Parkland School Division Homepage News en-us Sun, 22 Jul 2018 18:01:32 MDT Breeze for Teachers 5.0 http://www.psd70.ab.ca Summer Hours - Centre for Education June 29, 2018 - 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 Fridays from July 6 to August 10, inclusive. We will also be closed on Monday, July 2 in lieu of Canada Day. We will resume our regular hours, Monday to Friday, 8am-4:30pm, on August 13. 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 Registration/Data Verification Deadline Today June 29, 2018 - Parkland School Division’s student registration process is changing, and these changes will affect both new and returning students. For the 2018-2019 school year, all Kindergarten to Grade 12 registrations will be conducted online through the Power Registration portal. All parents will be required to complete this new online process each school year. New students must register online, while returning students will be receiving correspondence with further instructions prior to April 1, 2018. This replaces the old process where individual schools would send home printed data verification forms at the end of the school year (usually with report cards). Kindergarten families will be the first to use the new online registration system beginning February 1, 2018. Click here to register for Kindergarten in 2018 - 2019. All other students from Grade 1-12 will be able to either register (new students) or verify their existing data (returning students) online, beginning April 1, 2018. Data Verification/Bus Registration is Easy (Returning Students) Make sure you have a PowerSchool Parent Portal account. Check your inbox beginning for an email sent on April 1, 2018 from "PowerSchool Registration Support" <noreply@noreply.psrsupport.com> and follow the instructions. (Note: you will receive one email for every student you have enrolled in a Parkland School Division school.) Bus Registration Deadline In order for your child to have his/her bus pass for the first day of school (Tuesday, September 4, 2018), bus pass applications must be received no later than 4:30pm, June 29, 2018 to be included in the routing process. Payment arrangements must be received through PSD’s online payment system (Acorn) or in the Division Office on or before August 10, 2018 to be eligible to ride the bus the first day of school.   Any applications received after the application deadline may not be processed in time for the first day of school. If your child does not have a valid bus pass for the 2018-2019 school year, he/she will not be able to ride the bus. Late Registrations  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 DO NOT 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.  In order to avoid children without passes riding an unknown bus and being stranded at the wrong transfer station parents of children who do not have a pass will have to make arrangements to pick up their children at school at the end of the day until passes have been processed. The current PDF registration form that can be found on our Registration page is ONLY to be used by students registering for the balance of the current 2017-2018 school year. Paper registration forms WILL NOT be accepted for the 2018-2019 school year. Kindergarten Registration (Opening February 1, 2018) A child entering Kindergarten must be five years old by the last day of February of the school year in which he or she begins Kindergarten. For example, a child registering for Kindergarten in September 2018 needs to be five years old by February 28, 2019. A child entering Grade 1 must be six years old by the last day of February of the school year in which he or she begins Grade 1. For example, a child registering for Grade 1 in September 2018 needs to be six years old by February 28, 2019. Please Note: Registration requirements for Kindergarten are the same as Grades 1 through 12. Parkland School Division is pleased to offer a number of program choices for Kindergarten students, including French Immersion, the Maranatha Christian Program and Nature-Based Kindergarten. More information can be found on our Programs page. Kindergarten programs are offered on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday with alternating Fridays. Links for online Kindergarten Registration will open February 1, 2018. Parkland School Division Students Parkland School Division sent you a message on April 1, 2018 to the email address we have on file. If you do not have an email address on file, you should have received a letter via Canada Post with your live link. (Note: there will be a unique live link for every student registered in your household.) Please check your Spam or Junk mail folders and look for an email:  From: "PowerSchool Registration Support" <noreply@noreply.psrsupport.com> If you check and confirm this original correspondence has not been received, contact Parkland School Division's Centre for Education at 780-963-4010. Staff will confirm your contact information and re-send the email or letter with your live link. Non-Parkland School Division Students Parkland School Division sent you a message on April 1, 2018 to the email address we have on file. If you do not have an email address on file, a letter has been sent home via Canada Post with your Snapcode. (Note: there will be a unique Snapcode for every student registered in your household.) Please check your Spam or Junk mail folders and look for an email:  From: "PowerSchool Registration Support" <noreply@noreply.psrsupport.com> If we did not have your email address on file, you should have received a letter via regular mail that includes your unique Snapcode. Click on the following link and enter that Snapcode when you login. If you check and confirm this original correspondence has not been received, contact Transportation Services: Phone: 780-963-8452 More Information For more information about the new online registration process, please visit the Registration page on our website.   