here. Which he did. That’s how I came to own a Robyn Regehr jersey with a Ryan signature.

When I finally did ask for an interview, he was very gracious about it. He made time to talk at his house on one of his off nights during that long five-day break in the schedule. His corgi, Bronx, sat under my chair while we chatted.

Ryan says Bronx got his name because of his stout figure and feisty personality, just like the New York City borough. Plus, his fur pattern makes him look like he’s wearing hipster glasses.

I was surprised at how easy Ryan was to talk to. Obviously he’s used to doing interviews just like all players are, so I knew it would be easy for him. But I didn’t know it would be this easy for me. He is approachable and laid back. I can attest that he’s one of the good guys.

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Calgary Flames fans went home happy Thursday night, following a 4-3 win against the Buffalo Sabres.

But a Flames fan by the name of Cindy drove home just a bit happier.

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Tobias Rieder’s second-period goal was scored during the Flames’ “Minute to Win It” promotion, winning a 2019 Chevrolet Malibu for Cindy.

Cindy’s window to win occurred for 60 seconds after a TV timeout in the second period. As if that wasn’t improbable enough, the entirety of her minute window would occur shorthanded, thanks to a Johnny Gaudreau hooking penalty.

No matter for Rieder, who scored on a shorthanded breakaway.

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Milan Lucic says he’s more interested in the main event points race in the first Edmonton-Calgary meeting which comes halfway through the season, than the individual undercard: the goal battle with James Neal

But, they’re both good stories.

“I’m excited to be coming back to Edmonton but more so I’m looking at what the game means in the standings,” said Lucic, who spent three years in Edmonton and was traded this past summer to the Flames for Neal, two players spinning their wheels. “It’s a rivalry game but it’s also a competitive game.”

Arizona and Vegas are tied for top in the Pacific with 46 points. Calgary and Edmonton have 44. Vancouver has 42. It’s the 41st game for the Oilers on Friday night, the 40th for the Flames.

“As you know when I was in Boston and played Montreal, those games were also very competitive games and we played each other four times and that ramped up the rivalry,” said Lucic.

“This division is tight … if you lose two games, you’re almost out of a playoff spot, and if you win two or three, you’re back in the mix. Vegas, Arizona, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, all five of us are battling for maybe four (playoff spots).”

Lucic says having Calgary and Edmonton playing first at the halfway point is strange stuff. The Oilers are finished with Vancouver, playing four times, but haven’t seen their main rival.

“It is kind of odd but when I played in LA we didn’t play Anaheim for the first time until January,” said Lucic. “With the Oilers I think we play four times in the next six weeks, though. We’re going to get to know each other well.”

The dichotomy between Lucic and Neal is hard to ignore. Neal has 16 goals, in the first month he was the NHL’s hottest player. Lucic has three goals in 50 shots and eight points this year, but nobody’s complaining because he’s keeping the flies away from Johnny Gaudreau. He skates hard, provides fuel to the fire and he’s a fan favourite in Calgary.

If Neal scores at least 21 goals and the difference between the two at least 10 goals, the Oilers give Calgary a third-round draft pick. But that’s for the rival GM’s to consider.

“I’ve maybe only watched five Oiler games this year, but you always pay attention to the guy you’re traded for. I won’t lie to you there,” said Lucic. “At the start it was like ‘Holy Smokes, he’s really doing well and nothing much is going for me’ but I’ve moved on from that.

“I’m not the type of guy who wishes bad on others. If the other guy is playing well and you’re not, you create negative energy and you drive yourself crazy. You turn it into a pity party for yourself. It’s not a healthy way to live. I’ve never been like that. If somebody’s doing well whether you like or hate the guy or got traded for him, I believe in the ‘he’s doing well, good for him.’ Just go about your own business.”

Lucic seems to have found a regular line with Derek Ryan and Dillon Dube. They’ve been together for 10 to 12 games.

“If you look at goals and assists you can say it’s not going well, but I’m playing better, more to the way I can play, in the O-zone, creating scoring chances, providing energy. The way the last 15 games have gone, I could easily be at the 10-goal mark but it hasn’t gone in for me,” he said.

Lucic had 23 goals in 175 shots (13.1 shooting percentage) his first Oilers season after they signed him as a free-agent in 2016, but couldn’t find the net the next two with 10 and six goals when his shooting percentage was 6.8 and 8.1.

Even with his troubles, the fans refused to get on him.

