Ring in a successful new school year

As Albertans gear up for the September long weekend, the start of the school year is not far from the minds of parents and students. The 2008/2009 year is going to be an exciting one, with new curriculum and new programs in store for students as Education continues its effort to enhance Alberta’s highly regarded education system.

As Albertans gear up for the September long weekend, the start of the school year is not far from the minds of parents and students. The 2008/2009 year is going to be an exciting one, with new curriculum and new programs in store for students as Education continues its effort to enhance Alberta’s highly regarded education system.

Parents can find many resources and tips for a successful school year in Alberta Education’s online back-to-school information kit. This kit includes details about school choices, curriculum, fees and achievement testing, which will help you gain a better understanding of what your child is learning in the classroom and how parents can help. The website also features a personal video message from Education Minister Dave Hancock about the upcoming school year. The back-to-school transition will also be made easier for students with the help of Alberta’s top-notch teachers. They have an excellent reputation for encouraging learning in a way that helps our students succeed.

 The site also features helpful tips for homework and studying, Internet safety, and preventing bullying to assist you in understanding the school environment. I encourage you to visit Alberta Education’s website at www.education.gov.ab.ca where you will find this valuable back-to-school information.

 There are so many great things happening in education across the province that the Ministry of Education has developed a newsletter focusing on current events and activities. Visit http://education.alberta.ca/department/news/newsletter.aspx to learn the latest education news.

 Best wishes for a great school year!

If you have any questions or concerns on any issue, please contact my constituency office at 403-782-7725, toll free at 1-800-565-6432, by fax at 403-782-3307 or e-mail lacombe.ponoka@assembly.ab.ca or by mail 101, 4892-46 Street, Lacombe, AB  T4L 2B4.