2506, 2016

S Bruce Smith Grade 9 Farewell Celebration, June 24, 2017

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Thanks so much to the SBS community for inviting me to join the celebrations.  We were treated to amazing artistic performances from a number of the graduating students, heard inspiring words from Principal Watson and students, and shared in a a funny trip down memory lane of their educational journey of the past three years.

A special thanks to Principal Donna Watson, who has served for nearly 40 years with compassion and wisdom, the last seven years at SBS.  I will truly miss Donna’s counsel and vision.  I hope that Donna will continue to make our community a much better place by offering her considerable skills to some other form of community service as part of her well deserved retirement.

 

1106, 2016

Rio Terrace School Family Festival, June 10, 2016

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Thanks for the invite! Good entertainment, good food, good fun! Many thanks to outgoing Council Chair Michel.

606, 2016

Lion King Jr. at Rio Terrace School, May 31, 2016

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Many thanks to the Council and School for the invite to attend.  Student performances were fantastic, and the sets and costumes amazing (over 200 costume changes all provided by parent volunteers). 3 sold out performances plus a matinee for the understudies – wow!  Thanks to Principal Polowy for the FOIP cleared photos.lion king Thursdaylion king Thursday 4lion king Thursday 3lion king Thursday 6

1005, 2016

Laperle School Council May 9, 2016

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Tonight’s council meeting was the last for Principal Wilma Bayko and Council Chair Todd O. Many thanks and best wishes to Principal Bayko for her outstanding service in fostering excellence in thousands of students and supporting the families of Laperle.  Enjoy Hawaii and other future adventures in retirement.

Thanks to Todd for seven years leadership on the Council, and best wishes for new schools for both you and your daughter!

2604, 2016

School Board Meeting April 26, 2016

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Today, the Board approved the distribution of funds.  The distribution of funds sets the stage for allocation of the funds received from the Provincial Education Budget to schools and central decision units.

I supported the Distribution because it puts our funds to support District priorities and values through a number of approaches:

  • the vast majority of the funds are allocated to classrooms, supporting students first
  • the prudent investment of reserves to supplement the stand-pat dollars provided by the Province
  • the allocations to the Central units also directly support students, with allocations for initiatives in support of literacy, numeracy, intercultural / English Language Learners, early years literacy, and mental health
  • other allocations are to build staff capacity through professional development, summer institutes, and principal readiness
  • continued support for the Equity Fund to address emerging needs in individual schools that could not be foreseen at the time individual schools develop their budgets
  • additional investments are made to support staff in better performing their jobs through evidence-based decision making, including the dashboard indicators project and student assessment
  • initiatives that support the Districts broader aims in providing efficient, functional high quality classrooms in schools throughout the City, and
  • initiatives to strengthen our partnerships with the broader community.

 

2604, 2016

Lynnwood School Council, April 25, 2016

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Thanks to Chair Phil, the rest of Council, and Principal Shen for welcoming me to the Council meeting. I was interested in learning about the school’s focus on project based learning, and the success of the Minecraft presentation on 1800s era Alberta April 19th.

I was also pleased to learn from Principal Shen how well the District Equity Fund (a pool of funds allocated to assist schools with emerging, unique needs that are unanticipated at budget time) has helped Lynnwood School.  This is important information to share with fellow Trustees as we plan next year’s District budget allocations.

2604, 2016

Bessie Nichols School Council Meeting April 25, 2016

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Thanks to Chair Selby, the rest of Council, and Principal Allen for welcoming me to the Council meeting.  I was impressed with the school’s plans to continue to provide great programming next year for nearly 1100 students on essentially a stand-pat budget.

I was proud to have participated in the inaugural career day on April 12th and look forward to building the partnership between the construction industry and the construction lab.

A big congratulations to Michele and the rest of the community for raising the funds to complete the playground.  Michelle is inviting the community to the school library May 17th for the playground reveal!

 

2303, 2016

Board advocates for mid-year funding to assist Syrian Refugees

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As reported in the Journal, the Board has written the federal government seeking mid-year funds to assist providing the supports to a large influx of nearly 500 Syrian refugee students.  Provincial funding of school districts is largely set by student enrollment numbers as of September 30, so mid-year influx of large students do not receive funding until the following September 30.  As the Journal points out in a follow-up editorial, this issue affects districts across Alberta (and indeed Canada).   If Alberta continues to receive large numbers of refugee students in future years, we need a better plan with our federal and provincial partners.

2303, 2016

Board Advocacy on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety Starting to Achieve Results

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Spurred by community concerns, Chairman Michael Janz led the Board last year to lobby the City to direct resources earned from speeding tickets to enhanced education and enforcement in school speed zones (see Chair Janz’ letter from March 2015).  The City’s response confirm’s their commitment, starting Fall 2016 with 13 schools including Bessie Nichols.  The City will add 24 schools in each of the next 2 years.

2303, 2016

Michael A Kostek School Council Meeting March 22, 2016

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Thanks to Chair Amber, the rest of Council, and Principal Kroeker for the opportunity to participate.  It was interesting to learn of the use of guided numeracy, not just as a intervention strategy, but as a regular feature in classrooms.  I was also interested to learn that enrolment growth is necessitating reintroducing the use of portable classrooms. I applaud the Council’s outreach to parents to seek their views on potential topics for Parent Information Nights.