Prescott Learning Centre Homepage News en-us Tue, 25 Sep 2018 17:14:54 MDT Breeze for Teachers 5.0 http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca Strong Families Series: Teen Drug Use September 25, 2018 - Parkland School Division is proud to present another FREE information session for caregivers. Our upcoming session will help parents spot the warning signs of substance abuse in their teens, and learn how to prevent social drug use from growing into a bigger problem. Strong Families Series - Teen Drug Use: Changing the Conversation Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 Time: 6-7:30pm Location: Parkland School Division Centre For Education Board Room (4603 48th Street, Stony Plain) In this session, join an addictions counselor, an RCMP officer and a teen brain expert to discuss the impact of drug use on the teenage brain. Learn about how and why drug use may progress from occasional/social use to something more dangerous, and how you can support your teen to make changes. Discover warning signs you may see that could alert you to a "bigger than you thought" problem, and what resources are available to support you and your teen if you need it. A light supper will be provided. Limited childcare is available. Parents are welcome to attend this session with their teens. Space is limited, so please register early to reserve your spot.   To register, please contact: Sandra Goldschmidt Phone: 780-963-8458 Email: sgoldschmidt@psd70.ab.ca http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=17573&stream=Homepage News http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=17573&stream=Homepage News Prescott School Spirit Wear Get your Prescott Puma's Spirit Wear Here!  The online store is now open and will be available for purchase until November 3, 2018 Please get your orders in ASAP.    Click here for the link to the store. http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=17441&stream=Homepage News http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=17441&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - September 11, 2018 September 11, 2018 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board approved the Statement of Revenues and Expenses for the period ending July 31, 2018. As of July 31st, 2018, 92.28% of revenues have been collected for the year compared to 93.11% of expenses paid out to date resulting in total year-to-date deficit of $1,769,057. The Board received as information, a letter dated August 15, 2018 from the Town of Stony Plain outlining an appeal process, should the Board of Trustees wish to appeal the development permit application for location #105, 4600 - 48 Street. The Board received as information, the Facilities Services Summer Work Report, as presented by the Director of Facilities Services, Serge LaBrie. The Board received as information, the Strategic Planning and Communications Services Report, as presented by Director of Strategic Planning and Communications, Jordi Weidman.   The Board will have its Organization Meeting for 2018-2019 on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 5:30pm, Centre for Education Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 6pm, Centre for Education http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=17237&stream=Homepage News http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=17237&stream=Homepage News Fair Notice - Violence Threat Risk Assessment September 10, 2018 - The goal of Violence/Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) process is is that every incident of youth violence in our communities be addressed. VTRA is early intervention – which is quite possibly prevention. The process is initiated and managed by school administrators who have received VTRA training from the Canadian Center for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response. Duty to Report There is zero tolerance for not responding. Prevention of youth violence is a community responsibility and it is everybody’s duty to report. Under-reaction is epidemic and a chief factor of escalation from thought to action. What is a Threat? A threat is an expression of intent to do harm or act out violently against someone or something. Threats may be verbal, written, drawn, posted on the internet, or made by gesture. Threats must be taken seriously, investigated, and responded to. In a culture of responsible reporting, students need to believe that they will be believed when they confide; their identity will be kept confidential; their information will be acted upon promptly; and their concern will be investigated thoroughly. Who is on a Threat Assessment Team? Each threat assessment team is multi agency. The team may include school staff, psychologist, police, child protection agencies, community mental health workers, hospitals, probation/parole and other professionals. What is the Main Purpose of a Threat Assessment? To ensure the safety of students, staff, parents, and others. To ensure a full understanding of the context of the threat. To begin to understand the factors that contribute to the threat maker’s behaviour. To view the student as in need of intervention rather than to be disciplined. To be proactive in developing an intervention plan that addresses the emotional and physical safety of the threat maker. It may include disciplinary action but will include appropriate supports to aid the student in developing and using positive strategies. To promote the emotional and physical safety of all. To ensure all school and agency partners are working together with a common understanding and protocol. What happens in a Student Threat Assessment? All threat making behaviour by a student(s) shall be reported to the Principal who will activate the protocol for the initial response. Once the team has been activated, interviews may be held with students, the threat maker(s), parents and staff to determine the level of risk and develop an appropriate response to the incident. Intervention plans will be developed and shared with parents, staff, and students as required and as appropriate. The Partners Education partners are committed to