Parkland School Division Homepage News en-us Sun, 28 May 2017 19:49:05 MDT Breeze for Teachers 5.0 Nature Kindergarten Open House Parkland School Division (PSD) Early Childhood Services has developed a partnership with Muir Lake School and Scouts Canada Camp (at Chickakoo Lake Recreation Area) to create an optional Kindergarten pilot program that will get children active and in touch with nature while essentially extending a child's kindergarten experience from half-time to full-time in the process. The program responds to identified early childhood indicators that demonstrate a need for additional social and physical development programming within our division. This pilot also seeks to explore the impact on early learning using the natural environment as a place where curiosity, play, problem-solving and calculated risk-taking can take place in a safe way. Open House Interested in learning more? PSD ECS is hosting a Nature Kindergarten Open House at the end of May. Come and see all the nature-based learning possibilities your child could participate in next year, while meeting the staff and touring one of the learning sites! Date: Wednesday, May 31 Time: 6-7:30pm Location: Muir Lake School (53422 AB-779, Stony Plain, AB) Learn More For further details about this program, visit the Division's Nature Kindergarten webpage.   For more information contact: Raelene Finlayson Early Childhood Development Supervisor Phone: 780-999-4785 Email: OR Haefa Onaissi Support and Mentor Coordinator Phone: 780-963-8406 Email: News News 3rd Annual Try-Me Try-Athlon 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: 9:30am 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 NEW - Required Online Bus Registration Coming Soon May 19, 2017 - Parkland School Division is changing the way families sign up for Transportation Services. For the 2017 – 2018 school year, we require ALL families to register in advance online starting Monday, June 5th. This includes riders whose Transportation Fees will be $0. Details and links will be shared with parents via email. Students will also be given information to take home. The good news is, once parents/guardians register online in advance, long line-ups for bus pass sales at the Centre for Education in the fall can be completely avoided.   For the 2017-2018 school year, in order to ensure transportation on the first day of school, applications must be submitted before July 15th, 2017. Routes and stop locations will be created from application forms received before the July 15th deadline. Applications will continue to be processed throughout the summer; however families are encouraged to guarantee their spots as some routes are currently at or near capacity. For more information, contact: Parkland School Division Transportation Services 4603 - 48 Street Stony Plain, AB T7Z 2A8 Phone: 780-963-8452 Email: News News Transportation Fees Changing May 3, 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. At the May 2nd Regular Board Meeting that resolution (059-2017) was rescinded to make way for additional changes to the fee structure. The new 2017 - 2018 Fees & Allowances Schedule was subsequently approved. 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 fees will now be $300 (Grades 1-12) or $150 for ECS riders or $50 for rural families under 2.4km. For these ineligible, unfunded riders, there will be a maximum rate per family of $775.  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 with a Maximum Family Rate of $750. 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 Spring Curriculum Survey A message from Alberta Education: May 2017 - In Fall 2016, we asked Albertans to help confirm the direction of our work and provide feedback on the current K-12 provincial curriculum. Since then, Alberta Education has used input gathered from the fall curriculum survey as one of many elements that are taken into consideration in developing new curriculum. Alberta Education will continue to analyze current curriculum, review up-to-date research on teaching and learning, examine what other education systems are doing, address government commitments to include First Nations, Métis and Inuit as well as Francophone perspectives, and review current and previous work with stakeholders.   We have developed draft subject introductions and scope and sequences: what students will learn (scope) and when they will learn it (sequence). We are seeking input and feedback on these drafts via our new online survey, which will remain open until Friday, June 2, 2017. The survey is divided in two parts. In the first part of this survey, Albertans will provide their feedback on the general content of the six subject areas of Language Arts (English, Français, French), Mathematics, Social Studies, Sciences, Arts, and Wellness Education. In the second part of the survey, Albertans will provide detailed feedback on the content for the six subjects. Take the Survey >>> Community Session While all stakeholders will be able to respond to the survey independently, the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium is hosting the following session that will enable participants to engage in discussions around the survey questions and then have designated time to respond to the survey online.  Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 Time: 4-6pm Location: ERLC Office (Room 17/18, Elmwood School, 16325-83 Avenue, Edmonton) Register for the Session >>> More information about the curriculum development process, the online survey and the face-to-face sessions can be found on the Alberta Education website. News News Bill 1: Update May 9, 2017 - Bill 1: An Act to Reduce School Fees passed in the legislature and has received royal assent. Upon proclamation, the Bill will be in effect for the beginning of the 2017/2018 school year. As indicated by the Province of Alberta, all students deserve access to a quality education in an Alberta school, regardless of their individual circumstances or their ability to pay school fees. Through Bill 1, the government is eliminating fees for specific instructional supplies and materials, as well as transportation fees for students who live 2.4 kilometres or more away from their designated school. Parkland School Division's Board of Trustees approved the 2017 - 2018 Fees & Allowances Schedule at the Regular Board Meeting on Tuesday May 2, 2017. For more on changes to Parkland School Division's Transportation Fees changes, click here. School Fees may still be charged as per Appendix B for common fees, options courses, field trips or additional supplementary fees.  In the future, the new School Fees Regulation will provide the Minister with the authority to regulate these additional fees. Frequently Asked Questions When will the new School Fees regulation be complete?  We anticipate that the regulation will be in force in June.  The department will continue to work with school boards, and other relevant stakeholders, to ensure implementation for September 2017. When will school fee reductions be implemented?  The reductions will be implemented for the 2017/18 school year. Will parents still be charged for fees such as lunch-hour supervision fees, technology fees, and field trips? Yes, for at least the 2017/18 school year, these fees are not being restricted. Therefore, school boards will be able to continue charging these fees, if they so choose. For the 2017/18 school year, the following fees are being eliminated: textbook fees; workbook fees; printing and photocopying fees; paper fees; common fees, specifically related to instructional supplies and materials, charged to an entire student body or grade cohort; and fees for the transportation of students attending their designated school and living 2.4 kilometres or more from that school. For the time being, school boards’ ability to charge other fees is not being changed. However, the new School Fees Regulation will provide Minister with the authority to regulate these additional fees in the future. How is this reduction being funded? Budget 2017 provides $54 million in funding, in the 2017/18 school year, to reduce school fees. This funding will help offset the revenue loss projected as a result of Bill 1, and will help ensure that boards can maintain current educational programming without increasing other still-permitted school fees. For more information contact: Claire Jonsson Associate Superintendent, Business & Finance Email: News News Shauna Boyce Appointed Deputy Superintendent May 3, 2017 - Parkland School Division’s Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Tim Monds, is pleased to announce that Ms. Shauna Boyce has been appointed the role of Deputy Superintendent. In the role of Deputy Superintendent, Ms. Boyce will continue her portfolio which includes Human Resources, Facilities Services and Communications and will see an expanded role working directly with the Superintendent on Division initiatives and will be working closer with the Board of Trustees.   “Shauna’s leadership demonstrates a strong emphasis on collaboration and she’s already contributed immensely when it comes to developing leaders from within Parkland School Division,” stated Tim Monds. “As a learning organization, the Division is committed to unleashing leadership at all levels. In just a short time in her current role as an Associate Superintendent, Shauna has helped foster our relationship with the University of Calgary and the Masters cohort group building educational leadership capacity in our Lead Team."  "I'm excited for the opportunity in this expanded role within the Division.” said Boyce.  “I have learned a great deal during my time with the PSD Senior Executive team and I look forward to continuing this journey.  This is a great organization in which to work, and I am grateful to learn and grow alongside so many dedicated, forward-thinking, and committed individuals.” Ms. Boyce has dedicated her entire professional career to Parkland School Division.  She began as a Math, English, Chemistry and Alternate Programming teacher at Spruce Grove Composite High School, followed by a secondment with Alberta Education as Examination Manager for Applied Mathematics 30.  