http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14245&stream=Homepage News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14245&stream=Homepage News Administrative Appointments for 2018-2019 June 26, 2018 - Parkland School Division’s Acting Superintendent of Schools Shauna Boyce is pleased to announce two administrative appointments for the 2018-2019 school year effective August 2018.  Woodhaven Middle School will be adding Marcie Enders as an Assistant Principal. Current Assistant Principal, Leslie Kronewitt, is returning to the classroom to teach.  The vacancy at Forest Green opens the door for Mike Partington’s first Assistant Principal appointment. Partington heads to Forest Green from his most recent post as Off-Campus Coordinator plus Work Experience and Registered Apprenticeship Program (R.A.P.) Facilitator at Spruce Grove Composite High School. “We’d like to first thank Mrs. Leslie Kronewitt for her leadership and contributions to Parkland School Division’s Lead Team these past few years," stated Acting Superintendent Boyce. “Woodhaven Middle School will continue to benefit from Mrs. Kronewitt’s dedication to students and the entire school community should look forward to the leadership skills of Ms. Enders who will bring many unique experiences and a perspective that will benefit Woodhaven during the building modernization they get to experience over the next few years.” “Mr. Partington has a strong background in relationship building.  His previous posts as a School Counsellor, Aboriginal Facilitator and Social Studies Teacher will serve him well as he transitions to this administrative appointment.” Marcie Enders, Assistant Principal Woodhaven Middle School (Grades 5-9) Marcie completed a Bachelors of Education and a Bachelors of Science from the University of Alberta and a Masters of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University. She is currently serving as an assistant principal and Inclusive Education Lead at Forest Green School and previously taught junior high at Tomahawk School. She began her teaching career with Parkland in 2005 as a substitute teacher and caught on full-time at Tomahawk the following year. "I am thankful to have begun my administrative service at Forest Green School and all of the learning opportunities it has provided me. I will greatly miss the students, staff, and community who have been so supportive over the last four years. I am also excited to be returning to a middle school setting as I join the team at Woodhaven and the new experiences this learning community has to offer."  Mike Partington, Assistant Principal Forest Green School (K-6) Mike has had connections to Parkland School Division over the past 25 years dating back to his first student-teaching assignment at Woodhaven Middle School in 1993. His teaching career officially began in 1995 and his first of two stops at Spruce Grove Composite High School was in 1996 as a Special Education Educational Assistant, Teacher and school counsellor. After a brief foray into the private sector, Mike returned to the classroom in 2001 with various teaching roles at Spruce Grove Composite High School including Social Studies, Phys. Ed, Career & Technology Studies, Career and Life Management (CALM), English and as an Aboriginal Facilitator prior to his most recent post as Off-Campus Coordinator, Work Experience and R.A.P. Facilitator. Mike earned his Bachelor of Education/Science from the University of Alberta and is currently working towards his Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Calgary. “I am very excited to join the staff and students at Forest Green School.  It is not easy to leave a school I have invested over twenty years of my time and energy for but I look forward to a new opportunity in a time of growth and change in our division.  I believe that relationships are the key to success in education and I intend to work hard at building strong relationships with students, staff, and parents as we continue the valuable work that has long been taking place at Forest Green in terms of making every student successful.” For more information contact: Shauna Boyce Acting Superintendent  Parkland School Division No.70 Phone: 780-963-8404   http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16973&stream=Homepage News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16973&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - June 12, 2018 June 12, 2018 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board approved the Quarterly Financial Report for the period ending May 31, 2018. As of May 31st, 2018, 76.12% of revenues have been collected for the year compared to 76.91% of expenses paid out to date resulting in total year-to-date deficit of $1,584,706. The Board approved the 2018-2019 Education