Parkland School Division Homepage News en-us Tue, 22 May 2018 19:00:54 MDT Breeze for Teachers 5.0 4th Annual Try-Me Try-Athlon April 3, 2018 - Parkland School Division is proud to launch registration for the 4th Annual Try-Me Try-Athlon. Parkland School Division students ages 5-18 who love swimming, bicycling and running, and are willing to try something new - this is for you.   For further details and to register, please visit our Try-Me Try-Athlon page. Date: Friday, June 8th Time: 9:30am Location: TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre, 221 Jennifer Heil Way, Spruce Grove, AB The Try-Me Try-Athlon is a Kids of Steel (KOS) triathlon, which will be held on Friday, June 8 at the Tri-Leisure Centre in Spruce Grove. KOS Triathlons are designed to offer youth the opportunity to experience the sport of triathlon in a positive environment. The distances are much shorter than those in adult triathlons and change as participants mature. This event is a district-wide celebration of physical literacy and movement in 2018 using these three skills: swimming, bicycling and running. All children ages 5 and up are welcome to register for this event with the support of their classroom or school-based teacher. The Try-Athlon will encourage students to train with their schools and at home in order to learn new physical skills and movements that will allow them to feel more competent and confident in multiple environments. All this for a small registration fee. Registration Fees All registration and fees will be handled in the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Individual students may register to participate in all three legs of the race for $30 each. New for 2018 - Students can now register as part of a 3-person team. Each team member will complete one discipline of the race - either swimming, bicycling or running. Team members can register for the race for $15 each. Please note: Even though a student may be signing up to participate in one sport of the Try-Athlon, a registrant who chooses the $15 individual entry must register as a member of a 3-person team. Students needing additional support developing a race kit or finding funding for the registration fee should contact Felicia Ochs at Race Kit Equipment You can enter the Try-Athlon with a minimum of equipment. All you need is: A bike (either road or mountain bike) An approved helmet (ANSI or SNELL) Running shoes Swim suit or shorts Goggles (if desired) T-shirt or race singlet for boys A smile and a desire to have fun Race Kit Drop-Off Participants are to drop off their race kits at the Tri-Leisure Centre (north field) on Thursday, June 7 from 5:30-7:30pm. Transition Area Equipment A race kit is composed of all the items you will need during the race. The following items are to be kept in the transition area during the race: Required Transition Area Equipment: Bike Helmet Shoes Race Number (Boys - with shirt) Recommended Transition Area Equipment: Required equipment, plus Towel Hat Water Bottle To learn more about the Try-Athlon and to register, please visit our Try-Me Try-Athlon page. For more information contact: Felicia Ochs Wellness Coordinator Learning Supports Phone: 780-690-2835 Email: 2016 Highlights News News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - May 1, 2018 May 1, 2018 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board welcomed a delegation of students from High Park School who presented on a trip earlier this year to a Gay Straight Alliance Conference in Calgary. The GSA Conference was a safe event that students from all over Alberta could attend. The students acknowledged that the conference provided useful resources and knowledge that was very helpful in running the High Park GSA - Youth Alliance.  The Board approved the monthly financial report for the period ending March 31, 2018. As of March 31st, 2018, 60.43% of revenues have been collected for the year compared to 59.04% of expenses paid out to date resulting in total year-to-date surplus of $1,229,458. The Board approved the 2018-2019 Preliminary Budget Assumptions. The Board established an operating reserve in the amount of $900,900 to support expenditures for the Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Phone System. The Board approved the 2019-2020 School Calendar in principle. The Board approved the request for Minsterial Approval to appoint the position of Superintendent of Schools. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 6:30 p.m., Centre for Education News News 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. Data Verification/Bus Registration is Easy (Returning Students) Make sure you have a PowerSchool Parent Portal account. Check your inbox beginning for an email sent on April 1, 2018 from "PowerSchool Registration Support" <> and follow the instructions. (Note: you will receive one email for every student you have enrolled in a Parkland School Division school.) 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. News News Student Transportation Survey April 23, 2018 - Government is focused on the priorities of regular Albertans, like making sure our kids have great schools and can get there safely. Student transportation is an integral part of the education system. Our government continues to support a safe transportation system for approximately 300,000 Kindergarten to Grade 12 students across the province. The Government of Alberta is listening to families and school boards to make sure student transportation requirements are updated to make life better for Alberta students. Alberta Education has already made progress to better understand the varied transportation challenges faced throughout the province by working with key stakeholder groups. Before any decisions are made, further feedback and ideas from parents, school authorities, and stakeholders is required. To share your thoughts and priorities on the student transportation