Parkland School Division Display News en-us Tue, 18 Feb 2020 00:08:18 MST Breeze for Teachers 5.0 https://www.psd70.ab.ca Pink Shirt Day February 13, 2020 - As a demonstration of our need to work together to promote healthy relationships and prevent bullying, Parkland School Division encourages all students, staff and families to participate in Pink Shirt Day on Wednesday, February 26, by donning your favourite shades of rose, fuchsia, salmon or magenta. Pink Shirt Day got its start in small-town Nova Scotia, where a group of high school boys teamed up to distribute and wear pink t-shirts in support of their classmate, a Grade 9 boy who had been bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school. Their show of solidarity sent a strong message to the boy's bullies that their actions would not be tolerated, and today, annual Pink Shirt Day events held in communities across Canada continue to spread this message of kindness and understanding. Being proactive in preventing bullying means we accept shared responsibility for the creation and maintenance of learning and work environments that are safe and welcoming for all students, their families and staff, as outlined in PSD's Administrative Procedure 180: Belonging and Identity. Participating in events like Pink Shirt Day shows leadership in our schools and communities. This display of support is the foundation for creating bullying prevention strategies and modelling healthy relationships. Show your commitment to creating welcoming, caring, respectful and safe environments and help stop bullying by wearing pink and sharing on social media using the hashtags #psd70, #PinkShirtDay, #WhereToTurn and #LiftEachOtherUp. For more information on Pink Shirt Day and Safe and Caring Schools, please visit the Pink Shirt Day and Alberta Government websites. https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=19719&stream=Display News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=19719&stream=Display News Online Registration / Verification for 2020-2021 January 21, 2020 - Parkland School Division's annual online registration/verification process is coming soon.  All Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 registrations for both new and returning students will be conducted online through the PowerRegistration portal for the 2020-2021 school year. All parents will be required to complete this online process each school year. New students must register online, while returning students will receive an email or letter with further instructions on how to verify and/or update their existing information. Registration opens on February 3, 2020. NEW STUDENTS - Access the Online 2020-2021 New Student Registration Form>>> RETURNING STUDENTS - Check your email beginning Monday, February 3, 2020. Parents/guardians can register new students using the New Student Registration form, and/or verify returning student information by following instructions sent to them via email.  All parents are required 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, bus pass production and data verification before the summer break while schools are still operating. Important Registration Dates February 3, 2020 - Registration opens. The link to the New Student Registration form (new students) will be added as a Quick Link on the homepage of psd70.ab.ca. Families of returning students will check their email for a message from PowerSchool Registration Support with further instructions (returning students). March 20, 2020 at 4:30pm - Registration deadline. For further information, visit our Registration page. Please note: The 2019-2020 New Student Registration form is still open and accepting registrations for the current school year. The 2019-2020 form cannot be used to register for 2020-2021- when registering, please make sure to use the correct form. Complete information on the registration process can be found on our Registration page. More information regarding the 2020-2021 registration process will be added as it becomes available.   For more information contact: Parkland School Division Phone: 780-963-4010 Email: DivisionOffice@psd70.ab.ca https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22904&stream=Display News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22904&stream=Display News Strong Families: Drug Information & Awareness January 28, 2020 - Parkland School Division is proud to present another FREE information series for local families. Evening 1: We will focus on defining the concept of addiction, exploring how addiction develops, identifying the types of drugs that youth may be using and how those substances can affect the brain and body.   Evening 2: We will focus on how to talk to your child/teen about drugs (and what to expect when you do), as well as what addiction and mental health services are available for families. Dates: Tuesday, March 10 and 17, 2020 Time: 6-7:30pm Location: Parkland School Division Centre for Education (4603-48 Street, Stony Plain) Presenter: Lisa Kimmerly (Alberta Health Services - Addictions) Information and topics discussed will build on each other, so participants are asked to attend all dates, if possible. 