Welcome & Introductions 7:00 – 7:10
- Introductions completed around the group; big group of people.
- Snack and lunch discussion added to agenda.
- Attendance sheet completed.
Principal Report7:10 – 8:00
- Welcome to our standing room only meeting.
- First week very busy; schedules being adjusted to; we try to make school comfortable for all students.
- Some class sizes are not meeting board recommendations; another teacher has been brought in for the large English 2/3 class so now it is split into a 2 and 3 class; there might be more adjustments to come but communication will be sent home; transitions might be difficult but we try to make as smooth as possible.
- Board foci:
- Have all Grade 1 students reading at grade level.
- Push towards equity for all students; provide same opportunities to all students; school tries to give a balance for all students.
- Facilities update:
- New furniture in library and library re-painted; school council funded improvements.
- Large portion of the school has been repainted over the summer.
- New ramps installed for accessibility; at cafeteria and auditorium.
- Hoping to get field improved as next steps.
- Amount of flooding and frequency has been reduced.
- Screening of all Grade 3 students will happen early October; provides teachers with information about kids and learning needs; called a CCAT test; results stay within TDSB.
- Friday update used to communicate school news and upcoming important dates.
- Thursday, September 20 is Meet the Teacher Night; pre-event in cafeteria: bake sale and pizza available; gym uniforms will be sold.
- Cash online used for purchasing school items/ trips etc.
- Dress code; board has sent parameters and asking for volunteers to look at recommendations. This is to be reviewed every three years.
Ms. Overland (New Vice-Principal)
- Lunch time programs discussion.
- Traditionally done on Monday and Friday.
- Summary of past programs handed out.
- In house coding not currently available as teacher left school.
- In house LEGO robotics will be available.
- Subsidies will be looked at on a one-by-one basis with the third party company offerings.
- Only applies to Grade 1-5.
- Outside companies using the space; office facilitates.
- Catered to lower grades as higher grades have in house sports programs so it fills the space.
- Decision for first term is Mad Science and Arts in Action.
- Chess and Math clubs also running.
- Caring and Safe Schools Committee – comprised of a parent volunteer; staff and admin; types of initiatives include pink day; looking at orange day in regards to indigenous; two parents volunteered and are to contact Heather Overland firstname.lastname@example.org
- School transportation.
- Adjustment period at beginning of year.
- Morning – One bus not on time but has been adjusted and now on time.
- Afternoon – Posted schedule and bus departure timings are not aligned but working to have schedule fixed; 1 of 3 fixed but other 2 soon.
- Roots of Empathy program – hosted here last 2 years; facilitated by a trained RoE facilitator; a baby joins the classroom; discuss empathy around the baby’s growth; JE accepted into the program but baby needed! Baby needs to be between 2-4 months old as of October.
- PALS – playground activity leaders in schools – developed by Toronto Public Health; Grade 4 & 5 students trained in different games and lead these games on the playground with younger students; program will run again with Mme. Lemieux and Mme. Gitto; starting in October.
- Thank you for furniture upgrades! Library to be open at lunch hours for Grade 3-8 for homework and quiet reading; to start shortly.
- Scholastic Book Fair – in music room November 14-21; looking for volunteers to set-up, teardown or cash; Leah Kirkpatrick to be heading volunteers.
- Eco-Schools – Platinum certification reached in June; gearing up for first fundraiser; November 7-16 – Bag2School.
- Mme. Easton looking for volunteers for kinder snack program; contact kindergarten teacher if interested; communication will be sent out as well.
- Cross country training started; Grade 2-3 training on site; Grade 6-8 with Mr. Poyser in morning.
- Grades 6-8 girls and boys soccer and football starting next week.
- Photo day on October 2.
- Terry Fox Run is scheduled for September 28.
SAC Board Business 8: 00 – 8:55
- Parent Rep Program – one parent for each classroom used to send info out to rest of class from school and school council; enews from school council which you sign up for; both programs were run historically before the Friday Update started; looking at disbanding these programs.
- Curriculum Night – Thursday, September 20, 6:30-8:00.
- Cafeteria – pizza will be on sale; bake sale as well; BYOWB; limited supply of JE water bottles will be on sale as well ($10?).
- Ukulele Program – all grade 3 students offered ukulele instruction; fully funded by SAC; has been offered for 9 years now; runs every Tuesdays; lunch program offered for older students; historically has been $7000 and this year has asked for $9000; taught during curriculum; only school that does this; USchool.ca; it is a charity; lunch program is $8/lesson; starts 1st week of October; $7000 approved and will look at additional increase in October.
- Lice Check Program.
- Request has been made to bring a 3rd company in to do a preventative check.
- Nit Wits; $1.50/child per visit; offers a parent info session; 10% gift back program; 4 head check vouchers; ask for a $5 contribution for parents; perhaps focus on younger grades.
- Currently if lice are found a public health nurse is called in to check rest of class.
- Decision is to wait until need is seen; ask for info session.
- Procedure is to send a letter home to entire class; school asks that child be treated for lice and then return to school.
- Snack Program.
- Kindergarten have snack in the morning; 2-3 different food groups; leftovers available in afternoon.
- Purpose is to expose children to different types of food; to ensure kids get a nutritious snack; parents pay an amount for the year and it is subsidized through TFSS.
- SAC Budget 2017-18
- Pizza lunch; fresh from the farm; contribution; movie night.
- At risk programs: QSP; poinsettia sales; Marlies game; danceathon.
- Need help with a number of fundraising activities; need chairs for these events; mentoring available.
- 2 sign-ups for poinsettia help.
- QSP phasing out; will reduce focus this year; will try to supplement with another more relevant fundraiser.
- Approval to purchase prizes for Fresh From The Farm granted; parent has a discount.
- Summary – full report at October meeting.
Open Positions / Nominations
- Open positions: Fundraising Chair, Dance-a-thon, QSP, Poinsettia, Toronto Marlies Game.
Other Business 8:55 – 9:00
- Felicia Seto-Lau, our Ward 3 PIAC rep, is joining us to discuss the Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (PIAC) and she is looking for a co-chair to support this role.
- PIAC Rep – mandate is to advise board on parent engagement issues and concerns; also to support school councils and their activities; also to support parents and their concerns and to help at home; Parent Conference on 17th – free babysitting; another in April; need 2 reps for the Ward and looking for another volunteer; Felicia will leave contact info; there is also a blog for the Ward that can be used to post events.
Meeting Ends 9: 00
Next Meetings: October 11, November 22 (tentative), January 10, February 7, April 4, May 9
Trustee Pamela Gough – sign up for her monthly e-newsletter at www.tdsb.on.ca/ward3/Ward3.aspx or follow her on Twitter @pamelagough