Foothills Parents

Foothills Academy Parents Association

Supporting the Students of Foothills Academy

FAPA is a community of concerned parents dependent upon one another for mutual support

Statement of Mission

“The Mission of the Foothills Academy Parents’ Association is to advocate for the right of children with learning disabilities to realize their full potential through education.” 

Foothills Academy Parents Association (known as FAPA) is a community of concerned parents dependent upon one another for mutual support. We are linked in partnership with the Foothills Academy Board of Governors and the Foothills Academy Staff. Together we are dedicated to producing a positive environment for our children through advocacy, communication, social events and the community at large.


As a parent/guardian of a child at Foothills Academy, membership in FAPA is mandatory. FAPA charges each parent family $30.00 annually to support our various initiatives. The membership fee is submitted annually when the student is registered at the school.

General Meetings

FAPA and Foothills Academy Society host two general meetings per school year and parents are expected to attend. The first meeting is held in September and coincides with our Meet the Teachers Night. The annual general meeting is the final meeting each year which takes place in early June and includes the election of a new FAPA executive and the presentation of the annual audited financial statements.

Monthly Meetings

In addition to the general meetings, FAPA holds monthly meetings which are generally held on the second Tuesday of the month from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the school. The board meetings are open to all parents to attend and will typically include an update from the school administration along with other FAPA matters.


All families make a commitment for the major annual fundraising events including all or parts of the Car Raffle, Fall Funtasia, the Calgary Marathon, the Gordon Hoffman Golf Charity Golf Classic, and a casino (every 18 to 24 months). Through these efforts, bursary funds are then made available to any family in need of financial assistance to attend our school. One of FAPA’s roles is to coordinate and support these fundraising efforts to raise money for the school bursary fund.

FAPA Fees Support Scholarships for Graduating Students

The annual scholarship awards are another initiative that FAPA undertakes. The purpose of the awards is to recognize students for their efforts during their stay at our school. FAPA awards three $500 scholarships to graduating students. The awards are intended to be used for furthering their education and/or self-improvement. Applications are available in early spring and FAPA presents the awards at the graduation ceremonies.

Other Ways FAPA Supports Foothills Academy

FAPA In addition, FAPA is involved with advocacy, parent communication, social and extracurricular events, and supporting the school through various volunteer opportunities. 


FAPA believes that good communication is vital to the overall success of the students' time at Foothills Academy. Therefore, we make every effort to ensure information is shared between administration, staff, students and parents. Since "backpack mail" is the least reliable way to communicate, FAPA updates are included in the weekly Foothills Academy School E-News, which is emailed on Tuesdays.

Members of FAPAWe encourage you to get involved with FAPA. Your involvement will be rewarding, informative and fun. And, it's a good way to meet other parents and make new friends who share the common bond of having children with Learning Disabilities.

Foothills Academy Parents Association (FAPA) Board
2019 - 2020
President Kathy Laycock
Vice-President Angie Bishop
Secretary Jill Hickling
Treasurer Brenda Hughes
Car Raffle Chair Gord Laughy
Casino Co-Chairs Patty Stinson, Stephanie Nicholl
Past-President Russell Murray
Members-at-Large Lehman Cameron
  Eileen Cooke   
  Kathryn MacNeil  
  Danica Marshall
  Michelle Martin   
  Deanna Maynard
  Bob Morton  
  Heather Parkinson
  Alma Rosales