May 2, 2014:
Beaverlodge Elementary School in Peace Wapiti Public School Division is pleased to announce an enhanced educational partnership with the Beaverlodge Playschool Society to deliver a playschool program for four-year-olds, commencing September 2014.
Since 2006, Beaverlodge Elementary has worked closely with the Beaverlodge Playschool Society to develop and deliver programming for three- and four-year-old students who have been identified as “Early Entry” by Alberta Education. Early entry students are enrolled at Beaverlodge Elementary School and receive their education through the Program Unit Funding (PUF) and Mild-Moderate programs which are delivered by Beaverlodge Playschool. With the enhanced partnership, Beaverlodge Elementary will also be involved with programming for students who are four-years-old but do not require additional early entry supports.
Through this enhanced partnership, Beaverlodge Elementary School will offer increased levels of support to teaching and resources, ensuring all students are fully prepared for entry into Kindergarten.
Paul Cincurak, Principal at Beaverlodge Elementary School, see this partnership as a win-win situation for both his school and the playschool.
“Beaverlodge Playschool will have increased access to teaching and resource support from Beaverlodge Elementary School. They will also be able to work closely with Beaverlodge Elementary School to advertise their program within the community. Beaverlodge Elementary School will benefit from being more involved in the playschool program by providing programming suggestions that best enhance students’ chances for success in Kindergarten. Without this partnership, we would have needed to start a separate program for four-year-olds within our school which, given our current space issues, would have been impossible,” says Principal Cincurak.
Amanda Longson, President of the Beaverlodge Playschool Society, says “from the outside, there will be no noticeable change.”
“Students will continue to be enrolled in the Beaverlodge Playschool Program, parents will continue to pay their playschool fees directly to the Playschool Society, and the Playschool Society will continue to hire their own staff. The key difference will be that the Playschool Society will seek guidance from Beaverlodge Elementary School as they develop playschool programming for four-year-olds who do not require additional early entry supports,” says Ms. Longson.
Principal Cincurak says he and his staff “look forward to this expanded partnership between Beaverlodge Elementary School and the Beaverlodge Playschool Society. Working together, we can provide the best possible start for all Kindergarten students.”
Parents interested in learning more about the partnership may attend the Beaverlodge Playschool Society’s Annual General Meeting on May 6, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Playschool located in the Child Development Center. Representatives from Beaverlodge Elementary School will also be in attendance.