“The Edmonton fans were good to me from start to finish and I appreciated that. Even when times were tough they never turned on me, they never booed me, which I was appreciative of,” he said.

Lucic hasn’t had a lot of angry games in the Battle of Alberta. There was the Lucic scuffle around the crease with then Flames goalie Mike Smith in Calgary.

“The first time we played them last season they (Flames) were going after Connor (McDavid) and I had a big hit on Gio (Flames captain Mark Giordano), too. That was a pretty ramped up game,” said Lucic. “That’s why I’m excited about this one (Tuesday). We know what this game means in the standings.”

It will be strange for Lucic to be going against McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.

“The first time I did it was my year in LA and it was Connor’s first season and Leon’s second. Seeing how good they were was a big reason why I decided to come to Edmonton. I saw how good Connor was as an 18-year-old,” he said. “I’m very interested to see how good they’ve gotten because when you play with guys you appreciate how good they are but when you play against them you see how hard it it.”

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BBUFFALO, N.Y. — Flames captain Mark Giordano was thoroughly impressed with how Calgary rallied rather than unraveled.

Following two-plus days of facing questions regarding the uncertain status of coach Bill Peters, the Flames showed no signs of being distracted with Elias Lindholm scoring on a wraparound 1:17 into overtime of a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night.

“It’s a four-game trip that’s had a lot of adversity,” Giordano said. “I think guys, what we did as players, we said to one another this is almost a way to get away from everything off the ice right now by playing games, practicing. And I thought we did a good job of that.”

Peters has been accused of using racist slurs against Nigerian-born player Akim Aliu 10 years ago while the two were in the minors. And Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour earlier Wednesday backed another former player’s allegation that Peters kicked and punched players on the bench during his previous four years coaching Carolina.

Following the game, Flames general manager Brad Treliving confirmed he received a letter of apology from Peters, in which the coach acknowledged using offensive language in dealing with Aliu. The letter was initially obtained and posted on Twitter during the third period by TSN, a Canadian sports cable network.

Without specifically referencing the words he used, Peters said his comments to Aliu were the source of both anger and disappointment. He added, the incident was made in a “moment of frustration and does not reflect my personal values.”

Peters says he regretted the incident and apologizes to anyone negatively affected by it.

The letter was released while Peters is away from the team while the Flames and the NHL conduct an investigation into the matter.

Matthew Tkachuk scored 4:02 into the third period to force overtime by tying the game at 2 a little over two minutes after Victor Olofsson scored for Buffalo.

Tkachuk then set up Lindholm’s overtime goal as Calgary improved to 2-0-1 in its past three and closed a four-game road trip that began with a 5-0 loss at St. Louis.

“It’s huge. Obviously, a lot of things going on right now. We can only affect what’s going on out on the ice,” Lindholm said. “We got the two points at the end, and that’s all that matters.”

TJ Brodie also had a goal and assist, and David Rittich stopped 34 shots with associate coach Geoff Ward behind the bench.

Jimmy Vesey also scored for the Sabres who dropped to 2-8-3 in their past 13 — and after getting off to a 9-2-1 start to the season. Linus Ullmark made 26 saves.

“It’s definitely frustrating, the final result,” first-year Sabres coach Ralph Krueger said.

“We definitely had the chances to put it away after 2-1, and the inability to do that and then have a D-zone breakdown to allow them back into the game is really, really disappointing,” Krueger added. “It’s a painful situation that we have to manage and use in the right way.”

The game was decided when Tkachuk beat a Sabres defender to the puck deep in Buffalo’s zone and slid a pass behind the net to Lindholm.

Lindholm came out untouched at the right post and circled atop the crease before scoring inside the opposite post.

Brodie’s goal with 2:55 left in the opening period came in his second game two weeks after experiencing a frightening moment in practice when he began convulsing after falling to the ice. A series of neurological tests came back negative and the 29-year-old play-making defenceman was cleared to return in a 3-2 loss at Pittsburgh on Monday.

Despite the win, the Flames continued their offensive struggles in scoring two or fewer goals in regulation for the ninth consecutive game. It’s a stretch in which Calgary has been out-scored 30-12 and shut out three times.

NOTES: Sabres D Rasmus Dahlin is out indefinitely after sustaining a concussion in being elbowed in the face by Tampa Bay’s Erik Cernak in 5-2 loss Monday. … Calgary played its 17th road game, tying Minnesota for the most so far this season. … Sabres forward Marcus Johansson returned after missing seven games with an upper body injury.

