OUR PURPOSE

School Council is a group of SCA parents who meet monthly with our school principals and our School Trustee, working together to support and enhance student learning.

The mission of our School Council is to foster the well-being our school community, so that we have the most effective environment for learning.  We desire that every student will benefit from a challenging Christian education, that they will know Jesus Christ personally as Savior and Lord, and that their schooling will be part of an excellent foundation as they pursue a life of godly character and service to others with Christ as their focus.

Our vision is that our School Council will foster good communication within our School community, including staff, counsellors, parents, and the student body, so that we can make the most of these fantastic partnerships.  We believe that this will help to create an effective learning environment, bringing out the best in our students’ potential.

Our main functions are to:

A – Advise our school administrators on current school functions and future initiatives with opinions that reflect the student and parent community.

B – Bolster our school’s Christ-centered focus.  We desire to champion the Christian component of SCA by looking for opportunities to support and enhance spiritual development.

C – Communicate with our school parents to bring forward ideas and concerns to Council.  Support parents with seminars and resources to address areas of need and interest with respect to enhancing their children’s educational, emotional, and spiritual needs.

Members of School Council

Members of School Council

Sally Navis President
Marci Mast Vice-President
Cori Klaus Secretary
Kevin Benterud Grade 7
Alissa Ottahal Grade 8
Kelli Littlefair Grade 9
Sundie Mwenesongole Grade 10
Kevin Benterud Grade 11
Judy Jacobson Grade 12
Tracey Komant Member


For any questions or concerns please contact a Parent council member by sending an email to scsparentcouncil@gmail.com.  Provide your full name and indicate position or grade you are addressing in the email subject.

Parent Council Commitment Form

To download a copy of the Parent Council Application form please click here.

Minutes SCA Secondary Parent Council Meeting

Monday, March 20, 2017

 

Present:  Sally Navis, Judy Jacobson, Jon Elzinga, Lynn Patterson, Alissa Ottahal,  Jayden Russell, Marci Mast, Kevin Benterud, Tracey Komant

 

Absent:  Cori Klaus, Kelli Littlefair, Sundie Mwenesongole

 

  1. Call to Order: Sally @7:02 pm
  2. Prayer and Devotions: Marci Mast

 

  1. Additions to Agenda
  • Marci motioned to accept agenda; Tracey seconded; approved

 

  1. Review of February 2017 minutes

            - corrections made

            - Alissa motioned to approve the minutes as amended; Marci seconded; approved

 

  1. Report from Student Council CEO – Jayden Russell

            St. Patrick’s Day – students paid money to throw pies at Mr. Maxwell

Legacy Project – possibly buy new tables/chairs for outside the library to eat lunch or purchase promotional products for 2017 grads

 

  1. Review of SCA calendar – Jon Elzinga

            March 23 – Missions 10/30 to Belize

            March 24 – Missions 20 to Jamaica

            April 10 – Missions After Effects

            April 11/13 – Parent Teacher Interviews

            April 18-21 – Encounter

            April 28 – PD Day (blanket exercise)

Basketball season ending – Varsity Girls finished 9th at Provincials, Jr. Boys won Gold, Jr. Girls won Silver, Sr. Girls won Bronze

 

    Admin Report – Jon Elzinga

            - new family tours are underway – lower enrollment expected for 2017/18 school year

            - James Knight was hired to take over from Jeremy Cooper

Question:  What happened to video announcements? 

Answer:  Staff member could no longer do it suddenly so for next year it should be up and running again.

           

Budget – waiting to see what provincial budget looks like

Bill on reducing school fees – uncertain how this will affect us

  1. Communication – Sally Navis

- email contact is available on SCA website under the parent council link

- Sally will update Parent Council Commitment Form

- bylaws need to be updated to reflect what to do if no new members have come forward in time for the AGM

- Sally to put together a syner-voice message to let all school parents know of parent council opportunities (hopefully have all interviews done by May meeting)

 

  1. SCA Society Board Report – Jon Elzinga

            - sending 6 teachers to Los Angeles to the Catalyst Conference March 30/31

            - Andy Stanley keynote speaker

            - new custodians working out well

            April 7/8 – Principal/Asst. Principal/Society Board meeting with Henry Contant

 

  1. Fundraising Society Report/Hot Lunch/Grocery Cards – Alissa Ottehall

            - $18,000 in account

            - no reimbursements made yet for the band trip students

            Question:  What’s happening with the Jr. High hot lunch money?

