Parkland School Division Display News en-us Mon, 17 Dec 2018 02:51:09 MST Breeze for Teachers 5.0 Strong Families Series: How Art Heals Grief November 28, 2018 - Parkland School Division is proud to present another FREE information session for caregivers. Our upcoming session will help parents better understand the complex physical and emotional effects felt by both children and adults who are grieving, and how expressing themselves through arts and crafts can aid them in the healing process.   Strong Families Series: How Art Heals Grief Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 Time: 6-7:30pm Location: Parkland School Division Centre For Education Board Room (4603 48th Street, Stony Plain) Presented by Jean Tait, Professional Art Therapist (Member of Canadian & American Art Therapy Associations) In this session, parents and guardians are invited to spend the evening with an accredited art therapist to gain an understanding of how adults and elementary school children experience and express grief, and the role arts and crafts can play in helping them improve their self-esteem and self-awareness, build on their emotional resilience and ease their distress, ultimately paving their way to a place of renewal and healing. A light supper will be provided. Limited childcare is available.  Space is limited, so please register early to reserve your spot.   To register, please contact: Sandra Goldschmidt Phone: 780-963-8458 Email: News News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - November 27, 2018 November 27, 2018 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, November 27, 2018. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. The Board approved the 2017-18 Audited Financial Statement presented by Associate Superintendent Corporate Supports and Services Scott McFadyen and Director of Financial Services, Jason Krefting.  Highlights include: Revenues for the year were $132,134,779. (+3.0%) Operating expenses for the year were $131,814,005. (+3.5%) The cost of educating 11,123 students was $131,814,005. 77.4% ($102,038,891) of total funds (which includes Instruction, School Generated Funds, and System Instruction) was spent directly on students in the classroom.  The single largest classroom expenditure was for staff salaries and benefits. The average teaching cost was $112,471 ($101,010 excluding Alberta Teachers Retirement Fund costs). This accounted for 69.9% of all instructional expenses. Parkland’s annual operating surplus is $320,774 which relates to a surplus from operations of $309,741 and a surplus from School Generated Funds of $11,033. The total accumulated surplus from operations is $6,345,494, which includes $923,565 from School Generated Funds and $943,768 unrestricted. PSD’s capital reserves amount to $3.57 million. Capital projects initiated during 2017-2018 included Copperhaven School, Infrastructure, Maintenance and Renewal projects, Centre for Education renovations, Woodhaven modernization and Duffield modulars. Expenditures to transport students to and from school amounted to 8.4% of expenditures. ($11,041,855)  The cost of maintaining and operating 23 sites amounted to 10.8% of expenditures. ($14,179,434). Independent auditor PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, represented by Jeff Baker, delivered a clean audit opinion that the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Parkland School Division No. 70 as at August 31, 2018 and the results of its operations, cash flows, change in net debt and remeasurement gains and losses for the year in accordance with Canadian public sector accounting standards.   The Board approved the 2018-2019 Final Budget as presented by Associate Superintendent McFadyen and Director of Financial Services Jason Krefting. The final budget indicates an operating deficit of $724,408 offset by the use of operating reserves. Total revenue is $133,324,405 with expenses of $134,048,813. The shortfall is offset with the use of reserves of $724,408. Transportation costs accounted for $576.5K of the overall deficit. It is expected that district reserves will have a budgeted balance of $4,354,175 as of August 31, 2019.    The Board approved Parkland School Division’s 2017-2018 Annual Education Results Report (AERR) as presented by Associate Superintendent Scott Johnston. The AERR for 2017-2018 addresses the previous year's achievement on each of the Alberta Education goals and its success in improving results using the strategies developed by education stakeholders. The accountability results guide the decisions and focus areas for the current 2018-2019 Education Plan and inform the assurance process by providing quantitative data to qualitative measures.   The Board directed Parkland School Division administration to conduct a demographic and facility utilization review of schools within the City of Spruce Grove, as well as the west end of Parkland School Division, in order to facilitate long-term planning.   The Board directed Parkland School Division administration to determine the impact of four different Funding Scenarios to assist in long-term planning.    The Board received as information the Engaging Students Through School Attendance report as presented by Associate Superintendent, Dr. Dianne McConnell. Next Regular Board Meeting will be held on December 11, 2018 at the Centre for Education at 9:30am. 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 Changes to the Alberta School Immunization Program September 7, 2018 - Alberta Health has made changes to the school immunization program that will take effect in the 2018/19 school year.  What is changing? HBV and HPV vaccines Previously in Alberta, Grade 5 students were offered three doses of vaccine for Hepatitis B (HBV) and three doses of vaccine for Human Papillomavirus (HPV).  