Parkland School Division Display News en-us Fri, 24 May 2019 17:54:05 MDT Breeze for Teachers 5.0 5th Annual Try-Me Try-Athlon May 1, 2019 - Parkland School Division is proud to launch registration for the 5th Annual Try-Me Try-Athlon. Parkland School Division students ages 5-18 who love swimming, bicycling and running, and are willing to try something new - this is for you. Don't delay signing up as this event fills up fast! For further details and to register, please visit our Try-Me Try-Athlon page. Date: Friday, June 7th Time: 9:30am Location: TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre, 221 Jennifer Heil Way, Spruce Grove, AB The Try-Me Try-Athlon is a Kids of Steel (KOS) triathlon, which will be held on Friday, June 7 at the Tri-Leisure Centre in Spruce Grove. KOS Triathlons are designed to offer youth the opportunity to experience the sport of triathlon in a positive environment. The distances are much shorter than those in adult triathlons and change as participants mature. This event is a district-wide celebration of physical literacy and movement in 2019 using these three skills: swimming, bicycling and running. All children ages 5 and up are welcome to register for this event with the support of their classroom or school-based teacher. The Try-Athlon will encourage students to train with their schools and at home in order to learn new physical skills and movements that will allow them to feel more competent and confident in multiple environments. All this for a small registration fee. When Registering Your Child Make sure you have: Made arrangements with a classroom teacher to partake in the Try-Me Summer Try-Athlon including plans for missed assignments or work.  Notified the school office of the planned excused absence.  Registration Fees All registration and fees will be handled in the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Individual students may register to participate in all three legs of the race for $35 each. Optional Choose a Race Leg - Students can register as part of a 3-person team. Each team member will complete one discipline of the race - either swimming, bicycling or running. Team members can register for the race for $15 each. Please note: Even though a student may be signing up to participate in one sport of the Try-Athlon, a registrant who chooses the $15 individual entry must register as a member of a 3-person team. If you're in the neighbourhood during the race, please note that the southbound lanes of Jennifer Heil Way will be closed for the duration of the race (starting at 9:30am), and traffic will be limited to one lane in each direction. The RCMP will be on hand to direct traffic. Please be prepared for some delays, and plan your morning commute accordingly. Race Kit Equipment You can enter the Try-Athlon with a minimum of equipment. All you need is: A bike (either road or mountain bike) An approved helmet (ANSI or SNELL) Running shoes Swim suit or shorts Goggles (if desired) T-shirt or race singlet for boys A smile and a desire to have fun Race Kit Drop-Off Participants are to drop off their race kits at the Tri-Leisure Centre (north field) on Thursday, June 6 from 4:30-7pm. Transition Area Equipment A race kit is composed of all the items you will need during the race. The following items are to be kept in the transition area during the race: Required Transition Area Equipment: Bike Helmet Shoes Race Number (Boys - with shirt) Recommended Transition Area Equipment: Required equipment, plus Towel Hat Water Bottle To learn more about the Try-Athlon and to register, please visit our Try-Me Try-Athlon page. For more information contact: Miranda Niebergall Collaborative Teaching Partner Parkland School Division Phone: 780-221-4564 Email: 2018 Highlights News News Kindergarten Registration and Open Houses January 25, 2019 - Kindergarten Open Houses for all schools in Parkland School Division that offer Kindergarten programming will be held from 6-7pm on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. Students are welcome to attend these events with their parents or guardians at the school at which they have registered. As these open houses will be held after the 2019-2020 registration deadline of 4:30pm on March 22, 2019, 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 the online 2019-2020 New Student Registration Form once it becomes available beginning February 4, 2019. 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 2019-2020 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 2018-2019 school year. All parents are encouraged to complete the registration process by 4:30pm on March 22, 2019. 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 February of the school year in which he or she begins Kindergarten. For example, a child registering for Kindergarten in September 2019 needs to be 5 years old by February 29, 2020. A child entering Grade 1 must be 6 years old by the last day of February of the school year in which he or she begins Grade 1. For example, a child registering for Grade 1 in September 2019 needs to be 6 years old by February 29, 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 Wednesday, February 20, 2019 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. 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 ThoughtExchange - We Want To Hear From You March 11, 2019 - 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. 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. We want to better understand what you think we do well, where we can improve and what we might be missing. By answering these questions, you are helping us achieve our mission as Parkland School Division. You will be invited to participate in an Exchange that flows through three steps: Share, Star and Discover. Watch your inbox for instructions on how to participate. To participate as a community member, click HERE. 