Parkland School Division Display News en-us Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:41:13 MDT Breeze for Teachers 5.0 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: News 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: Jordi Weidman Director, Strategic Planning & Communications Parkland School Division Email: News 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: Jordi Weidman Director, Strategic Planning & Communications Parkland School Division Email: News News Strong Families Series: Surviving Sibling Rivalry March 15, 2017 - Parkland School Division is proud to present another FREE information session for caregivers. Our April session will help parents sort out the conflicts brewing between their children, and learn how to encourage cooperation and prevent any sibling rivalry from escalating into a bigger problem. Strong Families Series: Surviving Sibling Rivalry Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 Time: 6-7:30pm Location: Parkland School Division Centre For Education - Board Room (4603 48th Street, Stony Plain) Is there bickering, competition, jealousy, and fighting happening between your children? Sibling rivalry is a natural part of the sibling relationship and it can drive parents crazy! In this presentation we will discuss: What is sibling rivalry? Why does it happen? Strategies to reduce the frequency of sibling rivalry. Strategies to encourage children to work together instead of against each other. 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 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 News News Stoney Language For Beginners February 27, 2017 - The Circle of Courage Project, a collaboration of Parkland School Division and Paul First Nation, is proud to present Stoney Language For Beginners, a FREE community course in which participants can learn to speak the Stoney language. After a successful first run in January and February, the Level 1 course will be on offer again this March. Dates: Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays, March 13-30, 2017* Time: 4:30-6pm Location: Paul First Nation Health Services* Ages: 14 and up (people of all backgrounds welcome) Instructor: Jerry Rain *Course dates and location have been updated since first posted. Note: A Level 2 course for those who have already completed Level 1 is planned for this May. Dates and times TBA. 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 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 Beaverbrook Wellness Centre / YMCA Opening Soon February 17, 2017 - Parkland School Division is pleased to share the latest from our partners at Beaverbrook Developments and the YMCA - Northern Alberta. The YMCA Child Care facilities, located within the Beaverbrook Wellness Centre, are scheduled to open Monday April 3, 2017. During the past two years, Parkland School Division has been working closely with our partners to develop a vision and plan for this community hub that will provide much needed resources for parents, especially when it comes to wrap around supports for our youngest learners. The school division welcomes the new neighbours to Prescott Learning Centre and looks forward to future opportunities being explored for additional early intervention programming combining the knowledge and expertise of dedicated staff committed to working with children in the community. YMCA Beaverbrook Child Care Date: Opening Monday April 3, 2017 Location: Beside Prescott Learning Centre, 344 Pioneer Road, Spruce Grove. Early Years – 12 months to 5 years School Age – Kindergarten to Grade 6 For more information, email YMCA Beaverbrook Child Care Poster Open House Date: Wednesday February 22, 2017 Location: Beside Prescott Learning Centre, 344 Pioneer Road, Spruce Grove Time: 4-7pm Early Years Child Care Program Highlights All Staff hold Alberta Child Care Certification Playing to Learn Curriculum Access to outdoor activities Access to facility gymnasium Two snacks provided daily (minimum two Canada Food Guide Groups) Some programs provide lunch (minimum two Canada Food Guide Groups) - contact program director for availability at your centre All fieldtrips and special programming are included All programs include community involvement activities YMCA Child Care Objectives To provide a warm caring environment which will develop your child’s potential creative, intellectual, emotional, social and physical skills To provide a safe environment that is a natural progression from home to school To ensure that your child is cared for and is supervised at all times To hire educators that are experienced and well trained to provide the best care and enrichment for your child To provide a communication system that ensures parent to educators contact throughout the program year To set fees that allow the Centre to operate at a full cost recovery basis YMCA Child Care Values YMCA Child Care is available to everyone regardless of race, sex, religion or economic circumstances Parents have the right to pursue work or education with peace of mind, and children have the right to a secure, safe and developmentally appropriate program YMCA Child Care families can access additional programs and services that the YMCA provides to support them Parent participation is important to YMCA Child Care YMCA Quality Statement Parent