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Bedford Road, Mayfair receive $10,000 boost to nutrition programs

Mosaic 2.jpgNutrition programs at two schools received a major boost after being chosen as one of 10 recipients of the Mosaic School Nutrition Challenge.

Bedford Road Collegiate and Mayfair Community School each received a $10,000 grant to support student nutrition programs and facilities.

Bedford Road will use the funds to enhance its universal breakfast, lunch, and snack programs by providing more protein-rich snacks and increasing the availability of dairy and fruit. The school will purchase a commercial cooler and upright freezer to support those enhancements.

The school also plans to use the funding to for the development of a community garden that will provide produce to support the nutrition programs.

The nutrition programs at Bedford Road integrate alternative education programming as one of the key elements. This affords many opportunities for training and building essential life skills, providing students with food safe certification and work experience.

Mayfair School's plan includes significant community partnerships and engagement. The intent is to make existing breakfast, lunch, and snack programs available to all students free of charge. This pilot project is a partnership with CHEP and the University of Saskatchewan and will help inform future programming within the education community.

The project includes nutrition education for all students on food safety, food preparation, gardening, and food waste reduction. To support this enhanced programming, Mayfair School will purchase a commercial freezer and convection oven.

Now in its 15th year, the Mosaic School Nutrition Challenge supports projects that have goals including supporting reconciliation projects, enhancing kitchen and garden facilities, increasing educational opportunities for students and families, and expanding nutrition programs. The challenge is a partnership between The Mosaic Company and the Saskatchewan School Boards Association. 

Drabble, Rodney J. (Rod)5/11/2021 8:32 AM
Full-day prekindergarten, kindergarten programs coming to many schools

Prekindergarten.jpgStudents at many schools will receive a boost to their learning with the introduction of full-day prekindergarten and kindergarten classes beginning in September.

Thanks to the support of Saskatoon Public Schools Foundation's Early Learning Equal Start initiative, a full-day prekindergarten class will be offered Monday to Thursday at 13 schools. For kindergarten, 14 schools will have a full-day class running Monday to Friday.

Saskatoon Public Schools offers prekindergarten programming where children may benefit from additional supports such as speech, language, and social development programming. Prekindergarten helps three- and four-year-old children to:

  • develop language and communication skills,
  • develop problem-solving skills,
  • learn to co-operate with others,
  • make new friendships,
  • prepare for the school environment.

Our literacy-enhanced kindergarten program fosters students' understanding of letters, numbers, and writing skills. Kindergarten classes encourage individualized education through play and exploration and follows the provincial curriculum, which includes teaching in arts education, English language arts, health, math, physical education, science, and social studies.

Schools offering both full-day prekindergarten and kindergarten classes for 2021-22 are: Caroline Robins, Caswell, Fairhaven, Howard Coad, King George, Lester B. Pearson, Mayfair, Pleasant Hill, Princess Alexandra, Sutherland, Vincent Massey, wâhkôhtowin (formerly Confederation Park), and W.P. Bate schools. Students who reside within the school catchment area will receive first consideration.

Full-day kindergarten will also be available at North Park Wilson School. A full-day prekindergarten class supported by Métis Nation–Saskatchewan is offered at Westmount Community School.

Families wishing to register their child for prekindergarten or kindergarten should contact the individual school. A full list of schools including contact information is available on the School Listing page.

Drabble, Rodney J. (Rod)5/5/2021 9:58 AM
​Division's pandemic response highlighted for Board of Education

boardofedapril2021.jpgInformation about the school division's ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic was shared with trustees during the Board of Education meeting held April 20.

Senior administration continues to meet regularly with medical health officers regarding the pandemic and its impact on learning and school communities. The division is in possession of approximately 10,000 rapid test kits and is awaiting direction from the provincial response planning team to coordinate third-party testers, standardized permission forms, and processes in dealing with health data privacy concerns.

Student and staff safety is the top priority in addressing the challenges created by the pandemic. The division's administrative team is focused on maintaining timely and effective communication with staff, parents, and the community to ensure stakeholders are well informed on the response of the division and its schools.

