The Survey Says…

The results are in! They are very encouraging and supportive of PVS Micro Village’s MicroSocietyⓇ. Each Market Day, we were so lucky and pleased to have a number of visitors come to tour and shop. Over the course of our inaugural Market Day Season, we had 72 “adults” and a very special group of 36 grades 2 & 4 students from Blueberry School tour as our guests. Adult visitors included parents, grandparents, aunties, and uncles of PVS students; trustees, superintendents, and visiting PSD70 administrators; venture/agency mentors and community members. All these wonderful visitors provided an amazing opportunity for our government members, as hosts at the Visitors’ Centre, to hone their public speaking skills, social convention & pragmatic skills, and to see the enthusiasm from the community around our Micro Village. Additionally, touring guests gave all Micro Village citizens the chance to interact with customers outside of our school community. Thus, providing unique interactions. Some visitors came in more than once and were able to provide feedback that indicated we were showing growth in the manner we conducted ourselves, in the products we sold, and in the general organization of the Market Day. This positive feedback may mean the most to both students and staff. However, all that being said, maybe it is the way Micro Village enhances our link to the community that will have the greatest impact in the upcoming years. We are truly blessed to have this opportunity to create partnerships that encourage, through almost daily, interactions with those in the community outside of our school itself. Clicking on this link will give you the specifics of our survey results. A summary is as follows:

Adult Visitors’ Rating………………………………………average of 4.8/5

Blueberry Students’ Rating…………………………an average of  4.6/5

Thank you, once more, for your support and involvement. We hope you can visit again next year to witness the growth we will undoubtedly experience.

Entrepreneurship in Action

Earlier this month, PVS Micro Village citizens, in grades 2 & 3, had the opportunity to bid for ownership of one of the 10 ventures within our society. Just as in the real world, bidders were required to complete an application package that included a business plan, budget and either proof of cash for purchase or a loan approval from Micro Village Bank. Each venture was assigned a minimum bid value, based on their profitability, and prospective buyers were expected to include a 10% deposit with their application. Finally, all bids were sealed and had a “not before and not after” submission date and time. This was to ensure all students had an equal opportunity to enter a potentially successful bid.

I am sure, that by this time readers may be thinking, “Oh my gosh, what a lot of work for the little ones”, or “Isn’t that so cute?”. Well, at first glance it is both. However, this is serious business for our students. As such, we needed to treat the process with the respect it deserves. The applicants were asked to go through a process that engaged them in reflecting on the business at hand, research the profitability of their business plan, be financially accountable, and in some cases, examine partnership viability. While 19 applications were picked up, only 10 were actually submitted. This is a testament to the work involved and the commitment of those students that chose to make a bid. In fact, two partnerships were unsuccessful in their first bid. One decided to complete the process to purchase an available venture (which, initially, did not receive any bids) and the second chose to move on. A case of clearly supporting MicroSociety’s mandate of giving students choice and managing the outcomes of their decisions.

As I visited the classrooms, talking to the students about the process, I was amazed by their insightful questions and felt privileged to be part of the discussions about the pros and cons of owning a venture. In one case, I was asked if partnerships were allowed. “Why, yes”, I said, as if it was the most natural thing, but in reality this was the first time I had considered partnerships. In my adult world, I only envisioned lone applicants. It took a student to think outside of “my box” and propose a new and viable idea; such is the beauty of MicroSociety and in our following the students’ lead. As a result, many of the ventures are now owned by partnerships.

I am hopeful that readers can now look at this process through the lens of the learners. When we look at the Cross-Curricular Competencies and 21st C Skills Wheel, it is clear this process has touched on many. While, it is only a handful of the students in the school that, by necessity, have this particular opportunity or have chosen to take advantage of this opportunity, it is the start of what we hope will become a lead-in to students proposing ventures, creating more student partnerships, and increasing their personal ownership of Micro Village. As this is only one area of leadership possibilities, it reminds us of the potential of Micro Village is limited only by the students’ imagination and will combined with our adult willingness to follow and support their lead.

On behalf of the PVS Micro Village community, I would like to send out a hearty congratulations to our inaugural venture owners and wish them the best of luck next year, as new venture owners!

Bugs & Berries Gift Shoppe……………………Emma (gr. 3)

Furever Pawrtners……………………………….Celeste & Hailey (gr. 3)

Italian Bistro……………………………………….Lailee (gr. 2/3)

Micro Media………………………………………..Parker & Easton (2S)

Picture It Salon……………………………………Brooklyn (gr. 2L) & Ellis                                                                             (gr. 2S)

ProLife Sports……………………………………..Dawson (gr. 2/3)

Sweet Treats Bakery……………………………..Ava, Alexandra & Lily                                                                                  (gr. 2/3)

Tech Check…………………………………………..Sam (gr. 3)

We hope you will continue to follow our story to see how the new year plays out. You can be guaranteed it will be exciting!

 

Next Year Class Lists

The end of the year is quickly approaching and we are already thinking about next year. Just as we did last year, we will share who your child’s teacher will be next year. We will post the class list on the bulletin board in the hallway on the final day of school, June 28. In case you can’t join us that day for the Year End Celebration on this day, next week, we will also be sharing with your children who their teacher will be next year to facilitate the transition. You can also expect to receive this information with the report card on the final day of school as well.

If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

Join Us for Our Year End Celebration- Tuesday, June 28th

On Tuesday, June 28th,  all families are invited to join us to celebrate the end of this fantastic year of learning!

