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GYPSD full week kindergarten pilot program

by Mikaela Kuefler much stronger and ready to face the challenges of will continue to accept children on any of the days
school. It's our goal to help our kids be as strong of they'll be off school and will not be impacted
This September, the Grande Yellowhead Public learners as they can be," said Freedman. financially by the change.
School Division will run a fulltime, five days a Research shows that having a quality, five day "Children who are in kindergarten are paying the
week kindergarten pilot program in Edson and program, can support students. "There's been a same rate as the out of school care children. We just
Hinton elementary schools instead of the full day, change over in GYPSD with a real focus on provide a bit of extra service to parents who have
enhanced kindergarten they've run four days a inclusive learning on how we can help our students children in kindergarten," said Daycare Society
week for the last several years. be successful learners," said Freedman. Manager Joan Olson.
"GYPSD has looked at a variety of different Vanier Community Catholic School has had a full The number of hours worked by employees in the
things. Families were looking for assistance in day, every day kindergarten program since the daycare will also be unaffected by the change.
helping their children learn to be more prepared for 2011-2012 school year. Before that, they offered "The daycare centre staff flex between the age
grade one. This is based on community and family both a full and a half day program. groups and different programs because we have a
responses," said Communication Services Manager "We were finding that it was what most parents preschool, toddler, and an infant program. Staff
Nikki Gilks. preferred. We noticed that the half day program rotate between the various rooms. They have
"If we can give our kids a really strong program, was not as popular as the full day program", said different duties during the day when children are
five days a week, we can really increased their Vice Principal Dawn Melnyk. not here and other duties when the out of school
literacy and self regulation skills. We know that if Since the school has initiated the program, they children are here. The planning would continue,
kids can read at a young age and get those skills to have noticed that the transition from kindergarten such as room preparation and supporting other staff
get higher grades and better attendance, they will into grade one is seamless. in the other programs," said Olson.
have more academic success as they get older. If "The kids are used to being here. They're used to "It's nice to have consistency in the region,
kids can better self regulate, all the research shows their routine, they're comfortable, and they're ready. especially for organizations like ours. The one
that as they get to be adults, they can use those They have more of an opportunity to work with thing that all of us in daycare would like to see is
skills and become really strong functioning," said grade one teachers and the grade one class because consistency across the province because it seems
Learning Services Supervisor Nancy Freedman. we do a lot of buddying up here. We are also able that there are varying priorities in the school
Another advantage of having a five day a week to have more flexibility with programming because divisions. I think consistency between communities
kindergarten is that children will have a lot of they're here for longer periods of time," said is really important and maybe all across the
opportunities to build social skills with peers. Melnyk. province," said Olson.
"As they move into grade one, they'll be that In light of the changes, the Edson Daycare society


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Acheson, AB T7X 5A1
On March 10, 2017 in the morning hours, Police over the roadways. A RCMP Collision
responded to a rear end collision between a Reconstructionist attended the scene to assist with
passenger vehicle and a semi-tractor in the the investigation.
eastbound lanes. Upon arrival police found the sole Edson RCMP have spoken to witnesses but are
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eastbound highway being blocked while the however, Police will not be releasing the name of
investigation took place. At the time of the collision the deceased.
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