CAPSC - giving parents a voice

Since 2001, CAPSC has acted as an independent voice for parents and school councils on issues in education.
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VOLUNTEER AWARDS
AND OTHER NEWS


Transportation

Celebrating Volunteers in Education

  • Use our form to nominate an outstanding school volunteer!

    Each year, CAPSC recognizes the Calgary volunteers who make an enormous difference to the success of our schools and students. Do you know a master community builder, fundraising champ, financial wizard or amazing event organizer? Tell us how this person’s involvement has improved your school community. Your nominee will receive a certificate of recognition and a copy of your letter, and you will both be invited to our volunteer event in autumn 2016. If you know a volunteer that deserves city-wide applause, please take a moment to nominate that person.

About the Alberta fires

Parents know that teachers make an enormous difference in the daily lives of our children, but may not stop to think about what happens when crisis hits. As Fort McMurray was evacuated, school staff made sure that children in their care were safe.

CAPSC thanks these educators and all of the first responders, volunteers and community organizations who supported others during the Wood Buffalo wildfire. You can be a wildfire hero too – visit our site for tips on how to help or donate.

Welcome to CAPSC’s 2016/17 Executive

CAPSC welcomes our new co-presidents Gerald Bartels and Andrea Brehm, along with our executive team Althea Adams, Sheri Bolitho, Lisa Davis, Kelly Guggisberg, Michael McIntosh and Jillian Millar Drysdale.

Thanks to our outgoing executive for their service in 2015/16.

Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) Learning Talk

Thanks to mathematics educator and research Dr. Gina Cherkowski, who joined our April meeting to discuss STEM learning. A passionate and collaborative educator, Dr. Cherkowski is highly involved in developing successful STEM education strategies. She spoke about how future jobs will depend on proficiency in this area. In addition to volunteering for STEM Alberta, Dr. Cherkowski founded STEM Learning Lab as a way to get meaningful STEM activities to kids so they are aptly positioned to reap the rewards and benefits of our highly technological world.

Changes to Parent Communication

CBE is installing a new website and communication system for parents, and will be updating CBE parent council pages as part of that process. In order to comply with the anti-spam legislation, parents must opt in to receive ‘commercial messages’ from their fundraising associations. Agreeing to receive these messages allows the CBE and your parent association to inform you about any school-related events or activities that involve a financial transaction, such as school fundraisers, parent education sessions that involve a ticket price. Watch for more information coming from the CBE in regard to opting-in.

Clarification on Bill 10 

In the last newsletter, CAPSC included information about parent response to Bill 10.  We agree that individual parents are best positioned to provide input to policymakers, and as such we are not making any representations on behalf of parents on this issue. We realized almost as soon as the update went out that important information with respect to CAPSC not taking a position was missing, and updated the website as follows:

CAPSC executive is hearing from many parents in regard to Bill 10. CAPSC is not taking action on this issue. Our executive voted to make information sent to us available to allow parents to form their own opinions about the legislation and related concerns. If you would like to share a link that outlines an opinion in favour or against this legislation, please contact us.

Thank you for supporting CAPSC’s actions. We look forward to working with you in the upcoming year.

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TRANSPORTATION UPDATE

With bus fees for Calgary students
 potentially doubling, CAPSC calls for additional transportation funding

CAPSC requests that the CBE invest in the technology and training recommended in the independent technical review, and that Alberta Learning provide additional short-term funding to support transportation of special needs students in the CBE system.

Improving public consultation on issues affecting Alberta’s largest public school system is a step in the right direction. Recently, the CBE brought forward six possible scenarios to manage the gap in transportation funding, with cost to parents ranging from the existing $300 up to $750 per student.

All of the scenarios were designed to fit the limitations of budget allotted to transportation. As a result, all compromise service or require higher fees from families, but provide minimal benefit. If one of these models is implemented, we anticipate that even more families will choose to drive, reducing the number of students paying into the system and making it even less viable. Traffic congestion and impact on the environment will continue.  Read CAPSC’s full recommendation here.

About the Alberta Fires

Thanks to those caring for Wood Buffalo’s evacuees

Parents know that teachers make an enormous difference in the daily lives of our children, but may not stop to think about what happens when crisis hits. As fire devastated Fort McMurray, school staff made sure that children in their care were safe. 

Kudos to the schools, community organizations and corporations who have opened their hearts and doors to help the residents of the Wood Buffalo region, as well as the first responders who are on scene. If you would like to share a similar story about school staff or parents who went above and beyond the call of duty, or what your school community is doing to help with the wildfire crisis, please let us know and we will post the information here and on our website.

Link here to access the full post, including how to find and give help.

STEM Talk & AGM

Wednesday, April 20
7 PM | Connect Charter School | 5915 Lewis Drive SW

STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) in Education | Dr. Gina Cherkowski

Dr. Gina Cherkowski is a mathematics educator and researcher, a STEM professor and educational game changer. She earned a double cognate Ph. D. in mathematics education and culture studies. Dr. Cherkowski believes all students can, and should be, mathematically literate in the 21st century.

Link here to access the full post.

IN BRIEF

UPCOMING EVENTS

Transportation
Advocacy

Use these links to advise stakeholders of how transportation services are working for you.

School Traffic Safety Tools

Take advantage of these resources for improving safety around schools.

Lend A Hand

CAPSC is a volunteer organization.  Help us grow by donating your time and talents! We need:

  • Assistance with organizational tasks
  • Presenters on topics of interest to parents
  • Organizers for the School Council Volunteer/Traffic Safety awards.

Can you spare some time? Please e-mail info@capsc.ca.

Bill 10

CAPSC executive is hearing from many parents in regard to Bill 10. CAPSC is not taking action on this issue. We agree that individual parents are best positioned to provide input to policymakers, and as such we are not making any representations on behalf of parents on this issue. Our executive voted to make information sent to us available to allow parents to form their own opinions about the legislation and related concerns. If you would like to share a link that outlines an opinion in favour or against this legislation, please contact us.

Background Information on Bill 10
www.cbe.ab.ca/news-centre/Pages/Board-passes-second-reading-of-policy-changes-related-to-Bill-10.aspx
education.alberta.ca/media/1626737/91383-attachment-1-guidelines-final.pdf

understandingtheguidelines.ca

Parent-Led Response
concernedparentsofcbe.blogspot.ca/
familyshouldknow.com
parentchoice.ca/bill-10-petition/