Parkland School Division Homepage News en-us Sat, 24 Mar 2018 23:06:43 MDT Breeze for Teachers 5.0 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 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: News News NEW Online Registration/Data Verification for 2018-2019 January 8, 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. Watch your inbox beginning April 1, 2018 from an email from "PowerSchool Registration Support" <> 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. Please watch your designated school’s website for more information about upcoming Kindergarten Registration events and open houses. Busing Registration The bus registration process for the 2018-2019 school year will be integrated into the new 2018-2019 online registration process described above. Families who do not attend Parkland School Division schools will be able to register for Parkland School Division’s Transportation Services using the same link as PSD families beginning April 1, 2018. More Information Detailed step-by-step registration/verification instructions will be shared once available. Check back here or watch school newsletters for more information. For more information about the new online registration process, please contact your school office. News News Minister's Youth Council - Apply Today March 20, 2018 - All grades seven to twelve students in Alberta are invited to apply to be part of the Minister’s Youth Council! Are you passionate about education?  Are you in junior or senior high and between the ages of 13 and 19 (as of September 1, 2018)? We are looking for 32 students with diverse interests, identities, backgrounds and perspectives from all across Alberta to participate as partners in contributing to our education system.  Are you able to commit three weekends during the school year? Meetings will be held in Edmonton in September, February and May (dates are subject to change). We will recruit a minimum of 24 new council members and maximum of 8 returning council members from the 2017/18 council.  The deadline for applications is March 30, 2018. Students on the Minister's Youth Council share their diverse student perspectives and provide input on education topics. They bring a broad range of life experiences, knowledge and skills from all types of schools across Alberta. Application Package and Documents  The application package requires consent from your parent/guardian.  Apply online today to be a part of the Minister’s Youth Council! Please note: you will be prompted to sign-in using your email address. To apply online, you may complete the application in more than one online session. Click the “save” button to save your responses. Please save your work every 15 minutes as the system will timeout after 20 minutes. Once you complete the application, click the “submit” button to ensure that your application will be received and reviewed by Alberta Education. Applications that have been saved but not submitted will not be accepted for consideration. Before applying, please read the Frequently Asked Questions.  If you are unable to apply online, download the application here and send it to or Strategic Engagement Branch, Alberta Education 6th floor, 10044, 108 St Edmonton, AB T5J 5E6 Only applications with a postmark dated on / or prior to March 30, 2018 will be considered Alberta Education will recruit new students for the Minister's Youth Council on an annual basis. Below are questions that are included in the application: 1) Community: Why do you think it is important that individuals of all ages contribute to their communities in a positive way?  Tell us about your efforts to create positive change in your community (this may include: mentorship, tutoring, supporting those in need). 2) Critical thinking and problem solving: Tell us about a time when you were faced with a problem or issue at your school or in your community. What was the situation, what were you worried about, who were the key players, what was your role to help and how was the problem solved? 3) Vision: Given your experiences and talents, please let us know why you would like to be on the council.  4) Strategic thinking and planning: Tell us about a time when you encountered a challenge and how you dealt with the problems and opportunities that were created by the challenge. (This may include: unexpected schedule changes, work being criticized, planning an event, helping with budgeting, planning for potential difficulties, etc.). 5) Leadership and teamwork: If you are chosen to be a member of the council, what skills, experiences and perspectives would you bring? What do you want to see changed in the education system? Click here to view a short video about the Minister's Youth Council. Minister's Youth Council Application Form News News Strong Families: Marijuana 101 March 19, 2018 - Parkland School Division is proud to partner with Alberta Health Services and the RCMP to present another FREE information session for caregivers. Our second April session will help parents learn more about the effects marijuana has on the brain, discover teen trends regarding marijuana use and gain a better understanding of the new federal legislation that will legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana. This session will follow a slightly different format than that of previous Strong Families events, and will take place at Spruce Grove Composite High School. Please make your own arrangements for supper and childcare. Though this session is geared towards adults, teens are welcome to attend with their parents or guardians. Strong Families Series - Marijuana 101 Date: Thursday, April 19 Time: 6-7:30pm Location: Spruce Grove Composite High School (1000 Calahoo Road, Spruce Grove) Marijuana, used legally or not, can have a significant impact on the lives of teenagers. The ever-evolving landscape of marijuana use can be difficult for parents to navigate, as much has changed since the 1960s. This session will provide parents with balanced information on marijuana and its effects, including the impact this drug can have on the developing adolescent brain. Learn how to start an open discussion on this subject with your teen and support them in making informed decisions about substance use. Leave with a better understanding of how to help your teen build resiliency, and how to access appropriate resources if you need them.   Join us for an in-depth discussion of these topics and more. Please register early to reserve your spot.   