Seba Beach School Homepage News en-us Mon, 21 Jan 2019 04:17:58 MST Breeze for Teachers 5.0 http://sebabeach.psd70.ab.ca Strong Families Series: Recognizing Alternatives to Getting Explosive January 15, 2019 - Parkland School Division is proud to present another FREE information session for caregivers. Our upcoming session will help parents better recognize the signs of anger and implement strategies to prevent its escalation, while practicing their skills in defusing potentially explosive situations. Strong Families Series: Recognizing Alternatives to Getting Explosive  Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 Time: 6-7:30pm Location: Parkland School Division Centre For Education Board Room (4603 48th Street, Stony Plain) Presented by Jaemi Bertrand, BA Q. Med from Laurier Mediation and Conflict Management In this session, parents and guardians are invited to spend the evening with a qualified mediator to gain an understanding of how adults and children experience and express anger, and the means by which conflicts can be resolved without resorting to rage. Learn how to communicate more effectively, recognize multiple solutions to the same problem and work together to choose the best outcome for everyone involved. A light supper will be provided. Limited childcare is available.  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://sebabeach.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=19171&stream=Homepage News http://sebabeach.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=19171&stream=Homepage News 2019-2020 Online Registration January 11, 2019 - As Parkland School Division continues with the revamped registration process established last year, all Kindergarten to Grade 12 registrations for both new and returning students will be conducted online through the PowerRegistration portal for the 2019-2020 school year. All parents will be required to complete this online process each school year. New students must register online, while returning students will be receiving an email or letter with further instructions on how to verify and/or update their existing information. Registration for all students from K-12 will open on February 4, 2019. At this time, parents/guardians can register new students using the New Student Registration form, and/or verify returning student information by following instructions sent to them via email. Registrations for 2019-2020 will not be accepted prior to this date. All parents are required to complete the registration process by 4:30pm on March 22, 2019. This deadline allows us to determine the eligibility of bus pass applicants, the routing of buses, bus pass production and data verification before the summer break while schools are still operating. Important Registration Dates February 4, 2019 - Registration opens. Follow the link to the New Student Registration form (new students) or check your email for a message from PowerSchool Registration Support with further instructions (returning students). March 22, 2019 at 4:30pm - Registration deadline. Our Registration page will soon be updated with more information regarding late registrations. Please note: The 2018-2019 New Student Registration Form is still open and accepting registrations for the current school year. The 2018-2019 form cannot be used to register for 2019-2020 - when registering, please make sure to use the correct form. Complete information on the registration process can be found on our Registration page. More information regarding the 2019-2020 registration process will be added as it becomes available.   For more information contact: Parkland School Division Phone: 780-963-4010 Email: DivisionOffice@psd70.ab.ca http://sebabeach.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=19105&stream=Homepage News http://sebabeach.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=19105&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - January 8, 2019 January 8, 2019 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, January 8, 2019. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. The Board approved the Monthly Financial Report for the period ending November 30, 2019. At the end of that report period, revenues year-to-date were $34.9 million and expenditures year-to-date were $33.8 million resulting in a surplus of $1.1 million.   The Board approved the 2019-2020 School Calendar and further directed Administration to circulate a 2020-2021 Draft Calendar to stakeholders for feedback. The Board has historically approved the calendar in March with a two-year future outlook (draft calendars). The intention is to adjust the timeline to approve the calendar for the subsequent year at an earlier point. Some calendars are more challenging than others, given the days on which certain dates fall. The 2019-2020 calendar created a challenge with respect to Fall Break planning. Families have expressed a preference to avoid two-day school weeks where possible. The original two non-instructional days for teachers in the Fall Break have now been moved prior to the first day of school for professional development purposes creating a full-week Fall Break for both students and staff. The Spring Break also changes to the fourth week in March to accommodate the province's Diploma Exam schedule.   The Board established a submission deadline of February 15, 2019 for schools who wish to nominate a first-year teacher for the Alberta School Boards' Association's Edwin Parr Award.  A committee consisting of Trustees Lorraine Stewart, Sally Kucher-Johnson and Paul McCann will determine Parkland School Division's submission for the prestigious award.    