School Council

Mission Statement

Our School Council is committed to enriching our children’s educational community and maintaining their enthusiasm as life-long learners. 


Our School Council

An active school council meets every second month (the last Thursday of the month at 7:15 pm) to discuss school programs, school policy, current educational issues and ways to enhance the educational endeavors of the school.  ALL parents are members of the School Council and are encouraged to be part of this advisory board.


2018/2019 School Council Executive

Chairperson - Angela Wymann-Richter

Vice-Chair - Michelle Huston

Secretary - Tracy Duckett

Treasurer - Christina Rice

Directors - Kari-Ann Flater, Jessie Wiart, Michelle Barefoot, Danielle Gouchie, Bonnie Newman

Hot Lunches - Angela Wymann-Richter, Veronica Whitbread, Jill Kohlman

Milk - Kim Willington


School Council Meeting Minutes

April 24, 2019, 7:15

Members Present:

Angela Wymann-Richter, Veronica Whitbread, Kelly Lowry, Christine Graves, Tracy Duckett, Danielle Gouchie

  1. The meeting was called to order at 7:16.
  2. After one addition to the agenda, Danielle moved it be adopted. Carried.
  3. Veronica moved the minutes be adopted as posted. Carried.
  4. Reports:
    1. School Board Trustee, Kelly Lowry, reported the board is reconsidering the boundaries for the wards, particularly with regard to Blackfalds. There is a board meeting to discuss the budget on April 29th, but there are many unknowns due to the recent election.
    2. Staff Report:
      1. Ever Active Schools - Christine reported the group will be returning on May 6th and will be guiding the students through planting activities. There will be flowers for feeding the bees and butterflies, and vegetables that can be harvested in the fall. Angela suggested buying Vessey’s bulbs.
      2. Trickster Theatre - Performances will take place May 31st. The theme is Fantastical Journeys.
      3. Natural Playground - Tracy explained she is applying for a grant through ECO Energy for a natural playground area. It will be located north of the outdoor classroom. It will require fundraising.
    3. Treasurer’s Report - Christina provided a report for Angela to share. She listed the activities that raise more than $300.00. Cinnamon buns, Subway, and pizza have been the better snack/hot lunch fundraisers. But there is still a place for the healthier options such as Booster Juice. There needs to be more volunteers on pizza days, because Veronica buys large pizzas rather than individual pizzas, which is a lot more work but raises more money. It is expected there will be money to spend at the May meeting and/or to put aside for projects for next year.
  5. New Business
    1. Christine explained Correctional Services Canada in Saskatoon is building a playhouse for our outdoor classroom. She asked for $2500.00 to put toward the costs. There weren’t enough people at the meeting for quorum, so there couldn’t be a vote. The vote was postponed until May 30th.
    2. Vessey’s Draw - Hadley Brigham and Emerson Steeves won baskets.
  6. The next meeting will be May 30th at 7:15.
  7. The meeting adjourned at 7:56.


École James S. McCormick School Council Meeting Minutes

January 31, 2019

Members Present:

Kim Willington, Angela Wymann Richter, Veronica Whitbread, Bonnie Newman, Michelle Barefoot, Christina Rice, Christine Graves, Tracy Duckett, Brent Buchanan

  1. The meeting was called to order at 7:16.
  2. Members present signed in.
  3. After one addition to the agenda, Kim moved the agenda be adopted. Carried.
  4. Bonnie moved the minutes be adopted as posted. Carried.
  5. Reports:
    1. School Board Trustee, Brent Buchanan, presented on the Public School Board Association’s initiative to reduce costs related to having so many different types of schools in Alberta (eg., private, public, charter). Members were invited to question candidates about education when the election is called. The hope is to stabilize public education funding, so every year decisions can be made without having to wait and hope for additional funding to support staffing and resources.
    2. Staff Report:
      1. Christine and Tracy presented on the school’s ACE Plan, which is the documentation of school goals for the year.
      2. Members were asked for input on whether the 2019-20 differentiated school calendar. The WCPS division calendar has a teacher start date of August 28th and a 4 day May long weekend. If teachers start on Tuesday, August 27th to give more prep time before the students start, there will be an extra in lieu day during the school year. This would mean having a 5 day May long weekend. No concerns were raised about this plan.
      3. Christine reported on the EverActive initiative for outdoor play. Tracy said she is looking into grants to possibly expand natural outdoor play spaces on the playground.
    3. Treasurer’s Report:
      1. The White Elephant Sale made $1500.00, so a cheque for $750.00 went to the Food Bank.
      2. Concert nights brought in $2000.00, which is $700.00 less than last year.
  6. New Business:
    1. Funding Requests -
      1. Christina moved to pay for the sod in the outdoor classroom. Veronica seconded. Carried.
      2. Kim moved to pay the $3000.00 toward the literacy kit. Christina seconded. Carried.
      3. The parent survey resulted in putting money into school classrooms was most popular. Danielle moved to give $100.00 gift certificates to each program, including each class, music, PE, FSLW, HUB for a total of $2400.00. Kim seconded. Carried.
      4. Based on survey results, using school council funds to pay for field trip busing was less popular. The possibility of paying for field trip busing will be revisited later in the year.
    2. The Joint School Council Meeting will be March 27th at 7:00 at the high school. The speakers will be Jo(e) Social Media. The JSM school council has been asked to pay $150.00 toward the cost.


