Essex PS School Council Meeting
June 12, 2018
Class placement meetings have been completed. The model is similar to this year but now we have a 2/3. Erin Corcoran is moving to the MART Role. Elise Greenberg will be returning from parental leave to fill the JK/SK position.
Wizard of Oz was a huge success. All classes participated including the ISP classes. Primary concert is tomorrow night.
Mr. Quon is on a leave and Bob Pelletier is filling in in the office for the next two weeks. At this point there are no changes in administration for next year.
Air conditioners have been installed in the library so we now have an operational cooling station.
Teachers are finishing up report cards and planning end of year trips etc.
We were accepted as an OPAL school and the lead team is meeting with EarthPlay on Thursday July 21st at 3:30pm
There will be a talent show on the last day of school.
Ideas for next year:
Work on a calendar with parent council meetings, pizza lunch dates and school assemblies etc.
Have a student from Grade 7/8 as a parent council rep who brings ideas/report to council
Next year we need teacher rep for council, have one teacher sign up each month
Safe and caring schools committee needs a parent rep to meet once every month or two to discuss school climate, discipline etc.
Yoga for next year
We want to see about other options for next year
There may be a TDSB list of approved vendors, we can look into
We are looking for a similar price ($2 per kid)
Kate will do some research and let us know the options
We counted money today – cash plus credit card $ from the square and sponsorship money from Hawthorne and then there will be a few expenses. Net amount will be announced when it is final.
We need to get a cheque from Hawthorne for sponsorship- email Naakai
We need to confirm plans for the money.
One idea is to purchase four more picnic tables, two for the primary yard and 2 for the front yard.
There is $12,000 in the bank, minus expenditures approved for this year. We should have some balance at the beginning of the year in order to make spending decisions early next year rather than waiting.
Form is done
Allison is going to arrange the orders, allergy stuff in the fall
Deb will take care of the cheques/$ end
We need 3 volunteers per lunch and a coordinating team
Jessica will make a google doc to arrange volunteers and try to approach specific people to find a coordinator for the year
PRO grant for next year is done, Harry has signed it
This year $500 went to the math night and $500 went toward the Pow Wow Experience
Next year look into a social media/screen time workshop
Roles for Next Year
Deb is going to act as Treasurer, nominated by Melissa and seconded by Jessica
Melissa is going to take on the chair role, nominated by Debbie and seconded by Jessica
Darci will continue with spirit wear
Jessica/Allison will start pizza lunch and try to pass on role
We need a secretary for next year
Carla, a new parent, has volunteered to be the blog person
Look for people to run book sale next year and for Spring Fling committee
Kate and Allison will do silent auction again next year in November
Snack Program for next year
We have the snack grant from Toronto Foundation for Student Success for next year
Ideally someone who comes in for 2 hours each morning and then has a lunchroom supervisor role to try to prepare snack fresh
Right now Nancy does the job, we would like to find out if she wants to continue
Rephrasing the snack form so parents do not feel it is optional and see the benefits for all kids in the school, Kate will work on re-branding it
Food and Wellness activities for next year and other new ideas
For next year it would be great to do some cooking with classes, perhaps a call out to volunteers for parents who are chefs or home chefs and could run workshops
We could offer individual teachers money to run community lunches once a term
Also we would like to support Wellness Days once per term
Maybe a dance party for next year sponsored by parent council
Melissa will do a coffee and treats for the first day of school in September
Lemonade party the week before school starts in the kindy schoolyard, Mrs. Costa has offered to be here, August 28th after school from 4-5pm
Allison usually arranges a meet up the week after school starts in the park
Jessica can do book sale and Bag2School in the fall
Jessica will do Early Reading Club again to try and get volunteers for next year
Kate wants to do a mentoring group for girls next year, this year we used Big Brothers and Big Sisters and Leslie would like to do it again for Grades 6-8
School Council approved a small fund to purchase thank you gifts as a token of our appreciation to lunchroom supervisor staff and a contribution to refreshments for teachers as a thank you for all of their hard work this year.
First parent council meeting next year will be Oct. 2nd at 6pm in the library