Prescott Learning Centre Homepage News en-us Sun, 24 Jun 2018 05:13:00 MDT Breeze for Teachers 5.0 http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca Get a Head Start on the New School Year! June 18, 2018 - Summer is almost here! To help you enjoy your holiday and put your mind at ease, we’ve posted important information about the supplies your child will need for the coming school year. You can get a head start on purchasing supplies for fall by visiting our Fees, Supply Lists & BYOD page, and then enjoy your summer with the knowledge that you have everything you need. An optional purchasing plan is available this year from Write-On Stationery. This voluntary program allows parents to pre-purchase a package of all requested supplies that will be delivered to the student's home address. 10% of every order will be given to the Prescott Learning Centre Fundraising Foundation to put towards play equipment and other school needs. Please download the supply list for your child's grade from our Fees, Supply Lists & BYOD page and use it when you shop. Order forms from Write-On Stationery are also available to download from this page. Please return any paper Write-On order forms with payment to the school office by Wednesday, June 20. Online orders will be accepted until August 1, 2018. Happy shopping, and see you in September!   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=16889&stream=Homepage News http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16889&stream=Homepage News Please Complete our Playground Needs Assessment Survey!!! Our Playground Committee needs your input on our School Playground. Please take a minute to fill in this short survey. Playground Needs Assessment Survey Please view the Poster Here http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16877&stream=Homepage News http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16877&stream=Homepage 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 all 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: jcoghill@psd70.ab.ca http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=15115&stream=Homepage News http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=15115&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - June 12, 2018 June 12, 2018 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board approved the Quarterly Financial Report for the period ending May 31, 2018. As of May 31st, 2018, 76.12% of revenues have been collected for the year compared to 76.91% of expenses paid out to date resulting in total year-to-date deficit of $1,584,706. The Board approved the 2018-2019 Education Plan. The Education Plan is a key component in the education planning cycle which involves: Developing and updating plans that are aligned with provincial goals, outcomes and performance measures and the Division's Vision, Mission, Values and Beliefs; Promoting meaningful community engagement; Preparing budgets in alignment with resource stewardship, and that support student learning to achieve the Ultimate Goal of Student Success and Well-being; and, Implementing strategies to maintain or improve students learning and achievement. The Board received as information the Accountability Pillar Results Report. The Accountability Pillar surveys are administered annually during the months of January to March to: Students in grades four, seven and ten; Students in grades four through twelve (for small schools); Parents of students in grades four, seven and ten; and, Teachers. The Board received as information the Draft Board Meeting Dates for 2018 - 2019. The Board received as information the Wellness Initiative Report for 2017 - 2018. The Board received as information the Facilities Services Department Report for 2017 - 2018. The Board received as information the Financial Services Department Report for 2017 - 2018. The Board received as information the Technology Services Department Report for 2017 - 2018. The Board received as information the Benefits Committee Report. The Board took the opportunity to express sincere thanks and congratulations to Executive Secretary Brenda Scott who was attending her last regular board meeting after serving staff and students of Parkland School Division for the past 20 years including ten years in her current role at the Centre for Education. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16851&stream=Homepage News http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16851&stream=Homepage News Write-On Stationery - Order Your Child's School Supplies Online! Write-On Stationery - Order Your Child's School Supplies Online!   This is a fundraiser and 10% of every order will be given to PLCFF to use towards play equipment and other school needs.   Go to write-on.ca, click on 'Parents: Order here'.  Enter the school name in the drop down box and the grade the student is entering next year.  Complete order form. Payment can be made online using Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Interac Online.    Contact secretary@plcff.com for additional information or assistance.   If you need to pay with cash, see below: The following lists can be printed off for those who need to pay with cash or cheque. They will need to be returned to the school with full payment by June 20, 2018.    