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: Vicky Mamczasz Family Supports Facilitator Phone: 780-963-8472 Email: vmamczasz@psd70.ab.ca https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=21427&stream=Display News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=21427&stream=Display 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. https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22798&stream=Display News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22798&stream=Display News Seba Beach School Considered for Closure January 16, 2020 - At the Regular Board Meeting held on January 14, 2020, the Board of Trustees served a Notice of Motion that Seba Beach School be considered for closure effective June 30, 2020, and that the Board decision on the closure of the school will be made at a Special Board Meeting to be held Wednesday, March 17, 2020, at the Centre for Education in Stony Plain (4603 – 48 Street). It is important to note that the closure decision has not been made. The time between now and March 17, 2020, will be used to receive information from parents and other interested parties and to examine all information related to the viability of Seba Beach School.  On March 17, 2020, the Board will deliberate the closure issue and will make a decision. The Seba Beach School Viability Report can be found here. An extensive Question and Answer document regarding the impact of a potential closure of Seba Beach School can be found here. The Board invites parents, staff and community members to a public meeting to be held at Seba Beach School on February 4, 2020, from 6:30pm-8:30pm. At this meeting, the Board will review the impact of a potential closure of Seba Beach School and stakeholders will have an opportunity to reserve a 10-minute window to directly interact with a Board member and a member of Parkland School Division’s Executive Team regarding specific concerns or questions. Written presentations on the possible closure of the school will be accepted any time during a 3-week window after the public meeting takes place and members of the public may request to form a delegation to present their input at the Board meeting on March 10th. The Trustees are very interested in receiving your input and comments as they consider this important decision about the future of Seba Beach School. Finally, recognizing that considering a closure of a school is an emotional issue that evokes strong feelings, both administration and Trustees have appreciated the respectful and thoughtful dialogue that has occurred with parents, staff, and community members to date.  We ask that future discussions continue to respect Parkland School Division’s Code of Conduct. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation with the process. Sincerely, Shauna Boyce, Superintendent Parkland School Division    Potential Closure of Seba Beach School Q & A Why is Parkland School Division discussing the possible closure of Seba Beach School?  After years of declining enrolment and providing a special allocation of funding to operate the school and in light of the current financial situation, the question of viability at Seba Beach School is on the table.  The viability study examined whether Parkland School Division is providing the best education for students for the dollars expended and choices available. PSD Trustees want to ensure that high quality education is available for all PSD students in the future.     How would the closure affect the attendance area defined for Seba Beach School? The Seba Beach School attendance area would split to become part of the attendance areas for Tomahawk School, Wabamun School, and Entwistle School. Exploratory discussions have taken place with Paul First Nation and representatives have expressed a willingness to look at options for transporting their students to alternate PSD sites. Options for cross attendance choices to other schools could be explored with any families interested. Those are available where space and resources permit and are reviewed by school Principals on a year-by-year basis. Cross attendance students may apply for bus service for a fee if it is available and criteria is met as per Administrative Procedure 850: Transportation Services.   How would the closure affect the attendance areas for other schools? The attendance area for Tomahawk, Wabamun and Entwistle Schools would become larger as it would now include the area for Seba Beach School.  Viable options for Paul First Nations students who attend PSD schools would be further discussed with Paul First Nation.   What are the program implications for other Parkland School Division schools and for the Seba Beach School students if they were to attend elsewhere beginning in 2020-2021? Currently, students from the four West End schools join together at Seba Beach School for the Career and Technology Foundation (CTF) courses, which include Sewing, Shop, Guitar, Foods, Wellness and Art. Entwistle, Tomahawk and Wabamun Schools bus their Grade 7, 8 and 9 students to Seba Beach for one week of programming three times per year.  Should Seba Beach School close, it is expected that each of its former students’ receiving schools would either:  •    Accommodate CTF programming on-site, or  •    Select a new school to host a combined program.  