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Attention Parents! Kindergarten Registration Continues



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  • Entering kindergarten is an exciting time and a big step for children and their families. It is a wonderful time when children are encouraged to grow creatively, culturally, emotionally, intellectually, physically as well as socially. Parents and teachers work together to ensure transition from home to school as smooth as possible.

    Registration continues

    CLICK HERE for the ONLINE School Request Form.

    Full day Kindergarten is being offered at the following schools:

    • Annie L. Gaetz Elementary – Full day and half day options
    • Barrie Wilson Elementary – English program only offering full and half day options; French Immersion offering half day only
    • ​Don Campbell Elementary – Full day only
    • Gateway Christian – Full day only
    • Mattie McCullough Elementary – Full days, with option of half days if enough interest
    • Oriole Park Elementary – Both English and French Immersion programs, full days only

    Students will be able to attend on either Mondays & Wednesdays or Tuesdays & Thursdays with alternating Fridays.

    Programming for young children is based on the following beliefs:

    • Kindergarten is to help children acquire early skills in literacy, numeracy, communication and problem solving
    • Kindergarten provides children the necessary skills and knowledge for future academic success
    • Parents are the most important partners in their child’s education.

    The word kindergarten literally means “children’s garden” and recognizes that environment and education contribute to a well-rounded personality. It recognizes the education value of play and hands-on experience. It is meant as a supplement to the nurturing environment at home and encourages the involvement and cooperation of parents in the classroom setting.

    While kindergarten is a time for learning, being with other children and developing new skills, it is also a time where the school can identify a child’s strengths as well as needs. This gives teachers an opportunity to start programming for the individual child and the group as a whole.

    Learning in Kindergarten

    Alberta Education develops the curriculum for Kindergarten in consultation with early childhood teachers. It describes what young children need to learn to prepare for Grade 1 and provides a foundation for future learning. More information is available by clicking here.

    Teachers use the curriculum to plan learning activities that meet the Kindergarten children’s needs, abilities and to assess their educational progress.

    The Kindergarten Program of Studies focuses on developing creative expression, early literacy, personal and social responsibility, physical skills and well-being, environment and community awareness, early numeracy, citizenship and identity, information and communication skills.

    Family Oriented Programming Sessions

    Family Oriented Programming provides an opportunity for parents and children to learn and spend time together! Classroom based and district based sessions are available to parents/caregivers and children who are attending our Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs and have identified delays.  The programs are designed to provide additional specialized programming hours for children and offer parents support in various areas of need.  Click here to view sessions.



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    2019 Canada Winter Games

    Canada Winter Games Volunteer Centre is open!



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  • As exciting as new buildings and facilities are, the 2019 Canada Games will owe its success to one thing more than anything else… volunteers.  It will take about 5,000 volunteers to ensure everything runs smoothly.  It’s a massive effort the likes of which Red Deer has never seen.  But the Canada Games team is absolutely confident that the people of Central Alberta will come through.  In fact they wouldn’t have bid on the games if they weren’t sure the public would support them by volunteering.

    While hundreds have already signed up in the months and years leading to the event… now is the time for everyone to fill those 5,000 critical jobs.

    With 10 months to go before the games start, the 2019 Canada Winter Games has opened a Volunteer Centre for anyone interested to come, ask questions, become informed, and even sign up to help out.    The Volunteer Centre’s fist day is  Saturday, April 21.  There’s an open house from 10 am to 2 pm. CEO Scott Robinson fills us in.


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    National Volunteer Week Feature: Red Deer Hospice Society



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  • National Volunteer Week is a time to recognize, celebrate and thank Canada’s 13.3 million volunteers! Here at home, there are so many fantastic volunteers who help to build our communities by giving generously of their time & talents. This week, Todayville in partnership with Volunteer Central  is profiling several incredible volunteer initiatives.

    Today we’re taking a closer look at the Red Deer Hospice.

    The mission of the Red Deer Hospice is to provide physical, social, emotional and spiritual care in a community-based, home-like setting for individuals who are dying and for their loved ones.

    The Red Deer Hospice house features 10 resident rooms, kitchen, multiple family sitting areas and a sanctuary, along with work spaces for staff. Each room is equipped with a hospital bed and a living-room style seating area with a pull-out couch, chairs, and television with cable. Guests are welcome to spend the night with their loved ones if that is the wish of the resident.


    Red Deer Hospice has nursing staff on site 24/7 and staff are specialized for Hospice Palliative Care Nursing, ensuring the very best of individualized, personal care.

    Residents are not charged a fee to stay at Red Deer Hospice. While some costs are offset by Alberta Health Services, the organization relies mainly on charitable donations to cover the costs of care.  Donations are gratefully accepted to help cover these costs.

    Volunteer at Red Deer Hospice

    When you invest your time, your talents, and your heart into Hospice volunteering, you change a life: your own. Red Deer Hospice could not operate without the thousands of hours contributed by dedicated volunteers each year. Careful screening, in-depth training, and the ever-present support of health professionals enable volunteers to offer the compassionate care and support that help residents live more fully during the completion of their life journey.

    Is Hospice right for you? Please consider the following to assess whether you are ready for Hospice Volunteering:

    • I have an interest in the Hospice concept and have a desire to help others.
    • I have some awareness of what is drawing me to Hospice work and am willing to explore this in depth.
    • I am not bringing personal agendas or ‘missions’ to my Hospice work and I understand that our goal is not to change dying people but to be with them where they are.
    • I am sensitive to the special needs of dying residents and their families and have chosen to work to support them.
    • I am aware of the losses I have experienced, my way of grieving, and I have a sense of perspective about life and death, loss and grief.
    • I am open to others who may have different values, beliefs, and ways of living. I am able to listen well and to validate others where they are, rather than where I believe they should be.
    • I am willing to commit myself to the training and to the Volunteer responsibilities that follow, and to gaining an understanding of the standards and policies of the Red Deer Hospice.
    • As I may be called to work in a variety of areas and perform many tasks, self-reliance, flexibility, and adaptability are assets.
    • I have a realistic awareness of my own strengths and weaknesses, and realize that the ability to set limits is important.
    • I enjoy working as part of a team, and am willing to explore ways of supporting and being supported by team members.
    • I am dedicated to my own growth and on-going learning. My personal strengths include warmth, concern for people, sense of humour, and approachability.

    If this is of interest to you, consider filling out a volunteer application here.

    About Volunteer Central

    Through our comprehensive website, convenient downtown location, and relevant programs and workshops, we connect volunteers, non-profit organizations, and businesses to create successful volunteer relationships in Central Alberta.

    At Volunteer Central, we…

    • offer a listing of volunteer opportunities
    • list non-profit employment opportunities
    • host training programs and workshops
    • develop corporate volunteer programs
    • promote and support community events
    • build capacity in the nonprofit sector across central Alberta

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