Prescott Learning Centre Homepage News en-us Sun, 22 Apr 2018 13:51:22 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 Summer School at Connections For Learning Parkland School Division is now offering Summer School for current and incoming high school students at Connections For Learning. Summer School is not only a convenient way to better a bad grade - it’s also a great opportunity to get a head start on the new school year, freeing up your future schedule for courses you didn’t think you’d have time to take, or other important pursuits. Registration for Summer School opens Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - right after Spring Break. Please register early to reserve your spot. Summer School courses are offered based on student interest: popular courses are known to fill up quickly, while courses without enough registered students will be cancelled. Get your name on the list soon for the best chance of participating in your preferred course. For full details, including a list of courses on offer, please see the CFL Summer School Brochure and Registration Form. Course Delivery Methods Summer school courses will be taught using two unique delivery methods - choose the one that best suits your learning style. Classroom Learning Learn from a teacher in a traditional classroom setting. Choose from a selection of core courses for 5 credits, Physical Education 10 and CALM for 3 credits, or a variety of CTS courses for 1 credit. Dates: July 2-13 (3-credit courses) OR July 2-20 (5-credit courses), 2018 Times: 8am-12pm, Monday to Friday Location: Connections For Learning (4300-43 Street, Stony Plain - across the street from École Meridian Heights School) Assisted Independent Study Learn on your own schedule and visit CFL to get help from a teacher when you need it. Independent study is intended for students repeating a course to improve a grade. A selection of courses are also available to Grade 9 students who will be entering Grade 10 in the fall. Dates: July 2-20, 2018 (Exams written on July 20 or upon completion of course work) Teachers Available: 8:30am-3pm, Monday to Friday; 8:30am-Noon Saturdays Location: Connections For Learning (4300-43 Street, Stony Plain - across the street from École Meridian Heights School) Registration & Fees To register for Summer School, please complete a Registration Form and submit it to Connections For Learning. For Physical Education 10, a $50 registration fee payable to Parkland School Division is required at the time of registration. For 5-credit courses, one $50 deposit cheque payable to Parkland School Division is required at the time of registration. This cheque will be held and returned to the student when they hand in their Summer School textbooks or novels. Important to Note: Every day of Summer School instruction is the equivalent to one week of a high school semester program. Full attendance is required for classroom courses and no provisions will be made for late starts or early releases. Students must be in attendance on the final day of class to write their final exam. No 30-Level Courses will be offered at CFL Summer School for 2018. Students interested in 30-Level courses are advised to check out Alberta Distance Learning Courses or Edmonton Public School Summer School 2018.   For more information contact: James Coghill Assistant Principal, Connections For Learning Phone: 780-963-0507 Email: 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 Come Celebrate Your Child's Learning! - April 12th “A View into Your Child’s Learning Journey at Prescott” Prescott Learning Centre would like to invite all parents and guardians to our … “Celebration of Learning” on Thursday, April 12th, from 8:30 am - 10:30 am.  Similar to our Student Learning Conferences in December, the students will take the lead in describing and reflecting on their learning while the learning is taking place.  Please keep in mind that this is your opportunity to conference with your child. Although the teachers will be in the classroom at this time, they will be facilitating the class as usual.  Please feel free to come by the school and visit your child in his/her class for 15 minutes during this two hour block, and see the “learning in action”. If you are unable to make it during the morning of April 12, we will also be opening our doors that evening from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm.  This will be the same format, so no appointments are necessary and students are required to attend. We can’t wait for you to join us in experiencing “A View into Your Child’s Learning Journey at Prescott” as students collaborate, create, learn and share! 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 Students Against Drinking & Driving Contest Winner from Prescott Since 2012, Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD) Alberta, in partnership with the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC), has coordinated their Liquor Bag Campaign, whereby Alberta students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 can add their personal message about the dangers of impaired driving to a paper liquor bag. Once the students complete their messaging, an adult or teacher collects the bags and distributes them to local liquor stores for use with regular sales. This activity assists educators in continuing the conversation about the dangers of drinking and driving, and also involves members of the community. There is no cost to the school or students. SADD Alberta received orders for over 65,000 bags from more than 250 schools including a number of participating Parkland School Division Schools. Congratulations to Prescott Learning Centre’s Ashlynn Skiba who is the First Place winner in Category 1 for Kindergarten to Grade 6 students. “Impaired driving causes thousands of deaths every year in Canada, and it’s not always just the driver who is killed,” stated Ashlynn in her contest submission. “I don’t think anyone should have to suffer the pain of losing a loved one or someone close because of impaired driving.” Over the course of the 2017 campaign, students’ designs were collected and returned to local liquor stores to help spread the messages and warnings about drinking and driving. In addition to the thousands of bags delivered to liquor stores all over the province, over 300 submissions were entered into the design contest and Ashlynn’s was chosen as the best design for students in the Kindergarten to Grade 6 category. The overall provincial winning design from Grade 11 student from Taber, AB, Portia Miller, will be distributed to liquor stores throughout Alberta prior to the May long weekend.  As Albertan’s celebrate this ‘first weekend of summer’, they often are making liquor purchases.  We know that messages like Ashlynn’s on the bags will make an impact.  They will make someone reconsider their choices and will help to keep Albertan’s safe on a weekend that historically sees impaired driving related tragedy . More details on the campaign can be found on SADD’S website at this link. Congratulations Ashlynn!  Thank you for the fantastic work you did on your liquor bag design and also for your strong voice and conviction in standing up against impaired driving. Remember that ‘Friends Don’t Let Friend’s Drink & Drive’. News News Term 2 Report Cards available Today @4:00pm in Powerschool! Please login to the Powerschool Parent Portal to access your child's term 2 Report Card after 4:00pm today. If you need assistance, please contact our office at or give us a call at 780-571-8079. News News Lots of Socks Day - Wednesday, March 21, 2018 WEAR YOUR CRAZY SOCKS ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21! This is a day to help raise awareness on World Down Syndrome Day. Every year it is celebrated on March 21 (3/21) to represent three copies of chromosome 21. People around the globe are encouraged to wear their crazy colorful socks that day so when people ask about them, you can spread awareness.  Please click here for more information. 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