Parkland School Division Display News en-us Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:06:41 MST Breeze for Teachers 5.0 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 1st Annual Winter Try-Me Try-Athlon January 18, 2017 - In keeping with our enduring goal of creating a culture of wellness among our students, and due to the huge success of our summer event, Parkland School Division is excited to announce our first annual Winter Try-Athlon! Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Time: 10am-2pm (Registration opens at 8am) Location: Glenn Hall Arena (5300 52 St, Stony Plain) 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 is a district-wide celebration of physical literacy and movement in 2017, and is 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). The Try-Athlon will encourage students to learn and improve on 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: Cross-country skis and poles Snowshoes Skates and a CSA-approved helmet Layered winter clothing for all exposed skin Change of clothing for post-event A smile and a desire to have fun Participants can bring their own equipment, or use that provided by PSD schools. Please indicate what equipment you will need for the event when registering. Race Kit Check-In Date: Monday, February 13, 2017 Time: 5-8pm Location: PERC Building (5413 51 St, Stony Plain) Review your equipment and turn in your parent permission form, review the course and check in your race equipment. Please bring any equipment, including your helmet, to be checked in at this time. Registration & More Information To learn more about the Try-Athlon and to register, please visit our Winter Try-Me Try-Athlon page.   For more information contact: Felicia Ochs Wellness Coordinator Learning Services Phone: 780-963-8465 Email: 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 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 Family Oriented Program Sessions (FOPS) A message from Parkland School Division Learning Services: December 6, 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. Please see below for a list of FOPS sessions remaining in the first half of the school year. All are FREE to attend, but space is limited, so be sure to register ASAP! More sessions for February-June 2017 will be announced soon, so stay tuned for more information. FOPS for Early Education Students Please read the FOPS for Early Education Students Booklet for full program descriptions. Register for Early Education FOPS at Little Hands at Play Date: Wednesday, January 18 Time: 1-2:30pm Location: Stony Plain Central Early Education Classroom Dance With Maddi Date: Wednesdays, January 11 & 18 and February 1 Time: 9-10am Location: Miss Maddi’s Dance Company FOPS for Kindergarten Students Please read the FOPS for Kindergarten Students Booklet for full program descriptions. Register for Kindergarten FOPS at Dance With Maddi (For M/W Kindergarten Students) Date: Tuesdays, January 10-24 Time: 10-11am Location: Miss Maddi’s Dance Company Dance With Maddi (For T/Th Kindergarten Students) Date: Wednesdays, January 11-25 Time: 10:30-11:30am Location: Miss Maddi’s Dance Company Nature Through the Seasons (Spruce Grove Session) Date: Tuesday, January 17 Time: 1-2:30pm Location: Brookwood School Hands at Play Date: Thursday, January 19 Time: 9-10:30am Location: Parkland School Division Centre For Education Board Room Books Come Alive! Date: Thursdays, January 19-Feburary 2 Time: 1-2pm Location: Stony Plain Public Library Nature Through the Seasons (West End Session) Date: Tuesday, January 24 Time: 1-2:30pm Location: Wabamun School Nature Through the Seasons (Stony Plain Session) Date: Thursday, January 26 Time: 1-2:30pm Location: High Park School FOPS for Early Education and Kindergarten Students Please register using the appropriate age group link listed above. *Kids Have Stress Too (Parkland Village Session) Date: Thursdays, January 12 & 26, and February 2 Time: 10-11:45am Location: Parkland Village Community Centre Story Creation Date: Tuesday, December 13 Time: 1-2:30pm Location: Parkland School Division Centre For Education Board Room Fun, Flexibility & You (Morning Session) Date: Mondays, January 16-30 Time: 9-10:30am Location: Parkland Village Community Centre Fun, Flexibility & You (Afternoon Session) Date: Mondays, January 16-30 Time: 1-2:30pm Location: Parkland Village Community Centre *Kids Have Stress Too (Stony Plain Session) Date: Mondays, January 16 & 30, and February 6 Time: 10-11:45am Location: Parkland School Division Centre For Education Board Room Functional Ways to Target Speech Sounds Date: Wednesday, January 25 Time: 1-2:30pm Location: École Broxton Park School Room 106 Videos That Teach Date: Friday, January 27 Time: 10-11:30am Location: Parkland School Division Centre For Education Imagination Room *Sessions available by invite only. Please contact Tanya Karamujic at 780-962-0212 ext. 251 or if you feel you should participate.   For more information contact: Tanya Karamujic Phone: 780-962-0212 ext. 251 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 Update Your Family Information in PowerSchool November 7, 2016 - Parkland School Division and your school needs your most current contact information.  It is ESSENTIAL that we have your correct mailing address and accurate contact information in case we need to get a hold of you in an emergency.  It's now easier than ever for you to keep your own contact information current in PowerSchool.   Note: If you're making these changes on your mobile device, you'll need to launch PowerSchool from your preferred browser on your device rather than launching the Mobile App.  Once the changes are approved by your school, they will be reflected the next time you access PowerSchool through the Mobile App.   Change Your Own Contact Info With the Parent Portal The fastest and most convenient way to change the information your school has on file for you is by creating an account in PowerSchool and updating your own Family Information.  Check out this latest video for step by step instructions: Civic Address Changes in Parkland County The new functionality in the Parent Portal  is very timely as a number of civic addresses are changing in Parkland County.  Canada Post has begun transitioning some residents to civic addressing using a Parkland County municipal identifier.  