Seba Beach School was originally selected for the CTF site because of its available space and resources: it has the classroom space to accommodate approximately 75 junior high students for one week, and it has on-site shop and food programming facilities. Entwistle School, Tomahawk School, or Wabamun School could accommodate students similarly, although the resources available may change the programs offered. Resources can also move with the students. With all factors considered, the West End CTF program benefits from, but is not dependent on, the continued operation of Seba Beach School.   What are the educational impacts of closing Seba Beach School? Academic achievement varies between individual students and there is no reason to expect education would be negatively impacted by a move to another school. While students, parents and staff are very fond of Seba Beach School and have appreciated their successful years as a school community, moving the students to other Parkland School Division schools will provide the opportunity to ensure that strong educational programming can continue into the future. Parkland School Division staff would work to ensure a smooth transition for every student impacted. Parents will be well informed of transition plans for students generally, and additionally individualized transition plans will be developed for students identified with mild, moderate or significant needs. Individualized transition plans could include the following: tour of new school, identification of support team and early introduction of the support team to the students and family, individualized programming planning in new school and assurance of responses to a variety of individualized needs. (For example: specialized equipment.)  School staff would be working closely with the students and families and the process will be guided by the school administrators. How many students would need to be relocated as a result of the closure? It is expected that 66 students will be designated to other Parkland School Division schools for the 2020-2021 school year. Based on residences of current students and bus route patterns, a distribution could look like the following: (Please note, peer groups and family requests could be considered for alternate placements based on capacity at receiving schools and available transportation). What be the needs and the extent of busing if the school were to close? At present, three dedicated buses serve the Seba Beach School attendance area: two that travel to Seba Beach School, and one that travels to Memorial Composite High School. In addition, one Entwistle bus picks up Seba Beach students at three stops in the Seba Beach area and carries on to Memorial Composite High School. If Seba Beach School were to close, attendance areas would be adjusted based on distances to alternative schools, bus availability, transport patterns, and ride times. Ride times would not significantly be impacted and would fall within expected Division limits. Based on the above information, it is recommended that, should Seba Beach School be closed, its attendance area should be split between the Entwistle School and Wabamun School attendance areas. This realignment would not require any additional buses to transport the students. One bus currently transports PSD high school, French Immersion and Evergreen Catholic students through the Wabamun transfer site. In a closure scenario, two buses would be reassigned to transport former Seba students to Wabamun.  Buses serving the revised Entwistle School attendance area would then accommodate the students from Entwistle. The nine students, who are currently cross attendance students from Tomahawk attending Seba Beach School, would be either directed back to their designated school, Tomahawk School or given the opportunity to explore another school of choice should space and resources allow.   What are the financial implications of closing Seba Beach School?  A review of the various funding components received by the Division shows that the overall net financial impact of a Seba Beach School closure would be a savings of $1,032,881. Instruction Seba Beach School currently employs 5.5 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) certificated teaching staff, 2.6 FTE educational assistants and 1 FTE secretary. Existing Seba Beach School staff would be placed in other applicable vacancies within the Division, as per Administrative Procedure 470: Reduction of Staff. However, the closure would still result in staff reductions for the Division that would result in a savings of $288,000. If Seba Beach School were to close, there would be several significant financial implications for the Division. The figures provided below, based on the draft Final Budget for 2019-2020 school year, and actual results for the years prior. Assumptions have been made based on Alberta Education’s current funding formula with allocations based on the Division allocation model in place for the 2019-2020 school year.  