Stony Plain Central School Homepage News en-us Sun, 26 Jan 2020 00:52:41 MST Breeze for Teachers 5.0 https://stonyplaincentral.psd70.ab.ca Online Registration/Verification for 2020-2021 Opens February 3rd 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. 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://stonyplaincentral.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22904&stream=Homepage News https://stonyplaincentral.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22904&stream=Homepage 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 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://stonyplaincentral.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22798&stream=Homepage News https://stonyplaincentral.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22798&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - January 14, 2020 January 14, 2020 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. The Board established a submission deadline of February 11, 2020 for schools to nominate a first year teacher for the Alberta School Boards Association Edwin Parr Award. The three trustees to put their name forward for the Edwin Parr Selection Committee include Eric Cameron, Paul McCann and Anne Montgomery. The Board of Trustees accepted the Seba Beach School Viability Study, with the recommendation to close Seba Beach School after the 2019-2020 school year. Now the process will follow Board Policy 15: School Closures including public notification, a public enagement evening leading up to a Board vote on the matter. A notice of motion was given that the Board of Trustees considers closure of Seba Beach School effective June 30,2020 and that the Board's decision on this potential closure be made at a Special Board Meeting to be held March 17, 2020. A public meeting will be held at Seba Beach School February 4, 2020. The deadline for written submissions from concerned electors is February 25, 2020. Concerned electors will have the opportunity to present their response to the Board on March 10, 2020. The Board received as information the Quarterly Financial Report as presented by Director of Financial Services, Jason Krefting. At November 30, 2019, revenues year to date were $33.4M and expenditures year to date were $33.4M resulting in a surplus of $526. A deficit of $3.0M is budgeted for the year ended August 31, 2020. The Board received as information the Division Wellness Report as presented by Wellness Coordinator, Felicia Ochs. The Parkland School Division is proud of the ongoing work of the wellness initiative. The Parkland School Division's Wellness Initiative is focused on working collectively with staff, caregivers and community to provide programming supports and services aimed at fostering wellness in children, youth and families. The Division has embraced the concept that if students and staff are not well (physically, socially and emotionally), their ability to engage and therefore succeed in school and life will be compromised. As a result, our division ensures that we intentionally embed physical literacy, nutrition and positive social-emotional supports and teaching into our learning environments. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education https://stonyplaincentral.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22875&stream=Homepage News https://stonyplaincentral.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22875&stream=Homepage 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://stonyplaincentral.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=21425&stream=Homepage News https://stonyplaincentral.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=21425&stream=Homepage News Preparing for Frigid Temperatures January 9, 2020 - As the deep freeze sets in for parts of the province, including all over Parkland School Division, families are reminded to take necessary precautions for inclement or severe weather. When the safety of transporting bus students is at risk because of severe weather conditions, the Superintendent of Schools, in consultation with the Director of Transportation Services, may choose to suspend school bus services and in extreme cases, close schools. Procedures used in this process can be found in Administrative Procedure 750: Severe Weather. Please note: Except in very special circumstances, PSD schools always remain open on school days. Suspension of School Bus Services Any of the following factors, or a combination of them, shall serve as an indicator that severe weather conditions exist: Temperature, experienced with or without wind-chill, of -40°C or below; Visibility of less than one kilometer; Reports from bus drivers and/or counties or municipalities that rural roads are, or will soon be, impassable; and/or Notification of severe weather through Alberta Emergency Alert. The final decision to send a child to the bus stop or to school rests with parents, even though buses may be operational.  Routes on Time Quick Link Transportation Services maintains a real-time list of the status of all PSD school buses. To view the status of your child's school bus (e.g. Operating, Delayed, Not Running), visit PSD's Bus Schedule page. Dress Appropriately Ensure that your student(s) are dressed properly for current or anticipated weather conditions. The temperatures on a school bus can drop dramatically in the event of mechanical problems.   