System Review: Transition and Expansion Improving Student Achievement Provincial Assessment Policy Consultations The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is seeking input on the new Provincial Assessment Policy. This is the second policy consultation SACs are involved in this year. During the month of January, principals and SAC members will be providing feedback to help inform the writing of the Assessment Policy. Principals will be facilitating sessions with teaching staff and student focus groups from Grades 4 to 12. Guiding questions have been provided and comments will be collected for consideration. The timeline for completion of the consultations is early February, 2019. All input gathered will be considered in the development of the policy. The intention is to have the new policy ready for the 2019-20 school year. School Advisory Council Grants SAC grants were released to individual schools mid-December. SACs receive 70% of the funds allocated for 2018-19 year. These funds must be spent by March 31, 2019. The balance will be sent after April 1, 2019. Each SAC grant is funded at $5000 per school plus $1 for each student based on September 30 enrolment. Funds are intended to be used to support school improvement planning initiatives, policy implementation and the operation of the SAC. Please refer to School Advisory Council Spending Guidelines for more information. Questions can be directed to school principals. You asked, we listened! Check out our new SAC section on the www.hrce.ca website. You can find all information pertaining to the work of SACs in this section. We’re building a communications strategy to support the important work of our SACs. School Advisory Councils (SACs) 6 Eastern District P-12 Pre-Primary: a place of wonder! Construction of the P-12 school that will replace existing schools in the Duncan MacMillan family is underway. The school is expected to open in January 2020. More photos and further information can be found here. Pre-Primary at Admiral Westphal Elementary supports play- based learning by providing a quiet, cozy place of solitude or to curl up with a book (right).