It’s a day some parents enjoy, some cry and a vast number of students do not want to see show up — the first day of school.
While the planning is already underway for the coming school year, there is some information that parents and students need to know prior to opening day of school after the Labour Day long weekend.
For those attending or planning to attend Wolf Creek Public Schools (WCPS) this year, what students need and where to access it depends on which school they will be going to. However, classes begin Sept. 3 for all WCPS schools.
Something that may be different for parents that are new to the division is that registration is being done online.
Vince Burke, WCPS communications coordinator, explained the division went to the system last school year and that parents are requested to access the appropriate website for the school their child is going to attend. Crestomere School can be reached at www.crestomere.wolfcreek.ab.ca, Mecca Glen (www.meccaglen.wolfcreek.ab.ca), Ponoka Elementary (www.pes.wolfcreek.ab.ca) and Ponoka Secondary (www.psc.wolfcreek.ab.ca).
Students previously registered at one of the feeder schools for the Secondary Campus have been automatically registered.
Also available through the websites are lists of school supplies needed as well as links to timetables and class lists through the PowerSchool Portal.
However, a physical class list for Ponoka Elementary will be posted Aug. 30 for viewing during regular school hours.
For those wanting to register for WCPS’ alternate learning program — The Brick Learning Centre — students/parents are asked to call for an appointment (403-783-5464). New students are asked to go online (www.blc.wolfcreek.ab.ca) and click on the registration link.
Meanwhile, the first day for pre-schoolers enrolled in WCPS’s Bright Futures Play Academy at Ponoka Elementary is Sept. 16.
For parents with students attending St. Augustine Catholic School in Ponoka, the office will be open Aug. 27 during regular school hours with staff available to answer questions or deal with registrations. Please note though, the school will be closed Aug. 29 and open again on Aug. 30.
That same day, students from Grades 9 to 12 can drop in to pick up textbooks and class schedules, while Aug. 30 will be an orientation day for Grade 7 students. Classes will begin on Sept. 3.
STAR Catholic communications manager Caitlin Kehoe added that registration forms and the ability to pay school fees online are available by heading to the school’s website at www.staug.starcatholic.ab.ca.