E-Bulletin, April 8, 2014

1.   Parkland Elementary School Presentation

  • Principal Jennifer Loewen provided an overview of the school’s early literacy and later literacy programs. The focus at the school has been on improving literacy instruction and increasing the literacy resources available throughout the school.  

     
  • Vice Principal Linda Dyck shared an overview of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) in the school. The celebrations were highlighted, along with some supports that are needed as they continue on their PLC journey.

  • Teachers Kristen Mbabazi and Theresa Klassen provided two examples of PLC’s at work within the school.  The grade two teachers are focusing on components of numeracy and the grade seven teachers are focusing on basic conventions in writing.

     

2     Trustee Service Awards

  • The following trustees were recognized for their years of service to the Board of Trustees of Garden Valley School Division:
    • 1 complete term (four years) – Sam Berg; Laurie Dyck; Edwin Guenther; Tash Olfert; Leah Klassen; and Ed Rempel.

    • 3 complete terms (twelve years) – Darrel Wiebe and Brenda Willey

    • 4 complete terms (sixteen years) – Cindy Smart 

3.     Forum for Young Canadians

  • Student Annaliese Loeppky thanked the Board for their financial contribution toward her attendance and shared a brief overview of her recent experience as part of the Forum for Young Canadians.

  • Participants age 15-19 gather in Ottawa to learn about government processes, meet decision-makers like MPs and Senators and discuss important issues with other young leaders from across the country.

  • Annaliese reported it was a wonderful learning experience as well as a great opportunity to meet students from other parts of Canada and compare cultures.

4.     GVSD Enrolment / Ad Hoc Committee

  • Garden Valley School Division has seen an increase in the number of students leaving public education for private and home schooling in recent years.

  • The Board struck an Ad Hoc Committee to review enrolments and examine issues in public, private, and homeschooling options within Garden Valley School Division. The committee will report back to the Board at its June and September Board meetings.  

5.     Five Year Capital Plan

  • Each year the school division is required to submit a 5 year capital plan to the Public Schools Finance Branch.

  • The Board will submit one request only on the current 5 year capital plan – a new K-8 school for Winkler West.

  • A new school would eliminate the need for the following:
    • Permanent construction at 2 schools in Winkler that currently have 22 portables.

    • 15 additional portable classrooms to meet the provincial initiative to reduce class sizes in K-3.  

       

6.     Assisting Gateway Resources

  • The recent fire at Gateway Resources destroyed a bus used to transport their clients.

  • The division has provided a school bus on a temporary basis (6-8 weeks) as they start the process of purchasing a new one. 

 

1.   Parkland Elementary School Presentation

  • Principal Jennifer Loewen provided an overview of the school’s early literacy and later literacy programs. The focus at the school has been on improving literacy instruction and increasing the literacy resources available throughout the school.  

  • Vice Principal Linda Dyck shared an overview of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) in the school. The celebrations were highlighted, along with some supports that are needed as they continue on their PLC journey.

  • Teachers Kristen Mbabazi and Theresa Klassen provided two examples of PLC’s at work within the school.  The grade two teachers are focusing on components of numeracy and the grade seven teachers are focusing on basic conventions in writing.

     

  1. Trustee Service Awards

  • The following trustees were recognized for their years of service to the Board of Trustees of Garden Valley School Division:

    • 1 complete term (four years) – Sam Berg; Laurie Dyck; Edwin Guenther; Tash Olfert; Leah Klassen; and Ed Rempel.

    • 3 complete terms (twelve years) – Darrel Wiebe and Brenda Willey

    • 4 complete terms (sixteen years) – Cindy Smart

       

  1. Forum for Young Canadians

  • Student Annaliese Loeppky thanked the Board for their financial contribution toward her attendance and shared a brief overview of her recent experience as part of the Forum for Young Canadians.

  • Participants age 15-19 gather in Ottawa to learn about government processes, meet decision-makers like MPs and Senators and discuss important issues with other young leaders from across the country.

  • Annaliese reported it was a wonderful learning experience as well as a great opportunity to meet students from other parts of Canada and compare cultures.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. GVSD Enrolment / Ad Hoc Committee

  • Garden Valley School Division has seen an increase in the number of students leaving public education for private and home schooling in recent years.

  • The Board struck an Ad Hoc Committee to review enrolments and examine issues in public, private, and homeschooling options within Garden Valley School Division. The committee will report back to the Board at its June and September Board meetings.  

 

  1. Five Year Capital Plan

  • Each year the school division is required to submit a 5 year capital plan to the Public Schools Finance Branch.

  • The Board will submit one request only on the current 5 year capital plan – a new K-8 school for Winkler West.

  • A new school would eliminate the need for the following:

    • Permanent construction at 2 schools in Winkler that currently have 22 portables.

    • 15 additional portable classrooms to meet the provincial initiative to reduce class sizes in K-3.  

       

  1. Assisting Gateway Resources

  • The recent fire at Gateway Resources destroyed a bus used to transport their clients.

  • The division has provided a school bus on a temporary basis (6-8 weeks) as they start the process of purchasing a new one.