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PWPSD staff presented with Passionate Heart Exceptional Service AwardsNew

Congratulations to two PWPSD staff members who received 2020 Passionate Heart Exceptional Service Awardduring a ceremony and luncheon on Friday, February 14. Sarah Herman is a Grade 6 teacher and Wellness Warriors leader at Whispering Ridge Community School. Lisa Wiseman is a Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) practitioner at PWPSD.

Pictured: PWPSD Passionate Heart Award winners Sarah Herman (top, middle) and Lisa Wiseman (bottom, middle) accept their awards from City of Grande Prairie Councillor Jackie Clayton (left) and County of Grande Prairie Councillor Karen Rosvold (right).

About the Awards:
Eight awards, honouring front line workers and supporters in the field of social services, were presented at the 14th annual Passionate Heart Awards luncheon at Revolution Place on Valentine's Day 2020. The awards are open to individuals, teams, and businesses working in the City of Grande Prairie, County of Grande Prairie, towns of Beaverlodge, Sexsmith and Wembley, and the Village of Hythe, and are sponsored by the Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) serving those areas. Read the County of Grande Prairie media release

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Excerpts from the nomination packages:

Sarah Herman, Grade 6 teacher at Whispering Ridge Community School:

Mrs. Herman consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty for her students, colleagues, and community. She establishes numerous activities for students that come at the expense of her personal and family time. She has created a number of unique opportunities for her students including developing a student wellness team at the school that promotes social, physical and nutritional wellness in our school. Recently she helped to lead a fundraiser with all the proceeds being donated to Rising Above (in 2019 she fundraised to help provide clothing to three local nonprofit organizations). In addition to her work with the Wellness team, Mrs. Herman volunteers her time to a number of extracurricular activities. Not only does she coach junior high volleyball, but also coaches triple ball for Grades 5 and 6, organizes tournaments, helps plan and attends community events, as well as being a mentor to new teachers that enter the profession. Our community and school are fortunate to have Mrs. Herman's passion and her willingness to help everyone around her. She does all of these things with a smile and a positivity that radiates off her.  

  • Shawn O'Shea, Principal, Whispering Ridge Community School

 

Lisa Wiseman, Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) Practitioner at PWPSD:

What makes Lisa Wiseman an exceptional support is multi-faceted. She cares deeply for people in general and is committed to helping in any way she can. Lisa is motivated to offer support rather than waiting to be asked. Her kindness is genuine and open to anyone and everyone she meets. For example, at Thanksgiving, a family she works with had insufficient food to make the holiday special. Rather than going to the food bank or asking businesses for donations, Lisa took the turkey from her freezer and made arrangements to have it delivered to the family in need. There are many examples of this type of willingness to give in Lisa's life. This also encompasses her willingness to give of her time. Often, her job takes her all around the area, from Hythe to Ridgevalley, to Wembley, to Woking. Travel is a part of her job, yet without hesitation, she will reschedule her day or make appointments to see families in the evening when she would normally be at home with her family. Lisa is non-judgmental and treats everyone like a friend. She gives families hope without blame or shame. There have been so many folks who have risen up out of tough situations because of the kindness, support and meaningful strategies Lisa has offered. It is an honour to work with her and she inspires all of us to be better and love more.

What stands out for me is the way Lisa takes people where they're at and treats everyone with sincere kindness and respect. She is very real and authentic. She knows that we all have struggles of one sort or another and that we all need someone who cares to be there. That's exactly what she does. She shares love, hope, kindness and meaningful strategies in how to navigate the complexities of family life and raising children. Lisa offers her assistance without any baggage or judgement and it makes people feel that they can let their guards down and really hear what is being said. They can ask questions and admit that things aren't perfect. It makes for productive conversations and real growth. Lisa Wiseman is one of the most giving, thoughtful people I have met in my life (and I've been around for awhile). She inspires me just by being who she is. Plus, everywhere she goes she brings joy and a little sparkle (in the most humble, genuine way).

  • Holly Gould, Assistant Principal, Hythe Regional School 

Sears, Angela2/18/2020 10:12 AM18 Feb, 2020
Alberta Government: Information on the Novel Coronavirus for staff and parents/guardians of school children

It is important to remember that the current risk to Albertans is low. There are no confirmed or probable cases of the novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Alberta at this time. Alberta and other provinces are providing advice based on the best current evidence and guidance from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

This statement and the following information were supplied by the Government of Alberta to Peace Wapiti Public School Division on February 6, 2020. Please read it for recommendations that may apply to you and your family. 

