Greystone Centennial Middle School Homepage News en-us Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:24:04 MST Breeze for Teachers 5.0 http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca Greystone Report Cards will be available online! Greystone Centennial Middle School is embracing Electronic Report Cards!  In order to be good stewards of our resources and to reduce our environmental impact, we are inviting all parents to access their children’s report cards via the Parent Portal through PowerSchool on Friday, December 8th, 2017 after 4:30 pm.   *Important: If you have not created your PowerSchool account yet please follow these instructions.  Please contact the school office if you need the access codes.   If you require a printed report card, please contact the school office. http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13493&stream=Homepage News http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13493&stream=Homepage News Strong Families: Breaking the Cycle of Anxiety November 14, 2017 - 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 http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13467&stream=Homepage News http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13467&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - November 7, 2017 November 7, 2017 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. The Board held its annual Organizational Meeting in addition to the regular Board Meeting. Trustee Eric Cameron was elected Board Chair by acclamation. Ron Heinrichs was elected Vice Chair. "It is an honour and privilege to, again, be serving Parkland School Division as Board Chair, and to be working with a newly elected Board of Trustees." stated Board Chair Cameron.  "With Ron Heinrichs as Board Vice-Chair, I am looking forward to working with some existing Trustees and some new Trustees who all have fresh perspectives and an eagerness to work toward our ultimate goal of Student Success and Well-Being.  We have a committed group of people as Trustees who believe in the importance of of our Vision and Mission with a focus on community engagement." "I couldn't be more thrilled to once again act in the position of Vice-Chair for Parkland School Division. I look forward to supporting  Chair, Trustee Eric Cameron, working to further the direction of the Board and Division, and ensuring we are making the best decisions for our children and students." stated Heinrichs. "I am very excited about the fact that the new trustees will bring their fresh ideas and perspectives to Parkland School Division. I am looking forward to continued  and expanded collaboration with all of our stakeholders so that Parkland School Division realizes its Ultimate Goal: Success and Well-Being for all students." The following committee positions were also chosen:​ Education Committee Chair  (Lorraine Stewart) Student Advisory Committee Chair  (Anne Montgomery) Benefit Plan Advisory Committee  (Sally Kucher-Johnson) Teacher/Board Advisory Committee (Eric Cameron, Ron Heinrichs, Paul McCann) Audit Committee (Darlene Clarke,Sally Kucher-Johnson, Lorraine Stewart) Advocacy Committee (Committee of the Whole) Alberta School Boards Association (Darlene Clarke, Paul McCann, Lorraine Stewart) Public School Boards' Association (Sally Kucher-Johnson, Ron Heinrichs, Anne Montgomery) Stony Plain Joint-Use Committee (Paul McCann) Spruce Grove Joint-Use Committee (Anne Montgomery) Alberta Teachers' Association Labour Relations (Eric Cameron, Darlene Clarke, TBD) Central Alberta Assocation of Municipal and School Employees Labour Relations (Darlene Clarke, Sally Kucher-Johnson, Ron Heinrichs) International Union of Operating Engineers Labour Relations (Eric Cameron, Darlene Clarke, Sally Kucher-Johnson) Council of School Councils (Anne Montgomery) Teachers' Employer Bargaining Association Representative (Sally Kucher-Johnson) The Board approved the unaudited Monthly Financial Statement for the period ending August 31, 2017. The auditors are now reviewing the report and the audited report will be presented to the Board at the Regular Board Meeting November 28, 2017. The overall year-to-date surplus is $960,787. The Board approved the 2017-2018 Final Budget Report as presented by Director of Financial Services Jason Krefting.  As part of the annual budget cycle, school jurisdictions prepare budgets in the spring then updates the budget in the fall based on September 30th enrolments and any new developments.  Parkland School Division has a total budget of $127.5 million dollars to serve the needs of approximately 10,968 students.  (+155 from 2016-2017) Total budget revenues for 2017-18 will increase by 4.24% over 2016-17. The Infrastructure Maintenance Renewal (IMR) grant increased by $426,000 over last year's levels. As part of the Alberta Teachers Association central bargaining with the province, a $75 million dollar classroom improvement fund has been established. Parkland School Division's allocation of $1.26 million was approved by Alberta Education September 12th and is included in this budget. The School Fee Reduction Grant ($745K) and Transportation Fee Reducation Grant ($300K) offset fees that are no longer charged to parents as a result of Bill 1: An Act to Reduce School Fees. Parkland School Division will spend approximately $98.4 million dollars on human resources, which is about 74% of the division's budget.  