Parkland School Division Homepage News en-us Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:40:37 MDT Breeze for Teachers 5.0 http://www.psd70.ab.ca UPDATE - Online Bus Registration & Bus Passes July 17, 2017 - Parkland School Division has changed the way families sign up for Transportation Services. In June, we requested ALL families (including those with $0 of Transportation Fees) to apply for bus passes prior to July 15, 2017 to ensure transportation on the first day of school. Routes and stop locations are currently being created from application forms received before the July 15th deadline.  Registration Still Open Now that the deadline has passed, applications will continue to be processed throughout the summer; however, families are encouraged to claim their spots by registering ASAP using the links below, as some routes are currently at or near capacity. Bus Registration (for PSD families) Bus Registration (for non-PSD famlies, all Kindergarten students and students new to PSD) For detailed instructions on how to register for busing online, visit Online Bus Registration Instructions page of our website. Bus Pass Pick Up Families who have applied online for transportation prior to July 15 will be able to pick up their bus passes at the Centre For Education during the last two weeks of August: Dates: August 21 - September 1 (Monday-Friday) Time: 11:30am-7pm Location: CFE Creativity Room (4603-48 St., Stony Plain) Note: The Creativity Room is located in the basement of the Centre for Education, which can be accessed via the doors on the north side of the building. Rural Students If your child attends one of the following schools, their bus pass will be available for pick up at their school one week prior to the start of school. Duffield School Entwistle School Graminia School Seba Beach School Tomahawk School Wabamun School Rural students not attending one of the above schools can pick up their passes at the Centre for Education.   For more information, contact: Parkland School Division Transportation Services 4603 - 48 Street Stony Plain, AB T7Z 2A8 Phone: 780-963-8452 Email: Transportation@psd70.ab.ca http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=11857&stream=Homepage News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=11857&stream=Homepage News Summer Hours - Centre for Education June 30, 2017 - School is out for the summer, and that means Parkland School Division's Centre for Education is making the shift to our summer hours, beginning next week. Summer Hours Monday to Thursday 8am-4:30pm   Our office will be closed on Monday, July 3 for the Canada Day stat holiday, as well as Fridays from July 7 to August 11, inclusive. We will resume our regular hours, Monday to Friday 8am-4:30pm on August 14. We wish you a safe and enjoyable summer!   For more information contact: Parkland School Division Phone: 780-963-4010 Email: DivisionOffice@psd70.ab.ca  http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=759&stream=Homepage News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=759&stream=Homepage News Principal Appointments for 2017-2018 Parkland School Division’s Superintendent of Schools Tim Monds is pleased to announce the following administrative appointments for the 2017-2018 school year effective August 2017.   With the announcement of Christine Ross moving into the role of Director, Quality Learning with Parkland School Division’s Learning Services and the move by Entwistle Principal Les Worthington to Wabamun, there were two Principal vacancies that needed to be filled.   The new Principal at Parkland Village School is Garette Tebay and the incoming Principal at Entwistle School is Murray Marran. Both successful candidates are new to Parkland School Division.   “We are excited for this different perspective and are looking forward to tapping into the extensive and varied experience of both Ms. Tebay and Mr. Marran,” stated Mr. Monds. “We have amazing leaders from east to west in our division and the addition of two quality individuals really bolsters our leadership team and will continue to build the culture we’re striving for in Parkland School Division." Murray Marran, Principal Entwistle School (Gr. K-9) Murray Marran began his teaching career in 1998 as a Secondary IB French Literature Teacher at Western Canada High School in Calgary after obtaining his Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary. His administrative career has more of a business and finance pedigree which led him to roles as the Director of Admissions and Director of Finance (Chief Financial Officer) for West Island College. He joined the High Prairie School Division in 2011 where he’s been a Principal, Assistant Superintendent of Finance and District Principal of Accountability for High Prairie School Division.     Murray has a Master’s of Education from the University of Calgary as well as a Master’s of Business Administration from Royal Roads University in Victoria, B.C.   “I am honoured to be joining the Parkland School Division team,” said Marran.    “I am aware that PSD is a division driven by a commitment to students, parents and staff alike in the pursuit of excellence. This commitment is a guiding principle in my educational philosophy and I truly look forward to the educational partnerships I will forming in the years to come.”   Garette Tebay, Principal Parkland Village School (K-4) Garette Tebay makes her way to Parkland School Division down the Queen Elizabeth Highway from Fort McMurray where she’s spent her entire 13-year career in education. Garette has taught all grade levels from Kindergarten to Grade 12 in Fort McMurray Public School Division including core subjects and music education. Her administrative career began in 2010 as Vice Principal at Westview Public School and École McTavish Junior High Public School in Fort McMurray. Garette spent the 2016 - 2017 school year as Principal of Beacon Hill Public School (K-6).   