Parkland School Division Homepage News en-us Sat, 25 Mar 2017 01:53:56 MDT Breeze for Teachers 5.0 SCHOOL COUNCIL PRESENTS CHRISTMAS CONCERT AND BAKE SALE 2016!!!! News News 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 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 2017 Provincial Budget March 17, 2016 - Parkland School Division's enduring priority of resource stewardship is always top of mind when it comes to all decisions made that contribute to the Division's Ultimate Goal of Student Success and Well-being.  The Government of Alberta's Budget 2017 announcement was positive news for students and staff in Spruce Grove, Stony Plain and Parkland County. "Overall there is a sense of optimism when it comes to Alberta's Budget 2017," stated Board Chair Eric Cameron. "This is a positive budget when it comes to education. We're pleased that the government has reaffirmed its commitment to providing predictable funding for enrolment growth.  Even in this challenging economic climate, we're fortunate that we're experiencing growth especially in our larger urban centres." Provincial Overview Budget 2017 demonstrates that Education remains a top priority in the province.   Including estimated school board expenses funded by other revenue sources, Education’s consolidated operating expense is budgeted at $8.2 billion in the 2017/2018 fiscal year, a significant increase of $215 million, or 2.7 per cent, over the prior year. In addition, school capital investment reaches $1.4 billion, for a consolidated total of $9.6 billion. Government is committed to providing stable K-12 education funding by funding the projected enrolment growth. Reducing School Fees - Bill 1  Bill 1: An Act to Reduce School Fees, if proclaimed, will eliminate school fees related to instructional supplies or materials and transportation for eligible students who live more than 2.4 km away from their designated school.  Instructional Material Fees Included in this category would be fees for: textbooks workbooks photocopying printing/paper any common fees charged to an entire student body or grade cohort It's important to note for parents or guardians that school fees will still be assessed for field trips, events, student union, middle and high school option courses, instrument rental, special school activities or items needed for a program or class. Basic school supplies like pens, pencils, erasers, calculators etc. will still be required for parents to purchase for their students as well. School supply lists are currently under review division-wide and Parkland School Division is committed to achieving better consistency from school to school. For more information on fees included in Bill 1, please visit Alberta Education's website. As a reference, in 2015 - 2016, Parkland School Division reported collections of $744,760 for Instructional Material Fees. Transportation Fee Reduction Bill 1, if passed, states if a child is enrolled in his or her designated school, and that school is greater than 2.4 kilometres away from home, families will not be charged any transportation fees. This means that for those students who live less than 2.4km and are choosing to access Transportation Services and for those students who choose to attend a school to access a program of choice, transportation fees will still apply. Parkland School Division supports the government's commitment to regional transportation services. As always, Parkland School Division's Transportation Services will need to manage the operating funding gap between the expected transportation service level and the available transportation grant funding. The Board is currently undergoing a comprehensive review of the system that will assess current levels of service including multiple pick-up and drop off locations for individual students, cross attendance transportation and agreements with area private schools. As far as the specific impact for Parkland School Division, the government is determining the level of funding school divisions will receive in lieu of previously collected fees for those students living outside 2.4 kilometres and are attending their designated school. School boards have until March 31, 2017 to work through processes and report back to the government. School Capital Investment Through Budget 2017, $1.3 billion is budgeted for school capital investment. This significant investment includes $1.1 billion to continue work on more than 200 new and modernization projects currently underway. This would include the second new Kindergarten to Grade 9 school to be built in Spruce Grove's west end. The government also committed $32.5 million in the 2017/2018 fiscal year for new school projects. "As highlighted at our most recent Regular Board Meeting, our Board approved our submitted Three-Year Capital Plan." stated Superintendent Tim Monds. "Priorities remain a complete preservation and modernization of Woodhaven School in Spruce Grove, a new K-9 replacement school for Stony Plain Central School, as well as a modernization of Spruce Grove Composite High School and long term planning still identifies the need for a new high school for PSD in the future. We are hopeful that Parkland School Division will be considered for funding in the near future." For more information contact: Claire Jonsson Associate Superintendent, Business & Finance Email: News News Strong Families Series: Surviving Sibling Rivalry March 15, 2017 - Parkland School Division is proud to present another FREE information session for caregivers. Our April session will help parents sort out the conflicts brewing between their children, and learn how to encourage cooperation and prevent any sibling rivalry from escalating into a bigger problem. Strong Families Series: Surviving Sibling Rivalry Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 Time: 6-7:30pm Location: Parkland School Division Centre For Education - Board Room (4603 48th Street, Stony Plain) Is there bickering, competition, jealousy, and fighting happening between your children? Sibling rivalry is a natural part of the sibling relationship and it can drive parents crazy! In this presentation we will discuss: What is sibling rivalry? Why does it happen? Strategies to reduce the frequency of sibling rivalry. Strategies to encourage children to work together instead of against each other. 