Copperhaven School Homepage News en-us Mon, 22 Oct 2018 07:10:20 MDT Breeze for Teachers 5.0 http://copperhaven.psd70.ab.ca/ School Bus Safety Week October 16, 2018 - In recognition of School Bus Safety Week, which runs from October 22-26 this year, Parkland School Division will be conducting a division-wide school bus safety drill on the afternoon of Tuesday, October 23. K-6 students are also welcome to participate in the Alberta Student Transportation Advisory Council's provincial contest by designing a poster that depicts this year's School Bus Safety Week theme: School Bus... Bully Free Zone! School Bus Evacuation Safety Drill On the ride home from school on Tuesday, October 23, all students transported by Parkland School Division (with the exception of those on Special Needs and Early Education routes) will take part in a school bus rear door evacuation process. Students will also review the procedures for front door, side window and roof hatch evacuations with their bus driver. The safety drill and evacuation procedure review will take some time to complete, so please be aware that students riding the bus will arrive home from school approximately 20 minutes later than usual this coming Tuesday. Poster Contest The Alberta Student Transportation Advisory Council is also sponsoring a provincial poster contest to promote School Bus Safety Week. The contest is open to all students from Kindergarten to Grade 6 who want to take on the challenge of designing an 11x17" poster depicting a school bus and representing this year's theme of School Bus... Bully Free Zone! Winners in each grade will receive a $25 gift card, a framed original of their poster, an engraved plaque and $100 for their classroom. The contest committee may also choose to award honourable mentions with a $25 gift card. Full contest details, including submission guidelines, are listed in this handout. The contest deadline is October 31, 2018.   For more information contact: Transportation Services Phone: 780-963-8452 Email: Transportation@psd70.ab.ca http://copperhaven.psd70.ab.ca//view.php?action=object&id=18023&stream=Homepage News http://copperhaven.psd70.ab.ca//view.php?action=object&id=18023&stream=Homepage News Parking Reminder October 9, 2018 - Just a friendly reminder to all parents and guardians of Copperhaven School that for the safety of all students, traffic at the Bus Transfer site located just west of the school is limited to buses only for pick-up and drop-off times. Any other vehicles you may notice parked along the east fence are reserved for construction contractors who are still in the building completing work. Parents are encouraged to develop a morning and/or afternoon plan that promotes active transportation for students which may include a pick-up or drop-off point in an adjacent neighbourhood creating a short walk for students to the school. Alternatively, if parents or guardians do need drop-off or pick-up at the school, please use the lanes and stalls in the parking lot immediately north of the school.  As pedestrian traffic increases from the Transfer Site to the school during the peak hours from 7:45-8:20am and again from 3:-3:45pm, we ask vehicle traffic to steer clear of that area to keep students safe and to ensure that the regional transportation system runs on time with the smooth arrival and departure of our buses. Thanks in advance for your consideration. For further information, contact: Email: copperhaven@psd70.ab.ca Phone: 780-571-8488   http://copperhaven.psd70.ab.ca//view.php?action=object&id=17913&stream=Homepage News http://copperhaven.psd70.ab.ca//view.php?action=object&id=17913&stream=Homepage News School Council Meeting School Council Meetings will be held monthly on the third Wednesday of each month, with the exception of October. For the month of October our School Council meeting will be held on Wednesday October 24th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the school library. All parents of Copperhaven School students are welcome to attend.  http://copperhaven.psd70.ab.ca//view.php?action=object&id=17847&stream=Homepage News http://copperhaven.psd70.ab.ca//view.php?action=object&id=17847&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://copperhaven.psd70.ab.ca//view.php?action=object&id=17237&stream=Homepage News http://copperhaven.psd70.ab.ca//view.php?action=object&id=17237&stream=Homepage News Changes to the Alberta School Immunization Program September 7, 2018 - Alberta Health has made changes to the school immunization program that will take effect in the 2018/19 school year.  What is changing? HBV and HPV vaccines Previously in Alberta, Grade 5 students were offered three doses of vaccine for Hepatitis B (HBV) and three doses of vaccine for Human Papillomavirus (HPV).  Alberta is moving from a three-dose vaccine schedule in Grade 5 to a two-dose vaccine schedule in Grade 6 for both HBV and HPV vaccines.  Alberta Health has made this change to align with the evidence, which shows that administering two doses at least six months apart will provide children with good protection against Hepatitis B and Human Papillomavirus diseases. The Grade 9 school immunization program including the diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis (dTap) and Meningococcal (MenC-ACYW) vaccines will continue to be offered. The HBV vaccine given in a two-dose series is approved for children 11 years up to and including 15 years of age.  