Strong Families Series: Empowered Parenting

Parkland School Division is proud to present another FREE information session for caregivers. Our October session will help parents bond with their children, customizing several general strategies to help them feel confident in their parenting abilities and capable of creating a cohesive family unit.

Strong Families Series: Empowered Parenting

Date: Tuesday, October 17
Time: 6-7:30pm
Location: Parkland School Division Centre For Education – Board Room (4603 48th Street, Stony Plain)

Parenting is hard work: sometimes no matter how hard we try, it can still be a struggle. Though every child is different, universal principles exist that can still help many parents feel empowered and able to work collaboratively with their children to create family cohesion, no matter their unique situation.

This introductory learning workshop provides an overview of these principles, and will help parents:

  • Enhance the parent-child relationship
  • Develop simple and meaningful emotional language accompanied with visuals that both parents and children can use to express and understand their emotions
  • Learn practical strategies for both children and parents that will enable them to manage their emotions and avoid potential meltdowns
  • Practice simplified reinforcement strategies to promote positive behavior proactively
  • Take home tangible resources to use with their children

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

Social Media Awareness and Mental Health Parent Information Night

Social Media Awareness and Mental Health Parent Information Night – September 28th

On September 26th we will be welcoming Wade Sorochan to Muir Lake School where he will be presenting to our grade 6-9 students about the importance of maintaining a healthy balance between the real and digital worlds. Wade will share his story with students and will discuss some strategies that can be used to help address some of the negative feeling that people sometimes experience as a result of their time online. We have partnered with High Park School, Greystone Centennial Middle School, Woodhaven and Stony Plain Central to make these sessions available to our students and are hopeful that they have a positive impact on them. One of the things that is also clear in looking at research around resiliency and supporting students is the importance of having a strong connection with the adults in their lives. As a result, in addition to the student session that will be delivered on the 26th at Muir Lake, High Park School will also be hosting a parent information session on the evening of September 28th from 6:30-8:00 at Stony Plain Central School. To get an idea of numbers we are asking that parents register in order to confirm attendance and ensure that we have enough space. There will be no charge for this event. To learn more about Wade and the message he shares with students please visit his website at http://www.wadesorochan.com/.
To register please go to http://bit.ly/WSParentinfo.
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ML Blooms Community Project

Happy Spring!  We are “budding” with excitement about our “Muir Lake Blooms Community Project” and we are hoping that you will be interested in participating.

We, at Muir Lake School, are intentional in providing students with meaningful opportunities to learn more about their natural Muir Lake surroundings and Alberta’s flora. In this project, students will be involved in the process of designing, building and maintaining gardens at Muir Lake School beginning this spring. This will give hands on learning experiences and a practical application to their school programs.  We have ideas, but are also looking to have parent and community input.  

Please plan to attend an informational session on Tuesday, April 18th at 7 p.m.

When: Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
What: Muir Lake School Community Blooms Project
Where: In the Library Learning Commons at Muir Lake School
Who: Anyone who is interested in planning and helping
Why:  A unique opportunity for students and the community to come together to:

  • learn more about gardening and plants that are native to Alberta,
  • help beautify Muir Lake School,
  • participate in a project to commemorate Canada’s 150th Birthday
  • and get to know and socialize within the Muir Lake Community

If you can donate an hour or more of your time and/or are handy with a hammer, love to build or plant, have access to gardening tools or machines, have gardening experience and would love to participate in this project, we would love to see you at the meeting. Please let us know if you are able to attend the Muir Lake Blooms Community Project meeting by returning the bottom portion of the letter that will be going out or by clicking HERE by Monday, April 17th, 2017 so that we may plan accordingly.

Should you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact us at 780-963-3535 or email us at muirlake@psd70.ab.ca.  We look forward to you joining us!

Gail Ferguson   Darci Maser   Jill Remillard

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Gr 6-9 CTF Course Registration

register nowNEW THIS YEAR!!! – Register for all 3 terms of CTF Courses at the beginning of the year!

Term 1 CTF Course Information and Course Registration

Term 2 CTF Course Information and Course Registration

Term 3 CTF Course Information and Course Registration

Grade 6 students will be divided into 3 groups by their teachers – group 1 will take art with Ms Wayken in term 1, group 2 students in term 2, and Ms Wayken will finally have group 3 students in term 3. The list of grade 6 groups is available HERE. The students will also be advised of what group they are in. The other students are asked to sign up online using the above links for their CTF course for each of the other semesters.

All grade 6 to 9 students are encouraged to review their course selections with their parents and then ensure that their selections entered online by the noon on Friday September 2nd as CTF classes begin on Tuesday. 

Should you have any questions please feel free to call the school at 780-963-3535. Thank you for your prompt attention to this timely request.

 

BYOD Info Session & Open House


BYODWe are excited to be hosting our annual BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) parent information session and Open House.

When: Wednesday, May 18th, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Where: Muir Lake School Library Learning Commons

Who: Grade 3 parents, New Parents to Muir Lake, and any parent looking for more information about Muir Lake School’s  BYOD initiative

Our students in grades 4-9 are all welcome to participate in BYOD. This session is an opportunity for you to come and learn about our BYOD initiative at Muir Lake School, as well as to get and idea of the type of device recommended. We will have a presentation to show some of the work that students are able to do using their device to extend their learning.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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.