CSNO notebook

Following are the Conseil scolaire du Nord-Ouest board highlights for the regular meeting held Jan. 30 at École Héritage in Falher.

ÉH School Council attends meeting

CSNO’s board welcomed the chair of École Héritage School Council, Karen Lambert and the principal, Nicole Walisser.
Lambert shared a report outlining the achievements of the school council. In terms of successes, she highlighted the annual Christmas lunch, the “Celebrate our Talents” fundraiser, as well as the accumulation of over $22,000 in the École Heritage endowment fund.
Amongst the challenges, it was pointed out that the use of personal electronic devices in the classroom has become a problem.
Board chair, Sylvianne Maisonneuve, indicated the board is always eager to listen to and act on behalf of the parents.

Name change for CSNO

In August 2019, an Alberta Education ministerial order introduced changes to the official names of Alberta school boards, notably all numbers were removed from the names.
As a result, the School Board approved to remove “No. 1” from its operational name “Conseil scolaire du Nord-Ouest” and consequently update and modernize the logo.

25th anniversary celebration March 21

FSCFA is organizing celebrations for the 25th anniversary of francophone education governance in Alberta.
The event will be held on March 21 in Edmonton.
All are invited to celebrate the achievements of francophone education governance.

2019-20 Advocacy Plan presented

CSNO’s Advocacy Plan was presented and discussed. Following the information shared during the Alberta government throne speech on Feb. 25, and the budget release on Feb. 26, the school board will implement its advocacy action plan and move forward with its priorities, including adequate funding for:

  • the construction of the new École Quatre-Vents;
  • the modernization of the École Heritage;
  • programs and services in the classroom.

Curriculum Advisory Panel Report

The board received the Curriculum Committee Report recommendations submitted by the Curriculum Advisory Panel to the Minister of Education regarding the revision of the guidelines for the proposed curriculum changes.
The board emphasized the fact there was no mention of the Francophone perspective in the report.
The FCSFA followed up with the minister’s office to confirm that the Francophone perspective is always present in curriculum development.

Superintendent’s report

The daycare accreditation for the “Garderie les petits boucs” is ongoing. The Alberta government will stop subsidizing daycare centres at $25 per day at the end of their 3-year agreements.
The CSNO’S 3-year agreement with Children’s Services is expected to remain in place for another year. It is noted the daycare received a $30,000 grant from the Francophone Secretariat for promotion and francophone resources.

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