School Council Executive

The school council executive for the 2018/1 School year

Chairperson – Melanie Fitzgerald 

 Vice Chairperson – Laura Harrison 

Secretary – Samantha Grantham 

Treasurer – Christine Peck 

Communications Officer – Ann Roberts

Onoway Jr/Sr High School Council

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Breakfast Nook Donations

Thanks to the generosity of many parents and staff, students who don't have breakfast or forget their lunch can now stop by the counselling area and get a quick bite of toast or a granola bar.

Due to space and storage we are asking for specific donations of:

  • granola bars
  • juice
  • fruit cups

If you are able to donate, please drop them off at the school. We also acceptscash donations so we may buy supplies when they are low.

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Important Dates for the 2018/2019 School Year

Onoway Parents Educative Association starting at 6:30 pm

  • January 9
  • April 10
  • June 12- This will be our Annual General Meeting.

School Council starting at 7 pm

  • No meeting in December
  • January 09
  • February 13
  • March13
  • April 10
  • May 8
  • June 12- This will be our Annual General Meeting.


Coffee Club Dates

Onoway Jr/Sr High School Council has parent volunteers come in the morning of the last Monday of the month from 8:30 - 9:00 AM to help welcoming our students to school.
We invite you to come and join the Coffee Club. All that is required is to come in, enjoy a cup of coffee at the office and welcome students at the front door as they arrive at school.

If you need more information, know of someone who would like to volunteer or have any questions please do not hesitate to e-mail

Dates for the 2018/2019 School Year

January 28

February 25

March 25

April 29

May 27

June 10

Onoway Parents Educative Association Society Meeting Agenda January 9, 2019

  1. Call To Order
  2. Additions To The Agenda
  1. Adoption Of The Agenda
  2. Approval Of Minutes
  3. Casino Report
  1. Old Business
  • Insurance
  • Signing Authority Completed At Bank
  1. New Business
  • Call For Election Of Treasurer
  • Benches And Tables
  1. Treasurer’s Report
  • Approval of Financial Statement
  1. Next Meeting
  • Propose February Meeting For Election
  • Adjournment

Onoway Jr. Sr. High School Council Meeting Agenda  January 9, 2019

  1. Call To Order
  2. Introductions
  3. Additions/Deletions To The Agenda
  1. Adoption Of The Agenda
  2. Approval Of Minutes
  3. Trustee Report
  4. Principal’s Report
  • December 2018 Xmas Activities
  • Senior Exams- January 2019
  • 2019-Student Teachers And Student TA Budget
  1. Teacher Rep Report
  2. Athletics
  1. Old Business
  • Results Review
  1. New Business
  • Call For Election Of Treasurer
  1. Treasurer’s Report
  2. Next Meeting
  • February 13, 2019
  1. Adjournment


Onoway Parent Educative Association Society Meeting October 10, 2018

  • Meeting called to order at 6:32 pm by Melanie Fitzgerald

            In attendance were:  

            Melanie Fitzgerald                 Christine Peck            Trudy McGinnis,

            Laura Harrison                       Ann Roberts               Judy Muir  

            Kelly Muir                              Karen Seinen              Sarah Healy

            Bonnie Sandsbraaten            Lisa Dundas                Dennelle Giles

            Tasha Wiebe                           Cathy Brennan

  • A motion was made to approve agenda as published. First Anne Roberts, Seconded by Laura Harrison. All in favor.
  • A motion was made to approve the minutes. First Christine Peck and Seconded by Laura Harrison. All in favor.
  • Casino Report

            - Use of Casino Funds: Bussing and track benches and picnic tables. 

            50% bussing 50% benches tables.

            Motion made by Cathy Brennan to use Casino funds as follows:

            $20,000.00    for 2 years to give $10,000.00 per year. Year 1 $5000.00 on

            bussing, $5000.00 on benches.  We will purchase both years benches

            together.  Ann Roberts Seconds motion. All in favor.

             -Memorial benches for teachers/students that have passed (paid for by


  • Old Business

            - List of fundraisers: Discussed going door to door and policies surrounding

            running a group fundraiser.  AP520

            - Insurance:  Cathy spoke with Darwell and insurance is what we need. 

            Waiting on a quote and will update in January.

  • New Business

            - AGLC list of Executive has been filed 

            - Motion made by Christine Peck for Europe Group Fundraising

            membership to obtain a licence to sell 2018 Grey Cup tickets.  All in


            - Signing authority is updated.

            - Motion made by Christine Peck to discard old files and Melanie

            Fitzgerald will shred.  Seconded by Laura Harrison.  All in favor

  • Treasurer’s Report - Prepared by Christine Peck

General Account – 70-01118

Opening balance:                                            $39.00

Closing Balance                                               $39.00

Casino Account – 75-25419

Opening Balance                                       $22,714.72

Closing Balance                                         $22,714.72

- Approval of financial statement by Trudy McGinnis and seconded by Karen

Seinen all in favor

-Bussing invoices from 2017/18 school year will be provided Kim and


  • Meeting adjourned at 7:00 pm

* Next meeting will be January 9, 2019 at 6:30 pm

Onoway Jr./Sr. High School School Council Meeting November 14, 2018





•    Meeting called to order at 7:05 pm by Melanie Fitzgerald In attendance were the following:



Melanie Fitzgerald                 Christine Peck            Lisa Dundas     



Judy Muir                               Laura Harrison           John Lobo        



Dennelle Giles             


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Samantha Grantham  


Cst. Shawn Cherwaty






  • Introductions were made
  • A motion was made to adopt the agenda as by Christine Peck and seconded by Ann Roberts.  All in favor.
  • Motion was made to approve the minutes as published by Laura Harrison and seconded by Ann Roberts.  All in favor.
  • Trustee Report - given by Judy Muir – see attached
  • Principals Report – given by John Lobo - see attached
  • Teachers Rep Report – given by Lisa Dundas – see attached
  • New Business – Vaping and new drug laws presentation: School council will book Jack Atkins to come to OJSH and talk about vaping and new drug laws. Melanie will get info from Mrs. Dundas to book this and invite feeder schools to attend.  

