2709, 2017

Bessie Nichols School Council, September 26, 2017

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Thanks to Council and Principal Allen for inviting me to participate.  Excellent parental involvement with 24 in attendance!  Principal Allen outlined the 3 goals for the School this year: every child reading at grade level, increased parental involvement, and character development built around the theme of kindness.  University of Alberta students will be working with junior high students in the Study Buddies program.

There was excellent discussion and ideas amongst the Council and staff regarding measures to improve pedestrian safety, and regarding the ongoing issue of the unsafe playground fences.

I suggested Council invite the new city Councillor to explore traffic safety issues, post election.

I am also following up with the district’s legal counsel regarding contractor liability for the safety of the playground fences.

2609, 2017

Thank you for your support!

26, Sep, 2017|Comments Off on Thank you for your support!

People are kindly offering words of support through endorsements of my bid for re-election.  Thank you Carmen and Shaunda!

2609, 2017

S Bruce Smith School Council Meeting September 25, 2017

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Thanks to Principal McKeown and Council for the opportunity to attend.  Principal McKeown indicated as he is new to the school, he is in listening and learning mode.  one guiding principle is emphasizing collaborative capacity and decision-making.  Staff are setting up a Communication Committee, Data Team, and Professional Learning Group. Further replacement of computers are needed for students.  There was discussion of student transportation needs on early dismissal and professional development days.  Finally new elections for Council – congrats and thanks to all the volunteers!

2609, 2017

Centennial School Council Meeting, September 25, 2017

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Thanks to Council and Principal Sader for allowing me to participate. Principal Sader reported on the school theme this year: Only One You emphasizing unique traits that together strengthen the school community.  Other learning initiatives include: Mindfulness in the Classroom, MIPI (math intervention programming instrument) – a beginning year assessment of math skills; literacy levelling – one on one reading to assess reading proficiency, and teaching collaboration.

2209, 2017

Hillcrest School Council September 21, 2107

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Thanks to Council and Principal Fonseca for allowing me to attend.

Enrolment at 456 has not been impacted by the new west end junior high. Principal Fonseca’s report touched on a new Youth worker supporting kids in the school, an explanation about the new school fees under Bill 1, and the school introducing a digital citizenship policy to help students utilize their personal devices in an appropriate and responsible way.

 

2109, 2017

Patricia Heights School Council Meeting, September 20, 2017

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Thanks to Council and Principal Kope for allowing me to attend.   Congrats to new Chair Judy and the many new Council members. Principal Kope and her team presented on a number of topics:

  • new flexible seating arrangements for the Grade 2 classes to promote cognitive health and different learning styles for different activities
  • a new focus on writing, with samples to illustrate a grade by grade writing continuum
  • Bill 1 school fees
  • Student Council panda day
  • a very interesting discussion and feedback session reviewing 4 ideas raised by parents: – promoting healthy living, community garden, community service, and fun lunch

I appreciated the opportunity to present on the role of the Trustee, illustrated by the decisions from the September 12 Board meeting.

2009, 2017

Thanks for the endorsements!

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I am honoured to receive an endorsement from retired Principal Josue Bensimon.  I got to know and appreciate Josh as Principal  of Talmud Torah School.  You can read Josh’s letter below.

Thanks to the parents, school Council members, and community residents for their endorsements.

 

 

 

‎Tuesday, ‎September ‎19, ‎2017

Dear Ken:

I am pleased that you have decided to run again for Trustee in Ward E.  I cannot think of a better candidate to serve as Trustee for Ward E.  

YOUR EXPERIENCE having served three terms as Trustee for Ward E;  

YOUR DEDICATION to public education as demonstrated by your participation in the Alberta Education Curriculum Policy Advisory Committee and,

YOUR KNOWLEDGE of the needs of the 17 schools of Ward E that you served so diligently for ten years will,

ENSURE CONTINUED PROGRESS in all areas including strengthening innovative public and private partnerships initiatives in which you have been so closely involved.

On a personal note:

I have seen Ken at work when we met professionally at Budget Results Review meetings when school principals had to answer trustees questions about all aspects of education at our respective schools.  

I remember Ken coming to these meetings with his big blue binder with taps on all aspects of the budget in which he had prepared  very pointed questions on details of the budget.  It was truly inspiring to see quote unquote  a ‘politician’ be genuinely concerned about details of how education budget was spent and more importantly how the goal of educating our students was being met or not.

Ken was very deliberate, thoughtful and respectful, always mindful of the difficult challenges that confront us as educators.  Ken’s focus as Trustee was to act as an important voice to reflect the needs of the community and how best to address those needs to reach our common goal: ‘Best delivery of Education to the students in our care’.

Ken has my vote and I hope you would consider giving him your vote because he is one who knows what the job of Trustee entails and how to translate the community goals in the daily practice of educating our children.

Sincerely yours,

Josue (Josh) Bensimon

Retired Principal

 

2009, 2017

Elmwood School Council Meeting, September 19, 2017

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Thanks to Council and Principal Burns for allowing me to attend.  24 parents in attendance! Congrats to the new Council officers; interesting discussion on student code of conduct, parking and student drop-off, and upcoming student initiatives and events.

1909, 2017

Lynnwood School Council Meeting, September 18, 2017

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Thanks to Council and Principal Shen for the opportunity to participate.  I appreciated the opportunity to hear Principal Shen’s report on integrating the 3 Lynnwood programs into a single school community, to learn about assessment, implementation of literacy and numeracy plans, building a culture of collaboration among students, staff, and parents.  More questions from parents about west end high schools.

1909, 2017

Lymburn School Council Meeting, September 18, 2017

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Thanks to Council and Principal Collier for the invitation to participate. I appreciated the opportunity to discuss the role of a Trustee, and to answer questions about the need for a west end high school.