Parkland School Division Display News en-us Sat, 27 Feb 2021 14:55:02 MST Breeze for Teachers 5.0 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 For more information, please contact: Vicky Mamczasz Family Supports Facilitator Email: News 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: News 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: News 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 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: News News Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw October 28, 2020 - In response to being placed on “watch” status by Alberta Health Services, both the city of Spruce Grove and the town of Stony Plain have activated their Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw. This means that it is mandatory for members of the public, who are not exempt, to wear a face covering or mask at all times while in an indoor, enclosed or substantially enclosed public place or in a public vehicle. Exemptions under the bylaw include children under the age of 10 and those who are not able to wear a face covering due to a mental or physical concern or limitation. Parkland School Division families have been steadfast in following national, local and in-school protocols to protect themselves and others from COVID-19. Now, more than ever, participation is needed by going one step further and wearing a mask in and around the community, as specified under the bylaw. Since face coverings are now required at more places and in more situations than before, students are reminded to be prepared by always carrying a mask with them. Routine tasks such as heading out to buy lunch or leaving school for the day require extra thought about the places that might be visited and whether mask use will be required there. It is also important to remember that some people may be unable to wear a mask for various reasons. In these situations, it is best not to make assumptions. The bylaw is in effect until further notice. Once the “watch” status is removed, the bylaw will remain active for 30 days following the change in designation. In-School Mask Use Remains in Effect Mandatory mask use is still required for students in Grades 4 through 12, as well as all school staff. Staff are required to wear masks in all settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained, and students are required to wear them in all shared and common areas, such as hallways and on buses. Mask use for Kindergarten to Grade 3 students continues to be optional. Please refer to Parkland School Division’s Mask Protocol. More Information More information about each community's Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw is available on the City of Spruce Grove and Town of Stony Plain websites. News News Virtual Learning May 15, 2020 - Parkland School Division is excited to announce the move towards developing a full-time online delivery program for Grade 1-12 education, which will operate out of the Connections for Learning alternative education site, and is set to launch for the 2020-2021 school year. Virtual Learning will be a teacher-directed program that will allow students to work from home via online learning tools and remote access to content. As program delivery will take place online, participating families will need to provide their own Internet access, as well as one dedicated device with a webcam per student. Please see our BYOD guidelines for more information.  This program is best suited to students who are comfortable working independently in an online environment, with parents/guardians who are able to provide their students with the tools, supervision and support they will need to be successful. Please Note: This program is not designed or intended for the purpose of responding to in-school class cancellation due to COVID-19. Should the current COVID-19 measures continue into the 2020-2021 school year, Parkland School Division will continue to promote learning through the students’ regular schools and teachers. Virtual Learning, on the other hand, is a full-time program with a full-year commitment for those who prefer to learn in this manner. Further details about this new program will be added to the Connections for Learning website as they become available.   For more information or to register, please contact: Connections For Learning Phone: 780-963-0507 Email: News News Supplementary Educational Resources May 11, 2020 - Parkland School Division has compiled several lists of resources to help supplement each student's learning experience. Be sure to check out our new Supplementary Educational Resources page to find a wide variety of links to materials that may foster literacy and numeracy, and expand upon the curriculum taught by classroom teachers. Many of these resources offer entertaining educational opportunities that children can enjoy and pass the time with outside the classroom environment. We've also included several resources of particular benefit during the COVID-19 pandemic, including a list of educational companies offering limited-time free access to their services, expert advice on how to make the most of a learning-from-home environment, and kid-friendly information about the virus itself. Important to Note: Making use of these resources is entirely optional. Your child(ren)'s teacher(s) will cover everything they will need to know for their grade level according to the Alberta curriculum. Use your own discretion when deciding which of these resources would be well suited to your child's interests and/or abilities. Parkland School Division does not endorse any specific external resource; we merely suggest them based on their potential educational value. We will continue to add new resources to these pages as we come across them, so check back often for updates!   