Parkland School Division Homepage News en-us Wed, 20 Sep 2017 05:02:45 MDT Breeze for Teachers 5.0 Second Annual Parenting Conference: Living a Balanced Life September 5, 2017 - The tri-Regional community invites you to enjoy a special day of learning with other parents and guardians from the Tri-Area, facilitated by educators and medical professionals. Come and meet community partners! See what supports are available in your community. Enjoy a variety of sessions to support the mental health and wellness of your family so you can all “Live a Balanced Life”. Sessions are appropriate for allages and grade levels.   Please RSVP at the Community Compass. Date: Saturday, September 23rd Time: 8am-4:30pm Location: Memorial Composite High School, 50 Westerra Centre, Stony Plain, AB Sessions ADHD—A Day in the Life Back to Nature Physical Literacy The Teen Brain—Brain Development Yoga and Mindfulness Mindfulness for Stress Reduction Relationship Management Traditional Parenting Digital Citizenship Family Harmony The Home-School Connection Brain Development in the Early Years Grandparenting Reconnecting With Your Teen Nutrition…and much more! News News Assistant Principal Announced for Copperhaven September 15, 2017 - Parkland School Division’s Superintendent of Schools Tim Monds is pleased to announce the following administrative appointment for the 2018-2019 school year effective October 1, 2017. Copperhaven School’s administration team will be rounded out by Ms. Cherie Lovsund as the school’s first Assistant Principal.  Ms. Lovsund will join Principal Linda Simmonds as they prepare to open the school in the fall of 2018. “It’s been such a busy calendar year in PSD with school modernization announcements, new bus transfer stations opening soon and the usual increased pace that goes with the beginning of a school year that it’s easy to forget that we have another brand new Kindergarten to Grade 9 school opening right around the corner” said Superintendent Tim Monds. “We’re very pleased that Ms. Lovsund is joining the administrative team and her wealth of experience in the Early Years Setting with a focus on literacy and collaboration will be a huge asset to the new team being developed for Copperhaven.” “All children want to succeed and, with the right motivation and support, they can.” stated Lovsund. “My hope is to empower children by inviting them into a nurturing, student-centered environment and I can’t wait for that environment to be the clean slate we get opening a new school.” Cherie Lovsund has been a dedicated educator with 25 years of experience combined between Parkland School Division and School District 57 in Prince George B.C. She began her teaching career in 1991 as a Grade 1 teacher at Morfee Elementary School in Mackenzie B.C. Her journey with Parkland School Division began in 2010 at Seba Beach School as a Grade 3/4 teacher. She moved to Parkland Village School the following school year to become the Grade 3 teacher and has been team-teaching Grade 3 for the past 3 years.  Most recently, Cherie moved into a role as a Collaborative Teaching Partner serving Parkland Village School, Graminia School and Prescott Learning Centre.  She’s also held acting administrator positions at Morfee Elementary and Parkland Village School. Cherie’s keen interest in music has led to roles as a Choir Director and Musical Director for school theatrical productions. She’s been a French as a second language educator, a literacy coordinator, has presented workshops on Literacy in Action, Collaborative Literacy/Math Centres and Literacy Intervention. Ms. Lovsund also played a key role in Parkland School Division’s pilot for Fountas and Pinnell. Cherie earned her Bachelor of Education degree from University of Victoria in 1991 and is currently working towards a Masters of Curriculum and Educational Leadership, also from the University of Victoria. Cherie will begin a dual role starting October 1, 2017 as Assistant Principal of Copperhaven School collaborating with Principal Linda Simmonds on the planning and staffing of the new school. Additionally, Ms. Lovsund will join the staff at Woodhaven Middle School as an Assistant Principal for the balance of the 2017 - 2018 school year. For further information, contact: Shauna Boyce Deputy Superintendent Phone: 780-963-8417 News News Board Meeting Highlights - September 5, 2017 September 6, 2016 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. The Board approved the monthly financial report for the period ending July 31, 2017. As of July 31 93.1% of revenues have been collected for the year compared to 92.2% of expenses paid out to date resulting in total year-to-date surplus of $1.2 million dollars. The Board received as information the Facilities Services Summer Work Report. Highlights include the replacement of six modular classrooms at Duffield School, roofing at Blueberry School, École Meridian Heights and Spruce Grove Composite High School, sanding and refinishing of the gymnasium floor at Forest Green School, various hot water tank replacements, a modernized and expanded kitchen at High Park School, a modernization in the basement at Tomahawk School due to water damage and the servicing of boilers, furnaces cisterns and wells at multiple schools. The Board welcomed Name the New School contest winner Kristi Herd and officially recognized her for her winning submission of Copperhaven School. Copperhaven is scheduled to open for the 2018 - 2019 school year.  Next Regular Board Meeting will be held on October 3, 2017 at the Centre for Education at 9:30am. News News Late Bus Pass Registration Update August 31, 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. Thanks to all those that have taken advantage of the NEW online bus registration system.  