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A Meeting, Some Greetings and Pie (oh my!) NLMES Meeting and AGM

Patricia Bullock

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Hello !

I hope the school year is off to a great start for everyone.

Just wanted to give you a quick reminder that the first Nellie L. McClung Educational Society meeting of the year is coming up this Monday, October 1st from 6:30 to 8:30 at Oliver School 10227 118 Street NW

It’s a great way to find out what’s going on, share your thoughts and meet other parents. Since this is also our Annual General Meeting we kick it up a notch on the refreshments and are planning to sweeten the offer with coffee, tea and homemade pies.  

The NLMES was formed over 20 years ago with the idea that a collaborative partnership among students, staff, parents, community, business and learning institutions will maximize student learning. Today we continue to offer fundraising and volunteer support to help the program deliver the best possible experience for our girls. 

Whether you are interested in a seat on the board or just want to have your say on whom the representatives are; we would love to see you there. Agendas, minutes and a description of board positions are attached for your perusal; copies will also be available at the meeting. 

Your input is welcomed and we encourage you to get involved in whatever way your schedule will allow.   We always need parents to volunteer for various school activities, particularly for CEEDS activities, school trips, casino fundraisers, public relations and special events.  Even a few hours can make a big difference.

If you have any questions, or if you are interested in helping out but can’t make it to the meeting, feel free to get in touch with me directly at 780-907-4775 or

Looking forward to seeing you, and to another great year at Nellie!  

Patricia Bullock

Vice Chair

Nellie L. McClung Educational Society

School Supply List for Oliver School Junior High 2017/2018

Patricia Bullock


(It is highly recommended that families reuse supplies from previous years if possible)

 4 highlighters (various colors)

1 pkg of 24 pencil crayons

1 pkg of fine line felt markers

1 backpack, name inside

2 zippered pencil cases

3 pkgs sticky notes

2  2” binders

3  1” binders


1 Scientific Calculator

1 Geometry set with protractor

1 Journal

1 pair of indoor running shoes, Velcro (unless they can tie) (No black soles please)

2 Combination Locks (No Keys)

Headphones  (Oliver School does have some available for student use)

Uniform Fittings

Alex Armstrong

For all new and returning students:

On May 31 and June 1, Top Marks Uniforms will be set up in the gym at Oliver School 10227-118 street to help you find all your uniform pieces for next year.

All students are asked to make an appointment for their uniform fitting.  

Call Top Marks Customer Service at 1-800-667-7105
Book online.
Visit the Top Marks website at and click “Online Orders”.
In order to book an appointment, you must first create a family profile. Please note that if you have already created an on-line profile, simply login to the system and skip directly to # 3.
1.      Enter NEL01 as your school specific password.

2.      Complete the registration form.

3.      Under the section titled “Appointments”, click “Book Now”.

4.      For each girl that requires an appointment, please select from the drop down menu whether they are a new student or returning student and click “Verify Availability”

5.      Select your desired appointment time and click “Book Now” directly below.

Pink Tea

Alex Armstrong

 The Nellies host a pink Tea at Oliver school library with special guest Laurie Blakeman.

The Nellies host a pink Tea at Oliver school library with special guest Laurie Blakeman.

On Oct 18, 1929 women were declared 'persons' under the law and forever changed the face of Canadian politics.  To commemorate this anniversary, Oliver students hosted a Pink Tea, a tradition developed over a century ago to engender solidarity among suffragists.  These gatherings were a way for women to organize the pursuit of women's rights.

Laurie Blakeman delivered a rousing talk on the history and future of women's rights.  Messages of support were read from Premier Rachel Notley, Mayor Don Iveson, City Councillor Bev Esslinger and Nellie McClung program founder Bob Hopchin.

