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Red Deer Public Schools Kindergarten Registration On Now


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Kindergarten Registration Starts On Line and In Person – Monday, January 9, 2017 at 8:15 AM

The first day of Kindergarten is a memorable day for children and their parents. Red Deer Public Schools is getting ready to welcome our Kindergarten class of 2017. Registration for Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten programming begins Monday, January 9, 2017 both online and at elementary schools across the city.

Kindergarten is the start of an exciting journey of learning and discovery. It’s a time to make new friends. Play-based exploration builds self-awareness and confidence. Kindergarten also provides support for parents as well as eases the transition from Kindergarten to grade 1.

New this year… families will be able to register their children for Kindergarten online starting at 8:15 AM on Monday, January 9. We also welcome parents to stop in at their neighbourhood school to register their child starting Monday morning as well. For online registration, families simply have to go to the district or any school website and click on Student Registration under quick links starting at 8:15 AM.

Another new feature… for September 2017 will be an increase in the number of schools offering Full-Day Kindergarten program. Rather than going to morning or afternoon classes five days a week, the full-day option has students attending classes all day Monday and Wednesday as well as alternating Fridays or Tuesday and Thursdays and alternating Fridays throughout the year. This option will be available at the following elementary schools:

  • Annie L Gaetz
  • Barrie Wilson
  • Don Campbell
  • Gateway Christian
  • Mattie McCullough
  • Oriole Park

In addition to English Kindergarten program families will also have the choice of language options for Kindergarten including French and Spanish offered at:

  • French Immersion: Barrie Wilson, Mountview, Oriole Park
  • Spanish Bilingual:  Escuela Vista Grande (former Grandview Elementary)

The District also provides outstanding Pre-Kindergarten programming for eligible children age 3 and 4 with identified special needs. The program provides the support students need to ensure they start school ready to learn. Information is available at our elementary schools or by contacting Student Services at 403-342-3703.

We are excited to welcome children to Kindergarten in Red Deer Public Schools. Attending Kindergarten provides children with an opportunity to learn about their world alongside other children. By attending Kindergarten programs, children develop a range of important life skills and are ready to start grade one.

Further information on Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten programming is available on the main website for Red Deer Public Schools at

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New ice surface, spray park and other amenities for North Red Deer as G.H. Dawe expansion about to begin

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G.H. Dawe Community Centre project kicks off this spring

During budget deliberations earlier this year, Council approved the 2021 Capital Budget for the G.H. Dawe Community Centre project. The enhancements will improve access, increase opportunity to modernize fitness and programming, provide additional outdoor amenities including a spray park and washroom facilities, and modernize the current ice surface and add a second surface.

The modernization/improvement of the G.H. Dawe Community Centre focuses on the following areas/aspects of the facility, which were not upgraded as part of the G.H. Dawe Community Centre Revitalization Project in 2008.

  • To meet ice user needs with the decommissioning of the Kinex Arena:
    • modernization of the existing ice surface to NHL standard size
    • twinning of existing arena
    • relocate underground services to facilitate the twin
  • To meet parking, site servicing and egress requirements:
    • Introduce right in and right out site access off of 67 Street for improved traffic flow and parking
    • create facility access on the north side of the facility
  • To align with Phase 2 of the 2007 G.H. Dawe Master Plan:
    • review fitness/programming and barrier-free access opportunities
    • outdoor spray park and outdoor washroom facility

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“Proceeding with the G.H. Dawe Community Centre project right now enables us to benefit from cost advantages, while stimulating our local economy at a time when our community needs it most,” said Sarah Tittemore, Community Services General Manager. “The project will work to provide as many opportunities as possible to engage qualified local contractors at a time when it is needed the most.”

Starting later this week, contractors will begin to mobilize on the site, with office trailers moved into place, and safety fencing set-up. Full site preparation will begin near the end of May.

Pending approvals, the contractor will begin underground service work that will extend between June and July. At the same time as this work is taking place on the site, inside the facility demolition will begin in preparation for the project tie-ins. Any disruptions to programs and activities on the site will be communicated, and it is anticipated that programing like summer camps and fitness activities to be transitioned to another facility for the duration of interruptions.

The G.H. Dawe Community Centre is a community hub for citizens living in north Red Deer and across the city. The facility is shared by the G.H. Dawe Community School, the G.H. Dawe Branch of the Red Deer Public Library, and St. Patrick’s Community School.

For more information about the G.H. Dawe Community Centre project, visit

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Mayor Tara Veer explains Council’s response to Westerner Park crisis

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“I hope you are all doing well and are keeping safe during this challenging time. Since requesting administration to bring forward more information for the Westerner Park recommendations on April 22, we have heard many questions and concerns surrounding Council’s rationale to table the matter for up to four weeks. The decision to table the issue was to request additional information to, given the magnitude of the financial request, ensure Council is making an informed decision that considers and benefits our community as a whole.

Council believes in Westerner Park and we are committed to protecting the 130 years of history Westerner Park has brought to our community. Given the significance of the recommendations before us, Council’s purpose is financial due diligence on behalf of our citizens prior to making a generational decision. We recognize the decision will have broad community impact through our capital investments; resulting in the need to delay or cancel projects in The City’s capital plan, which we have a responsibility to fully consider.

Council is acutely aware of the economic, social and cultural importance of Westerner Park to our city and region, and the recommendations will come back to Council within the next few weeks. Our priority is to ensure we consider all information possible, while taking the necessary time for a generational decision of this financial magnitude. It is clear in principal that our Council will provide financial support to protect the future of Westerner Park, however, what is left to be decided is how this will be structured to protect the financial future of our community as a whole.

(Friday, I met) with members of the Westerner Park Board, Westerner Foundation Committee and Westerner Park Past Presidents to share information, as well as address questions and concerns about the decision making process. As legacy builders and community builders, they have invested time, energy and financial commitments in Westerner Park, so it is imperative that they be involved in and aware of the next steps in what has been a multi-phased process, as we know this issue is a personal one for many in our community. We are committed to helping Westerner Park, because it is the right thing to do, but how that is structured will be the decision on the table in the coming weeks.”

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