Parkland School Division Homepage News en-us Sat, 17 Feb 2018 19:44:33 MST Breeze for Teachers 5.0 http://www.psd70.ab.ca NEW Online Registration/Data Verification for 2018-2019 January 8, 2018 - Parkland School Division’s student registration process is changing, and these changes will affect both new and returning students. For the 2018-2019 school year, all Kindergarten to Grade 12 registrations will be conducted online through the Power Registration portal. All parents will be required to complete this new online process each school year. New students must register online, while returning students will be receiving correspondence with further instructions prior to April 1, 2018. This replaces the old process where individual schools would send home printed data verification forms at the end of the school year (usually with report cards). Kindergarten families will be the first to use the new online registration system beginning February 1, 2018. Click here to register for Kindergarten in 2018 - 2019. All other students from Grade 1-12 will be able to either register (new students) or verify their existing data (returning students) online, beginning April 1, 2018. Bus Registration Deadline 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 be received no later than 4:30pm, June 29, 2018 to be included in the routing process. Payment arrangements must be received through PSD’s online payment system (Acorn) or 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. Late Registrations  It's very easy for a child to hop onto a bus in the morning and get to a transfer station. Staff can then direct children without a pass to the right bus to head to their correct school. The reverse is not the same. Staff won't know which bus to put a child on once they get to the respective transfer sites during the afternoon runs, if they DO NOT have a pass that indicates which route goes back to their neighbourhood and which stop to get off including alternate stops for daycares, day homes, split custody or other guardianship arrangements for care after school.  In order to avoid children without passes riding an unknown bus and being stranded at the wrong transfer station parents of children who do not have a pass will have to make arrangements to pick up their children at school at the end of the day until passes have been processed. The current PDF registration form that can be found on our Registration page is ONLY to be used by students registering for the balance of the current 2017-2018 school year. Paper registration forms WILL NOT be accepted for the 2018-2019 school year. Kindergarten Registration (Opening February 1, 2018) A child entering Kindergarten must be five 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 2018 needs to be five years old by February 28, 2019. A child entering Grade 1 must be six 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 2018 needs to be six years old by February 28, 2019. Please Note: Registration requirements for Kindergarten are the same as Grades 1 through 12. Parkland School Division is pleased to offer a number of program choices for Kindergarten students, including French Immersion, the Maranatha Christian Program and Nature-Based Kindergarten. More information can be found on our Programs page. Kindergarten programs are offered on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday with alternating Fridays. Links for online Kindergarten Registration will open February 1, 2018. Please watch your designated school’s website for more information about upcoming Kindergarten Registration events and open houses. Busing Registration The bus registration process for the 2018-2019 school year will be integrated into the new 2018-2019 online registration process described above. Families who do not attend Parkland School Division schools will be able to register for Parkland School Division’s Transportation Services using the same link as PSD families beginning April 1, 2018. More Information Detailed step-by-step registration/verification instructions will be shared once available. Check back here or watch school newsletters for more information. For more information about the new online registration process, please contact your school office. http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14245&stream=Homepage News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14245&stream=Homepage News ThoughtExchange - Your Voice Matters On behalf of the students we serve, we would like to invite you to please contribute your thoughts regarding Parkland School Division. We want to know what you think we do well and where we can improve.   We recognize that success and well-being will continually require the complete engagement of our educational stakeholders. Our Ultimate Goal, Success for All Students, is dependent upon engagement with our community. Everyone can make a meaningful contribution to public education.   Your voice is important as our school division and all our schools lay the foundation for a new multi-year Education Plan that will shape education delivery in all our schools.  In this new version of Thoughtexchange, you will be asked to share your thoughts then immediately review and rate the thoughts of others. You will also have a chance to review the top thoughts prioritized by the community.  The Process All our schools have shared a direct-survey link via email inviting participation in ThoughtExchange.   