Positive Behaviour Intervention and Support (PBIS) Workshop for Preschool/PreK Teachers
08 Feb 2013
On Saturday, April 20, 2013 the Saskatoon Preschool Foundation will be sponsoring a one-day workshop on Positive Behaviour Intervention and Support (PBIS). Ms. Jean Bacon, a local educator, will be presenting. Ms. Bacon has worked with several school divisions throughout the province implementing this approach to behaviour management.
The workshop is open to all Preschool/PreK teachers in Saskatoon and area. There will be no charge for the workshop. Lunch will be provided. Preschools may want to consider sending a board member with the teacher. Attendance is limited.
PBIS was originally introduced in the United States and is now being used in every province in Canada as well as throughout Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.
PBIS is a dynamic problem-solving process involving goal identification, information gathering, support plan design, implementation and, most importantly, the monitoring of subsequent behaviour. Ultimately the goal is to act as a reinforcement tool for students who are exhibiting inappropriate behaviours. These behaviours can often be difficult to change because they “work” for the child. By changing stimulus and reinforcements in the environment, and teaching the child to strengthen deficit skill areas the student begins to display more appropriate behaviours.
PBS is a multi-level approach that can be adapted from prekindergarten to Grade 12. The approach is consistent with the province’s support of Caring and Respectful Schools.
For further information check out www.pbis.org. Further information will be forwarded by email to preschool and PreK teachers.
28 Jan 2013
This fall the Preschool Foundation once again sponsored their annual raffle. Thirteen preschools/prekindergartens took part by selling the raffle tickets. Each participating preschool received 50% of their total sales for use in their preschool. Board members and friends of the Foundation also sold tickets. Together we were able to raise $7,624.00. Thank you to all the preschools for taking part.
The Prekindergarten classes at Fairhaven School won the $200.00 gift card that was generously donated by Wintergreen. They sold just over $1,060.00 worth of tickets. Congratulations on winning for the second year in a row!
The draw for the prizes took place December 18. Most of the prizes were picked up before Christmas.
The Foundation would like to thank the following businesses for their donations:
This is a win-win project. Participating preschools get much needed funds for their preschool and the Foundation's portion is used to further the mission of the Preschool Foundation.
Thank You to Donors
27 Jan 2013
The Saskatoon Preschool, established in 1994, continues to provide tuition subsidies to families for whom the cost of preschool is prohibitive. In the past three years we have enabled over 300 three and four- year olds to benefit from early childhood learning opportunities. This could not have been accomplished without the generous support of our donors.
Many donors have been with us since the beginning. We would like to acknowledge their commitment to the Saskatoon Preschool Foundation and the children of Saskatoon.
Potashcorp has been a donor since 1996 and generously contributed $225,000 since that time. In 2011 they doubled the amount of their previous commitment. In addition to their corporate donation they also match employee donations to the Foundation.
Since 1996 the Kiwanis Club of Riversdale has contributed $65,000. This small group of individuals works hard to raise money for a variety of children’s organizations in Saskatoon. We are indebted to them for their continued support.
In 2001 Greystone Managed Investments recognized the need to provide preschool learning opportunities for children and to date their donations have totalled $80,550.
In addition, the following corporations have, for many years, given generously to the Saskatoon Preschool Foundation:
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the many other individuals, groups and companies which have supported the Saskatoon Preschool Foundation through the years. Whether this support is a result of attendance at our Champions of Children Dinner, purchase of our annual raffle tickets, or memorial donations, we would not be able to continue the work of the Foundation. We are truly grateful for the support of the community.