  1. The next meeting will be February 28th at 7:15.
  2. The meeting adjourned at 8:54.



École James S. McCormick School Council Meeting Minutes

Thursday, November 22nd, 2018 @ 7:15pm


Danielle Gouchie, Michelle Barefoot, Angela Wymann Richter, Kim Willington, Veronica Whitbread, Christina Rice, Tracy Duckett, Bonnie Newman, Christine Graves

1.0 The meeting was called to order at 7:18.

2.0 Kim moved approval of the agenda.

3.0 Michelle approved the Minutes as circulated.

3.1 No corrections were required.

4.0 School Council Reports

4.1 School Board Trustees

  • Not present

4.2 Staff Report

  • Ever Active Schools Partnership
    • To support JS students and staff with outdoor learning
    • They will come four times this school year.
  • ACE plan
    • Discussed AERR results and the possibility of surveying parents during portfolio walks to gather specific information about JS.
    • Invited the council to add a question - Tracy created a question to add to the survey. The survey will be promoted in advance, so people can see the questions in advance.

4.4 Treasurer

  • $10,319.64 balance
  • $2,800 made from the hot lunch program since the end of October.
  • Cheques to reimburse teachers for the Glow Dance were provided.

5.0 New Business

5.1 White Elephant Sale December 3rd, 4th, 5th - Sign up Genius is going well for volunteers. We will send an email regarding the need for more items. A discussion took place about who will receive the donation portion. The Food Bank was agreed upon.

5.2 Christmas Concerts

  • Baking is needed for the fundraiser. The school newsletter and classroom teachers will advertise this.
  • People are needed to run the bake sale.
  • People are needed for selling couches and for giving away the seat draw tickets.

6.0      The meeting was adjourned at 8:15. Next Meeting is January 31, 2019.


École James S. McCormick School Council Meeting Minutes

Thursday, October 18, 2018 @ 7:15pm


Angela Wymann-Richter, Michelle Barefoot, Veronica Whitbread, Christine Graves - Assistant Principal, Tracy Duckett - Principal, Kelly Lowry - Trustee, Kari-Ann Flater, Danielle Gouchie, Jessie Wiart

  1. The meeting was called to order at 7:15.
  2. Everyone introduced herself.
  3. Adoption of the agenda was moved by Veronica.
  4. Changes were made to the September 27 minutes. The amount reported to be in the account was incorrect. The correct amount is $7,144.92. Also, Michelle Huston was not included in the minutes. Kari-Ann moved the minutes be adopted as revised.
  5. Reports
    1. School Trustee, Kelly Lowry was present. She said the PAT scores from 2017-18 have improved, so that is positive. She mentioned the international travel opportunity now available as an exchange with students in China. Kelly was asked whether this initiative is costing anything to the division or in any way having an impact on the classroom conditions for WCPS students (eg., class sizes). Kelly said the short answer to this is ‘no’, but she will double check on this and have a more detailed answer for the next meeting. She said the division brought in $25,000 from the Chinese visit. She said she supports international education, but not at the expense of the WCPS students. Kelly also invited all council members to attend the October 22 meeting at 5:30 at Terrace Ridge; the focus is on FNMI initiatives.
    2. Staff Report
      1. Tracy reported on the new dog policy for the school.
      2. Christine reported on the tipi raising ceremony. She said the First Nations inmates were so touched by the JS staff members’ attitude that they are going to give us a Star Blanket which is their highest honour. Angela said the ceremony was incredible and it was obvious we have embraced the culture and the school is adopting it. Kelly also said they are delivering the new picnic tables next Friday.
      3. It was brought up that the outdoor classroom is starting to get some vandalism, such as a cigarette burn in the shed. We are going to get signage. It was suggested we look into Trail Lights.  
      4. Tracy reported that the next two PD days will focus on NVCI training.
    1. Treasurer’s Report - As of September 30th the balance was $7685.09.
    2. Fundraising Report
      1. The coupon books did not do as well this year. Last year 230 sold, but this year closer to 100 sold. Veronica said it is still worth the work because there was still about $1000.00 made.
      2. Healthier lunches don’t make much money, but the pizza hot lunches make money. There is usually $1.00 made per student.
  1. New Business
    1. Portfolio Walks in November - The council will order lasagne for one night of the November portfolio walks. It was $184.00 during the October parent-teacher meetings.
    2. White Elephant is December 3rd, 4th, 5th.
  2. Adjournment was at 8:12. Next meeting is November 22.


