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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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RDC launches $1 Million fundraising campaign after huge commitment by anonymous donor

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Red Deer College has launched an ambitious and significant student bursary fundraising campaign. A generous, anonymous donor has committed a $500,000 donation to match gifts made to the new RDC Student Bursary Fund. Gifts of any size made to this fund during the campaign will be matched 1:1 by the donor funds, doubling the impact of each gift.

“The impact of COVID-19 on our community has been tremendous. As it impacts Red Deer College directly, we have experienced decreases in both new student enrollment and in registrations for continuing students,” says RDC President, Dr. Peter Nunoda.

It is a priority for the donor and for RDC that students are not deterred from pursuing their chosen educational path by financial constraints. The many impacts of COVID-19 have caused some students to pause or delay starting their post-secondary education.

“In addition to this immediate financial support for students, it was important to the donor that these funds be used to connect the community to the effort. By creating the matching program, we hope that other community members who wish to support post-secondary students will be inspired by the potential to double their impact on new and continuing RDC students,” says Dr. Nunoda.

The RDC Student Bursary Fund is new and will be established entirely by donor gifts, doubled by the anonymous donor’s matching gift. Bursaries will be available for full- and part-time students, up to $1,500 and $750, respectively, per year. Bursaries will be distributed as tuition credits on a first come-first served basis. When the matching campaign has fully funded the RDC Student Bursary Fund, it will provide financial support for more than 1,300 students. The bursary created by the matching campaign will be available to new and returning students in credit programs, beginning in Fall 2021 Term. Application for these awards is open now at rdc.ab.ca/studentbursary.

“We’re grateful for the support of all of our donors, internal and external, small and large, and especially to this anonymous donor for their commitment, which will provide immediate and broad support for our students,” says Dr. Nunoda. “It has been a challenging year for many in our community, but we continue to come together in large and small ways to support one another. This is one more example of what makes me proud to be a part of this community.”

More information about the initiative, including the link to an online donation page, can be found at rdc.ab.ca/giving.

This new bursary is one of the ways in which RDC and generous donors support students in helping to keep post-secondary education accessible and affordable. Students enrolling in courses for 2021/2022 can apply for a variety of scholarships and awards now through May 31. RDC is pleased to award more than $1 million in scholarships and bursaries each year.

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Kentwood and area residents invited to hear details about new 700 student Catholic Middle School

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From Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools

RDCRS connects with residents in the Kentwood neighbourhood about St. Lorenzo Ruiz Middle School

Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools has been provided funding for the construction of a new middle school in The City of Red Deer. St. Lorenzo Ruiz Middle School will be located in the neighbourhood of Kentwood. The location of the new school was selected to support current and future student populations in the community.

“The Division’s middle schools in Red Deer are currently operating at over 120 per cent capacity and we expect continued enrolment growth,” said Board Chair, Kim Pasula at Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools.

“Families and young people in our region continue to choose Catholic education. Over the last 10 years, enrolment in our Division has increased by 50 per cent and today well over 10,000 children are attending our schools.”

Work has begun on the design of the school, with preliminary geotechnical testing completed in early 2021 to understand site conditions.

“The new St. Lorenzo Ruiz Middle School will bring a $25 million infrastructure project to our community. The new school will help to alleviate the overcrowding in our existing schools and create new educational and amenity opportunities for the young people and families that live in the surrounding neighborhoods. We look forward to sharing more about the project and hearing from community members at the upcoming online meeting, the first in a series of planned engagement sessions,” says Pasula.

To keep residents informed on the progress, the Division is holding a community engagement session on Tuesday, April 6 at 5:00 p.m. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. The intent of this engagement session is to provide a forum for community feedback and an opportunity to voice concerns with the overall design of the school. This first engagement session will focus primarily on the site layout.

Dear Kentwood residents,

As you may be aware, Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools has been provided funding for the construction of a new middle school in the City of Red Deer. The school site in your community has been chosen for the location of the new school, St. Lorenzo Ruiz Middle School. The location of the new school was selected to support current and future student populations in the community

Interested attendees can join the Zoom meeting link (Meeting ID: 950 5484 1129 and Passcode: i2RDy0).

St. Lorenzo Ruiz Middle School features:

●  The school will be a two-storey design to accommodate 700 middle school students.

●  The school is planned to follow a traditional school year and will operate as a closed

campus.

●  The school site will provide parking lots to staff and visitors, with a potential student

drop-off lane within the visitor parking lot.

●  The current playground and skating rink will be retained on-site, and the retention pond

will not be altered.

●  Additional playground space is intended to be installed, including a proposed basketball

pad.

●  Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools will provide an opportunity for user groups to rent the

facility after-hours and on weekends.

●  Construction is expected to start late fall of 2021, with the school opening September

2023.

For more information, please visit https://www.stlorenzoschool.ca/.

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