Photos (thank you FOPhotography) Pink Tea, Oct 16, 2015

Marjorie Carter - 2015 Women of Distiction

Alex Armstrong

We are thrilled and proud to announce that our very own Marjorie Carter was named 2015 Women of Distinction - Educator at the YWCA gala on May 28, 2015 at the Expo Center.  The Women of Distinction are nationally recognized as one of Canada's most prestigious awards for women.  Several students, friends and family members also attended the gala to show their support.  See the full story here:

"Marjorie Carter is a dedicated, patient, funny and supportive teacher in the Nellie McClung Program at Oliver School. She provides the momentum and environment for every student to realize their potential. She makes her students wonder, laugh, question, criticize, play, connect, take risks, write, read and show their work. They leave her classroom more curious, more courageous and with more understanding.  She makes a positive difference in every person she encounters and her students love her for it.

She works tirelessly mentoring, educating, volunteering and training while staying current with professional teaching practices.

Marjorie has taught every grade from kindergarten to second year university and spent 11 years working with Aboriginal communities before joining EPSB. Marjorie and her husband have four adopted special needs children. Marjorie advocates for adoption and has presented at FASD conferences and through the media."


Thank you casino volunteers!

Alex Armstrong

Thank you for the generous donation of time and effort to make our April 15 and 16th casino a success!  Because of you, the Nellie girls at all three sites will have enriched educational experiences.  Thank you so much!

Shadow Day - spend a day at Junior High!

Alex Armstrong

Have your daughter spend a day getting to know the Nellies!

Shadow Day is a great opportunity to experience junior high before September: meet the students and teachers, tour the school and join the girls in the classroom.  Call the school to register.

Avonmore School Shadow Day        call   780 466 2976

                              Thursday, April 9,     8:30am to 12:00

Oliver School Shadow Day               call  780 488 1221

                             Thursday April 9,      8:40 am to 11:40am


Congratulations Pom Team!!

Alex Armstrong

The Nellie Pom Team has cleaned up in competitions, winning four firsts! Congratulations!

1st place   Cold Snap Classic

1st place  Junior High Edmonton Zones

1st place ACA Cheerleading Championships

1st place  Ross Sheppard Cheer Championships

Kerry Washington: "I was really lucky because I went to an all girls school."

Alex Armstrong

How did Kerry Washington learn to value her intelligence over her looks?

By attending an all girls school.

The "Scandal" actress opened up about her experience at an October 2 panel at the Paley Festival in New York. She told the audience:

"I was really lucky because I went to an all-girl school and that single sex education really helped me because I really learned to bond with women and to not compete with or compare myself as much because we were all allowed to be ourselves and be unique and kind of have our unique strengths. But I always felt like my value was much more in my intellect than it was in my appearance, and so that’s what I spent time cultivating. And some of that I get from my mother, some of that comes from the schools that I went to, and some of that comes from probably insecurity. This feeling that my value is what’s on the inside, because what’s on the outside can’t really compete with other people, so I’ll place my focus there. Which I think has been a blessing for me. Because I’m not stupid."

Read the full article here:


Casino volunteers needed.

Alex Armstrong

The Nellie McClung casino is happening on April 15 and 16, 2015 at Casino Edmonton located at 7055 Argyll Road. 

This casino is a vital source of funding for the Nellie program so please help out and volunteer for at least one shift!

Follow the link and choose your available shifts and days:

It’s always a fun two-day event for our staff, parents, board and volunteers; food and beverages are provided and it's a great chance to get to know each other.

Thank you for supporting our girls and we hope you can join us on April 15 and 16!


Welcome to our OPEN HOUSES !

Alex Armstrong

Attend any or all of the three Nellie Open Houses.  You will be able to chat with the Nellies, alumni, teachers and parents and learn more about this innovative program.

Avonmore School (7835-76 Avenue) from 6pm to 8pm,                                 Wednesday March 4, 2015 

Bannerman School (14112 - 23 Street) from 5:30pm to 7:30pm,                        Thursday March 5, 2015

Oliver School (10227 - 118 Street) from 7 to 8:30pm,                                   Thursday March 26, 2015

Nellie McClung program to continue at three sites

Alex Armstrong

Dear parents, guardians and families,

This letter is intended to provide updated information regarding the Nellie McClung program. Thank you to everyone who has joined in the discussion and provided feedback.