Alberta is moving from a three-dose vaccine schedule in Grade 5 to a two-dose vaccine schedule in Grade 6 for both HBV and HPV vaccines.  Alberta Health has made this change to align with the evidence, which shows that administering two doses at least six months apart will provide children with good protection against Hepatitis B and Human Papillomavirus diseases. The Grade 9 school immunization program including the diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis (dTap) and Meningococcal (MenC-ACYW) vaccines will continue to be offered. The HBV vaccine given in a two-dose series is approved for children 11 years up to and including 15 years of age.  In Alberta, the majority of students are 11 years of age in Grade 6, therefore HBV immunizations will be offered in Grade 6 rather than Grade 5. The HPV vaccine given in a two-dose series is approved for children 9 years up to and including 14 years of age who have a well-functioning immune system.  HPV immunizations will be offered at the same time as the HBV vaccine, in Grade 6 rather than Grade 5.  A three-dose series will continue to be offered to students with compromised immune systems. Catch-up immunization program In the 2018/19 school year, public health nurses will be reviewing the immunization records of all Alberta students from Grades 1 to 9 to assess immunization status.  Parents or guardians will be contacted if a child is missing immunization information.   With parental/guardian consent, a child can be offered the immunizations they are missing at school.  Parents or guardians will continue to have the final decision on immunizing their child. As per current practice, if a highly contagious vaccine-preventable disease, such as measles, occurs at school, children with missing immunization information or declined immunization may be excluded from school to protect their health. In some cases, children may need to stay home for several weeks.  Below is an outline of the changes that will occur to the school immunization program in the 2018/19 and 2019/20 school years. 2018/2019 School Year Students in Grade 5 will not be immunized with the HPV and HBV vaccines, as they will be offered the vaccines the following year in Grade 6.  With parental/guardian consent, children in Grades 1 to 9 who are missing immunizations will be offered immunizations at school. 2019/2020 School Year Students in Grade 6 will be offered immunization with the HPV and HBV vaccines as a two-dose series. With parental/guardian consent, children in Grades 1 to 9 who are missing immunizations will be offered immunizations at school. Alberta Health Services, Public Health will work closely with Parkland School Division to ensure that immunization does not interfere with students taking the Provincial Achievement Tests. More information on immunization and Alberta’s routine immunization schedule and changes to the school immunization program is available on Alberta Health Services website.  For more information, please contact your school’s public health nurse, call 811 or visit News News Bus Pass Pick Up Details August 2, 2018 - Great news: over 94% of PSD students and 83% of non-PSD students have now been registered online for school and/or busing for 2018-2019. If you have not yet submitted your registration information online, please check your email for a message from "PowerSchool Registration Support" detailing the steps you need to take to complete this process. More information can be found in our previous announcement. Transportation fees for 2018-2019 have now been added to Parkland School Division's online payment system. All parents/guardians will soon be notified via email, that their fees are ready to be paid. Please note: In order for your child to have his/her bus pass for the first day of school (Tuesday, September 4, 2018), bus pass applications must  have been received no later than 4:30pm on June 29, 2018 to be included in the routing process. Payment arrangements must be received through PSD’s online payment system (Rycor), in the Division Office on or before August 10, 2018 to be eligible to ride the bus the first day of school. Any applications received after the application deadline may not be processed in time for the first day of school. If your child does not have a valid bus pass for the 2018-2019 school year, he/she will not be able to ride the bus. Fee Payment & Bus Pass Pickup For PSD Students Transportation fees can be paid online through the PowerSchool Parent Portal, or by visiting the Centre for Education during business hours. Please note that the Centre for Education is closed Friday, August 10th. Regular business hours resume on Monday, August 13, 2018. If you make payment arrangements for your 2018-2019 transportation fees by Friday, August 10, your bus pass will be delivered to your child's school for pickup beginning Wednesday, August 22. If you have applied for a bus pass and have no transportation fees owing, your bus pass will be automatically sent to your school for pickup. Please check your school's website for the dates and times your school's office will be open. Bus passes paid for after August 10 can be picked up at the Centre For Education in Stony Plain. For those that have missed the payment deadline or have yet to make payment arrangements, your pass will be waiting for you at the Centre for Education. The Centre for Education in Stony Plain (4603-48 Street) will be open for pickup during the following hours. Please use the north entrance near Meridian Mall. Wednesday, August 22 - Friday August 24 (11:30am-7pm) Monday August 27 - Friday August 31 (11:30am-7pm) Copperhaven School Parents Please