Parkland School Division Display News en-us Mon, 22 May 2017 13:21:37 MDT Breeze for Teachers 5.0 http://www.psd70.ab.ca Transportation Fees Changing May 3, 2017 - On behalf of Parkland School Division’s Board of Trustees, we’d like to inform you of some upcoming changes to Parkland School Division’s Transportation Services and fee structure. At the recent Regular Board Meeting April 4, 2017, the Board of Trustees approved changes to the 2017-2018 Fees & Allowances. At the May 2nd Regular Board Meeting that resolution (059-2017) was rescinded to make way for additional changes to the fee structure. The new 2017 - 2018 Fees & Allowances Schedule was subsequently approved. With the introduction of Bill 1, effective for the 2017-2018 school year, the Division will no longer have 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. For more information, visit the Transportation Services page on our website. Transportation Rider Fee Eliminated The transportation rider fee of $50.00 has been eliminated and is now included in the rate charged for all transportation fees. For example: for those riders that live more than 2.4 km and who attend their designated school, their previous transportation fees were $50 and will now be $0. Less than 2.4km  The school division does not receive grant funding to transport for students residing less than 2.4 kilometers from their designated school, therefore they are required to pay a transportation fee to a maximum family rate. For example: for those riders that live less than 2.4 km who attend their designated school, their fees will now be $300 (Grades 1-12) or $150 for ECS riders or $50 for rural families under 2.4km. For these ineligible, unfunded riders, there will be a maximum rate per family of $775.  New Alternate Seat Fees A new Alternate Seat Fee will be assessed for all students requesting more than one drop-off/pickup location on a different bus route. When a parent or guardian reserves multiple locations for pick-up or drop-off, this occupies a seat on multiple buses even when its not being used. Transportation Services registered capacity is currently approaching full. The new alternate seat fees are $150 for ECS (full day/half time) or $300 (Grades 1-12). This is per child, per alternate location with a Maximum Family Rate of $750. According to the School Act (section 51(1)(a) and the Student Transportation Regulation (250/1998) a board shall provide for the transportation of a student to and from the site of the school in which the board has enrolled the student if the student resides 2.4 kilometres or more from the school. School boards are NOT mandated by legislation to register students with multiple or alternate pick-up and drop-off locations.  Requests have to be located on existing routes with available spots on the bus in order to be considered. For a complete listing of the Fee Schedule, visit the Bus Passes and Cross Attendance Area Fees page on our website. For more information, contact: Parkland School Division 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=10545&stream=Display News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=10545&stream=Display News 3rd Annual Try-Me Try-Athlon April 26, 2017 - Parkland School Division is proud to launch registration for the 3rd Annual Try-Me Try-Athlon.  Calling all 5-18 years old Parkland School Division students who love swimming, bicycling and running and are willing to try something new.   All registration and fees will be handled in the PowerSchool Parent Portal. For further details and to register, please visit our Try-Me Try-Athlon page. Date: Friday, June 9th Time: 9:30am Location: TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre, 221 Jennifer Heil Way, Spruce Grove, AB The Try-Me Try-Athlon is a Kids of Steel (KOS) triathlon, which will be held on Friday, June 9 at the Tri-Leisure Centre in Spruce Grove. KOS Triathlons are designed to offer youth the opportunity to experience the sport of triathlon in a positive environment. The distances are much shorter than those in adult triathlons and change as participants mature. This event is a district-wide celebration of physical literacy and movement in 2017 using these three skills: swimming, bicycling and running. All children ages 5 and up are welcome to register for this event with the support of their classroom or school-based teacher. The Try-Athlon will encourage students to train with their schools and at home in order to learn new physical skills and movements that will allow them to feel more competent and confident in multiple environments. All this for a small $30 registration fee. You can enter the Try-Athlon with a minimum of equipment. All you need is: A bike (either road or mountain bike) An approved helmet (ANSI or SNELL) Running shoes Swim suit or shorts Goggles (if desired) T-shirt or race singlet for boys A smile and a desire to have fun UPDATE: Race Kit Drop-Off Participants are to drop off their race kits at the Tri-Leisure Centre (north gym) on Thursday, June 8 from 5-8pm. Transition Area Equipment A race kit is composed of all the items you will need during the race. The following items are to be kept in the transition area during the race: Required Transition Area Equipment: Bike Helmet Shoes Race Number (Boys - with shirt) Recommended Transition Area Equipment: Required equipment, plus Towel Hat Water Bottle To learn more about the Try-Athlon and to register, please visit our Try-Me Try-Athlon page. For more information contact: Felicia Ochs Wellness Coordinator Learning Supports Phone: 780-690-2835 Email: fmochs@psd70.ab.ca 2016 Highlights http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=5523&stream=Display News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=5523&stream=Display News Spring Curriculum Survey A message from Alberta Education: May 2017 - In Fall 2016, we asked Albertans to help confirm the direction of our work and provide feedback on the current K-12 provincial curriculum. Since then, Alberta Education has used input gathered from the fall curriculum survey as one of many elements that are taken into consideration in developing new curriculum. Alberta Education will continue to analyze current curriculum, review up-to-date research on teaching and learning, examine what other education systems are doing, address government commitments to include First Nations, Métis and Inuit as well as Francophone perspectives, and review current and previous work with stakeholders.   We have developed draft subject introductions and scope and sequences: what students will learn (scope) and when they will learn it (sequence). We are seeking input and feedback on these drafts via our new online survey, which will remain open until Friday, June 2, 2017. The survey is divided in two parts. In the first part of this survey, Albertans will provide their feedback on the general content of the six subject areas of Language Arts (English, Français, French), Mathematics, Social Studies, Sciences, Arts, and Wellness Education. In the second part of the survey, Albertans will provide detailed feedback on the content for the six subjects. Take the Survey >>> Community Session While all stakeholders will be able to respond to the survey independently, the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium is hosting the following session that will enable participants to engage in discussions around the survey questions and then have designated time to respond to the survey online.  Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 Time: 4-6pm Location: ERLC Office (Room 17/18, Elmwood School, 16325-83 Avenue, Edmonton) Register for the Session >>> More information about the curriculum development process, the online survey and the face-to-face sessions can be found on the Alberta Education website. http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=11163&stream=Display News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=11163&stream=Display News Bill 1: Update May 9, 2017 - Bill 1: An Act to Reduce School Fees passed in the legislature and has received royal assent. Upon proclamation, the Bill will be in effect for the beginning of the 2017/2018 school year. As indicated by the Province of Alberta, all students deserve access to a quality education in an Alberta school, regardless of their individual circumstances or their ability to pay school fees. Through Bill 1, the government is eliminating fees for specific instructional supplies and materials, as well as transportation fees for students who live 2.4 kilometres or more away from their designated school. Parkland School Division's Board of Trustees approved the 2017 - 2018 Fees & Allowances Schedule at the Regular Board Meeting on Tuesday May 2, 2017. For more on changes to Parkland School Division's Transportation Fees changes, click here. School Fees may still be charged as per Appendix B for common fees, options courses, field trips or additional supplementary fees.  In the future, the new School Fees Regulation will provide the Minister with the authority to regulate these additional fees. Frequently Asked Questions When will the new School Fees regulation be complete?  We anticipate that the regulation will be in force in June.  The department will continue to work with school boards, and other relevant stakeholders, to ensure implementation for September 2017. When will school fee reductions be implemented?  The reductions will be implemented for the 2017/18 school year. Will parents still be charged for fees such as lunch-hour supervision fees, technology fees, and field trips? Yes, for at least the 2017/18 school year, these fees are not being restricted. Therefore, school boards will be able to continue charging these fees, if they so choose. For the 2017/18 school year, the following fees are being eliminated: textbook fees; workbook fees; printing and photocopying fees; paper fees; common fees, specifically related to instructional supplies and materials, charged to an entire student body or grade cohort; and fees for the transportation of students attending their designated school and living 2.4 kilometres or more from that school. For the time being, school boards’ ability to charge other fees is not being changed. However, the new School Fees Regulation will provide Minister with the authority to regulate these additional fees in the future. How is this reduction being funded? Budget 2017 provides $54 million in funding, in the 2017/18 school year, to reduce school fees. This funding will help offset the revenue loss