The Nellie McClung program will continue to be offered at Avonmore, Bannerman and Oliver schools for the 2015-2016 school year. Enrolment in the program will be monitored on an ongoing basis.

Edmonton Public Schools promotes all district alternative programs in a number of ways – online at, in district publications such as the Edmonton Public Schools’ Quick Guide and as part of an annual Open House promotional campaign. Additional promotion of alternative programs is often coordinated and paid for by parent associations to supplement the District’s advertising efforts.

An Assistant Superintendent has been assigned to work with district leaders to review the existing regulation that governs publicizing programs and to explore additional methods of promotion that could have a positive impact on alternative programs.

You will continue to be updated if there is any new information to share. Please call the Planning department at 780-429-8007 if you have any questions.

Yours truly,

Chris Wright (Managing Director of Planning)

Future of the Nellie Program

Alex Armstrong





Future of Nellie McClung Program

Parents and interested stakeholders are invited to attend a meeting to discuss the future of the Nellie McClung All-Girls junior high program.

DATE: Thursday, November 13, 2014

LOCATION: Avonmore School, 7835 76 Ave NW

TIME: 6:30 p.m.

For more information, call us at 780-429-8000 or visit



Meet Rhonda Kozak - Our new Chair!

Alex Armstrong

Hello, my name is Rhonda Kozak and I am the new elected chair for the Nellie L McClung Educational Society.  This is a wonderful group of parent volunteers and teachers that I'm very fortunate and excited to be working with.

I am looking forward to a positive year of helping to continue the strong tradition of the Nellie McClung program.  This is a valuable inspiring program for young girls that is important to their leadership development.

As the program is under review by the Edmonton Public School Board, possible changes may be forthcoming.  My commitment as chair is to work hard to do what's best for the students, parents, program, schools and EPSB.

Please post your comments, ideas and inspiring stories to the ChooseNellie site and we will share them with EPSB.

Changes to the Nellie Program, AGM Oct 6, 2014

Alex Armstrong

Annual General Meeting Nellie L McClung Educational Society

October 6, 2014 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Oliver School Gym 10227 - 118 Street, Edmonton, AB

AGENDA Elect the 2014/15 NLMES Board

Important changes for the Nellie McClung program

Special guest: Constantine Kastrinos - ESPB


Changes for the Nellie McClung Program

The Nellie McClung Program has been educating and empowering young women since 1995.

The Nellie Program is entering a time of change. Due to declining enrolment, the Edmonton Public School Board has conducted a program review.

At the Annual General Meeting we will be joined by a representative from Edmonton Public Schools - Constantine Kastrinos, Consultant/Program Distribution Planning, Finance & Infrastructure. Mr. Kastrinos will be attending our Annual General Meeting to share some key findings from the program review. We have been advised that the District is not considering deactivating the program. It is, however, considering amalgamation.

As current President of the Nellie McClung Educational Society, I cannot stress the importance of every parent attending the Annual General Meeting so your voice can be heard in shaping the future of this very valuable program – Monday, October 6, 2014 will be a very important day in the history of the Nellie McClung Junior High Program – please attend to show your support and to demonstrate to the Edmonton Public School Board that this program is one that deserves their support and ongoing commitment.


The Nellie L McClung Educational Society believes in a collaborative partnership among staff, parents, community business and learning institutions. There is overwhelming research that indicates that children do better in school when their parents are involved in their education. 

We recognize that there are many parents within the Nellie Program, and we all have different preferred ways of being involved.

There are some who simply wish to carry out their role as parents.  There are some who are able to contribute their time and energy as volunteers.  There are still others who are able to become NLMES Board Members.  All three groups have important roles in helping their girls achieve success.

Please consider taking on a leadership, committee or volunteer role. The elected positions are listed on the back of this page and help with other projects like website maintenance, CEEDS activities, advertising and promotion is always welcome and appreciated.

Kim Matthews, NLMES President