Happy Victoria Day!
My community meeting, held last Monday, was an inspiring way to begin the week. Thank you to all those who presented, attended or helped out with “Celebrating Progress: What Next?” It was especially great to have two Greenfield students, Catlin and Andrew, kick us off and VB’s BLAST students facilitate our table conversations. Complete appreciation to all involved and the notes about the meeting will be forthcoming! Stay tuned!
LOOMING QUICKLY IS OUR 22ND BOARD MEETING OF THE YEAR on TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2 pm.
I hope you will be able to join us either online or in person at McCauley Chambers (One Kingsway; parking usually available underground). The webcast of the meeting is available in real time at: http://www.livestream.com/edmontonpublicschools It is also archived if you wish to watch it later.
You can access the Reports at http://epsb.ca/board/may21_2013/05212013.pdf
ON THE AGENDA
Celebrating Talent: Congratulations to Robin Glover of MacKernan School for winning the Margaret T. Stevenson Award this year! A mystery writer in the making, I am thinking
As always, your thoughts are welcomed on any and all issues that will be voted on. (For example, I appreciated the people who wrote in support of the banning of the non-essential pesticide motion several Board meetings – several for, one against.)
From the Caucus Committee: 1) Approve one-year appointments for Asst. Supt’s Ligouri and Pallet? 2) Spend the remaining Board Initiative Fund on Superintendent Search expenses?
Approve the ASBA Budget (?) – which includes a decrease in spending of about 5%.
Advocate for the following positions through ASBA Zone 2/3? NOTE – if accepted at Zone 2/3 (which is comprised of 29 school boards), then these motions will go forward to the Fall General Meeting of ASBA for discussion and deliberation by all school boards.
- That the Provincial Government develop a stable revenue source to find fund K-12 education as an alternative to fluctuating, non-renewable resource revenue.
- That, when ASBA proposed polices are supported by a two-thirds majority vote, the Association develop action plans to support provincial and local advocacy and that resource materials and recommended strategies for advocacy be provided to member boards.
- That the provision for accommodations for English Language Learners on Provincial and Diploma exams be increased to include the provision of a reader and scribe so that they may have fair and equitable access to educational opportunities, including the writing
- Seven Oaks (Manitoba) – a look at why their graduation rates have increased so much to almost 90%. The approaches are similar, I believe, to EPSB in many ways. The Universal Teacher Advisory Program is something little different and I would like to ask more about that.
- Cost Savings Initiatives in the District – Thank you and congratulations to staff across the District for achieving “$9 million of projected one-time and ongoing cost and efficiency savings … since 2011. While the list is not all inclusive, the examples provide a good overview of successes throughout the organization. … The initiatives listed were identified as having the greatest potential for efficiency and cost savings while also improving services. While many show an investment in technology, others include organizational and administrative efficiency, procurement savings and changes to processes.”
- Education Property Tax (how it works at provincial level, how this works out in Edmonton, changes to tax for 2013-14 year)
- Feasibility of Junior High Arts Core Program for North East Edmonton
Sunday, May 26: TRAC 10K, 5K, 3K Run/Walk and Spring Family Fun Fair @ Mother Margaret Mary Catholic High School, 2010 Leger Road. Race begins at 9 a.m. but come earlier for a pancake breakfast and to enjoy the Mini-Farmers’ Market and a Mini-Fair of resources. Sign up to run through http://tracspirit.ca or register at the TRAC booth this coming Wednesday (May 22) at the South West Farmer’s Market now underway. Everyone is welcome!
Thursday, May 30, 7:30 am. Fourth Annual “Ready for Life” Fundraising Breakfast for the Edmonton Public Schools Foundation, being held this year at Harry Ainlay. If you would like to come out and support this great cause, which works to provide Full Day K for children in socially vulnerable neighbourhoods, please let me know.
Monday, June 3, 1 -3 pm. “Building Capacity” around the Early Years @ Riverbend Public Library. Join into the discussion with the South West Early Years coalition. More info available from email@example.com or on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/SWEECDC Everyone is welcome!
Monday, June 3, 6-8 pm. Leaders in Training (LIT) drop in @ Terwillegar Rec Centre. For Youth aged 13-17 who are interested in volunteering and teaching in a fun environment. Come by to learn more about the L.I.T. program, drop off an application or participate in an interview. Call 780-944-7413 for more information. Interviews take about 15 minutes, with the total registration taking around an hour.
By June 14, for youth 13-23, apply to be part of the City of Edmonton Youth Council. CEYC’s mandate is to advise City Council on youth issues and they do this through community initiatives, presentations, special events, and focus groups. The application form can be located online on our webpage http://www.ceyc.ca/about-ceyc/applications
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
How important is zzzzz SLEEP for kids? VERY! Read what the January issue of Tips 4 Parents had to offer. Thanks to The Learning Partnership! And please note you can sign up to receive their newsletter directly. http://www.thelearningpartnership.ca/document.doc?id=464&erid=423766
As always, I am happy to hear from you at any time. Please feel free to contact me by email (Catherine.Ripley@epsb.ca ) , by phone (780-887-1002), on Facebook, on Twitter (@cripleyepsb) or through my website (catherineripley.ca). A coffee is always good, too!