Based on the budget for 2019-2020, the school-based cost per student at Seba Beach School is $13,497, compared to the division average of $7,097. These amounts do not factor in the cost of plant operations and upkeep (i.e. maintenance, custodial work, utilities and insurance). We receive some funding from the government (“small school by necessity”) for small schools when they are more than 25km from the nearest school. To this end, the closure would result in two more schools eligible to receive funding (approximately $230,000). Currently, our west end schools are located too close to each other to receive the full extent of this funding. Above and beyond the provincial funding, the Division allocates funds to small schools based on our established allocation model. This model was developed by the Division to support our small schools, and is not intended to mirror revenue received from the government. The allocation model for small schools was updated in 2019-2020 in response to changes in overall Division revenues, and in an effort to provide funding to the small schools that had the greatest need. The four West End schools all require extra funding through the allocation model, with Seba Beach School requiring the most at $182,000. Seba Beach School has received a special allocation each of the last three years, and this amount has increased each year, tripling in size since 2017-2018, as enrolment has continued to decrease at Seba Beach. The 2019-2020 contingency allocation for Seba Beach School was $131,581 which would be allocated back to other schools within the division should Seba Beach School close. Facilities Infrastructure maintenance and renewal (IMR) funding under the current funding formulas is determined based on multiple factors, including the building’s student population and square meterage. If Seba Beach were to close, the IMR funding would be reduced by $11,919. This reduction in funding is offset by the maintenance work that is done at the school. Over the last three years, $225,000 worth of maintenance has been completed at Seba Beach School: an average of $75,000 per year. Seba Beach School’s five-year maintenance costs include (but are not limited to): •    Roofing - $262,100 •    Air handling units - $275,947 •    Fire detection system - $230,369 •    Boilers - $125,585 •    Hot water distribution - $522,373 •    Finned tube radiation - $541,537 •    Pneumatic controls - $101,567? The remaining outstanding amounts of deferred maintenance include many of the interior components of the building (e.g. lockers, millwork, countertops, washroom fixtures, flooring, etc.). At $766.74, Seba Beach School has the highest 5-year maintenance cost per square metre of all PSD West End schools (with the next closest being Entwistle at $523.70), and the highest utility cost per student at $606.06 (compared to Wabamun School, which is the next closest at $349.84). There are no capital needs anticipated at other schools that would be receiving Seba Beach School students. Custodial expenditures for Seba Beach School in the 2019-2020 school year are estimated to be $75,331. If Seba Beach School were closed and its students were moved into neighbouring schools, Parkland School Division’s Facilities Services has estimated that supplies at those schools would increase by $500 resulting in a net savings of $74,831. The Facility Condition Index (FCI) rating is a quantifiable number that directly relates to the general condition of the building. Generally speaking, the higher the number, the worse the general condition of the building. The average FCI rating of Parkland School Division schools is 16.18%. Seba Beach School has the highest FCI of all our West End schools with an FCI of 21.76%. The next closest school in the West End is Entwistle at 16.16%. Summary of Financial Implications It is expected that the Division's operating reserves will have a balance of $2,272,115 or 1.71% as of August 31,2020. Although the Division has budgeted for a reduction in operating expenses by $1,904,724 from the last year's actuals, there is still a significant shortfall in funding. The Division is preparing for another $3 million-dollar shortfall for the 2020-2021 budget based on provincial government’s declaration that education funding will remain flat moving forward.    The net savings of just over $1 million dollars from a closure of Seba Beach School would mean the Division needs to further reduce expenses by $2 million rather than $3 million.   The above mentioned fiscal realities also make it increasingly difficult for a Board to subsidize schools with operating reserves. What is the financial and educational impact of keeping Seba Beach School open? Seba Beach School has a long history in Parkland School Division of providing good educational programming to its community, and we expect that would continue. The low utilization rate of the building requires PSD to highly subsidize the school to continue to meet those needs. Keeping Seba Beach School open means funds continue to be reallocated from other schools to maintain service levels. In addition, funds would need to be allocated to address 5-year maintenance costs and deferred maintenance.   If Seba Beach School is closed, what happens with the school’s computer equipment, learning materials, etc? Instructional resources and equipment would be moved to schools receiving former Seba Beach School students.  Any surplus materials and equipment would be made available to other Parkland School Division schools.   