École James S. McCormick School Council Minutes

September 27, 2018

Present:   Michelle Barefoot, Bonnie Newman, Kari-Ann Flater, Danielle Gouchie, Tracy Duckett - Principal,   Christine Graves - Assistant Principal,  Tracy Somers-Brown, Christina Rice, Veronica Whitbread, Jessie Wiart, Angela Wymann-Richter

  1. The meeting was called to order at 7:17.
  2. Everyone introduced themselves.
  3. Veronica moved acceptance of the agenda as amended.
  4. Michelle Barefoot moved acceptance of the minutes of May 2108.
  5. Selection/Election of Executive
    1. Chairperson - Angela Wymann Richter
    2. Vice-Chair - Michelle Huston
    3. Secretary - Tracy Duckett
    4. Treasurer - Christina Rice
    5. Directors - Kari-Ann Flater, Jessie Wiart, Michelle Barefoot, Danielle Gouchie, Bonnie Newman
    6. Hot Lunches - Angela Wymann-Richter, Veronica Whitbread, Jill Kohlman
    7. Milk - Kim Willington
  6. Reports
    1. School Board Trustee - No trustee was present.
    2. Staff Report
      1. Outdoor Classroom - Christine reported on the partnership with Bowden Institution. The shed was put in place over the summer, as was the fence and sod for the tipi. A tipi is being put in place tomorrow; there will be a ceremony in the afternoon in honour of the tipi. A door was built over the summer from the learning commons to the outdoor classroom. A gazebo, picnic tables, and playhouses are being built over the course of year. Some landscaping was done over the summer as well and more is anticipated next spring. A new birdhouse will be put up in the spring. A sandbox is also planned for the space. Fundraising may be required to help with the building projects.
      2. Family Nights - Tracy reported there is a plan to have more family nights this year. This will include a family maker space night to introduce parents/guardians to the renovated learning commons and the outdoor classroom.
      3. Trickster Theatre - Tracy Duckett reported the school received the Trickster Theatre grant again this year. The event takes place the last week of May. The grant covers 75% of the total cost which is approximately $25,000 plus taxes. The school has not decided whether to charge per student to supplement the cost.
      4. Numbers - Tracy reported the school population has gone up this year.
      5. Family Dance - Tracy Somers Brown reported the school’s Healthy Living Team is hosting a family dance the evening of October 25th. The them is “Glow”.
    3. Fundraising - Angela explained the typical fundraisers held through the year. She asked everyone to keep fundraising ideas in mind.
  7. New Business
    1. Budget -
      1. Angela said the council has provided meals for the staff at parent teacher interviews over the years, and asked about providing meals for interviews/portfolio walks this year. The council will provide lasagne one night next week, and ask parents/guardians to contribute salads and desserts.
      2. Trickster Theatre - Angela reminded everyone that last May it was agreed that $7000.00 would be contributed to supplementing the cost.
      3. Classroom Supply Fund - Typically each class/program in the school receives $100.00.
      4. Year End Swims - This has been booked already and is usually paid by the council.
      5. Assembly Performances - In the past, the council has paid for occasional fine arts performances.
      6. Mathology - Christine explained this resource is available in French and English for grades one and two, and eventually kindergarten and grade three. Each grade gets little books that combine math and literacy and a kit with learning activities. Last year a donation was made to the school by a community organization to purchase a set of books for one grade. The council was asked in May to consider purchasing more of the components for each grade level.
      7. We made about $17,000 last $3471.31 is currently in the account.
      8. Christine requested the council cover the cost of some of the summer’s landscaping materials for the outdoor classroom. Michelle moved payment of $246.53. Christina seconded. Carried.
  1. Timeline -
  • Angela shared a timeline of main events to consider over the course of the year.
  • The next meeting was scheduled for October 25th, but that is the night of the Family Dance. The meeting has been rescheduled for October 18th.
  1. New Treasurer and Banking - Christina Rice will be the new treasurer. A second person needs to sign each cheque. Julie Munro, Kim Willington and Pamela Newman will be removed as signatories. Karri-Ann moved acceptance of the following people as co-signers:  Michelle Huston, Jessie Wiart, Bonnie Newman


  1. Bonnie moved adjournment at 8:20.

Next Meeting: October 18th @ 7:15pm