Attachments:

  • Memorandum from Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health, pasted below, is also attached as a printable PDF. 
  • Self Isolation Information Sheet - printable PDF.
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Memorandum


February 6, 2020


Dear Alberta school staff and parents/guardians of school children,


Subject: Novel coronavirus


I am writing to give you updated information on the novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) – a new virus that causes respiratory illness.

We know that Albertans, including school staff and parents, are concerned about this particular coronavirus. It is important to remember that the current risk to Albertans is low. There are no confirmed or probable cases of the 2019-nCoV in Alberta at this time.

Because this is a new virus, information can change as we learn more. For the most up to date information, go to the Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services websites:

Our knowledge of the 2019-nCoV continues to grow as new information becomes available, and this new evidence informs adjustments to our public health advice and actions. Although there is uncertainty on the issue of "asymptomatic transmission" (if an infected person can spread the virus before they get sick and start coughing, etc.), it is unlikely to contribute much to the spread of the virus. The highest risk of virus spread would be from a person who has symptoms like fever and cough.

Alberta and other provinces are providing advice based on the best current evidence and guidance from the Public Health Agency of Canada. Please read the following information for recommendations that apply to you and your family.

Have you or your family been in Hubei province, China in the last 14 days?
If yes, we recommend the following:

  • It is best for anyone who traveled from Hubei to self-isolate (stay at home, not going to school, work, or social gatherings), even if you are feeling well, until 14 days have passed from your last visit to Hubei province. See the information sheet on self-isolation for details.
  • This advice is focused on travelers returning from Hubei province as the risk of community transmission is currently the highest in this part of China.
  • You should also closely watch for symptoms like fever, cough, or difficulty breathing in any family member who has been in Hubei province in the last 14 days, and call Health Link 811 if any of these symptoms begin.

Have you or your family returned from any other parts of mainland China (outside Hubei province) in the last 14 days?
If yes, we recommend the following:

  • Anyone who traveled to mainland China in the last 14 days should monitor themselves daily for symptoms like fever or cough (with students getting help from their parents) up to 14 days after their last visit in China.
  • If, while you or your family members were in mainland China, you or your family members were in contact with someone who was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, or were in a health care facility, please call Health Link 811 to talk about your possible exposure and to get information on any other measures you may wish to take.
  • Although the most likely cause of symptoms like fever or cough is a common virus, like influenza, if someone who traveled to mainland China in the last 14 days feels sick, they should stay home and away from others, and Health Link 811 should be called to talk about any need for testing and follow up.


We are still in influenza season in Alberta, so to minimize spread of any respiratory virus, for all families we recommend the following:

  • Make sure everyone in your household washes their hands with soap and water often. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use alcohol-based hand sanitizer, if hands are not visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Use a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw it in a garbage bin lined with a plastic bag. Wash your hands immediately after that. If you don't have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve.
  • Stay home if you're sick. If your kids are sick, keep them home from school.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are used often and shared by everyone in your home.
  • Travelers should always check for current travel notices on the Government of Canada website prior to travel.

Good hygiene practices that help prevent colds and influenza will also reduce the risk of exposure to 2019-nCoV. Masks can be very important in certain situations. When sick, wearing a mask helps prevents us from passing on illnesses to other people. That is why we ask people who have a cough or respiratory symptoms to wear a mask and clean their hands when visiting an emergency department or clinic. If you are healthy, medical masks are not recommended as they don't provide full protection and can create a false sense of security.

We ask that you do not make assumptions about the risk of others having novel coronavirus based on their ethnicity or country of origin. Alberta has no confirmed or probable cases of 2019-nCoV and the current risk of exposure in Alberta is extremely low. If you have further questions, call Health Link 811.

It is natural that we worry about new threats to our health, and the best thing you can do if you are worried is to get information from reliable sources such as Alberta Health, Alberta Health Services, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the World Health Organization. You can also take the preventive steps outlined above, like hand washing regularly, to reduce your risk of infection.

Thank you for your assistance in this matter.


Yours truly,

Deena Hinshaw, BSc, MD, MPH, CCFP, FRCP
Chief Medical Officer of Health



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​Vision for student learning engagement – Complete the survey by February 24

Provide your input on the draft ministerial order on student learning to help shape the direction of education by February 24, 2020.

Get involved: 

1. Review the draft ministerial order:

2. Provide your feedback: Take the survey. 


More info:

Alberta Education is seeking feedback on a draft ministerial order for a new vision for student learning, a document that defines the values, foundations and outcomes for Kindergarten to Grade 12 education in Alberta

The draft ministerial order was created by 
an independent curriculum advisory panel. The panel was established to inform improvements to the education system and provide recommendations on the direction for curriculum. 


Read the Curriculum Advisory Panel's report.

Once finalized, the ministerial order will replace the current version that has been in place since 2013.

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