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 Tim Monds, Excellence in School System Leadership Award March 10, 2017 -(EDMONTON) – Tim Monds, Superintendent for Parkland School Division, received the provincial EXL Award for Excellence in School System Leadership at the Annual General Meeting of the College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS), held March 9 in Edmonton. 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.  Jointly sponsored by Xerox Canada Ltd and CASSA, this prestigious award is granted to outstanding educators who exhibit exemplary leadership ability and who have enhanced the profession of school system administration throughout their career. Consideration for the EXL award is given to those system education leaders who: guide children’s educational experiences,   establish the character of a school system’s programs through the important work with school boards, school leaders, teachers and parents, shape children’s attitudes towards learning and their perceptions of themselves as lifelong learners, and model effective leadership and mentoring. In his nomination, Monds was credited for establishing a culture of learning and trust within the Division. His focus on relationship building has resulted in Division staff expressing they feel valued and heard. Other accomplishments attributed to Monds included a leadership development program, a wellness program and alignment of wrap-around services to support all students. Under Mond’s leadership, the Division has established numerous partnerships with community organizations, included the YMCA, Human Services and the municipality. He has served on CASS and community executive committees, and has presented locally, provincially, nationally and internationally. In July, he will be a member of a Superintendents group making a presentation in Charlottetown to Education Ministers from across Canada. "On behalf of the Board of Trustees of Parkland School Division I would like to express our pride and congratulations on the awarding of the Alberta EXL Award to our Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Tim Monds," said Parkland Board Chair Eric Cameron. “Tim is so deserving of this prestigious award that recognizes his dedication and enthusiasm to the pursuit of educational excellence not only for our division, but also for the enhancement of education practice at the provincial and federal level.  Tim has fostered a culture of life-long learning in all aspects of our organization under the umbrella of cooperation and transparency." Monds will be acknowledged as Alberta’s EXL Award nominee at the CASSA Annual Conference, which will be held in Halifax from July 5 – 7, 2017. For further information, contact: Barry Litun Executive Director, College of Alberta School Superintendents Phone: 780-451-7106 Email: Jordi Weidman Director, Strategic Planning & Communications Parkland School Division Email: News News School Calendar Changes March 8, 2017 - Parkland School Division continues to strive to provide students with quality education beginning with access to the appropriate number of instructional days. In addition, the calendars also continue to support school-based professional learning opportunities for staff to focus on Division and school priorities. On March 7, 2017, the Board of Trustees approved the 2017-18 School Calendar and approved in principle the 2018-19 and 2019-20 School Calendars. In December 2016, the Board of Trustees received as information the proposed calendars for the next three years. All three calendars were circulated to stakeholders for feedback. An additional online survey was utilized and had 324 respondents. A summary report of responses is included in the School Calendars Report presented to the Board. The responses were considered in the development of the proposed calendars. Each of the calendars for 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20: Ensure 184 instructional days so that high schools are able to meet their instructional requirements; Provide 11 non-instructional days for professional learning; Provide a fall break connected to a weekend; Provide students and staff with two weeks of vacation at Christmas and one-week vacation at Spring Break. For more information contact: Parkland School Division Phone: 780-963-4010 Email: News News Board Meeting Highlights - March 7, 2017 The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board approved the 2017-18 School Calendar and approved in principle the 2018-19 and 2019-20 School Calendars. The calendars were delivered by Associate Superintendent Scott Johnston following an extensive engagement process to gather feedback on the proposed calendars. Those Division School Calendars are posted online. Parkland School Division strives to provide students with quality education beginning with access to the appropriate number of instructional days. In addition, the calendars also continue to support school-based professional learning opportunities for staff to focus on Division and school priorities. The Board received as information the Infrastructure Maintenance and Renewal Expenditure Plan as delivered by Director of Facilities, Serge LaBrie. The Infrastructure Maintenance Renewal (IMR) funding for the 2016-2017 year is $2,903,970, 64.3% more than last year’s IMR allotment. IMR funding is designated to cover the replacement or modernization of operating elements in schools.  