President's Message September 2018
Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! I hope back-to-school in your community went well, with much enthusiasm for a new year - supported by your school council.
Our eNews distributed on September 11th provided information on start-up, resources, updates and learning opportunities for your school council to utilize. Click here to read it in case you missed it.
ASCA Board of Directors enjoyed the summer with family and friends, but committed to working on your behalf, continued with their extensive committee work over the summer months.
A newly formed Board Resolutions Committee has been examining our current Resolutions Process and existing Advocacy Policies, and will be recommending changes to help to clarify the process, and engage more of our Member School Councils across the province. Please watch for updates in the coming weeks. In the meantime, continue working on resolutions you may have started, as the deadline to submit draft Advocacy Resolutions will be early in the new year.
Our Advocacy and Governance Committee reviewed the ASCA Bylaws over the summer, and will have some suggestions for amendments. As with any society in Alberta, members make the final decision about changes to bylaws, so expect this as an agenda item for the AGM on April 28, 2019 for Member School Councils to deliberate.
2019 marks a 90th Anniversary Year for the Alberta School Councils’ Association, and our Legacy Committee is planning to commemorate this milestone leading up to, and during, our Conference, April 26-27, 2019.
The Recognition Awards Committee hopes you consider submitting a nomination for any one of the prestigious ASCA Awards that are available; recipients are announced during our Conference.
The Community Engagement Committee is working to ensure school councils feel knowledgeable and supported as Alberta prepares for a provincial election in the coming months.
Please ensure we have accurate contact information for your school council so you don’t miss out on important information around the election, as well as provincial education initiatives, updates and consultation opportunities.
As the year unfolds, your Board of Directors will continue to provide exemplary stewardship of the Association. Our annual Work Plan provides an overview of focus items and highlights for each Board Meeting during the year, both in-person and virtual.
Through ASCA representation on numerous stakeholder advisory committees, we are diligently representing the voice of school councils – our members – on provincial education topics including Assessment, Curriculum, High School Completion, Student Transportation and Mental Health. And, as current topics unfold like the conversation regarding isolation rooms - we are listening, and working to carry your voice forward!
If you have any questions about the work of your Board, or would like to provide comments or thoughts for the Board to consider on any educational topic, I invite you to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Yours in education,
President's Message June 2018
It is hard to believe we are at the end of another school year. I want to thank you for your dedication to students and being engaged in education through your school council.
The parent voice is important and over the past year we have had increased opportunities to engage with parents across the province, and moving forward into a new school year, there will be even more opportunities for myself and the ASCA Board to hear your voice and to be able to share it with Alberta Education.
I would like to thank those that were on the School Council Engagement Task Force for 2017/18 and extend an invitation for even more of you to join the task force in the coming year. Click here for information on the 2018-2019 School Council Engagement Task Force (SCETF).
It was great to see so many of you at the Conference and AGM in April and as you plan your next year, add the dates to your calendar to join us in 2019 April 26 to 28 in Edmonton. If you are unable attend, watch for ways you can still be an engaged school council and have your voice heard provincially.
I wish you all a wonderful summer, making new memories and enjoying time with your children. Looking forward to connecting again this fall!
Yours in education,
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 email@example.com 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!