The Board received as information the Occupational Health and Safety Report as presented by Deputy Superintendent Mark Francis. Next Regular Board Meeting will be held on February 5, 2019 at the Centre for Education at 9:30am. http://sebabeach.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=19057&stream=Homepage News http://sebabeach.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=19057&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - December 11, 2018 December 11, 2018 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. The Board approved the Monthly Financial Report for the period ending October 31, 2018. At the end of that report period, revenues year-to-date were $24.1M (18.1% of the annual budget) and expenditures year-to-date were $21.8M (16.3% of the annual budget) resulting in a surplus of $2.3M.      The Board welcomed a delegation from Spruce Grove Composite High School. Grade 12 students Koji Takahaski and Joshua Mercier are members of the school's Robotics Club. They recently finished third place at a VEX Robotics Regional Competition in Edmonton.   The Board directed Parkland School Division Administration to review cooperative busing and take appropriate action.   The Board accepted the recommendation to accept and ratify the Central Alberta Association of Municipal and School Employees Memorandum of Agreement for the wage reopener in 2018-2019. Next Regular Board Meeting will be held on January 8, 2019 at the Centre for Education at 9:30am. http://sebabeach.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=18819&stream=Homepage News http://sebabeach.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=18819&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - November 27, 2018 November 27, 2018 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, November 27, 2018. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. The Board approved the 2017-18 Audited Financial Statement presented by Associate Superintendent Corporate Supports and Services Scott McFadyen and Director of Financial Services, Jason Krefting.  Highlights include: Revenues for the year were $132,134,779. (+3.0%) Operating expenses for the year were $131,814,005. (+3.5%) The cost of educating 11,123 students was $131,814,005. 77.4% ($102,038,891) of total funds (which includes Instruction, School Generated Funds, and System Instruction) was spent directly on students in the classroom.  The single largest classroom expenditure was for staff salaries and benefits. The average teaching cost was $112,471 ($101,010 excluding Alberta Teachers Retirement Fund costs). This accounted for 69.9% of all instructional expenses. Parkland’s annual operating surplus is $320,774 which relates to a surplus from operations of $309,741 and a surplus from School Generated Funds of $11,033. The total accumulated surplus from operations is $6,345,494, which includes $923,565 from School Generated Funds and $943,768 unrestricted. PSD’s capital reserves amount to $3.57 million. Capital projects initiated during 2017-2018 included Copperhaven School, Infrastructure, Maintenance and Renewal projects, Centre for Education renovations, Woodhaven modernization and Duffield modulars. Expenditures to transport students to and from school amounted to 8.4% of expenditures. ($11,041,855)  The cost of maintaining and operating 23 sites amounted to 10.8% of expenditures. ($14,179,434). Independent auditor PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, represented by Jeff Baker, delivered a clean audit opinion that the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Parkland School Division No. 70 as at August 31, 2018 and the results of its operations, cash flows, change in net debt and remeasurement gains and losses for the year in accordance with Canadian public sector accounting standards.   The Board approved the 2018-2019 Final Budget as presented by Associate Superintendent McFadyen and Director of Financial Services Jason Krefting. The final budget indicates an operating deficit of $724,408 offset by the use of operating reserves. Total revenue is $133,324,405 with expenses of $134,048,813. The shortfall is offset with the use of reserves of $724,408. Transportation costs accounted for $576.5K of the overall deficit. It is expected that district reserves will have a budgeted balance of $4,354,175 as of August 31, 2019.    The Board approved Parkland School Division’s 2017-2018 Annual Education Results Report (AERR) as presented by Associate Superintendent Scott Johnston. The AERR for 2017-2018 addresses the previous year's achievement on each of the Alberta Education goals and its success in improving results using the strategies developed by education stakeholders. The accountability results guide the decisions and focus areas for the current 2018-2019 Education Plan and inform the assurance process by providing quantitative data to qualitative measures.   The Board directed Parkland School Division administration to conduct a demographic and facility utilization review of schools within the City of Spruce Grove, as well as the west end of Parkland School Division, in order to facilitate long-term planning.   The Board directed Parkland School Division administration to determine the impact of four different Funding Scenarios to assist in long-term planning.    The Board received as information the Engaging Students Through School Attendance report as presented by Associate Superintendent, Dr. Dianne McConnell. Next Regular Board Meeting will be held on December 11, 2018 at the Centre for Education at 9:30am. http://sebabeach.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=18621&stream=Homepage News http://sebabeach.