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-We’ve Got A First: It took 27 games on the season, but Oliver Kylington scored his first goal on the season, which gave the Flames a 3-2 lead in the third period.

-Still Close: Despite losing three straight the Flames are still within striking distance of the Pacific Divison’s top spot. Getting a point out of last night’s 4-3 loss was key as the Flames are still only three points out of first place.

-No So Friendly Confines: The Flames have now lost 5 of the last 6 times the Canadiens have paid them a visit.

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The Nashville Predators and Columbus Blue Jackets each had a glaring need and were able to help each other when Seth Jones and Ryan Johansen were traded for one another. From Columbus’ perspective, Johansen was not a favorite of coach John Tortorella and already had a lengthy contract dispute. Nashville had an abundance of talent on the blueline and needed to find a top line centerman. When a trade of this magnitude happens, one team usually regrets the move but, in this situation, both teams were left quite pleased.

It takes a lot of extenuating circumstances for two teams in the thick of a playoff race to trade their captains, but in 2014, the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning completed the transaction. Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman created a dispute with Martin St. Louis when he left the future Hall-Of-Famer off Team Canada’s original roster for the Sochi Olympics. In return, St. Louis requested a trade and the Lightning ended up honoring the request. On the other side, Glen Sather wrapped up contract extensions with Henrik Lundqvist and Dan Girardi but struggled to find common ground with Callahan. Even though the Lightning had very little leverage in the negotiations, Yzerman still found a way to pry two first-round picks from New York in the process. The Rangers went on to lose in the 2014 Cup Final and fell in the 2015 Conference Finals to the Lightning in a seven-game series. Neither team won a championship because of this move, but both clubs settled a problem with this transaction.

A few maneuvers were significant when Los Angeles won two Stanley Cups early in the decade, but the Kings paid a steep price to acquire Mike Richards in June 2011. Coincidentally, another big piece, Jeff Carter, was traded that day to the Columbus Blue Jackets. He was eventually sent to Los Angeles at the 2012 trade deadline where he became a key cog for the Kings. Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty and Dustin Brown were already in place, but the acquisition of Richards and Carter were a huge reason why Los Angeles was very successful in the first half of the decade.

On the flip side, the Flyers were looking to change the culture around the club that offseason and landed Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn in the Richards deal, while acquiring Jakub Voracek in the Carter trade. Philadelphia did not win a Stanley Cup, but they were not ripped off in either deal when trading legitimate NHL stars.

It was a blockbuster trade in June of 2018 that helped both the Carolina Hurricanes and Calgary Flames. Dougie Hamilton, Micheal Ferland and Adam Fox were sent to Carolina in exchange for Noah Hanifin and Elias Lindholm. If one was to define a hockey trade, this would be a great place to start.

There are always overreactions after losing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs but the way the Boston Bruins reacted to losing the 2013 Stanley Cup Final was clearly a mistake. The Bruins front office decided to trade Tyler Seguin, a star in the making, to the Dallas Stars for Loui Eriksson and several other pieces. The Bruins did not make matters worse by handing Eriksson a lucrative contract extension in the summer of 2016, but they did lose a player that averaged 77 points per season since the trade.

This deal is easy to judge knowing how each player performed since the trade. However, in April of 2013 the move did make some sense for both teams. The Ottawa Senators had a crowded crease with Craig Anderson, Robin Lehner and Bishop while Conacher was off to a strong start with the Tampa Bay Lightning, recording 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists) in the first 35 games of the season. The undersized forward instantly became the Senators’ leading scorer upon his arrival but would never become the lethal scorer Ottawa hoped for. On the other hand, Bishop has become a well-rounded NHL goaltender.

There probably could be a category for several of the moves Peter Chiarelli made but trading two premium draft picks for Griffin Reinhart is at the top of the list. It doesn’t help when one of those picks turned into Mathew Barzal, but the Oilers general manager hoped Reinhart would solve Edmonton’s defensive issues. Former Islanders general manager Garth Snow is probably still confused how he pulled this one off.

Hall helped the New Jersey Devils return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs and captured the 2018 Hart trophy, while Edmonton picked up a middle-pairing defenseman.

Why the Ottawa Senators were interested in trading a young center with Zibanejad’s potential is still a bit mind-boggling. The Swedish forward has turned into one of the more underrated centers in the NHL while Brassard has bounced around the NHL the past couple of seasons.

