Meeting Minutes Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 7 – 8:30 pm

Welcome​​​​​​​​​​ 7:00 – 7:10

​No additional agenda items

Attendance sheet completed

Principal Report​​​​​​​​​ 7:10– 7:26

Mr. Howe

  • See Spot Run was a success
  • Fresh From the Farm fundraiser is completed
  • PIAC conference – scheduled for November 25, 2017 – registration is full
  • School photos have been taken, including retakes and sibling photo night. The ordered photos have not yet arrived. We are looking for feedback on the sibling photo offering, to know if this should be scheduled again in coming years.
  • As of 1 week ago – we are using cash online option for the school
  • Progress reports went home yesterday
    • The objective of this report is to advise parents on their student’s progress to date
    • For report cards issued in February – cover the entire term 1 (Sept to Jan)
    • During parent/teacher interviews, be sure to focus on your questions since time is limited. Recommendation to focus on a couple of topics vs everything
  • Book fair begins this week
  • Police officer program in high schools was under review
    o There was a decision to suspend the program, while the review took place
    o Surveyed 15,000 students in the schools that had the officers
    o Report recommended suspending program
  • Equity task force report
    • There were approximately 20 meetings, where groups across TDSB reviewed data
    • The full report is on the TDBS website (http://www.tdsb.on.ca/Community/How-to-Get-Involved/Enhancing-Equity-Task-Force/Enhancing-Equity-Task-Force-Recommendations)
    • TDSB is looking for recommendations/feedbackand deadline to provide feedback is November 20th
    • There was a consideration to eliminate specialized programs but based on public feedback, this is no longer planned to occur
    • Family and parent feedback is appreciated by the TDSB
    • Big area of focus for the board is equity and the report provides the definition of equity. TDSB wants to remove barriers for students.
  • Building maintenance update:
    o Brickwork
    ▪ Scaffolding is still up
    ▪ Due to heritage building designation, have to replace brick as it was originally constructed
    o Auditorium
    ▪ Stage curtains have been taken down
    ▪ While the curtains are down, there is a plan to refinish the stage floor with a darker stain
    ▪ New black curtains will be installed
    • Winter concert is December 13th

Mr. Parvatam ​​​​​​​​​7:26 – 7:30

• A chart has been added to the Friday update for the ongoing activities. Activities that are not routine, such as practices are not included
• Grade 7 & 8 students participated in the Beaver Computing Challenge
o 60 students signed up
o Finishing tomorrow – challenge was done in three groups
• Pythagoras Math Contest (Grades 5 & 6) – the practices are starting, contest is in April
• Parents should go through the lost and found – items are being put out for teacher interviews​

​​Teacher’s Report 7:30 – 7:35

Mme Smith

• There is a call to ask for help from parents to make costumes
• Helmets needed for skating – specifically for adult volunteers
• Social network safety presentation was highly successful

SAC Board Business ​​​​​​​​​7:35 – 8:26

Programs

• Scholastic Book Sale (Nov 15-22) was set up today and opens tomorrow
• Volunteers needed to help younger students select books & manage purchase of books, if interested in volunteering please contact SAC sacinfo
• Winter Coat Drive – supporting Children’s Breakfast Club. Donations accepted until November 27. Coats, hats, mitts, sweaters, all sizes infant to adult, are being accepted, a donation box is set up in the school’s main lobby

Fundraising

• See Spot Run, Fresh from the Farm & Samko fundraisers are complete, and Fundraising Contribution Letter fundraiser is also complete
• QSP Magazine fundraiser – extended until November 17
• Poinsettias fundraising letters are being sent home next week. Orders are due November 29. They will be delivered on December 6 to the school
• Toronto Marlies – planned for March 25, 2018

Treasurer’s Report

• Motion approved to accept SAC 2017/2018 Budget
• Motion approved to reimburse the purchase of a water cooler
• Flip give fundraiser ongoing year-round, Here’s the link: https://indigo.flipgive.com/teams/57573-reading-rocks-at-john-english?fundraiser_id=206155

Other Business

• Instrumental Music Program update – very difficult to expand the instrumental music allocation within a school, based on a letter received from a program coordinator of music at TDSB recently
• Street safety on Mimico Avenue traffic speeds are a concern to residents and the school community – there are 2 signs stating 30 km/hr. speed limit and working to obtain School Zone signs or a stop sign somewhere along Mimico Avenue

Meeting Ends​​​​​​​​​ 8:26

Open Positions

• Health & Safety (transition year with Craig)
• Anyone who is interested in position please contact SAC sacinfo

Next Meetings – Thursday, January 11, Wednesday, February 7, Thursday, April 5, Wednesday, May 9