Other meeting highlights included:

  • Trustees received a strategic plan update on French immersion programming. Offered in nine elementary schools, four collegiates, and the Online Learning Centre, the French immersion program provides instruction in both French and English with the goal of students becoming functionally bilingual by the end of Grade 12.
  • The Celebrating Excellence portion of the meeting highlighted how the division supports students who have a visual impairment and described the importance of braille and tactile graphics that allow students who are blind to access the curriculum. A Grade 8 student from wâhkôhtowin school shared how he uses braille and other assistive technology.

Reports and information presented at board meetings can be found at www.saskatoonpublicschools.ca. The next meeting of the Board of Education is Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at 5 p.m. Members of the public may attend regular board meetings virtually. Please contact  Estelle Allington, executive assistant to the Board of Education, to request a link to the virtual meeting.

Drabble, Rodney J. (Rod)4/27/2021 1:18 PM
Schools welcome kindergarten registration for 2021-22 school year
 

kindergarten_news2.jpgKindergarten is a special time and place in the life of a young child and Saskatoon Public Schools is dedicated to welcoming every student to a safe and caring environment.

If your child will be five years old by Jan. 31, 2022, they can start kindergarten in the fall of 2021.

In past years schools have held in-person parent information nights during January to share information about kindergarten and the school. In-person events won't be held this year, but information and registration details are available on school websites, and many schools will hold virtual events during April to introduce families to everything kindergarten has to offer.

Staff at all neighbourhood schools are accepting kindergarten registration via email or phone calls. A complete list of all schools along with school websites and contact information is available on the Saskatoon Public Schools website. Each school website has registration information along with a link to the registration form and instructions on how to fill out and submit the form.

Saskatoon Public Schools understands the importance of early learning and literacy. Our kindergarten classes are small to encourage individualized education and include a strong literacy component in kindergarten.

Kindergarten classes are offered on either a half-day, every day or full-day, alternating day format, depending upon the school. Details are available on the kindergarten information page at saskatoonpublicschools.ca/kindergarten or in the kindergarten brochure.

A full-day kindergarten class will be offered at 14 schools thanks to the support of the Saskatoon Public Schools Foundation's Early Learning Equal Start program. Those schools are Caroline Robins, Caswell, Fairhaven, Howard Coad, King George, Lester B. Pearson, Mayfair, North Park Wilson, Pleasant Hill, Princess Alexandra, Sutherland, Vincent Massey, wâhkôhtowin, and W.P. Bate. Students who reside within the school's catchment area will receive first consideration.

Seven schools offer both English language and French Immersion kindergarten programs: Alvin Buckwold, College Park, Dundonald, Forest Grove, Lakeview, River Heights, and Silverspring schools. Single-stream French Immersion kindergarten programs are available at École Henry Kelsey and École Victoria.

The Nêhiyâwiwin Cree Language and Culture Program for kindergarten to Grade 8 is located at wâhkôhtowin School and free, city-wide busing is available for students. The Métis Cultural Program, which delivers kindergarten to Grade 8 curriculum from a Métis perspective, is located at Westmount Community School.

*(All images and video were taken prior to the COVID-19 pandemic)

 


Drabble, Rodney J. (Rod)3/22/2021 11:46 AM
School-year calendar set for 2021-22; first day of classes Sept. 1

All students will begin the 2021-22 school year on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, according to the 2021-22 school year calendar approved by the Board of Education.

The calendar represents a total of 185 instructional days for elementary students and 182 days for collegiate students, with a minimum of 950 hours of instruction.

The calendar was developed in consultation with stakeholder groups as well as other area school divisions. A pre-Labour Day start date allows school divisions to appropriately schedule the required number of instructional hours.

It includes a 17-day winter break around Christmas and New Year's Day, a nine-day break in February that includes the Family Day holiday and a 10-day spring break in conjunction with the Easter long weekend.

The final day of classes for students will be June 29, 2022.

Dates for professional development and school operations days at both the elementary and high school level are still to be determined.

Key dates include:

First day for students: Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021

Winter Break: Last day of classes is Friday, Dec. 17, 2021; classes resume Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022

February Break: Last day of classes is Friday, Feb. 18, 2022; classes resume Monday, Feb. 28, 2022

Spring Break: Last day of classes is Thursday, April 14, 2022; classes resume Monday, April 25, 2022

Final day for students: Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Download a copy of the 2021-22 School Year Calendar 


Drabble, Rodney J. (Rod)3/1/2021 9:02 AM