Parkland School Division Homepage News en-us Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:06:45 MST 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 School Calendar Feedback Wanted January 18, 2017 - The Draft School Calendars for 2017-2018, 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 were presented to the Board of Trustees at their Regular Board Meeting on December 13, 2016. The Board of Trustees determines the school year calendar. Three (3) year draft calendars are presented with final draft revisions prepared for Board to approve annually in March.  The calendars map out the 184 days of instruction, built-in Professional Development days and take into consideration regular breaks in the schedule, statuatory holidays and semester breaks for the high schools. The Board has directed Administration to circulate the draft calendars to stakeholders for feedback. Comments, questions and feedback may be submitted via this Google Form prior to February 2, 2017. For more information, please contact: Jenny Chen Executive Assistant, Business & Finance Phone: 780-963-8411 Email: News News 1st Annual Winter Try-Me Try-Athlon January 18, 2017 - In keeping with our enduring goal of creating a culture of wellness among our students, and due to the huge success of our summer event, Parkland School Division is excited to announce our first annual Winter Try-Athlon! Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Time: 10am-2pm (Registration opens at 8am) Location: Glenn Hall Arena (5300 52 St, Stony Plain) The Winter Try-Me Try-Athlon is an original event organized by the PSD Wellness Initiative and developed in coordination with PSD physical education staff. In place of the swimming-biking-running course used in traditional triathlons, the Winter Try-Athlon will instead feature a three-part course composed of skating, snowshoeing/orienteering and cross-country skiing challenges. This event is a district-wide celebration of physical literacy and movement in 2017, and is open to all PSD students in Grades 1-6 with the support of their classroom or school-based teacher (up to a maximum of 150 participants). The Try-Athlon will encourage students to learn and improve on 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: Cross-country skis and poles Snowshoes Skates and a CSA-approved helmet Layered winter clothing for all exposed skin Change of clothing for post-event A smile and a desire to have fun Participants can bring their own equipment, or use that provided by PSD schools. Please indicate what equipment you will need for the event when registering. Race Kit Check-In Date: Monday, February 13, 2017 Time: 5-8pm Location: PERC Building (5413 51 St, Stony Plain) Review your equipment and turn in your parent permission form, review the course and check in your race equipment. Please bring any equipment, including your helmet, to be checked in at this time. Registration & More Information To learn more about the Try-Athlon and to register, please visit our Winter Try-Me Try-Athlon page.   For more information contact: Felicia Ochs Wellness Coordinator Learning Services Phone: 780-963-8465 Email: News News Builder Chosen for New K-9 School in Spruce Grove January 17, 2017 - Parkland School Division is excited to announce they are one step closer to the opening of another new Kindergarten to Grade 9 School in the City of Spruce Grove. This pending school was originally announced by the Government of Alberta on October 8, 2014 as part of their 3-phase consolidated advancement of educational capital projects. The new school will be built in Spruce Grove’s west end close to where Grove Drive currently ends and the new Copperhaven neighbourhood development continues.  The construction contract for that school has been awarded by government to United Construction Company Inc. with construction work slated to begin in the spring of 2017. "A top priority of our government is to invest in building and modernizing the schools our students need to ensure their success, stated Alberta's Minister of Infrastructure Brian Mason.  “This new K-9 school will be a place where our young people will have the resources and the space they need to learn, explore, discover and grow. The project will help build strong Spruce Grove area families and communities for many years to come." "Parkland School Division has just had a taste of right-sized schools since the opening of Prescott Learning Centre," explained Board Chair Eric Cameron.  "We’ve been in a space crunch for such a long time so we’re excited to see what it looks like when we maximize the flexibility of our existing learning spaces and really use parts of our buildings for their intended purposes. We were thrilled with the opening of Prescott Learning Centre and have had the same opportunity in concept in design to create another fantastic 21st century learning facility. Students will be able to learn about alternative energy solutions by studying their own facility that will be used as a prototype for future schools with new and innovative designs that focus on green initiatives including an impressive solar panel application.” "United Construction Company is a client-focused full service general contractor and construction manager, serving large and small scale commercial, light industrial and multi-family residential construction projects,” explained company Vice President Frank Santoro. “We were founded on the principles of transparency, honesty and integrity; our valued customers are the cornerstone of our company’s success and as such, every effort is given to ensure our customer’s satisfaction. Through a proactive and collaborative approach, we deliver on our promises and we look forward to the collaboration that will happen with our new partners in Parkland School Division and Alberta Infrastructure.” "We look forward to working with government and United Construction Company to produce a much needed venue to complete the transition in the City of Spruce Grove," stated Parkland School Division Superintendent Tim Monds.  "This will equip us with the facilities and infrastructure required to service one of the fastest growing populations in the province. We also look forward to building a new relationship with another local business in United whose company is built on innovation, culture and transparency.  