In this edition of our newsletter, we feature stories that celebrate our people and schools. Have a story to share or typo to report? Email

Seasons Greetings from the Superintendent

I want to remind you to take time for yourself during this winter break! Spend time with those that are closest to you. Show and tell them that you appreciate what they do for you!  Remember that they are the ones who catch you, comfort you and cheer you on. After all, isn’t that what you do for your students?

You play a vital role every day in our students’ lives, so make sure to take revitalizing moments for yourself during this very busy season. 

Happy Holidays!

David Garbutt, Superintendent of Schools 

Office Closure Dates

Regional Office will be closed from December 24 to January 1.

The Facilities and Transportation Office will be closed from December 23 to January 3.

All schools will be closed from December 23 to January 3. Students return to school January 6.

We wish everyone a safe and happy holidays!

Christmas concerts at our schools
Plan to attend a Christmas concert at your local community school. See the schedule here.

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Caring and sharing at our schools
Read about the goodwill intiatives underway at Busby, Westlock Elementary, Swan Hills, R.F. Staples, and Barrhead Composite.

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More stories of Caring and Sharing
Our schools have a tradition of giving to those in need. Read about the good deeds by Dunstable School, Barrhead Elementary School, Neerlandia Public Christian School, and Eleanor Hall School.

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Citizenship Awards
The Board of Trustees recognizes students who make positive contributions to their school and community with Citizenship Awards. Read about our recent recipients from Eleanor Hall School, Ava Henry and Brody Metzger.

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Exemplary Achievement Awards
Three staff members received Exemplary Achievement Awards so far this year. Join us in congratulating Aletta Seward, Jessica Luciuk and PastyAnn Smith.

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Apply to be part of the Audit Committee
Pembina Hills is looking for members of the public to fill two positions on the division Audit Committee. Apply before January 6th.

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Stories about our schools

This year, we’re running a series of stories about our schools—we wanted to find out what they’re focussing on and what makes each one unique. As we publish these stories, you can find them here.

Swan Hills School
“At Swan Hills School, we believe no one person is the MVP," says Principal Slade Sekulich

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Barrhead Elementary School
“Our school is a perfect example of how different people can live together, work together, learn together," says Principal Dale Bujold.

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Barrhead Composite High School
"It's all about the people," says Principal Darcie Eamor.

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Barrhead Outreach School
"It's not just a place for troubled kids," says teacher Joanne Wallace.

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Vista Virtual School
Read more about Alberta's largest online school

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Alberta Distance Learning Centre
Find out how ADLC supports Alberta's teachers and students

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Upcoming dates
  December 23 to January 3 - No school - Christmas Break
  January 6 - First day back to school
  January 15 - Board Meeting
  January 31 - No school - PD Day
  February 6 - 7 - No school - Teachers' Convention
  March 23 - 27 - No school - Spring Break
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Pembina Hills School Division
5310 - 49th Street Barrhead, Alberta T7N 1P3