projected as a result of Bill 1, and will help ensure that boards can maintain current educational programming without increasing other still-permitted school fees. For more information contact: Claire Jonsson Associate Superintendent, Business & Finance Email: cjonsson@psd70.ab.ca http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=11067&stream=Display News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=11067&stream=Display News Shauna Boyce Appointed Deputy Superintendent May 3, 2017 - Parkland School Division’s Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Tim Monds, is pleased to announce that Ms. Shauna Boyce has been appointed the role of Deputy Superintendent. In the role of Deputy Superintendent, Ms. Boyce will continue her portfolio which includes Human Resources, Facilities Services and Communications and will see an expanded role working directly with the Superintendent on Division initiatives and will be working closer with the Board of Trustees.   “Shauna’s leadership demonstrates a strong emphasis on collaboration and she’s already contributed immensely when it comes to developing leaders from within Parkland School Division,” stated Tim Monds. “As a learning organization, the Division is committed to unleashing leadership at all levels. In just a short time in her current role as an Associate Superintendent, Shauna has helped foster our relationship with the University of Calgary and the Masters cohort group building educational leadership capacity in our Lead Team."  "I'm excited for the opportunity in this expanded role within the Division.” said Boyce.  “I have learned a great deal during my time with the PSD Senior Executive team and I look forward to continuing this journey.  This is a great organization in which to work, and I am grateful to learn and grow alongside so many dedicated, forward-thinking, and committed individuals.” Ms. Boyce has dedicated her entire professional career to Parkland School Division.  She began as a Math, English, Chemistry and Alternate Programming teacher at Spruce Grove Composite High School, followed by a secondment with Alberta Education as Examination Manager for Applied Mathematics 30.  Upon returning to a school in 2002, she moved to Memorial Composite High School as Mathematics Department Head before venturing into her administrative career as an Assistant Principal in 2004 and Principal in 2008. She joined Senior Executive as an Associate Superintendent in April of 2016. Ms. Boyce completed her Master’s of Education with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Alberta in 2002.  She earned her Bachelor of Education degree majoring in Mathematics and minoring in English Language Arts in 1990. For more information contact: Tim Monds Superintendent Phone: 780-963-8404 Email: tmonds@psd70.ab.ca http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=10935&stream=Display News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=10935&stream=Display News CASL & FOIP Consent in PowerSchool September 9, 2016 - As you may already know, the laws outlined in the Canada Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP) govern how schools and the school division can use the information we collect from you when you register your child for school.  For more information on what may be considered a Commercial Electronic Message for school jurisdictions, vist the Canada Anti-Spam Legislation page on our website. Your CASL consent allows schools and the school division to send you electronic communications (e.g. emails or newsletters) containing commercial messages, while your FOIP consent allows us to share information about your child (e.g. name and picture) with the public. It is now easier than ever for you to indicate your CASL and FOIP consent using your PowerSchool account. Please watch the short video below and follow along with these simple steps so we know how you prefer your information to be handled. For more information, please contact your school office. http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=7109&stream=Display News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=7109&stream=Display News Stony Plain & Area Kindergarten Open Houses March 22, 2017 - Stony Plain and area schools will all be hosting their Kindergarten Open Houses on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 6-7pm. This includes: Blueberry School Forest Green School High Park School École Meridian Heights School Stony Plain Central School 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 2017 needs to be 5 years old by February 28, 2018. 