evaluations, current research, and over 20 years of experience in delivering child care programs have helped us to define our Quality Checklist: Children are happy and involved Educators have a caring attitude Centre, equipment and toys are accessible, clean & safe Children participate in small groups in stimulating activities with teachers Food is nutritionally balanced Parent-educator communication is promoted and parents feel welcome in the centre Sufficient play materials are available Outdoor play activities are taking place in well maintained play areas Educators are good role models and have ongoing and appropriate training Parents have regular feedback about their child Licensing Every child care centre in Alberta is regulated by the Provincial Licensing Standards. Centres are required to meet the mandatory regulations, and are visited regularly by a Licensing Officer to ensure they are in compliance. Reports from these visits are posted in your centre, and are available for parents to view. Any recommendations from these reports are used as an opportunity to improve the centre. Accreditation The purpose of Accreditation in Alberta is to raise the standard of Child Care in the Province and improve best practices in Early Learning and Child Care Services. Accreditation is a voluntary process, and involves great dedication on the part of the educators and the centre. The benefits of an accredited centre: Attracts families who are looking for a high quality centre Attracts educators who are looking to work in a quality centre The educators receive support funding All of our centres participate in the Accreditation process. Preschool Accreditation was implemented in 2004, and School-Age Accreditation was launched in 2009. Our centres are at varying stages in the process. Please ask your Director for more information. Playing to Learn YMCA Playing to Learn is a national curriculum that helps children in YMCA licensed early years programs discover learning through creative play. This curriculum combines three decades of experience in child care delivery, with the latest body of knowledge on how the brain develops and how children learn. We believe YMCA Playing to Learn is the best approach to ensure a child’s continued enthusiasm and capacity for life-long learning. Educators in your child’s classroom will develop activities based on the children’s interest which will provide them with the foundations of language & literacy, mathematics, science & technology, and the arts, including music, visual arts and dramatic arts. Through this curriculum, your child will develop knowledge, skills and attributes which will help facilitate a smooth transition into the school age environment. Please speak with your centre Director for more detailed information on this exciting curriculum. YMCA Playing to Learn Brochure News News Board Meeting Highlights - February 7, 2017 The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board welcomed a delegation from various schools and community partner TransAlta TriLeisure Centre for an update on the PLAY Parkland (Physical Literacy and You) movement happening in Parkland School Division. In partnership with Canadian Sport 4 Life and Ever Active Schools, Parkland School Division has partnered with recreation and sports to build capacity in the area of physical literacy throughout our classrooms because evidence demonstrates that this form of literacy is linked to lifelong wellness. The Board received as information a Class Size Initiative Report delivered by Associate Superintendent, Scott Johnston. The Board received as information the Occupational Health and Safe Report as delivered by Director of Facilities, Serge LaBrie. The Board approved the monthly financial report for the period ending December 31, 2016. The year-to-date surplus is $1.1 million dollars.Total revenues are at 34.4% of the final budget of $127,538,751.  Total expenses are at 33.5% of the final budget of $127,581,618.  The target percentage for this period was 33.3%. The Board approved the motion to send a trustee to the National Congress on Rural Education in Canada to be held this year in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  Trustee Sally Kucher-Johnson will attend. The Board had a first reading of By-Law No. 1-17, Rearrangement of the Electoral Wards and Trustee(s) to be Elected to Each Ward. The process for the by-law was also approved which includes the first reading February 7, 2017, a second reading at a Special Board Meeting February 23, 2017 and then the by-law would be passed following a third separate and distinct reading. The Board authorized Parkland School Division's administration to enter into Joint Election Agreements between Parkland School Division No. 70 and Parkland County, Town of Stony Plain and City of Spruce Grove for the 2017 Local Election. The Board approved the recommendation to appoint Doug Tymchyshyn as the returning officer for Parkland School Division No. 70 for the 2017 Local Election.   Next Special Board meeting will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 9am, Centre for Education in Stony Plain (4603-48 Street) Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 6:30pm, Centre for Education in Stony Plain (4603-48 Street) 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