Parkland School Division Homepage News en-us Sat, 27 Feb 2021 15:06:03 MST Breeze for Teachers 5.0 https://www.psd70.ab.ca Strong Families Series: Self-Regulation Through an Occupational Therapy Lens February 26, 2020 - Parkland School Division is proud to partner with Alberta Parenting For The Future to present another FREE information session for local families. In our upcoming Strong Families session, registered psychologist Joel Pukalo will join occupational therapist Nicole Kluthe to offer families valuable information about self-regulation, as well as practical tips for supporting their children in understanding their emotions, so they can stay calm, focus, and limit their stress levels.  Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2021 Time: 6pm Location: Online Zoom Webinar / Discussion Group Presenters: Joel Pukalo, Registered Psychologist (Family Life Psychology) & Nicole Kluthe, Occupational Therapist (Woven Blessings) To self-regulate means to monitor and manage your emotions, thoughts, behaviours and energy states in such a way that you are able to remain calm, focused, empathetic and motivated, even when faced with a stressful situation. Self-regulation is a skill that develops over time as a child's brain matures, but as with any skill, it comes more naturally to some than others.  This workshop will help participants better understand what self-regulation is and why it is important. We will dive into the eight sensory systems, and explore how these systems work together to enable a child to be calm in their school and home environments. Participants will learn to recognize the early signs of dysregulation, and will be provided with tools and strategies they can use to aid both individual children, as well as whole groups. Please register early to reserve your spot by visiting https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/regulation-through-an-ot-lens-registration-131627660877. For more information, please contact: Vicky Mamczasz Family Supports Facilitator Email: vmamczasz@psd70.ab.ca https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=24232&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=24232&stream=Homepage News Thought Exchange 2021 February 22, 2021 - At Parkland School Division, we are committed to engaging with our community of behalf of the students we serve. Meaningful Engagement is one of our Enduring Priorities you’ll find in many parts of our Division’s Education Plan. You are invited to share your perspectives about our schools and the Division as a whole. By telling us what we are doing well and where we can improve, you will be contributing to the future success and well-being of our students as we work to develop a strong education system. Thank you in advance for your help and input. Please join the conversation by clicking on either of the following buttons: If you are a parent or guardian at one of our schools, you'll be invited to select your school or the school that your thoughts are most connected to.   Sincerely, Shauna Boyce, Superintendent Parkland School Division The Process Notes about this process: You'll be asked to respond to one open-ended question, consider and assign stars to some of the ideas shared by others (20 to 30 is ideal), and learn what's important to the group. You can rate as many thoughts as you’d like before moving on to Discover where you can see all the thoughts sorted by the average star rating. Your thoughts and stars are confidential. You can come back as often as you'd like to participate and, in fact, we ask that you do come back to star some of the new ideas shared since you first participated. The ratings will help us understand the most important areas to focus on for Parkland School Division. Participation will be open until March 4, 2021. If you need technical help, please call ThoughtExchange at 1-800-361-9027 ext. 4 or email help@thoughtexchange.com. For more on education planning in Parkland School Division, visit the Education Plan section of our website. For more information contact: Scott Johnston Associate Superintendent Phone: 780-963-8471 Email: sjohnston@psd70.ab.ca https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=24225&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=24225&stream=Homepage News Virtual Learning Options for 2021-2022 February 18, 2021 - There is certainly a good portion of the school year remaining but Parkland School Division is already busy planning and preparing for the 2021-2022 school year, which can be challenging, considering the unknowns that are associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Recognizing that public health measures will continue to drive many of the decisions for parents and educators alike, we still need to hear from you in advance when it comes to plans for your child in the next school year. Parkland School Division is pleased to offer a Virtual Learning option for families in the upcoming school year. Launched in September 2020, Virtual Learning is a teacher-directed program, supported by the staff from Connections for Learning, that allows students to work full-time from home using virtual learning tools and remote access to content. The Virtual Learning program will be the primary option for families choosing to remain at home while still accessing school-division support. It is a full-time program, requiring a full-year commitment.  Those families currently in Option 2 who wish to continue with an at-home online program similar to this year, will have their online needs met by registering for school at Connections for Learning in the Virtual Learning program. Please note, there will be no multiple set re-entry dates to return to in-class delivery. Those that may wish to return to a school in the middle of a school year will follow the process outlined in Administrative Procedure 304: Attendance Areas with respect to registration and placement and Parkland School Division’s School-of-Choice process.  We were able to offer four programming options to families this school year, in part because of the COVID-relief funding provided from both the provincial and federal governments.  We do not know if that funding will continue, but we still intend to support families as best as we can by offering both virtual and in-person options. To assist in planning and to give administrators time to adjust classes and potentially teaching assignments for some staff, we need you to complete the Returning Student registration form as soon as possible.  