You can join the conversation by providing your thoughts.   This will help us get a sense of shared values and priorities of our school and our community. It’s also an important tool in our education planning and will help guide important decisions in the future that will allow us to deliver the best possible education to our children. You don't have to be a parent or guardian to participate. All stakeholders and community members are invited to participate by clicking this ThoughtExchange link. 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: sjohnston@psd70.ab.ca http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=197&stream=Homepage News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=197&stream=Homepage News Kids Can Cook February 14, 2018 - Parkland School Division Green Growing Initiatives, Little Green Thumbs, Multicultural Heritage Centre, The Town of Stony Plain, and several local businesses have partnered to create the first ever Kids Can Cook Celebration & Fundraiser. Students of Parkland School Division take food from ‘seed to table’ in an inaugural Kids Can Cook Celebration & Fundraiser. You are invited to enjoy a wonderful meal while supporting this important learning opportunity for our students. Date: Friday, March 9 Time: 6pm Location: Heritage Park, Spruce Grove Hall (5100 41 Avenue, Stony Plain) Tickets: Individual $25, Family (Maximum of 4) $50, available at Eventbrite Little Green Thumbs and Green Growing Initiatives support gardening programs within the Parkland School Division.  Students learn how to grow their own food, understand nutrition, and establish a connection to where food comes. It is of vital importance to teach kids about healthy eating choices in their early years, to create a solid foundation that will last a lifetime.  The program works through inquiry based learning, experiential learning, and cross-curriculum learning within the classroom environment and helps students build responsibility, curiosity and confidence.  Gardens cultivate food literacy by connecting students to the entire food cycle.  “Food is not just fuel.  Food is about family, food is about community, food is about identity.  And we nourish all of those things when we eat well.” – Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food, An Eater’s Manifesto This event seeks to celebrate and elevate food from seed to table and to excite students about the opportunities that come with a passion for food, in all its’ stages of preparation. Local chefs have been partnered with a school team to showcase their culinary talents. Recipes will include produce grown in their school gardens.  Proceeds from this fundraising event will support the Little Green Thumbs Program and Parkland School Division Green Growing Initiatives. Local partners include Parkland School Division, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Freson Brox. Fresh Markets, The Town of Stony Plain, Achieving Community Together, Little Green Thumbs, Multicultural Heritage Centre, and the Community Compass. For more information contact: Felicia Ochs PSD Wellness Coordinator Learning Services Phone: 780-963-8465 Email: fmochs@psd70.ab.ca http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14849&stream=Homepage News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14849&stream=Homepage News Bus Service Cancelled Wednesday February 14th February 14, 2018 - All bus service has been cancelled due to the freezing rain over night and limited visibility with blowing snow in parts of the region. Buses are cancelled for both morning and afternoon runs. As per Administrative Procedure 131 - Severe Weather, schools shall remain open with an understanding that no new concepts or learning projects (coverage of curricula) shall be initiated during a cancellation of transportation services. Review and/or progress on learning tasks, assignments or projects already in process shall be encouraged. We apologize for any inconvenience. At Parkland School Division, we are a caring and compassionate organization, guided by what’s in the best interest of our students. On any days where weather may be a factor, don't forget to check out our Bus Status Page for all the latest news on bus delays or cancellations.   http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14823&stream=Homepage News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14823&stream=Homepage News Kindergarten Open Houses January 16, 2018 - Kindergarten Open Houses for all schools in the City of Spruce Grove and the Town of Stony Plain that offer Kindergarten programming will be held Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Students are welcome to attend with their parents. Students are to be registered in their designated schools.    Please note: The attendance areas can be found on our existing Designated School & Attendance Area page.     Kindergarten and Grade 1 Age Requirements 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 2018 needs to be 5 years old by February 28, 2019. 