The Minnesota Wild received Devin Setoguchi, Charlie Coyle and a first-round draft pick, but Burns has been one of the most dynamic defensemen in the entire NHL throughout the decade. There are very few assets that could have lived up to the value Burns has provided on the ice.

For those who understand the salary cap recapture penalties, the Nashville Predators took a significant gamble when sending Shea Weber to the Montreal Canadiens for P.K. Subban. If Weber were to retire before his deal runs out, they will be forced to operate with a lot of dead money on their books.

Subban did help the Predators reach the Stanley Cup Final in 2017 but has since been shipped off to the New Jersey Devils.

The 2019 Conn Smythe winner was an integral member of the St. Louis Blues’ Stanley Cup run last season. Doug Armstrong gave up a lot at the time including a top prospect, two premium picks and two roster players, but the Buffalo Sabres miscalculated in their evaluation. Without the the O’Reilly acquisition, the song ‘Gloria’ is probably not a huge hit in the St. Louis area.

It wasn’t always a smooth ride in Pittsburgh, but Kessel averaged 75 points per season and played a major part in back-to-back Stanley Cup Championships.

The Washington Capitals have been one of the most successful teams over the last decade but didn’t get over the hump until the spring of 2018. T.J. Oshie was not the main piece during the championship run, but he has provided secondary scoring and strong two-way play since his acquisition in the summer of 2015.

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CALGARY — Dillon Dube was bracing for the onslaught.

Alas, his reputation caught up with him.

When the Montreal Canadiens and their accompanying media blow into towns around the NHL, it’s not uncommon for the Francophone broadcasters and scribes to search out French names for new angles.

Dube is definitely French.

Dillon definitely isn’t.

“When we went to the Memorial Cup my 16-year-old year every day I got a whole bunch of media scrumming around me,” said the former Kelowna Rockets star, smiling about his 2014-15 experience in Quebec City.

“They were like, ‘So, do you speak French?’ I’m like, ‘No.’

They’re like, ‘Okay…’ and I swear every media guy left. There were like 15 of them… gone. It was like that every day – they all thought I spoke French because of my name.”

There was no such gathering around Dube from the Montreal media after morning skate Thursday, which is fine with the Cochrane kid who grew up in Golden, B.C., where there was no French immersion offered.

What the 21-year-old has brought to the table since his AHL call-up a month ago has been so integral to the team’s recent turnaround that the club sent a powerful message of support to him Wednesday.

As the only forward on the Flames’ roster who doesn’t require waivers to make room for returning players like Sam Bennett and Austin Czarnik, Dube was well aware a return to Stockton was a possibility.

Alas, Zac Rinaldo was demoted Wednesday and the Flames risked putting Czarnik through waivers, which he cleared Thursday morning. Czarnik was subsequently assigned to Stockton, while Rinaldo was recalled to Calgary on Thursday.

“It gives me confidence not just to stick around but to play some of my best hockey to help this team win,” Dube said of the vote of confidence.

“My mindset changes a bit because I’m not as worried and I can relax a little because you didn’t know what was going to happen. At the same time, I cannot at all let myself go to that stage where I’m comfortable.”

He’s certainly looked that way since his promotion, picking up seven points in 14 games on a line with Derek Ryan and Milan Lucic that has been the team’s most consistent the past month.

“My whole career, point production has been a big thing, but I’ve had a lot of my best games of my career with no points,” said Dube, whose focus in Stockton was learning to play away from the puck, along the wall and focusing on his defensive game.

“If you can go out there and make the guys you’re playing with better and bring something to the table, that’s the most important thing. A couple games with Looch and Doc (Ryan) we had at the start I didn’t have any points, but those were some of my best games. We all got going from playing the right way.”

Lucic has since scored all three of his goals this season, Ryan is flourishing as he did late last year and the Flames have one of the most potent third lines in the league.

It will be a crucial unit against a Canadiens club that enters Thursday’s game at the Saddledome as winners in five of seven and feeling good about themselves.

Much like Calgary, a team with just one goal on its two-game losing string despite piecing together its two best first periods of the season.

“For us, it’s sticking with it,” said Dube, a second round draft pick who captained Canada to World Junior gold in 2018.

“We need a complete 60 – if we can come out again and have a good first period, we can’t let frustration set in when you don’t score.”

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Former NHL All-Star Tom Lysiak has died of leukemia at the age of 63.

Lysiak’s daughter, Jessie Lysiak Braun, confirmed on Twitter that he died Monday.