To register, please contact: Sandra Goldschmidt Phone: 780-963-8458 Email: News News Strong Families Series: Parenting Severe Behaviour to a Positive Outcome March 14, 2018 - Parkland School Division is proud to present another FREE information session for caregivers. Our April session will document one parent's journey in raising a child with severe behavioural concerns, and how his background as an educator offered him unique insight into the challenges this journey presented, so that he could not only help his child grow up, but also help their relationship grow closer. In sharing this story, we hope parents in similar situations find ways to reach the same positive conclusion.   Strong Families Series - Parenting Severe Behaviour to a Positive Outcome - A Parent/Educator's Journey Date: Wednesday, April 11 Time: 6-7:30pm Location: Parkland School Division Centre For Education - Board Room (4603 48th Street, Stony Plain) Parkland School Division's Associate Superintendent Scott Johnston will share the lessons he learned from his unique perspective as an educator and parent of a child with severe behavioural concerns. This session will feature real stories and shared conversation to realize that the greatest of challenges can lead to wonderful results.  Join us for an in-depth discussion of these topics and more. A light supper will be provided. Limited childcare is available. Please register early to reserve your spot. To register, please contact: Sandra Goldschmidt Phone: 780-963-8458 Email: News News Kindergarten Open Houses January 16, 2018 - Kindergarten Open Houses for all schools in the City of Spruce Grove and the Town of Stony Plain that offer Kindergarten programming will be held Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Students are welcome to attend with their parents. Students are to be registered in their designated schools.    Please note: The attendance areas can be found on our existing Designated School & Attendance Area page.     Kindergarten and Grade 1 Age Requirements A child entering Kindergarten must be 5 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 5 years old by February 28, 2019. A child entering Grade 1 must be 6 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 6 years old by February 28, 2019. How to Register Fill out the the online New Student Registration form once it's available beginning February 1, 2018. For more detailed information on online registration, click here. The student's birth certificate and proof of residence will be required at the school. Paper copies of registration forms will not be accepted. Kindergarten Open House Kindergarten Open Houses - Urban (English) Date: Tuesday, March 13 Time: 6-7pm Location: All Spruce Grove & Area schools (including Parkland Village School)* and all Town of Stony Plain schools   *Copperhaven School's Kindergarten Open House will also be on March 13 and will be hosted at École Broxton Park School. *The Kindergarten Open House for students attending the Maranatha Christian Program will be on March 13th at Brookwood School. Kindergarten Open Houses - Rural & Parkland County West End Schools (English) Date: Tuesday, March 13 Time: 5-7pm Location: Tomahawk School Date: Tuesday, March 13 Time: 6-7pm Location: Duffield School, Entwistle School, Seba Beach School, Wabamun School Date: Wednesday, April 11 Time: 6-7pm Location: Blueberry School, Graminia School, Muir Lake School Kindergarten Open Houses - (French) Date: Thursday, February 22 Time: 6-7pm Location:École Broxton Park School Location:École Meridian Heights School Need to Knows Everything else you need to know on the topic of registration can be found on our Registration Page. For more information contact: Learning Services  Phone: 780-963-8458 Email: News News Erik McConnell Inclusive Education Award March 8, 2018 - Erik McConnell was a PSD70 kid, having completed his Kindergarten to Grade 12 education with stops at Millgrove, Woodhaven and Spruce Grove Composite High School. For those who knew Erik, he exuded a passion for the arts, especially music. When songwriting and drumming, Erik lived and thrived. In PSD, Erik was blessed to have teachers who were shining examples of Inclusive Education before the phrase was even used in educational circles. They understood Erik's medical challenges and were determined to support the devotion he held for the arts. Award Nominations Do you know a great inclusive educator or an inclusive PSD support staff member? We invite anyone to nominate candidates for the following awards: Inclusive Leadership and/or Teaching:  School, district, preschool leaders and administrators, classroom teachers, collaborative teaching partners, inclusive education leads, counselors etc. Inclusion Support: Educational assistants, in-school support workers, bus drivers, secretaries etc. The Erik McConnell Inclusive Education awards will be presented at our annual Milestones & Merits celebration. Nomination deadline is Friday, April 6, 2018. To view the nomination criteria, visit the Erik McConnell Inclusive Education Awards page on our website. What is Inclusive Education? In Parkland School Division, everyone is accepted and experiences a sense of belonging. In full adherence to the Alberta Human Rights Act, all persons are equal in gender expression, physical disability, mental disability, age ancestry, place of origin, marital status, source of income, family or sexual orientation. In Parkland School Division, every student has meaningful contributions to make. Click here to nominate. For more information contact: Leah Andrews Director, Learning Services Phone: 780-963-8421 Email: News News School Calendar Feedback Requested March 8, 2018 - Parkland School Division continues to strive to provide students with quality education beginning with access to the appropriate number of instructional days. In addition, the calendars also continue to support school-based professional learning opportunities for staff to focus on Division and school priorities. The 2018 - 2019 School Calendar has already been approved at the Board's Regular Board Meeting March 6, 2018. This survey seeks feedback on the 2019 - 2020 calendar. A final draft of the 2019-20 calendar will be submitted for approval in principle at the regularly scheduled board meeting in May that will take into consideration stakeholder feedback. Each of the calendars for 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21: Ensure 184 instructional days so that high schools are able to meet their instructional