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Registration starts today – it’s time to register your child for Kindergarten!

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Registration starts today for 2019-2020 Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Time: 8:00 am

Parents/guardians can fill out the application form at any time, and submit it beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, January 14, 2019.

Information on Pre-Kindergarten can be found here while Kindergarten information can be accessed here.

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Kindergarten….it is an amazing step for children where they begin the next chapter of learning and growing…

Red Deer Public Schools offers fantastic Kindergarten programming to help ensure that kids have a great start to the next 13 years of school and to make sure kids come to school ready to learn.

Kindergarten also marks a big decision for parents, and some parents may experience mixed emotions, but in Red Deer Public Schools, Kindergarten is a happy and safe environment where children can thrive.

Registration for Kindergarten begins January 14th and parents are encouraged to register early online or in person at any elementary school.

Red Deer Public Schools offers full day and half day programs in English, French and Spanish.

“Our programs focus on the whole child with a strong emphasis on literacy and numeracy development,” said Susan Parkins, Early Learning Coordinator with Red Deer Public Schools. “The children learn independence skills, how to get along with one another and they get to explore their own way to learn. We have wonderful teachers. We love children, we love learning and we love diversity.”

Walking into a Kindergarten classroom, kids can be seen playing and discovering new things. They are playing with purpose – which is the way children learn best.

“The importance of Kindergarten is to bring these little learners in and teach them to be independent learners,” said Amber Cooke, Kindergarten teacher with Red Deer Public Schools. “Everything we do is hands on and that is how kids learn. They learn through doing and they learn through exploring.”

Alvaro Piña, a parent of a Kindergarten student in Red Deer Public Schools, said a Kindergarten classroom is a positive environment.

“There is lots of energy and willingness to learn. They want to observe and they’re always ready for something new,” he said.

For more information, or to register for Kindergarten, please visit http://www.rdpsd.ab.ca/Kindergarten.php.

 

 

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Manitoba university cuts ties with Ebola researcher pending RCMP investigation

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Manitoba university severs ties with researcher escorted off premesis

WINNIPEG — The University of Manitoba says it has cut ties with an Ebola vaccine researcher pending the results of an RCMP investigation.

A spokesperson says the school is ending the non-salaried adjunct appointments of Dr. Xiangguo Qiu and her husband Keding Cheng.

Qiu, a renowned virologist who received her original medical training in China, helped develop a vaccine for the Ebola virus at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg.

Cheng also worked at the lab as a researcher.

The Public Health Agency of Canada said on Monday that it was taking steps to address an “administrative matter” at the lab after it advised the Mounties of possible policy breaches.

The laboratory is Canada’s highest-security infectious disease research facility dealing with deadly contagious germs.

Public Health said there is no risk to the public and the work of the lab continues.

The Canadian Press has been unable to reach Qiu or Cheng for comment.

The RCMP in Manitoba has confirmed it received a referral from the health agency, but has not confirmed whether Qui or Cheng is being investigated.

The Canadian Press

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RDC President Joel Ward bids farewell… Thank You

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This article was submitted by RDC President Joel Ward

Because of You

This is my final article as President of RDC/University as I am retiring. Our new President, Dr. Peter Nunoda, starts his tenure in September. Please welcome him and his family as you did me ten years ago.

As I reflect on my ten years as President, it is clear that the future for RDC as a University is unlimited, and it is because of all of you.

Because of you, the government of Alberta finally said ‘yes’ to RDC becoming a university. It is perhaps the most significant decision ever made to ensure our region will grow and prosper.

Because of you, our campuses have grown. The Donald School of Business and the Welikoklad Event Centre ensure downtown will be vibrant. The Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre is an iconic landmark defining our community to all who pass on the QE2. Our new residence, clad in solar panels, and our Alternative Energy Lab are examples of RDC/U’s leadership in becoming carbon neutral and energy independent.

Because of you, 16 new programs have been launched, which ensures more learners can remain in central Alberta to complete their education. Our ten-year academic plan, led by Dr. Paulette Hanna, ensures we will launch even more programs, including new degrees, as we complete our university transition.

Our future as a comprehensive regional teaching university will be strengthened and enhanced by launching new programs including trades and apprenticeship, certificates, diplomas and degrees, and we will continue to measure success by who we let in, not who we keep out.

I have always been reluctant to share my story, but it demonstrates the power of post-secondary education, and its ability to change lives.

I got kicked out of high school at 16 for reasons I won’t go into (let’s just say I didn’t like school and school didn’t like me.) So, 16 years of age, out of school, with no prospects and no real family, I ran away from home. With all my worldly possessions in a shopping bag, $10 in my pocket, hair down to my butt with an attitude to match, I hitch-hiked west.

I stayed in hostels, hustled pool, made money where I could – and saw people at their worst, including myself. Lots happened in those years, but that really isn’t the point of the story.

Fast forward eight years and, with the help of a few people who had faith in me, just as there are many of you who helped others along the way, I went to university. I was put on probation and needed to prove I could handle the work for one semester and, if I was successful, I would be allowed to continue. Well, I graduated and the doors of possibility flew open.

It is at college that I learned the transformative power of education to change lives. I was given a second chance, and for that I am grateful. The experience taught me to never give up, keep learning, and it taught me to stand up for what I believed.

It is because of you, and what RDC does, that second chances are given, lives are changed, and society benefits.

It has been an honour and privilege to serve as the tenth President of RDC/U. Please accept my sincere thanks for your support of our college and the work we will do together to ensure RDC becomes a great University for all.

Joel Ward is President & CEO of Red Deer College. RDC

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