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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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    St Joseph High School student to represent Alberta at Skills National Competition

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  • Left to Right – Noah Nowochin, Gold Provincials.   Mr. Leigh Smithson, Teacher and Coach.  Andrew Heidebrecht, Provincials, Silver.

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    Students from École Secondaire Notre Dame High School, St. Joseph High School and St. Francis of Assisi Middle School participated in the Skills Alberta Competition on May 8-9 in Edmonton.

    “The Skills Alberta competition provides a unique opportunity for students from all over the province to showcase and develop their individual gift and talents. Students train for several months perfecting their skills and have the opportunity to advance from zones to provincials to nationals and then to worlds. While it is nice to win and advance, the ultimate goal is having our students experience growth in their trade area. Many of our students gain lifelong friends and industry connections,” said CTS Department Head, Tracey Millar from Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools.

    The students competed from École Secondaire Notre Dame High School were:

    The student competed from St. Joseph High School were:

    The student competed from St. Francis of Assisi Middle School was:

    • Jacob Mudry – Junior Culinary Challenge – finished in 4th place

    Noah Nowochin will continue on to compete in the Skills National Competition in Halifax on May 28 and 29.

    For the past 12 years, our division has brought home 16 medals and eight of them being gold in the electrical wiring competition.

    For more information, please visit https://skillsalberta.com/


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    Teen’s family sues school board, alleges it failed to address racist attacks

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    The family of a black Ontario teen is suing a Toronto-area school board, alleging officials at his high school failed to properly investigate and prevent months of racist bullying and attacks by white students.
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  • The family of a black Ontario teen is suing a Toronto-area school board, alleging officials at his high school failed to properly investigate and prevent months of racist bullying and attacks by white students.

    In a statement of claim filed last week, the family says the teen, identified only as E.H., was the target of racist verbal and physical attacks as well as threats from September through last month.

    They allege the incidents were repeatedly reported to officials at his Newmarket, Ont., high school, but the complaints were not properly investigated.

    The family further alleges administrators responded by suspending the teen multiple times along with his harassers, who are not identified in the document.

    The statement of claim says that as a result of the violent bullying, E.H. suffered several injuries — including a concussion — and became anxious, fearful and at times suicidal.

    The allegations have not been tested in court and the York Region District School Board has not yet filed a statement of defence. But its director of education issued a statement denouncing racism and violence.

    “It is heartbreaking to see anti-black racism manifest itself in any form, particularly through violence. Such actions are not acceptable in our schools or communities,” Louise Sirisko said in the statement.

    “We take anti-black racism extremely seriously and put in place supports for those affected, however, this is not the experience we want for any of our students. We are sorry for the hurt this experience is causing.”

    The teen’s family alleges the board was negligent in addressing what was happening to E.H. and failed in its duty to ensure a safe environment for him. It is seeking $1 million in damages as well as the reimbursement for the costs of the legal action.

    “In spite of a safe schools policy, a zero-tolerance policy on bullying and physical aggression, and an anti-racism policy, no one at the YRDSB took action to protect E.H. In fact, YRDSB’s actions in suspending E.H., added insult to injury,” the statement of claim says.

    “Due to a combination of the continued harassment, bullying and assaults, of which YRDSB was aware, E.H’s grades and school performance began to drop. The pain, anxiety, stress, feelings of insecurity, and lack of safety at school made it difficult for E.H. to stay focused and attend school.”

    The statement of claim says the incidents began at the start of the school year, when a group of Grade 11 and 12 students hurled racist insults and threats at E.H., including telling him to “go and kill himself.”

    The document alleges the harassment was reported to school officials and both the perpetrators and E.H. were suspended.

    The following month, E.H. was suspended again for being in a fight, when in fact he was defending himself from his attackers, the document alleges. The school would not confirm whether the other students were disciplined, the family claims. The same thing happened again a few weeks later, it says.

    On several occasions, E.H.’s mother asked that he be transferred to another school, but that request was denied, the document says. Administrators also made repeated promises to keep the teen safe and look into the bullying, the claim says.

    The harassment continued in person and on social media over the next few months, it says. In February, E.H.’s harassers pushed him down the school’s main staircase, the document alleges.

    Later that month, the teen’s head was slammed into a porcelain water fountain, an attack that was recorded and distributed on social media, it alleges. There were other incidents in the following weeks that resulted in suspensions, it says.

    The statement of claim says that when E.H. returned to the school in April to pick up his belongings, he was arrested by police because someone made a false report that he had brought weapons to school.

    The teen’s mother then contacted police to report the April incidents, which led officers to charge two of the other students with assault, the statement alleges. 

    The lawsuit alleges the school should have reported the incidents to police, the students’ parents and the Children’s Aid Society.

    Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press


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