creating and maintain school environments in which students, staff, parents and others feel safe. Parkland School Division, Evergreen Catholic Separate Regional Division, Living Waters Christian Academy, Mother Earth’s Childrens’ Charter School, St. Matthew Lutheran School, and Columbus Academy - Bosco Homes have taken a lead role as there is a direct application to the health and safety of the school environment. Community Supports Aboriginal Parent Link - Native Counselling Services of Alberta Alberta Health Services – Childrens’ Mental Health Alberta Human Services – Children & Family Services Alberta Parenting for the Future Canadian Center for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response City of Spruce Grove Columbus Academy - Bosco Homes Schools Evergreen Catholic Separate Regional School Division No. 2 Family and Community Support Services – Spruce Grove Family and Community Support Services – Stony Plain Living Waters Christian Academy Mother Earth Children’s Charter School Parkland County Parkland School Division No. 70 RCMP SML Christian Academy Spruce Grove Fire Department Town of Stony Plain Additional information is available in the VTRA Fair Notice and Practice Information Brochure. For more information contact:  Learning Services   Phone: 780-963-8458  Email: LearningServices@psd70.ab.ca http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=11877&stream=Homepage News http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=11877&stream=Homepage News Changes to the Alberta School Immunization Program September 7, 2018 - Alberta Health has made changes to the school immunization program that will take effect in the 2018/19 school year.  What is changing? HBV and HPV vaccines Previously in Alberta, Grade 5 students were offered three doses of vaccine for Hepatitis B (HBV) and three doses of vaccine for Human Papillomavirus (HPV).  Alberta is moving from a three-dose vaccine schedule in Grade 5 to a two-dose vaccine schedule in Grade 6 for both HBV and HPV vaccines.  Alberta Health has made this change to align with the evidence, which shows that administering two doses at least six months apart will provide children with good protection against Hepatitis B and Human Papillomavirus diseases. The Grade 9 school immunization program including the diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis (dTap) and Meningococcal (MenC-ACYW) vaccines will continue to be offered. The HBV vaccine given in a two-dose series is approved for children 11 years up to and including 15 years of age.  In Alberta, the majority of students are 11 years of age in Grade 6, therefore HBV immunizations will be offered in Grade 6 rather than Grade 5. The HPV vaccine given in a two-dose series is approved for children 9 years up to and including 14 years of age who have a well-functioning immune system.  HPV immunizations will be offered at the same time as the HBV vaccine, in Grade 6 rather than Grade 5.  A three-dose series will continue to be offered to students with compromised immune systems. Catch-up immunization program In the 2018/19 school year, public health nurses will be reviewing the immunization records of all Alberta students from Grades 1 to 9 to assess immunization status.  Parents or guardians will be contacted if a child is missing immunization information.   With parental/guardian consent, a child can be offered the immunizations they are missing at school.  Parents or guardians will continue to have the final decision on immunizing their child. As per current practice, if a highly contagious vaccine-preventable disease, such as measles, occurs at school, children with missing immunization information or declined immunization may be excluded from school to protect their health. In some cases, children may need to stay home for several weeks.  Below is an outline of the changes that will occur to the school immunization program in the 2018/19 and 2019/20 school years. 2018/2019 School Year Students in Grade 5 will not be immunized with the HPV and HBV vaccines, as they will be offered the vaccines the following year in Grade 6.  With parental/guardian consent, children in Grades 1 to 9 who are missing immunizations will be offered immunizations at school. 2019/2020 School Year Students in Grade 6 will be offered immunization with the HPV and HBV vaccines as a two-dose series. With parental/guardian consent, children in Grades 1 to 9 who are missing immunizations will be offered immunizations at school. Alberta Health Services, Public Health will work closely with Parkland School Division to ensure that immunization does not interfere with students taking the Provincial Achievement Tests. More information on immunization and Alberta’s routine immunization schedule and changes to the school immunization program is available on Alberta Health Services website.  For more information, please contact your school’s public health nurse, call 811 or visit http://immunizealberta.ca/.    http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=17181&stream=Homepage News http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=17181&stream=Homepage News WELCOME BACK!!! We are so excited to be entering into our third year at Prescott Learning Centre and so delighted to be welcoming your children back again! Here are a couple of important reminders from the office for you as the year begins: Data Verification and Important Forms Please ensure that you have logged into your PowerSchool Account to: Verify your contact information Click to "Sign" the following forms online: Responsible Use of Technology Agreement Locker Use Agreement FOIP  CASL Forms  Communication If you need to contact your child's teacher, all staff can be reached via email and information is shared via the classroom blog. Click here to find your child's teacher and their contact information and classroom blogs. Reporting Student Absences Although we wish all students could be here all of the time, we do understand that there are times when your child will be absent. If you child is absent, you can notify our office by calling in and leaving a message 780-571-8079 or by sending