Prescott Learning Centre - Class/Grade Grade 7 - 9 Prescott Learning Centre - Class/Grade Grade 2 Prescott Learning Centre - Class/Grade Grade 4 Prescott Learning Centre - Class/Grade Grade 5 Prescott Learning Centre - Class/Grade Grade 1 Prescott Learning Centre - Class/Grade Grade 3 Prescott Learning Centre - Class/Grade Grade 6  http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16807&stream=Homepage News http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16807&stream=Homepage News You're Invited to Prescott's Volunteer Celebration! Volunteer Celebration We are invitng ALL people who have volunteered at Prescott to attend our Volunteer Celebration on Tuesday, June 5th, 2018. If you have volunteered at any point in our school, we want to say THANK YOU!  Please fill in the attached google form with your name and number of people attending by Friday, June 1, 2018, so that we can plan accordingly. Loading...   http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16627&stream=Homepage News http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16627&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - May 29, 2018 May 29, 2018 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board took the opportunity to express sincere thanks and congratulations to Superintendent of Schools, Tim Monds, who attended his last regular board meeting before his official retirement date of May 31, 2018. Monds served students and staff of Parkland School Division for 10 years including the first two as Deputy Superintendent and the last eight as Superintendent. Tim Monds has been an educational leader for over 37 years. His journey through four Alberta school divisions includes time as a K-12 teacher, Principal, Assistant Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent. In 2016-2017, Tim received the provincial EXL Award for Excellence in School System Leadership from the College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS). The award is granted to outstanding educators who exhibit exemplary leadership ability and who have enhanced the profession of school system administration throughout their career. The Board appointed Shauna Boyce as Acting Superintendent effective June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019 or to the start date of the new Superintendent, pursuant to Section 113 of the School Act. As there is a superintendent compensation review under way at the Ministry of Education, the appointment of the next Superintendent of Schools for Parkland School Division is awaiting Ministerial Approval. The Board approved the monthly financial report for the period ending April 30, 2018. As of April 30th, 2018, 68.02% of revenues have been collected for the year compared to 67.824% of expenses paid out to date resulting in total year-to-date deficit of $405,418. The Board approved the 2018-2019 Preliminary Budget as presented by Director, Financial Services Jason Krefting. As part of the annual budget cycle, school jurisdictions prepare budgets in the spring then update the budget in the fall based on September 30th enrolments and any new developments in the spring. Parkland School Division has a total budget of $133.1 million dollars to serve the needs of approximately 11,200 students. Parkland School Division is projecting an increased enrolment of 148 students over the previous year. Total budget revenues for 2018-19 will increase by 0.10% over 2017-18. The 2018 - 2019 budget accommodates a provision for an increase in general student enrolment. No new grants have been included in the budget this year. The School Fee Reduction Grant ($745K) and Transportation Fee Reduction Grant ($300K) offset fees that are no longer charged to parents as a result of Bill 1: An Act to Reduce School Fees and remain the same as the prior year. The School Nutrition Grant introduced in 2017-18 has increased by $53K to $194K. The ECS Program Unit grant is 12.5% lower than budgeted in the prior year as the enrollments were lower than projected last year. Transportation funding is lower than the previous year’s budget as it has been forecast similar to actual funding received in 2017-2018. All other grant allocations remain at 2017-2018 levels. Base Funding represents 56% of the division’s provincial funding and is determined by the number of students enrolled as of September 30th of each school year. The Classroom Improvement Fund has been included in this budget and increased by 2.11% over the prior year to $1,295,800. Parkland School Division will spend approximately $99.5 million dollars on human resources, which is about 75% of the division's budget. Total salaries and benefits for the division increased by 0.95% over 2017-2018.  The division will employ over 605 full-time equivalent teachers and approximately 443 full-time equivalent support staff in 2018-19.  The Infrastructure Maintenance and Renewal (IMR) which provides funds for school renovation and facility upgrading projects, has decreased by $366 thousand over 2017-2018 amounts. The division is expecting Accumulated Operating Reserves before School Generated Funds of of $4.3 million as at August 31, 2018. In the 2018-2019 budget, a deficit of $327 thousand is anticipated and $343K is budgeted for the VOIP phone project. The balance at the end of August 31, 2019 for Operating Reserves before School Generated Funds is estimated to be $3.6 million. The cost of running the regional transportation system is not fully supported through transportation grants and transportation user fees. The Division is anticipating a deficit of $425K in the transportation program. The regional transportation system provides service to Evergreen Catholic, Wild Rose, Black Gold, Grande Yellowhead, Star Catholic,  St. Thomas Aquinas and two area private schools. The Board approved the Attendance Area Boundaries changes that affect some residents