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  • Virtual Spring Readiness for Pre-K and Kinder families

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    Calling all Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten families! Join us for our FREE Virtual Spring Readiness for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students in the first two weeks of May to find out what the 2022-2023 school year will look like for your child(ren), and how you can prepare for this new chapter.

    Learn about the many programs and resources available at Black Gold to ensure your child is set up for success over the course of their school career and beyond! Choose from a number of a.m. or p.m. sessions – see below for details.

    No pre-registration required. If you have questions or need more information about this webinar event, please contact Rebecca Aiken at


    Session Topic

    Dates & Times

    NOTE: Session 1 and Session 2 are repeat sessions for parent convenience.

    “Hello! My name is Debbie Weir. I have been with Black Gold School Division for 25 years as a certificated elementary teacher. Most of my career has been teaching kindergarten. Currently, I am an Early Years Instructional Coach, supporting teachers and students in PreK – Grade 2.”

    A Teacher’s Perspective
    What do you as a parent and your child need to think about to prepare for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten?

    Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten are a wonderful way for your child to discover what school is like and to have fun while learning new things. In this exciting new community, children’s natural curiosity and eagerness to learn are structured through organized activities and purposeful play. Your child will interact, imagine, experiment and explore to add to their knowledge, learn new skills and practise what they’ve learned.

    Session 1
    Wednesday, May 46:00 – 6:30pm

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 943 5548 1339
    Passcode: eay4fd

    Session 2
    Wednesday, May 111:00 – 1:30pm

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 933 8933 7257
    Passcode: Qa9DNz

    Christina Flanagan is an Occupational Therapist and team lead for Black Gold School Division. She has been practicing as an OT for approximately 20 years in both healthcare and educational settings. She is a graduate from the University of Alberta Rehabilitation medicine program.
    Lori Anne Daye is a Speech Language Pathologist and team lead for Black Gold School Division. She has spent her career working with children in both healthcare and educational settings for the past 18 years. Lori Anne received her Masters of Science in Communication Sciences through the University of Western Ontario.

    Speech Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy in the classroom.

    Come learn about Speech Language Pathology (SLP) and Occupational Therapy (OT), as they discuss who they are and what roles they may fulfill while supporting students at school and in the classroom.
    The SLP and OT will discuss how they work together in supporting both children and teachers in an Early Intervention model. Ideas will be shared for supporting the growth of children who are enrolled for preschool and Kindergarten.

    Cherie Corcoran, MHCB Program Manager

    BGSD Mental Health Capacity Building Program

    The Mental Health Capacity Building (MHCB) works to promote positive mental health in children, youth and families throughout Black Gold School Division.
    The initiative is based on research and best practice that demonstrates that mental and emotional wellbeing can be developed, nurtured and supported through promotion and prevention efforts.
    MHCB programming builds capacity of knowledge and skills, and bolsters protective factors in children and youth so they can achieve the best possible health outcomes across their lifespan.

    • Learn how two of the Kimochis characters, Lovey Dove and Turtle Dove deal with their worries on the  first day of school.  
    • A mom and child’s perspective on being separated while at school.
    • Learn strategies to deal with hard to have feelings.
    • Where to go when mental health supports are necessary for my family

    Session 1
    May 4, 2022, from 1 – 1:30 p.m.

    Google Meet Link

    Session 2
    May 5, 2022, from 6:30 – 7 p.m.

    Google Meet Link

    My name is Jereecah Dela Cruz, and I work for Action for Healthy Communities as a Settlement Practitioner in Schools. In 2006, at the age of 11, my family immigrated to Canada from the Philippines. In 2018 I graduated from a Bachelor of Child and Youth Care program, and I am a certified Child and Youth Care Counsellor.

    “My name is Lisa de Gara, and I am the Manager of Small Centres at Action for Healthy Communities. I live and work in Edmonton but have the pleasure of supporting newcomers to Beaumont, Leduc, Bonnyville, Cold Lake, and Camrose.”

    SWIS: Settlement Workers in Schools
    Free Services for Immigrant and Refugee Children and Families

    A session on Settlement Worker in Schools (SWIS) and how SWIS works together with school divisions and the City of Leduc to provide newcomer (immigrant and refugee) students and families settlement support. SWIS is funded by the Government of Canada to help immigrant children succeed in schools.

    SWIS offers free programs and services such as: interpretation and translation into more than 30 languages (Tagalog, French, Spanish, etc.), helping families increase their understanding of Canadian culture through programs, orientation to Canada, conversation circle, academic support, and school system navigation.

    Session 1
    Monday, May 9, 2022, from 5:30 – 6 p.m.

    Video call link:

    Or dial: ‪(CA) +1 778-749-9513‬ PIN: ‪969 206 090‬#

    Session 2
    Wednesday, May 11, 2022, from 11 – 11:30 a.m.

    Video call link:

    Or dial: ‪(CA) +1 647-737-8292‬ PIN: ‪855 811 296‬#

    Loretta Hannah is currently the Supervisor at Family Support Services. The Leduc County Family Resource Network provides support to families who have children 0 – 17 years in Beaumont, Calmar, Devon, Thorsby, Warburg & Leduc County. Programming focuses on three core areas: child development and well-being supports, caregiver capacity building supports and social connections supports. These supports center on strengthening parent and caregiver knowledge, coping and problem-solving skills, access to community resources, improving child and youth development, building resiliency and fostering well-being.
    Hello! My name is Johanna Barron and I work for the City of Leduc Family Resource Network.
    When I am not at work you can find me out walking my dogs, reading a book, or driving my three teens to various activities.

    Family Resource Networks – 30 mins

    A session to review how the Family Resource Networks with the City and County of Leduc best support families. From connecting to workshops and programming to building developmental support plans in home visitation to community referrals we support families to build on their existing strengths and meet their goals.

    Session 1
    May 9, 2022, from 6 -6:30 p.m.

    Zoom Link for PM Session:

    Session 2
    May 12, 2022, from 10 10:30 a.m.

    Zoom Link for AM Session:

    Pre-Kindergarten Screening

    Do you have a toddler or young preschool child who struggles with following directions, communication, coordination, separation anxiety, changes in schedule, or other developmental milestones? Consider a screening to find out if they would qualify for funded Pre-Kindergarten with Black Gold School Division to support the development of the skills in preparation for Kindergarten. For more information and our intake link go to our website

    Kindergarten Language Screening

    Does your Kindergarten child struggle with following directions or communicating?  Consider a spring language screener to help prepare your child for Kindergarten. For more information, go to

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