Answer:  It was decided at an earlier meeting that the money would go towards the New Student Orientation in the Fall 2017.

 

  1. COSC – Sally Navis (Sundie absent)

- Apr 28-30 – Edmonton ASCA Conference – one member of SCA Parent Council can go all expenses paid

- Tracey will attend the April COSC meeting

 

  1. “Celebration of Arts” – Marci Mast

            June 5, 2017 – still looking for volunteers

 

  1. Elk Island Public School Update - Lynn Patterson

            - Ministik School closure process – majority voted to close the school

            - new Elementary School in Heritage Hills area

 

  1. Questions for Lynn Patterson
  1. Closing Prayer – Jon Elzinga

Next Meeting Dates:  April 24 (Legato), May 29

 

School Council Meeting February's Minutes

                     Minutes SCA Secondary Parent Council Meeting 

                                     Monday, February 27, 2017

 

Present: Marci Mast, Tracey Komant, Cori Klaus, Alissa Ottehall, Lynn Patterson, Sundie Mwenesongole, Kelli Littlefair, Jon Elzinga & Sally Navis

Absent: Judy Jacobson, Kevin Benterud

  1. Call to Order: Sally Navis@ 7:00pm

 

  1. Prayer and Devotion: Sally Navis

 

  1. Additions to Agenda: no additions

Motion to accept: Tracey Komant, Second: Alissa Ottehall, All in Favor

 

  1. Review of Minutes from January 2017meeting:

Motion to accept: Marci Mast, Second: Kelli Littlefair, All in Favor

 

  1. Report from Student Council CEO: not present

 

  1. Review of SCA Calendar/Admin Report: Jon Elzinga

        -March 3- P/D Day: Anxiety session, Spiritual Track & Discussion, “Who     

          needs God?”

  • March 9-12- Kananaskis Gener8 Science Conference- Mr. Cheung
  • March 14-15- Wait Program by Pregnancy Care Centre
  • March 17- Job Shadowing Experience for CALM students
  • EIPS Literacy & Numeracy going well
  • Group discussion on Anxiety during Group work for Students

  

  1. Communication: Sundie Mwenesongole/Sally Navis

Sally:

-Received a letter from Ministik School Council asking for help on writing letters to the board to convince them not to close the school.

- Meeting with Henry Contant to see how the school can improve(What each group should be responsible for).

Sundie:

  • Web Contact Page- 3 options to choose from. Group discussion on the options and how it is best to administrate the page.
  • Voted for Option 1: no personal emails for the council members

 

  1. SCA Society Board Report: Jon Elzinga
  • Society Board and Elder meeting was held after presentation by Henry Contant “What can we do to make our school more Christian in 5 years?”.
  • Continuing to work with the board and Elders on Missions Trips. Hoping to still continue those trips by working with Alliance based ministries.
  • Facilities: SPAC Renew Campaign is going ahead. Plan to renovate office has changed and to start beginning of July.
  • SPAC Custodial Staffs last Day is Feb. 28/2017 and staff will now be Contracted Custodians.

 

  1. Fundraising Society Report: Alissa Ottehall & Tracey Komant
  • Hot Lunch is continuing to do well
  • Jordie Maxwell asked that we discuss using the school store for Hot Lunch in order to contain the fundraising within the school as opposed to funding Local businesses. Group Discussion found that since Hot Lunch orders are still high we would reevaluate a change if numbers drop.
  • Grocery Cards: profit of around $6000.

 

  1. COSC Report: Alissa Ottehall
  • Boundaries Exemption is from Feb. 1-April 7/2017.
  • Alberta School Council Association Conference is April 28-30/2017.
  • PAT dates will be changed for 2018.
  • Cyberbullying: A speaker gave out websites to help with adolescents that have an addiction to their phones and the internet.
  • Snapchat has been blocked after a district decision.

 

  1. Arts Celebration: Marci Mast & Kelli Littlefair

-Celebration of the Arts will be held June 5/2017 in the Link for students to showcase their talents.

 

  1. Elk Island Public School Update: Lynn Patterson
  • Future discussions about Capital Planning.
  • Spoke highly of Ministik and would like to see the school continue to stay open.

