Catholic School Advisory Council
The Catholic School Advisory Council (CSAC) focuses on partnering with students, parents, guardians, staff, principals, school boards, government, and the local community to encourage involvement in student learning and supporting student achievement and well-being. As a school council member, you can be part of a dedicated team that is continuously discovering new and exciting ways to contribute to the education of students in your school.
Message from the Catholic School Advisory Council:
At Precious Blood, our Catholic School Advisory Council strives to find opportunities to bring together school, home and parish in a manner that nurtures a Christ-centred environment, provides student-focused learning opportunities and supports the growth of the whole person. We have supported many different faith and student-focused learning opportunities by raising funds which allow for the growth of the whole person. Our council is honoured to work alongside a parish and school community that provides a safe, respectful and inclusive environment for all. It is amazing to see the students work in a similar manner within their classrooms, play yards and the community at large – treating everyone with respect and lending a helping hand. Our Council truly believes “…that faith development is a gradual, life-long and community process in partnership with the parish, home, and school.”
Johanna Calamusa & Heather Becker
Catholic School Advisory Council Co-chairs
School councils play a vital role in our Catholic school communities. They are shining examples of open communication and partnerships between all key stakeholders – parents, students, staff, principals, parishes and members of the broader community. We chose to call our school councils Catholic School Advisory Councils (CSACs) because the name reflects our common faith and emphasizes the importance of our Catholic community.
Our CSACs provide a forum for parents and other members of the school community to contribute to the improvement of student achievement and school performance. The councils make recommendations to principals and the Board on matters they believe relevant. We consult with CSACs on a range of matters that affect student learning and consider recommendations made by the councils. Whether through attending local CSAC meetings, sharing ideas and information with fellow CSACs from other schools, or partaking in various Board initiatives, we have found parents’ advice to be extremely thoughtful, caring and beneficial to enriching the fabric of students’ learning and faith development.
What are the benefits of becoming involved on a CSAC?
You will become an important partner in the education system
You will contribute to the shared goal of improving student achievement
You can use CSAC as a vehicle to express your opinions on relevant issues
You will be kept informed about what is happening at your child’s school and within the Board
You will find it a rewarding experience that will make a difference in your child’s education
How can you become a member of a CSAC?
The membership of our school councils changes from year to year. Potential new members will be recruited for election, so be sure to let your interest be known to your school’s principal or current members of your school’s CSAC. We always strive for our councils to reflect the diversity of the school. The majority of our CSACs consist of parents, but will also include the principal or vice-principal, one teacher, one non-teaching staff member, one student (optional for elementary level) and other community representation.
If you are interested in participating on the CSAC at your child’s school, please contact the principal directly.
Catholic School Advisory Council Members:
- Chair & Co-Chair: J. Calamusa & H. Becker
- Healthy Snack Program: L. Barton
- Grocery Tape Program: J. Becker
- Fundraising: P. Finkbeiner
- Secretaries: H. Dickins & R. Regier