2406, 2017

Community Building & Family Resource BBQ – Glenwood, June 24, 2017

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A very big thanks to Jon Carson @JonCMLA for the invitation to attend today’s BBQ.  Glenwood becomes part of Ward E with the October election so I appreciated the invitation to meet and learn the views of community members.

Thanks to the folks who chatted with me, including Tim, Bertha, and Jeffrey, as well as Jerry, Olivia, and Liam.

A few points I heard:

  • a big thank you from parents for the great job our teachers perform, with shout outs to staff at Afton, Westlawn, and Jasper Place
  • appreciation for the Government’s Bill 1 to reduce the financial burden on parents.  The grants for playgrounds for new schools are also appreciated, but we need to keep working to reduce the costs on parents for essentials and be mindful of the already large fundraising efforts by a small group of volunteers
  • support for investing in new schools to serve the greater Westlawn area
  • why is there so much duplication of resources – do we need both public and separate schools?
  • suggestion that early in the school year, continue and expand open houses and use multiple channels of communication to equip parents with the information they need to support their kids and their teachers
  • changes to the curriculum to strengthen preparedness for life after school, financial literacy, resiliency, respect, and accountability.  The curriculum should provide an overview of world history in the context of how historical events shaped the development of these attributes in each successive generation.

 

1905, 2017

MAK School BBQ May 18, 2017

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Thanks to Principal Kroeker and Council for the invitation to attend! Great weather and a turn out exceeding 900!

1005, 2017

MAK School Council May 9 2017

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Thanks to the Council and Principal Kroeker for allowing me to participate.  I provided a brief status report on Bill 1, essentially the report was “stay tuned” as we await the provincial regulations expected in June.

1004, 2017

Bridge to Teacher Certification Program Expanding to Help Industry Professionals

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Kudos to the Provincial Government for expanding this program to help industry professionals bring their expertise to the classroom by  becoming teachers. This smart, affordable program nicely complements the Government’s Future Ready initiative.

https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=46649748B9808-0361-1BDD-E6D36807B45C4C27

1403, 2017

Aldergrove School Council, March 13, 2017

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Thanks to Chair Shane, rest of Council and Principal Kun for the invite to attend.  The focus of discussion was on pre-enrolment, technology, and year end planning.

1003, 2017

Hillcrest School Open House March 9, 2017

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Hats off to Principal Fonseca and the Hillcrest team for the excellent Open House attended by several hundred parents and students. They were treated to entertainment from the Jazz Band, a student produced video, and activities and goodies throughout the school.  Hillcrest provides great care for kids, while providing a huge number of activities and clubs and above average student achievement.

Pictured are Patrick and Jacob, two of a five member Gold Medal team in the recent Science Olympics.  Their prize winning achievement, solving the problem of moving a brick the maximum distance with only air power!

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903, 2017

Social Media and Your Junior High Child S Bruce Smith March 8, 2017

9, Mar, 2017|Comments Off on Social Media and Your Junior High Child S Bruce Smith March 8, 2017

Just attended an outstanding, informative session by Assistant Principal Scammell for parents on social media use by their children.

John’s presentation covered:

  • What devices do your kids use
  • What forms of social media are popular with junior high students
  • Good family practices to help your child make good decisions in using social media
  • Live demo

I learned that virtually all junior high students have access to devices that can connect to the internet, and that instagram and snapchat are key media for junior high students.  Parents can model appropriate use and help their children make good decisions to protect themselves and deal with inappropriate content before they encounter it. Parents can help adolescents think about consequences before sending information.

Thanks to Council Chair Gaylene and Principal Yule for the opportunity to attend.

1402, 2017

Rio Terrace School Council Meeting February 13, 2017

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Thanks to Chair Ed, rest of Council, and Principal Polowy for the opportunity to participate in tonight’s meeting.  Glad to hear the District’s commitment to equity has provided some new chromebooks to the school. In the past, School Council provided these so the iinvestment saves Council funds for other initiatives.  It was interesting to learn that the Young Engineers program has a waiting list, and that the School is offering parents nights for numeracy (March 21 for Division 1, March 22 for Division 2).  First up is a junior high transition evening for Monday February 23rd.  The discussion around the educational possibilities for the outdoor classroom / playground update was also very interesting.

1402, 2017

Centennial School Council, February 13, 2017

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Thanks to Colin, the rest of Council, and Principal Sauder for the opportunity to attend. I was pleased to hear that the District commitment to equity in technology was providing 30 new chromebooks that, in the past would have been funded by the parent fundraising society.  I was intrigued to hear that MyBlueprint is also being used in the school.

902, 2017

S Bruce Smith Parent Presentation: Adolescent Anxiety, February 8, 2017

9, Feb, 2017|Comments Off on S Bruce Smith Parent Presentation: Adolescent Anxiety, February 8, 2017

Excellent presentation by Assistant Principal Donna Prato sharing many resources including www.teenmentalhealth.org

Key message: Stress is part of life and at healthy levels, contributes to personal growth.  It’s not about stress reduction, it’s about stress management for building resilience.