Those are all qualities and concepts you’ll find in PSD’s values and beliefs.” Educating close to 11,000 students and serving over 73,000 residents in an area of over 3,995 square kilometers, Parkland School Division operates 23 schools in addition to a number of alternate outreach sites located in the communities of Spruce Grove, Stony Plain and Parkland County. For more information contact:  Jordi Weidman  Director, Strategic Planning & Communications  Parkland School Division  Phone: 780-963-8473  Email: News News Board Meeting Highlights - January 10, 2017 The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, January 10, 2017. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board established a submission deadline of February 13, 2017 for schools who wish to nominate a first-year teacher for the Alberta School Boards' Association's Edwin Parr Award.  A committee consisting of Trustees Eric Cameron, Richard Gilchrist and Elsie Kinsey will determine Parkland School Division's submission for the prestigious award. The Board received as information a PSD Education Plan Progress report delivered by Associate Superintendent, Dr. Dianne McConnell. The Board approved the unaudited First Quarter Financial report for the period ending November 30, 2016. The year-to-date surplus is $1.6 million dollars.Total revenues for the first 3 months of the fiscal year are at 26.4% of the final budget of $127,538,751.  Total expenses in the first quarter are at 25.1% of the final budget of $127,581,618.  The target percentage for this period was 25%.   Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education in Stony Plain (4603-48 Street) News News Registered Psychologist Workshop December 22, 2016 - Parkland School Division's Education Committee invites you to a unique learning opportunity in the New Year.  We are pleased to announce that registered psychologist, Dr. Jody Carrington, will be presenting the following session: The Power in Being Crazy about Kids in the Classroom: How School Staff are Life Changers In slowly developing relationships with local school boards, an initial “lunch time chat” with teachers and educational assistants has evolved into a workshop where we have come to understand the importance of helping teachers and school staff remember and harness their power of relationship. Their power to be crazy about kids. Their power to change lives. And the ever important reminder that “the only way to their minds is through their hearts”. Throughout this process, and as the mental health “crisis” in our classrooms grow, we talk most importantly about looking after ourselves, and each other, in this process. Please join us for the entertaining and enlightening session. Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 Time: 9am-12pm Location: Parkland School Division Centre For Education - Board Room (4603 48th Street, Stony Plain) About Dr. Jody Carrington: My “story” of becoming a psychologist started at Red Deer College. I transferred to the University of Alberta, where I earned my Bachelor of Arts with distinction in 1998. I completed a year-long internship during that degree with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and became very passionate about police work and the significant toll that trauma can take on people. I was also lucky enough to spend some time working with some amazing families through Ronald McDonald House and I also volunteered with Victim Services. I then continued my studies at the University of Regina with the thought of pursuing a career in Police Psychology. Although I loved that work, my passion began to shift to families, especially those who experienced trauma. I completed my pre-doctoral residency in Nova Scotia in 2006 where I trained primarily in Cognitive-Behavioural and Narrative approaches. I completed rotations both with adults and children and learned that I really enjoyed understanding the “stories” of children—particularly those who had difficult experiences.  Registration Limited There are a limited number of spots available for this session aimed at both school staff and parents.  50 spots are available on a first come first serve basis. Registration deadline is Thursday, January 13, 2017. To register, please contact: Jenny Chen Phone: 780-963-8411 Email: News News Board Meeting Highlights - December 13, 2016 The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, November 29, 2016. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board welcomed as a delegation Grade 9 Greystone Centennial Middle School student Jonathan Giovannoni who recently won Chopped Canada Junior.  He took his $5000 winnings and combined local fund raising efforts to donate $10,000 to the Make-A-Wish Northern Alberta.  To date, Jonathan has raised over $26,000 for Make-A-Wish and has been awarded the 2016 Youth Award presented by the Alberta Fundraising Professionals Edmonton and Area Chapter.   The monthly financial report for the period ending October 31, 2016 was delivered by Director of Financial Services Jason Krefting. The year-to-date surplus is $2.1 million dollars. The Board approved an overall increase of 6.7% in premiums for the Sun Life insurance plan. The Draft School Calendars for 2017-2018, 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 were presented to the Board of Trustees. The Board has directed Administration to circulate the draft calendars to stakeholders for feedback. Comments, questions and feedback may be submitted via this Google Form prior to February, 2017.   The Board of Trustees received as information the School Resource Officer (SRO) Program Report presented by Associate Superintendent Shauna Boyce.  The purpose of the SRO, established in 2011, is to provide a direct connection between the community, the schools and the police. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 6:30 p.m., Centre for Education News News Stoney Language For Beginners December 13, 2016 - The Circle of Courage Project, a collaboration of Parkland School Division and Paul First Nation, is proud to offer Stoney Language For Beginners, a FREE community course in which participants can learn to speak the Stoney language. Dates: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, January 10-31, 2017 Time: 4:30-5:30pm Location: Paul First Nation Education Ages: 14 and up (people of all backgrounds welcome) Instructor: Jerry Rain Note: The course will offered again in February on Tuesdays and Fridays. About the Course Stoney Language For Beginners is a great opportunity to bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants together to learn Stoney Language and culture (from which the Town of Stony Plain acquired its name) and to help carry forward the now-endangered language the Stoney people have used and passed down from time immemorial. Those who typically like taking second-language courses or learning about local history are sure to find something to enjoy here. “Stoney language and culture will be shared, appreciated and respected with the neighboring communities of Paul First Nation,” says Amy Quintal, Indigenous Education Project Manager for Paul First Nation and Parkland School Division and organizer of Stoney Language For Beginners. “This will foster a collective vision on the importance of the Stoney language and culture in our region.” “Language makes up the root of a culture, and if current language carriers do not transmit this language, then this language will die with them,” says course instructor Jerry Rain. “The Stoney-Nakota have a strong desire to hold on to their culture and language. Anyone who offers aid to replenish this desire and help make this happen will be forever in the debt of the Stoney-Nakota people, their language and their culture. “The Circle of Courage Stoney Language Recovery Project wishes to inspire others with this desire to help. From this mini-course participants will leave knowing the basic sounds of the Stoney-Nakota language. As well, they will take with them a short lexicon of words in the Stoney-Nakota language to help inspire others to learn.” Registration Limited childcare, as well as transportation to and from Paul First Nation, will be available for participants. Please indicate your need for childcare and/or transportation when you register. The Circle of Courage looks forward to sharing the Stoney language and culture with the community at large.   To register, or for more information, contact: Amy Quintal Indigenous Education Project Manager Phone: 780-906-0725 Email: News News Family Oriented Program Sessions (FOPS) A message from Parkland School Division Learning Services: December 6, 2017 - Family Oriented Program Sessions (FOPS) are sessions for Early Education and Kindergarten students that are planned to support the development of children in addition to their attendance in class, and are to be completed outside of regular classroom time. FOPS are offered in a variety of ways, including home visits, sessions at your child’s school and group activities throughout the division and community.  Most sessions are parent-child interactive, and childcare is available upon request for parent-only information sessions. FOPS are intended to: Increase parent knowledge to support your child’s learning and developmental goals Support the goals and objectives of the Individual Program Plan (IPP) Promote interactions with your child in new ways Provide an opportunity to connect with other families Build on family strengths Provide you with an opportunity to interact with staff Some sessions offered may not fit the goals of your child’s IPP, but we encourage you to attend those that are of interest to you or you feel your child could benefit from - you know your child best! Parents can register for any session regardless of the location. Please see below for a list of FOPS sessions remaining in the first half of the school year. All are FREE to attend, but space is limited, so be sure to register ASAP! More sessions for February-June 2017 will be announced soon, so stay tuned for more information. FOPS for Early Education Students Please read the FOPS for Early Education Students Booklet for full program descriptions. Register for Early Education FOPS at Little Hands at Play Date: Wednesday, January 18 Time: 1-2:30pm Location: Stony Plain Central Early Education Classroom Dance With Maddi Date: Wednesdays, January 11 & 18 and February 1 Time: 9-10am Location: Miss Maddi’s Dance Company FOPS for Kindergarten Students Please read the FOPS for Kindergarten Students Booklet for full program descriptions. Register for Kindergarten FOPS at Dance With Maddi (For M/W Kindergarten Students) Date: Tuesdays, January 10-24 Time: 10-11am Location: Miss Maddi’s Dance Company Dance With Maddi (For T/Th Kindergarten Students) Date: Wednesdays, January 11-25 Time: 10:30-11:30am Location: Miss Maddi’s Dance Company Nature Through the Seasons (Spruce Grove Session) Date: Tuesday, January 17 Time: 1-2:30pm Location: Brookwood School Hands at Play Date: Thursday, January 19 Time: 9-10:30am Location: Parkland School Division Centre For Education Board Room Books Come Alive! Date: Thursdays, January 19-Feburary 2 Time: 1-2pm Location: Stony Plain Public Library Nature Through the Seasons (West End Session) Date: Tuesday, January 24 Time: 1-2:30pm Location: Wabamun School Nature Through the Seasons (Stony Plain Session) Date: Thursday, January 26 Time: 1-2:30pm Location: High Park School FOPS for Early Education and Kindergarten Students Please register using the appropriate age group link listed above. *Kids Have Stress Too (Parkland Village Session) Date: Thursdays, January 12 & 26, and February 2 Time: 10-11:45am Location: Parkland Village Community Centre Story Creation Date: Tuesday, December 13 Time: 1-2:30pm Location: Parkland School Division Centre For Education Board Room Fun, Flexibility & You (Morning Session) Date: Mondays, January 16-30 Time: 9-10:30am Location: Parkland Village Community Centre Fun, Flexibility & You (Afternoon Session) Date: Mondays, January 16-30 Time: 1-2:30pm Location: Parkland Village Community Centre *Kids Have Stress Too (Stony Plain Session) Date: Mondays, January 16 & 30, and February 6 Time: 10-11:45am Location: Parkland School Division Centre For Education Board Room Functional Ways to Target Speech Sounds Date: Wednesday, January 25 Time: 1-2:30pm Location: École Broxton Park School Room 106 Videos That Teach Date: Friday, January 27 Time: 10-11:30am Location: Parkland School Division Centre For Education Imagination Room *Sessions available by invite only. Please contact Tanya Karamujic at 780-962-0212 ext. 251 or if you feel you should participate.   For more information contact: Tanya Karamujic Phone: 780-962-0212 ext. 251 Email: News News