A comprehensive guide for families
Black Gold Regional Division No. 18
NEW STUDENT Registration
Our Core VALUES
Black Gold Regional Division No. 18 (BGRD) is the ninth largest public school division in Alberta with approximately 11,400 students in 31 schools (soon to be 32). Formed in 1995, BGRD has more than 20 years of experience in “inspiring success” in our communities of Beaumont, Calmar, Devon, Leduc, New Humble, New Sarepta, Thorsby and Warburg.
As a Division, we provide the highest possible standard of educational opportunities including a full inclusive education program, second language instruction, extensive Career and Technology Studies (CTS) programs, as well as specialized support and disabilities services to Grades 1 - 12, along with Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten.
Every day our staff, composed of approximately 635 teachers, assistant principals and principals and 491 support staff, help to provide the highest possible standard of educational opportunities for students and create a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe environment. All our employees work to build capacity in schools and create exceptional learning environments for our schools, your children and the future.
BGRD “inspires success” in every student by providing an environment where all students can achieve their highest potential and develop a love for life-long learning. For more information on the Division and our schools, visit: www.blackgold.ca.
Managing Resources Responsibly
Welcome to Black Gold Regional Schools.
Find Your School
Our Core Purpose
WHO WE ARE
To Inspire Success.
Black Gold Regional Schools are here to help guide your family through your child's educational journey.
This e-booklet is designed to help guide new families through the initial registration process. This is just one way over the coming years we plan to work with you, in partnership, to ensure that your child grows and develops in a safe and caring environment, in order to reach his or her full potential.
Our promise to you is that, every day, Black Gold Regional Division No. 18 (BGRD) will strive to create exceptional learning environments for our schools, your children and the future. Our goal is to “inspire success” in every student by providing an environment where all students can achieve their highest potential and develop a love for life-long learning.
Your child's future begins here. We hope you are just as excited for the journey as we are!
Black Gold Regional Schools
BEAUMONT (2017 - 2018)
Black Gold Outreach School: Grades 10 – 12
École Beau Meadow School: Grades Pre-K – 6
École Bellevue School: Grades Pre-K – 6
École Coloniale Estates School: Grades K – 8
École Champs Vallée School: Grades Pre-K – 6
École Dansereau Meadows School: Grades 1 – 8
École J. E. Lapointe School: Grades 7 – 9
École Secondaire Beaumont Composite High School: Grades 9 – 12
CALMAR AND AREA
Calmar Elementary School: Grades Pre-K – 6
Calmar Secondary School: Grades 7 – 12
New Humble Centre School: Grades K – 6
John Maland High School: Grades 10 – 12
Riverview Middle School: Grades 5 – 9
Robina Baker Elementary School: Grades Pre-K – 4
LEDUC (2017 - 2018)
Black Gold Outreach School: Grades 7 – 12
Caledonia Park School: Grades K – 9
Covenant Christian School: Grades K – 9
East Elementary School: Grades Pre-K – 6
École Corinthia Park School: Grades Pre-K – 6
École Leduc Estates School: Grades Pre-K – 6
École Leduc Junior High School: Grades 7 – 9
Leduc Composite High School: Grades 10 – 12
Linsford Park School: Grades K – 6
West Haven Public School: Grades K – 9
Willow Park School: Grades K – 6
New Sarepta Community High School: Grades 7 – 12
New Sarepta Elementary School: Grades K – 6
Thorsby Elementary School: Grades Pre-K – 6
Thorsby Junior/Senior High School: Grades 7 – 12
Warburg School: Grades K – 12
Warburg Hutterite Colony School: Grades 1 – 9
Black Gold Home-Based School: Grade 1 – 12
Schools in Blue Offer French Immersion Programming
Every child enrolled in BGRD has a designated school. You can find your designated school by using our Find a School page.
BGRD has designated boundaries for all schools. Boundaries help to ensure optimal student populations that support viable programming across the Division. Please be aware that school attendance boundaries can and do change to allow for the efficient utilization of school facilities and resources and to allow for effective program planning.
Designated Schools Procedures
As required by the School Act, the Board will designate schools which will accommodate students residing within defined geographical areas of the Division and/or students requiring particular instructional programs.
The Superintendent will ensure that school designations remain current, are communicated to families and the public within the Division, and will establish and oversee administrative procedures to guide student relocations. The Division recognizes its obligation to accept as an enrolled student, a student residing outside a defined attendance area, if sufficient resources and facilities are available.
Applying to a School That is Not Your Designated Location?
Should a family wish to enrol their child in a school other than the designated school, the enrolment request will be considered a request to attend a school of choice. Acceptance to a school of choice will be based upon existing BGRD policy and procedures including availability or non-availability of space and resources.
find your school
Students who attended a Black Gold Regional School in 2016-2017 and are returning to a
Black Gold Regional School should not complete a new student registration form.
Instead, families will be prompted by their school to complete a returning student questionnaire.
All Black Gold Regional Schools will be accepting 2017 - 2018 new student registrations (Grades 1 to 12) as of February 15, 2017. Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten registration is already open.
New! Registration will be Processed Online
All families will be asked to register their child online via InfoSnap Registration.
