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Peace Wapiti Public School Division
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Peace Wapiti Public School Division No. 76
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School’s out for summer!

June 28, 2016

PWSD wishes students and staff a safe and enjoyable holiday – see you in September!
Today marks the final day of the 2015-2016 school year for approximately 6,000 students, 345 teachers, and more than 600 non-teaching staff in the 32 schools that make up Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD). Central Office in Grande Prairie will be open during regular office hours throughout the summer, with the exception of Friday afternoons when the offices will be closed to the public.

Many students, especially struggling readers, forget some of what they've learned or slip out of practice during the summer months. To prevent "summer slide", families are encouraged to continue with literacy-related activities during the break.

"Summer is the perfect time to brush up on reading skills or pursue an area of interest in a relaxed and natural way, without the pressure of homework deadlines," says Superintendent Sheldon Rowe. "Reading for pleasure during the summer months goes a long way toward improving literacy. Engaging in 20 minutes of daily literacy activities, such as magazines, comic books, writing and board games, will help students make strides over the summer months. Literacy touches all areas of learning – including math and science – and a student who struggles in reading will undoubtedly struggle in other areas, including behaviour. Fortunately, it's an area that can typically be corrected by making an effort to integrate reading in a child's daily activities."

In August, important back-to-school information will be made available on PWSD's website, www.pwsd76.ab.ca, including school supply lists and Kindergarten start-up dates.

School year calendars
The first day of classes for the upcoming school year is Thursday, September 1. Parents and students may subscribe to PWSD's online calendar to receive alerts of important dates on their computer or mobile device. Families should review the 2016-2017 school year calendar and be mindful of official school holidays when booking vacation time throughout the school year. To assist with long-term planning, a draft copy of the 2017-2018 calendar is also available on the Division website and all school websites.

School supply lists
Families may access school supply lists and other registration information by clicking the 'Registration' tab on their school's website.

New this year – Online registration and electronic demographic forms
Families may register new students online by clicking the 'Registration' tab on school websites, or the 'Schools' tab on PWSD's website, followed by clicking the 'Register Online' button. Also, a new online demographic review process will replace the former paper form and will include data currently on file, such address, phone number and emergency contacts. Families will be asked to verify or correct their child's demographic details online. Schools will provide computer access to those who do not have a home computer or electronic device, or Internet service.

Bus safety and e-notifications
In September, trained PWSD busing representatives conduct free safety presentations at participating Division schools which include a safety talk and video, followed by safety drills. Wondering if your bus will be on time? Sign up for email updates on the status of individual or multiple bus routes at http://transportation.pwsd76.ab.ca.

Kindergarten start-up
Prior to their official first day of classes, registered Kindergarten students and their parents may be scheduled for individualized meetings or orientation sessions during the first week of September. These meetings provide valuable insights into the type of programming required for first-time students and also ease the transition for both parents and young children. Kindergarten start-up dates vary by school and will be published on PWSD's website and all school websites in August.

PWSD wishes all students, families and staff a safe and enjoyable summer!

Photo Caption: The PWSD website, www.pwsd76.ab.ca, has everything parents need to start the school year off right, including school supply lists, school year calendars, bus route notifications, and Kindergarten start-up dates.