Forest Green School Homepage News en-us Sun, 15 Sep 2019 22:20:15 MDT Breeze for Teachers 5.0 https://forestgreen.psd70.ab.ca Fair Notice - Violence Threat Risk Assessment September 11, 2019 - 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:  Leah Andrews Director, Student Services   Phone: 780-963-8421  Email: landrews@psd70.ab.ca https://forestgreen.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=11877&stream=Homepage News https://forestgreen.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=11877&stream=Homepage News RCSD Team School Visits September 11, 2019 - Parkland School Division is working together with our partners in the Parkland, Evergreen and Area Regional Collaborative Services Delivery (PEA RCSD) area to support learning opportunities for students at our schools and in our communities. Members of the PEA RCSD team will visit our schools during the year. The team includes: Speech-Language Pathologist Occupational Therapist   The team may also include: Family School Liaison Coach / Success Coach Addiction and Mental Health Therapist Other developmental, social, emotional and behavioural services accessed by the school to support learner needs. This team will work with our School-Based Teams (teachers, support staff, and administrative staff) to support all children. They may visit classrooms and share ideas with the teacher. They will contact you as a parent/guardian directly if any follow up is required for your own child. To learn more about the Regional Collaborative Service Delivery partnership, please visit the Government of Alberta website. If you have any questions about RCSD visits to your school, please contact your school principal. https://forestgreen.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=21595&stream=Homepage News https://forestgreen.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=21595&stream=Homepage News Strong Families: Kids Have Stress Too! September 5, 2019 - Parkland School Division is proud to present another FREE information series for local families. Developed by the Psychology Foundation of Canada, the Kids Have Stress Too! three-part program helps parents, caregivers and educators understand childhood stress and how to provide children with the tools to deal with stress effectively. It is a broad-based primary prevention program that provides awareness and skills to help young people become healthier and more resilient through learning how to manage their stress.   Dates: Tuesday, September 10, 17 and 24, 2019 Time: 6-7:30pm Location: Parkland School Division Centre for Education (4603-48 Street, Stony Plain) Presenter: Rebecca Plant (Alberta Parenting for the Future Association) Information and topics discussed will build on each other, so participants are asked to attend all dates, if possible.  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: Vicky Mamczasz Family Supports Facilitator Phone: 780-963-8472 Email: vmamczasz@psd70.ab.ca   https://forestgreen.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=21413&stream=Homepage News https://forestgreen.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=21413&stream=Homepage News Strong Families Parkland School Division is offering a variety of workshops for parents and families about topics ranging from anxiety, drug use, positive parenting and more.  You can find out dates and more information about the workshops at the following website. https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/FMfcgxwDqxQdJlPpFVwJxWZdbKCGDcJC?projector=1&messagePartId=0.1 https://forestgreen.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=21389&stream=Homepage News https://forestgreen.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=21389&stream=Homepage News 2019-2020 Busing Update August 27, 2019 - Transportation Services is experiencing a high volume of calls and change requests as we approach the 2019-2020 school year. We ask for your continued patience and note that you can expect a response within 2 business days. Many parents should have already received their confirmation of bus service and bus pass in the mail. If you have previously registered and received email confirmation that you are to receive bus service this upcoming year but you have yet to receive your bus pass in the mail, please contact Transportation Services at transportation@psd70.ab.ca.  Requests for bus service for students who are applying for cross attendance school placements, those who are ineligible for provincial grant funding and those who have requested alternate seat transportation (alternate locations other than one’s primary address) are also being processed and subject to availability. E-Link: Information including your specific bus stop and approximate times are available via a new easy online tool. E-Link login information and instructions have been sent in a separate email.  