4th Annual Try-Me Try-Athlon

4th Annual Try-Me Try-Athlon

Parkland School Division is proud to launch registration for the 4th Annual Try-Me Try-Athlon. Parkland School Division students ages 5-18 who love swimming, bicycling and running, and are willing to try something new – this is for you.

For further details and to register, please visit our Try-Me Try-Athlon page.

Date: Friday, June 8th
Time: 9:30am
Location: TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre, 221 Jennifer Heil Way, Spruce Grove, AB

The Try-Me Try-Athlon is a Kids of Steel (KOS) triathlon, which will be held on Friday, June 8 at the Tri-Leisure Centre in Spruce Grove. KOS Triathlons are designed to offer youth the opportunity to experience the sport of triathlon in a positive environment. The distances are much shorter than those in adult triathlons and change as participants mature.

This event is a district-wide celebration of physical literacy and movement in 2018 using these three skills: swimming, bicycling and running. All children ages 5 and up are welcome to register for this event with the support of their classroom or school-based teacher. The Try-Athlon will encourage students to train with their schools and at home in order to learn new physical skills and movements that will allow them to feel more competent and confident in multiple environments.

For more information and the registration fees involved, please visit the School website at http://muirlake.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=5523&stream=Homepage%20News  or the PSD Website at http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=5523&stream=Homepage%20News

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Strong Families: Kids and Change

Strong Families Series: Transitions Big and Small – Supporting Kids Through Change

Parkland School Division is proud to present another FREE information session for caregivers.

Our May session will address the daily battle of getting your child to transition from one activity to another. Perhaps there may be an upcoming transition in your child’s life that you know may cause some anxiety. Transitions, big and small, can be really challenging for both kids and caregivers; this is because all transitions involve change, and change can be a time of stress for anyone.

In this presentation, you will learn about common transitions that children and youth experience, why transitions are so challenging, and what caregivers can do to make them go more smoothly. More specifically, we will explore how to plan for large transitions, review tips and tools to make small transitions smoother, and discuss strategies for managing the stress and anxiety that can accompany transitions.

Strong Families Series – Transitions Big and Small – Supporting Kids Through Change

Date: Tuesday, May 8
Time: 6-7:30pm
Location: Parkland School Division Centre For Education – Board Room (4603 48th Street, Stony Plain)

Join us for an in-depth discussion of these topics and more.

A light supper will be provided. Limited childcare is available. Please register early to reserve your spot.

To register, please contact:
Sandra Goldschmidt
Phone: 780-963-8458
Email: sgoldschmidt@psd70.ab.ca

Strong Families: Anxiety

Parkland School Division is proud to present another FREE information session for caregivers. Our December session will help parents learn how to recognize symptoms of anxiety disorder in their children and
teens. In addition, it will detail the steps parents can take to manage their children’s anxiety, and aid them in finding the resources they may need to improve their children’s mental health.

Strong Families Series: Breaking the Cycle of Anxiety – A Step-By-Step Approach
Date: Tuesday, December 12
Time: 6-7:30pm
Location: Parkland School Division Centre For Education – Board Room (4603 48th Street, Stony Plain)

Anxiety is one of the most common mental health complaints in children and teens today. This session will help parents distinguish between normal anxiety, and anxiety that is no longer helpful or productive. It will aid caregivers in identifying signs that a child or adolescent is experiencing problems with anxiety. Parents will learn step-by-step strategies to assist their child or teen in managing their anxiety and improving their mental health. We will provide parents with helpful resources, and demonstrate tools and techniques designed to reduce anxiety.
Join us for an in-depth discussion of these topics and more.
A light supper will be provided. Limited childcare is available. Please register early to reserve your spot.

To register, please contact:
Sandra Goldschmidt
Phone: 780-963-8458
Email: sgoldschmidt@psd70.ab.ca

Strong Families

Strong Families Series: Surviving Sibling Rivalry

Parkland School Division is proud to present another FREE information session for caregivers. Our April session will help parents sort out the conflicts brewing between their children, and learn how to encourage cooperation and prevent any sibling rivalry from escalating into a bigger problem.

Strong Families Series: Surviving Sibling Rivalry

Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Time: 6-7:30pm
Location: Parkland School Division Centre For Education – Board Room (4603 48th Street, Stony Plain)

Is there bickering, competition, jealousy, and fighting happening between your children? Sibling rivalry is a natural part of the sibling relationship and it can drive parents crazy!

In this presentation we will discuss:

  • What is sibling rivalry? Why does it happen?
  • Strategies to reduce the frequency of sibling rivalry.
  • Strategies to encourage children to work together instead of against each other.

Join us for an in-depth discussion of these topics and more.

A light supper will be provided. Limited childcare is available. Please register early to reserve your spot.

To register, please contact:
Sandra Goldschmidt
Phone: 780-963-8458
Email: sgoldschmidt@psd70.ab.ca

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Caregiver Series Parent Info Session

Parkland School Division has put together the “Caregiver Series” of Parent Information sessions. They are excited to offer Strong Families Building Healthy Brains: How Caregivers can Support Children and Adolescents

In this session you will learn how to support basic brain development throughout the school years. Come away with tools and strategies to support your child’s health, happiness and school success.

Date:  January 26, 2016
Time:  6:00 – 7:30 pm
Location: Parkland School Division Office, 4603-48 Street Stony Plain
Board Room

Session is free of charge and Childcare is Available ~ A light supper will be provided

Please register by emailing
SGoldschmidt@psd70.ab.ca or by
calling 780 963 8458

Nature-based Kindergarten Program

Parkland School Division (PSD) Early Childhood Services and the Wellness Initiative have developed a partnership with the YWCA YoWoChAs Outdoor Education Centre to create an optional Kindergarten program pilot 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 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. 

Parent Information Night

A parent information night will be held for those interested in this program.  A limited number of Nature-based Kindergarten spots will be available including some reserved spots for children with special needs.  A tentative start date for this pilot is set for the week of January 18th.  Further details on how to register will be available at the Parent Information Session.

Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Time: 6-7:30pm
Location: Parkland School Division, Centre for Education, 4603-48 Street, Stony Plain, AB

Click HERE for more information or go to the PSD70 Website at http://www.psd70.ab.ca/News.php and click on the Nature-based Kindergarten Program icon.

An Important Message from PSD70

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Resiliency Project Family Wellness Survey

Parkland School Division (PSD) believes that the health and wellness of staff, students and families is important to the development of the whole child. We also recognize that student wellness is a complex issue and needs to be supported and promoted by their families and therefore our Parkland School Division Resiliency Project would like to extend an invitation to parents and families to become actively involved. In order for the Division to provide meaningful resources and supports, your input is important. A short survey has been posted to the Muir Lake School website and is also available by clicking HERE. Please answer the survey questions to help us learn how Parkland School Division can support the health and wellness of our students and their families.

Your support and input is needed and will be greatly appreciated. The survey closes October 31, 2013. Responses will be tallied and published on the PSD website under the Resiliency Project link early in November.

Emilie Keane, Associate Superintendent,
Parkland School Division No. 70