Brookwood School Homepage News en-us Sun, 22 Apr 2018 06:17:35 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 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 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 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 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 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 Brookwood 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.  Parents and guardians are encouraged to check their email inbox for their personalized invitation. 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.  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. 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: News 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. News 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: News News