For more information, contact: Parkland School Division Instructional Services Director, Kathy Mann Email: News News Learning From Home: How to Get Connected March 27, 2020 - Ever since in-school classes were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Parkland School Division staff have been working diligently to adapt lessons to a remote learning environment. While course delivery will vary by classroom, teachers are making use of a variety of online tools to connect with their students at home. Check out the videos below to learn how to get connected. An important read right now, especially for parents. Give yourself permission to slow down. We encourage parents to read this recent article developed by the Alberta Assessment Consortium: Relationships: That's What Matters Most Right Now. How can I support my child in this stressful time? - Alberta Health Services caregiver considerations around COVID-19 with it comes to mental health, talking to children about the pandemic, the importance of routines and good health practices. Once online content delivery begins from your school, here are some additional helpful resources below. Google Hangouts Meet Google Hangouts Meet allows students to connect with their teachers in an online videoconference, simply by clicking the link in a Google Calendar invite. Google Classroom Google Classroom allows teachers to create, distribute and grade assignments for their students online.  Seesaw Teachers can use Seesaw to find or create activities for their students, who document their learning by drawing, taking pictures, sharing videos and more, all within an online portfolio, which can be viewed and commented on by parents and guardians. Flipgrid Flipgrid is a social learning platform that allows teachers to pose a question to their students, who are asked to record a video response, which is then shared with the entire class, creating a grid of discussion. Watch Your Inbox To learn more about what your child's teacher has planned for their remote classroom, be sure to check your inbox after spring break for further details and instructions. Stay home, stay safe, and happy learning! News News ThoughtExchange 2020 March 9, 2020 - At Parkland School Division, we are committed to engaging with our community of behalf of the students we serve. Meaningful Engagement is one of the Enduring Priorities you’ll find in many parts of our Division’s Education Plan. Get ready to share your thoughts with ThoughtExchange to help us better understand what is important to you, both in your school and in the Division. To share your thoughts, click HERE. We invite you to tell us what we are doing well and where we can improve. By doing so, you will be contributing to the future success and well-being of our students as we work to develop a strong education system. You will be helping us achieve our mission at Parkland School Division: We assure supportive learning environments, meaningful experiences and healthy relationships that create opportunities to develop resilience, to gain diversity in perspectives and to achieve enduring success. You will be invited to participate in an Exchange that flows through three steps: Share - answer open-ended questions about education in our schools, Star - review ideas from other stakeholders and rate the ideas you like best, and Discover - learn what is important to the community as a whole. If you are a parent or guardian at one of our schools, check your inbox to participate in the ThoughtExchange specifically for the school your child attends. The Process It could take you as little as 5-10 minutes to participate. Please complete this exchange by Friday March 20, 2020 @ 11pm This exchange is confidential. Your thoughts will be shared, but not your identity. You can add and rate thoughts at your own pace until the exchange ends. You can also return to review your answers and Discover the results at any time. You do not need to rate all thoughts in this exchange. It is appreciated and recommended to rate about 30 thoughts over the time the exchange is open. If you feel the thought is not applicable to you, hit the three dots in the thought bubble, which will give you to the option to skip the rating process for that thought. Your time spent engaged in this process is very much appreciated.  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: News News Kindergarten Registration & Open Houses 2020-2021 January 7, 2020 - Kindergarten Open Houses for all schools in Parkland School Division that offer Kindergarten programming will be held from 6-7pm on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. Students are welcome to attend these events with their parents or guardians at the school at which they have registered. They will be designed as information nights, where parents and guardians can visit the school, see the kindergarten classroom, meet the staff and learn more about the kindergarten program and what their child will be doing and learning while they are part of it.   Please note: You can find your designated school on Parkland School Division’s Attendance Areas & Designated Schools page.   How to Register Fill out the online 2020-2021 New Student Registration Form once it becomes available beginning February 3, 2020. The student's birth certificate and proof of residence will be required as part of the registration process - please submit copies of these documents to the school. Important: Be sure to register using the 2020-2021 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 2019-2020 school year. All parents are encouraged to complete the registration process by 4:30pm on March 20, 2020. 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. 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 2020 needs to be 5 years old by December 31, 2020. 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 2020 needs to be 6 years old by December 31, 2020.   Kindergarten programs are offered on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday with alternating Fridays. Please contact your designated school for more information. Kindergarten Programs of Choice Parkland School Division is proud to offer French Immersion and Maranatha as programs of choice to incoming Kindergarten students. Here’s how you can learn more about them. French Immersion French Immersion Kindergarten programs are offered at École Meridian Heights School (for the Stony Plain and West End area) and École Broxton Park School (for the Spruce Grove area). French Immersion Open Houses will be held at these schools on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 from 6-7pm. If you're interested in French Immersion, please drop by or contact these schools for more information. 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 contact Brookwood School in Spruce Grove. Middle Years students from Grades 5 through 9 can choose this program which is offered at Woodhaven Middle School in Spruce Grove. Still Have Questions? Everything else you need to know on the topic of registration can be found on the PSD Registration page. For further information, please contact your child's future school. News News