The division will employ over 595 full-time equivalent teachers and 443 full-time equivalent support staff in 2017-18. Overall the division is budgeting a $607K deficit that will be supported by instructional reserves as a result of prior year carryovers and utilizing administration reserves to support the election and Superintendent search. This results in an estimated Accumulated Surplus from Operations to expense ratio of 3.46%.  The Board received as information the annual Vandalism Report from Facilities Services. The total cost of vandalism for 2016-2017 came in just over $25K dollars which is a 50% decrease compared to the previous year. However, there was a significant increase in vandalism in 2015-2016 so the trend has been flat over several years. The Board received as information the 2016-2017 Provincial Achievement Tests and Grade 12 Diploma Exam Multi-year Results Report as presented by Associate Superintendent Scott Johnson. The multi-year report provides a five-year statistical overview. Additionally: The growth or decline (+/-) is provided to show the percentage increase or decrease from the previous year. The 'gap' from the provincial achievement indicates whether our students achieved at, above, or below the provincial average Diploma examination results equaled or suprassed the provincial results on: 9 out of 12 Diploma Examinations at the Acceptable Standard, and 3 out of 12 Diploma Examinations at the Standard of Excellence Although not representative of the entire Grade 12 cohort of learners, the June 2017 Blended Diploma and Course results equaled or surpassed last year's PSD results on: 7 out of 12 Diploma Examinations at the Acceptable Standard, and 5 out of 12 Diploma Examinations at the Standard of Excellence. Next Regular Board Meeting will be held on November 28, 2017 at the Centre for Education at 6:30pm. http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13373&stream=Homepage News http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13373&stream=Homepage News School Council and F.O.G.S November News School Council and FOGS typically meet on the second Tuesday of each month @ 6:30 pm. However, our November meeting will be held be on November 21st, due to the second Tuesday falling during Fall Break. Please come out and meet some great people and support Greystone!! SECRETARY (or two) NEEDED-School Council and FOGS are in need of a secretary(ies).  They would be responsible for taking minutes during our meetings, which are both on the same night, one right after another, as well as, distributing the minutes to members to review before the next monthly meeting.  Only able to come for one meeting or the other?  That works too!   If you're interested or for more information, please come out to our next meeting on November 21st @6;30 pm or contact Kelly Kennedy - FOGS President @ kellykennedy40@gmail.com. http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13353&stream=Homepage News http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13353&stream=Homepage News Volunteer at GCMS with our Hot Lunch Program Interested in volunteering in the school?  Have one hour a week?  FOGS is looking for volunteers to help sort hot lunch, for one hour, 11:30 to 12:40, on Fridays. Please email Kathryn-Hot Lunch Coordinator at greystonehotlunch@gmail.com if interested.  http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13361&stream=Homepage News http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13361&stream=Homepage News GCMS Hot Lunch Tired of making lunches? Why not give yourself a break one day a week and order GCMS Hot Lunch! Interested? Visit www.greystone.hotlunches.net New to the site, - Click on "Click Here to Register" Enter Access Code "GCHL" Complete the rest of the registration form. Include your email address to receive reminders about hot lunch order deadlines, and upcoming lunches. Click the "Register Now" button at the bottom Follow the instructions to add each child who attends Greystone School Once your child is registered, click on "Orders" Proceed to order hot lunch.  Your order can be paid with PayPal or Credit Card. For more information or if you require assistance please contact Greystone's Hot Lunch Coordinator at greystonehotlunches@gmail.com http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13363&stream=Homepage News http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13363&stream=Homepage News F.O.G.S. Fundraisers The Friends of Greystone Society raises money throughout the year through a variety of fundraising campaignes. All money raised by F.O.G.S. goes back to GCMS to support students. We are excited to announce a new fundraiser at GCMS! SPUD!  SPUD.ca is a full-scale online grocery store that delivers local, organic food to your home or workplace. SPUD focuses on real, healthy and sustainable produce and gives back to community groups through fundraising initiatives like this one. When you buy a box of healthy fruits and veggies, our fundraiser gets 25% back!  This fundraiser is happening all year long, so order once, to try it out and we know you will be hooked!  Create a free account at www.spud.ca Visit the fundraising page at spud.ca/fundraising (or by clicking Produce Box Fundraising under the Home tab). Add a produce box* to your cart. *Only the boxes listed on the fundraising page are eligible for a donation At checkout, enter the promo code FUNDRAISING and choose our group from the drop-down list. PIZZA DAY is the first Wednesday of every month!  