A paper copy of the registration form will not be available.
What is InfoSnap?
InfoSnap is our new online enrolment system. InfoSnap will replace our annual paper registration packets, saving valuable time. The new system is a secure process that will allow the Division to verify all student information for every child prior to the start of the new school year.
Reminders Regarding Registration
Families that are registering a new student for Junior and/or Senior High should contact their school to: 1) inquire if they need to set up a registration appointment prior to completing the online registration form 2) inquire what documentation they should bring to the appointment (i.e. most recent report card, high school transcript, progress report of each course if registering more than one month into school).
All families will be asked to register new students online via InfoSnap Registration.
A paper copy of the registration form will not be available.
A Common Resource link to the registration page will be available on all our school websites as well as the Division website .
How to Register
Follow the link to the registration page.
Families will create an account with PowerSchool Registration/Infosnap (this is not a PowerSchool Parent Portal account). Complete all the fields marked with a red asterisk.
Once an account is created, a home screen will appear and you will have to "Start a New Form" to register your child. Selected "New Student Registration 2017-2018" and then start entering all your child’s registration information. If you have multiple children, you will use the same account to register them.
Verification of residency: document showing
parent name and local address.
Legal Documentation is Required for the Following:
Parental Custody Agreement if restrictions on access
Guardianship letter if parents live in Alberta – contact school for more information
Note: Legal Guardianship must be applied for through the Alberta Government if parents live outside Alberta – contact school for more information.
Don't Own a Computer?
All schools will have a kiosk/chromebook available for families that do not have access to a computer or the internet.
The InfoSnap program is also mobile friendly, meaning that you can use your smartphone to register!
How to Register - Continued
Follow the instructions online to complete the registration. Complete all the fields marked with a red asterisk.
The form will allow the family to indicate if they would like busing. Please note this does not guarantee busing.
Registration cannot be completed at the school until all required documents have been provided to the school or uploaded.
Birth certificates, citizenship and verification of residency documentation etc. can be uploaded via the online registration process (at the same time) or handed in at the school.
If families are experiencing problems with the online registration form, they are encouraged to use InfoSnap's 24/7 help resources one at www.infosnap.com/parent-support/, their chat system at the bottom corner of the browser, or by phone,
toll free at 866.752.6850 - Hours: M-F 8am-5pm CST.
Don't Own a Scanner?
Bring your supporting documents into the school by April 28, 2017 to ensure your registration is complete.
Alternatively, there are free Apps that will allow you to scan your documents on the go from your mobile phone or tablet and export them as JPEG or multipage PDF files. Check a few of these out:
Google Drive for Android
Acorn - Online Fee Payments
We use a fee management system called Acorn to streamline school and transportation fee payment processes for families and school administrators. Acorn is accessible through the PowerSchool Parent Portal.
With a few simple mouse clicks families can view assessed fees, print receipts and account statements, and pay for all of their children in a single transaction. If you are a family, who has multiple children at multiple schools, they will all appear together under your account.
What do you Need to use Acorn Online Payments?
You will need a PowerSchool Parent account. If you currently have an account, you will use the same username and password to login to the Acorn Online Payments website. If you do not have a PowerSchool Parent account your school will provide you with information on how to set up an account.
What are the Methods of Online Payment?
You can pay with Visa, Visa Debit, MasterCard, and Interac Online Debit.
What are the Costs Associated with Using Acorn Online Payments?
When using Acorn Online Payments, families will not be charged any convenience or transaction fees. They will only be charged for the cost of student fees.
Which Fees can be Paid Online?
BGRD instructional, option, field trips, sports, yearbook and transportation fees are all examples of fees that can be paid online.
We charge a variety of fees to provide quality programs and services for students. All fees are reviewed by the Board of Education in the spring for the next school year.
At the individual school level, additional fees are established and charged to cover the costs involved in delivering the programs or materials for which they are charged.
Acorn Online Payment Parent User Guide
Pre-Kindergarten Payment Plan
What is PowerSchool?
PowerSchool is a web-based software application that allows teachers, families and school administrators to track and share information about students. Our schools use PowerSchool to manage student data such as grades and attendance and communicate with families regarding the school calendar, supply lists, etc.
Families can view their child’s information by logging into their PowerSchool account.
Securing a PowerSchool Account
If you do not have a PowerSchool Parent account, please contact your school for information on how to set up an account.
AS of APRIL 3, 2017
How do I use Acorn Online Payments?
Visit the Black Gold Regional Schools website at www.blackgold.ca.
On the right hand side of the page, under Quick Links, click on “PowerSchool – Parent/Student Connect”.
Log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal.
Click on the link ‘Student Fees and Forms’ in the sidebar
Review your child’s fees.
Add any additional items to your shopping cart.
Checkout and pay for student fees.
Pay fees online
If you wish to pay offline, you must still create a PowerSchool Parent Portal. Once you can see your child's data in your account, you can then pay via cheque at your school.
With the exception of the Pre-Kindergarten Payment Plan Option, all cheques received for the 2017-18 school year will be receipted and deposited as soon as the child has been entered into PowerSchool, with the same deadlines that apply to online payments. These cheques cannot be held or post-dated for September 1, 2017.