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=18621&stream=Homepage News Great Kids Award November 8, 2018 - The nomination period for the Alberta government’s 19th Annual Great Kids Award is now open, providing all Albertans with an opportunity to recognize remarkable young leaders. Since 1999, the Great Kids Award has recognized remarkable children and youth who positively impact their communities. These great kids have made a difference while overcoming challenging circumstances including managing a physical or mental illness, a difficult living situation or standing up against bullying. These great kids deserve recognition because they are examples to all Albertans of what can be accomplished in the face of adversity. Next spring, the Alberta government will recognize 16 young Albertans with a Great Kids Award during a ceremony at Fantasyland Hotel in Edmonton. Do you know a great kid in your community? Consider nominating them for a Great Kid Award! Most recently, 7-year old Izabelle Gaskarth from Brookwood School was among the 2018 award recipients. Nominations are open until 4 p.m. on November 30, 2018. Click here for the the nomination form. For more information, visit www.greatkids.alberta.ca   http://sebabeach.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=18405&stream=Homepage News http://sebabeach.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=18405&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - November 6, 2018 November 6, 2018 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. The Board welcomed a delegation from Stony Plain Central School who have been working with Ever Active Schools promoting Active School Travel. Student leadership groups have taken the lead on identifying safety concerns and coming up with solutions to traffic and safety issues that will ultimately create safer environments for students to safely walk or ride their bikes to school. Their efforts involve encouraging students to walk and wheel to and from school creating less vehicle traffic in the school area. The campaign also encourages parents to drop off their students further away (arena parking lot, north of outdoor pool) so that students can walk to school safely without adding to the traffic in the school area. Ever Active Schools is currently leading Active School Travel programming with École Broxton Park School, Stony Plain Central School and Tomahawk School. Check out Broxton Park's video from last spring. The Board received as information the 2017-2018 Provincial Achievement Tests and Diploma Exams Report.  Highlights from the report include continued improvement for Parkland School Division students meeting the province's Acceptable Standard in 11 out of 12 Diploma Examinations (up from 9 last year). A construction update is a standing item in the Superintendent's Report. Superintendent Boyce shared that construction has already begun on Copperhaven School's playground with a completion date set for around the Fall Break. Meanwhile, progress has been made on finishing the gymnasium space in the school. Barring any major delays, that could be ready when students return from their Christmas Break. Next Regular Board Meeting will be held on November 27, 2018 at the Centre for Education at 6pm. http://sebabeach.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=18381&stream=Homepage News http://sebabeach.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=18381&stream=Homepage News Transportation Services Parent/Guardian Hotline Transportation Services regularly experiences a high call volume, which has sometimes made it difficult for parents to contact the department if their child has not arrived at their destination as scheduled. As such, Parkland School Division has established a hotline solely for parents and guardians to use in these scenarios, which will remain open on school days from our scheduled first pick up in the morning to our scheduled final drop off in the afternoon between the hours of 6:30am-5:30pm. To ensure the hotline is used only for its intended purpose, we ask all parents and guardians to consider the following before calling the hotline to check on the status of their bus students.   Checklist: Have you checked the Bus Status page to see if the bus is running late or has been cancelled?   Is your child in an after school program? (e.g. volleyball, running club, etc.)   Do you have Alternate Seat Transportation arrangements and is there a chance your child went to the destination scheduled for an alternate day? (e.g. daycare, dayhome, mom or dad's home (in shared custody situations), etc.)   Has someone else potentially picked them up? (e.g. grandparent, other parent, friend, etc.) If you've checked on all the above possibilities and none of them serve as an explanation for your situation, please contact Transportation Services via the hotline. Parent/Guardian Hotline: 780-591-5567 For all other general transportation-related inquiries, please contact Transportation Services at 780-963-8452 or Transportation@psd70.ab.ca.   For more information contact: Transportation Services Phone: 780-963-8452 Email: Transportation@psd70.ab.ca http://sebabeach.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=18181&stream=Homepage News http://sebabeach.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=18181&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://sebabeach.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=17237&stream=Homepage News http://sebabeach.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://sebabeach.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=11877&stream=Homepage News http://sebabeach.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=11877&stream=Homepage News