Garette has a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Music in Music Education. She recently obtained her Doctor of Education degree in Curriculum and Learning from the University of Calgary to go along with her Master's degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Prince Edward Island.    “I have admired the work of Parkland School Division over the past few years and am incredibly excited to become part of this team,” stated Tebay.    “I am looking forward to learning with the division and with Parkland Village School.”   For further information, contact:   Shauna Boyce Deputy Superintendent Email: sboyce@psd70.ab.ca   http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=11805&stream=Homepage News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=11805&stream=Homepage News NEW - Required Online Bus Registration Open Now June 5, 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 detailed instructions on how to register for busing online, visit Online Bus Registration Instructions page of our website. Register Now Bus Registration (for PSD families) Bus Registration (for non-PSD famlies, all Kindergarten students and students new to PSD) For more information, contact: Parkland School Division Transportation Services 4603 - 48 Street Stony Plain, AB T7Z 2A8 Phone: 780-963-8452 Email: Transportation@psd70.ab.ca http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=11231&stream=Homepage News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=11231&stream=Homepage News Board Meeting Highlights - June 13, 2017 June 13, 2017 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board approved the monthly financial report for the period ending May 31, 2017. The year-to-date surplus is $1.2 million dollars. Total revenues are at 77.05% of the final budget of $127,538,751.  Total expenses are at 76.2% of the final budget of $127,581,618.  The target percentage for this period was 75%. The Board approved the Preliminary Budget for the 2017 - 2018 school year  as presented by Associate Superintendent of Business & Finance Claire Jonsson and Director of Financial Services Jason Krefting.  As part of the annual budget cycle, school jurisdictions prepare budgets in the spring then update the budget in the fall based on September 30th enrolments and any new developments in the spring.  Parkland School Division has a total budget of $128.8 million dollars to serve the needs of approximately 11,000 students. Parkland School Division is projecting a decreased enrolment of 7 students over the previous year. Total budget revenues for 2017-18 will increase by 0.99% over 2016-17. The 2017 - 2018 budget accommodates a provision for an increase in general student enrolment.Three new grants have been included in the budget this year. The School Fee Reduction Grant ($745K) and Transportation Fee Reducation Grant ($300K) offset fees that are no longer charged to parents as a result of Bill 1: An Act to Reduce School Fees. The third new grant is a School Nutrition Grant ($141K). The Small Schools by Necessity Grant decreased by $374 thousand. All other grant allocations remain at 2016 - 2017 levels. Base Funding represents 56% of the division's provincial funding and is determined by the number of students enrolled as of September 30th of each school year. As part of the Alberta Teachers Association central bargaining with the province, a $75 million dollar classroom improvement fund has been established. Parkland School Division's allocation of $1,269,000 is not included in this budget. Parkland School Division will spend approximately $96.7 million dollars on human resources, which is about 75% of the division's budget.  The division will employ over 588 full-time equivalent teachers and approximately 404 full-time equivalent support staff in 2017-18. Total salaries and benefits for the division will increase by 0.80% over 2016 - 2017. The Infrastructure Maintenance and Renewal (IMR) which provides funds for school renovation and facility upgrading projects, has been increased by $476,000 over 2016 - 2017 amounts. The Board approved revisions to Year 3 of Parkland School Division's Three Year Education Plan (2015 - 2018) as presented by Associate Superintendent Scott Johnston.  The Board of Trustees, in collaboration with the Senior Executive Team, Lead Team, parents and students, developed a strategic, forward-thinking plan, that includes priorities, strategies and targets using both accountability and assurance measures.   The 2015-2018 Education Plan marks a departure from previous combined Annual Education Results Report/Education Plan documents.  The plan attends to Parkland School Division's Ultimate Goal of Student Success & Well-being through: Two enduring priorities: Engagement and Resource Stewardship Four goals: Inclusive Education, Quality Learning, Culture of Wellness & Universal Leadership The Board approved to collapse $1,862,805 of school instructional reserves, and with the balance, establish a new instructional operating reserve requiring Superintendent approval. Administrative Procedure 502 – School Carryovers and Reserves establishes reasonable limits for carryovers and a process to establish a reserve for a larger purchase. Schools with surplus funds at August 31, 2017 may bring forward 3% of their reserve and allocation to a maximum of $50,000 in their 2017-2018 Operating Budget. The Board approved the Ad Hoc School Naming Committee's recommendation of Copperhaven School as the name of the new K - 9 school being built in Spruce Grove's west end. 134 submissions were brought forward through the Name the School Contest run on Parkland School Division's social media avenues. A number of community members submitted that name. Subsequently, a random draw was held