The halls are buzzing with excitement about the Fun day Celebration!  Round up your child and dress them up as Cowgirls and Cowboys and join the challenging Wild West Activities. The morning will be full of Wild West fun activities for the students. The afternoon is for the whole family consisting of a FREE Barbeque, Fun entertainment and a Community Run/Walk.  Here is the schedule for the day along with some details.

9:30 – 12:00 – Wild West Activities for Students

12:00 – 2:00 – Free Barbeque, Activities & Entertainment

  • Families arrive. Meet your child’s teacher to pick up your child so that you can participate in the activities as a family. If you are unable to attend, your child will still participate in the activities with their teacher. (Click the links for more information)
  • 12:00 -1:15 – Bare’ n Von Hair
  • 1:15 – 1:50 – Fun and Magic (Magic Show)  
  • 12:00 – 2:00 – Dan the Balloon Man
  • 12:00 – 2:00 – Balloon Artist Russ
  • 12:00 – 2:00 – Fun and Magic (2 airbrush stations and 2 glitter tattoo artists)

2:00 – 2:45 – Fun Run/Walk

  • You and your child have the option to run/race or walk
  • Every child will receive a freezie

2:45 – 3:00 – Return to teacher

  • Please return to your child’s teacher to receive a farewell gift prior to leaving
  • Have a wonderful summer!

*** Feel free to bring a blanket to sit on during the picnic and performances. ***

We are anticipating this to be a fantastic community celebration to end the year. Thank-you to School Council and all of our volunteers for your support in making this a successful celebration for all!
We hope to see you there!

Thank You, Thank You, and Thank You!

Micro Village Government says Thank You to all supporters

Micro Village Government says, “Thank You,” to all  our community partners.

Well, the end of the school year is fast approaching and so too, it is the end of PVS Micro Village’s activities for the year. We want to take the time to recognize and thank all the individuals and groups that went out of their way to support our Micro Village. Without the support of community members, such as those recognized here, our citizens would not have achieved the level of authentic and engaged learning they did, this year. Of course, we are not stopping here. This year was only the beginning of what will become a way of life in Parkland Village School. We anticipate infusing the principles of MicroSociety Ⓡ, and the authentic learning experiences into all areas of the curriculum in the year or years to come. As the students begin to truly live their Micro Village and take more ownership of the daily functioning of the MicroSociety, they will become increasingly empowered to engage in learning that is driven by student interest/choice, requires critical thinking, and promotes entrepreneurship, problem-solving, independence, personal responsibility, and social skills. 

With that said, we offer our appreciation and thanks to the following community partners:

  • Judge Burch for officiating our Citizenship Ceremony
  • Cpl. Kimberley Mueller for acting as an escort to Judge Burch during our Citizenship Ceremony
  • FortisAlberta for their very generous grant
  • Aspen Foundation for Labour Education for their generous grant
  • Shelley Opryshko of LifeTouch Photography, for her knowledgeable and financial assistance with our venture/agency signage
  • Value Village, Mayfield Common, for hosting Helping Hands
  • The Parkland Food Bank for hosting Helping Hands
  • ATB Financial, Spruce Grove for hosting the employees of our Micro Village Bank
  • Mrs. Holly Armishaw, for her unfailing, ongoing expert support of The Italian Bistro
  • The Italian Centre, Edmonton for generous donation of cookies to the Italian Bistro for our Micro Village Community Fair
  • Infinite Woofs Animal Rescue for their support of Furever Pawrtners
  • Bone & Biscuit Pet Store, Century Crossing, for their generous donations to Furever Pawrtners
  • Petsmart, Spruce Grove, for their support of  Furever Pawrtners
  • Rob Svarin, TriLeisure Centre, for providing expert knowledge to both ProSports Life and Furever Pawrtners
  • Parkland Village School and community members for their kind donations of items for Helping Hands to sell in their Thrift Store
  • Home Depot, Spruce Grove, for their wonderful support of a Helping Hands initiative by donating a beautiful Buddy Bench and paint to decorate the bench
  • Constable Shelley Nasheim for providing guidance to the Parkland Patrol officers
  • Cindy VanBeers, Roxy Wolff and Laurisa Bartley, for their kind donations of materials to Picture It Nail & Tattoo Salon
  • Jennifer Reimer, Investors Group Financial Services, for providing “Financial Smarts Training” to members of the Micro Village Bank
  • Ms. Brandy Caron for sharing her knowledge and expertise with Micro Media
  • Naedene Jeanes for her work with Supply Management, Bugs & Berries Gift Shoppe, Helping Hands and TechCheck
  • All our Market Day visitors, of which there were many, who supported the work the citizens of Micro Village are doing

Once more, thank you to all our community partners for all they  have done, big or small, to support our Micro Village MicroSociety. Their support and generosity enriched the experiences our students throughout the year. We hope to connect with each and every partner again next year!

 

 

 

Last Micro Village Market Day of the Year

On the last Micro Village Market Day of the year, we were excited to have some special visitors from Blueberry School. Two classes from Blueberry attended the Market Day both as shoppers as well as to gain work experience in our different ventures. It was a great way to finish the first year of our MicroSociety® journey.

Check out this short video about the day.

Read more about the day on the 184 Days of Learning Blog.

June 2016 Newsletter

It is already June!  Where does the time go? It is going to be a busy and exciting finish to our school year. Check out the June Newsletter!