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Plan the daily trip to school and help students get active and Move To Grow

M2Gbacktoschool.jpgSchool supplies, new sneakers and a fresh haircut are some of the back-to-school rituals for families.

And as students head back to classes this fall, another good idea for families is to make a plan for how children can be active during their daily trip to and from school. Walking or cycling are two great ways for students to get their bodies moving and prepare themselves for a busy day of learning.

Research suggests children who are more physically active do better in school. Exercise not only spikes brain activity and prepares students for mental stresses, it also increases the retention of new information and helps students to better react to complex situations. Just a single session of moderate exercise before school has been shown to benefit brain function and academic performance in children, while also producing healthy consequences in terms of mental health.

Walking or cycling is also a great way for students to learn responsibility. Parents and educators know learning is enhanced by practice. With rehearsal, education and planning, the trip to school can be one way your child builds independence. 

Here are some tips to prepare yourself and your child:

  • Plan the route your child will take to school. A neighbourhood map for your school is available on the Saskatoon Public Schools website;
  • Rehearse the route by walking it together and continue to rehearse until you both feel comfortable;
  • Along your walk, identify any safety hazards, as well as safe places for your child to go if they need help;
  • Still unsure about your child walking independently? Contact other parents in your community to see if they have kids who walk to school in order to create a walking group.

Visit for more information, neighbourhood maps and safety tips for students who are walking or cycling to school. 

Const. Lori Halter of the Saskatoon Police Service shares some safe cycling tips with students and parents.


Drabble, Rodney J. (Rod)9/16/2019 11:59 AM
School community councils holding annual meetings

scc2.jpgMany Saskatoon Public Schools' school community councils (SCC) will hold annual meetings in September and October to elect representatives for the 2019-20 school year.

The SCC acts in an advisory role to the school, the Board of Education and other agencies and organizations. The primary purpose of a SCC is to develop shared responsibility for the learning success and well-being of all children and youth; and encourage and facilitate parent and community engagement in school planning and improvement processes. School community councils meet at least five times each year, in addition to the annual general meeting.

Saskatoon Public Schools encourages and enables SCCs to embrace a wide membership of parents and community so that the membership is as representative of the school community as possible.

For more information on school community councils and member eligibility, please visit or the school in your neighbourhood.

Annual meetings are held in either the spring or fall of the school year. Schools holding annual meeting this fall are:


  • Alvin Buckwold — September 18, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
  • Brunskill — September 25, 2019, 6 p.m.
  • City Park — September 16, 2019, 7 p.m.
  • College Park — October 9, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
  • Confederation Park — September 16, 2019, 6 p.m.
  • Dr. John G. Egnatoff — September 19, 2019, 7 p.m.
  • Ernest Lindner — September 25, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
  • Fairhaven — September 17, 2019, 7 p.m.
  • Forest Grove — September 23, 2019, 6 p.m.
  • Greystone Heights — September 24, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
  • Holliston — September 17, 2019, 7 p.m.
  • John Dolan — October 1, 2019, 5:30 p.m.
  • John Lake — September 24, 2019, 7 p.m.
  • King George — September 25, 2019, 5 p.m.
  • Mayfair — September 12, 2019, 12 p.m.
  • Montgomery — September 23, 2019, 6 p.m.
  • North Park Wilson — September 11, 2019, 7 p.m.
  • Pleasant Hill — October 10, 2019, 9:30 a.m.
  • Princess Alexandra — September 19, 2019, 10 a.m.
  • River Heights — September 24, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
  • Silverspring — September 16, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
  • Sylvia Fedoruk — September 30, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
  • Westmount — September 17, 2019, 9:15 a.m.
  • W.P. Bate — September 30, 2019, 12 p.m.


  • Aden Bowman Collegiate — September 17, 2019, 7 p.m.
  • Bedford Road Collegiate — September 24, 2019, 6 p.m.
  • Centennial Collegiate — October 2, 2019, 8 p.m.
  • Marion M. Graham Collegiate — September 16, 2019, 7 p.m.
  • Mount Royal Collegiate — October 16, 2019, 6 p.m.
  • Tommy Douglas Collegiate — October 1, 2019, 7 p.m.
  • Walter Murray Collegiate — September 17, 2019, 7 p.m.
Drabble, Rodney J. (Rod)9/9/2019 3:56 PM
Commitment to students at centre of division's new strategic plan

SPS Strategic Plan.jpgAcademic excellence, character, engagement, and well-being of students are at the heart of Saskatoon Public Schools new strategic plan.

"Our school division is not only starting a new year, but we are beginning a new journey. Starting right now, we are following our new strategic plan. This strategic plan makes clear what is most important to our organization – our vision, our student goals, our commitment," said Ray Morrison, chair of the Saskatoon Board of Education.

"This plan is focused on students, above all else. It begins with a vision of what we want to achieve for every young person who walks through our school doors. Our vision is this – Every Student is Known, Valued, and Believed In. It's a grand vision, but it is one I know we can achieve through focusing on our student goals and our commitment."

The plan, which will guide the school division's work during the next five years, was designed to be a clear vision that would resonate with students, staff, parents and caregivers, and the larger community. It emphasizes Saskatoon Public Schools' commitment to students.

It was developed through consultation with parents, students, staff, and community partners. The feedback received focused on preparing students for an evolving world and highlighted the necessary skills, character traits, and knowledge that students will need for their future. That helped identify four student goals – Academic Excellence, Character, Engagement, and Well-Being – and a focus on the importance of relationships, equity, and accountability.

  • Academic Excellence: Students will achieve success in their learning goals
  • Character: Students will demonstrate respect, responsibility, and perseverance
  • Engagement: Students will actively participate in relevant and meaningful learning
  • Well-Being: Students will develop the skills to make healthy choices

"To achieve our vision and help our students reach these four goals, we need to make a promise to our students, to their parents and caregivers, and to our community," said Director of Education Barry MacDougall. "Our commitment is we will create learning experiences that inspire all students to reach their potential."

Drabble, Rodney J. (Rod)8/28/2019 3:48 PM