In Alberta, the majority of students are 11 years of age in Grade 6, therefore HBV immunizations will be offered in Grade 6 rather than Grade 5. The HPV vaccine given in a two-dose series is approved for children 9 years up to and including 14 years of age who have a well-functioning immune system.  HPV immunizations will be offered at the same time as the HBV vaccine, in Grade 6 rather than Grade 5.  A three-dose series will continue to be offered to students with compromised immune systems. Catch-up immunization program In the 2018/19 school year, public health nurses will be reviewing the immunization records of all Alberta students from Grades 1 to 9 to assess immunization status.  Parents or guardians will be contacted if a child is missing immunization information.   With parental/guardian consent, a child can be offered the immunizations they are missing at school.  Parents or guardians will continue to have the final decision on immunizing their child. As per current practice, if a highly contagious vaccine-preventable disease, such as measles, occurs at school, children with missing immunization information or declined immunization may be excluded from school to protect their health. In some cases, children may need to stay home for several weeks.  Below is an outline of the changes that will occur to the school immunization program in the 2018/19 and 2019/20 school years. 2018/2019 School Year Students in Grade 5 will not be immunized with the HPV and HBV vaccines, as they will be offered the vaccines the following year in Grade 6.  With parental/guardian consent, children in Grades 1 to 9 who are missing immunizations will be offered immunizations at school. 2019/2020 School Year Students in Grade 6 will be offered immunization with the HPV and HBV vaccines as a two-dose series. With parental/guardian consent, children in Grades 1 to 9 who are missing immunizations will be offered immunizations at school. Alberta Health Services, Public Health will work closely with Parkland School Division to ensure that immunization does not interfere with students taking the Provincial Achievement Tests. More information on immunization and Alberta’s routine immunization schedule and changes to the school immunization program is available on Alberta Health Services website.  For more information, please contact your school’s public health nurse, call 811 or visit http://immunizealberta.ca/.    http://copperhaven.psd70.ab.ca//view.php?action=object&id=17181&stream=Homepage News http://copperhaven.psd70.ab.ca//view.php?action=object&id=17181&stream=Homepage News Bus Pass Pick Up Details August 30, 2018 - Dear Parents/Guardians, Thank you to all those families who have already made arrangements and picked up their bus passes for the 2018 - 2019 school year. For those that haven't yet, please make every effort to pick up your pass in advance of the first day of school. The last day bus passes are available for pick up will be Friday August 31 from 11:30am-7pm at Parkland School Division's Centre for Education (4603-48 Street, Stony Plain, AB). All of those unclaimed passes that have been paid for, or if there are $0 fees owing, will be moved to Copperhaven School on the morning of Tuesday September 4. If fees have been assessed, and payment arrangements have not been made, those passes will remain at the Centre for Education in Stony Plain until payment arrangements have been made. Children will not be able to ride the bus in the afternoons without a bus pass. Transportation fees can be paid online through the PowerSchool Parent Portal, or by visiting the Centre for Education during business hours. Please use the north entrance near Meridian Mall. Staples School Tools For the families who chose to participate in the Staples School Tools program, those kits will be available to pick up at the school on the first day of school, September 4 or when you pick up your bus pass at the Centre for Education August 31.   http://copperhaven.psd70.ab.ca//view.php?action=object&id=17051&stream=Homepage News http://copperhaven.psd70.ab.ca//view.php?action=object&id=17051&stream=Homepage News Bus Pass Pick Up Details August 2, 2018 - Great news: over 94% of PSD students and 83% of non-PSD students have now been registered online for school and/or busing for 2018-2019. If you have not yet submitted your registration information online, please check your email for a message from "PowerSchool Registration Support" detailing the steps you need to take to complete this process. More information can be found in our previous announcement. Transportation fees for 2018-2019 have now been added to Parkland School Division's online payment system. All parents/guardians will soon be notified via email, that their fees are ready to be paid. Please note: 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  have been received no later than 4:30pm on June 29, 2018 to be included in the routing