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News: Parents rally to save Riverdale kindergarten class

Published in the August 24 2010 issue of The Edmonton Sun. News


Parents rally to save Riverdale kindergarten class

After working all summer to save the kindergarten class from being cut at Riverdale Elementary School this fall, parents are now cautiously breathing a sigh of relief.

“We’ve met the target that they (the school board) set out for us,” said Mike Evans, president of the Riverdale Parent Advisory Council.

Evans handed kindergarten registration forms to the principal at Riverdale, 8620 91 St., at an open house on Monday afternoon.

The Edmonton Public School Board had announced in June it was getting rid of the kindergarten class because of low enrolment numbers.

INCREASE ENROLMENT

But after hundreds of parents and students protested the cut, superintendent Edgar Schmidt said the class could be saved if enrolment numbers rose significantly.

“They asked us for 15 students and we’re going to have that number of registrations for them to process,” Evans said.

“We’re very, very hopeful. We’ve done better than double the enrolment that was here in June.”

The school board was to verify registrations Monday and Schmidt will announce whether the program has been saved on Tuesday.

“They set the target, we met the target. I don’t think they have a lot of room to manoeuvre out of it now,” said hopeful parent Kevin Minaker, whose six-year-old son Aydin was part of the kindergarten program last year.

“We’ re ecstatic ,” said another parent, Jason Scott, whose son Griffin, 4, will be entering the kindergarten program this fall.

“It was a real community effort to get this done.”

‘COMMENDABLE EFFORT’

Cheryl Oxford, managing director of communications for Edmonton Public Schools, congratulated the parent group for their “commendable effort.”

But Oxford could not say for certain on Monday whether the class has yet been saved.

“If enrolment has increased significantly, the superintendent will certainly look at if the kindergarten class can be a go for this year,” she said.

However, Evans is positive that the class will remain and says the kindergarten cut was part of a much bigger problem looming.

Starting this fall, 70 public schools including Riverdale will be up for sector reviews, reviews which could potentially lead to announcements of more school closures.

“If you take the feeder program out of this school, that’s really the life blood that makes it sustainable,” Evans said.

“(Now) in addition to having saved kindergarten, what we intend to do is to advocate not just for our own small school but for small schools everywhere.”

Last year, 74 students were enrolled at Riverdale Elementary School.

Earlier this year five public schools were closed due to low enrolment.

Linda Hoang is an Edmonton blogger who writes about food, travel, lifestyle/events and pets. She’s also a social media/digital specialist with a journalism background. Linda is in love with her city and loves exploring and promoting Edmonton and other places she visits with her husband Mike. Linda is also the founder of the Edmonton International Cat Festival (and has 2 cats herself, along with 2 dogs).

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On Sundays, we brunch! ๐Ÿณ๐Ÿฅ“๐Ÿคค Thatโ€™s why todayโ€™s 24 Days of Christmas Giveaway ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿป is Brunch for Four to @xix19! (valued at $120!)
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XIX Nineteen offers simply great food. Head Chef Andrew Fung is one of my favourite chefs in Edmonton. Must-orders on their brunch menu: their crispy chicken & waffle (pictured), their five spice bao benny, their Moroccan meatball tagine, and their banana bread french toast. On their regular menu - XIX Nineteenโ€™s signature Ahi Tuna Twists is a must!! XIX Nineteen has two locations - one in Terwillegar south Edmonton and one in St. Albert. Give it a try if you havenโ€™t yet! Learn more and see a running list of all my 24 Days of Christmas Giveaways on my blog: www.linda-hoang.com (link in bio)๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป
* * UPDATE * * Congrats to @gingergolovely of Instagram, winner of Brunch for Four to @xix19! Thanks to everyone who entered. Watch for more giveaways! .
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  • ๐ŸŽ DEC 2 GIVEAWAY! ๐ŸŽ
Todayโ€™s 24 Days of Christmas Giveaway ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿป is an All-You-Can-Eat Brazilian Steakhouse Dinner for Two to @EatPampaYEG! (valued at $100!)
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To enter, do two things: 
1. Make sure youโ€™re following me and @EatPampaYEG!
2. Tag a friend in the comments to spread the word about the giveaway!
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For even MORE chances to win, enter through my Twitter @lindork and Facebook (Lindork - Linda Hoang)! Iโ€™ll pick a winner on Dec. 3 out of all entries received here, on my Facebook and Twitter. โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”
Pampa's Brazilian churrascaria provides unlimited fire-roasted select cuts of AAA Alberta beef, pork, chicken and lamb, served table-side. I love their rump steak! They also have a huge salad bar and unbelievably delicious Brazilian cheese buns (#paodequeijo!) Pampa has two Edmonton locations (downtown + Ellerslie) and one location in Calgary! Learn more and see a running list of all my 24 Days of Christmas Giveaways on my blog: www.linda-hoang.com (link in bio)๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป
* * UPDATE * * Congratulations to Candice M from Facebook, winner of Dinner for 2 to @eatpampayeg!! .
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