be advised that due to some congestion at the construction site at Copperhaven School, bus passes for children attending Copperhaven will be available for pick up at Parkland School Division's Centre for Education in Stony Plain during the times described above. Fee Payment & Bus Pass Pickup For Non-PSD Students Transportation fees can be paid online through the Rycor Payment System, or by visiting the Centre for Education during business hours. The Rycor Non-PSD Parent Guide provides step by step instructions on how to access and make payments. Parents of Evergreen Catholic School Division that attend Spruce Grove or Stony Plain schools can pick up their bus passes at the Evergreen Division office in Spruce Grove between August 27 to August 31st from 8am-4pm. All other non-PSD school bus passes will be delivered to their respective schools if payment arrangements have been made prior to August 10, 2018. Bus Pass Pickup details are as follows: (For those that have missed the payment deadline or have yet to make payment arrangements, your pass will be waiting for you at the Centre for Education so you can make payment arrangements or pay in full. If you have paid or have $0 fees, your pass has been moved to the following locations for pick up to begin August 27, 2018) Evergreen Catholic School Division Parents of Evergreen Catholic School Division that attend Spruce Grove or Stony Plain schools can pick up their bus passes at the Evergreen Division office in Spruce Grove between August 27 and August 31 from 8am–4pm. Bus passes for children attending Holy Spirit Catholic School will be delivered to your school in Devon for pickup beginning August 27. Wild Rose School Division Passes will be available for pickup at Frank Maddock High School beginning August 27. Living Waters Christian Academy Passes will be available for pickup at your school beginning August 27. St. Matthew Lutheran Christian Academy Passes will be available for pickup at your school beginning August 27. Black Gold Regional Schools Passes will be delivered to Black Gold Regional Schools located in Devon, AB so pickup can begin at those respective schools August 27. Grande Yellowhead Public Schools For those PSD residences with students attending Grand Trunk High School or Evansview School, bus passes will be available for pickup at Entwistle School beginning August 27. STAR Catholic Holy Trinity Academy and St. Anthony School students can pick up their bus passes at their school beginning August 27, 2018. More Information For more information about the new online registration process, please visit the Registration page on our website. News News Stony Plain Central Replacement School Announced March 23, 2018 - Parkland School Division is pleased to announce that Stony Plain Central will be receiving a replacement school as part of the recently announced 20 school projects associated with the Alberta Government’s Budget 2018 and specifically Alberta’s 2018 Capital Plan. The 20 projects comprise seven new schools, seven replacement schools, three modernizations, one addition to an existing school and two projects that have been approved for design. By investing in education, the province is creating jobs, while working to alleviate enrolment pressures in growing communities and addressing urgent issues in other schools across Alberta. Budget 2018 allocates $393 million for these new projects, which are expected to be complete for the 2022-23 school year. “This is such welcome news with the announcement of the approval for a replacement school for Stony Plain Central School,” stated Board Chair, Eric Cameron. “We are appreciative of our government's commitment to school capital projects in the province. Our Stony Plain public has been very patient in anticipation of the replacement of the aging Stony Plain Central School. We are most eager to begin design plans and hope to work closely with the Town of Stony Plain in their area structure plans.”  “In Parkland School Division, we believe that learning is the foundation in all we do,” commented Superintendent, Tim Monds. “We couldn’t be more thrilled that we’ll be pouring another foundation for another new school in our ever-growing school jurisdiction. For years now, our overcrowded schools have been forced to be creative when it came to using every square centimetre in their buildings. Spruce Grove is well on the way to right-sizing with the opening of 2 new Kindergarten to Grade 9 schools and the modernization of Woodhaven Middle School. The Town of Stony Plain has experienced similar enrolment growth and a new school in the heart of a rejuvenated town centre will be something all residents can be proud of for years to come.”    “Our kids deserve to learn and grow in modern classrooms. That’s why we are improving existing schools and building new ones where they’re needed. With our announcement of 20 new and modernized school projects, we are making long overdue progress and making sure all young Albertans can get a great education.” - Premier Rachel Notley “Our government knows that stability in the school system helps students and their families, and we will continue to protect these core services for Albertans. We know that investing in education is one of the most important investments we can make in our province’s future, and that is why we will continue to make these important investments.” - David Eggen, Minister of Education These 20 school projects will create more than 4,900 jobs. For almost all of the projects, construction is scheduled to begin in 2019, after design work is complete. Information is available on the Alberta Education website. For more information contact: Stony Plain Central School Phone: 780-963-2203 Email: News News