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 2017 needs to be 6 years old by February 28, 2018. Good to know Registration requirements for Kindergarten are the same as Grades 1 thru 12. French Immersion Kindergarten programs are offered at École Meridian Heights School for the Stony Plain area. Meridian Height's French Immersion Open House was held February 21, 2017. If you're interested in French Immersion, please drop by École Meridian Heights School or contact the school at 780-963-2289. The Maranatha Christian Program (MCP) is available to all families who want their kindergarten to grade 9 children taught in a non-denominational, spiritually nurturing, intellectually challenging, and disciplined environment. Those families who are interested in their children entering Kindergarten with this program of choice should contact Brookwood School in Spruce Grove.. Kindergarten programs are offered on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday with alternating Fridays. Please contact your designated school to find more information. Registration Requirements Please complete the applicable forms and submit them to your designated school or bring them with you to your Open House. Student Registration* Identification of FNMI Students (FOIP) Consent - Freedom of Information Protection   Request for Assistance to Administer Medication (if applicable) *For best results, download and complete this form in Adobe Reader. You can also print the form and complete it by hand. In addition to the above forms, the following documents are needed to prove guardianship, education, residency, age, date of birth, and citizenship. Court documents confirming legal guardianship  Most recent report card or other proof of previous education Utility bill or other document that includes the municipal address of the student's residence Proof of Legal Name, Date of Birth and Citizenship  Documents Accepted to Prove Name, Age and Citizenship Canadian Citizens Canadian birth certificate Permanent resident card Non-Canadian Citizens Valid temporary resident papers for student and parents Valid immigration papers for student and parents (study and work permits or visitor records accepted) Other Open Houses Wednesday, April 12th - (6-7pm) Kindergarten Open House for Graminia School Wednesday, April 12th - (6-7pm) Kindergarten Open House for Muir Lake School Wednesday, April 19th - (6-7pm) Kindergarten Open House at all Stony Plain schools Parents with questions are encouraged to call their current Principal.  Please ask your questions and let us provide accurate information and assistance. We anticipate an exciting and smooth start up in the fall! For more information contact: Learning Services  Phone: 780-963-8458 Email: LearningServices@psd70.ab.ca http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=10105&stream=Display News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=10105&stream=Display News Government Announces Woodhaven Modernization March 21, 2017 - The Alberta Government plans to invest in 26 school projects to improve access to education and create jobs as part of Budget 2017. Eight brand new schools, nine replacements of old ones and seven modernizations will address enrolment growth and revitalize older schools while creating thousands of jobs for Albertans. Planning funds have also been earmarked for two additional schools, with construction dollars expected at a later date. Budget 2017 allocates $500 million for these projects, the first of which will be ready for occupancy in September 2021.   “Our government is working to make life better for Albertans and part of that is building schools for our growing number of students. We will also protect and improve education by providing a much-needed facelift to some of our aging facilities.” - Premier Rachel Notley New schools will address enrolment pressures in fast-growing urban areas of Edmonton, Calgary, Airdrie and Lethbridge. The nine replacement schools are located in Banff, Rivière Qui Barre, Grande Prairie, Irma, Iron Springs, Sherwood Park, Medicine Hat and two sites in Edmonton. The seven schools to be modernized are located in Drayton Valley, Bonnyville, Grande Prairie, Edmonton, Red Deer, Spruce Grove, and Calgary. Modernizations provide improvements to older facilities such as building envelope upgrades, electrical and mechanical improvements and other functional upgrades to ensure students have access to effective and modern learning environments. Two projects, the Ellerslie-area school in Edmonton and the Lethbridge elementary, have been approved for design dollars with full construction funding expected later. These 26 school projects will create more than 6,000 jobs. For almost all of the projects, construction will likely begin in 2018 after design is complete and schools are projected to begin opening in 2021. Premier Rachel Notley and Education Minister David Eggen joined school trustees and students at Woodhaven Middle School in Spruce Grove to celebrate its planned modernization while Finance Minister Joe Ceci did the same at Forest Lawn High School in Calgary, which is also due for a substantial renovation. “Parkland School Division is extremely excited and most appreciative of the announced modernization of Woodhaven Middle School. This project reflects the government's commitment to capital projects to support the education of Alberta's most valued resource, our children. The modernization of Woodhaven Middle School will certainly benefit our school community with enhanced facilities and with increased capacity in one of the fastest growing cities in the province.”  - Eric Cameron, Board Chair, Parkland School Division "We have almost 650 children crammed into an aging building that is actually built to comfortably educate 450 students. We're thrilled about what a modernization of Woodhaven combined with the two new Kindergarten to Grade 9 schools in Spruce Grove will do for our students. Right-sizing schools and classrooms and using areas of our schools for their intended design will help our students achieve our ultimate goal of student success & well-being." - Tim Monds, Superintendent, Parkland School Division For more information contact: Lindsay Harvey Press Secretary, Alberta Education Phone: 780-868-4200 Email: lindsay.harvey@gov.ab.ca Jordi Weidman Director, Strategic Planning & Communications Parkland School Division Email: jweidman@psd70.ab.ca http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=10303&stream=Display News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=10303&stream=Display News Tim Monds, Excellence in School System Leadership Award March 10, 2017 -(EDMONTON) – Tim Monds, Superintendent for Parkland School Division, received the provincial EXL Award for Excellence in School System Leadership at the Annual General Meeting of the College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS), held March 9 in Edmonton. CASS will nominate Monds for the national EXL Award as Canadian Superintendent of the Year, to be announced at the Canadian Association of School System Administrators (CASSA) Conference July 5 – 7 in Halifax. The EXL Award recognizes excellence among members of the superintendency in Canada.  Jointly sponsored by Xerox Canada Ltd and CASSA, this prestigious award is granted to outstanding educators who exhibit exemplary leadership ability and who have enhanced the profession of school system administration throughout their career. Consideration for the EXL award is given to those system education leaders who: guide children’s educational experiences,   establish the character of a school system’s programs through the important work with school boards, school leaders, teachers and parents, shape children’s attitudes towards learning and their perceptions of themselves as lifelong learners, and model effective leadership and mentoring. In his nomination, Monds was credited for establishing a culture of learning and trust within the Division. His focus on relationship building has resulted in Division staff expressing they feel valued and heard. Other accomplishments attributed to Monds included a leadership development program, a wellness program and alignment of wrap-around services to support all students. Under Mond’s leadership, the Division has established numerous partnerships with community organizations, included the YMCA, Human Services and the municipality. He has served on CASS and community executive committees, and has presented locally, provincially, nationally and internationally. In July, he will be a member of a Superintendents group making a presentation in Charlottetown to Education Ministers from across Canada. "On behalf of the Board of Trustees of Parkland School Division I would like to express our pride and congratulations on the awarding of the Alberta EXL Award to our Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Tim Monds," said Parkland Board Chair Eric Cameron. “Tim is so deserving of this prestigious award that recognizes his dedication and enthusiasm to the pursuit of educational excellence not only for our division, but also for the enhancement of education practice at the provincial and federal level.  Tim has fostered a culture of life-long learning in all aspects of our organization under the umbrella of cooperation and transparency." Monds will be acknowledged as Alberta’s EXL Award nominee at the CASSA Annual Conference, which will be held in Halifax from July 5 – 7, 2017. For further information, contact: Barry Litun Executive Director, College of Alberta School Superintendents Phone: 780-451-7106 Email: barry.litun@cass.ab.ca Jordi Weidman Director, Strategic Planning & Communications Parkland School Division Email: jweidman@psd70.ab.ca   http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=10123&stream=Display News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=10123&stream=Display News Minister's Youth Council - Apply Today February 28, 2017 - All grades seven to twelve students in Alberta are invited to apply to be part of the Minister’s Youth Council! Students on the Minister's Youth Council will provide their perspectives to the Minister and Alberta Education on educational issues. The education system exists to prepare Alberta students for success, and the decisions that affect them need to include their voice. The best way for this to happen is to have students at the table. Each year, approximately 32 students with diverse interests, identities, backgrounds and perspectives from all across Alberta will be selected to participate as partners in contributing to our education system. As council members, students will meet three times during the school year in September, February and May, to discuss issues that matter to students and education partners. There will be opportunity for the students to interact with each other outside of meetings to discuss ideas and upcoming activities. The deadline for applications is May 5, 2017. Click here to view a short video about the Minister's Youth Council. Minister's Youth Council Application Form http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=9881&stream=Display News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=9881&stream=Display News