Parkland School Division Display News en-us Thu, 21 Jun 2018 02:20:58 MDT Breeze for Teachers 5.0 http://www.psd70.ab.ca 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=Display News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=11291&stream=Display 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=Display News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16079&stream=Display 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. 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. 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. http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14245&stream=Display News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14245&stream=Display 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=Display News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=15571&stream=Display 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: DivisionOffice@psd70.ab.ca Complete the Survey http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=15331&stream=Display News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=15331&stream=Display 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: sjohnston@psd70.ab.ca http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=197&stream=Display News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=197&stream=Display News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - February 6, 2018 February 6, 2018 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, February 6, 2018. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board welcomed as a delegation Blueberry School Principal Sheryl Bridgeman along with Grade 7 teacher Sheena Owen and students Anneke A., Kaylee M., Noah O., Wyatt, D. They were demonstrating a typical Language Arts Class and how Parkland School Division's Literacy Framework comes to life. The Board approved the unaudited financial report for the period ending October 31, 2017. As of October 31st, 32.2% of revenues have been collected for the year compared to 33.0% of expenses paid out to date resulting in total year-to-date deficit of $1.29 million dollars. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 6:30 p.m., Centre for Education http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14711&stream=Display News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14711&stream=Display News Board Meeting Highlights - January 9, 2018 January 9, 2018 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board welcomed as a delegation Parkland School Division students and graduates who recently hosted/attended the Youth Change Summit, December 1, 2017 in Spruce Grove. This work is directly tied to the work of Parkland School Division's Wellness Coordinator, Felicia Ochs and is a continuation of the work started with the Tri-Region Community Change Summit from November 2016. Presenters included Memorial Composite High School Grade 12 student Drew Sikorski as well as graduates Kyle Schmitke (Grad '13), Neil Schmitke (Grad '12) and Brendan Willey (Grad '15). The Board approved the unaudited financial report for the period ending November 30, 2017. As of November 30th, 24.4% of revenues have been collected for the year compared to 24.8% of expenses paid out to date resulting in total year-to-date deficit of $671,679. The Board approved an overall change of 0% in premiums for the Sun Life insurance plan. A breakdown of the year-to-year changes can be found here.  The Board established a submission deadline of February 12, 2018 for schools who wish to nominate a first-year teacher for the Alberta School Boards' Association's Edwin Parr Award.  A committee consisting of Trustees Ron Heinrichs, Sally Kucher-Johnson and Anne Montgomery will determine Parkland School Division's submission for the prestigious award.  The Board received as information the School Resource Officer (SRO) Program Report as presented by Deputy Superintendent Shauna Boyce, Memorial Composite High School Principal Carolyn Jensen and Constable Gord Marshall. The purpose of the SRO is not punitive, but rather to provide a direct connection between the community, the schools and the police. The SRO can help students to make positive choices through law education and law counseling. This program has been a very positive addition to the high schools for the past six years. The Board also approved two changes to Board Policy 7 (Articles 9.1 and 9.5). For Article 9.1, by putting forward a Notice of Motion prior to the motion being read out, debated, and voted on at a subsequent meeting, it gives Trustees and stakeholders a chance to reflect on the proposed action and consider the implications prior to debate and decision. For Article 9.5, the change is designed to offer maximum transparency to our stakeholder community, our public deserves to know how each Trustee votes on matters related to the operation of Parkland School Division. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14265&stream=Display News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14265&stream=Display News Copperhaven Bus Transfer Site Opening January 2018 December 14, 2017 - Parkland School Division Transportation Services is pleased to announce that the Copperhaven School Bus Transfer Site will be opening when students return from Christmas Break on January 8, 2018. There will be minimal changes to existing busing and those families who will experience some changes to their current busing will be contacted directly by Transportation Services via email and voice message before December 22, 2017. This includes those families who live in neighbourhoods adjacent to St. Peter the Apostle School and currently walk to the high school to catch a bus.  The safety of all those who ride the bus is the utmost priority. Since Copperhaven School is currently under construction next to the transfer site, students will not be allowed to walk past the active construction site to the transfer area. Additionally, parents will not be able to drop-off students at the Transfer Site as there is no additional parking and space is limited. Students will also remain on their first bus until all buses arrive at the transfer site eliminating pedestrian traffic. Students will notice the friendly, familiar faces of the Site Monitors who are currently servicing transported students who transfer at St. Peter the Apostle School. Additional staff will be on hand for the first few days in the New Year to ensure a successful transition for students. Signage and permanent light fixtures will soon be installed on the site. There are currently modular classrooms temporarily being stored at the transfer site but those will be moving shortly once they are ready to be installed at the school. Buses will be able to navigate the site during this temporary transition period. Please note that the changes to take place on January 8th will not affect any riders who transfer at any other sites. Transfer Site Map Buses will also be parked in the same order that they are parked now to keep conditions as similar as possible to the students' current experience. Check out the Copperhaven Transfer Site Map. For more information contact: Transportation Services 4603-48 Street  Stony Plain, AB T7Z 2A8 Phone: 780-963-8452 Email: Transportation@psd70.ab.ca http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14095&stream=Display News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14095&stream=Display News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - December 12, 2017 December 12, 2017 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board welcomed as a delegation Forest Green/Connections for Learning Principal Travis McNaughton along with Collaborative Teaching Partners Natasha Lang and Kyla Moore. They were demonstrating an Inclusive Learning Session that would be typical in a PSD Kindergarten classroom. These PSD staff members are part of a Masters Cohort with the University of Calgary. They're taking a course on leading inclusion in the classroom and the presentation to the Board was part of their course. The Board approved the unaudited financial report for the period ending October 31, 2017. As of October 31st, 16.3% of revenues have been collected for the year compared to 16.4% of expenses paid out to date resulting in total year-to-date surplus of $132,394. The Board received as information the draft 2018-2019, 2019-2020, 2020-2021 School Calendars. Trustees further directed Administration to circulate the draft calendars to stakeholders for feedback.   Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14041&stream=Display News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14041&stream=Display News