criteria, please fill out Alberta Education's online survey. The survey will help determine potential changes to the distance criteria, the mandated service levels, and what safety considerations should be included. The survey will close on June 15, 2018, and changes to the criteria are scheduled to be finalized by fall 2018. This timeline will give parents and school authorities an appropriate amount of time – approximately 10 months – to adjust to the new requirements which will be implemented in the 2019-20 school year. News News Flags Half Mast for Fallen Broncos April 9, 2018 - Staff and students of Parkland School Division would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to all those connected to the tragic bus accident involving members of the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. In a gesture of honour and respect, flags will be half mast at Parkland School Division schools for the fallen sixteen. To the survivors, we wish a speedy recovery and strength to deal with all that lies ahead. Counselling is being made available to students and staff who may need assistance. In the wake of the terrible tragedy involving the Humboldt Broncos, Alberta Health Services has set up a webpage with information on services and supports that are available in Alberta for those who may need support. You can find the page here. Additional resource material is provided by the Canadian Centre for Threat Assessment & Trauma Response. Two of the players involved had a direct connection to our community and schools. 18-year old Parker Tobin grew up in Stony Plain and attended Forest Green School, Stony Plain Central School and was in the 2017 graduating class at Memorial Composite High School where he attended school for the parts of the year while pursuing his competitive hockey career. 21-year old Connor Lukan was originally from Slave Lake, AB but attended Spruce Grove Composite High School while he was a member of the Spruce Grove Saints. Many Parkland School Division schools have also made the decision to particpate in the country-wide movement to wear a jersey to school on Thursday, April 12, 2018. Staff and students are encouraged to wear a hockey jersey to school in a show of support for all those affected by the tragedy. For further information, contact: Email: Phone: 780-963-4010 News News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - April 3, 2018 April 3, 2018 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board approved the monthly financial report for the period ending February 28, 2018. As of February 28th, 50.77% of revenues have been collected for the year compared to 50.57% of expenses paid out to date resulting in total year-to-date deficit of $238,790. The Board approved the Three Year Captial Plan 2019 - 2022 with the following priorities: 2019-2020 – Year One Priority One: Modernization of Spruce Grove Composite High School at a cost of $17 million dollars 2020-2021 – Year Two Priority One: New High School at a cost of $51.8 million dollars to be located in the Parkland School Division. The Board approved a motion that included a recommendation to write a letter to Alberta Education, requesting that they consider granting a certain amount of autonomy to school boards, with respect to establishing diploma exam writing dates and, in doing so, respecting our firm belief that school boards are in a primary position to serve the best interests of their students and communities. The Board received as information the Transportation Services 2017-2018 Department Report, as presented by Transportation Services Director Dennis Simcoe. The Board received as information the Human Resources 2017-2018 Department Report, as presented by Human Resources Director Shae Abba. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education 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 Erik McConnell Inclusive Education Award March 8, 2018 - Erik McConnell was a PSD70 kid, having completed his Kindergarten to Grade 12 education with stops at Millgrove, Woodhaven and Spruce Grove Composite High School. For those who knew Erik, he exuded a passion for the arts, especially music. When songwriting and drumming, Erik lived and thrived. In PSD, Erik was blessed to have teachers who were shining examples of Inclusive Education before the phrase was even used in educational circles. They understood Erik's medical challenges and were determined to support the devotion he held for the arts. Award Nominations Do you know a great inclusive educator or an inclusive PSD support staff member? We invite anyone to nominate candidates for the following awards: Inclusive Leadership and/or Teaching:  School, district, preschool leaders and administrators, classroom teachers, collaborative teaching partners, inclusive education leads, counselors etc. Inclusion Support: Educational assistants, in-school support workers, bus drivers, secretaries etc. The Erik McConnell Inclusive Education awards will be presented at our annual Milestones & Merits celebration. Nomination deadline is Friday, April 6, 2018. To view the nomination criteria, visit the Erik McConnell Inclusive Education Awards page on our website. What is Inclusive Education? In Parkland School Division, everyone is accepted and experiences a sense of belonging. In full adherence to the Alberta Human Rights Act, all persons are equal in gender expression, physical disability, mental disability, age ancestry, place of origin, marital status, source of income, family or sexual orientation. In Parkland School Division, every student has meaningful contributions to make. Click here to nominate. For more information contact: Leah Andrews Director, Learning Services Phone: 780-963-8421 Email: News News School Calendar Feedback Requested March 8, 2018 - Parkland School Division continues to strive to provide students with quality education beginning with access to the appropriate number