Parkland School Division Display News en-us Tue, 21 Feb 2017 05:02:17 MST Breeze for Teachers 5.0 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. News 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: News 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 to register for Early Education sessions or 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: News News Survey Season January 23, 2017 - It's survey season and Parkland School Division wants to hear from all parents and guardians. Staff at the division are entrusted to provide students with a quality education but we need parents' help to achieve our Ultimate Goal: Student Success & Well-being.  To support the Vision and Mission, Parkland School Division also has a number of Value & Belief statements including: WE VALUE collaboration and engagement with students, parents and our communities.  Our successes are not possible without these contributions. Consider this an annual check-up on the education system.  There are a number of tools used with different audiences.  In Parkland School Division, students voices are heard via the Tell Them From Me survey administered in February of every year.  Students are guided through a series of questions that ask about experiences in school.  All surveys are anonymous and are invaluable when it comes to informing decision-making in the Education Planning process at both the school and division level. Parents Parents and guardians across Alberta will receive their invitation to share their views on what's happening at school directly from Alberta Education. This process can be completed online before the deadline of Friday, February 24, 2017.  Parents and guardians are encouraged to watch their mail if they haven't already received the survey.  Instructions on how to complete the survey are included in the survey package including directions on how to return the survey directly to Alberta Education. Survey results will be available to school authorities in May 2017, and will be reported publicly as part of the Division's 3-Year Education Plan and Annual Education Results Report. For more on this accountability framework, visit the Tell Them From Me section of the Parkland School Division website. For more information contact: Parkland School Division Phone: 780-963-4010 Email: News News School Calendar Feedback Wanted January 18, 2017 - The Draft School Calendars for 2017-2018, 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 were presented to the Board of Trustees at their Regular Board Meeting on December 13, 2016. The Board of Trustees determines the school year calendar. Three (3) year draft calendars are presented with final draft revisions prepared for Board to approve annually in March.  The calendars map out the 184 days of instruction, built-in Professional Development days and take into consideration regular breaks in the schedule, statuatory holidays and semester breaks for the high schools. The Board has directed Administration to circulate the draft calendars to stakeholders for feedback. Comments, questions and feedback may be submitted via this Google Form prior to February 2, 2017. For more information, please contact: Jenny Chen Executive Assistant, Business & Finance Phone: 780-963-8411 Email: News News Builder Chosen for New K-9 School in Spruce Grove January 17, 2017 - Parkland School Division is excited to announce they are one step closer to the opening of another new Kindergarten to Grade 9 School in the City of Spruce Grove. This pending school was originally announced by the Government of Alberta on October 8, 2014 as part of their 3-phase consolidated advancement of educational capital projects. The new school will be built in Spruce Grove’s west end close to where Grove Drive currently ends and the new Copperhaven neighbourhood development continues.  The construction contract for that school has been awarded by government to United Construction Company Inc. with construction work slated to begin in the spring of 2017. "A top priority of our government is to invest in building and modernizing the schools our students need to ensure their success, stated Alberta's Minister of Infrastructure Brian Mason.  “This new K-9 school will be a place where our young people will have the resources and the space they need to learn, explore, discover and grow. The project will help build strong Spruce Grove area families and communities for many years to come." "Parkland School Division has just had a taste of right-sized schools since the opening of Prescott Learning Centre," explained Board Chair Eric Cameron.  "We’ve been in a space crunch for such a long time so we’re excited to see what it looks like when we maximize the flexibility of our existing learning spaces and really use parts of our buildings for their intended purposes. We were thrilled with the opening of Prescott Learning Centre and have had the same opportunity in concept in design to create another fantastic 21st century learning facility. Students will be able to learn about alternative energy solutions by studying their own facility that will be used as a prototype for future schools with new and innovative designs that focus on green initiatives including an impressive solar panel application.” "United Construction Company is a client-focused full service general contractor and construction manager, serving large and small scale commercial, light industrial and multi-family residential construction projects,” explained company Vice President Frank Santoro. “We were founded on the principles of transparency, honesty and integrity; our valued customers are the cornerstone of our company’s success and as such, every effort is given to ensure our customer’s satisfaction. Through a proactive and collaborative approach, we deliver on our promises and we look forward to the collaboration that will happen with our new partners in Parkland School Division and Alberta Infrastructure.” "We look forward to working with government and United Construction Company to produce a much needed venue to complete the transition in the City of Spruce Grove," stated Parkland School Division Superintendent Tim Monds.  "This will equip us with the facilities and infrastructure required to service one of the fastest growing populations in the province. We also look forward to building a new relationship with another local business in United whose company is built on innovation, culture and transparency.  Those are all qualities and concepts you’ll find in PSD’s values and beliefs.” Educating close to 11,000 students and serving over 73,000 residents in an area of over 3,995 square kilometers, Parkland School Division operates 23 schools in addition to a number of alternate outreach sites located in the communities of Spruce Grove, Stony Plain and Parkland County. For more information contact:  Jordi Weidman  Director, Strategic Planning & Communications  Parkland School Division  Phone: 780-963-8473  Email: News News Board Meeting Highlights - December 13, 2016 The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, November 29, 2016. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board welcomed as a delegation Grade 9 Greystone Centennial Middle School student Jonathan Giovannoni who recently won Chopped Canada Junior.  He took his $5000 winnings and combined local fund raising efforts to donate $10,000 to the Make-A-Wish Northern Alberta.  To date, Jonathan has raised over $26,000 for Make-A-Wish and has been awarded the 2016 Youth Award presented by the Alberta Fundraising Professionals Edmonton and Area Chapter.   The monthly financial report for the period ending October 31, 2016 was delivered by Director of Financial Services Jason Krefting. The year-to-date surplus is $2.1 million dollars. The Board approved an overall increase of 6.7% in premiums for the Sun Life insurance plan. The Draft School Calendars for 2017-2018, 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 were presented to the Board of Trustees. The Board has directed Administration to circulate the draft calendars to stakeholders for feedback. Comments, questions and feedback may be submitted via this Google Form prior to February, 2017.   The Board of Trustees received as information the School Resource Officer (SRO) Program Report presented by Associate Superintendent Shauna Boyce.  The purpose of the SRO, established in 2011, is to provide a direct connection between the community, the schools and the police. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 6:30 p.m., Centre for Education News News Stoney Language For Beginners December 13, 2016 - The Circle of Courage Project, a collaboration of Parkland School Division and Paul First Nation, is proud to offer Stoney Language For Beginners, a FREE community course in which participants can learn to speak the Stoney language. Dates: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, January 10-31, 2017 Time: 4:30-5:30pm Location: Paul First Nation Education Ages: 14 and up (people of all backgrounds welcome) Instructor: Jerry Rain Note: The course will offered again in February on Tuesdays and Fridays. About the Course Stoney Language For Beginners is a great opportunity to bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants together to learn Stoney Language and culture (from which the Town of Stony Plain acquired its name) and to help carry forward the now-endangered language the Stoney people have used and passed down from time immemorial. Those who typically like taking second-language courses or learning about local history are sure to find something to enjoy here. “Stoney language and culture will be shared, appreciated and respected with the neighboring communities of Paul First Nation,” says Amy Quintal, Indigenous Education Project Manager for Paul First Nation and Parkland School Division and organizer of Stoney Language For Beginners. “This will foster a collective vision on the importance of the Stoney language and culture in our region.” “Language makes up the root of a culture, and if current language carriers do not transmit this language, then this language will die with them,” says course instructor Jerry Rain. “The Stoney-Nakota have a strong desire to hold on to their culture and language. Anyone who offers aid to replenish this desire and help make this happen will be forever in the debt of the Stoney-Nakota people, their language and their culture. “The Circle of Courage Stoney Language Recovery Project wishes to inspire others with this desire to help. From this mini-course participants will leave knowing the basic sounds of the Stoney-Nakota language. As well, they will take with them a short lexicon of words in the Stoney-Nakota language to help inspire others to learn.” Registration Limited childcare, as well as transportation to and from Paul First Nation, will be available for participants. Please indicate your need for childcare and/or transportation when you register. The Circle of Courage looks forward to sharing the Stoney language and culture with the community at large.   