Plan. The 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 meaningful community engagement; Preparing budgets in alignment with resource stewardship, and that support student learning to achieve the Ultimate Goal of Student Success and Well-being; and, Implementing strategies to maintain or improve students learning and achievement. The Board received as information the 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 Draft Board Meeting Dates for 2018 - 2019. The Board received as information the Wellness Initiative Report for 2017 - 2018. The Board received as information the Facilities Services Department Report for 2017 - 2018. The Board received as information the Financial Services Department Report for 2017 - 2018. The Board received as information the Technology Services Department Report for 2017 - 2018. The Board received as information the Benefits Committee Report. The Board took the opportunity to express sincere thanks and congratulations to Executive Secretary Brenda Scott who was attending her last regular board meeting after serving staff and students of Parkland School Division for the past 20 years including ten years in her current role at the Centre for Education. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16851&stream=Homepage News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16851&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - May 29, 2018 May 29, 2018 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board took the opportunity to express sincere thanks and congratulations to Superintendent of Schools, Tim Monds, who attended his last regular board meeting before his official retirement date of May 31, 2018. Monds served students and staff of Parkland School Division for 10 years including the first two as Deputy Superintendent and the last eight as Superintendent. Tim Monds has been an educational leader for over 37 years. His journey through four Alberta school divisions includes time as a K-12 teacher, Principal, Assistant Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent. In 2016-2017, Tim received the provincial EXL Award for Excellence in School System Leadership from the College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS). The award is granted to outstanding educators who exhibit exemplary leadership ability and who have enhanced the profession of school system administration throughout their career. The Board appointed Shauna Boyce as Acting Superintendent effective June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019 or to the start date of the new Superintendent, pursuant to Section 113 of the School Act. As there is a superintendent compensation review under way at the Ministry of Education, the appointment of the next Superintendent of Schools for Parkland School Division is awaiting Ministerial Approval. The Board approved the monthly financial report for the period ending April 30, 2018. As of April 30th, 2018, 68.02% of revenues have been collected for the year compared to 67.824% of expenses paid out to date resulting in total year-to-date deficit of $405,418. The Board approved the 2018-2019 Preliminary Budget as presented by Director, 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 $133.1 million dollars to serve the needs of approximately 11,200 students. Parkland School Division is projecting an increased enrolment of 148 students over the previous year. Total budget revenues for 2018-19 will increase by 0.10% over 2017-18. The 2018 - 2019 budget accommodates a provision for an increase in general student enrolment. No new grants have been included in the budget this year. The School Fee Reduction Grant ($745K) and Transportation Fee Reduction Grant ($300K) offset fees that are no longer charged to parents as a result of Bill 1: An Act to Reduce School Fees and remain the same as the prior year. The School Nutrition Grant introduced in 2017-18 has increased by $53K to $194K. The ECS Program Unit grant is 12.5% lower than budgeted in the prior year as the enrollments were lower than projected last year. Transportation funding is lower than the previous year’s budget as it has been forecast similar to actual funding received in 2017-2018. All other grant allocations remain at 2017-2018 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. The Classroom Improvement Fund has been included in this budget and increased by 2.11% over the prior year to $1,295,800. Parkland School Division will spend approximately $99.5 million dollars on human resources, which is about 75% of the division's budget. Total salaries and benefits for the division increased by 0.95% over 2017-2018.  The division will employ over 605 full-time equivalent teachers and approximately 443 full-time equivalent support staff in 2018-19.  