NEW for 2019-2020: Bus passes will be delivered via Canada Post to the primary mailing address in July. Any late registrants whose passes are processed must pick up their bus pass in person at Parkland School Division's Centre for Education at 4603-48 Street. Office hours have been extended in the Transportation Services office to accommodate parents' work schedules. The Transportation Services office is open from 7am-7pm between Monday August 26 and Friday, August 30.   As many are aware, necessary changes to the regional transportation system are being implemented to eliminate the $1 million dollar annual operating deficit within transportation.  Increases in direct busing of students to their schools and double running buses means changes to bus arrival and departure times at schools. Many schools experience no change, but six schools will experience bigger shifts this fall. To assist families in planning for those six schools with the biggest changes in advance of the specific bus stop information being shared and the launch of E-Link, the following are estimated times for the potential earliest and latest pick-up and drop-off times for bus service at affected schools: Bus times change will change throughout the year as students enter, leave or move within the Division.  Fees & Payment Arrangements All outstanding fees for the current or past school years are due by July 8, 2019 or transportation requests for the 2019-2020 school year will be canceled.  Payments can be made using Parkland School Division’s online payment system through PowerSchool parent portal account or in person at the Transportation Department at Parkland School Division’s Centre for Education 4603-48 Street, Stony Plain, AB, T7Z 2A8. Payment plan options are also available for the 2019-2020 school year. Parents or guardians must pay in full or make payment arrangements by July 8, 2019 in order to ensure bus service for the 2019-20 school year. For more information contact: Transportation Services Phone: 780-963-8452 Email: transportation@psd70.ab.ca   https://forestgreen.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=21183&stream=Homepage News https://forestgreen.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=21183&stream=Homepage News Welcome Back Activities & Office Opening Office Opens Tuesday, August 20, 1-3pm; August 21, 22, 26, 27, 28 & 29, 9am-3pm (Closed 12-1pm). See our regular office hours. Please note: Our office will be closed on August 30 for a division-wide professional development event. Welcome Back Activities Tuesday, September 3 First Day of School. Full class lists will be posted in the morning. For students new to Forest Green, the best time to arrive at school is 8:30am in order to get settled for a 8:40am start. Please refer to our Bell Schedule. Kindergarten students will follow a staggered entry schedule from September 3-6. Parents have been contacted with their specific start date. EYSP class will also have a staggered entry; parents have been contacted regarding their child's start date. Tuesday, September 17 Picture Day for Grades 1-6 and Tuesday/Thursday Kindergarten 5:15pm: Fundraising Society Meeting, including bylaw amendments & vote - All parents are invited to attend 6:30-7:30pm: School Council Annual General Meeting - All parents are invited to attend Wednesday, September 18 Picture Day for Monday/Wednesday Kindergarten Thursday, September 19 5-7pm: Meet the Teacher Night - Details TBA   Have a safe and happy summer vacation!   For more information contact: Forest Green School Phone: 780-963-7366  Email: forestgreen@psd70.ab.ca https://forestgreen.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=6785&stream=Homepage News https://forestgreen.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=6785&stream=Homepage News Get a Head Start on the New School Year! 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 the rest of your summer with the knowledge that you have everything you need.  Happy shopping, and see you in September!   For more information contact: Forest Green School Phone: 780-963-7366 Email: forestgreen@psd70.ab.ca https://forestgreen.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=6787&stream=Homepage News https://forestgreen.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=6787&stream=Homepage News Special Board Meeting Highlights - June 25, 2019 June 25, 2019 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Special Board meeting held on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Special Board meeting. Update: The Board held its annual Organizational Meeting in addition to the regular Board Meeting. Trustee Lorraine Stewart was elected Board Chair by acclamation. Eric Cameron was elected Vice Chair by acclamation. All the new positions posted below as the result of the Organization meeting will be effective September 1, 2019. The Board Chair and Vice Chair will be sworn in at the Regular Board Meeting September 3, 2019. "I am humbled by the vote of confidence from fellow trustees and am honoured and excited to serve as Board Chair for the 2019-2020 school year," stated Trustee Stewart. "I have been mentored for the past two years by Eric Cameron, who has provided integrity and admirable leadership to the Board. I am proud to collaborate with my colleagues who clearly emphasize student success and well-being in all their decisions. We really are a future-focused and innovative organization." "I am honored to serve as Vice Chair on the Board of Trustees for PSD." stated Trustee Cameron.  "It has been my privilege to serve as Board Chair for all these years. Our dynamic team of Governors and Executive leadership keep the desire to serve students alive. It's an exciting time to be in education and I look forward to living out our new vision and mission daily." The following committee positions were also chosen:​ Education Committee Chairperson (Anne Montgomery) Student Advisory Committee Chairperson (Anne Montgomery) Benefit Plan Advisory Committee  (Lorraine Stewart) Teacher/Board Advisory Committee (Eric Cameron, Ron Heinrichs, Lorraine Stewart) Audit Committee (Ron Heinrichs, Paul McCann, Anne Montgomery) Advocacy Committee Chairperson (Paul McCann) Alberta School Boards Association, Zone II (Eric Cameron,Darlene Clarke) Public School Boards' Association (Ron Heinrichs,Sally Kucher-Johnson) Stony Plain Joint-Use Committee (Paul McCann) Spruce Grove Joint-Use Committee (Anne Montgomery) Alberta Teachers' Association Labour Relations (Eric Cameron, Darlene Clarke, Anne Montgomery) Central Alberta Assocation of Municipal and School Employees Labour Relations (Darlene Clarke, Ron Heinrichs, Sally Kucher-Johnson) International Union of Operating Engineers Labour Relations (Darlene Clarke, Sally Kucher-Johnson, Paul McCann) Council of School Councils (Paul McCann, Anne Montgomery) Teachers' Employer Bargaining Association Representative (Eric Cameron) Rural Caucus of Alberta School Boards (Sally Kucher-Johnson) The Board approved the Quarterly Financial Report for the period ending May 31, 2019. As of May 31st, 2019, revenues year to date were $102.1M and expenditures year to date were $104.0M resulting in a deficit of $1.9M. A deficit of $677K is forecast for year ended August 31, 2019. The Board approved the 2019-2020 Education Plan. The plan guides the strategic plans for the Division and Schools for the following year. The Education Plan for 2019-2020 and beyond are featured primarily as web-based in order to facilitate community access. 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 approved the Preliminary Budget for 2019-20 which has to be submitted to Alberta Education by June 30th. The preliminary budget indicates an operating deficit of $416,042 offset by the use of operating reserves. The total revenue is $132,806,272 with expenses of $133,222,314. The Board of Trustees approved the Fees and Allowances, as amended, for 2019-2020.  In the March 5, 2019 Fee Schedule, a fee of $3750 ($375 per month) is charged for participation in the Nature Kindergarten Program. This fee is collected to offset the staffing and operational costs as AB Education funds Kindergarten students at a .5 FTE rate. In 2019-2020, a pilot Full Day, Everyday French Immersion program is planned for École Broxton Park School. It is the intent to charge the fee of $3750 ($375 per month) to cover the unfunded portion of the staffing and operational costs. The previous Fee Allowances for 2019-2020 did not include a Fee for Adult Students. In some situations, it would be beneficial to charge an Adult Student Fee to allow students to finish their programs. This would be typically done through an Outreach or Alternative Education setting. Based on a comparison to other school jurisdictions, the new fee will be $100 per credit. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 6pm, Centre for Education https://forestgreen.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=21249&stream=Homepage News https://forestgreen.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=21249&stream=Homepage News New Vision & Mission June 11, 2019 - At the June 11, 2019 Regular Board Meeting, the Parkland School Division Board of Trustees approved the new Vision and Mission with the amendment and approval of Board Policy 1: Division Foundational Statements. The revisions come after months of engagement with stakeholders including staff, school administrators, a Superintendent's Teacher Advisory Team, a Students Advisory Committee, parents and the general public.  