Parkland School Division Homepage News en-us Tue, 21 Feb 2017 05:02:13 MST Breeze for Teachers 5.0 http://www.psd70.ab.ca Christmas Concert and Bake Sale A message from your School Council: November 25, 2016 - Christmas is almost here! To celebrate, our school choir will be performing in their annual Christmas Concert. Date: Thursday, December 15 Time: 7pm Location: Large Gym Admission: $2.00 for parents, $1.00 for students, kids two and under are FREE Funds raised will be split evenly: half will go to the choir’s Paris trip, and the other half will be donated to the Parkland Food Bank. Bake Sale A variety of baked goods will be on sale at the concert:  Muffins - $2.00 each Cookies - $1.00 each Mini Cupcakes - $0.50 each If you are willing to donate your baking for the bake sale, please contact Mr. Threepwood at 780-963-5555 or gthreepwood@psd70.ab.ca. We hope you are able to join us for this fun event and share in the Christmas cheer as we sing our favorite songs and carols. Don’t miss it!   For more information or to purchase tickets, contact: Elaine Marley Phone: 780-962-1234 Email: emarley@psd70.ab.ca http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=8547&stream=Homepage News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=8547&stream=Homepage News SCHOOL COUNCIL PRESENTS CHRISTMAS CONCERT AND BAKE SALE 2016!!!! http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=8549&stream=Homepage News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=8549&stream=Homepage News Thought Exchange - 'Star' Coming Soon Everyone Can Make A Difference On behalf of the students we serve, we would to thank all of those who contributed thoughts regarding Parkland School Division. We want to discover what you think, and what topics rise to the top as the conversation continues.  At Parkland School Division, we embrace open and honest communication. Our Ultimate Goal, Success for All Students, is dependent upon engagement with our community and that’s where you come in. Everyone can make a meaningful contribution to public education.  Phase 2 Coming In a few weeks, you will be invited to join the second step in this process - to review and help prioritize the thoughts that are most important to you. This will help us get a sense of shared values and priorities of our school and our community. This process is an important tool in our education planning and will help guide important decisions in the future that will allow us to deliver the best possible education to our children. Your time spent engaged in this process is very much appreciated! This the first of three steps: Share - Star - Discover. More information can be found by clicking the following link. http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=9723&stream=Homepage News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=9723&stream=Homepage News Beaverbrook Wellness Centre/YMCA Opening Soon February 17, 2017 - Parkland School Division is pleased to share the latest from our partners at Beaverbrook Developments and the YMCA - Northern Alberta.  The YMCA Child Care facilities, located within the Beaverbrook Wellness Centre, are scheduled to open Monday April 3, 2017.  During the past two years, Parkland School Division has been working closely with our partners to develop a vision and plan for this commnity hub that will provide much needed resources for parents especially when it comes to wrap around supports for our youngest learners.  The school division welcomes the new neighbours to Prescott Learning Centre and looks forward to future opportunities being explored for additional early intervention programming combining the knowledge and expertise of dedicated staff committed to working with children in the community. YMCA Beaverbrook Child Chare Date: Opening Monday April 3, 2017 Location: Beside Prescott Learning Centre, 344 Pioneer Road, Spruce Grove. Early Years – 12 months to 5 years School Age – kindergarten to Grade 6 For more information, email ccinterest@northernalberta.ymca.ca YMCA Beaverbrook Child Care Poster Open House Date: Wednesday February 22, 2017 Location: Beside Prescott Learning Centre, 344 Pioneer Road, Spruce Grove Time: 4-7pm Early Years Child Care Program Highlights all Staff hold Alberta Child Care Certification playing to Learn Curriculum access to outdoor activities access to facility gymnasium two snacks provided daily (minimum two Canada Food Guide Groups) some programs provide lunch (minimum two Canada Food Guide Groups) - contact program director for availability at your centre all fieldtrips and special programming are included all programs include community involvement activities YMCA Child Care Objectives to provide a warm caring environment which will develop your child’s potential creative, intellectual, emotional, social and physical skills to provide a safe environment that is a natural progression from home to school to ensure that your child is cared for and is supervised at all times to hire educators that are experienced and well trained to provide the best care and enrichment for your