Parkland School Division Homepage News en-us Thu, 27 Apr 2017 03:08:39 MDT Breeze for Teachers 5.0 Christmas Concert and Bake Sale A message from your School Council: November 25, 2016 - Christmas is almost here! To celebrate, our school choir will be performing in their annual Christmas Concert. Date: Thursday, December 15 Time: 7pm Location: Large Gym Admission: $2.00 for parents, $1.00 for students, kids two and under are FREE Funds raised will be split evenly: half will go to the choir’s Paris trip, and the other half will be donated to the Parkland Food Bank. Bake Sale A variety of baked goods will be on sale at the concert:  Muffins - $2.00 each Cookies - $1.00 each Mini Cupcakes - $0.50 each If you are willing to donate your baking for the bake sale, please contact Mr. Threepwood at 780-963-5555 or We hope you are able to join us for this fun event and share in the Christmas cheer as we sing our favorite songs and carols. Don’t miss it!   For more information or to purchase tickets, contact: Elaine Marley Phone: 780-962-1234 Email: News News SCHOOL COUNCIL PRESENTS CHRISTMAS CONCERT AND BAKE SALE 2016!!!! News News 3rd Annual Try-Me TryAthlon April 26, 2017 - Parkland School Division is proud to launch registration for the 3rd Annual Try-Me Try-Athlon.  Calling all 5-18 years old Parkland School Division students who love swimming, bicycling and running and are willing to try something new.   All registration and fees will be handled in the PowerSchool Parent Portal. For further details and to register, please visit our Try-Me Try-Athlon page. Date: Friday, June 9th Time: 9am Location: TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre, 221 Jennifer Heil Way, Spruce Grove, AB The Try-Me Try-Athlon is a Kids of Steel (KOS) triathlon, which will be held on Friday, June 9 at the Tri-Leisure Centre in Spruce Grove. KOS Triathlons are designed to offer youth the opportunity to experience the sport of triathlon in a positive environment. The distances are much shorter than those in adult triathlons and change as participants mature. This event is a district-wide celebration of physical literacy and movement in 2017 using these three skills: swimming, bicycling and running. All children ages 5 and up are welcome to register for this event with the support of their classroom or school-based teacher. The Try-Athlon will encourage students to train with their schools and at home in order to learn new physical skills and movements that will allow them to feel more competent and confident in multiple environments. All this for a small $30 registration fee. You can enter the Try-Athlon with a minimum of equipment. All you need is: A bike (either road or mountain bike) An approved helmet (ANSI or SNELL) Running shoes Swim suit or shorts Goggles (if desired) T-shirt or race singlet for boys A smile and a desire to have fun UPDATE: Race Kit Drop-Off Participants are to drop off their race kits at the Tri-Leisure Centre (north gym) on Thursday, June 8 from 5-8pm. Transition Area Equipment A race kit is composed of all the items you will need during the race. The following items are to be kept in the transition area during the race: Required Transition Area Equipment: Bike Helmet Shoes Race Number (Boys - with shirt) Recommended Transition Area Equipment: Required equipment, plus Towel Hat Water Bottle To learn more about the Try-Athlon and to register, please visit our Try-Me Try-Athlon page. For more information contact: Felicia Ochs Wellness Coordinator Learning Supports Phone: 780-690-2835 Email: 2016 Highlights News News Strong Families Series: Grief & Loss April 20, 2017 - Parkland School Division is proud to partner with the Starfish Family Resources Society to present another FREE information session for caregivers. Our May session will help parents understand what their children and teens experience during times of grief and loss, in order to help them stay resilient during and after emotionally traumatic life events. Strong Families Series: Grief & Loss - Supporting Our Children Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 Time: 6-7:30pm Location: Parkland School Division Centre For Education - Board Room (4603 48th Street, Stony Plain) Loss is an unfortunate but inevitable part of life. In this session, the Starfish Family Resources Society will offer advice and support for parents and their children of all ages who must weather an emotional storm, so that they can heal from their hurt and move forward. In this presentation we will discuss: The grief and loss process and how it affects children and adolescents Strategies to help both parents and children endure times of loss, including death, separation and divorce Strategies to rebuild your child's confidence and self-esteem, improve communication and academic performance, and prevent destructive behaviour following a traumatic event Join us for an in-depth discussion of these topics and more. A light supper will be provided. Limited childcare is available. Please register early to reserve your spot. To register, please contact: Sandra Goldschmidt Phone: 780-963-8458 Email: News News CASL & FOIP Consent in PowerSchool September 9, 2016 - As you may already know, the laws outlined in the Canada Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP) govern how schools and the school division can use the information we collect from you when you register your child for school.  