Greystone Centennial Middle School Homepage News en-us Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:48:33 MST Breeze for Teachers 5.0 http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca YMCA Pizza Fundraiser 🍕 Grade 9 students participating in the YMCA exchange to Quebec are doing a Little Caesars Fundraiser until February 1st. Families can order online at the Little Ceasars Pizza Kit website (Canadian site). The GCMS YMCA Quebec Trip fundraising group ID is 344512. You will be asked to create an account and then you can select from a number of tasty products available for purchase, including pizza kits, breads, and cookies! Payment by credit card is required. Your order will be delivered to Greystone School on February 6th and all orders will need to be picked up on that day from 2:30pm to 5:30pm.  You can identify a particular fundraising student on the payment page if you would like. All proceeds will go to support the GCMS YMCA Quebec Exchange trip! https://www.pizzakit.ca/fundraising-products?shop=1&cont=1&t=lc&sf=1​ http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14411&stream=Homepage News http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14411&stream=Homepage News Strong Families: Keeping Scattered Kids On Track January 17, 2018 - Parkland School Division is proud to present another FREE information session for caregivers. Our February session will help parents learn how to recognize signs and symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in their children. Parents will also learn best strategies for helping children and adolescents living with ADHD to be the best they can be.   Strong Families Series -  Keeping Scattered Kids on Track: Supporting Children & Adolescents with ADHD Date: Tuesday, February 6 Time: 6-7:30pm Location: Parkland School Division Centre For Education - Board Room (4603 48th Street, Stony Plain) Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common mental health conditions diagnosed in children. Come and learn about the signs and symptoms of ADHD, and the ways in which ADHD can impact children's academic achievement, self-worth and relationships. You will leave with new strategies (not solutions) and resources for supporting success in children and adolescents with ADHD. 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 http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14351&stream=Homepage News http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14351&stream=Homepage News Student Learning Conferences at GCMS Online sign up for conferences at the end of the month begins Tuesday, January 16th after 9:00 am. Different teachers will have different dates and times; they will be sending home that information. It is also available when you register for the booking system and begin the sign-up process for conferences. Most conferences are in student-led form and also have some opportunity for a brief conversation with the teacher. If you require a more in-depth conversation about your child's learning, please contact the teacher directly. Thank you for your ongoing support! Interview Instructions for Parents www.schoolinterviews.ca  http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14391&stream=Homepage News http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14391&stream=Homepage News NEW Online Registration/Data Verification for 2018-2019 January 8, 2018 - Parkland School Division’s student registration process is changing, and these changes will affect both new and returning students. For the 2018-2019 school year, all Kindergarten to Grade 12 registrations will be conducted online through the Power Registration portal. All parents will be required to complete this new online process each school year. New students must register online, while returning students must use the Power Registration portal to verify information on file. Family demographic information is no longer assumed to be correct, and will not be rolled over year-to-year. This replaces the old process where individual schools would send home printed data verification forms at the end of the school year (usually with report cards). Kindergarten families will be the first to use the new online registration system beginning February 1, 2018. All other students from Grade 1-12 will be able to either register (new students) or verify their existing data (returning students) online, beginning April 1, 2018. The current PDF registration form that can be found on our Registration page is ONLY to be used by students registering for the balance of the current 2017-2018 school year. Paper registration forms WILL NOT be accepted for the 2018-2019 school year. Kindergarten Registration (Opening February 1, 2018) A child entering Kindergarten must be five years old by the last day of February of the school year in which he or she begins Kindergarten. For example, a child registering for Kindergarten in September 2018 needs to be five years old by February 28, 2019. A child entering Grade 1 must be six years old by the last day of February of the school year in which he or she begins Grade 1. For example, a child registering for Grade 1 in September 2018 needs to be six years old by February 28, 2019. Please Note: Registration requirements for Kindergarten are the same as Grades 1 through 12. Parkland School Division is pleased to offer a number of program choices for Kindergarten students, including French Immersion, the Maranatha Christian Program and Nature-Based Kindergarten. More information can be found on our Programs page. Kindergarten programs are offered on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday with alternating Fridays. Links for online Kindergarten Registration will open February 1, 2018. Please watch your designated school’s website for more information about upcoming Kindergarten Registration events and open houses. Busing Registration The bus registration process for the 2018-2019 school year will be integrated into the new 2018-2019 online registration process described above. Families who do not attend Parkland School Division schools will be able to register for Parkland School Division’s Transportation Services using the same link as PSD families beginning April 1, 2018. More Information Detailed step-by-step registration/verification instructions will be shared once available. Check back here or watch school newsletters for more information. For more information about the new online registration process, please contact your school office. http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14245&stream=Homepage News http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14245&stream=Homepage News Copperhaven Bus Transfer Site Opening January 2018 December 14, 2017 - Parkland School Division Transportation Services is pleased to announce that the Copperhaven School Bus Transfer Site will be opening when students return from Christmas Break on January 8, 2018. There will be minimal changes to existing busing and those families who will experience some changes to their current busing will be contacted directly by Transportation Services via email and voice message before December 22, 2017. This includes those families who live in neighbourhoods adjacent to St. Peter the Apostle School and currently walk to the high school to catch a bus.  