Parkland School Division Display News en-us Thu, 13 May 2021 00:25:40 MDT Breeze for Teachers 5.0 Strong Families Series: Why Won't My Child Eat? May 5, 2021 - 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, pediatric occupational therapist Tracey Urquhart will offer families valuable information about the eating habits of children, and ways to tell if their food fussiness is a normal response, or a sign of something more serious, such as an eating disorder. In addition, Tracey will offer participants practical tips for managing any stressful situations that may arise at mealtime, including picky eating, tantrums, sensory issues and food avoidance.   Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021 Time: 6-8pm Location: Online Zoom Webinar / Discussion Group Presenter: Tracey Urquhart, Pediatric Occupational Therapist Does mealtime in your household stress you out? Is catering to your child's ever-evolving food preferences (or lack thereof) exhausting? Are you getting worried about your child's food intake? You may have heard that picky eating is just a normal part of childhood, and if you leave your child be, they'll grow out of it. Unfortunately, picky eating is anything but a simple problem, as it can be a sign of a number of issues, including potential eating disorders. This session will help you uncover the root of your child's picky eating, addressing common mealtime conflicts and providing means to manage them. You will also learn how to spot signs of more significant eating issues in children, and what you can do to seek help. Join us to learn some useful strategies to help you guide your child towards enjoying a more varied, healthy diet. Please register early to reserve your spot by visiting For more information, please contact: Vicky Mamczasz Family Supports Facilitator Email: News News Summer School @ CFL April 12, 2021 - Parkland School Division offers Summer School for current and incoming high school students at Connections For Learning. Students over age 18 are also welcome to register, and select courses are open to students who have completed Grade 7. Summer School is not only a convenient way to upgrade your marks - it’s also a great opportunity to get a head start on the new school year, freeing up your future schedule for courses you didn’t think you’d have time to take.   Take one of our wide range of available courses, and: Upgrade your marks Make room in your high school schedule for courses that previously wouldn't fit Choose a course delivery method that suits your learning style Explore exciting career opportunities Earn high school credits - even on the job or at summer camp! Registration for Summer School is now open, and will close on Monday, June 21, 2021. Please view the Summer School Registration and Fees pages on the Connections for Learning site for more information and to register. For a detailed list of the courses on offer and their prerequisites, check out the CFL Summer School Courses page. Dates & Times Summer School 2021 will run from Friday, July 2 until Saturday, July 17 using the following schedule: Monday-Friday: 8:30am-3:30pm Saturdays: 8:30am-Noon Please see the CFL school calendar for specific Summer School dates. All Summer School courses must be completed by Noon on Saturday, July 17 - this is also the last day to write final exams. Important Dates The following dates apply to most Summer School courses, with a few exceptions. Teachers will communicate specific details and timelines for each course. April 12 - Summer School registration opens June 7 (or earlier) - Teachers send out introductory email with course information June 21 - Summer School registration closes July 2 - First day of Summer School July 9 - Halfway point (coursework should be at least 50% complete) July 17 - Last day of Summer School; all assignments and non-Diploma exams due at Noon August 3 - English Diploma Exam Part A (9am) August 4 - Social Studies Diploma Exam Part A (9am) August 5 - Mathematics Diploma Exam (9am) August 6 - English Diploma Exam Part B (9am) August 9 - Social Studies Diploma Exam Part B (9am) August 10 - Chemistry (9am) & Biology (1pm) Diploma Exams August 11 - Physics (9am) & Science (1pm) Diploma Exams Please note: All Diploma Exams will be administered at Spruce Grove Outreach. Locations Most Summer School courses will be taught at Spruce Grove Outreach and Connections for Learning. Courses that require specialized equipment or spaces will be based at Memorial Composite High School or Spruce Grove Composite High School. Please see the Adventure & Leadership Camps page on the CFL site for camp location information. Drop off and pick up of course materials will occur at Spruce Grove Outreach, and all Diploma Exams will be administered there as well. Spruce Grove Locations Stony Plain Locations Spruce Grove Outreach 120 St. Matthews Avenue 780-962-1414   Spruce Grove Composite High School 1000 Calahoo Road Connections For Learning 4300-43 Street 780-963-0507   Memorial Composite High School 50 Westerra Centre Course Delivery Methods Most CFL Summer School courses are delivered in one of these three ways. In some instances, students may have the ability to choose the course delivery method that best suits their learning style. Please refer to the legend on each Summer School course page to see the available course delivery methods. In-Person (Synchronous or Asynchronous) Should a designated minimum number of students enrol for an in-person Summer School course, we will deliver a section of that course in a typical teacher-directed classroom style (i.e. synchronous learning). Should student enrolment in a Summer School course not meet the minimum number required for in-person delivery, the class will be offered with teacher support in an asynchronous manner (i.e. students complete their learning on their own time, and can seek help from the teacher as necessary during regular Summer School hours). Print Modular (Asynchronous) Students who prefer to work on their own may opt to complete course modules in print format. Course materials can be picked up at the start of Summer School and returned upon completion (by the July 17 deadline). Students who choose the Print Modular course delivery format will still be able to access a designated site should they need teacher support and/or a quiet place to work. Virtual Learning (Asynchronous) Students can learn at their own pace and on their own schedule using CFL's online platform.  Students who choose the Virtual Learning course delivery format will still be able to access a designated site should they need teacher support and/or a quiet place to work. Important to Note: Any Summer School course scheduled for in-person delivery may be converted to an online delivery due to COVID-19 health guidelines that may be in place this summer. Summer School courses are fast-paced: every day of Summer School instruction is the equivalent to one week of a high school semester program. Full attendance is required for synchronous classroom courses and no provisions will be made for late starts or early releases. Some courses require final exams. Diploma exams are scheduled for the dates listed above. Students writing non-Diploma exams will coordinate an exam time with their teacher. CFL reserves the right to cancel any class for which the minimum enrollment is NOT reached.   For more information contact: Connections For Learning Phone: 780-963-0507 Email: News News Visual Arts Celebration May 3, 2021 - The Visual Arts Celebration is a showcase of early years, middle years and senior high art work displayed for the enjoyment of students, parents, and community members of Parkland School Division. Typically, schools take turns hosting the event, which occurs each year at the beginning of May. As this is anything but a typical school year, however, the Visual Arts Celebration has transitioned to an online format. The exemplary student artwork featured in the Visual Arts Celebration has been chosen by teachers to represent each school in the Division. Of the artwork that is chosen for the celebration, three pieces from each school are selected for extended display at the Centre for Education from June 2021 through June 2022. All of the pieces on extended display will be returned to the students by the end of June 2022. Congratulations to all students whose artwork is featured in the celebration slideshow, and/or on the walls of the Division Office. We hope you and your families enjoy and take inspiration from all the beautiful and creative compositions showcased below. For more information contact: Parkland School Division Phone: 780-963-4010 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 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