President's Message January 2018
Welcome to a new year! I hope you were able to enjoy a winter break with your families over the holiday season and are settled back into routine again.
The fall was a busy time. I know many school councils had ASCA Instructors out to deliver one of our workshops and I have heard great feedback from these sessions. If your school council is interested in a workshop, please call the office to book or submit a Workshop Request Form from our website.
The ASCA Board Members were busy this fall as well, with many of them participating in discussions on the work that was being done with Alberta Education on amendments to the School Act.
I would like to thank those parents across the province that participate on our School Council Engagement Task Force. We have wrapped up the first request for input and will decide on the next topic, during our January 27-28 board meeting.
Another way we hear from ASCA members is through our resolutions process - which encourages local school councils to submit issues in education for member consideration at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). We have received six draft proposed resolutions for the April 22, 2018 AGM. Over the next few months, I encourage your school councils to take time and discuss the proposed resolutions. If you are unable to join us for the ASCA Conference and AGM, please arrange to send your school council vote on the resolutions in by proxy. Visit the website for information on the AGM and Proxy Voting Forms, and contact the office if you have questions.
With all the work being done in Education across the province, there has been much to talk about at school council meetings. Many topics have spurred conversations - from Bill 1: An Act to Reduce School Fees, to Bill 24: An Act to Support Gay-Straight Alliances, and Bill 28: School Amendment Act.
I would love to hear what topics are discussed at your tables and your school council’s point of view regarding provincial education items or ASCA initiatives. Please feel free to email me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts and comments.
I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming ASCA Conference and AGM in April, at the Delta Edmonton South. I will be able to greet familiar faces, as well as meet new faces - excited to be a part of the education conversation, and a great networking and learning opportunity!
President's Message June 2017
It is hard to believe we are at the end of another school year! Final exams, graduations, summer holidays around the corner…the end of June already.
This has been a very active year in Education – with Ministry initiatives, consultations and announcements keeping us busy - including Bill One: An Act to Reduce School Fees, Transportation regulations, the Nutrition program, Playground funding, Curriculum development, Student learning Assessment and a new teacher contract deal. Visit https://education.alberta.ca/
We can expect updates and more information on these topics to continue in the fall.
Thank you to everyone who attended our conference and AGM. It was wonderful to see so many of you over the weekend event. The AGM had significant representation from our membership, along with a record breaking number of proxy votes.
Planning is now underway for the 2018 event – scheduled for April 20 – 22 at the Delta Edmonton South.
The Call for Issue Resolutions Form is posted – with a deadline to submit by December 19, 2017 – in order for issues to be considered at the 2018 AGM.
Information on the School Council Engagement Task force for the 2017-2018 school year is also available, and I encourage you to participate in this valued effort to inform the Board, and the education Ministry.
From all of us on the Board of Directors, we wish you a wonderful summer spending time with family and friends. Before you know it, we will be back to school in September and gearing up for another exciting year!
Thank you for your support and contributions to excellence in education through school council.