child to provide a communication system that ensures parent to educators contact throughout the program year to set fees that allow the Centre to operate at a full cost recovery basis YMCA Child Care Values YMCA Child Care is available to everyone regardless of race, sex, religion or economic circumstances parents have the right to pursue work or education with peace of mind, and children have the right to a secure, safe and developmentally appropriate program YMCA Child Care families can access additional programs and services that the YMCA provides to support them parent participation is important to YMCA Child Care YMCA Quality Statement Parent evaluations, current research, and over 20 years of experience in delivering child care programs have helped us to define our Quality checklist: children are happy and involved educators have a caring attitude centre, equipment and toys are accessible, clean & safe children participate in small groups in stimulating activities with teachers food is nutritionally balanced parent-educator communication is promoted and parents feel welcome in the centre sufficient play materials are available outdoor play activities are taking place in well maintained play areas educators are good role models and have ongoing and appropriate training parents have regular feedback about their child Licensing Every child care centre in Alberta is regulated by the Provincial Licensing Standards. Centres are required to meet the mandatory regulations, and are visited regularly by a Licensing Officer to ensure they are in compliance. Reports from these visits are posted in your centre, and are available for parents to view. Any recommendations from these reports are used as an opportunity to improve the centre. Accreditation The purpose of Accreditation in Alberta is to raise the standard of Child Care in the Province and improve best practices in Early Learning and Child Care Services. Accreditation is a voluntary process, and involves great dedication on the part of the educators and the centre. The benefits of an accredited centre: attracts families who are looking for a high quality centre attracts educators who are looking to work in a quality centre the educators receive support funding All of our centres participate in the Accreditation process. Preschool Accreditation was implemented in 2004, and School-Age Accreditation was launched in 2009. Our centres are at varying stages in the process. Please ask your Director for more information. Playing to Learn YMCA Playing to Learn is a national curriculum that helps children in YMCA licensed early years programs discover learning through creative play. This curriculum combines three decades of experience in child care delivery, with the latest body of knowledge on how the brain develops and how children learn. We believe YMCA Playing to Learn is the best approach to ensure a child’s continued enthusiasm and capacity for life-long learning. Educators in your child’s classroom will develop activities based on the children’s interest which will provide them with the foundations of language & literacy, mathematics, science & technology, and the arts, including music, visual arts and dramatic arts. Through this curriculum, your child will develop knowledge, skills and attributes which will help facilitate a smooth transition into the school age environment. Please speak with your centre Director for more detailed information on this exciting curriculum. YMCA Playing to Learn Brochure http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=9719&stream=Homepage News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=9719&stream=Homepage News ThoughtExchange - Final Day to 'Share' Everyone Can Make A Difference On behalf of the students we serve, we would like to invite you to please contribute your thoughts regarding Parkland School Division. We want to know what you think we do well and where we can improve.  At Parkland School Division, we embrace open and honest communication. Our Ultimate Goal, Success for All Students, is dependent upon engagement with our community and that’s where you come in. Everyone can make a meaningful contribution to public education.  Watch Your Inbox Please take some time to respond to a few important, open-ended questions. Parents/guardians of students will be emailed a direct link specific to schools their children attend. Those members of the community that may not have a direct connection to our schools are invited to click here to share your thoughts. This activity does not require a login or password and can take as little as five minutes to complete.  