Help keep students safe before they board the bus in the morning and after they disembark in the afternoon. It is recommended that a parent or caregiver drop students off and supervise at the bus stop in the morning, and be at the stop to take custody of your student(s) after they are dropped off in the afternoon. Daycare providers are required to meet students in their care at the bus stop.   Contact Transportation Services if your student will not be riding the bus in the afternoon, as the bus operator is otherwise held responsible for taking home every student he/she picks up in the morning. For further details, visit the Inclement Weather page on our website.   https://stonyplaincentral.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22844&stream=Homepage News https://stonyplaincentral.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22844&stream=Homepage News PSD Hires Director of Transportation Services January 6, 2020 - Parkland School Division’s Superintendent of Schools, Shauna Boyce, is proud to announce that John Blood has been appointed Director of Transportation Services effective January 6, 2020. In the role of Director of Transportation, Mr. Blood will provide overall leadership and management of the Regional Transportation System responsible for transporting over eight thousand students traveling over fifteen thousand kilometres on a daily basis.  This includes the contract management of independent transportation contractors and the transportation safety program lead for the division. The Director of Transportation Services reports directly to the Associate Superintendent of Corporate Supports & Services. “Mr. Blood brings a wealth of experience in the transportation and specifically in the school bus industry,” states Associate Superintendent, Scott McFadyen. “His expertise gained from managing operations of complex transportation systems and transit centres for municipalities and school boards will be a huge asset to PSD.” Mr. Blood was born and raised in the United Kingdom and moved to Canada in 1996 after a 20-year career in the Royal Air Force as an aircraft engineer, which took him to posts all over the world. He transitioned careers and began driving long haul trucks in Canada and U.S.A. prior to joining the Halifax Regional Municipality in Nova Scotia where he worked his way up from transit driver, supervisor, to Superintendent of Operations and finally as the Assistant Manager of Bus Operations. He spent 6-years as the Transportation Manager for Wolf Creek Public Schools and joins Parkland School Division leaving his most recent post as Director of Transportation for Pembina Hills School Division. “I am really looking forward to meeting everyone at Parkland School Division and am excited and eager to get started in my new role.” said Mr. Blood. For further information, contact: Scott McFadyen, Associate Superintendent Corporate Supports & Services Parkland School Division Email: smcfadyen@psd70.ab.ca https://stonyplaincentral.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22793&stream=Homepage News https://stonyplaincentral.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22793&stream=Homepage News Administrative Announcement Monday December 9, 2019 - It is with mixed emotions that Parkland School Division’s Superintendent of Schools, Shauna Boyce, makes the following administrative announcement.  Brookwood School Acting Principal Diane Lefebvre is set to retire after almost 40 years with Parkland School Division. Diane’s last official day will be January 5, 2020. “We wish Diane all the best as she begins the next chapter in her life,” stated Superintendent Boyce. “The students and staff at Brookwood School have benefited from Diane’s unwavering commitment to her profession, her compassion for all learners and loyalty to every staff member she’s ever worked with. She will be missed.” An Acting Principal will be announced shortly to serve while Principal Terry Caouette remains on leave. Diane Lefebvre’s entire teaching career has been with Parkland School Division. Her first year teaching was when Muir Lake School opened in 1980. She taught primarily Grade 5 and Grade 6 for 10 years before beginning her administrative career, also at Muir Lake School. She made the move to Brookwood School in 1998 where she’s enjoyed the role as Assistant Principal, Inclusive Education Lead, and most recently, Acting Principal. For more information, contact: Mark Francis Deputy Superintendent Parkland School Division Email: mfrancis@psd70.ab.ca   https://stonyplaincentral.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22681&stream=Homepage News https://stonyplaincentral.