He played 13 NHL seasons with the Atlanta Flames and Chicago Blackhawks, putting up 292 goals and 551 assists in 919 career games. Lysiak made the All-Star Game in 1975, 1976 and 1977.

In the process, Lysiak also made a fan for life out of Ed Olczyk, who idolized the center from High Prairie, Alberta, while growing up in Chicago. Olczyk’s friend sent a letter to Lysiak when they were 14 saying the aspiring pro hockey player wanted to be his teammate someday, and Lysiak responded with a signed picture.

“On that picture it says: ‘To Eddie, hope someday we can play together. Best wishes, Tommy Lysiak,’” Olczyk said Tuesday. “I thought that was like the greatest thing ever. I still have that picture on my mantle at home. There’s not a day that I don’t see it.”

Olczyk went on to play two seasons as a teammate of Lysiak’s with the Blackhawks and showed him, his wife and daughter that photo a few years ago. When play-by-play announcer Mike Emrick offered his on-air condolences Monday night during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final to Lysiak’s family, including son-in-law Justin Braun of the San Jose Sharks, Olczyk said it was difficult to get through the emotions of the moment.

Braun, who is married to Lysiak’s daughter, is expected to leave the team temporarily after Game 2 in Pittsburgh on Wednesday to attend his father-in-law’s funeral.

“It’s a tough situation. To Justin’s credit, he was business as usual,” Sharks coach Peter DeBoer told reporters in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. “You feel for him. He went out there, he battled for us under tough circumstances.”

On the ice, Lysiak was the runner up for rookie of the year in 1973-74, and after being dealt to Chicago was the Blackhawks’ leading scorer in 1980-81 with 76 points. Lysiak was given a 20-game suspension, one of the longest in NHL history, for tripping linesman Ron Foyt during a 1983 game against the Hartford Whalers.

During his junior career, Lysiak starred for the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Canadian Hockey League, recording 297 points in 144 games and winning scoring titles in 1972 and 1973. He helped the Tigers to a WCHL title and an appearance at the Memorial Cup in the 1972-73 season.

Tigers President Darrell Maser said in a statement that Lysiak “is definitely considered to be, by many people, the greatest Tiger player of all time.”

Olczyk said he was lucky to play with Lysiak and now-Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter during his first NHL game. Almost 40 years later, he still thinks highly of Lysiak as a person and a player.

“He was a great mentor, he was a really good player, a very underrated player when it came to the passing and the faceoffs and what have you,” Olczyk said.

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According to years of tracking, Butts County School students are making progress in state measures of reading proficiency. Many students are reading at grade level or above.

But year after year, too many are still scoring below grade level.

Todd Simpson, Butts County’s new superintendent of schools, has a vision for reaching those children who start school behind and often never catch up.

On Nov. 20, he stood before 70 community leaders and declared his position: “Improving the literacy levels of our children is my job. I am accountable. I gladly signed up for this job.”

But because critical literacy skills are developed from birth to year 4, he said, “We must have a coordinated effort. Success only comes when we all work together.”

Simpson spoke to members of a task force he has gathered to work with him in his quest. The invited guests included social workers, law enforcement, and medical personnel, pastors, retired teachers, and others who work in agencies that provide services to children.

After a general overview of the data that indicates Butts County’s literacy levels, including the Georgia Milestones End of Grade Level Tests, Simpson turned the meeting over to his administrative team to present statistics that impact student learning. Simpson and his team are particularly focused on indications of reading proficiency by the end of grade three.

School psychologist Dr. Ashara McKee-Williams noted that students who are not reading on level by third grade are four times more likely to have reading difficulties in adulthood; three times more likely to have mental health problems, and twice as likely to be unemployed.

Simpson noted also that students who don’t read well by third grade are more likely to “interface with law enforcement.”

But reading proficiency doesn’t start in kindergarten or even pre-K.

One of the biggest obstacles to overcome in learning to read is limited language acquisition. Students who learn to read easily possess a huge vocabulary and expressive oral skills.

State and national data indicate strong correlations between depressed language development and other data: income levels, parental educational levels, birth and the emotional climate of the home. But all of these factors can be overcome with a language rich environment—talk, conversation, reading, naming and oral play.

According to school social worker Susan Sarsany, 436 Butts County students are considered homeless by state standards. Sarsany said that while many of these homeless families may temporarily live with relatives and are not all on the street, the situations “are not stable.”

She noted that every Friday the schools send home 300 children with backpacks filled with food to get them through the weekend.