Phase 2 Coming The final day to 'Share' your thoughts is Friday, February 17, 2017. In a few weeks, you will be invited to join the second step in this process - to review and help prioritize the thoughts that are most important to you. This will help us get a sense of shared values and priorities of our school and our community. This process is an important tool in our education planning and will help guide important decisions in the future that will allow us to deliver the best possible education to our children. Your time spent engaged in this process is very much appreciated! Participation Is Easy Click here to share your thoughts. You can complete questions at your own pace, and come back to change, add or delete your answers at any time until this date. This the first of three steps: Share - Star - Discover. More information can be found by clicking the following link. http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=191&stream=Homepage News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=191&stream=Homepage News Winter Try-Me Try-Athlon Cancelled February 7, 2017 - Parkland School Division regrets to announce that the 2017 Winter TryAthlon has been cancelled due to uncooperative weather. Conditions at the event site are icy and there is not enough snow cover for safe cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing activities.  The organizing committee would like to thank all the teachers for their work in promoting this first-time event.  All the groundwork has been laid for a successful launch to this wellness activity early in 2018. The Winter Try-Me Try-Athlon is an original event organized by the PSD Wellness Initiative and developed in coordination with PSD physical education staff. In place of the swimming-biking-running course used in traditional triathlons, the Winter Try-Athlon will instead feature a three-part course composed of skating, snowshoeing/orienteering and cross-country skiing challenges. This event will be a district-wide celebration of physical literacy and movement and will be open to all PSD students in Grades 1-6 with the support of their classroom or school-based teacher (up to a maximum of 150 participants).  For those parents that have already registered and processed a payment for the Winter TryAthlon registration, a credit of $30 will be applied to your account in Parkland School Division’s online payment system Acorn.  For those parents or guardians who would rather receive a reimbursement, please contact or visit Parkland School Division’s Centre for Education. Centre for Education 4603-48 Street Stony Plain, AB T7Z 2A8 Summer TryAthlon - Mark Your Calendars Planning will begin shortly for the third annual TryMe TryAthlon scheduled to run June 9, 2017 in Spruce Grove at the TransAlta TriLeisure Centre.   For more information contact: Felicia Ochs Wellness Coordinator Learning Services Phone: 780-963-8465 Email: fmochs@psd70.ab.ca http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=9261&stream=Homepage News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=9261&stream=Homepage News Board Meeting Highlights - February 7, 2017 The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board welcomed a delegation from various schools and community partner TransAlta TriLeisure Centre for an update on the PLAY Parkland (Physical Literacy and You) movement happening in Parkland School Division. In partnership with Canadian Sport 4 Life and Ever Active Schools, Parkland School Division has partnered with recreation and sports to build capacity in the area of physical literacy throughout our classrooms because evidence demonstrates that this form of literacy is linked to lifelong wellness. The Board received as information a Class Size Initiative Report delivered by Associate Superintendent, Scott Johnston. The Board received as information the Occupational Health and Safe Report as delivered by Director of Facilities, Serge LaBrie. The Board approved the monthly financial report for the period ending December 31, 2016. The year-to-date surplus is $1.1 million dollars.Total revenues are at 34.4% of the final budget of $127,538,751.  Total expenses are at 33.5% of the final budget of $127,581,618.  The target percentage for this period was 33.3%. The Board approved the motion to send a trustee to the National Congress on Rural Education in Canada to be held this year in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  Trustee Sally Kucher-Johnson will attend. The Board had a first reading of By-Law No. 1-17, Rearrangement of the Electoral Wards and Trustee(s) to be Elected to Each Ward. The process for the by-law was also approved which includes the first reading February 7, 2017, a second reading at a Special Board Meeting February 23, 2017 and then the by-law would be passed following a third separate and distinct reading. The Board authorized Parkland School Division's administration to enter into Joint Election Agreements between Parkland School Division No. 70 and Parkland County, Town of Stony Plain and City of Spruce Grove for the 2017 Local Election. The Board approved the recommendation to appoint Doug Tymchyshyn as the returning officer for Parkland School Division No. 70 for the 2017 Local Election.   