 

  1. Questions for Lynn Patterson

 

  1. Closing Prayer- Jon Elzinga

 

Next Meetings: March 20, April 24 & May 29

Minutes SCA Secondary Parent Council Meeting January 30, 2017

Minutes SCA Secondary Parent Council Meeting

Monday, Jan 30, 2017

Present:  Sally Navis, Judy Jacobson, Kelly Littlefair, Jon Elzinga, Lynn Patterson, Alissa Ottahal, Sundie Mwenesongole, Jayden Russell, Marci Mast, Kevin Benterud

Absent:  Cori Klaus, Tracey Komant

  1. Call to Order: Sally @7:04 pm
  2. Prayer and Devotions: Sally Navis
  1. Additions to Agenda

            “Celebration of Arts” proposal

  • Marci motioned to accept agenda as amended; Kelly seconded; approved
  1. Review of November 2016 minutes

            - Alissa motioned to approve the minutes; Kelly seconded; approved

  1. Report from Student Council CEO – Jayden Russell

            - “Refresh” year

            Store – meal vouchers for students in need; people can donate to this fund

  • New creation of healthy meals for students
  • Proceed went towards buying 2 new fridges
  • Using compostable plates and cutlery

Internal Events – ugly Christmas sweater day (had a huge rate of participation in relation to other years)

  • Pink Shirt Day will be Feb 22 in support of Bully Awareness

External Events (Madison Godfrey) – mustard seed, PAC centre

  • IDEAS – kids don’t have to be involved in the leadership or missions classes to serve

Spirituality (Josh) – Thursday at lunch there is a room set aside for fasting, bible reading, and prayer

  • White board in the entrance area with bible verses or inspirational words to encourage students as they arrive to school.
  1. COSC – Kelly Littlefair

            - parent engagement review; EIPS typically has high parent involvement compared to                   other districts

            - boundary review begins Feb 1

            - Cybersecurity seminar – Feb 9 at 7:00 pm at Festival Place

            - STAR exams given to students in September (first year) and the results give very                                    valuable information.  The exams will be given again in May.

            - healthy schools policy discussed

            **Alissa to attend the next meeting**

  1. Review of SCA calendar – Jon Elzinga

            Feb 3 9:00 am – Parent Connect

            Feb 6 – Grade 7 orientation; 7:00 pm parents orientation

            Feb 7 – Grade 10 orientation

            Feb 9-10 – Teachers Convention

            Feb 17 – PD Day

            Feb 21-24 – Encounter Week

    Admin Report – Jon Elzinga

            - discussion on media coverage re: SAGA

            - one on one with staff members; intentions for next year

            - Josh G. – nutrition committee with EIPS\

            - curriculum updates – NDP seems to be quite quiet about it.  Keeping an eye on it!

            - Assessment policy – consistency between classes and teachers      

  1. Communication – Sally, Sundie

- in the process of setting up having grade specific representatives listed on the website with email access

- Councillor from Fort Sask. (also a parent) contacted Sally with concerns about how we run our council.  Sally to review the Parent Council Application to possibly rename it.

- discussed having a Parent Council member talk at the Grade 7 orientation evening to let parents know of openings on the committee for next year

  1. SCA Society Board Report – Jon Elzinga

            - discussed visioning and board governance; role of the society

            - Henry Contant called in to speak – consultant

            - discussed the spirituality of the school and how this is being accomplished/maintained

  1. Fundraising Society Report/Hot Lunch/Grocery Cards – Alissa Ottahal

            - $5200 from hot lunch and grocery card proceeds

  1. “Celebration of Arts” – Marci Mast

            - waiting on possible dates

            - Marci to contact Jordie to work with student council on this project

  1. Elk Island Public School Update - Lynn Patterson

            - 2018 Grade 9 PAT’s will have a “no calculator” component

  1. Questions for Lynn Patterson
  1. Closing Prayer - Sally Navis

Next Meeting Dates:  March 20, April 24 (Legato), May 29

Minutes SCA Secondary Parent Council Meeting November 28, 2016

                     Minutes SCA Secondary Parent Council Meeting 

                                     Monday, November 28,2016

Present: Marci Mast, Judy Jacobson, Wes Merta, Tracey Komant, Cori Klaus, Alissa Ottahal, Lynn Patterson, Sundie Mwenesongole, Kelli Littlefair, Jordie Maxwell

