Prescott Learning Centre Homepage News en-us Thu, 23 Nov 2017 20:45:47 MST Breeze for Teachers 5.0 http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca Prescott Puma Wear Available to order for Christmas We have opened up our Online Prescott Puma Store so that orders can be placed and delivered prior to Christmas. Please Note: We would really feel terrible if we ruined a gift surprise so, we are going to keep the apparel at the school for parents to come and pick up once it arrives, unless we receive an email to: prescott@psd70.ab.ca requesting us to send it home with a student. We will post to our school website once it arrives. Please click here to place your order! http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13665&stream=Homepage News http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13665&stream=Homepage News Christmas Concert Tickets Concert tickets are coming home with your child today! Due to fire regulations and gym capacity, every family with children in grades 1-3 will receive 3 tickets for the 1-3 evening concert, and every family with children in grades 4-6 will receive 3 tickets for the 4-6 evening concert. If you have children performing both evenings, you will receive 3 tickets for each performance. Tickets will be sent home with the youngest child in each concert group. Students who are performing do not need tickets, as they will be in their classrooms. Your tickets will have the concert grade level and dates on them. The dress rehearsal performances are on November 27th@1:15pm (grade 4-6) and November 28th @9:30am (grade 1-3). A ticket is not required and extra family are welcome to attend, if there are not enough tickets for the evening performance. Tickets are also not required for the Kindergarten Concerts. Dates and times can be reached through the link below. *If you do not need all 3 tickets, we kindly ask that you return the extras to the school with your child so that we can give them to people who may need extras by Wednesday, November 22, 2017. *If you need extra tickets, please email the school office prescott@psd70.ab.ca, with your name and the number of extra tickets needed, and we will put your name on a waiting list. We will contact families who need extra tickets by Friday, November 24th, if we have extra. We will be hosting 7 Concerts, 2 for grade 1-3 students, 2 for our grade 4-6 students and 3 for our little Kindergartens. Click here for concert dates and times. http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13581&stream=Homepage News http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13581&stream=Homepage News Google Drive Parent Session! We are inviting you to come and learn how to access your child's ONLINE Desk stored in Google Drive. We will be offering 2 sessions next week, one in the afternoon and one in the evening. When: Thursday, November 23rd, 6:00 - 7:00pm & Friday, November 24th 1:30pm - 2:30pm Where: Prescott Learning Centre Who: Parents who want to learn...please bring your child;) What: Come and learn how to access your child's Google Drive, Gmail, Google Docs and any other questions you may have Please fill in the following Google Form if you are able to attend. Parent Information Session Sign Up We really hope to see you!   http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13531&stream=Homepage News http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13531&stream=Homepage News Strong Families: Breaking the Cycle of Anxiety November 14, 2017 - Parkland School Division is proud to present another FREE information session for caregivers. Our December session will help parents learn how to recognize symptoms of anxiety disorder in their children and teens. In addition, it will detail the steps parents can take to manage their children's anxiety, and aid them in finding the resources they may need to improve their children's mental health. Strong Families Series: Breaking the Cycle of Anxiety - A Step-By-Step Approach Date: Tuesday, December 12 Time: 6-7:30pm Location: Parkland School Division Centre For Education - Board Room (4603 48th Street, Stony Plain) Anxiety is one of the most common mental health complaints in children and teens today. This session will help parents distinguish between normal anxiety, and anxiety that is no longer helpful or productive. It will aid caregivers in identifying signs that a child or adolescent is experiencing problems with anxiety. Parents will learn step-by-step strategies to assist their child or teen in managing their anxiety and improving their mental health. We will provide parents with helpful resources, and demonstrate tools and techniques designed to reduce anxiety. Join us for an in-depth discussion of these topics and more. A light supper will be provided. Limited childcare is available. 