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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

Provincial Champs Again! Avonmore Nellie McClung Pom Team

Kay Zdrill

The Avonmore Pom team concluded their season this semester. The team competed in and won 5 competitions this year. The season was capped with a trip to Lethbridge to compete in the Junior High Cheer and Pom Provincial Championships during which the team reclaimed their Provincial Champion Title for the 4th consecutive year!

Congratulations goes to Coach Rae-lee Prochnau and dancers Elyse Boisvert, Serena Deschner, Sadie Fullam, McKenna McCombe, Alexis Baker, Wyatt Basford, Emma Depeel, Yuria Konda, Emily Moore, Tatum Dauk and MsKenna McKeaveney on another successful and fun season!


Despite long, proud history of participation on the tarmac and in the sky, female pilots are still a rarity

Kay Zdrill

Women aren’t just painted on the sides of planes anymore, they’re in the pilot’s seat. Daisy Mae adorns the side of a plane at the Alberta Aviation Museum. CLAIRE THEOBALD Edmonton Examiner

Women aren’t just painted on the sides of planes anymore, they’re in the pilot’s seat. Daisy Mae adorns the side of a plane at the Alberta Aviation Museum. CLAIRE THEOBALD Edmonton Examiner

A recent article in the Edmonton Examiner describes the current state of female pilots in Canada, with Victoria Hendricks (a former Nellie!) weighing in.