The Board approved the monthly financial report for the period ending January 31, 2017. The year-to-date surplus is $581 thousand dollars.Total revenues are at 42.4% of the final budget of $127,538,751.  Total expenses are at 41.9% of the final budget of $127,581,618.  The target percentage for this period was 41.7%. The Board approved the Three Year Captial Plan 2015 - 2018 with the following priorities: 2018-2019 – Year One Priority One: Complete preservation and modernization of Woodhaven School in Spruce Grove at a cost of $7.05 million dollars Priority Two: New K-9 (900 Capacity) replacement school for Stony Plain Central School in Stony Plain at a cost of $25.2 million dollars 2019-2020 – Year Two Priority One: Modernization of Spruce Grove Composite High School at a cost of $17 million dollars 2020-2021 – Year Three Priority One: New High School at a cost of $51.8 million dollars to be located in the Parkland School Division. ​The Board approved the formation of a School Naming Committee following Board Policy 2 and Administrative Procedure 540 - Facilities Development Naming of Schools for the purpose of naming the new Kindergarten to Grade 9 School to be built in Spruce Grove's west end. The committee will consist of Trustee Dorcas Kilduff, Trustee, Sally Kucher-Johnson and Trustee Kathleen Linder. The Board received as information the Fees Report as presented by Director of Business & Finance Mr. Jason Krefting. The report included a summary of Fee Revenues broken down into categories including: ​Instructional Material Fees (IMF) School Fees Course Material Fees (CMF) School Generated Funds (SGF)​ The Board put forth Ms. Heather Johnson from Prescott Learning Centre as Parkland School Division's nominee to the Alberta School Boards Association Zone 2/3 Edwin Parr Selection Committee. Schools were invited to identify a first-year teacher to serve as PSD's nomination and the Committee would also like to recognize Ms. Jodi Bazak (High Park School), Ms. Jenaya Whalen (Duffield School), Ms. Kelsey Kiers (Duffield School) and Mr. Cory Brown (Muir Lake School) who were also finalists. The Alberta School Trustees' Association established the Edwin Parr Teacher Award to remember the long and meritorious service of past President Edwin Parr. This award recognizes outstanding first-year teachers in the province. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 9:30am, Centre for Education in Stony Plain (4603-48 Street) News News Reducing School Fees: Proposed Legislation A letter from the Minister of Education March 6, 2017  Dear Parents and Guardians, I am pleased to share with you some information about Bill 1: An Act to Reduce School Fees, which our government recently introduced in the legislature. By introducing this legislation, our government is working to make life better and more affordable for Alberta families. If Bill 1 is passed, these fee reductions will come in to effect this fall and no Alberta family will be required to pay for instructional supplies or materials, or for certain types of student transportation, as outlined below. These two school fees represent approximately 25 per cent of the fees collected each year by school boards, and reducing them would lead to Alberta families saving more than $50 million annually. Instructional supplies or materials include fees for textbooks, workbooks, printing and paper costs incurred by their public schools. It also includes any common fees that are charged to an entire student body, or grade cohort. These fees can be referred to as—among other titles—instructional fees, instructional materials or basic fees. To date, school fees have varied significantly from school to school, so your savings will depend on the type and amount of fees currently charged by your child's school. Bill 1, if passed, will also remove bus fees for eligible students traveling to their designated school. That means that if your child attends his or her designated school and that school is more than 2.4 kilometres away from your home, you will not be charged transportation fees. In some circumstances—for example, if parents choose to enrol their child in a school other than their designated school—fees may still be incurred. Our government understands that times are tough for Alberta families and is working to make education more affordable. We believe that all students deserve access to a quality education in an Alberta school, and we are committed to reducing financial barriers such as school fees. Further details about Bill 1 will be released in the coming months, and additional information will be available on the Alberta Education website. If you have questions about your school's school fees, please contact your school or school board directly. Sincerely, David Eggen Minister of Education News News