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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 schools will hold virtual events later this spring 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 15 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, Westmount, 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)1/19/2021 2:24 PM
Virtual open houses help Grade 8 students plan for high school

Saskatoon Public Schools' collegiates are virtually opening their doors to provide current Grade 8 students and their parents and guardians with a glimpse of high school life.

Collegiate open house events usually give students and parents the opportunity to visit one or several schools. This year, schools are creating videos to highlight their programs and learning opportunities to help students and families find the right fit as they look ahead to Grade 9 in September 2021.

The videos will be available on each collegiate website beginning Monday, Feb. 8, and a complete playlist on the school division's YouTube channel will give incoming Grade 9 students and their families the opportunity to learn about the unique learning experiences available at each collegiate.

Saskatoon Public Schools' collegiates offer a variety of specialized programs and learning opportunities in academics, the arts, technology, and athletics. French immersion programs are available at Centennial, Marion M. Graham, Tommy Douglas and Walter Murray collegiates. The SAGE gifted education program is offered at Bedford Road, Evan Hardy and Walter Murray. The International Baccalaureate Programme is located at Bedford Road and Aden Bowman.

Unique programs offered only to Grade 9 students are Collective Voice at Aden Bowman Collegiate, Off The Grid based at Tommy Douglas Collegiate, and the Land-Based Education program at Bedford Road Collegiate. City Park School offers the Flex Program for students in Grade 7-12 who spend a significant amount of time outside of school for high-level training in either the arts or athletics.

Nutana Collegiate, which does not offer a Grade 9 program, and Royal West Campus, which serves students age 18-21, will not host virtual open house events. Contact the respective school for more information.

Saskatoon Public Schools' collegiates have open attendance boundaries, which means students may attend the collegiate of their choice, no matter where they reside in the city.

Collegiates offer a wide variety of programs and opportunities for Grade 9 students and those in Grade 10-12. Learn more about high school programs and each collegiate by visiting the website and reading our Collegiate Handbook. Information about all of the high school programs is available in the Unique Programs Handbook.

 


Drabble, Rodney J. (Rod)1/14/2021 9:24 AM
Saskatoon Public Schools recruiting educational assistants

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Saskatoon Public Schools has an exciting opportunity for individuals who are passionate about supporting the school-day experience of students with special learning needs.

Substitute educational assistant positions within Saskatoon Public Schools are well suited to individuals who are looking for opportunities to support the delivery of educational programming and work closely with students to meet their behavioural, medical and personal care needs. Educational assistants play a key role in helping students reach their maximum potential and level of independence.

Applicants require a Grade 12 or equivalent standing. The successful completion of one year of post-secondary education in a field related to education, childcare or health is preferred, however, a combination of education and/or experience will be considered. Previous experience working or volunteering with students with special needs would be considered an asset.

Applicants who are fluent in signed English and/or braille are encouraged to apply. Applicants with varying availability are encouraged to apply.

Persons of Indigenous ancestry are encouraged to apply as we strive to develop a representative workforce.

Learn more and apply online at the Work for Saskatoon Public Schools page located at www.saskatoonpublicschools.ca

Drabble, Rodney J. (Rod)1/4/2021 9:49 AM
Report to Community highlights year of learning, challenges

SPS_425x325_Report.jpgSaskatoon Public Schools' 2019-20 Report to the Community is a snapshot of an academic year that was filled with much joy and many triumphs and accomplishments, but also unprecedented challenges.

The division's highlights the work done by staff and students to continue to learn and celebrate community while facing the uncertainty of a school year cut short by a worldwide pandemic.

The 2019-20 school year was the first year for a new strategic plan that will guide Saskatoon Public Schools' work through 2024. The plan sets out our vision, our student goals in the areas of academic excellence, character, engagement, and well-being, and our commitment as a school division. It states unequivocally that students are at the heart of our work.

Schools are busy places where all our work was guided by our vision that every student is known, valued and believed in. Our strategic plan commits us to creating learning experiences that inspire all students to reach their potential, and a great deal of credit goes to our dedicated staff who worked hard to bring that commitment to life.

The arrival of COVID-19, the closure of schools, and the move to online delivery of supplemental learning in March 2020 was a seismic shift that challenged the division on every front. It was not the end of a school year that anyone expected but students, staff and families showed resilience as they came together to continue learning, to celebrate life milestones such as graduation, and to prepare for the challenges ahead.

As you look through the report, you'll get a sense of the breadth and scope of what goes on every day in our schools. Please enjoy the stories and photos in this report; they are a celebration of a school year like no other. 

Read the 2019-20 Report to the Community

Drabble, Rodney J. (Rod)12/15/2020 4:37 PM