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22681&stream=Homepage News Administrative Announcement Monday December 2, 2019 - Parkland School Division’s Superintendent of Schools, Shauna Boyce, is pleased to announce the following administrative appointment and announcement. It is with mixed emotions, first of all, that the Division announces the retirement of Memorial Composite High School Assistant Principal, Rod Strangway effective December 31, 2019. Rod has served students of Parkland School Division for his entire career of 34 years in a variety of capacities. Mr. Strangway as been a classroom teacher at Frank Maddock High School, and Duffield School with a focus on Phys Ed and Math. His administrative career began as a Vice Principal at Duffield School before he moved to become the Principal at Keephills School in 1996. He began his current role as Assistant Principal at Memorial Composite High School in 2001. “We wish Rod Strangway all the best in his retirement,” stated Superintendent Boyce. “I personally had the privilege of working alongside Rod for 14 years and was inspired on a daily basis by his dedication to students and loyalty to Parkland School Division . Rod was instrumental during the construction and opening of Memorial’s current school site. He will most certainly be missed.” “Shireen Mohammed is no stranger to the staff and students at Memorial. Her administrative experience combined with knowledge as a counselor will make for a smooth transition to her role as Acting Assistant Principal.” Shireen Mohammed, Acting Assistant Principal Memorial Composite High School (10-12) Shireen Mohammed is in her 30th year with Parkland School Division. She began her teaching career in California in 1988 and returned to Canada to begin her journey with PSD back in 1990.  The majority of Shireen’s career was at École Broxton Park School where she taught special education, early and middle years. She joined the team that opened Greystone Centennial Middle School in 2005 in team-teaching, special education lead and counselling roles. Shireen served as a Learning Services facilitator for program support from 2009 – 2012 before a shift to administration roles as an Assistant Principal at Connections for Learning and Muir Lake School before her most recent role as counsellor at Memorial Composite High School.   Shireen graduated from the University of Alberta in 1988 with her Bachelor of Education with a minor in special education. She completed a Masters in Counseling from City University of Seattle in 2018. "I look forward to incorporating new knowledge into this role and continuing to build relationships with the students and families within the community." For more information, contact: Mark Francis Deputy Superintendent Parkland School Division Email mfrancis@psd70.ab.ca   https://stonyplaincentral.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22606&stream=Homepage News https://stonyplaincentral.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22606&stream=Homepage 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://stonyplaincentral.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22587&stream=Homepage News https://stonyplaincentral.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22587&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - November 26, 2019 November 27, 2019 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, November 26, 2019. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. The Board approved the 2018-19 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 $134,373,219. (+1.7%) Operating expenses for the year were $134,522,491. (+2.1%) The cost of educating 11,284 students was $$134,522,491. 76.5% ($102,952,496) 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 $111,011 ($100,792 excluding Alberta Teachers Retirement Fund costs). Parkland’s annual operating deficit is $149,272 which relates to a deficit from operations of $185,286 and a surplus from School Generated Funds of $35,966. The total accumulated surplus from operations is $6,188,389, which includes $959,560 from School Generated Funds and $943,769 unrestricted. PSD’s capital reserves amount to $3,882,201. Capital projects initiated during 2018-2019 included Copperhaven School, Woodhaven Middle School Modernization, Infrastructure, Maintenance and Renewal projects, Stony Plain Central replacement school. Expenditures to transport students to and from school amounted to 8.8% of expenditures. ($11,806,545)  The cost of maintaining and operating 23 sites amounted to 11.4% of expenditures. ($15,341,886). 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, 2019 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 2019-2020 Final Budget as presented by Associate Superintendent McFadyen and Director of Financial Services Jason Krefting. The final budget indicates an operating deficit of $2,956,713 offset by the use of operating reserves. Total revenue is $129,661,054 with expenses of $132,617,767. 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. Revenues decreased $3,663,351 or 2.75% from last years budget and $4,712,165 or 3.5% from last year's actual revenue. 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 Board agreed to postponed the completion and presentation of the Seba Beach School viability study until January 14, 2020 in order for administration to complete its outreach to stakeholder groups. The Board changed the start time of the December 17, 2019 Regular Board Meeting back to a 9:30am start. Also the Regular Board Meeting on January 14, 2020 has been moved from the Centre For Education in Stony Plain to Seba Beach School. That meeting remains a 6pm start. The Board received as information the Early Learning Report as presented by acting Director, Early Learning, Brenda Stumbur.   Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education https://stonyplaincentral.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22562&stream=Homepage News https://stonyplaincentral.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22562&stream=Homepage News