FOGS is offering PIZZA 73 pizza as another fundraiser.  Kids can purchase pepperoni or cheese pizza for $2/slice at lunchtime.  We do not do pre-orders, so the pizza is on a first come, first-served basis, but we do always try to order more than enough.   DON'T FORGET to save and send in your McDonald's receipts to the school.  We have a collection bin on the front desk of the office.  McDonald's will donate a portion of the total receipts (up to $500), to FOGS, at the end of the school year.    All monies raised through FOGS fundraisers is put back into programs throughout the school. http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13365&stream=Homepage News http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13365&stream=Homepage News New Fundraiser - SPUD.ca! We are excited to announce a new fundraiser at GCMS! SPUD! SPUD.ca is a full-scale online grocery store that delivers local, organic food to your home or workplace. SPUD focuses on real, healthy and sustainable produce and gives back to community groups through fundraising initiatives like this one. When you buy a box of healthy fruits and veggies, our fundraiser gets 25% back! Thanks to our F.O.G.S. Group for organizing and to our community for supporting! Please click here for information on ordering and supporting GCMS! http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13075&stream=Homepage News http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13075&stream=Homepage News Updated Report Card October 19, 2017 - Parents may notice a few changes when they receive their child's first report card of the 2017 - 2018 school year. Every school with Kindergarten to Grade 9 students in Parkland School Division (PSD) use the same report card format.  In September 2016, a review of stakeholder feedback about the effectiveness of the PSD’s Reporting Student Learning was undertaken. Based on information gathered from surveys, a review of the Guide to Education, and a look at how other jurisdictions in Alberta and across Canada are reporting student progress,  an update of the current report card was begun. Through extensive input meetings, opportunities to provide feedback on the first draft of the updated report card was provided to all teaching staff in K-9 schools, high school principals, Council of School Councils, two student groups, one parent group, the Board of PSD, Senior Executive and Learning Services staff. Modifications were made to the draft based on the extensive feedback received and then the finalized updated report card was presented and is now in use. For full details, visit the PSD Report Card page of this website. Forward comments or suggestions to: Leah Andrews  Director, Learning Services Email: landrews@psd70.ab.ca http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=12905&stream=Homepage News http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=12905&stream=Homepage News Election Day Official Results Thank you to all candidates who put their name forward for public school trustee. Follow the links below to track the unofficial results. Parkland County Results  City of Spruce Grove Results  Town of Stony Plain Results    Board of Trustees (Official) Ward 1 - Ron Heinrichs Ward 2 - Lorraine Stewart Ward 3 - Sally Kucher-Johnson Ward 4 - Paul McCann Ward 5 - Eric Cameron Ward 5 - Darlene Clarke Ward 5 - Anne Montgomery Candidate Forums Parkland School Division hosted a series of three Candidate Forums in advance of the upcoming election. The format included a moderator and three minutes for each candidate to deliver their platform, followed by all candidates answering the same three questions from the moderator. If you were unable to join us for these forums, video recordings of each of them have now been posted to our website and social media pages, so you can use them and the links below to help you make a well-informed decision come Election Day. Trustee Candidate Forum: Wards 3 & 4 - October 2, 2017 Watch the Video >>> Trustee Candidate Forum: Ward 5 - October 3, 2017 Watch the Video >>> Trustee Candidate Forum: Wards 1 & 2 - October 4, 2017 Watch the Video >>> Candidates Click on a candidate's name to visit their provided campaign website or social media page. Ward Area Candidates Ward 1 Seba Beach Wabamun Tomahawk Entwistle Duffield Terry Goldstein Ron Heinrichs Ward 2 Parkland Village Muir Lake Elsie Kinsey Lorraine Stewart Mandy Stierman Ward 3 Blueberry Graminia Sally Kucher-Johnson Kathleen Linder Ward 4 Town of Stony Plain Richard Gilchrist Paul McCann Ward 5 City of Spruce Grove Eric Cameron Darlene Clarke Gary Hanna Darcy Kolodnicki Adam McArthur Anne Montgomery Please note:  Three (3) candidates will be elected as trustees to represent Ward 5; one (1) candidate will be elected in each of the other wards. Links in the above chart were provided by the candidates. If a candidate's name is not linked to their website or social media page, no link was provided. For further information, visit the Election 2017 page of our website. http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=12255&stream=Homepage News http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=12255&stream=Homepage News