Absent: Sally Navis, Kevin Benterud

  1. Call to Order: Marci @ 7:00pm
  1. Prayer and Devotion: Jordie Maxwell
  1. Report From Student Council CEO: Jordie Maxwell
  • Symonds Botchey Leads Grade 9 council, working together with Senior High council(Grade 7-12).
  • Vision- If Students Dream, use their gifts, what would that look like?
  • Showed what each position does and how they are all working together.
  1. Additions to Agenda:

- Kelli Littlefair to talk about Art Event

  1. Review of Minutes from October 2016 meeting

-Online vote was conducted, all in favor      

  1. Review of SCA Calendar/Admin Report: Wes Merta

        -Dec. 1- Parent Connect

        Dec. 5- Missions Gala @5:30pm

        Dec. 8/9- Eagles Invitational Basketball Tournament

        Dec. 15- Jr High Hot Lunch

        Dec. 23- Last Day before Christmas Break

     Admin Report:

  • 30- Rally to raise Volleyball Banner along with RCMP Exhibition

Game.

  • School Assessment Policy- Online Template for policies, etc. for Parents
  • Review of Academic Results
  1. Communication: Sundie Mwenesongole
  • Working on a website page for school council contacts
  • Lorraine updates the website following EIPS template
  1. SCA Society Board Report: Wes Merta
  • student requested a GSA, letter was sent to parents to inform them.
  • SAGA was created- Sexual and Gender Acceptance(safe place to discuss issues with sexuality)
  • School Act requires our school to comply so our campus pastors will be running SAGA.
  • Catholic schools have chosen LIFE programs instead of GSA’s as well as some other faith based schools.
  • There was a meeting to form a coalition against moral issues within our schools and there are 10 members so far.
  • We spoke about creating a contact list for parents to voice concerns with our NDP/MLAs as follow up to our letter about SAGA.
  1. Fundraising Society Report: Alissa Ottahal & Tracey Komant
  • Hot Lunch is continuing to do well
  • Grocery Cards: profit of around $2000.
  1. Kelli Littlefair: Spoke to Mr Reimer about creating a group or event for students who are art inspired. Kelli and Marci will get together and come up with a proposal for the admin on putting together “A Celebration of the Arts Gala”. This will be a night in which the art, photography, woodworking, food and fashion programs can showcase their talents.
  1. COSC Report: Cori Klaus
  • Accountability Pillar Results: Wye School was the example, only 15 out of 423 parents participated
  • Boundary Reviews: A survey was sent out needing to be completed by Nov. 4, and Open houses are scheduled in the New Year to go over draft options.
  • Rudolph Hennig is doing a pilot program on online report cards to get out all the bugs before putting it into all schools.
  • Blanket Exercise: To be conducted in Spring 2017
  • Bill 10- Submitted a disapproval, government will review and it will go back on the website for feedback. No timeline given.
  1. Elk Island Public School Update: Lynn Patterson
  • 4% of SCA students are eligible for Rutherford Scholarships as opposed to 60% in other schools
  • Mathematics teachers at SCA are top notch.
  1. Questions for Lynn Patterson
  1. Closing Prayer- Marci Mast

Next Meetings: January 30, February 27, March 20, April 24 & May 29

School Council Updates

November Update

Hello to all.  My name is Sally Navis and I am the Chair of your Parent Council this year.  Working with me are Marci Mast, Kevin Benterud, Cori Klaus, Tracey Komant, Kelli Littlefair, Judy Jacobson , Stacey Supina and Leigh Park.  A big thank you to Heidi Nicks-Tambasco and Bruce Audley for their many years of service to our school community.

New to our parent council  is a fundraising subcommittee.  This year we are offering hot lunch to the junior highs as well as selling grocery cards to raise funds for Band and Choir.  Thank you to Alissa Ottahal for helping out as Treasurer of this group.

I began the year with a devotion on Geese, and how they depend on each other to migrate great distances.  In the same way, we as a council work together. We also work in conjunction with the Society and the Church.   However, our main role is to represent you as parents. “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for the work:… A cord of 3 strands is not quickly broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)  If you have any thoughts, concerns or praises, feel free to contact me at Sally@sallynavis.com. Finally and most importantly, we work as servants of God.  May he guide our words and actions this year. 

Sally Navis, Chair

SCA Secondary Parent Council

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