In-person Classes Answer, yes I am returning to your designated school you are registered at this year. Online/Distance Learning If you are choosing online/distance learning next year, answer ‘no’ when asked if you are returning to your designated school and complete prompted questions where you can indicate that your child is currently attending a PSD school and wishes to attend a different PSD school in the 2021-22 school year. Then select Connections for Learning. For further information, contact: Parkland School Division Email: divisionoffice@psd70.ab.ca Phone: 780-963-4010   https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=24215&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=24215&stream=Homepage News Nature Kindergarten Virtual Open Houses February 8, 2021 - Nature Kindergarten is an optional extension program based at Muir Lake School and focused on providing meaningful student engagement in a nature-based setting while addressing kindergarten curriculum. With our ultimate goal being student success and well-being, we ensure children spend the majority of their day outside exploring the local environment as inspiration for their learning. Nature Kindergarten nurtures independent, confident and resilient learners with a zeal for problem-solving. Physical literacy and lifelong health and well-being are fostered through outdoor adventures that contribute to the social and emotional assets of individual health. 2021-2022 Virtual Open Houses The Nature Kindergarten Program has two upcoming virtual information sessions planned for prospective families. Date: Wednesday, February 24 or Wednesday, May 12, 2021 Time: 5:30-6:30pm Location: Online Webinar via Google Meet Attendees will join Nature Kindergarten teacher Tracey Gilmour as she presents: A full overview of the Nature Kindergarten program How a typical Nature Kindergarten student spends their day at school Answers to frequently-asked Nature Kindergarten questions Families will be able to see the full scope of the program, ask any questions they may have and evaluate if Nature Kindergarten is a good fit for them and their child(ren). 2021-2022 Registration To apply to the 2021-2022 Nature Kindergarten Program, please complete and submit a Nature Kindergarten Application Form. Please note: Your child must first be registered for a recognized Alberta Kindergarten program (such as Parkland School Division's regular Kindergarten program) before they can be registered in the Nature-Based Kindergarten program. Online registration for Parkland School Division opens Monday, February 8, and closes Thursday, March 25 at 4:30pm. While priority shall be given to Parkland School Division students, out-of-division applicants may be considered if space and resources are available.   The 2020-2021 Nature Kindergarten Application Form will continue to accept applications for the current school year as long as space remains available in the Nature Kindergarten program. Please use the correct form when submitting your application: the 2020-2021 form cannot be used to apply for the 2021-2022 school year. Complete information on the registration process can be found on the Parkland School Division Registration page. More Information To learn more about Parkland School Division's Nature Kindergarten program, please visit the Nature Kindergarten page.   For more information contact: Muir Lake School Phone: 780-963-3535 Email: muirlake@psd70.ab.ca https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23217&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23217&stream=Homepage News Online Registration for 2021-2022 February 8, 2021 - Parkland School Division's annual online registration/verification process is coming soon.  All Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 registrations for both new and returning students will be conducted online through the PowerRegistration portal for the 2021-2022 school year. All parents will be required to complete this online process each school year. New students must register online, while returning students will receive an email or letter with further instructions on how to verify and/or update their existing information. RETURNING STUDENT REGISTRATION OPENS FEB. 10TH (UPDATE)- Unfortunately, due to some unforeseen delays with our software vendor, the process will now begin Wednesday, February 10, 2021 rather than Monday, February 8th. Check your email beginning Wednesday, February 10, 2021. You will be receiving an email from <PowerSchool Registration Support>. NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION OPEN NOW - please use this New Student Registration form, if you are new to Parkland School Division or are registering for busing for the first time as an Evergreen Catholic family or area private school that uses PSD's Regional Transportation system. All parents are required to complete the registration process by 4:30pm on March 25, 2021. This deadline allows us to determine the eligibility of bus pass applicants, the routing of buses, bus pass production and data verification before the summer break while schools are still operating. Important Registration Dates February 8, 2021 - New Student Registration opens. The link to the New Student Registration form (new students) will be added as a Quick Link on the homepage of psd70.ab.ca. February 10, 2021 - Families of returning students will check their email for a message from PowerSchool Registration Support with further instructions (returning students). March 25, 2021 at 4:30pm - Registration deadline. For further information, visit our Registration page. June 25, 2021 - Bus pass deadline to make payment arrangements or pay-in-full. Bus passes and route numbers will be mailed to parents at the end of July. Please note: The 2020-2021 New Student Registration form is still open and accepting registrations for the current school year. The 2020-2021 form cannot be used to register for 2021-2022- when registering, please make sure to use the correct form. Complete information on the registration process can be found on our Registration page. More information regarding the 2021-2022 registration process will be added as it becomes available.   