What is the Board of Trustees long-range Capital Plan? All new school facilities are funded from the Province of Alberta through Alberta Education in consultation with the Department of Infrastructure. Each year, school jurisdictions submit facility needs for the next three years and await funding and approval from the province. Due to its current enrolment level, Seba Beach School is not being considered in Parkland School Division’s long-range capital plans. The Board’s long-range capital plan can be found here.    If Seba Beach School is closed, what is the proposed use of the building? Alberta Education’s Disposition of Property Regulation will guide our process and requires that all school boards consult with other boards and municipalities with respect to their needs when land and buildings become surplus.  If the school closes, PSD will meet with appropriate representatives regarding the future of the facility.   Although it would be the Division’s intention to find a new owner for the school building, until such time as ownership was transferred the Division would continue to incur costs for basic utilities, security, yard care and insurance.   When is the parent/public meeting? A public meeting will be held on February 4, 2020 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Seba Beach School. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the implications of closure of Seba Beach School.  We encourage you to attend. The Board of Trustees would like to hear from you.   How can I contact the Board of Trustees with my views? Written comment will be received until February 25, 2020.  Please direct your comments to:     TheBoard@psd70.ab.ca •    To book a delegation to present at the Regular Board Meeting on March 10, 2020, as per Board Policy 7, please provide five business days’ written notice of intent, and schedule your appointment with:     Keri Zylla     Executive Assistant     Parkland School Division      kzylla@psd70.ab.ca     Phone: 780-963-8469   https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22878&stream=Display News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22878&stream=Display News Strong Families: Positive Parenting Program - Teens December 18, 2019 - Parkland School Division is proud to present another FREE information series for local families. Learn ways to help your teenager communicate well, develop healthy routines, follow rules and solve problems. Think of this session as a toolbox of ideas. You choose the tools you want to make your family life better. You can adapt the ideas you learn to suit your culture, beliefs and personal situation, using them to build better relationships with your child, solve problems, become a more confident mom or dad and give your child the best start to life.   Dates: Tuesday, January 21 & 28, and February 4, 11 & 25, 2020 (no session on February 18) Time: 6-7:30pm Location: Parkland School Division Centre for Education (4603-48 Street, Stony Plain) Presenter: Rebecca Plant (Alberta Parenting for the Future Association) Information and topics discussed will build on each other, so participants are asked to attend all dates, if possible. 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: Vicky Mamczasz Family Supports Facilitator Phone: 780-963-8472 Email: vmamczasz@psd70.ab.ca   https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=21425&stream=Display News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=21425&stream=Display News CHANGE Health Community Program November 29, 2019 - The CHANGE Clinic stands for Canadian Health Advanced by Nutrition and Graded Exercise, and provides a new model of health service delivery that supports preventive, personalized, and community-relevant care to the people of Alberta. Parkland School Division is proud to partner with the CHANGE Clinic to offer FREE sessions for parents/guardians and their children, focused on four key areas: Nutrition Physical activity and fitness Mental health and well-being Strong partner/family relationships and community connections Participants will have the opportunity to make healthy changes to their daily lifestyles, engaging in hands-on activities that promote family fun, community connectedness and mental wellness, while trying their hand at nutritious recipes and learning about local health resources. Sessions will run throughout the year. (Frequency is to be determined.) Dinner will be provided at each session, and participants are asked to dress comfortably, bring their indoor shoes and come prepared for some great activities.  More information can be found in the CHANGE Program Handout. Wednesday Sessions in Spruce Grove Start Date: Wednesday, December 4 Time: 5:30-7:30pm Location: Woodhaven Middle School (475 King Street, Spruce Grove) Thursday Sessions in Stony Plain Start Date: Thursday, January 9 Time: 5:30-7:30pm Location: High Park School (40 Highridge Way, Stony Plain) Registration Registration for these sessions is FREE, and will remain open until the end of January 2020. To register, contact: Jennifer Goulden Parkland School Division Community Support Worker Email: jgoulden@psd70.ab.ca For more information contact: CHANGE Health Community Program Phone: 780-492-4488 Email: chcp@ualberta.ca or speak to the Woodhaven Middle School or High Park School offices. https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22587&stream=Display News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22587&stream=Display News 2019 Report