process. Payment arrangements must be received through PSD’s online payment system (Rycor), 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. Fee Payment & Bus Pass Pickup For PSD Students Transportation fees can be paid online through the PowerSchool Parent Portal, or by visiting the Centre for Education during business hours. Please note that the Centre for Education is closed Friday, August 10th. Regular business hours resume on Monday, August 13, 2018. If you make payment arrangements for your 2018-2019 transportation fees by Friday, August 10, your bus pass will be delivered to your child's school for pickup beginning Wednesday, August 22. If you have applied for a bus pass and have no transportation fees owing, your bus pass will be automatically sent to your school for pickup. Please check your school's website for the dates and times your school's office will be open. Bus passes paid for after August 10 can be picked up at the Centre For Education in Stony Plain. For those that have missed the payment deadline or have yet to make payment arrangements, your pass will be waiting for you at the Centre for Education. The Centre for Education in Stony Plain (4603-48 Street) will be open for pickup during the following hours. Please use the north entrance near Meridian Mall. Wednesday, August 22 - Friday August 24 (11:30am-7pm) Monday August 27 - Friday August 31 (11:30am-7pm) Copperhaven School Parents Please be advised that due to some congestion at the construction site at Copperhaven School, bus passes for children attending Copperhaven will be available for pick up at Parkland School Division's Centre for Education in Stony Plain during the times described above. Fee Payment & Bus Pass Pickup For Non-PSD Students Transportation fees can be paid online through the Rycor Payment System, or by visiting the Centre for Education during business hours. The Rycor Non-PSD Parent Guide provides step by step instructions on how to access and make payments. Parents of Evergreen Catholic School Division that attend Spruce Grove or Stony Plain schools can pick up their bus passes at the Evergreen Division office in Spruce Grove between August 27 to August 31st from 8am-4pm. All other non-PSD school bus passes will be delivered to their respective schools if payment arrangements have been made prior to August 10, 2018. Bus Pass Pickup details are as follows: (For those that have missed the payment deadline or have yet to make payment arrangements, your pass will be waiting for you at the Centre for Education so you can make payment arrangements or pay in full. If you have paid or have $0 fees, your pass has been moved to the following locations for pick up to begin August 27, 2018) Evergreen Catholic School Division Parents of Evergreen Catholic School Division that attend Spruce Grove or Stony Plain schools can pick up their bus passes at the Evergreen Division office in Spruce Grove between August 27 and August 31 from 8am–4pm. Bus passes for children attending Holy Spirit Catholic School will be delivered to your school in Devon for pickup beginning August 27. Wild Rose School Division Passes will be available for pickup at Frank Maddock High School beginning August 27. Living Waters Christian Academy Passes will be available for pickup at your school beginning August 27. St. Matthew Lutheran Christian Academy Passes will be available for pickup at your school beginning August 27. Black Gold Regional Schools Passes will be delivered to Black Gold Regional Schools located in Devon, AB so pickup can begin at those respective schools August 27. Grande Yellowhead Public Schools For those PSD residences with students attending Grand Trunk High School or Evansview School, bus passes will be available for pickup at Entwistle School beginning August 27. STAR Catholic Holy Trinity Academy and St. Anthony School students can pick up their bus passes at their school beginning August 27, 2018. More Information For more information about the new online registration process, please visit the Registration page on our website. http://copperhaven.psd70.ab.ca//view.php?action=object&id=17045&stream=Homepage News http://copperhaven.psd70.ab.ca//view.php?action=object&id=17045&stream=Homepage News Construction Tour June 22, 2018 - United Construction Company is taking advantage of all the great weather we've been experiencing and we can see progress at the school every day. Our Board of Trustees had a chance to tour the construction site in mid-May. We tagged along with a camera. It's hard to believe that students will be walking through these doors in a matter or weeks but they will.   http://copperhaven.psd70.ab.ca//view.php?action=object&id=16937&stream=Homepage News http://copperhaven.psd70.ab.ca//view.php?action=object&id=16937&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://copperhaven.psd70.ab.ca//view.php?action=object&id=16851&stream=Homepage News http://copperhaven.psd70.ab.ca//view.php?action=object&id=16851&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://copperhaven.psd70.ab.ca//view.php?action=object&id=16585&stream=Homepage News http://copperhaven.psd70.ab.ca//view.php?action=object&id=16585&stream=Homepage News