Next Special Board meeting will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 9am, Centre for Education in Stony Plain (4603-48 Street) Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 6:30pm, Centre for Education in Stony Plain (4603-48 Street) http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=9575&stream=Homepage News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=9575&stream=Homepage News Family Oriented Program Sessions (FOPS) A message from Parkland School Division Learning Services: January 31, 2017 - Family Oriented Program Sessions (FOPS) are sessions for Early Education and Kindergarten students that are planned to support the development of children in addition to their attendance in class, and are to be completed outside of regular classroom time. FOPS are offered in a variety of ways, including home visits, sessions at your child’s school and group activities throughout the division and community.  Most sessions are parent-child interactive, and childcare is available upon request for parent-only information sessions. FOPS are intended to: Increase parent knowledge to support your child’s learning and developmental goals Support the goals and objectives of the Individual Program Plan (IPP) Promote interactions with your child in new ways Provide an opportunity to connect with other families Build on family strengths Provide you with an opportunity to interact with staff Some sessions offered may not fit the goals of your child’s IPP, but we encourage you to attend those that are of interest to you or you feel your child could benefit from - you know your child best! Parents can register for any session regardless of the location. Upcoming Sessions Please see the FOPS for Early Education Students and the FOPS for Kindergarten Students booklets for a detailed list of FOPS sessions planned for February-June 2017. Registration for these sessions opens on January 31. All are FREE to attend, but space is limited, so be sure to register ASAP! How to Register Go to https://psd70earlyed2017.sched.com to register for Early Education sessions or https://psd70kindergarten2017.sched.com to register for Kindergarten sessions. These links will open on Tuesday, January 31.   Create a Sched profile. If you have previously used Sched for another event or conference, your profile will already be created. Your profile will require: First and Last Name Email Address In the Bio section, your child's First and Last Name, School, Teacher Name and Grade   Once your profile has been created, register for sessions by checkmarking your selections. Please note: Due to space limitations, registration is open only to students in Parkland School Division Early Education and Kindergarten Programs and their parents or caregivers.    For more information contact: Tanya Karamujic Phone: 780-962-0212 ext. 251 Email: tkaramujic@psd70.ab.ca http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=8737&stream=Homepage News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=8737&stream=Homepage News Flags Half-Mast at PSD Schools January 30, 2017 - Out of respect to the families who lost a loved one and for those who have been seriously injured in the shooting at the Centre culturel islamique de Québec, Parkland School Division schools and the Centre for Education will lower flags until further notice. One of Parkland School Division's divisional goals is Inclusive Education. In Parkland School Division everyone is accepted and experiences a sense of belonging. Every student, no matter their ability, disability, language, cultural background, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity, has meaningful contributions to make. Using the programs of study as the framework for learning, every student is engaged in meaningful and authentic ways.  All students are treated equitably; they get the support needed when they need it, and for the intensity and duration of time for which they need it. 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=9419&stream=Homepage News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=9419&stream=Homepage News TD Friends of the Environment and PSD January 25, 2017 - Sponsored by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Parkland School Division has 27 aeroponic indoor gardening towers to enhance learning and support nutritious food cultivation throughout the school year. This project is designed for and led by students from Grades K-12.   The Division has also worked with community partners to facilitate Tower Gardens being placed at the TransAlta Tri-Leisure Centre and St. Joseph's Elementary School in Spruce Grove plus the Westview Health Centre in Stony Plain. Recently, special guests from TD Canada Trust joined some of Parkland School Division's Trustees and Senior Executive in a tour of Graminia School and Forest Green School to see donated funds in action and celebrate the latest donation of $32,000 dollars. Graminia School has also added an aquaponic station to enhance the learning underway in sciences classes across all grades.   For more information contact: Felicia Ochs Wellness Coordinator Learning Services Phone: 780-963-8465 Email: fmochs@psd70.ab.ca http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=9359&stream=Homepage News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=9359&stream=Homepage News