Just a note to let all parents who registered online for bussing and received a call that your pass was ready to be picked up: all passes that have been processed and printed have been moved to their respective schools. Due to the high volume of registrants that came after the July 15th deadline, there has been a delay in printing all the passes. Parkland School Division Transportation Services staff are busy processing applications as quickly as possible. Once late registrations are processed, automated calls will follow, to let you know that your pass is printed and delivered to your school for pick-up. Thanks again for all your patience as we continue to improve our regional transportation system. Afternoon Parent Transportation May Be Required for Late Registrants It's very easy for a child to hop onto a bus in the morning and get to a transfer station. Staff can then direct children without a pass to the right bus to head to their correct school. The reverse is not the same. Staff won't know which bus to put a child on once they get to the respective transfer sites during the afternoon runs, if they DON'T have a pass that indicates which route goes back to their neighbourhood and which stop to get off including alternate stops for daycares, day homes, split custody or other guardianship arrangements for care after school. Routes have changed significantly, especially in the City of Spruce Grove, based on online registrations prior to July 15th and the implementation of a second bus transfer site on Spruce Grove’s west end. (A temporary bus transfer station at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic High School is being used until the permanent bus transfer site is ready later this fall). The bus they used to ride in previous years may not be going to the same transfer station. Each transfer station has specific connections.  In order to avoid children without passes riding an unknown bus and being stranded at the wrong transfer station in Spruce Grove, we strongly encourage parents who don't have their bus passes yet, to make arrangements to pick up their children at school at the end of the day until passes have been processed. All applications are expected to be processed by the end of the 3-week grace period Tuesday, September 26, 2017. For those families whose children require special needs busing, you will be receiving a call from your bus operator if you haven’t already done so.  Transfer Site Maps Greystone Centennial Middle School Memorial Composite High School St. Peter the Apostle Catholic School Bus Pass Payments Members of our Transportation Services staff continue to process online applications. As soon as applications are processed, your fees will be visible on the Acorn online payment system. If you do not see your fees listed in Acorn, your payment has yet to be processed. Please keep checking Acorn for your payment details. We are processing as fast as possible but this will carry into the start of the new school year. Registration Continues If you have yet to register online, please do so on our homepage. Parkland School Division families should use the Bus Registration Quick Link for PSD families using the snapcode provided to you at the end of last school year. For those non-PSD families, any families new to Parkland School Division or for those who forgot or did not receive a snapcode, simply use the Bus Registration for non-PSD families Quick Link and register as soon as possible. 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. Change/Cancellation Requests Due to the high volume of bus registration applications being processed, requests for changes or cancellations to online submissions will be considered once the Bus Pass Pick Up and Online Registration Process is complete. This will likely be no earlier than September 15, 2017. Any cancellations will take into account the date you submit your initial request to stop transportation services. For more information, contact: Parkland School Division Transportation Services 4603 - 48 Street Stony Plain, AB T7Z 2A8 Phone: 780-963-8452 Email: News News Become a Trustee August 31, 2017 - If you are passionate about education, you should consider running for your local school board and be a leader in your community.  The Parkland School Division 2017 School Board Election Handbook provides information about Election 2017 along with an overview of the roles and responsibilities of a School Board Trustee, wards, school year calendars and board and committee meetings.  Parkland School Division has partnered with Parkland County to conduct the 2017 election. Parkland County’s Elections webpage provides information, links to election forms and documents and updates for candidates.  Click on a topic to read more about it: Nomination Requirements Advance Vote Election Day & Voting Stations Voting Requirements More Information Nomination Requirements Nomination Day is Monday, September 18, 2017. For all wards of Parkland School Division in Parkland County, Town of Stony Plain and City of Spruce Grove, nomination papers are only received by the Returning Officer between 10am and noon on Monday, September 18 in the Parkland County Administration Building (53109A Hwy 779, Parkland County). The Nomination Paper and Candidate’s Acceptance Form can be accessed on the Parkland County Elections page. Every nomination must be accompanied by a cash deposit of $100.00 (personal cheques will not be accepted). To be nominated as a candidate in the school board election under the Local Authorities Election Act, a person must be eligible under section 21 of the Local Authorities Election Act and section 44(4) of the School Act (if applicable) to be elected to the office, and not otherwise disqualified under section 22 or 23 of the Local Authorities Election Act. Back to Top Advance Vote Advance vote will be held on the following dates for Parkland County, the City of Spruce Grove and the Town of Stony Plain: Thursday, October 5, 11am-3pm Tuesday, October 10, 4-8pm Thursday, October 12, 4-8pm Saturday, October 14, 10am-2pm Advance Vote Locations Municipality Location Parkland County Parkland County Centre 53109A Hwy 779 Parkland County, AB City of Spruce Grove Pioneer Centre 301 Jespersen Avenue Spruce Grove, AB Town of Stony Plain Stony Plain Town Office 4905-51 Avenue Stony Plain, AB Back to Top Election Day & Voting Stations Election day is Monday, October 16, 2017.  