an email to prescott@psd70.ab.ca. and your child’s teacher. Outside Pick Up and Drop Off Supervision & Times Outside supervision for students being dropped off in the morning begins at 8:15am. If you drop your student off before this time, please ensure that they wait inside the front entrance of the school until 8:15am to ensure their safety. Supervision is provided outside until 3:15pm for student pickup. Student Drop Off & Pick Up Zones There are a limited number of parking spaces in the front of the school. If you arrive at the school and there aren’t any spaces available, please park on the street in front of the school. Parking in the middle of the road in the drop off zone is never OK and creates safety hazards for children and increases the likelihood for drivers (who might be backing out or leaving their parking spot) of not being able to see your child/children. Beaverbrook does not allow Prescott parents to park in their lot as it is a separate business and those spots are for community members accessing the services at Beaverbrook. We have been informed by Spruce Grove Bylaw Enforcement that they will be issuing tickets beginning tomorrow, September 5th, to Prescott parents who park in the Beaverbrook parking lot, as well as to those who use the handicap parking stalls without a tag. Also, please do not drop off or pick up in the Staff Parking lot at the back. Scooters & Skateboards We now have Scooter Docks for students to lock up their scooters and skateboards...Thank you PLCFF! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office or your child's teacher.           http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=17121&stream=Homepage News http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=17121&stream=Homepage News Administrative Announcement for 2018-2019 August 31, 2018 - Parkland School Division’s Superintendent of Schools Shauna Boyce is pleased to announce the following administrative appointment for the 2018-2019 school year effective September 4, 2018.  Prescott Learning Centre’s administration team will be rounded out by the addition of Ms. Twyla Badry as an Assistant Principal. “Prescott Learning Centre, like the neighbourhood it is situated in, is a vibrant, growing community of learners,” stated Superintendent Boyce. "Since adding all the Grade 9’s in the 2017-2018 school year and with a student population estimated at 800, the school will benefit from an enhanced leadership team. We are pleased that our look into the division Administrative Pool lead us to Ms. Badry who’s been an integral part of the Prescott staff from the beginning. Her leadership skills will be an asset to all the staff and students, who we know already appreciate and respect the familiar face.” Twyla Badry - Assistant Principal, Prescott Learning Centre Twyla began her teaching career in 1999 with the Battle River School Division with stops at Bashaw School and Central High Sedgewick Public School. She came to Parkland School Division and enjoyed teaching stops at Tomahawk and Muir Lake in addition to her role as a Learning Coach at Muir Lake School and Millgrove School. She’s been a Learning Coach at Prescott Learning Centre since 2016 with an emphasis on 21st century learning. Twyla earned her Education degree from the University of Alberta in 1999 and is currently in her final year with the Parkland School Division’s Masters Cohort through the University of Calgary. “I feel so fortunate to have been a member of the staff that opened Prescott Learning Centre two years ago and am thrilled to now be joining its administrative team,” stated Badry. “I am especially excited to continue working alongside such an incredible group of educators and learners, in my new leadership role.” For further information, contact: Shauna Boyce Superintendent of Schools Email: sboyce@psd70.ab.ca Phone: 780-963-8404 http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=17099&stream=Homepage News http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=17099&stream=Homepage News Bus Pass Pick Up Details August 2, 2018 - Great news: over 94% of PSD students and 83% of non-PSD students have now been registered online for school and/or busing for 2018-2019. If you have not yet submitted your registration information online, please check your email for a message from "PowerSchool Registration Support" detailing the steps you need to take to complete this process. More information can be found in our previous announcement. Transportation fees for 2018-2019 have now been added to Parkland School Division's online payment system. All parents/guardians will soon be notified via email, that their fees are ready to be paid. Please note: 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  have been received no later than 4:30pm on June 29, 2018 to be included in the routing process. Payment arrangements must be received through PSD’s online payment system (Rycor), 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. Fee Payment & Bus Pass Pickup For PSD Students Transportation fees can be paid online through the PowerSchool Parent Portal, or by visiting the Centre for Education during business hours. Please note that the Centre for Education is closed Friday, August 10th. Regular business hours resume on Monday, August 13, 2018. If you make payment arrangements for your 2018-2019 transportation fees by Friday, August 10, your bus pass will be delivered to your child's school for pickup beginning Wednesday, August 22. If you have applied for a bus pass and have no transportation fees owing, your bus pass will be automatically sent to your school for pickup. Please check your school's website for the dates and times your school's office will be open. Bus passes paid for after August 10 can be picked up at the Centre For Education in Stony Plain. For those that have missed the payment deadline or have yet to make payment arrangements, your pass will be waiting for you at the Centre for Education. The Centre for Education in Stony Plain (4603-48 Street) will be open for pickup during the following hours. Please use the north entrance near Meridian Mall. Wednesday, August 