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 22, 2019 @ 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 Planning section of our website. For more information contact: Scott Johnston Associate Superintendent Phone: 780-963-8471 Email: News News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - February 5, 2019 February 5, 2019 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. The Board approved the Monthly Financial Report for the period ending December 31, 2018. At the end of that report period, revenues year-to-date were $45.7 million and expenditures year-to-date were $44.8 million resulting in a surplus of $902,995.   The Board received as information the School Resource Officer Report. Constable Gord Marshall was also on hand to answer questions about the program which is in its seventh year. The School Resource Officer Program historically has been a partnership between Parkland School Division, the Town of Stony Plain, the City of Spruce Grove, Parkland County and the R.C.M.P. All parties provide funding for a uniformed R.C.M.P. officer to act as a School Resource Officer (SRO) at both Parkland School Division high schools. The purpose of the SRO is not punitive, but rather to provide a direct connection between the community, the schools and the police. A new funding model is being explored with the announcement of Parkland County withdrawing its commitment to the program. For more, check out the School Resource Officer video.   The Board received as information the Education Plan Progress Report as presented by Associate Superintendent Scott Johnston.    The Board received as information a Funding Scenario report as presented by Associate Superintendent Scott McFadyen. The Board of Trustees directed administration to determine the impact of the following four funding scenarios on Parkland School Division: The Division incurs a 3% decrease in the budget, with no increase for the following three years. The Division incurs a 5% decrease in the budget, with no increase for the following three years. A hiring freeze is implemented for the next four years. No funding for enrolment growth is implemented for the next four years.   The Board approved the memorandum to apply to the Minister of Education pursuant to Sections 113 and 114 of the School Act for the approval to appoint Shauna Boyce as Superintendent of Schools for Parkland School Division No.70 for a five (5) year term commencing on June 1st, 2019 to May 31st, 2024, and further; authorize and direct the Board Chair and Associate Superintendent of Corporate Supports and Services to execute an agreement with Shauna Boyce based on the parameters discussed at the PSD Tomorrow Committee held on December 18th upon receipt of written approval of the Minister of Education. Next Regular Board Meeting will be held on March 5, 2019 at the Centre for Education at 9:30am. News News Nature Kindergarten Registration Now Open UPDATE: To meet the high demand for 2019-2020 Nature Kindergarten, registration forms are still being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. February 4, 2019 - Parkland School Division (PSD) Early Childhood Services has developed a partnership with Muir Lake School and Scouts Canada Camp (at Chickakoo Lake Recreation Area) to create an optional Kindergarten program that will get children active and in touch with nature while essentially extending a child's kindergarten experience from half-time to full-time in the process. The program responds to identified early childhood indicators that demonstrate a need for additional social and physical development programming within our division. Nature-Based Kindergarten also seeks to explore the impact on early learning using the natural environment as a place where curiosity, play, problem-solving and calculated risk-taking can take place in a safe way. 2019-2020 Registration Now Open The 2019-2020 Nature Kindergarten Registration Form is now available.  Submit your completed registration form by emailing it to, faxing it to 780-962-0365 or dropping it off at any PSD school office marked "Attention: Haefa Onaissi". Please note: Your child must first be registered for Kindergarten at a Parkland School Division school before they can be registered in the Nature-Based Kindergarten program. Complete information on the registration process can be found on our Registration page. Learn More For further details about this program, visit the Division's Nature Kindergarten webpage.   For more information contact: Raelene Finlayson Early Childhood Development Supervisor Phone: 780-999-4785 Email: OR Haefa Onaissi Support and Mentor Coordinator Phone: 780-962-0212 ext. 1150 Email: News News Great Kids Award November 8, 2018 - The nomination period for the Alberta government’s 19th Annual Great Kids Award is now open, providing all Albertans with an opportunity to recognize remarkable young leaders. Since 1999, the Great Kids Award has recognized remarkable children and youth who positively impact their communities. These great kids have made a difference while overcoming challenging circumstances including managing a physical or mental illness, a difficult living situation or standing up against bullying. These great kids deserve recognition because they are examples to all Albertans of what can be accomplished in the face of adversity. Next spring, the Alberta government will recognize 16 young Albertans with a Great Kids Award during a ceremony at Fantasyland Hotel in Edmonton. Do you know a great kid in your community? Consider nominating them for a Great Kid Award! Most recently, 7-year old Izabelle Gaskarth from Brookwood School was among the 2018 