In this edition we features stories that celebrate our people and schools. 
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The Home Stretch - A message from the Superintendent

We are three quarters of the way through the school year! And like a third baseman in baseball, our educators and support staff are assisting your children as they try to reach the "home plate" by the end of June. It's the home stretch and we will be making the final push to the end of the school year. 
Next week is Spring Break and I trust that you are able to take time to relax and be with family and friends and return to school rejuvenated.

David Garbutt, Superintendent of Schools
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Discover Kindergarten with us!
Attend a kindergarten registration and open house event at one of our schools beginning April 3rd. Children who will be 5 years old by December 31, 2019 can register for Kindergarten. See the open house schedule here, learn about busing and find our what to bring to register your child.

Kindergarten Registration / Open House Events
April 3 - École Barrhead Elementary School
April 4 - Neerlandia Public Christian School
April 10 - Eleanor Hall School
April 11 - Busby School
April 18 - École Westlock Elementary School
April 24 - Fort Assiniboine School
April 24 - Pembina North Community School
April 25 - Dunstable School
May 6 - Swan Hills School (registration begins)
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Reported school bus 'fly-bys' up 40%

When the flashing reds are on and the stop arm is out, you must stop. But many people aren't stopping. It's called a 'fly-by' — and it's happening far too often. In fact, reported fly bys are up almost 40% from last year. Find out what you need to know as a driver, and what to do if you see a 'fly-by.' 

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Swan Hills teacher nominated for provincial award
Congratulations to Swan Hills Teacher Michelle Tran has been selected by the school board as this year’s nominee for the ASBA Edwin Parr Teacher Award, which recognizes outstanding first year teachers.
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Showing our support for anti-bullying
On February 27 our students, staff and trustees dressed in pink to show their support for Pink Shirt Day. We received some wonderful photos from across the division.
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BCHS Curlers win Provincial Gold
The BCHS Mixed Curling team won gold at the Provincial Curling Championships in St. Paul, Alberta on March 7-9. Congratulations to Jayden Cramer (Skip), Tayler Measures (Third), Riley Schaffrick (Second), Keara Cramer (Lead) and their coaches Krista Measures and Dawn Cramer. 
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Our Attendance Area map is online
Are you new to Pembina Hills and wondering which is your designated school? Check out the division attendance area map in Google Maps.
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Recognizing our people
Since the beginning of the new year, two exceptional individuals were recognized with an Exemplary Award. Join us in congratulating Catherine Kraft-Urkow and Cheryl Frose.
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Earn an activity grant for your school
The ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge is a brand new annual physical activity challenge that rallies communities coast to coast to sit less and move more together. Organizations including community not-for-profit groups, schools, sport organizations and Indigenous groups are encouraged to apply for small grants ($250 - $1000) to support physical activity programs and events that take place between May 31 and June 16, 2019.
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International Day of Happiness
We celebrate the first day of Spring on March 20th, but did you know it's also the International Day of Happiness? Check out their website and join the community - you’ll also get access to a Free Guidebook and Ideas for Children too. 
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Upcoming Important Dates
March 25-29 - Spring Break
April 12 - No school - PD Day
April 19 - No school - Good Friday
April 22 - No school - Easter Monday
April 29 to May 3 - Education Week
May 20 - No school - Victoria Day
June 12-27 - Diploma Exams
June 27 - Last day of school

Board Meetings
April 4 - Regional Office, Barrhead
April 17 - École Westlock Elementary School
May 8 - Vista Virtual School, Calgary
May 22 - Regional Office, Barrhead
June 12 - Fort Assiniboine School
June 26 - Regional Office
Pembina Hills Public Schools
5310 - 49th Street Barrhead, Alberta T7N 1P3
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