AS of June 1, 2017
Did you know?
There is a $402 fine, victim surcharge &
6 demerits for passing the school bus when its red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended.
For more information on transportation visit: www.blackgold.ca/schools/transportation
Black Gold Regional Division No. 18 successfully transports over 3,900 students on 74 bus routes to and from 31 schools, 182 days per year. This makes us extremely proud as safety is our number one priority!
Is Transportation Provided for Kindergarten Students?
Kindergarten students follow the regular BGRD Transportation policy and procedures. We provide student bus services to Grades K – 12 students who reside more than 2.4 kilometers from their designated school site.
Transportation may also be provided to students living less than 2.4 kilometers from their designated school, as well as students attending a school/program of choice. Families must contact the Transportation Department to determine if this is a possibility.
It should be noted if the Kindergarten Program is a half-day program, there is no busing available for noon hour, at the end of the morning program, or at the beginning of the afternoon program.
When families register online, they will be able to indicate that they would like busing. This will not guarantee a spot, but it will ensure that you are contacted by the Transportation Department, regarding your needs and eligibility.
Is Transportation Provided to Pre-Kindergarten Students?
We do not provide transportation to Pre-Kindergarten students.
Reside more than 2.4 kms from their designated school including rural students. Fee listed below.
reside less than 2.4 kms from their designated school. Fee listed below. BGRD cannot claim these students for transportation funding.
School of Choice Transportation
School of Choice transportation may be available in some cases and can only be confirmed by contacting the Transportation Department. An ineligible fee will apply, and meeting a bus may be required. Noon hour transportation is not available.
2.4 Km Distance
per Alberta Education funding parameters, 2.4 km is the shortest distance from the student’s residence to the designated school (includes walkways, sidewalks, ditches, parkways, roadways, etc.). BGRD has an electronic routing system (accurate to within a metre) to determine distance eligibility. Driving a vehicle will not show the correct distance from the residence to the school. NOTE: Whenever new walkways, subdivisions or roads are built or connected, it will change the 2.4 kms distances to some areas depending upon the shortest pathway to the school.
School Bus Fees
(Fees shown are 2016 - 2017 Fees and are subject to review by the Board of Education)
Student Bus Pass Per Student*
Basic Bus Fee Per Student
Total Cost Per Student
Eligible Students Grades K – 12 who reside greater than 2.4 km home to school attending their Designated School.
Ineligible Students Grades K – 12 who reside less than 2.4 km home to Designated School.
Grades K – 12 Students attending School/Program of Choice (students attending their non-designated school based on their residence). These students must contact the Transportation Department to determine if it is a possibility. An ineligible fee will apply and the student may be required to meet a bus within the designated attendance area.
Basic Bus Fee Max. Per Family
Student Bus Pass Max. Per Family (3+ Students)
* There is an additional fee of $5 for a replacement student bus pass. Cards are available at Division Office in Nisku.
transportation eligibility terms
Email: diane.miles@ blackgold.ca
Email: sue.timmermans@ blackgold.ca
Emergency Busing Information:
Important Transportation Contacts
Families that selected busing for will be contacted by the Transportation Department regarding eligibility and fees. Families that are eligible for transportation will be prompted by email to pay their transportation fees starting June 1, 2017.
To pay Transportation Fees (starting June 1, 2017):
Login to PowerSchool Parent Portal.
As of June 1, 2017, you may add the bus fee to your
cart and pay online.
The $25 bus pass fee is due immediately to generate
the bus scan card.
The balance of the transportation fees can be paid
in installments up to February 1st of the next year.
Once your transportation fee is paid, the department
will mail out the scan card to your home address.
Note: We recommend you pay before
June 30, 2017. Please allow enough time over the
summer for this to take place.
Please add your caregiver arrangements, if this applies.
Please Note the Following Regarding
Urban (in-town busing):
Transportation is not door-to-door but stops are pre-determined and students are required to be at the stop five minutes ahead of the allocated stop time. Parents are responsible for supervision at the bus stop.
If students are not at the stop, the driver will assume the student is not attending or a family member is taking the student to school.
As the driver will not know if the student has been picked up by a family member due to appointments or other reasons, they will not be aware of who is riding home until the students get on the bus. Therefore, students are responsible to get to their bus after school and will be assisted by their teachers.
At the end of the day, a parent or guardian is to meet the child at the bus stop.
Where will my Child will Catch the Bus?
When the bus pass is mailed, a link will be sent to you to access the data online with a secure log in.
First Ride Program
Our First Ride Program is offered in a two hour session facilitated by a transportation expert, teaching the ins and outs of school busing to your child in an interactive, entertaining format. Registration for the First Ride program will be in June and the form will be made available through PowerSchool , your school's and the Division's website.
Bus Passes and GPS
All school buses operating for BGRD are equipped with GPS and student bus passes.
GPS allows BGRD to provide another method of accountability and timeliness.
Bus passes assist BGRD with ensuring the safety of its student riders. To make certain your child is accounted for, please have them tap their bus pass when entering and exiting the bus. They will hear an audible beep to confirm they have tapped.
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