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Here are some of the events happening in the Red Deer Public School District between now and the end of the month.

MONDAY, APRIL 3
EVENT: SPELL-A-THON
School: Joseph Welsh Elementary
Time: Daily
Location: Various around School
Details: Joseph Welsh, in conjunction with the School
Council, is holding a Spell-A-Thon. Students will collect
pledges for doing their best on the Spell-A-Thon test. Anyone
wanting to contribute to the Spell-A-Thon is invited to call the
school. All funds raised are for school activities.
Contact: Rafaela Marques at 403-346-6377

MONDAY, APRIL 3
EVENT: WEAR BLUE FOR AUTISM AWARENESS
School: West Park Elementary
Time: All Day
Location: Various around School
Details: Staff and students will be wearing blue to support
Autism Awareness Day (Apr. 2) and the month of April.
Contact: Brianne Lindsay at 403-343-1838
MONDAY, APRIL 3 – FRIDAY, APRIL 7
EVENT: AUTISM AWARENESS WEEK
School: Hunting Hills High
Time: Daily
Location: Various around School
Details: Students will be working to help educate and
provide opportunities to learn about the autism spectrum
Contact: Jonathan Davies at 403-342-6655

TUESDAY, APRIL 4
EVENT: MAKERSPACE OPEN HOUSE
School: Mountview Elementary
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Mountview – Makerspace Room 4
Details: Open house focused on STEM development (3D
modelling, coding, etc.)
Contact: Jeff Plackner at 403-346-5765

TUESDAY, APRIL 4
EVENT: FRENCH IMMERSION AND INTERNATIONAL
BACCALAUREATE INFO NIGHT
School: Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High
Time: FRIM: 6:30 pm; IB: 7:00 pm
Location: School Cafeteria
Details: : The information night is for the parents and
students (currently in Grade 8 French Immersion) that are
interested in continuing in the LTCHS French Immersion
and/or International Baccalaureate programs.
Contact: Dania Hill (FRIM) at 403-347-1171, ext. 1305
Dave Smith (IB) at 403-347-1171, ext. 2104

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5
EVENT: FESTIVAL OF PERFORMING ARTS SCHOOL
CHOIR PERFORMANCE
School: Joseph Welsh Elementary
Time: 9:30 am
Location: Sunnybrook United Church
Details: Students in grades 3-5 from the Joseph Welsh
School Choir will be participating in the Red Deer
Festival of the Performing Arts. The choir has prepared
two pieces. Family and friends are welcome to attend the
performance.
Contact: Alison Veldkamp at 403-346-6377

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5
EVENT: ADVANCED PLACEMENT INFORMATION
NIGHT
School: Hunting Hills High
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: School Gathering Area
Details: Parent information night for our AP program.
Contact: Sue Merry at 403-342-6655

THURSDAY, APRIL 6
EVENT: RED DEER COLLEGE PERFORMING
FRIENDS IN TIME PLAY
School: Mountview Elementary
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: School Gymnasium
Details: RDC students will be performing a play about
friendship for all of our grade 4 students.
Contact: Diane Roberts at 403-346-5765

SATURDAY, APRIL 8
EVENT: GRAD TIGHT N’ BRIGHT BOWLING
School: Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Heritage Bowling
Details: An enjoyable evening of bowling and socializing
for the 2017 Grads.
Contact: Lisa Olesen at 403-347-1171

TUESDAY, APRIL 11
EVENT: GRADE 8 ORIENTATION PARENT
INFORMATION NIGHT
School: Hunting Hills High
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: School Gathering Area
Details: Information will be shared with parents and
students to help transition new students to grade 9.
Contact: Trevor Pikkert at 403-342-6655

TUESDAY, APRIL 11
EVENT: THURBER IDOL
School: Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Memorial Centre
Details: The 14th Annual Thurber Idol features some of
the most talented students. This year’s talent includes 13
varied and impressive acts from singers to dancers, and
musicians who have been chosen from many acts that
auditioned. Tickets are $13 and are available in advance
(Apr. 6-11) at the Student Leadership Exec Offi ce during
lunch times and remaining tickets will be available at the
door.
Contact: Alan Towne at 403-347-1171, ext. 1305

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12
EVENT: KNOW A THON WRAP UP PIE IN THE FACE
School: Mattie McCullough Elementary
Time: 1:30 pm
Location: School Gymnasium
Details: Our top classes raised over $1500 each for our
Access For All playground and won the opportunity to
hit the admin in the face with a pie. Our know-a-Thon
raised over $13,700.00 for our park with phase 1 being
installed this summer.
Contact: Lisa Spicer at 403-343-8958