award recipients. Nominations are open until 4 p.m. on November 30, 2018. Click here for the the nomination form. For more information, visit News News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - November 6, 2018 November 6, 2018 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. The Board welcomed a delegation from Stony Plain Central School who have been working with Ever Active Schools promoting Active School Travel. Student leadership groups have taken the lead on identifying safety concerns and coming up with solutions to traffic and safety issues that will ultimately create safer environments for students to safely walk or ride their bikes to school. Their efforts involve encouraging students to walk and wheel to and from school creating less vehicle traffic in the school area. The campaign also encourages parents to drop off their students further away (arena parking lot, north of outdoor pool) so that students can walk to school safely without adding to the traffic in the school area. Ever Active Schools is currently leading Active School Travel programming with École Broxton Park School, Stony Plain Central School and Tomahawk School. Check out Broxton Park's video from last spring. The Board received as information the 2017-2018 Provincial Achievement Tests and Diploma Exams Report.  Highlights from the report include continued improvement for Parkland School Division students meeting the province's Acceptable Standard in 11 out of 12 Diploma Examinations (up from 9 last year). A construction update is a standing item in the Superintendent's Report. Superintendent Boyce shared that construction has already begun on Copperhaven School's playground with a completion date set for around the Fall Break. Meanwhile, progress has been made on finishing the gymnasium space in the school. Barring any major delays, that could be ready when students return from their Christmas Break. Next Regular Board Meeting will be held on November 27, 2018 at the Centre for Education at 6pm. News News Transportation Services Parent/Guardian Hotline Transportation Services regularly experiences a high call volume, which has sometimes made it difficult for parents to contact the department if their child has not arrived at their destination as scheduled. As such, Parkland School Division has established a hotline solely for parents and guardians to use in these scenarios, which will remain open on school days from our scheduled first pick up in the morning to our scheduled final drop off in the afternoon between the hours of 6:30am-5:30pm. To ensure the hotline is used only for its intended purpose, we ask all parents and guardians to consider the following before calling the hotline to check on the status of their bus students.   Checklist: Have you checked the Bus Status page to see if the bus is running late or has been cancelled?   Is your child in an after school program? (e.g. volleyball, running club, etc.)   Do you have Alternate Seat Transportation arrangements and is there a chance your child went to the destination scheduled for an alternate day? (e.g. daycare, dayhome, mom or dad's home (in shared custody situations), etc.)   Has someone else potentially picked them up? (e.g. grandparent, other parent, friend, etc.) If you've checked on all the above possibilities and none of them serve as an explanation for your situation, please contact Transportation Services via the hotline. Parent/Guardian Hotline: 780-591-5567 For all other general transportation-related inquiries, please contact Transportation Services at 780-963-8452 or   For more information contact: Transportation Services Phone: 780-963-8452 Email: News News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - October 2, 2018 October 2, 2018 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, October 2, 2018. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. The Board held its annual Organizational Meeting in addition to the regular Board Meeting. Trustee Eric Cameron was elected Board Chair by acclamation. Lorraine Stewart was elected Vice Chair. "I feel very honored to be elected as Board Chair for the 2018-2019 school year for Parkland School Division." stated Board Chair Cameron.  "We have a very dedicated and hardworking Board of Trustees.  Our Board is student focused, but we also recognize that PSD staff need all the encouragement and supports we can muster in order to continue to do the great things ours schools do on a regular basis.  We all have different roles to play but, in the end, student success and well-being is the ultimate goal we all strive for. " "I am honored to serve as Vice Chair on the Board of Trustees for PSD." stated Trustee Stewart.  "It is my privilege to continue working with my fellow governors on the Board who are committed to making informed decisions in the best interests of children, youth and families, helping us achieve our ultimate division goal of student success and well-being." The following committee positions were also chosen:​ Education Committee Chairperson (Lorraine Stewart) Student Advisory Committee Chairperson (Anne Montgomery) Benefit Plan Advisory Committee  (Sally Kucher-Johnson) Teacher/Board Advisory Committee (Ron Heinrichs, Anne Montgomery, Lorraine Stewart) Audit Committee (Darlene Clarke,Ron Heinrichs, Anne Montgomery) Advocacy Committee (Committee of the Whole) Alberta School Boards Association, Zone II (Darlene Clarke, 2 positions rotated between trustees) Public School Boards' Association (Ron Heinrichs, 2 positions rotated between trustees) Stony Plain Joint-Use Committee (Paul McCann) Spruce Grove Joint-Use Committee (Anne Montgomery) Alberta Teachers' Association Labour Relations (Eric Cameron, Darlene Clarke, Sally Kucher-Johnson) Central Alberta