The safety of all those who ride the bus is the utmost priority. Since Copperhaven School is currently under construction next to the transfer site, students will not be allowed to walk past the active construction site to the transfer area. Additionally, parents will not be able to drop-off students at the Transfer Site as there is no additional parking and space is limited. Students will also remain on their first bus until all buses arrive at the transfer site eliminating pedestrian traffic. Students will notice the friendly, familiar faces of the Site Monitors who are currently servicing transported students who transfer at St. Peter the Apostle School. Additional staff will be on hand for the first few days in the New Year to ensure a successful transition for students. Signage and permanent light fixtures will soon be installed on the site. There are currently modular classrooms temporarily being stored at the transfer site but those will be moving shortly once they are ready to be installed at the school. Buses will be able to navigate the site during this temporary transition period. Please note that the changes to take place on January 8th will not affect any riders who transfer at any other sites. Transfer Site Map Buses will also be parked in the same order that they are parked now to keep conditions as similar as possible to the students' current experience. Check out the Copperhaven Transfer Site Map. For more information contact: Transportation Services 4603-48 Street  Stony Plain, AB T7Z 2A8 Phone: 780-963-8452 Email: Transportation@psd70.ab.ca http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14095&stream=Homepage News http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14095&stream=Homepage News Quebec Exchange Fundraiser Support the YMCA Quebec Exchange fundraiser and preorder a hot dog lunch by Friday! $3.00 for a hot dog and $5.00 for a combo! http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14073&stream=Homepage News http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14073&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - December 12, 2017 December 12, 2017 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board welcomed as a delegation Forest Green/Connections for Learning Principal Travis McNaughton along with Collaborative Teaching Partners Natasha Lang and Kyla Moore. They were demonstrating an Inclusive Learning Session that would be typical in a PSD Kindergarten classroom. These PSD staff members are part of a Masters Cohort with the University of Calgary. They're taking a course on leading inclusion in the classroom and the presentation to the Board was part of their course. The Board approved the unaudited financial report for the period ending October 31, 2017. As of October 31st, 16.3% of revenues have been collected for the year compared to 16.4% of expenses paid out to date resulting in total year-to-date surplus of $132,394. The Board received as information the draft 2018-2019, 2019-2020, 2020-2021 School Calendars. Trustees further directed Administration to circulate the draft calendars to stakeholders for feedback.   Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14041&stream=Homepage News http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14041&stream=Homepage News Cold & Flu Season It is certainly cold, flu and gastrointestinal illness season here at GCMS. Please remind your children of the importance of covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough, good handwashing practices, and the need to get plenty of sleep. Also, please ensure that your contact information, including emergency contact, is up to date in case we need to call.  If your child is quite sick, too sick to participate in classroom activities, vomiting, has diarrhea or is running a high fever, please consider keeping them home to recover. http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14031&stream=Homepage News http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14031&stream=Homepage News GCMS Inferno Spirit Wear GCMS Inferno Spirit Wear is here! There are a variety of items from T-shirts to hoodies, to ball caps to bags that are available to purchase through our GCMS URStore-front. Just create an account and order, items are shipped to your home or another address. You can even send items as a gift! Right now free shipping is available for orders over $95. http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13833&stream=Homepage News http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13833&stream=Homepage News Board Meeting Highlights - November 28, 2017 November 29, 2017 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, November 28, 2017. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board approved the 2016-17 Audited Financial Statement presented by Associate Superintendent Corporate Supports and Services Claire Jonsson and Director of Financial Services, Jason Krefting.  Highlights include: Revenues over the previous year show an increase of $2.2 million (+1.8%) Expenditures over the previous year show an increase of $2.9 million (+2.3%) The cost of educating 10,968 students was $127.3 million The single largest classroom expenditure was for staff salaries and benefits. The average teaching cost was $112,710 ($101,225 excluding Alberta Teachers Retirement Fund costs). This accounted for 70.6% of all instructional expenses Parkland’s annual operating surplus is $954,950 which relates to a surplus from operations of $936,264 and a surplus from School Generated Funds of $18,686. The total accumulated surplus from operations is $ 6,112,843 which includes $912,532 from School Generated Funds and $ 943,768 unrestricted  PSD’s capital reserves amount to $4.0 million Capital projects initiated during 2016-2017 included: Copperhaven School Centre ($6.6M) Prescott Learning Centre Furniture and Equipment ($597K) Relocation of modulars to Duffield School ($577K) Independent auditor PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, represented by Jeff Baker, delivered a clean audit opinion that the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Parkland School Division No. 70 as at August 31, 2017 and the results of its operations, cash flows, change in net debt and remeasurement gains and losses for the year in accordance with Canadian public sector accounting standards.   The Board approved Parkland School Division’s 2016-2017 Annual Education Results Report (AERR) as presented by Associate Superintendent Scott Johnston. The AERR for 2016-2017 addresses the previous year's achievement on each of the Alberta Education goals and its success in improving results using the strategies developed by education stakeholders. The accountability results guide the decisions and focus areas for the upcoming Three-Year Education Plan and inform the assurance process by providing quantitative data to qualitative measures. The Board received as information the Engaging Students Through School Attendance Report as presented by Parkland School Division's Attendace Officer Carmen Mykula. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13733&stream=Homepage News http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13733&stream=Homepage News