Upon returning to a school in 2002, she moved to Memorial Composite High School as Mathematics Department Head before venturing into her administrative career as an Assistant Principal in 2004 and Principal in 2008. She joined Senior Executive as an Associate Superintendent in April of 2016. Ms. Boyce completed her Master’s of Education with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Alberta in 2002.  She earned her Bachelor of Education degree majoring in Mathematics and minoring in English Language Arts in 1990. For more information contact: Tim Monds Superintendent Phone: 780-963-8404 Email: News News Board Meeting Highlights - May 2, 2017 The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: Parkland School Division’s Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Tim Monds, is pleased to announce that Ms. Shauna Boyce has been appointed the role of Deputy Superintendent. In the role of Deputy Superintendent, Ms. Boyce will continue her portfolio which includes Human Resources, Facilities Services and Communications and will see an expanded role working directly with the Superintendent on Division initiatives and will be working closer with the Board of Trustees.  The Board approved the monthly financial report for the period ending March 31, 2017. The year-to-date surplus is $2.25 million dollars.Total revenues are at 61.0% of the final budget of $127,538,751.  Total expenses are at 59.1% of the final budget of $127,581,618.  The target percentage for this period was 58.3%. The Board rescinded a previous motion that set the Fee Allowance schedule for 2017 - 2018. A new Fee and Allowance schedule was approved with one amendment which was to add an Alternate Seat Fee Maximum Family Rate of $750. Another amendment was made for rural families who live less than 2.4km and who attend their designated school. That fee was set at $50 per rider. The Board approved Policy 7, Appendix 7.3, Trustee Renumeration Schedule which included no changes from 2016 - 2017. The Board approved revisions to Policy 7 - Board Operations, Policy 8 - Board Committees, Policy 9 - Board Representatives and Policy 10 - Policy Making. The one revision that was made came in Policy 7, Article 12 Schedule B where the previous Allowable Per Diem and Expense Claim item 'Formal presentations to town/city councils or to specific provincial departments' was moved to Policy 7, Article 12 Schedule A: Basic Honorarium Duties. The Board received as information the Division's Report on Assurance Measures as presented by Associate Superintendent Scott Johnston. The report provides an exeutive summary of data that's been gathered so far that will be included in the Board's Annual Education Results Report coming in November 2017. The Board received as information the Financial Services Department Report as presented by Director of Financial Services Jason Krefting. Highlights include the reconciliation of $128 million dollars of revenue annually from grants, fees, donations and other sources including school generated funds as well as $128 million of expenses annually including payroll, supplies, infrastructure and school generated funds. ​Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 9:30am, Centre for Education in Stony Plain (4603-48 Street) News News National Day of Mourning Observed April 28, 2017 - Out of respect to the families who lost a loved one and for those who have been injured in the workplace, Parkland School Division schools and the Centre for Education will lower flags until sunset of April 28, 2017 to mark Worker's Mourning Day. The National Day of Mourning, held annually in Canada on April 28, is dedicated to remembering those who have lost their lives, or suffered injury or illness on the job or due to a work-related tragedy. More on the National Day of Mourning can be found on the website for the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. Statistics and beyond The most recent statistics from the Association of Workers' Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC) tell us that in 2015, 852 workplace deaths were recorded in Canada. Among those dead were four young workers aged fifteen to nineteen years; and another eleven workers aged twenty to twenty-four years. Add to these fatalities the 232,629 claims accepted for lost time due to a work-related injury or disease, including 8,155 from young workers aged fifteen to nineteen, and the fact that these statistics only include what is reported and accepted by the compensation boards, and it is safe to say that the total number of workers impacted is even higher. What these numbers don't show is just how many people are directly affected by these workplace tragedies. Each worker death impacts the loved ones, families, friends and coworkers they leave behind, changing all of their lives forever. Observance The National Day of Mourning is not only a day to remember and honour those lives lost or injured due to a workplace tragedy, but also a day to renew the commitment to improve health and safety in the workplace and prevent further injuries, illnesses and deaths. For more information contact: Parkland School Division Phone: 780-963-4010 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