      - Parent presentation from Constable Cherwaty in the new year to educateand keep parents informed.  The meeting

will be a town hall style meeting and it will be the same information presented to students.   

  • Treasurer’s Report – given by Christine Peck

            - General Account: Oct 1, 2018 – Oct 31, 2018

              opening balance                                               $39.00

              Sports Parent Association Deposit                $975.75

              Bank service charge transfer from casino     $19.22

              Bank service charges                                        - $8.40

              Closing balance                                            $1025.57

                                                           (Sports Parents $975.75)

                                                                             (OPEA $49.82)

            - Casino Account:

              Opening balance                                           $22,714.72

              Cheque 142 – promotional                                  -$80.44

Cheque 143 – OPEA bank service charges       -$19.22

Closing Balance                                             $22,615.06

  • A motion to adjourn the meeting was made Laura Harrison and seconded by Ann Roberts. All in favor

Next meeting is January 9, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Trustee Report to School Council

At the October 16 Regular meeting the Board accepted, with regret, the resignation of Sara Healy, Trustee for SubDivision 1, Ward 1. The Board accepted a motion at the October 30 Board meeting to set November 21, 2018 as Nomination Day and December 19, 2018 the date for the by-election. Nomination papers are available at Onoway Elementary School.

At the October 30 Meeting the Annual Education Results Review, Exam Results and The Three Year Education Plan were presented to the Board by Assistant Superintendent, Leslee Jodry. At the November 13 Board meeting she presented the Division Results Review to the Board using the same format all schools will use in their presentations in upcoming weeks.

The Board approved an Onoway Junior Senior High School field trip to Ottawa, Encounters with Canada.

On October 30 the Board held the annual Organizational meeting where I was elected Board Chairperson and Barbara Maddigan as Vice Chair. I am also on Policy, Group Benefits, and The Support/Admin Compensation Committees as well as the representative to the Public School Boards Association.

At the November 14 Board meeting the Board met with our auditor, John Shoemaker, to discuss the parameters of the upcoming audit.

At the November 14 meeting the Board accepted the Annual School Operational Viability Report. This report speaks to 5 criteria: healthy and safe environment; 5 yr enrolment projections indicate probability for adequate programming; that September 30 enrolment is not less than 50% of the utilization; spending per student on instruction is not more than 150% of the Division average per student spending; and that the School is able to deliver a basic education program that meets the needs of students served.

While we were in attendance at the PSBAA AGM on October 25/26 a campaign was launched called Together for Students. It speaks to working together to create one system in the province that reflects our diversity today, offering more choice, and creating vibrant and sustainable schools. It’s all about starting a conversation about education and education funding in Alberta today.

OJSH school council -Principals report -November 2018

1) OJSH SRO Shawn Cherwaty will speak after the principal's report

It's great to have Shawn on the OJSH staff team. He brings valuable skills and experience from his postings in Jasper and Grande Prairie. He has made significant inroads in developing relationships with staff and students at OJSH in a relatively short period of time  since September 2018 when he came on staff. He is shared halftime with St Peter the Apostle School in Spruce Grove

2) Final 17118 finances- year finally closed out

Overall- net positive of $32043 that was carried forward to 18/19.


extra credits  from 16/17   384 credits  =$67140

SRB carry forward from 17/18, what  we didn't  spend= $48,066


Credits expected @36/student but not achieved .Our final count  was 34.5 credits so a reduction in revenue of  - $61039

45 credit cap- rollback -$ 23665

3) Budget 18119

OJSH- $3,887 601/ OR  $194,824= $4,082,425

Carry forward of $32043 from 17/18

Resources were  available to hire a 0.56 FTE PM sci/sooc 8/9 teacher

4) Staffing updates -Teaching - hire of .56 fte  for the pm courses fr Ia gr 819 sci and soc

Ms Kayla Charbonneau has started on Nov 1. 6 days-Time to get orientated and work with current large classes of gr 819 Social and Science ( greater than 30 students)

As of Wednesday Nov 14

Gr 8 class split with Ms, C taking 13 students I other teachers taking 17 students

Gr 9 classes split along Reg  (23) and I Ms C. KnE courses  (7) for Sci/Social 9

5) Staffing updates- EA 's

6) Sports

Volleyball- seasons are done . Jr girls A- 2nd at GCAA Srgirls First ar GCAA,

Now zones this weekend- Possibly provincials 2A

7) Hoja presentation-LSAC sponsored- Nov 15

Bl 4 for jr high and sr high if teacher recommends

8) Dance postponed due to weather- will be rescheduled dep on date available of DJ.

Teacher Report - November

Lisa Dundas

  • PD Day Activities – November 13, 2018. Staff discussed our Results Review as well as took part in activities associated with Quality Learning Environments. We were introduced to a new initiative – Learning Sprints - and we will look at it more closely during future PD opportunities.
  • Awards night committee tried a different initiative this year – offering a selection of volunteer gifts. Only ½ of volunteers have requested a gift. We are looking for direction from School Council for next year – how should we be acknowledging our volunteers?
  • The speech language pathologist, Erin White, who is part of our Aspen Collaborative Services team, has been going in to grade 11 and 12 English classes to work on Reading Comprehension strategies.
  • Lauren Chow will be visiting high school Foods classes looking at “A Mindful Approach to Nutrition”. She is currently our region’s Mental Health Promotions worker and she has a background in Nutrition.