For more information contact: Parkland School Division Phone: 780-963-4010 Email: DivisionOffice@psd70.ab.ca https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=24156&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=24156&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - February 2, 2021 February 2, 2021 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, February 2, 2021. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting.   Update: The Board welcomed a virtual delegation from Woodhaven Middle School. Phys. Ed. teachers William Chan and Nathan MacLachlan were joined by Principal Chris Shaw to discuss how many Parkland School Division schools have collaborated and conducted phys ed programming during the pandemic and specifically through times where remote/at-home learning has been necessary. The Board referred the revised Board Policy 2: Role of the Board to the next Board PSD Tomorrow meeting February 23, 2021 for further discussion. The Board approved revisions to Board Policy 1: Divisional Foundation Statements updating references and creating better alignment with the Education Act. The Board received as information the Occupational Health and Safety Report as presented by Deputy Superintendent, Mark Francis. The Board received as information the Student Services Assurance Report as presented by Director, Student Services, Leah Andrews. The Board received as information the Transportation Services Department Report as presented by Director, Transportation Services, John Blood. Vice Chair, Eric Cameron, gave a Notice of Motion to be brought forward to the March 2, 2021 Regular Board meeting regarding vaccination priority for school-based employees and contractors. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education (Board meetings will be hosted virtually until further notice.) https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=24167&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=24167&stream=Homepage News School Calendar Feedback Requested January 28, 2021 - Parkland School Division would like some additional feedback on the draft calendar for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. This draft includes feedback from the previous calendar survey that was available online from March, 2020 through to January, 2021. This additional draft calendar survey is intended for stakeholders of Parkland School Division as well as our partners in our Regional Transportation system including Evergreen Catholic Schools and other area private schools.  > CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY < This additional survey intends to clarify a few remaining dates. Please note that the calendar is in DRAFT form only at this point and is set for approval by February 3, 2021. A full-year survey for 2022-2023 will be posted to the Calendar section of our website in mid-February, 2021. Please take a moment to complete the survey. Some sections do require a bit of reading in our explanation of the selection of calendar dates. Take care, Shauna Boyce, Superintendent Parkland School Division For more information contact: Parkland School Division Phone: 780-963-4010 Email: DivisionOffice@psd70.ab.ca   https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=15331&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=15331&stream=Homepage News Self-Regulation and the Brain January 28, 2021 - Parkland School Division's Student Services Department is proud to present Self-Regulation and the Brain, a FREE three-part online session for parents & guardians of students in Kindergarten to Grade 12. As the 2020-2021 school year has made abundantly clear, learning during a worldwide pandemic is no easy task. While some students have found their groove and adjusted well to the changes in their lives and learning, others have struggled with finding the motivation or assurance they need to manage the daily challenges of studying at home or at school under current health measures. If the latter sounds a lot like your child's learning situation, PSD Student Services is here to help with a series of three 20-minute sessions scheduled throughout February and March, which focus on the concept of self-regulation as it pertains to learning, and how it can be used to mitigate the negative effects of stressors on growing brains. Dates: Wednesday, February 17, Tuesday, February 23 & Thursday, March 4, 2021 Time: 2pm OR 7pm (20-minute sessions) Location: Google Meet Webinar Presenters: Natasha Lang & Pam McNeil (PSD Student Services Facilitators) To self-regulate means to monitor and manage your emotions, thoughts, behaviours and energy states in such a way that you are able to remain calm, focused, empathetic and motivated, even when faced with a stressful situation. Self-regulation is a skill that develops over time as a child's brain matures, but as with any skill, it comes more naturally to some than others.  If your child is having difficulty with staying on task, the strategies discussed in this series can help. Choose a time that works best for you, sign up for all three sessions, and then come ready with questions or just to listen in - this topic is applicable to students of all ages. Please register early to reserve your spot by visiting https://psd70parentsessions.sched.com. If a session is full, please sign up on the wait list to receive a notification if another spot becomes available or another session is added. We look forward to seeing you there! For more information, please contact: Natasha Lang Early Education Facilitator Email: nlang@psd70.ab.ca https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=24146&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=24146&stream=Homepage News Kindergarten Virtual Open Houses January 25, 2021- To follow public health measures, Kindergarten open houses for all schools in Parkland School Division that offer Kindergarten programming will be held online on Wednesday, February 17, 2021.   These virtual sessions are designed as information nights, where parents and guardians can log on to a live session to meet the staff and learn more about their child’s learning. Check your designated school for virtual open house dates, times and login information. View the Attendance Area Map and Locate Your Designated School >>>   How to Register for Kindergarten Fill out the online 2021-2022 New Student Registration Form once it becomes available beginning February 8, 2021. The student's birth certificate and proof of residence will be required as part of the registration process—you will be able to upload these when you fill out the form or you may submit copies of these documents to the school.   