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 2018 needs to be 6 years old by February 28, 2019. How to Register Fill out the the online New Student Registration form once it's available beginning February 1, 2018. For more detailed information on online registration, click here. The student's birth certificate and proof of residence will be required at the school. Paper copies of registration forms will not be accepted. Kindergarten Open House Kindergarten Open Houses - Urban (English) Date: Tuesday, March 13 Time: 6-7pm Location: All Spruce Grove & Area schools (including Parkland Village School)* and all Town of Stony Plain schools   *Copperhaven School's Kindergarten Open House will also be on March 13 and will be hosted at École Broxton Park School. *The Kindergarten Open House for students attending the Maranatha Christian Program will be on March 13th at Brookwood School. Kindergarten Open Houses - Rural & Parkland County West End Schools (English) Date: Tuesday, March 13 Time: 5-7pm Location: Tomahawk School Date: Tuesday, March 13 Time: 6-7pm Location: Duffield School, Entwistle School, Seba Beach School, Wabamun School Date: Wednesday, April 11 Time: 6-7pm Location: Blueberry School, Graminia School, Muir Lake School Kindergarten Open Houses - (French) Date: Thursday, February 22 Time: 6-7pm Location:École Broxton Park School Location:École Meridian Heights School Need to Knows Everything else you need to know on the topic of registration can be found on our Registration Page. For more information contact: Learning Services  Phone: 780-963-8458 Email: LearningServices@psd70.ab.ca http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14383&stream=Homepage News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14383&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - February 6, 2018 February 6, 2018 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, February 6, 2018. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board welcomed as a delegation Blueberry School Principal Sheryl Bridgeman along with Grade 7 teacher Sheena Owen and students Anneke A., Kaylee M., Noah O., Wyatt, D. They were demonstrating a typical Language Arts Class and how Parkland School Division's Literacy Framework comes to life. The Board approved the unaudited financial report for the period ending October 31, 2017. As of October 31st, 32.2% of revenues have been collected for the year compared to 33.0% of expenses paid out to date resulting in total year-to-date deficit of $1.29 million dollars. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 6:30 p.m., Centre for Education http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14711&stream=Homepage News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14711&stream=Homepage News Board Meeting Highlights - January 9, 2018 January 9, 2018 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board welcomed as a delegation Parkland School Division students and graduates who recently hosted/attended the Youth Change Summit, December 1, 2017 in Spruce Grove. This work is directly tied to the work of Parkland School Division's Wellness Coordinator, Felicia Ochs and is a continuation of the work started with the Tri-Region Community Change Summit from November 2016. Presenters included Memorial Composite High School Grade 12 student Drew Sikorski as well as graduates Kyle Schmitke (Grad '13), Neil Schmitke (Grad '12) and Brendan Willey (Grad '15). The Board approved the unaudited financial report for the period ending November 30, 2017. As of November 30th, 24.4% of revenues have been collected for the year compared to 24.8% of expenses paid out to date resulting in total year-to-date deficit of $671,679. The Board approved an overall change of 0% in premiums for the Sun Life insurance plan. A breakdown of the year-to-year changes can be found here.  The Board established a submission deadline of February 12, 2018 for schools who wish to nominate a first-year teacher for the Alberta School Boards' Association's Edwin Parr Award.  A committee consisting of Trustees Ron Heinrichs, Sally Kucher-Johnson and Anne Montgomery will determine Parkland School Division's submission for the prestigious award.  The Board received as information the School Resource Officer (SRO) Program Report as presented by Deputy Superintendent Shauna Boyce, Memorial Composite High School Principal Carolyn Jensen and Constable Gord Marshall. The purpose of the SRO is not punitive, but rather to provide a direct connection between the community, the schools and the police. The SRO can help students to make positive choices through law education and law counseling. This program has been a very positive addition to the high schools for the past six years. The Board also approved two changes to Board Policy 7 (Articles 9.1 and 9.5). For Article 9.1, by putting forward a Notice of Motion prior to the motion being read out, debated, and voted on at a subsequent meeting, it gives Trustees and stakeholders a chance to reflect on the proposed action and consider the implications prior to debate and decision. For Article 9.5, the change is designed to offer maximum transparency to our stakeholder community, our public deserves to know how each Trustee votes on matters related to the operation of Parkland School Division. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14265&stream=Homepage News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14265&stream=Homepage News Copperhaven Bus Transfer Site Opening January 2018 December 14, 2017 - Parkland School Division Transportation Services is pleased to announce that the Copperhaven School Bus Transfer Site will be opening when students return from Christmas Break on January 8, 2018. There will be minimal changes to existing busing and those families who will experience some changes to their current busing will be contacted directly by Transportation Services via email and voice message before December 22, 2017. This includes those families who live in neighbourhoods adjacent to St. Peter the Apostle School and currently walk to the high school to catch a bus.  