Assocation of Municipal and School Employees Labour Relations (Darlene Clarke, Sally Kucher-Johnson, Paul McCann) International Union of Operating Engineers Labour Relations (Darlene Clarke, Ron Heinrichs, Paul McCann) Council of School Councils (Anne Montgomery, Lorraine Stewart) Teachers' Employer Bargaining Association Representative (Sally Kucher-Johnson) Rural Caucus of Alberta School Boards (Sally Kucher-Johnson) The Board approved the 2018-2019 Board Communications Plan as presented by Director of Communications and Strategic Planning Jordi Weidman. The Board approved the Proposed Modular Replacement Plan for 2019-2020 that the Division submits to Alberta Infrastructure. This includes: Millgrove School - 10 new modular classrooms to replace existing units. Ecole Meridian Heights School - 6 new modular classrooms to replace 4 existing units and to add 2 new units.   The Board received as information the 2018-2019 Enrolment Report.   Parkland School Division total enrolment as of September 30, 2018 is 11,181 students.   Total enrolment reflects an increase of 161 students over numbers reported September 30, 2017.   (+1.45%) West End Area Schools are down 29 students. (-4.04%) Town of Stony Plain and area schools are up 47 students. (+1.05%) City of Spruce Grove and area schools are up 127 students. (+2.98%) Of note: Copperhaven School is just Kindergarten to Grade 8 this year with 599 students. Grade 9 will be added the following year in order for the current Grade 9 students who are designated for Copperhaven to avoid having to enter two new schools in consecutive years. Next Regular Board Meeting will be held on November 6, 2018 at the Centre for Education at 9:30am. News News Fair Notice - Violence Threat Risk Assessment September 10, 2018 - The goal of Violence/Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) process is is that every incident of youth violence in our communities be addressed. VTRA is early intervention – which is quite possibly prevention. The process is initiated and managed by school administrators who have received VTRA training from the Canadian Center for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response. Duty to Report There is zero tolerance for not responding. Prevention of youth violence is a community responsibility and it is everybody’s duty to report. Under-reaction is epidemic and a chief factor of escalation from thought to action. What is a Threat? A threat is an expression of intent to do harm or act out violently against someone or something. Threats may be verbal, written, drawn, posted on the internet, or made by gesture. Threats must be taken seriously, investigated, and responded to. In a culture of responsible reporting, students need to believe that they will be believed when they confide; their identity will be kept confidential; their information will be acted upon promptly; and their concern will be investigated thoroughly. Who is on a Threat Assessment Team? Each threat assessment team is multi agency. The team may include school staff, psychologist, police, child protection agencies, community mental health workers, hospitals, probation/parole and other professionals. What is the Main Purpose of a Threat Assessment? To ensure the safety of students, staff, parents, and others. To ensure a full understanding of the context of the threat. To begin to understand the factors that contribute to the threat maker’s behaviour. To view the student as in need of intervention rather than to be disciplined. To be proactive in developing an intervention plan that addresses the emotional and physical safety of the threat maker. It may include disciplinary action but will include appropriate supports to aid the student in developing and using positive strategies. To promote the emotional and physical safety of all. To ensure all school and agency partners are working together with a common understanding and protocol. What happens in a Student Threat Assessment? All threat making behaviour by a student(s) shall be reported to the Principal who will activate the protocol for the initial response. Once the team has been activated, interviews may be held with students, the threat maker(s), parents and staff to determine the level of risk and develop an appropriate response to the incident. Intervention plans will be developed and shared with parents, staff, and students as required and as appropriate. The Partners Education partners are committed to creating and maintain school environments in which students, staff, parents and others feel safe. Parkland School Division, Evergreen Catholic Separate Regional Division, Living Waters Christian Academy, Mother Earth’s Childrens’ Charter School, St. Matthew Lutheran School, and Columbus Academy - Bosco Homes have taken a lead role as there is a direct application to the health and safety of the school environment. Community Supports Aboriginal Parent Link - Native Counselling Services of Alberta Alberta Health Services – Childrens’ Mental Health Alberta Human Services – Children & Family Services Alberta Parenting for the Future Canadian Center for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response City of Spruce Grove Columbus Academy - Bosco Homes Schools Evergreen Catholic Separate Regional School Division No. 2 Family and Community Support Services – Spruce Grove Family and Community Support Services – Stony Plain Living Waters Christian Academy Mother Earth Children’s Charter School Parkland County Parkland School Division No. 70 RCMP SML Christian Academy Spruce Grove Fire Department Town of Stony Plain Additional information is available in the VTRA Fair Notice and Practice Information Brochure. For more information contact:  Learning Services   Phone: 780-963-8458  Email: News News