Welcome Back!

It is hard to believe that another school year is underway. It is always inspiring to see the energy and buzz in our schools at this time of year. My wish for parents is success for their children and a year that is inspiring and memorable for them. Most importantly, I hope that each and every student, with support from parents and staff, will come to clearly understand that their progress is limited only by their own innate belief in themselves and their own hard work. For our parents, I wish you a year filled with opportunities to meet and make new friends within a positive and engaging school community. Last, but certainly not least, I wish that all staff find and continue to contribute to a workplace that is positive, supportive and encouraging. Your commitment and contributions, regardless of position or role, cumulatively creates a school community for students and families that have set the stage for success. It is this commitment that has allowed our system to achieve greatness.
Working together is the basis for creating a strong system and given this, I must acknowledge the role I play as Trustee in tying education to community. In my ongoing effort to build bridges, please watch for my next community engagement evening. For those who missed out on the last community session hosted in May the topics included: Accessing Scholarships, Student Mental Health and Grant Writing. If you feel there is merit in repeating any of those sessions please forward your thoughts to me. Further, I am looking for new topics of interest for another session to be held this fall. Please submit your ideas to Marilyn.bergstra@ecsd.net.
On a separate note, I would like to mention that the regulation-making powers in the new Education Act will be reviewed. If you would like to provide feedback, the government is providing opportunity to participate in an online survey, at http://ideas.education.alberta.ca/engage/current-initiatives/educationactregulatoryreview/
Have a wonderful 2013-2014 school year!

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