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=13467&stream=Homepage News http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13467&stream=Homepage News Christmas Concerts Preparation for Christmas Concert season at Prescott Learning Centre has begun! Our tickets are being printed and will be coming home with your child next week. Due to fire regulations and gym capacity, every family with children in grades 1-3 will receive 3 tickets for the 1-3 evening concert, and every family with children in grades 4-6 will receive 3 tickets for the 4-6 evening concert. If you have children performing both evenings, you will receive 3 tickets for each performance. Students who are performing do not need tickets, as they will be in their classrooms. Your tickets will have the concert grade level and dates on them. The dress rehearsal performances are on November 27th (grade 4-6) and November 28th (grade 1-3) and they do not require a ticket. *If you do not need all 3 tickets, we kindly ask that you return the extras to the school with your child so that we can give them to people who may need extras by Wednesday, November 22, 2017. *If you need extra tickets, please email the school office prescott@psd70.ab.ca, with your name and the number of extra tickets needed, and we will put your name on a waiting list. We will contact families who need extra tickets by Friday, November 24th, if we have extra. We will be hosting 7 Concerts, 2 for grade 1-3 students, 2 for our grade 4-6 students and 3 for our little Kindergartens. Below are the dates and times of our concerts. Monday, November 27th  - 2 Concerts Afternoon Performance: Gr. 4-6 @ 1:30pm - No Ticket Required Evening Performance: Gr. 4-6 @ 6:30pm - Tickets Required Tuesday, November 28th - 4 Concerts Morning/Afternoon Performances Grade 1-3 @ 9:30am - No Ticket Required T/TH Kindergarten Performance @2:15pm - No Ticket Required Evening Performance Kindergarten Both Classes - 5:30pm - No Ticket required Gr. 1-3 @ 6:30pm - Tickets Required Wednesday, November 29th - 1 Concert M/W Kindergarten Performance @2:15pm - No ticket Required We can't wait to see you there!   http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13457&stream=Homepage News http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13457&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - November 7, 2017 November 7, 2017 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. The Board held its annual Organizational Meeting in addition to the regular Board Meeting. Trustee Eric Cameron was elected Board Chair by acclamation. Ron Heinrichs was elected Vice Chair. "It is an honour and privilege to, again, be serving Parkland School Division as Board Chair, and to be working with a newly elected Board of Trustees." stated Board Chair Cameron.  "With Ron Heinrichs as Board Vice-Chair, I am looking forward to working with some existing Trustees and some new Trustees who all have fresh perspectives and an eagerness to work toward our ultimate goal of Student Success and Well-Being.  We have a committed group of people as Trustees who believe in the importance of of our Vision and Mission with a focus on community engagement." "I couldn't be more thrilled to once again act in the position of Vice-Chair for Parkland School Division. I look forward to supporting  Chair, Trustee Eric Cameron, working to further the direction of the Board and Division, and ensuring we are making the best decisions for our children and students." stated Heinrichs. "I am very excited about the fact that the new trustees will bring their fresh ideas and perspectives to Parkland School Division. I am looking forward to continued  and expanded collaboration with all of our stakeholders so that Parkland School Division realizes its Ultimate Goal: Success and Well-Being for all students." The following committee positions were also chosen:​ Education Committee Chair  (Lorraine Stewart) Student Advisory Committee Chair  (Anne Montgomery) Benefit Plan Advisory Committee  (Sally Kucher-Johnson) Teacher/Board Advisory Committee (Eric Cameron, Ron Heinrichs, Paul McCann) Audit Committee (Darlene Clarke,Sally Kucher-Johnson, Lorraine Stewart) Advocacy Committee (Committee of the Whole) Alberta School Boards Association (Darlene Clarke, Paul McCann, Lorraine Stewart) Public School Boards' Association (Sally Kucher-Johnson, Ron Heinrichs, Anne Montgomery) Stony Plain Joint-Use Committee (Paul McCann) Spruce Grove Joint-Use Committee (Anne Montgomery) Alberta Teachers' Association Labour Relations (Eric Cameron, Darlene Clarke, TBD) Central Alberta Assocation of Municipal and School Employees Labour Relations (Darlene Clarke, Sally Kucher-Johnson, Ron Heinrichs) International Union of Operating Engineers Labour Relations (Eric Cameron, Darlene Clarke, Sally Kucher-Johnson) Council of School Councils (Anne Montgomery) Teachers' Employer Bargaining Association Representative (Sally Kucher-Johnson) The Board approved the unaudited Monthly Financial Statement for the period ending August 31, 2017. The auditors are now reviewing the report and the audited report will be presented to the Board at the Regular Board Meeting November 28, 2017. The overall year-to-date surplus is $960,787. The Board approved the 2017-2018 Final Budget Report as presented by Director of Financial Services Jason Krefting.  As part of the annual budget cycle, school jurisdictions prepare budgets in the spring then updates the budget in the fall based on September 30th enrolments and any new developments.  Parkland School Division has a total budget of $127.5 million dollars to serve the needs of approximately 10,968 students.  (+155 from 2016-2017) Total budget revenues for 2017-18 will increase by 4.24% over 2016-17. The Infrastructure Maintenance Renewal (IMR) grant increased by $426,000 over last year's levels. As part of the Alberta Teachers Association central bargaining with the province, a $75 million dollar classroom improvement fund has been established. Parkland School Division's allocation of $1.26 million was approved by Alberta Education September 12th and is included in this budget. The School Fee Reduction Grant ($745K) and Transportation Fee Reducation Grant ($300K) offset fees that are no longer charged to parents as a result of Bill 1: An Act to Reduce School Fees. Parkland School Division will spend approximately $98.4 million dollars on human resources, which is about 74% of the division's budget.  The division will employ over 595 full-time equivalent teachers and 443 full-time equivalent support staff in 2017-18. Overall the division is budgeting a $607K deficit that will be supported by instructional reserves as a result of prior year carryovers and utilizing administration reserves to support the election and Superintendent search. This results in an estimated Accumulated Surplus from Operations to expense ratio of 3.46%.  The Board received as information the annual Vandalism Report from Facilities Services. The total cost of vandalism for 2016-2017 came in just over $25K dollars which is a 50% decrease compared to the previous year. However, there was a significant increase in vandalism in 2015-2016 so the trend has been flat over several years. The Board received as information the 2016-2017 Provincial Achievement Tests and Grade 12 Diploma Exam Multi-year Results Report as presented by Associate Superintendent Scott Johnson. The multi-year report provides a five-year statistical overview. Additionally: The growth or decline (+/-) is provided to show the percentage increase or decrease from the previous year. The 'gap' from the provincial achievement indicates whether our students achieved at, above, or below the provincial average Diploma examination results equaled or suprassed the provincial results on: 9 out of 12 Diploma Examinations at the Acceptable Standard, and 3 out of 12 Diploma Examinations at the Standard of Excellence Although not representative of the entire Grade 12 cohort of learners, the June 2017 Blended Diploma and Course results equaled or surpassed last year's PSD results on: 7 out of 12 Diploma Examinations at the Acceptable Standard, and 5 out of 12 Diploma Examinations at the Standard of Excellence. Next Regular Board Meeting will be held on November 28, 2017 at the Centre for Education at 6:30pm. http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13373&stream=Homepage News http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13373&stream=Homepage News Remembrance Day Poppies Poppies will be distributed Thursday, November 9th before our Remembrance Day Ceremony. If you wish to send a donation to the legion, it would be greatly appreciated. All students will receive a poppy, regardless of a donation. http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13391&stream=Homepage News http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13391&stream=Homepage News Important - Please do not use the staff parking lot to drop off and pick up children To start, we want to give a great big THANK YOU for using the drop off zone to pick up and drop off your children. Safety of our kids is of utmost importance to us and keeping our bus zone free of vehicles helps ensure this. Please continue to use the parent pick up and drop off zones at all times when picking up and dropping off your children. We are asking for your help in ensuring our East staff parking lots remains safe. This parking lot is not a drop off or pick up zone. Due to safety reasons we are asking that all parents use the front drop off zone in front of the school to drop off and pick up their children. Thanks for your cooperation.     http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13329&stream=Homepage News http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13329&stream=Homepage News A.I.M.B.O.T Alberta Institute of Mentors & Builders of Tomorrow Spruce Grove Lego Workshop Location: Broxton Park School Dates: November 23, 30 AND December 7, 14 Time: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Cost: $60.00 To register please email KATY@THEAIMBOT.COM http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13115&stream=Homepage News http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13115&stream=Homepage News Halloween at Prescott We are inviting students who wish to dress up to come to school dressed in their costumes at the start of the day. We will be hosting a costume parade at 10:30am in our large gym for all students. For the remainder of the day students will be engaged in learning, with some activities focusing more on the theme of Halloween. We know all students are excited on this day and we are going to do our best to capture their excitement and help them pour it into the planned activities.   Just a couple of things to keep in mind to ensure a successful Halloween Day at school:   - Costumes must be school appropriate, no blood, guts, gore or weapons. - Students faces must visible and recognizable (full face masks should be kept at home for evening trick or treating) - Please send your child with an extra change of clothes just incase they decide they would like to take their costume off part way through the day.   Thank you! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13097&stream=Homepage News http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13097&stream=Homepage News