For more information on what may be considered a Commercial Electronic Message for school jurisdictions, vist the Canada Anti-Spam Legislation page on our website. Your CASL consent allows schools and the school division to send you electronic communications (e.g. emails or newsletters) containing commercial messages, while your FOIP consent allows us to share information about your child (e.g. name and picture) with the public. It is now easier than ever for you to indicate your CASL and FOIP consent using your PowerSchool account. Please watch the short video below and follow along with these simple steps so we know how you prefer your information to be handled. For more information, please contact your school office. News News Transportation Fees Changing April 7, 2017 - On behalf of Parkland School Division’s Board of Trustees, we’d like to inform you of some upcoming changes to Parkland School Division’s Transportation Services and fee structure. At the recent Regular Board Meeting April 4, 2017, the Board of Trustees approved changes to the 2017-2018 Fees & Allowances. With the introduction of Bill 1, effective for the 2017-2018 school year, the Division will no longer have jurisdiction to charge a parent of a student fees with respect to instructional supplies and materials or transportation for students residing more than 2.4 kilometers from and who attend their designated school sites. For more information, visit the Transportation Services page on our website. Transportation Rider Fee Eliminated The transportation rider fee of $50.00 has been eliminated and is now included in the rate charged for all transportation fees. For example: for those riders that live more than 2.4 km and who attend their designated school, their previous transportation fees were $50 and will now be $0. Less than 2.4km  The school division does not receive grant funding to transport for students residing less than 2.4 kilometers from their designated school, therefore they are required to pay a transportation fee to a maximum family rate. For example: for those riders that live less than 2.4 km who attend their designated school, their previous transportation fees were $50 and will now be $300 (Grades 1-12). New Alternate Seat Fees A new Alternate Seat Fee will be assessed for all students requesting more than one drop-off/pickup location on a different bus route. When a parent or guardian reserves multiple locations for pick-up or drop-off, this occupies a seat on multiple buses even when its not being used. Transportation Services registered capacity is currently approaching full. The new alternate seat fees are $150 for ECS (full day/half time) or $300 (Grades 1-12). This is per child, per alternate location. According to the School Act (section 51(1)(a) and the Student Transportation Regulation (250/1998) a board shall provide for the transportation of a student to and from the site of the school in which the board has enrolled the student if the student resides 2.4 kilometres or more from the school. School boards are NOT mandated by legislation to register students with multiple or alternate pick-up and drop-off locations.  Requests have to be located on existing routes with available spots on the bus in order to be considered. For a complete listing of the Fee Schedule, visit the Bus Passes and Cross Attendance Area Fees page on our website. For more information, contact: Parkland School Division Transportation Services 4603 - 48 Street Stony Plain, AB T7Z 2A8 Phone: 780-963-8452 Email: News News Board Meeting Highlights - April 4, 2017 The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board welcomed as a delegation Barry Litun, Executive Director of the College of Alberta School Superintendents. Mr. Litun presented Superintendent Tim Monds with the  provincial EXL Award for Excellence in School System Leadership. CASS will nominate Monds for the national EXL Award as Canadian Superintendent of the Year, to be announced at the Canadian Association of School System Administrators (CASSA) Conference July 5 – 7 in Halifax. The EXL Award recognizes excellence among members of the superintendency in Canada.  The Board welcomed as a delegation the Blueberry Blaze robotics team who recently placed first in Canada in the 2017 Wonder League Robotics Competition. There were over 5,400 teams competing internationally. The Board approved the second quarterly financial report for the period ending February 28, 2017. The year-to-date surplus is $66 thousand dollars.Total revenues are at 50.6% of the final budget of $127,538,751.  Total expenses are at 50.5% of the final budget of $127,581,618.  