22 - Friday August 24 (11:30am-7pm) Monday August 27 - Friday August 31 (11:30am-7pm) Copperhaven School Parents Please be advised that due to some congestion at the construction site at Copperhaven School, bus passes for children attending Copperhaven will be available for pick up at Parkland School Division's Centre for Education in Stony Plain during the times described above. Fee Payment & Bus Pass Pickup For Non-PSD Students Transportation fees can be paid online through the Rycor Payment System, or by visiting the Centre for Education during business hours. The Rycor Non-PSD Parent Guide provides step by step instructions on how to access and make payments. Parents of Evergreen Catholic School Division that attend Spruce Grove or Stony Plain schools can pick up their bus passes at the Evergreen Division office in Spruce Grove between August 27 to August 31st from 8am-4pm. All other non-PSD school bus passes will be delivered to their respective schools if payment arrangements have been made prior to August 10, 2018. Bus Pass Pickup details are as follows: (For those that have missed the payment deadline or have yet to make payment arrangements, your pass will be waiting for you at the Centre for Education so you can make payment arrangements or pay in full. If you have paid or have $0 fees, your pass has been moved to the following locations for pick up to begin August 27, 2018) Evergreen Catholic School Division Parents of Evergreen Catholic School Division that attend Spruce Grove or Stony Plain schools can pick up their bus passes at the Evergreen Division office in Spruce Grove between August 27 and August 31 from 8am–4pm. Bus passes for children attending Holy Spirit Catholic School will be delivered to your school in Devon for pickup beginning August 27. Wild Rose School Division Passes will be available for pickup at Frank Maddock High School beginning August 27. Living Waters Christian Academy Passes will be available for pickup at your school beginning August 27. St. Matthew Lutheran Christian Academy Passes will be available for pickup at your school beginning August 27. Black Gold Regional Schools Passes will be delivered to Black Gold Regional Schools located in Devon, AB so pickup can begin at those respective schools August 27. Grande Yellowhead Public Schools For those PSD residences with students attending Grand Trunk High School or Evansview School, bus passes will be available for pickup at Entwistle School beginning August 27. STAR Catholic Holy Trinity Academy and St. Anthony School students can pick up their bus passes at their school beginning August 27, 2018. More Information For more information about the new online registration process, please visit the Registration page on our website. http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=17045&stream=Homepage News http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=17045&stream=Homepage News Welcome Back Activities & Office Opening Office Opens  Wednesday, August 22, 9am-3pm. See our regular office hours. Welcome Back Activities Tuesday, September 4 First day of school for students Donuts and coffee available for parents to enjoy Please note: Kindergarten students will follow a staggered entry schedule. Parents will be contacted with details. Tuesday/Thursday Kindergarten - Half of students attend their first day of school on Tuesday, September 4; other half attend their first day of school on Thursday, September 6   Monday/Wednesday Kindergarten - Half of students attend their first day of school on Wednesday, September 5; other half attend their first day of school on Friday, September 7 Thursday, September 6 6:30pm - First School Council Meeting of 2018-2019 Wednesday, September 24 2pm - HOJA Concert Tuesday, October 2 & Wednesday, October 3 School Picture Days Have a safe and happy summer vacation!   For more information contact: Prescott Learning Centre Phone: 780-571-8079  Email: Prescott@psd70.ab.ca http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=6843&stream=Homepage News http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=6843&stream=Homepage News Registration/Data Verification Deadline Today June 29, 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" <noreply@noreply.psrsupport.com> 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. Parkland School Division Students Parkland School Division sent you a message on April 1, 2018 to the email address we have on file. If you do not have an email address on file, you should have received a letter via Canada Post with your live link. (Note: there will be a unique live link for every student registered in your household.) Please check your Spam or Junk mail folders and look for an email:  From: "PowerSchool Registration Support" <noreply@noreply.psrsupport.com> If you check and confirm this original correspondence has not been received, contact Parkland School Division's Centre for Education at 780-963-4010. Staff will confirm your contact information and re-send the email or letter with your live link. Non-Parkland School Division Students Parkland School Division sent you a message on April 1, 2018 to the email address we have on file. If you do not have an email address on file, a letter has been sent home via Canada Post with your Snapcode. (Note: there will be a unique Snapcode for every student registered in your household.) Please check your Spam or Junk mail folders and look for an email:  From: "PowerSchool Registration Support" <noreply@noreply.psrsupport.com> If we did not have your email address on file, you should have received a letter via regular mail that includes your unique Snapcode. Click on the following link and enter that Snapcode when you login. If you check and confirm this original correspondence has not been received, contact Transportation Services: Phone: 780-963-8452 More Information For more information about the new online registration process, please visit the Registration page on our website.   http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14245&stream=Homepage News http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14245&stream=Homepage News