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1107, 2017

On the campaign trail, July 10

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Lots of favourable comments about what good neighbors Sherwood and Afton schools are – the children are polite and well-behaved.  Way to go kids!  Traffic in some school zones remains a problem with people endorsing the idea of  photo radar (programmed to operate for the school zone speed during school times) when all else fails.

807, 2017

On the campaign trail, July 8

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Hot day in Meadowlark Park. Had the pleasure of meeting Mark, a steamfitter with children at Hillcrest, and soon, Victoria and Jasper Place.  Turns out Mark is a cousin of a good friend who I serve with on the Construction Career Pathways committee.

Also met Olivia, entering Kindergarten at Meadowlark.  She wasn’t too sure about the strange guy who said hello.

707, 2017

On the campaign trail, July 7

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Suggestion from Paula in West Meadowlark Park:

  • if the traffic calming measures are insufficient in school zones, add programmable photo radar to enforce during school hours
607, 2017

On the campaign trail, July 3-5

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Lots of positive comments about Edmonton Public Schools in Glenwood and West Jasper Place.  I also heard the need that schools consult with parents before any changes to a child’s programming. Agreed!

3006, 2017

On the campaign trail – June 29

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Gorgeous night to be in West Meadowlark Park.  Had a nice long chat with fellow construction professional – steamfitter / pipefitter Doug.

What I heard from chatting with a number of residents:

  • need to refocus on basic skills, resiliency, and accountability to better prepare students for life after school
  • we should have one public system (comment came from a separate school family)
  • the proposed school consolidation needs to preserve public access to the numerous playing fields and sports facilities that are nicely linked together across the neighborhood
3006, 2017

Michael A Kostek Grade 6 Farewell, June 29, 2017

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Congrats to all the grads!  I appreciate the invite – what an enthusiastic and close bunch.  The grade 5’s were already pumped for next year!  Thanks again to retiring Principal Frances Kroeker – we’re going to miss you!

2906, 2017

On the campaign trail, June 28

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Thanks for the warm welcome in Glenwood tonight (dodging between rain showers).  Glad to hear from Dale that the transport from daycare to Glenwood School works well!

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.