Card Changes November 19, 2019 - Parents may notice a few changes when they access their child's next report card on the PowerSchool parent portal. Every K-9 school in Parkland School Division uses the same report card format, and this format was recently updated in response to feedback from parents, students and teachers throughout the Division. Our report card review process for the Grade 1-9 report card began in June of 2018 in response to our Spring ThoughtExchange process and May 4, 2018 Stakeholder Engagement. Additional engagements occurred throughout this school year, including: A student engagement on assessment and reporting; Parent engagements through the Council of Student Council; Engagements with the Alberta Teachers’ Association Local 10; A Teacher Advisory Engagement; and Several engagements with School Administration. PSD parents emphasized their desire for a simplified report card, and this revised format is a reflection of this sentiment. The new report card lays out four distinct levels of achievement (Excellent, Competent, Satisfactory and Insufficient) with their corresponding meanings. Students in Grades 1-4 will be marked with their level of achievement, while students in Grades 5-9 will also receive a percentage range with their level of achievement. Teachers will report one level of assessment for each school subject. In addition, teachers will also use Standards & Criteria guidelines to provide comments on how each student is doing in specific learning areas, including Knowledge & Skills, Literacy, Communication, Problem Solving, Collaboration and Metacognition (i.e. thinking about thinking). These standards should give parents a better understanding of their child's level of achievement, as it is possible for students to demonstrate differing levels of mastery in using the skills they need for a single class. Currently, our high school students and their parents enjoy access to their progress through the online grade book via the PowerSchool parent portal. The plan is to have this PowerSchool access expand to all grades from one through twelve. This will involve training at the teacher level throughout 2019-2020, with full implementation of the online grade book for PowerSchool in 2020-2021. Director of Instructional Services, Katherine Mann, explains the format and goals of the new report card in the video below: For full details, visit the Parkland School Division Report Card page. Forward comments or suggestions to: Katherine Mann Director, Instructional Services Email: kmann@psd70.ab.ca https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22511&stream=Display News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22511&stream=Display News School Bus Safety Week October 23, 2019 - School Bus Safety Week runs from October 21-25 this year. Parkland School Division would like to take the opportunity to thank all our drivers and contractors who safely transport over 8,000 registered bus riders 15,000 km twice daily.  Pop Quiz Check out the video produced by the Student Transportation Association of Alberta. There are some great reminders for bus riders and anyone who shares the road with our fleet of over 150 contracted buses. Poster Contest The Alberta Student Transportation Advisory Council (ASTAC) is sponsoring a provincial poster contest to promote School Bus Safety Week. Students from Kindergarten to Grade 6 can participate by submitting an entry that illustrates positive school bus safety behaviour.  What: ASTAC School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest Theme: Ready to Ride Prizes: Each winner from K - 6 will receive a $25 gift card, a framed original of their poster, $100 for their classroom, and an engraved plaque. Honourable mentions will receive a $25 gift card. Specifications: 11"x17" on heavy paper suitable for framing. The poster must contain the theme Ready to Ride. Submit to:  Black Gold Regional Schools ASTAC, c/o Sue Timmermans 3rd Floor, 1101-5th Street, Nisku, Alberta T9E 7N3   Note: The back of the poster must contain: Grade, Student Name, School, School Division. All entries will become the property of the Alberta Student Transportation Advisory Council and may be reproduced, displayed or auctioned at the Annual School Bus Convention. Prizes (plaque for the winning contestant, $25 gift card, $100 cash to the class of the winner to be used for a school field trip and framed print of the winning poster to the respective school) will be awarded for each grade category. Judging will be done in December and school division transportation managers will be contacted to pass along the great news to the winners. Posters sent to the ASTAC Contest cannot be returned. If teachers are submitting for a class, please separate posters by grades. Safety In Parkland School Division, we are committed to providing safe and caring environments for all students to learn, and that starts the moment a child boards a bus in the morning. For more on this topic, check out the Bus Safety section of our website. Parents are also encouraged to review the information contained in the School Bus Operations Parent Handbook.    