requirements; Provide 11 non-instructional days for professional learning; Provide a fall break connected to a weekend; Provide students and staff with two weeks of vacation at Christmas and one-week vacation at Spring Break. For more information contact: Parkland School Division Phone: 780-963-4010 Email: Complete the Survey News News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - March 6, 2018 March 6, 2018 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, March 6, 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 January 31, 2018. As of December 31st, 40.7% of revenues have been collected for the year compared to 41.3% of expenses paid out to date resulting in total year-to-date deficit of $1.13 million dollars. The Board accepted and ratified the Alberta Teachers’ Association Parkland Local 10 Memorandum of Agreement. The ratified memorandum will be available on our Union Agreements page following the Regular Board meeting. The Board approved the attendance area changes for Stony Plain rural with small tweaks to the attendance areas affecting four schools. The changes are to optimize student travel time to school and ensure that children are attending the designated school that makes the most sense geographically. The four schools affected include: High Park School Muir Lake School Copperhaven School Stony Plain Central School The Board approved the Fees and Allowances for 2018-2019. With the introduction of Bill 1, effective as of the 2017-2018 school year, the Division no longer has 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. The fees and allowances for the 2018-2019 school year will remain unchanged. Students residing less than 2.4 kilometers from their designated school do not receive funding and are required to pay a transportation fee to a maximum family rate. If the student does not attend their designated school, a cross attendance fee is implemented. The fee structure for 2018-2019 continues with two separate fees for ineligible riders, an Ineligible Urban fee of $300 to a maximum family rate and an Ineligible Rural fee of $50 for those students who live less than 2.4 km away from their designated schools and who access Parkland School Division’s regional transportation system. The fee for private school student riders is based on the actual operational cost associated with transporting private school students, who are not funded through Alberta Education Grants. The Board approved the 2018-2019 School Calendar. In December 2017, the Board of Trustees received as information the proposed calendars for the next three years and approved, in principle, the calendars for 2018-19 and 2019-20. The draft calendars unfortunately did not reflect conflicting Diploma Examination dates on November 1 and April 12. The 2018-2019 Calendar presented for approval has no conflicting dates. The 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 Calendars shall be redistributed to stakeholders for feedback regarding the previous placement of Spring Break (in conflict with scheduled Diploma Examinations) and submitted for approval-in-principle at the regularly scheduled Board Meeting of May 1, 2018. The Board put forth Ms. Heather Lam from Graminia School as Parkland School Division's nominee to the Alberta School Boards Association Zone 2/3 Edwin Parr Selection Committee. Schools were invited to identify a first-year teacher to serve as PSD's nomination and the Committee would also like to recognize Ms. Shae Smithaniuk (Seba Beach School) and Ms. Jennifer Smith (Woodhaven Middle School) who were also finalists. The Alberta School Trustees' Association established the Edwin Parr Teacher Award to remember the long and meritorious service of past President Edwin Parr. This award recognizes outstanding first-year teachers in the province. The Board received as information the Financial Reporting Profile for the 2012-2013 to the 2016-2017 school years. The Board received as information the Fees Report as presented by Associate Superintendent, Claire Jonsson. The Board received as information the Infrastructure Maintenance Renewal Expenditure Plan as presented by Director of Facilities, Serge LaBrie. The Infrastructure Maintenance Renewal (IMR) funding for the 2017-2018 year is $3,330,319. We have a carry forward from the 2016-2017 program year of $512,034 giving us a balance of $3,842,353. This year’s allotment is 14.5% more than last year’s IMR allotment which was $2,903,970. The Facilities Department has been working on a planned approach to upgrading and replacing systems in our schools for several years. Some examples of these are: Gym floors – 2 gym floors sanded and re-painted per year Roof systems - The division has been systematically replacing 3-4 major roof systems per year. Fire Alarm systems - The division has been systematically replacing one fire alarm system per year.  Boiler replacements - The division has started replacing antiquated boiler systems with new high efficiency boiler systems. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education News News ThoughtExchange - Your Voice Matters 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.   We recognize that success and well-being will continually require the complete engagement of our educational stakeholders. Our Ultimate Goal, Success for All Students, is dependent upon engagement with our community. Everyone can make a meaningful contribution to public education.   Your voice is important as our school division and all our schools lay the foundation for a new multi-year Education Plan that will shape education delivery in all our schools.  In this new version of Thoughtexchange, you will be asked to share your thoughts then immediately review and rate the thoughts of others. You will also have a chance to review the top thoughts prioritized by the community.  The Process All our schools have shared a direct-survey link via email inviting participation in ThoughtExchange.   You can join the conversation by providing your thoughts.   This will help us get a sense of shared values and priorities of our school and our community. It’s also 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. All stakeholders and community members were invited to participate. Your time spent engaged in this process is very much appreciated.  For more on education planning in Parkland School Division, visit the Education Planning section of our website. For more information contact: Scott Johnston Associate Superintendent Phone: 780-963-8471 Email: News News