ACSTA Statement in Response to Guidelines for Best Practices

"ACSTA (Alberta Catholic School Trustees’ Association) reaffirms that all Catholic schools in Alberta have been and will continue to be inclusive, welcoming, safe and caring environments.

Guided and grounded by our faith, every child is seen as a precious and unique child of God deserving of individualized love and attention to reach their full God-given potential.

The ACSTA appreciates the leadership of Catholic school boards, Catholic school divisions/authorities, and the Council of Catholic School Superintendents of Alberta (CCSSA) in the development and implementation of overarching Safe & Caring school policies, strong anti-bullying policies and the LIFE Framework (Lived Inclusion for Everyone) document which have long ensured that all students, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, etc. are treated with equal respect and dignity.

ACSTA reaffirms the rights of parents and/or guardians as primary educators to make informed choices for their child/children.

ACSTA reaffirms the responsibility and the role of the Alberta Catholic Bishops to provide moral and theological leadership to the Catholic community including Catholic education communities.

ACSTA reaffirms its commitment to work with Alberta Education and regrets Alberta Education's lack of consultation during the development of the Guidelines for Best Practices resource material.

ACSTA is confident that all Catholic School Boards will continue (as has been their foundational practice and moral imperative) to be responsive to the individual needs of all their students-without exception!"

“The ACSTA has 24 member boards, representing 412 schools in Alberta, serving over 160,000 students.

For more information or to speak with an ACSTA representative please contact ACSTA at 780-484-6209.

2016-01-19 1:39PM
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Alberta Catholic School Trustees' Association Elects New President and Vice President

November 17, 2015

Edmonton, AB – The Alberta Catholic School Trustees’ Association (ACSTA) during its Annual General Meeting this weekend elected Adriana LaGrange from Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools as ACSTA President, and John Tomkinson from St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Schools as ACSTA Vice-President.

ACSTA President Adriana LaGrange has served three terms as Trustee with Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools since 2007, of which she has served as both Board Chair and Vice Chair. Ms LaGrange brings a vast array of Catholic education experience to the Board of Directors’ table. “I truly believe that faith permeation within an inclusive learning environment enriches the educational experience of all students and provides them with a strong foundation to build upon in their daily lives,” said President LaGrange. “I am ready, willing and able to serve. Together we will continue the amazing legacy of Catholic education in Alberta.”

ACSTA Vice-President John Tomkinson has served two terms as Trustee with St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Schools, where he served two terms as Board Chair. “Through increased positive advocacy and modeling Catholic values, I believe that we can confidently advance Catholic education in Alberta,” said Vice-President Tomkinson. “Together with the entire ACSTA Board of Directors we will work hard to ensure families have access to quality Catholic education.”

ACSTA acknowledges Past-President Tony Sykora and Past Vice-President Serafino Scarpino for their dedicated and unwavering service to Catholic education throughout Alberta, Yukon and North West Territories. “Working as a team, Tony Sykora and Serafino Scarpino demonstrated daily their passion for ensuring all students have access to quality Catholic education and that all students are respected and treated as gifts from God,” said Executive Director, Dean Sarnecki. “On behalf of everyone at ACSTA and within the Catholic community, we would like to thank them for their tireless dedication.”

2015-11-17 9:35AM
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2015 Catholic Education Sunday Bishops’ Letter

This year’s theme is Our Schools as Islands of Mercy. Pope Francis describes the mercy of God as his loving concern for each of us. “He desires our well-being and he wants to see us happy full of joy, and peaceful. This is the path which the merciful love of Christians must also travel. As the Father loves, so do his children. Just as he is merciful, so we are called to be merciful to each other. (MV 9)” The letter encourages us to make our schools islands of mercy in which we encounter and share the mercy of our Lord.

2015-10-14 1:06PM
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