Based on the significant feedback received through various engagements, Parkland School Division Trustees and administration drafted updated vision, mission, and values statements that reflect core stakeholder input. Stakeholders support a strong focus on confidence and resilience. They expressed their support for healthy relationships, as this builds resilience which is important for motivating students beyond academics. The Ultimate Goal of Parkland School Division remains the same: Student Success & Well-being. The final version of these statements reflects the positive and passionate future of Parkland School Division and offers a strong foundation as the Board provides governance and leadership in the years to come. Our Vision Our students possess the confidence, resilience, insight and skills required to thrive in and positively impact the world. Our Mission We assure supportive learning environments, meaningful experiences and healthy relationships that create opportunities to develop resilience, to gain diversity in perspectives and to achieve enduring success. Foundational Statements Our Ultimate Goal is Student Success and Well-Being. We therefore value:  Learning opportunities that are: Purposeful Essential Relevant Authentic Responsive Excellence in achievement Trustworthy, respectful relationships Resilience with self-awareness We attend to these Priorities: Inspired Exploration Connected Community Confident Resilience Meaningful Engagement Wellness Culture Resource Stewardship For more information contact: The Division Office Phone: 780-963-4010 Email: DivisionOffice@psd70.ab.ca https://forestgreen.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=21157&stream=Homepage News https://forestgreen.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=21157&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - June 11, 2019 June 11, 2019 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board welcomed a delegation of Grade 7 students from Stony Plain Central School led by Principal Colleen Woloshyn and teachers Kyla Moore and Stephanie Mitchell. Austin Banks, Mason Chase, Serenity Foley, Tyler Harder, Jordyn Hill, Megan Kits, Isaac O’Neill and Nadifa Warsame presented: “Moving from Engaged to Empowered Learners”. In this project, students were challenged to effectively communicate their poetry theme using a chosen media to engage their audience. The Board extended formal congratulations to Grade 2 student Allyson Parnall from Forest Green School for receiving an honourable mention for The Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Awards. The awards are intended to recognize First Nations, Métis and Inuit students who model strength and commitment in the pursuit of their personal education path and embrace their own gifts, strengths and potential while celebrating the ways of their people.  The Board accepted the recommendation from administration to maintain its focus on transporting PSD students and reducing PSD's transportation operating deficit, and therefore refrain from reconsidering a cooperative busing agreement with Wild Rose School Division. The Board accepted and ratified the Local 955 International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), Memorandum of Agreement on May 9, 2019. On May 9, 2019 IUOE Local 955 voted 84% in favor of ratification of the new collective agreement term September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2023. It was agreed that for 2018 and 2019 there will be no wage increase and in 2020 no increase with a $150 total added to health spending. In 2021 there will be a 1% wage increase and in 2022 a 2% wage increase. The Board approved Board Policy 1: Divisional Foundational Statements which include a new Vision, Mission and Values statements for the Division. Vision: Our students possess the confidence, resilience, insight and skills required to thrive in and positively impact the world. Mission: We assure supportive learning environments, meaningful experiences and healthy relationships that create opportunities to develop resilience, to gain diversity in perspectives and to achieve enduring success. Foundational Statements: Our Ultimate Goal is Student Succes and Well-being. We therefore value: Learning opportunities that are: purposeful, essential, relevant, authentic, and responsive; Excellence in achievement; Trustworthy, respectful relationships; and Resilience with self-awareness. We attend to these Priorities: Inspired Exploration Connected Community Confident Resilience Meaningful Engagement Wellness Culture Resource Stewardship The Board approved the Trustee Travel to Japan - Shikaoi Delegation. The Board received as information the Engagement Summary Report. The Board received as information the 2019-2020 Education Plan Draft. The Board received as information the Technology Services Department Report as presented by Director of Technology Services Mark Karaki. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education https://forestgreen.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=21165&stream=Homepage News https://forestgreen.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=21165&stream=Homepage News