The Infrastructure Maintenance and Renewal (IMR) which provides funds for school renovation and facility upgrading projects, has decreased by $366 thousand over 2017-2018 amounts. The division is expecting Accumulated Operating Reserves before School Generated Funds of of $4.3 million as at August 31, 2018. In the 2018-2019 budget, a deficit of $327 thousand is anticipated and $343K is budgeted for the VOIP phone project. The balance at the end of August 31, 2019 for Operating Reserves before School Generated Funds is estimated to be $3.6 million. The cost of running the regional transportation system is not fully supported through transportation grants and transportation user fees. The Division is anticipating a deficit of $425K in the transportation program. The regional transportation system provides service to Evergreen Catholic, Wild Rose, Black Gold, Grande Yellowhead, Star Catholic,  St. Thomas Aquinas and two area private schools. The Board approved the Attendance Area Boundaries changes that affect some residents who currently attend Tomahawk School and Duffield School. The area is south of Secondary Highway 627 from a half mile west of Range Road 45 to Range Road 35 to optimize travel time of students within the area to their designated school. The Board received as information the draft of the 2018-2019 Education Plan. The final version will be brought to the Board at the June 12, 2018 Regular Board Meeting for approval. The 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 meaningful community engagement; Preparing budgets in alignment with resource stewardship, and that support student learning to achieve the Ultimate Goal of Student Success and Well-being; and, Implementing strategies to maintain or improve students learning and achievement. The Board received as information the 2017 - 2018 Parkland School Division Priorities Report as presented by Associate Superintendent, Dr. Dianne McConnell. The document serves as a progress report for the Division towards realizing the outcomes stated in the 2016-2019 Three-Year Education Plan especially in the areas of early learning, wellness and building inclusive environments. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 6:30 p.m., Centre for Education http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16585&stream=Homepage News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16585&stream=Homepage News Nature Kindergarten Filling Up Fast May 28, 2018 - 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 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 entering its third year 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. Limited Spots Available  A limited number of spots are availalbe for the 2018-2019 school year. Act now to enrol your soon-to-be kindergarten student in Nature Kindergarten. 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: rfinlayson@psd70.ab.ca OR Haefa Onaissi Support and Mentor Coordinator Phone: 780-963-8406 Email: honaissi@psd70.ab.ca http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=11291&stream=Homepage News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=11291&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - May 1, 2018 May 1, 2018 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board welcomed a delegation of students from High Park School who presented on a trip earlier this year to a Gay Straight Alliance Conference in Calgary. The GSA Conference was a safe event that students from all over Alberta could attend. The students acknowledged that the conference provided useful resources and knowledge that was very helpful in running the High Park GSA - Youth Alliance.  The Board approved the monthly financial report for the period ending March 31, 2018. As of March 31st, 2018, 60.43% of revenues have been collected for the year compared to 59.04% of expenses paid out to date resulting in total year-to-date surplus of $1,229,458. The Board approved the 2018-2019 Preliminary Budget Assumptions. The Board established an operating reserve in the amount of $900,900 to support expenditures for the Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Phone System. The Board approved the 2019-2020 School Calendar in principle. The Board approved the request for Minsterial Approval to appoint the position of Superintendent of Schools. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 6:30 p.m., Centre for Education http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16079&stream=Homepage News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16079&stream=Homepage News Flags Half Mast for Fallen Broncos April 9, 2018 - Staff and students of Parkland School Division would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to all those connected to the tragic bus accident involving members of the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. In a gesture of honour and respect, flags will be half mast at Parkland School Division schools for the fallen sixteen. To the survivors, we wish a speedy recovery and strength to deal with all that lies ahead. Counselling is being made available to students and staff who may need assistance. In the wake of the terrible tragedy involving the Humboldt Broncos, Alberta Health Services has set up a webpage with information on services and supports that are available in Alberta for those who may need support. You can find the page here. Additional resource material is provided by the Canadian Centre for Threat Assessment & Trauma Response. Two of the players involved had a direct connection to our community and schools. 18-year old Parker Tobin grew up in Stony Plain and attended Forest Green School, Stony Plain Central School and was in the 2017 graduating class at Memorial Composite High School where he attended school for the parts of the year while pursuing his competitive hockey career. 