The safety of all those who ride the bus is the utmost priority. Since Copperhaven School is currently under construction next to the transfer site, students will not be allowed to walk past the active construction site to the transfer area. Additionally, parents will not be able to drop-off students at the Transfer Site as there is no additional parking and space is limited. Students will also remain on their first bus until all buses arrive at the transfer site eliminating pedestrian traffic. Students will notice the friendly, familiar faces of the Site Monitors who are currently servicing transported students who transfer at St. Peter the Apostle School. Additional staff will be on hand for the first few days in the New Year to ensure a successful transition for students. Signage and permanent light fixtures will soon be installed on the site. There are currently modular classrooms temporarily being stored at the transfer site but those will be moving shortly once they are ready to be installed at the school. Buses will be able to navigate the site during this temporary transition period. Please note that the changes to take place on January 8th will not affect any riders who transfer at any other sites. Transfer Site Map Buses will also be parked in the same order that they are parked now to keep conditions as similar as possible to the students' current experience. Check out the Copperhaven Transfer Site Map. For more information contact: Transportation Services 4603-48 Street  Stony Plain, AB T7Z 2A8 Phone: 780-963-8452 Email: Transportation@psd70.ab.ca http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14095&stream=Homepage News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14095&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - December 12, 2017 December 12, 2017 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board welcomed as a delegation Forest Green/Connections for Learning Principal Travis McNaughton along with Collaborative Teaching Partners Natasha Lang and Kyla Moore. They were demonstrating an Inclusive Learning Session that would be typical in a PSD Kindergarten classroom. These PSD staff members are part of a Masters Cohort with the University of Calgary. They're taking a course on leading inclusion in the classroom and the presentation to the Board was part of their course. The Board approved the unaudited financial report for the period ending October 31, 2017. As of October 31st, 16.3% of revenues have been collected for the year compared to 16.4% of expenses paid out to date resulting in total year-to-date surplus of $132,394. The Board received as information the draft 2018-2019, 2019-2020, 2020-2021 School Calendars. Trustees further directed Administration to circulate the draft calendars to stakeholders for feedback.   Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14041&stream=Homepage News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14041&stream=Homepage News Board Meeting Highlights - November 28, 2017 November 29, 2017 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, November 28, 2017. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board approved the 2016-17 Audited Financial Statement presented by Associate Superintendent Corporate Supports and Services Claire Jonsson and Director of Financial Services, Jason Krefting.  Highlights include: Revenues over the previous year show an increase of $2.2 million (+1.8%) Expenditures over the previous year show an increase of $2.9 million (+2.3%) The cost of educating 10,968 students was $127.3 million The single largest classroom expenditure was for staff salaries and benefits. The average teaching cost was $112,710 ($101,225 excluding Alberta Teachers Retirement Fund costs). This accounted for 70.6% of all instructional expenses Parkland’s annual operating surplus is $954,950 which relates to a surplus from operations of $936,264 and a surplus from School Generated Funds of $18,686. The total accumulated surplus from operations is $ 6,112,843 which includes $912,532 from School Generated Funds and $ 943,768 unrestricted  PSD’s capital reserves amount to $4.0 million Capital projects initiated during 2016-2017 included: Copperhaven School Centre ($6.6M) Prescott Learning Centre Furniture and Equipment ($597K) Relocation of modulars to Duffield School ($577K) 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, 2017 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 Parkland School Division’s 2016-2017 Annual Education Results Report (AERR) as presented by Associate Superintendent Scott Johnston. The AERR for 2016-2017 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 upcoming Three-Year Education Plan and inform the assurance process by providing quantitative data to qualitative measures. The Board received as information the Engaging Students Through School Attendance Report as presented by Parkland School Division's Attendace Officer Carmen Mykula. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13733&stream=Homepage News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13733&stream=Homepage News