For more information contact: Transportation Services Phone: 780-963-8452 Email: Transportation@psd70.ab.ca https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=18023&stream=Display News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=18023&stream=Display News Special Board Meeting Highlights - June 25, 2019 June 25, 2019 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Special Board meeting held on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Special Board meeting. Update: The Board held its annual Organizational Meeting in addition to the regular Board Meeting. Trustee Lorraine Stewart was elected Board Chair by acclamation. Eric Cameron was elected Vice Chair by acclamation. All the new positions posted below as the result of the Organization meeting will be effective September 1, 2019. The Board Chair and Vice Chair will be sworn in at the Regular Board Meeting September 3, 2019. "I am humbled by the vote of confidence from fellow trustees and am honoured and excited to serve as Board Chair for the 2019-2020 school year," stated Trustee Stewart. "I have been mentored for the past two years by Eric Cameron, who has provided integrity and admirable leadership to the Board. I am proud to collaborate with my colleagues who clearly emphasize student success and well-being in all their decisions. We really are a future-focused and innovative organization." "I am honored to serve as Vice Chair on the Board of Trustees for PSD." stated Trustee Cameron.  "It has been my privilege to serve as Board Chair for all these years. Our dynamic team of Governors and Executive leadership keep the desire to serve students alive. It's an exciting time to be in education and I look forward to living out our new vision and mission daily." The following committee positions were also chosen:​ Education Committee Chairperson (Anne Montgomery) Student Advisory Committee Chairperson (Anne Montgomery) Benefit Plan Advisory Committee  (Lorraine Stewart) Teacher/Board Advisory Committee (Eric Cameron, Ron Heinrichs, Lorraine Stewart) Audit Committee (Ron Heinrichs, Paul McCann, Anne Montgomery) Advocacy Committee Chairperson (Paul McCann) Alberta School Boards Association, Zone II (Eric Cameron,Darlene Clarke) Public School Boards' Association (Ron Heinrichs,Sally Kucher-Johnson) Stony Plain Joint-Use Committee (Paul McCann) Spruce Grove Joint-Use Committee (Anne Montgomery) Alberta Teachers' Association Labour Relations (Eric Cameron, Darlene Clarke, Anne Montgomery) Central Alberta Assocation of Municipal and School Employees Labour Relations (Darlene Clarke, Ron Heinrichs, Sally Kucher-Johnson) International Union of Operating Engineers Labour Relations (Darlene Clarke, Sally Kucher-Johnson, Paul McCann) Council of School Councils (Paul McCann, Anne Montgomery) Teachers' Employer Bargaining Association Representative (Eric Cameron) Rural Caucus of Alberta School Boards (Sally Kucher-Johnson) The Board approved the Quarterly Financial Report for the period ending May 31, 2019. As of May 31st, 2019, revenues year to date were $102.1M and expenditures year to date were $104.0M resulting in a deficit of $1.9M. A deficit of $677K is forecast for year ended August 31, 2019. The Board approved the 2019-2020 Education Plan. The plan guides the strategic plans for the Division and Schools for the following year. The Education Plan for 2019-2020 and beyond are featured primarily as web-based in order to facilitate community access. The Education Plan is a key component in the education planning cycle which involves: Developing and updating plans that are aligned with provincial goals, outcomes and performance measures and the Division's Vision, Mission, Values and Beliefs; Promoting meaningful community engagement; Preparing budgets in alignment with resource stewardship, and that support student learning to achieve the Ultimate Goal of Student Success and Well-being; and, Implementing strategies to maintain or improve students learning and achievement. The Board approved the Preliminary Budget for 2019-20 which has to be submitted to Alberta Education by June 30th. The preliminary budget indicates an operating deficit of $416,042 offset by the use of operating reserves. The total revenue is $132,806,272 with expenses of $133,222,314. The Board of Trustees approved the Fees and Allowances, as amended, for 2019-2020.  In the March 5, 2019 Fee Schedule, a fee of $3750 ($375 per month) is charged for participation in the Nature Kindergarten Program. This fee is collected to offset the staffing and operational costs as AB Education funds Kindergarten students at a .5 FTE rate. In 2019-2020, a pilot Full Day, Everyday French Immersion program is planned for École Broxton Park School. It is the intent to charge the fee of $3750 ($375 per month) to cover the unfunded portion of the staffing and operational costs. The previous Fee Allowances for 2019-2020 did not include a Fee for Adult Students. In some situations, it would be beneficial to charge an Adult Student Fee to allow students to finish their programs. This would be typically done through an Outreach or Alternative Education setting. Based on a comparison to other school jurisdictions, the new fee will be $100 per credit. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 6pm, Centre for Education https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=21249&stream=Display News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=21249&stream=Display News