*November 21, 2013*
*Bill Comrie pays it forward*
At the launch of the full-day Kindergarten held yesterday morning at Calder School, Edmonton Public Schools Foundation Director, Sandra Woitas announced Bill Comrie has donated $500,000 over the next five years to support a full-day Kindergarten class at one of the high needs schools. Bill is well known in Edmonton for not only his business accomplishments, but his giving back to the City.
“I am excited about helping make a difference in the lives of young children in Edmonton, “says Bill Comrie. “What I’ve learned through Sandra Woitas is that full-day Kindergarten can make all the difference in ensuring disadvantaged students have every opportunity to succeed now and in the future. It’s all about putting them on a level playing field with their peers. I’m not only proud to be part of that; I challenge others in the community to support the Edmonton Public Schools Foundation.”
The school site where the *Comrie Family Learning Center* full-day kindergarten program will be offered will be determined in the new year.
The Edmonton Public School Foundation was launched February 10, 2010 to spread the word about the great things happening in the public education system and to support Edmonton Public Schools across Edmonton. They do this by offering opportunities for improved learning such as full-day Kindergarten through financial, in-kind and human resource contributions.
“We know investing in children today means investing in their future, our communities and our society,” explains Foundation Director Sandra Woitas. “Every child deserves the best teachers, resources and learning opportunities to help them blossom as they transition into Grade 1 and get ready for life.”
For further information, contact:
Sandra Woitas, Director, Edmonton Public Schools Foundation
*November 21, 2013*
Board selects Chair, Vice-Chair and agrees in principle to agreement with Edmonton Public Teachers Local No. 37
At yesterday’s organizational board meeting, the Board of Trustees elected Trustee Sarah Hoffman as Board Chair and Trustee Michael Janz as Vice-Chair for the 2013-2014 school year.
“It’s an honour to continue serving my colleagues as Board Chair,” says Hoffman. “I look forward to working closely with my fellow Trustees and the Superintendent of Schools over the coming year.”
After the public board meeting had adjourned, Trustees held their first caucus meeting to discuss a memorandum of agreement with the Edmonton Public Teachers Local No. 37.
At the caucus meeting, Trustees agreed in principle with the memorandum. Trustees also authorized the Superintendent to act out of caucus in moving forward with the agreement. Trustees will vote on ratification of the agreement at their next public board meeting on November 26.
For further information, call the Edmonton Public Schools media relations line at 780-429-8282.
MONDAY, October 21 -- VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!
TUESDAY, October 22, 8 pm for PARENTS
You’re invited to a teleconference with the Minister of Education. The special guest will be Dr. Glenn Feltham, President and CEO of NAIT and Chair of the Task Force for Teaching Excellence. “This is an important opportunity to learn more about the Task Force and share what you consider to be priorities as the Task Force looks for ways to ensure our kids have access to the best teachers and the best learning opportunities possible. “
Edmonton Public Schools is proud to be a part of the 24th annual READ IN Week (readin.ca) taking place October 7 to 11. Schools have invited many special guests to visit classrooms and share their love of reading throughout the week with students.
Below are some of the READ IN guests:
Monday, October 7
READ IN launch at 10 a.m. at Concordia University College of Alberta (7128 Ada Boulevard).
Edmonton Eskimos’ Grant Shaw and Ryan King will read and talk about bullying with students from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Bisset School (3020 37 Street).
Mayor Stephen Mandel will read at 1:30 p.m. at Dovercourt School (13910 122 Avenue).
Tuesday, October 8
Superintendent Darrel Robertson will read at 9 a.m. at Abbott School (12045 34 Street).
Liberal leader Dr. Raj Sherman will read at 10:30 a.m. Meadowlark Christian School (9150 160 Street).
Wednesday, October 9
Board Chair Sarah Hoffman and author C.A. Lewis (Harold the Sparrow and His Bellybutton) will both read at 9 a.m. at Avonmore School (7835 76 Avenue).
Grandmothers of Alberta for a New Generation (GANG) will read to students and their children at 10 a.m. at Braemar School (9359 67A Street).
Thursday, October 10
Michelle Aberant and her animal friend Drifter, with the Pet Therapy Society of Northern Alberta, will read at 1 p.m. at Mayfield School (10950 159 Street).
Friday, October 11
Superintendent Darrel Robertson will read at 9 a.m. at Richard Secord School (4025 117 Street).
Jessica Crossley and her animal friend Jake, with the Pet Therapy Society of Northern Alberta, will read at 10 a.m. at Garneau School (10925 87 Avenue).
ESO conductor Lucas Waldin will read at 10:15 a.m. at Bisset School (3020 37 Street).
Former senator Tommy Banks will read at 11:15 a.m. at Bisset School (3020 37 Street).
For further information:
Dear friends and neighbours,
It was been not only been my honour to serve as your Public School Trustee for Ward A, it has also been a great pleasure too.
I have listened and been your voice in public education for the last 3 years and with an election coming on October 21st, I have decided to let my name stand for a second term.
It has been a very productive 3 years serving on the Board. The outgoing board has been progressive to say the least. Some of our accomplishments have been significant and I am proud to be a team player who has helped further positive changes, including:
Chaired the Special Needs Task Force that resulted in new recommendations and supports for our exceptional learners.
Supported taking two years to fully review and understand how we can keep schools open in neighbourhoods with decreasing enrollment.
Initiated a complete policy overhaul for the district to resolve inconsistencies and redudencies in existing and future policies.
Advocated for building new schools to alleviate overcrowding in the peripheries of the city.
Supported the increase of transparency when decision making through a campaign disclosure bylaw, increasing the amount of business done in public and webcasting of those public board meetings.
Worked to increase the investment in early education, thus creating a positive movement toward high school completion.
Chaired the Community Relations Committee whose goal is to understand and support our socially vulnerable and diverse students populations through increasing and sustaining our partnerships and collaboration.
If re-elected I will serve you in the following ways:
Continue to listen to parents, students, staff and community to identify the next priorities for the new Board to tackle.
Work to restore funding lost through provincial budget cuts. With fewer teachers and increased class sizes, these cuts are having a negative effect on our kids.
Collaborate on joint advocacy with urban school boards for the restoration of long term, predictable, stable funding.
Communicate and cooperate with our partners to work on innovative strategies to strengthen our public education system.
My experience as a mother of 4 children and as an educational assistant in the classroom who worked with special needs children, I understand firsthand how important education is for all children. Diversity is important to me. All children need to be supported accepted and helped through their educational journey in order to be successful.
With Warmest Regards,
I am dedicated to being your voice in public education and infusing the values of the community in Board decisions.