The target percentage for this period was 50.0%. With the introduction of Bill 1, effective for the 2017-2018 school year, the Division will no longer have jurisdiction to charge a parent of a student fees with respect to instructional supplies and materials or transportation for students residing more than 2.4 kilometers from and who attend their designated school sites. Changes to Section 51(3) and 60 (2) of the School Act are forthcoming. The Board of Trustees approved the Fees and Allowances for 2017-2018 including the following changes: Transportation Fees: The transportation rider fee of $50.00 has been eliminated and is now included in the rate charged for all transportation fees. Students residing less than 2.4 kilometers from their designated school do not receive grant funding and are required to pay a transportation fee to a maximum family rate. This applies to both rural and urban students where previously this applied only to urban students. The fee for private school student riders is based on the actual operational cost associated with transporting private school students, who are not funded through Alberta Education Grants. There is no maximum family rate for transporting private school students. A new Alternate Seat Fee will be accessed for all students requesting more than one drop off/pickup location. (Early Childhood Services Full Day/Half time - $150, Grades 1-12 - $300) Instructional Material Fees:  School jurisdictions will no longer charge a fee for basic instructional supplies or materials including textbooks, workbooks, photocopying, printing/paper or any common fees charged to an entire school body or grade cohort. The Board of Trustees reaffirmed the Guiding Principles for Negotiations. The Board received as information Parkland School Division's Grade 12 Diploma Exam Results for January 2017. Although not representative of the entire Grade 12 cohort of learners, the January 2017 Blended Diploma and Course results equaled or surpassed the provincial results on: 9 out of 11 Diploma Examinations at the Acceptable Standard;  and o 8 out of 11 Diploma Examinations at the Standard of Excellence. ​The Board received as information the Human Resources Department Report as presented by Director of Human Resources Shae Abba. ​Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 6:30pm, Centre for Education in Stony Plain (4603-48 Street) News News Name the New School Contest We want to hear from our entire community. Parkland School Division wants to find a name for our second of two new Kindergarten to Grade 9 schools opening in Spruce Grove. You can help us out and win!  As outlined in our Division's Administrative Procedure 540 , we'd like to involve as many members of the community as we can when it comes to the name of our new school opening in the Copperhaven subdivision of Spruce Grove in the fall of 2018. Let us know on Twitter @psd_70 with the hashtag #psdnewschool or submit with a comment on our Facebook page. If you're not connected on social media, send us your contest entry via email at According to the administrative procedure, the following criteria shall be considered in the selection of recommended name(s): The name (current or historical) of the community in which the school is located. The name of the street on which the school is located. The name of a significant historical figure, event or place; either local, provincial, national or international. The program focus of the school, particularly in the case of a specialized or alternative school. Another option acceptable to the ad hoc School Naming Committee. The recommended name(s) shall not be that of a current Board member or employee, and shall not duplicate or partially use the name of other facilities within the Division’s jurisdiction. Don’t forget to include your contact information and a brief explanation on your name choice. You Could Win! The Parkland School Division School Naming Committee will be choosing which name to present to the entire Board of Trustees for consideration at an upcoming Regular Board meeting.  Should there be multiple submissions of the same final selection, we’ll be taking all those submissions and making a random draw for a grand prize of an Apple iPad with Touch ID.  (estimated value of $450). The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 28, 2017. Good luck! For more information contact: Parkland School Division Phone: 780-963-4010 Email: News News Stony Plain & Area Kindergarten Open Houses March 22, 2017 - Stony Plain and area schools will all be hosting their Kindergarten Open Houses on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 6-7pm. This includes: Blueberry School Forest Green School High Park School École Meridian Heights School Stony Plain Central School Kindergarten and Grade 1 Age Requirements A child entering Kindergarten must be 5 years old by the last day of February of the school year in which he or she begins Kindergarten. For example, a child registering for Kindergarten in September 2017 needs to be 5 years old by February 28, 2018. A child entering Grade 1 must be 6 years old by the last day of February of the school year in which he or she begins Grade 1. For example, a child registering for Grade 1 in September 2017 needs to be 6 years old by February 28, 2018. Good to know Registration requirements for Kindergarten are the same as Grades 1 thru 12. French Immersion Kindergarten programs are offered at École Meridian Heights School for the Stony Plain area. Meridian Height's French Immersion Open House was held February 21, 2017. If you're interested in French Immersion, please drop by École Meridian Heights School or contact the school at 780-963-2289. The Maranatha Christian Program (MCP) is available to all families who want their kindergarten to grade 9 children taught in a non-denominational, spiritually nurturing, intellectually challenging, and disciplined environment. Those families who are interested in their children entering Kindergarten with this program of choice should contact