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Attention Parents! Kindergarten Registration Continues



Entering kindergarten is an exciting time and a big step for children and their families. It is a wonderful time when children are encouraged to grow creatively, culturally, emotionally, intellectually, physically as well as socially. Parents and teachers work together to ensure transition from home to school as smooth as possible.

Registration continues

CLICK HERE for the ONLINE School Request Form.

Full day Kindergarten is being offered at the following schools:

  • Annie L. Gaetz Elementary – Full day and half day options
  • Barrie Wilson Elementary – English program only offering full and half day options; French Immersion offering half day only
  • ​Don Campbell Elementary – Full day only
  • Gateway Christian – Full day only
  • Mattie McCullough Elementary – Full days, with option of half days if enough interest
  • Oriole Park Elementary – Both English and French Immersion programs, full days only

Students will be able to attend on either Mondays & Wednesdays or Tuesdays & Thursdays with alternating Fridays.

Programming for young children is based on the following beliefs:

  • Kindergarten is to help children acquire early skills in literacy, numeracy, communication and problem solving
  • Kindergarten provides children the necessary skills and knowledge for future academic success
  • Parents are the most important partners in their child’s education.

The word kindergarten literally means “children’s garden” and recognizes that environment and education contribute to a well-rounded personality. It recognizes the education value of play and hands-on experience. It is meant as a supplement to the nurturing environment at home and encourages the involvement and cooperation of parents in the classroom setting.

While kindergarten is a time for learning, being with other children and developing new skills, it is also a time where the school can identify a child’s strengths as well as needs. This gives teachers an opportunity to start programming for the individual child and the group as a whole.

Learning in Kindergarten

Alberta Education develops the curriculum for Kindergarten in consultation with early childhood teachers. It describes what young children need to learn to prepare for Grade 1 and provides a foundation for future learning. More information is available by clicking here.

Teachers use the curriculum to plan learning activities that meet the Kindergarten children’s needs, abilities and to assess their educational progress.

The Kindergarten Program of Studies focuses on developing creative expression, early literacy, personal and social responsibility, physical skills and well-being, environment and community awareness, early numeracy, citizenship and identity, information and communication skills.

Family Oriented Programming Sessions

Family Oriented Programming provides an opportunity for parents and children to learn and spend time together! Classroom based and district based sessions are available to parents/caregivers and children who are attending our Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs and have identified delays.  The programs are designed to provide additional specialized programming hours for children and offer parents support in various areas of need.  Click here to view sessions.




Community is everything to this locally-owned business



Community supporter

The word “community” has as many meanings as the people who use the word.  Is it the place that you live?  Is it the people you care about? Is it a group of people with common interests?  Or a group from a common cultural background?

In the case of Derrick Peterson, “community” means everything.  It’s the city, the region, the people who live here, his employees, his clients, and the organizations that work hard to improve things. His business, Riverview Insurance Solutions, a local success story with 3 decades of service under its belt, depends on serving a wide cross-section of businesses, farms, and family.

We caught up to Derrick and associate Nathan Toornstra at the Alberta Open, held recently at the historic Red Deer Golf and Country Club. We wanted to get their thoughts on why it’s important for them to get involved in community events and charitable initiatives.

“We take the time to get to know you and learn what you expect from your coverage and what you expect from us. From there, we will present you with several options and educate you on the pros and cons of each to assist you in making an informed decision.”

Riverview Insurance Solutions is a Central Alberta based firm that uses an educational and advisory approach. We work with businessesindividuals/families, and farmers to create personalized programs to address their employee benefits, asset protection, and wealth preservation concerns.

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To Market, To Market, To Buy a . . .




My Saturday, July 7 trip to the Red Deer Farmers’ Market was not to buy a fat pig. I did have a lengthy chat with Dennis Moffat who runs the market and has been doing so for half his life. Dennis was my PE teacher back in the 60’s when I attended River Glen School–one of the really good ones we all hope to have. He spent many years on City Council and is also known for his silk screen art. I’ll likely interview the Market’s founder at a later date but, for now, here’s a YouTube video.

My videos this week are of the Chicken Lady, a local singer, and the Pottery Lady. As I chat with each one, I learn a great deal and often have fellow marketers stop to add to the conversation. Cindy, of Rooster Ranch, told me how she’d lost 40 chickens last week.

Either a fox or skunk or weasel has discovered the ranch and is rustling up supper with a seemingly endless appetite. I suggested mounting a trail camera to discover who and how the flock is being attacked. Hopefully, she’ll be able to hatch a plan to catch the varmint.

Bradley Abel is the second video.

I only captured a minute of a self-written tune but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Maybe next week I’ll pick up his CD. He plays solo and with a band (known simply as the Bradley Abel Band) at various venues around town. He mentioned a handful but I remember the Hideout, Café Pergola, and the East 40th Pub.

My final video is of Maureen Lewis, the Pottery Lady.

What a fabulous array of all things round? My mom was a bit of a potter and, as my conversation with Maureen revealed, Maureen had purchased some of mom’s potting tools when Donna Mae had fired her last project.

Those are Saturday’s videos but my visit to the Market entailed many more conversations and stops. As always, I picked up my coffee from Phil and Darla, a Sassy Salad from Cindy, cukes from Edgar Farms, a 6-pack of cinnamon buns, Sunflower Sprouts from I Love Sprouts (grown in one of the hangars at Springbrook), and 5 for $10 videos–including 3 old Clint Eastwood shoot ‘em ups.

Great weather. Great vendors. Great visits.

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july, 2018

30may - 26sepmay 303:30 pmsep 26ATB Financial Downtown Market

17jun - 1juljun 1710:00 amjul 1- 4:00 pm2018 Edgar Farms Asparagus Festival

19jun - 15juljun 198:00 pmjul 15Freewill Shakespeare Festival

21jun - 3juljun 216:30 pmjul 3THE WORKS ART & DESIGN FESTIVAL

22jun - 1juljun 227:30 pmjul 1- 9:15 pmEdmonton International Jazz Festival

25jun - 3sepAll DayRip ‘N Rec Summer Pass returns for youth in Red Deer

26jun - 22juljun 268:00 pmjul 22Freewill Shakespeare Festival

27jun - 1juljun 279:00 amjul 1- 8:00 pmWestern Canadian Breeders Championships

1jul10:00 am- 11:00 pmSylvan Lake Canada Celebrations 2018

5jul - 8All DayFound Festival

10jul - 15All DayEdmonton Street Fest

10jul6:00 pm- 8:00 pmCaregiver Connections

14jul11:00 am- 8:00 pmLeduc Art Walk 2018

18jul - 22jul 189:30 amjul 22Westerner Days Fair and Exposition 2018

18jul - 22All DayWesterner Days Fair & Exposition

18jul - 29jul 1812:00 pmjul 29Taste of Edmonton

19jul - 23jul 199:30 amjul 23Westerner Days Fair and Exposition 2018

20jul - 24jul 209:30 amjul 24Westerner Days Fair and Exposition 2018

21jul - 25jul 219:30 amjul 25Westerner Days Fair and Exposition 2018

21jul10:00 am- 4:00 pmStrawberry Festival

22jul - 26jul 229:30 amjul 26Westerner Days Fair and Exposition 2018

24jul6:00 pm- 8:00 pmCaregiver Connections

27jul - 29All DayCentreFestStreet Performer Festival

27jul - 28All DayWorld Triathlon Edmonton

30jul - 5augjul 3010:00 amaug 5Rock’N Red Deer


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