For more of the civic address changes and for Frequently Asked Questions on the topic, visit Parkland County's website. Log onto Parkland School Division's Parent Portal to ensure your mailing address we have on file is correct. Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation/FOIP Consent While you're in PowerSchool's Parent Portal, make sure you check out the sections on Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation and Freedom of Information & Privacy.  More step by step instructions can be found on those topics on this web page. For more information, please contact your school office. News News Prescott Learning Centre Grand Opening October 24, 2016 - Parkland School Division opened the doors to its 22nd school in the jurisdiction when Prescott Learning Centre officially opened for learning on August 31, 2016. The division also operates a number of alternate sites including Connections for Learning, two high school outreach programs and an institutional program. Prescott Learning Centre houses students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 and will expand to Grade 9 for the 2017-2018 school year. On the Division’s September 30th enrolment report, Prescott reported a student population of 587 students. "To say this building is long overdue would be a major understatement," stated Parkland School Division Board Chair Eric Cameron. "Prescott Learning Centre will provide a terrific, flexible learning environment that will enable our students to bring Parkland School Division’s Vision and Mission to life. To be handed the keys in mid-August forcing staff to do a quick move in time for children to come in was extremely rewarding for the Board of Trustees to see that it was such a smooth start. It was wonderful to watch the children on Opening Day August 31st. It was so exciting for them and their parents." The school staff is lead by Principal Karen Stride-Goudie and Assistant Principal Nealle Dickson. The administration leads a team comprised of 24 classroom teachers and 11 support staff in various positions. "Our Board recognized the opportunity to build a state-of- the-art facility that would not just be a place where learning happens," explained Superintendent Tim Monds. "Thanks to carefully thought out planning and design, this will be a place that enhances learning, that’s flexible to adapt environments and it will be more conducive to 21st century learning. We are extremely proud of the relationships built and strengthened along the way to bring Prescott Learning Centre and the adjacent Beaverbrook Wellness Centre to life. Thanks to a generous donation by Cisco Systems and Compugen, Prescott Learning Centre will be one of the best-equipped schools in the province from a technology standpoint. Collaboration with Cisco has included PSD teachers and Educational Technology teams with input from the ground level up to explore ways to enhance our children’s educational journey." The state-of-the-art equipment will allow teachers and students to stream, record and access on-demand video content to support in-class and virtual learning. Beaverbrook Wellness Centre The Beaverbrook Wellness Centre on schedule to open some time in the new year is the result of a co-created vision and collaborative effort between Parkland School Division, Beaverbrook Developments and the City of Spruce Grove. The centre will be a place where families will have access to licensed and accredited before and after school child care along with support services connecting the great work by organizations like the YMCA, a second (soon-to-be-announced) like-minded tenant and the City of Spruce Grove’s Family & Community Support Services. Parents have identified a primary area of concern and are looking for more resources when it comes to mental health and child care services. The fastest growing population segment for the City of Spruce Grove is 0-4 years old and Parkland School Division is experiencing unprecedented growth when it comes to children requiring some level of specialized programming or support. Working with accredited child care and healthcare professionals will benefit those who need it the most. A world-class facility home to these much needed supports and services will better prepare students and will continue to benefit the community for years to come.   For further information, contact: Prescott Learning Centre 340 Pioneer Road Spruce Grove, AB T7X 0T1 Phone: 780-571- 8079 Fax: 780-962- 0603 Email: News News Regional Bus Transfer Site Funded by Province October 24, 2016 - The Minister of Education made a special announcement during commencements at Prescott Learning Centre's Grand Opening. The Government of Alberta has agreed to fully fund the cost of construction of the Regional Bus Transfer Site that will be built on the site of the future Kindergarten to Grade 9 school on Spruce Grove's west end. Check out the video for the announcement. Previous Motion On November 3, 2015, Parkland School Division's Board of Trustees passed a motion to establish reserves in the amount of $1.8 M from: Unrestricted Net Assets: $943,768 Transportation Operating Reserve: $104,075 Instructional Pool: $552,157 Transportation Equipment: $200,000 to support expenditures for the design and construction of a regional bus transfer station located at the future school site scheduled to open in September 2017 in the City of Spruce Grove’s west end, due to the previous absence of funding from any level of government. Regional Transportation System Background The Regional Transportation System operated by Parkland School Division has existed since approximately 1995. The system was designed to maximize the transportation of students while minimizing the number of buses required - Regional Transportation, therefore, significantly decreases the physical number of buses on our roads. In addition to reducing the need for buses, bus route design is based on maximizing the overall efficiency of the system and is not dedicated to specific stakeholders. Every school, student and family benefits from this system. In total, approximately 14,200 students receive transportation through the Regional Transportation System including approximately 4,700 students from Evergreen Catholic School Division. This system currently includes just over 170 buses. News News