21-year old Connor Lukan was originally from Slave Lake, AB but attended Spruce Grove Composite High School while he was a member of the Spruce Grove Saints. Many Parkland School Division schools have also made the decision to particpate in the country-wide movement to wear a jersey to school on Thursday, April 12, 2018. Staff and students are encouraged to wear a hockey jersey to school in a show of support for all those affected by the tragedy. For further information, contact: Email: DivisionOffice@psd70.ab.ca Phone: 780-963-4010     http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=15693&stream=Homepage News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=15693&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - April 3, 2018 April 3, 2018 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. 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 February 28, 2018. As of February 28th, 50.77% of revenues have been collected for the year compared to 50.57% of expenses paid out to date resulting in total year-to-date deficit of $238,790. The Board approved the Three Year Captial Plan 2019 - 2022 with the following priorities: 2019-2020 – Year One Priority One: Modernization of Spruce Grove Composite High School at a cost of $17 million dollars 2020-2021 – Year Two Priority One: New High School at a cost of $51.8 million dollars to be located in the Parkland School Division. The Board approved a motion that included a recommendation to write a letter to Alberta Education, requesting that they consider granting a certain amount of autonomy to school boards, with respect to establishing diploma exam writing dates and, in doing so, respecting our firm belief that school boards are in a primary position to serve the best interests of their students and communities. The Board received as information the Transportation Services 2017-2018 Department Report, as presented by Transportation Services Director Dennis Simcoe. The Board received as information the Human Resources 2017-2018 Department Report, as presented by Human Resources Director Shae Abba. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=15589&stream=Homepage News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=15589&stream=Homepage News Stony Plain Central Replacement School Announced March 23, 2018 - Parkland School Division is pleased to announce that Stony Plain Central will be receiving a replacement school as part of the recently announced 20 school projects associated with the Alberta Government’s Budget 2018 and specifically Alberta’s 2018 Capital Plan. The 20 projects comprise seven new schools, seven replacement schools, three modernizations, one addition to an existing school and two projects that have been approved for design. By investing in education, the province is creating jobs, while working to alleviate enrolment pressures in growing communities and addressing urgent issues in other schools across Alberta. Budget 2018 allocates $393 million for these new projects, which are expected to be complete for the 2022-23 school year. “This is such welcome news with the announcement of the approval for a replacement school for Stony Plain Central School,” stated Board Chair, Eric Cameron. “We are appreciative of our government's commitment to school capital projects in the province. Our Stony Plain public has been very patient in anticipation of the replacement of the aging Stony Plain Central School. We are most eager to begin design plans and hope to work closely with the Town of Stony Plain in their area structure plans.”  “In Parkland School Division, we believe that learning is the foundation in all we do,” commented Superintendent, Tim Monds. “We couldn’t be more thrilled that we’ll be pouring another foundation for another new school in our ever-growing school jurisdiction. For years now, our overcrowded schools have been forced to be creative when it came to using every square centimetre in their buildings. Spruce Grove is well on the way to right-sizing with the opening of 2 new Kindergarten to Grade 9 schools and the modernization of Woodhaven Middle School. The Town of Stony Plain has experienced similar enrolment growth and a new school in the heart of a rejuvenated town centre will be something all residents can be proud of for years to come.”    “Our kids deserve to learn and grow in modern classrooms. That’s why we are improving existing schools and building new ones where they’re needed. With our announcement of 20 new and modernized school projects, we are making long overdue progress and making sure all young Albertans can get a great education.” - Premier Rachel Notley “Our government knows that stability in the school system helps students and their families, and we will continue to protect these core services for Albertans. We know that investing in education is one of the most important investments we can make in our province’s future, and that is why we will continue to make these important investments.” - David Eggen, Minister of Education These 20 school projects will create more than 4,900 jobs. For almost all of the projects, construction is scheduled to begin in 2019, after design work is complete. Information is available on the Alberta Education website. For more information contact: Stony Plain Central School Phone: 780-963-2203 Email: StonyPlainCentral@psd70.ab.ca http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=15571&stream=Homepage News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=15571&stream=Homepage News