of instructional days. In addition, the calendars also continue to support school-based professional learning opportunities for staff to focus on Division and school priorities. The 2018 - 2019 School Calendar has already been approved at the Board's Regular Board Meeting March 6, 2018. This survey seeks feedback on the 2019 - 2020 calendar. A final draft of the 2019-20 calendar will be submitted for approval in principle at the regularly scheduled board meeting in May that will take into consideration stakeholder feedback. Each of the calendars for 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21: Ensure 184 instructional days so that high schools are able to meet their instructional requirements; Provide 11 non-instructional days for professional learning; Provide a fall break connected to a weekend; Provide students and staff with two weeks of vacation at Christmas and one-week vacation at Spring Break. For more information contact: Parkland School Division Phone: 780-963-4010 Email: Complete the Survey News News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - March 6, 2018 March 6, 2018 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board approved the monthly financial report for the period ending January 31, 2018. As of December 31st, 40.7% of revenues have been collected for the year compared to 41.3% of expenses paid out to date resulting in total year-to-date deficit of $1.13 million dollars. The Board accepted and ratified the Alberta Teachers’ Association Parkland Local 10 Memorandum of Agreement. The ratified memorandum will be available on our Union Agreements page following the Regular Board meeting. The Board approved the attendance area changes for Stony Plain rural with small tweaks to the attendance areas affecting four schools. The changes are to optimize student travel time to school and ensure that children are attending the designated school that makes the most sense geographically. The four schools affected include: High Park School Muir Lake School Copperhaven School Stony Plain Central School The Board approved the Fees and Allowances for 2018-2019. With the introduction of Bill 1, effective as of the 2017-2018 school year, the Division no longer has jurisdiction to charge a parent of a student fees with respect to instructional supplies and materials or transportation for students residing more than 2.4 kilometers from and who attend their designated school sites. The fees and allowances for the 2018-2019 school year will remain unchanged. Students residing less than 2.4 kilometers from their designated school do not receive funding and are required to pay a transportation fee to a maximum family rate. If the student does not attend their designated school, a cross attendance fee is implemented. The fee structure for 2018-2019 continues with two separate fees for ineligible riders, an Ineligible Urban fee of $300 to a maximum family rate and an Ineligible Rural fee of $50 for those students who live less than 2.4 km away from their designated schools and who access Parkland School Division’s regional transportation system. The fee for private school student riders is based on the actual operational cost associated with transporting private school students, who are not funded through Alberta Education Grants. The Board approved the 2018-2019 School Calendar. In December 2017, the Board of Trustees received as information the proposed calendars for the next three years and approved, in principle, the calendars for 2018-19 and 2019-20. The draft calendars unfortunately did not reflect conflicting Diploma Examination dates on November 1 and April 12. The 2018-2019 Calendar presented for approval has no conflicting dates. The 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 Calendars shall be redistributed to stakeholders for feedback regarding the previous placement of Spring Break (in conflict with scheduled Diploma Examinations) and submitted for approval-in-principle at the regularly scheduled Board Meeting of May 1, 2018. The Board put forth Ms. Heather Lam from Graminia School as Parkland School Division's nominee to the Alberta School Boards Association Zone 2/3 Edwin Parr Selection Committee. Schools were invited to identify a first-year teacher to serve as PSD's nomination and the Committee would also like to recognize Ms. Shae Smithaniuk (Seba Beach School) and Ms. Jennifer Smith (Woodhaven Middle School) who were also finalists. The Alberta School Trustees' Association established the Edwin Parr Teacher Award to remember the long and meritorious service of past President Edwin Parr. This award recognizes outstanding first-year teachers in the province. The Board received as information the Financial Reporting Profile for the 2012-2013 to the 2016-2017 school years. The Board received as information the Fees Report as presented by Associate Superintendent, Claire Jonsson. The Board received as information the Infrastructure Maintenance Renewal Expenditure Plan as presented by Director of Facilities, Serge LaBrie. The Infrastructure Maintenance Renewal (IMR) funding for the 2017-2018 year is $3,330,319. We have a carry forward from the 2016-2017 program year of $512,034 giving us a balance of $3,842,353. This year’s allotment is 14.5% more than last year’s IMR allotment which was $2,903,970. The Facilities Department has been working on a planned approach to upgrading and replacing systems in our schools for several years. Some examples of these are: Gym floors – 2 gym floors sanded and re-painted per year Roof systems - The division has been systematically replacing 3-4 major roof systems per year. Fire Alarm systems - The division has been systematically replacing one fire alarm system per year.  Boiler replacements - The division has started replacing antiquated boiler systems with new high efficiency boiler systems. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education News News