Municipality Polls Open Where to Vote* Parkland County 9am-8pm Designated voting station for your division Use the app to find your voting station. City of Spruce Grove 6:30am-8pm Any voting station Town of Stony Plain 9am-8pm Any voting station *A list of voting stations can be found on each municipality's website. Back to Top Voting Requirements In accordance with Section 47 of the Local Authorities Election Act, a person must: be a least 18 years old, be a Canadian citizen, and have resided in Alberta for the 6 consecutive months immediately preceding election day and the person’s place of residence is located in the area on election day. In accordance with Section 44 of the School Act, where a separate school district is established, an individual residing within the boundaries of the separate school district who is of the same faith as those who established that district, whether Protestant or Roman Catholic, (a) is a resident of the separate school district, and (b) is not a resident of the public school district. Back to Top More Information Check the Alberta School Boards Association website for online information sessions and resources to gain an understanding of the rewards and challenges of serving on a school board and the eligibility requirements of becoming a school board trustee. Forms, regulations and the 2017 School Board Elections Information Package can be accessed at the Alberta Education website. Alberta School Boards Association - Become a Trustee Brochure Contact the Returning Officer For more information regarding the nomination and election process, please contact: Doug Tymchyshyn Returning Officer for Parkland School Division No. 70 Legal and Legislative Services 53109A HWY 779 Parkland County, AB T7Z 1R1 Phone: 780-968-8888 ext. 3234 Email: Back to Top News News Regional Collaborative Services Delivery in PSD We are working together with partners from Parkland School Division, Evergreen Catholic School Division and Area Regional Collaborative Services Delivery area (PEA RCSD) to support learning opportunities for students in our schools. Future updates on the PEA RCSD will be posted here. Members of the PEA RCSD team will visit our schools during the year. The team includes: Speech-Language Pathologist Occupational Therapist Addictions and Mental Health Therapist The team may also include: Wellness Coach/Community Support Worker Other developmental, social, emotional and behavioural services accessed by the school to support learner needs. This team will work with the School-Based Team (teachers, support staff, and administrative staff) to support all children. They may visit classrooms and share ideas with the teacher. They will contact you as a parent/guardian directly if any follow up is required for your child. For more information, you can visit the following website. For more information contact: Leah Andrews Director, Learning Services Phone: 780-963-8421 Email: News News Fair Notice - Violence Threat Risk Assessment The goal of Violence/Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) process is is that every incident of youth violence in our communities be addressed. VTRA is early intervention – which is quite possibly prevention. The process is initiated and managed by school administrators who have received VTRA training from the Canadian Center for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response. Duty to Report There is zero tolerance for not responding. Prevention of youth violence is a community responsibility and it is everybody’s duty to report. Under-reaction is epidemic and a chief factor of escalation from thought to action. What is a Threat? A threat is an expression of intent to do harm or act out violently against someone or something. Threats may be verbal, written, drawn, posted on the internet, or made by gesture. Threats must be taken seriously, investigated, and responded to. In a culture of responsible reporting, students need to believe that they will be believed when they confide; their identity will be kept confidential; their information will be acted upon promptly; and their concern will be investigated thoroughly. Who is on a Threat Assessment Team? Each threat assessment team is multi agency. The team may include school staff, psychologist, police, child protection agencies, community mental health workers, hospitals, probation/parole and other professionals. What is the Main Purpose of a Threat Assessment? To ensure the safety of students, staff, parents, and others. To ensure a full understanding of the context of the threat. To begin to understand the factors that contribute to the threat maker’s behaviour. To view the student as in need of intervention rather than to be disciplined. To be proactive in developing an intervention plan that addresses the emotional and physical safety of the threat maker. It may include disciplinary action but will include appropriate supports to aid the student in developing and using positive strategies. To promote the emotional and physical safety of all. To ensure all school and agency partners are working together with a common understanding and protocol. What happens in a Student Threat Assessment? All threat making behaviour by a student(s) shall be reported to the Principal who will activate the protocol for the initial response. Once the team has been activated, interviews may be held with students, the threat maker(s), parents and staff to determine the level of risk and develop an appropriate response to the incident. Intervention plans will be developed and shared with parents, staff, and students as required and as appropriate. The Partners Education partners are committed to creating and maintain school environments in which students, staff, parents and others feel safe. Parkland School Division, Evergreen Catholic Separate Regional Division, Living Waters Christian Academy, Mother Earth’s Childrens’ Charter School, St. Matthew Lutheran School, and Columbus Academy - Bosco Homes have taken a lead role as there is a direct application to the health and safety of the school environment. Community Supports Aboriginal Parent Link - Native Counselling Services of Alberta Alberta Health Services – Childrens’ Mental Health Alberta Human Services – Children & Family Services Alberta Parenting for the Future Canadian Center for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response City of Spruce Grove Columbus Academy - Bosco Homes Schools Evergreen Catholic Separate Regional School Division No. 2 Family and Community Support Services – Spruce Grove Family and Community Support Services – Stony Plain Living Waters Christian Academy Mother Earth Children’s Charter School Parkland County Parkland School Division No. 70 RCMP SML Christian Academy Spruce Grove Fire Department Town of Stony Plain Additional information is available in the VTRA Fair Notice and Practice Information Brochure. For more information contact:  Learning Services   Phone: 780-963-8458  Email: News 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: News 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: News 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) News News