To register, or for more information, contact: Amy Quintal Indigenous Education Project Manager Phone: 780-906-0725 Email: News News RBC Children's Mental Health Grant November 23, 2016 - Parkland School Division is proud to partner with the RBC Foundation and a host of community partners in an effort to positively change wraparound supports involving mental health. The RBC Foundation recently donated $100,000 as part of its Children's Mental Health Navigation grant. The collaborative initiative involves Parkland School Division, the RCMP, Family and Community Support Services, Alberta Parenting for the Future as well as the Youth Centres for Spruce Grove and Stony Plain. The grant money is being used to hire a navigator to work with partners to create a common understanding about service delivery to families from a variety of wrap around supports. RBC Youth Mental Health Grant Only 1 in 5 youth with a mental health illness get access to the care they need. Many families spend months waiting in line for mental health services, only to be informed that they were in the wrong line, forcing them to join another wait list while they struggle to support their child at home. The RBC Youth Mental Health Project is our commitment to support programs that help youth and families access the right care at the right time. The RBC Youth Mental Health Project  funds programs that address youth and family’s immediate need to access mental health services, a critical area identified by parents, youth and experts in the field. We have chosen to focus our funding on two areas where we believe our support can make the biggest difference: Navigation programs Technology based solutions Successful grant applications are awarded to other programs that increase access to care if they are collaborative, have proven results and can demonstrate successful outcomes. PSD's Wellness Initiative The Division believes that student success is linked to student well-being and the development of social-emotional assets that build resiliency. The development of citizenship and social responsibility contribute to wellness and are integral to the delivery of a broad and comprehensive program of studies. We are dedicated to the development of the whole child. This is a significant goal for the Division and it is expected that a commitment to wellness is modelled at all levels of education (staff, students and community). Originally launched as the Youth Resiliency Initiative back in 2012, Parkland School Division is committed to a program focussed on working collectively with staff, care-givers and community to provide programming supports and services aimed at fostering wellness within Parkland School Division schools. Through collaborative partnerships and diverse funds development activities, several programs and initiatives have been successfully launched to nurture the well-being of all children and youth in our schools. The Wellness Initiative will include the following four perspectives in fostering well-being:  Mental health A focus on the role of schools in promoting and addressing mental health, which includes mental health promotion, mental illness prevention and early identification and intervention, as well as mental health literacy and stigma reduction. For more information contact: Felicia Ochs Wellness Coordinator Learning Services Phone: 780-963-8465 Email: News News Prime Minister's Awards - Open For Nominations November 8, 2016 - The Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence have honoured exceptional elementary and secondary school teachers in all disciplines since 1993, with over 1,500 teachers honoured to date. Recipients are honoured for their remarkable achievements in education and for their commitment to preparing their students for a digital and innovation-based economy. Accepting Nominations for 2016 Nominations for this award are currently open and are due by January 9, 2017.  Guidelines on the nomination and a link to the nomination form can be found here. For most, at least one teacher stands out in our memories - someone who encouraged, enabled and inspired us to do our very best. Teachers play a tremendous role, not only in the academic achievement of students, but in the skills, attitudes and abilities they carry with them beyond the classroom. Nominators may be any person or group with direct knowledge of the nominee's contribution (e.g. parent, school principal, supervisor, fellow teacher, etc.).  "Great teachers are curious. They are constantly searching for new knowledge, new ways of explaining tough concepts, and new ways to engage their students."  - Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada The Prime Minister's Awards (PMA) for Teaching Excellence honour outstanding and innovative elementary and secondary school teachers in all disciplines for their remarkable educational achievements and for their commitment to preparing their students for a digital and innovation-based economy. PSD Past Winner Parkland School Division is proud of 2015 Prime Minister's Award Winner Scott Onuczko. For more information contact: Parkland School Division Phone: 780-963-4010 Email: News News