and Kristi Tencarre's name was selected as the contest winner. Formal recognition and presentation of the Grand Prize iPad Mini will be made at the September 5th Board Meeting. The Board repealed By-Law No. 1-17, Rearrangement of the Electoral Wards and Trustee(s) to be Elected to Each Ward. Previously, the By-Law No. 17 and Ministerial Order 033/2017 was approved. Typographical errors and inadvertent omissions of lands were discovered in the description of lands on Ward 1 and Ward 2. To correct the errors, a new By-Law No. 2-17, with proper land descriptions was given first, second and third readings and subsequently approved. The Board received as information the revised Administrative Procedure 505: Fees. Revisions to Administrative Procedure 505 include changes as a result of the School Fees and Costs Regulation and School Transportation Regulation. The Board received as information the Draft Board Meetings/Events Schedule 2017-2018. The Board received as information the Technology Services Department Report for 2017 - 2018. The Board received as information the Facilities Services Department Report for 2017 - 2018. The Board received as information the Strategic Planning & Communications Department Report for 2017 - 2018. ​Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 6:30pm, Centre for Education in Stony Plain (4603-48 Street) http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=11645&stream=Homepage News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=11645&stream=Homepage News First Ride Program June 12, 2017 - Bus students new to Kindergarten and their parents are encouraged to participate in the First Ride Safety Program. This program is held multiple times every August and aims to ensure students are ready for their first bus ride to school. The program consists of a presentation focusing on school bus safety and also includes a short ride on a bus. It's a great way to prepare kindergarten students for their first day of school and ensure they have safety in mind. Sessions begin at the Centre For Education, located at 4603-48 Street, Stony Plain. Our First Ride Program is being offered six times in 2017 (on a first come, first served basis): Tuesday, August 15 Afternoon: 1-2:30pm Evening: 6:30-8pm Wednesday, August 16 Afternoon: 1-2:30pm Evening: 6:30-8pm Thursday, August 17 Afternoon: 1-2:30pm Evening: 6:30-8pm To register for a session, please contact Transportation Services at 780-963-8452.   For more information contact: Transportation Services Phone: 780-963-8452 Email: Transportation@psd70.ab.ca http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=169&stream=Homepage News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=169&stream=Homepage News Administrative Announcements for 2017 - 2018 June 1, 2017 - Parkland School Division’s Superintendent of Schools Tim Monds is pleased to announce the following administrative appointments for the 2017-2018 school year effective August 2017.  Wabamun School Principal Richard Kniel announced his resignation to accept an administrative position with Wildrose School District in Drayton Valley. The new Principal of Wabamun School will be Les Worthington who moves over from his current role as Principal of Entwistle School. Division Principal of Leading and Learning, Carolyn Cameron has accepted a two year secondment to the Leadership Excellence branch of Alberta Education.   New Director of Quality Learning Position The new Director of Quality Learning in the Learning Services Department is Christine Ross. Christine is currently Principal at Parkland Village School.  As a result of the changes, Parkland School Division will be posting the vacant Principal positions at Parkland Village School and Entwistle School. “Parkland School Division’s Leadership Team is constantly changing and growing and we’re fortunate to be in a position where Universal Leadership is prevalent and developed from within,” stated Superintendent Monds. “We wish Richard Kniel all the best in his future endeavour just down the road from Parkland School Division and know the transition at Wabamun School will be smooth under the leadership of Les Worthington. Carolyn Cameron will do a fantastic job in her new role at Alberta Education. Her passion for Quality Learning and Student-Centred Learning will have a chance to spread even further in her new role.” “We’re excited about the new structure that will be in place for Learning Services in the fall. That department continues to work diligently to develop a continuum of supports and services accessible to teachers and students to facilitate quality learning for students. With the addition of Collaborative Teaching Partners working closely with schools as members of our school communities, we’re confident Christine Ross will continue the great work already underway making sure all our staff and student-centred learning is in alignment with our Quality Learning Framework” Christine Ross,Director of Quality Learning Christine began her teaching career in 1997 with Evergreen Catholic School Division as a kindergarten teacher.  She has experience in both typical and alternate learning environments.  Christine will draw upon her experience gained under her first Principalship this past year at Parkland Village School. Christine has served Parkland School Division as the Children Learning in Inclusive Community Settings (CLICK) Coordinator, a Program Facilitator with Learning Services, an Assistant Principal for two years at Muir Lake School as well as Assistant Principal at Millgrove School. Christine earned her Education degree from the University of Alberta and is currently enrolled at the University of Calgary pursuing her Master’s in Educational Leadership. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to provide leadership in quality learning for all with the ultimate goal of student success and well-being. I believe in implementing Parkland School Division’s vision, mission and goals with research, evidence, feedback, hard work and play. Quality Learning is a collective responsibility in PSD. I am honoured to work with PSD’s Lead Team, Learning Services, teachers, EA’s, students and families in this new role."  Les Worthington - Principal, Wabamun School  Les began his teaching career in 2003 as a Grade 1 teacher at Florence MacDougall School in High Level, Alberta. Along the way there have been teaching stops in Northern Alberta in High Level, La Crête and Hinton. Les joined PSD in a teaching capacity at Entwistle school in 2010 and began his current journey in administration when he was appointed Principal of Entwistle School in 2011. Les earned his Bachelor of Arts at Concordia University of Edmonton in 2000 followed by a Bachelor of Education degree from Concordia in 2003. He completed the Masters of Education program at the University of Alberta in Leadership and School Improvement in 2007. "I'm grateful for having had the opportunity to begin my administrative career at Entwistle School. I would like to thank the students, staff, parents and community whom I served for the last six years. I am looking forward to continuing my administrative career at Wabamun School; another amazing rural community in Parkland School Division. I'm excited to build relationships with the Wabamun School community, and contribute to enriching the wonderful things happening at Wabamun School like Wabamun PRIDE, the Colour Teams and Student Leadership." For further information, contact: Shauna Boyce Deputy Superintendent Email: sboyce@psd70.ab.ca http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=11427&stream=Homepage News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=11427&stream=Homepage 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: fmochs@psd70.ab.ca 2016 Highlights http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=5523&stream=Homepage News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=5523&stream=Homepage News Board Meeting Highlights - May 30, 2017 May 30, 2017 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board welcomed as a delegation Grade 10 and Grade 12 students from Spruce Grove Composite High School who presented their SGCHS Arcade Project. When SGCHS student Gordon Bennett suggested building an arcade machine for his school as a legacy project, his Communication Technology teacher and the SGCHS administration took him up on his idea. Entirely conceived, designed and constructed by the students, the SGCHS Arcade Project was funded by an anonymous donor and involved a small team of students from Design, Electronics, Construction, Communication Technology and Art classes to complete. The Board approved the monthly financial report for the period ending April 30, 2017. The year-to-date surplus is $2.2 million dollars. Total revenues are at 69.4% of the final budget of $127,538,751.  Total expenses are at 67.6% of the final budget of $127,581,618.  The target percentage for this period was 66.7%. The Board received as information the May 2017 Accountability Pillar Results Report. The Accountability Pillar surveys are administered annually during the months of January to March to: Students in grades four, seven and ten; Students in grades four through twelve (for small schools); Parents of students in grades four, seven and ten, and Teachers. The Board received as information the PSD Priorities Report as presented by Director of Learning Services, Leah Andrews. Progress toward realizing the outcomes stated in the 2015-2018 Three-Year Education Plan has been significant and is noteworthy, especially in the areas of early learning, wellness and building inclusive environments. The Board received as information the draft version of the Three Year Education Plan (Year 3) as presented by Associate Superintendent, Scott Johnston.The final version will be brought to the Board at the June 13, 2017 Regular Board Meeting for approval. The Three Year Education Plan is a key component in the education planning cycle which involves: Developing and updating plans that are aligned with provincial goals, outcomes and performance measures and the Division's vision, mission, values and beliefs. Promoting thoughtful community engagement; Preparing budgets in alignment with resource stewardship, and that support student learning to achieve goals and to improve results. Implementing strategies to maintain or improve students learning and achievement The Board received as information the Transportation Services Department Report as presented by Director of Transportation Services, Dennis Simcoe. To provide transportation services, the department makes efficient use of school buses ranging from 20 to 90 passengers, cabs, and parent-provided transportation. In the safe transportation of approximately 10,500 eligible (funded) and ineligible (unfunded) students across 15,975 kilometres each day utilizing 176 buses and close to 200 bus operators. The Board received as information the Wellness Initiative Report as presented by Wellness Coordinator Felicia Ochs. The report provided highlights from areas including: Mental Health and Healthy Relationships Physical Literacy Nutrition and Healthy Food Environments for Children and Youth ​Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 6:30pm, Centre for Education in Stony Plain (4603-48 Street) http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=11369&stream=Homepage News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=11369&stream=Homepage 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: Transportation@psd70.ab.ca http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=10545&stream=Homepage News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=10545&stream=Homepage News