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12
EVENT: RED DEER PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD
MEETING
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Central Service Offi ce, Board Room
Details: Regular school board meeting.
Contact: Cyndi Ramsfi eld at 403-342-3713
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12
EVENT: SPRING FLING
School: Hunting Hills High
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: School Gymnasium
Details: Midsummer Night’s Dream themed dance.
Contact: Jonathan Davies at 403-342-6655
To visit the Red Deer Public Schools website CLICK HERE

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Education Minister says school boards are confident and the decision on which day to return to school is theirs

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From the Province of Alberta

School start date: Minister LaGrange

Minister of Education Adriana LaGrange issued the following statement on school re-entry:

“Earlier this week I met with executives from the Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA) to discuss school re-entry. One of their requests was that I engage with education partners to get their views on the ATA’s request to delay school re-entry.

“While our re-entry plan, as written, already provides school boards with the ability to delay or stagger school start dates should they decide that is in their local best interest, I agreed to further engage with education partners and get their views on this ATA request. This was done by having follow-up discussions with the Alberta School Boards Association and the College of Alberta School Superintendents.

“These partners remain confident, as do I, that the school re-entry plan already provides local school authorities with the autonomy and flexibility to ensure local needs are met and to prepare schools for a safe re-entry.

“I have also had the chance to review all the planned re-entry dates for schools across the province, and I see that time is clearly available to allow teachers to prepare for re-entry before their students arrive.

“These plans and timelines were created by school boards who continue to follow the expert medical advice of Alberta’s chief medical officer of health.

“I would like to reinforce that I continue to support school boards using this flexibility to adjust their plans if necessary in the coming days as they make preparations for a safe return to school.

“I encourage local education partners to continue to collaborate and work together on the decisions related to school calendars.”

For more information on Alberta’s return to school plan, visit www.alberta.ca/returntoschool.

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Back to Basics for K to 12 education in Alberta – Province ditching “discovery” learning

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From the Province of Alberta

Improving student learning in Alberta

A new vision to guide education will transform student learning, update curriculum and strengthen the K-12 system.

Alberta’s government is honouring its commitment to end the focus on so-called “discovery” or “inquiry” learning by repealing the 2013 ministerial order on student learning and replacing it with one that will give students a foundation of literacy and numeracy and a knowledge of the rich and diverse history of Alberta and Canada. The new ministerial order emphasizes civic virtues, core knowledge, and outcomes students need to succeed in school and throughout life.

“This new ministerial order on student learning is a return to proven teaching methods that will set up Alberta’s students for rich personal and work lives. Moving forward, education will promote skills development and knowledge pursuit, equipping students to explore opportunities that will help them develop their talents and unleash their potential.”

Adriana LaGrange, Minister of Education

The new ministerial order was developed after the government broadened consultations to hear a wider range of perspectives from parents, teachers, and subject matter experts. It places an emphasis on essential core knowledge, evidence and fact-based materials, and focuses on literacy and numeracy as foundational elements woven throughout the entire curriculum.

“As a lifelong teacher, I fundamentally believe that students should gain the knowledge and skills they need to form foundations for successful and fulfilling lives. Literacy and numeracy are the bedrock for successful learning, and I am pleased that the final ministerial order recognizes that importance.”

Angus McBeath, chair, Curriculum Advisory Panel

Now that the new ministerial order is in place, the 2018 draft K-4 curriculum will be reviewed and future curricula will be drafted for the next grades. All draft curricula will be aligned with the new vision.

Due to delays resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, timelines for piloting the new draft curriculum are being adjusted. Validation will be expanded from K-4 to include Grades 5 and 6. Participating schools will start piloting this curriculum in classrooms in September 2021. At a minimum, a draft curriculum for Grades 7-10 will be ready for classroom validation in September 2022.

It is anticipated that all students attending school in Alberta will be learning from the new K-6 curriculum by the 2022-23 school year.

Quick facts

  • In August 2019, the independent 12-member Curriculum Advisory Panel was established.
  • In December 2019, the panel submitted a draft ministerial order on student learning and recommendations on curriculum direction to government.
  • In February 2020, more than 8,500 Albertans, including education partners, gave feedback on the draft ministerial order during a public engagement.
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