Important: Be sure to register using the 2021-2022 New Student Registration Form. The “New Student Registration Form” link currently live on the Division’s Registration page is only for students registering for the balance of the current 2020-2021 school year.   All parents are encouraged to complete the registration process by 4:30pm on March 25, 2021. This deadline allows us to determine the eligibility of bus pass applicants, the routing of buses and data verification before the summer break while schools are still operating. Registrations will continue to be accepted after the deadline for those families who may be moving into the jurisdiction. For more detailed information on the online registration process, visit PSD’s Registration page. French Immersion Designed for students whose first language is not French, this bilingual education program is open to students who live in the eastern end of Parkland School Division. École Broxton Park School and École Meridian Heights School provides programming for students from Kindergarten to Grade 9. Graduates of the program can participate easily in French conversations, move on to take French Immersion courses in high school, take post-secondary courses with French as the language of instruction, and accept employment with French as the language of work. For more, visit the French Immersion page on this website. Maranatha Christian Program 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 log on to the virtual open house for Brookwood School. (Middle Years students from Grades 5 through 9 can choose this program which is offered at Woodhaven Middle School in Spruce Grove.) Good to Know: Registration requirements for Kindergarten are the same as those for Grades 1 through 12. A child entering Kindergarten must be 5 years old by the last day of December of the school year in which he or she begins Kindergarten. For example, a child registering for Kindergarten in September 2021 needs to be 5 years old by December 31, 2021. A child entering Grade 1 must be 6 years old by the last day of December of the school year in which he or she begins Grade 1. For example, a child registering for Grade 1 in September 2021 needs to be 6 years old by December 31, 2021. Kindergarten programs are offered on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday with alternating Fridays.  For further information, contact your designated school.     https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=24143&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=24143&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - January 12, 2021 January 12, 2021 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, January 12, 2021. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board directed administration to establish a submission deadline for schools to nominate a first-year teacher for the Alberta School Boards Association's Edwin Parr Award as February 19, 2021. Furthermore, Trustees Lorraine Stewart, Eric Cameron and Anne Montgomery put their names forward to sit on the committee to select PSD's nominee for the award. The criteria for the award includes: Any first year K-12 teacher is eligible for nomination. A minimum of 100 full-time equivalent days of teaching within the current school year is required (i.e. September 2019 to June 2020). May have up to 120 days of teaching services prior to signing a full-time contract The Board directed administration to conduct an attendance area review of all schools in Parkland School Division in order to facilitate long-term planning and the effective use of our school facilities. This report will be provided to the Board of Trustees during a Regular Board Meeting in the fall of 2021. This will evaluate enrolment distribution at all schools especially in the City of Spruce Grove and the Town of Stony Plain with the modernization of Woodhaven Middle School as well as the future Stony Plain Central replacement school likely to begin construction in the Spring of 2021. Currently, PSD's schools are at 75% utilization overall. There are schools with low utilization in the 40-55% range, while other schools are experiencing high utilization above 90%. The Board received as information the Quarterly Financial Report for the period ending November 30, 2020. As of November 30th, revenues year-to-date were $34.3 million and expenditures year-to-date were $30.7 million resulting in a surplus of $3.6 million. A balanced budget is forecast for the year ended August 31, 2021. Revenues are forecast to increase 2.0% overall du to the safe return to class funding offset by lower funding from Alberta Education due to lower than budgeted enrolment and the resulting decrease Weighted Moving Average (WMA) enrolment that funding is based on. In addition, there were decreases in other revenues that are directly affected by COVID-19. Forecasted expenditures are expected to be 2.0% higher than budget witch matches the increase in revenues. The Board received as information the Alternative Education Programs Assurance Report. The Choice in Education Act, which took effect September 1, 2020, affirms that parents have the right to choose the kind of education they feel will be best for their children. Parkland School Division has a strong history of offering a variety of choices for educational programs, and continues to do so with the recent implementation of a variety of new programs. The Board received as information the Wellness Assurance Report. The Parkland School Division's Wellness Initiative is focused on working collectively with staff, caregivers and community to provide programming support and services aimed at fostering wellness in children, youth and families. Wellness in this context is defined as creating healthy, responsive and innovative learning environments that are rich with the evidence-based norms for healthy communities including: daily physical activity and physical literacy, food security and nutrition education, environmental education and active transportation and the creation of positive social environments and mental health that produce deep relationships. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education (Board meetings will be hosted virtually until further notice.) https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=24085&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=24085&stream=Homepage News