Micro Village – Year 2 in Review

This year was a success in many ways. As always, we continue to reflect on how ways we can modify Micro Village to improve next year! Part of this reflection is through the Venture Annual Reports. While creating these reports, facilitators assist owners/mangers and employees in  reviewing the year through the creation of an annual profit/loss statement, and examing their success at reaching the venture goals, which were set earlier in the year. With this feedback, all members of the venture begin to look forward to being more successful next year. It is important to realize that success is not only reflected in the bottom line, but is also reflected in how they have grown as individuals and through their contributions to the community. Many ventures contributed to our community beyond the business of their business.

  • Pet Heaven was able to expose many members of the public to animals that were looking for a forever home via SCARS Animal Rescue, Edmonton
  • Helping Hands did mutiple community service activities to enhance the playground and pick up the spirits of others
  • Micro Bank sold Teddy Bears for the Stollery and raised 500MB which converted to $137.50 CA!

In addition to reflecting on their business, as a whole, every employee was given an annual performance evaluation. In these evaluations, managers, assisted by the facilitator, noted the strengths of each employee. In an effort to move learning forward, managers also noted areas for growth and discussed ways that improvement could occur. Finally, employees had the  opportunity to give feedback both on their performance and the job itself.

To celebrate the successful year, Micro Village held its 2nd Annual Micro Village Community Fair. This is our way of closing up business and saying good bye. Each venture designed an activity for the members of the Micro Village to enjoy during our last market day. This day is closed to visitors as it is a time for the students to enjoy themselves visiting ventures and participating in the games/activities. It seemed that all students had a great time as they wandered from venture to venture and enjoyed the free activities.

This time of year is also a time to give thanks to those that have supported Micro Village through the year. We wish to publicly acknowledge and thank the following:

  • The Spruce Grove Examiner & Marcia Love for their wonderful coverage of Micro Village specifically, and Parkland Village School, in general
  • The Spruce Grove & District Chamber of Commerce – Dianne Pilla, Membership & Events Coordinator, Brenda Johnson, President & CEO
  • Officer Hoffman, Parkland County Peace Officer, as a mentor for the Parkland Patrol
  • Mrs. Armishaw, Mrs. Bagnel, & Mrs. Kitura for their support of the Italian Bistro
  • Mr. deBoer for assisting with birdhouse building in Pet Heaven
  • SCARS Rescue, from Edmonton, for bringing out adoptable pets in support of Pet Heaven
  • Nina McLaughlin for sharing her animal rescue expertise for a second year in a row
  • Parkland Village School Council for their unwavering support of Micro Village
  • The Parkland Village School Community

Well the year has wound up with a little sadness, but all are looking forward to next year with anticipation. It will be just a little bit different and a little bit better, as we continue to grow. If you are interested in supporting Micro Village, or know of anyone who may be, please don’t hesitate to contact the school at 780 962-8121. Have a restful summer.

 

 

Micro Village Citizenship Ceremony on 184 Days Blog

Day 54: MicroVillage Citizenship Ceremony (Parkland Village School)

Published in PSD 184 Project Blog, November 30, 2016

Students participate in our society through elected government, government services, private enterprise, or non-governmental organizations. All students apply for positions, interview, undergo performance assessments, collect wages, manage their own bank account, pay taxes and spend money – just as in the real world.  So far in 2016, students have completed elections and job fairs. This video recaps the Citizenship Ceremony on November 23, 2016 officiated by the Mayor of Parkland County, Rod Shaigec.

 

Congratulations PVS Micro Village!

Over the last school year, the PVS community went quietly about the business of working through our inaugural year as a MicroSociety school. It seems that our hard work has been recognized by the MicroIMG_5874SocIMG_5872iety  organization. Today, arriving inauspiciously by mail, was a nondescript envelope. Who would expect that the envelope would contain 2 certificates? The first awarded us the Rookie of the Year  and the second named us as a Three Star MicroSociety School; the second highest level of possible achievement (four stars is the maximum awarded)! This tells us we are off to an amazing start on our journey to becoming the best MicroSociety possible. We are looking forward to digger deeper this year and increasing the level of student and community engagement. Stay tuned as we continue to share our journey during the 2016-2017 school year.

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!

 

 

 

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!