Brookwood School in Spruce Grove.. Kindergarten programs are offered on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday with alternating Fridays. Please contact your designated school to find more information. Registration Requirements Please complete the applicable forms and submit them to your designated school or bring them with you to your Open House. Student Registration* Identification of FNMI Students (FOIP) Consent - Freedom of Information Protection   Request for Assistance to Administer Medication (if applicable) *For best results, download and complete this form in Adobe Reader. You can also print the form and complete it by hand. In addition to the above forms, the following documents are needed to prove guardianship, education, residency, age, date of birth, and citizenship. Court documents confirming legal guardianship  Most recent report card or other proof of previous education Utility bill or other document that includes the municipal address of the student's residence Proof of Legal Name, Date of Birth and Citizenship  Documents Accepted to Prove Name, Age and Citizenship Canadian Citizens Canadian birth certificate Permanent resident card Non-Canadian Citizens Valid temporary resident papers for student and parents Valid immigration papers for student and parents (study and work permits or visitor records accepted) Other Open Houses Wednesday, April 12th - (6-7pm) Kindergarten Open House for Graminia School Wednesday, April 12th - (6-7pm) Kindergarten Open House for Muir Lake School Wednesday, April 19th - (6-7pm) Kindergarten Open House at all Stony Plain schools Parents with questions are encouraged to call their current Principal.  Please ask your questions and let us provide accurate information and assistance. We anticipate an exciting and smooth start up in the fall! For more information contact: Learning Services  Phone: 780-963-8458 Email: News News Government Announces Woodhaven Modernization March 21, 2017 - The Alberta Government plans to invest in 26 school projects to improve access to education and create jobs as part of Budget 2017. Eight brand new schools, nine replacements of old ones and seven modernizations will address enrolment growth and revitalize older schools while creating thousands of jobs for Albertans. Planning funds have also been earmarked for two additional schools, with construction dollars expected at a later date. Budget 2017 allocates $500 million for these projects, the first of which will be ready for occupancy in September 2021.   “Our government is working to make life better for Albertans and part of that is building schools for our growing number of students. We will also protect and improve education by providing a much-needed facelift to some of our aging facilities.” - Premier Rachel Notley New schools will address enrolment pressures in fast-growing urban areas of Edmonton, Calgary, Airdrie and Lethbridge. The nine replacement schools are located in Banff, Rivière Qui Barre, Grande Prairie, Irma, Iron Springs, Sherwood Park, Medicine Hat and two sites in Edmonton. The seven schools to be modernized are located in Drayton Valley, Bonnyville, Grande Prairie, Edmonton, Red Deer, Spruce Grove, and Calgary. Modernizations provide improvements to older facilities such as building envelope upgrades, electrical and mechanical improvements and other functional upgrades to ensure students have access to effective and modern learning environments. Two projects, the Ellerslie-area school in Edmonton and the Lethbridge elementary, have been approved for design dollars with full construction funding expected later. These 26 school projects will create more than 6,000 jobs. For almost all of the projects, construction will likely begin in 2018 after design is complete and schools are projected to begin opening in 2021. Premier Rachel Notley and Education Minister David Eggen joined school trustees and students at Woodhaven Middle School in Spruce Grove to celebrate its planned modernization while Finance Minister Joe Ceci did the same at Forest Lawn High School in Calgary, which is also due for a substantial renovation. “Parkland School Division is extremely excited and most appreciative of the announced modernization of Woodhaven Middle School. This project reflects the government's commitment to capital projects to support the education of Alberta's most valued resource, our children. The modernization of Woodhaven Middle School will certainly benefit our school community with enhanced facilities and with increased capacity in one of the fastest growing cities in the province.”  - Eric Cameron, Board Chair, Parkland School Division "We have almost 650 children crammed into an aging building that is actually built to comfortably educate 450 students. We're thrilled about what a modernization of Woodhaven combined with the two new Kindergarten to Grade 9 schools in Spruce Grove will do for our students. Right-sizing schools and classrooms and using areas of our schools for their intended design will help our students achieve our ultimate goal of student success & well-being." - Tim Monds, Superintendent, Parkland School Division For more information contact: Lindsay Harvey Press Secretary, Alberta Education Phone: 780-868-4200 Email: Jordi Weidman Director, Strategic Planning & Communications Parkland School Division Email: News News