who currently attend Tomahawk School and Duffield School. The area is south of Secondary Highway 627 from a half mile west of Range Road 45 to Range Road 35 to optimize travel time of students within the area to their designated school. The Board received as information the draft of the 2018-2019 Education Plan. The final version will be brought to the Board at the June 12, 2018 Regular Board Meeting for approval. The Education Plan is a key component in the education planning cycle which involves: Developing and updating plans that are aligned with provincial goals, outcomes and performance measures and the Division's Vision, Mission, Values and Beliefs; Promoting meaningful community engagement; Preparing budgets in alignment with resource stewardship, and that support student learning to achieve the Ultimate Goal of Student Success and Well-being; and, Implementing strategies to maintain or improve students learning and achievement. The Board received as information the 2017 - 2018 Parkland School Division Priorities Report as presented by Associate Superintendent, Dr. Dianne McConnell. The document serves as a progress report for the Division towards realizing the outcomes stated in the 2016-2019 Three-Year Education Plan especially in the areas of early learning, wellness and building inclusive environments. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 6:30 p.m., Centre for Education http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16585&stream=Homepage News http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16585&stream=Homepage News Nature Kindergarten Filling Up Fast May 28, 2018 - Parkland School Division (PSD) Early Childhood Services has developed a partnership with Muir Lake School and Scouts Canada Camp (at Chickakoo Lake Recreation Area) to create an optional Kindergarten program that will get children active and in touch with nature while essentially extending a child's kindergarten experience from half-time to full-time in the process. The program responds to identified early childhood indicators that demonstrate a need for additional social and physical development programming within our division. This pilot entering its third year also seeks to explore the impact on early learning using the natural environment as a place where curiosity, play, problem-solving and calculated risk-taking can take place in a safe way. Limited Spots Available  A limited number of spots are availalbe for the 2018-2019 school year. Act now to enrol your soon-to-be kindergarten student in Nature Kindergarten. Learn More For further details about this program, visit the Division's Nature Kindergarten webpage.   For more information contact: Raelene Finlayson Early Childhood Development Supervisor Phone: 780-999-4785 Email: rfinlayson@psd70.ab.ca OR Haefa Onaissi Support and Mentor Coordinator Phone: 780-963-8406 Email: honaissi@psd70.ab.ca http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=11291&stream=Homepage News http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=11291&stream=Homepage News Emergency Services Activity - May 2, 2018 Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - We just wanted to provide our parents and guardians an update regarding the emergency services activity near our school grounds around the lunch hour Wednesday, May 2, 2018.  First responders were responding to an anonymous call to 9-1-1 reporting a house fire in the area. However, the caller did not give a location of the fire when calling from their cell phone. Investigators were in the neighbourhood and quickly determined that Prescott Learning Centre students and staff were safe and in fact, it was a public mischief call. At Parkland School Division, the safety and well-being of all our students is of the utmost priority.  We'd like to extend a thank you to the local emergency services for their assistance on this matter. For further information, contact: Prescott Learning Centre Email: prescott@psd70.ab.ca http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16125&stream=Homepage News http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16125&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - May 1, 2018 May 1, 2018 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board welcomed a delegation of students from High Park School who presented on a trip earlier this year to a Gay Straight Alliance Conference in Calgary. The GSA Conference was a safe event that students from all over Alberta could attend. The students acknowledged that the conference provided useful resources and knowledge that was very helpful in running the High Park GSA - Youth Alliance.  The Board approved the monthly financial report for the period ending March 31, 2018. As of March 31st, 2018, 60.43% of revenues have been collected for the year compared to 59.04% of expenses paid out to date resulting in total year-to-date surplus of $1,229,458. The Board approved the 2018-2019 Preliminary Budget Assumptions. The Board established an operating reserve in the amount of $900,900 to support expenditures for the Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Phone System. The Board approved the 2019-2020 School Calendar in principle. The Board approved the request for Minsterial Approval to appoint the position of Superintendent of Schools. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 6:30 p.m., Centre for Education http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16079&stream=Homepage News http://prescott.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16079&stream=Homepage News