“I want to put a book in all of those backpacks, as well,” said Sarsany.

Beverly Stewart, owner and director of Beverly’s Day Care, said, “When Susan was talking, I was thinking, that those children who are homeless are too concerned about where their next meal is coming from to worry about reading, tests and homework. They are thinking about where they will sleep.”

Stewart went on to say that she sees the same societal problems that interfere with early learning at her center.

“Even people with educations and good jobs are sometimes unable to make ends meet. Sometimes husbands abandon families, sometimes mothers get sick. But it all has an impact on the children, especially young children.”

All pre-K teachers in Georgia are required to read aloud to their students three times a day, Stewart said. “They have to write it in their plans and provide documentation that they have done it.”

Low birth weight and premature births are also highly correlated with brain development, reading and vision difficulties. Last year, 11.1 percent of children born in Butts County weighed less than 5 pounds, 8 ounces.

According to Babies Can’t Wait coordinator Erin Downing, “Brain nutrition is as important as body nutrition. A baby’s brain from birth on should be immersed in language and vocabulary, conversations, naming.”

The school system offers parent education programs through its Family Enrichment Center. Daughtry’s Family Education coordinator Sheryl Warner goes into the homes of 19 students, and gets down on the floor and works with the children with puzzles and crafts, leading them to build language skills, but one person can’t do it all.

To guide them toward their vision of improved early literacy, BCSS is following a state program adopted by many other counties. Across Georgia 64% are not proficient readers, so Get Georgia Reading was developed.

Curriculum expert Fran Dundore described the four pillars of the Get Georgia Reading program:

Language Nutrition: ♦ All children receive abundant, language-rich adult-child interactions, which are as critical for brain development as healthy food is for physical growth.

♦ Access: ♦ All children and their families have year-round access to, and supportive services for, healthy physical and social-emotional development and success in high-quality early childhood and elementary education. Dundore wants to outfit an old school bus to help provide access to literacy tools — a kind of modern bookmobile.

♦ Positive Learning Climate: ♦ All educators, families, and policymakers understand and address the impact of learning climate on social-emotional development, attendance, engagement, academic achievement, and ultimately student success.

♦ Teacher Preparation and Effectiveness: ♦ All teachers of children ages 0-8 are equipped with evidence-informed skills, knowledge, and resources that effectively meet the literacy needs of each child in a developmentally appropriate manner.

Simpson noted that ensuring effective, engaging instruction is where he and his principals, support staff and teachers concentrate their efforts. But he is asking for help from the community in the community.

The next task force meeting will be Jan. 22. Call the Board of Education office if you want to help.

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CALGARY, Dec. 18, 2019 /CNW/ – E3 METALS CORP. (TSXV: ETMC) (FSE: OU7A) (OTC: EEMMF) (the “Company” or “E3 Metals”) is pleased to announce the successful closing of the first tranche (“Tranche 1″) of its non-brokered private placement financing (the “Offering”) announced on November 20, 2019. Under the Offering, the Company has issued 2,267,900 units of the Company (the “Units”) at a price of $0.40 per Unit for gross proceeds of $907,160. Each Unit comprises one common share (a “Share”) and one-half of one common share purchase warrant (each whole warrant a “Warrant”). Each Warrant entitles the holder to acquire one additional common share at an exercise price of $0.60 for a period of 30 months following the date of issuance. On Closing of Tranche 1 of the Offering E3 Metals has 27,341,885 common shares issued and outstanding. All securities issued are subject to a hold period under applicable securities laws in Canada expiring on April 18, 2020. There are no finder’s fees or warrants associated with the issuance.

“In spite of 2019 being a challenging year for companies in the lithium industry, E3 has made significant progress in advancing its unique Alberta Lithium project. The Company was successful in further testing its proprietary Ion Exchange Direct Lithium Extraction Technology; was selected for GreenCentre Canada’s Raising Innovative and Sustainable Enterprises (RISE) program, and most importantly entered into a Joint Development Agreement with Livent Corp., the world’s largest pure-play lithium producer, to further develop our lithium extraction technology. Numerous insiders, including all the Directors and members of the senior management team, have expressed their underlying confidence in the Company by electing to participate in the current financing,” stated E3 Director Paul Reinhart.

Chris Doornbos, E3 Metals’ President and CEO commented, “We are pleased with the closing of the first tranche of this financing with strong support from our executive team, existing shareholders and new local and international shareholders. The second tranche is well underway and we look forward to completing the financing early in the New Year.”