The first School Council Meeting and Election is on Thursday, September 19th at 6pm in the library.
No contribution is too small. Learn how you can volunteer, chair a committee, or feel free to just come and listen in. The meeting will cover initiatives for the year and election of the council positions. All help and ideas are welcome.
Next week we’ll provide the agenda other information you’ll need but we wanted to provide an overview of the roles available for the Election.
Elected Council positions: Council Chair/Co-chair, Secretary and Treasurer
Committees: Parent Engagement, Communications, Fundraising, Grants, Healthy Kids, School Improvement, Volunteer Coordination, Ward and School Advocacy, Eco and Governance
School Council Chair / Co-Chair – provides leadership and guidance to the Council, liaises with the Principal and Vice Principal on School Council related matters and represents the Council at external Toronto District School Board (TDSB) meetings, as required.
Secretary – provides organizational oversight for the Council, including attending and taking minutes at each School Council meeting, preparing these minutes for draft review, and assisting in the creation and sharing of meeting agendas. The Secretary also ensures that agendas and minutes are shared on the School Council website.
Treasurer – responsible for maintaining the School Council financial records including issuing cheques, making bank deposits, preparing financial statements (including annual statements to the TDSB), and bank account reconciliations. The Treasurer is a signatory on the bank account.
Parent Engagement – leads activities such as “Coffee and Conversation” to gain input from parents regarding activities of the Council, the school, and the TDSB and to foster an environment of diversity and inclusion. They act as a point of contact to parents by providing information about Council and school activities and connecting parents with available resources.
Communications – works to communicate Council, school and TDSB information to the Gledhill community of parents and teachers, using a variety of communications channels (blog, Facebook, Twitter, school bulletin board and paper notices). This includes posting the daily announcements to http://www.gledhillguardian.com.
Fundraising – oversees and coordinates fundraising activities by organizing and implementing a fundraising plan and working with fundraising leads and committees for various fundraising initiatives. Funds raised via this role are key to student enrichment activities at Gledhill. Events include things like Family Fest, pizza lunches and family movie nights.
Grants – seeks out available grant opportunities, determines if the grant would be advantageous to the school, and leads the preparation and submission of grants on behalf of the Council, with input and support from various people (parents, teachers, Principal/Vice Principal), as required.
Healthy Kids – plans for and implements initiatives, with input and support from the School Council, with the aim to support and improve the health and wellbeing of students at Gledhill. Includes coordination of events such as the annual Skate Day.
School Improvement – determines opportunities for the Council to assist Gledhill in improving the physical space at the school and leads any improvement efforts on behalf of the Council.
Volunteer Coordination – oversees the recruiting of volunteers for Council events, including fundraisers and activities, and works with event leads to ensure that events are supported by volunteers, as required.
Ward and School Advocacy – attends Ward 16 School Trustee meetings and other related meetings, if required, and reports back to the Council on relevant information and learnings.
ECO – plans for and implements eco initiatives at the school with input and support from the School Council, and may support current eco school initiatives such as assisting with the school garden. Includes coordination of events such as the annual Bike Rally.
Governance – is responsible for planning for and overseeing the Council elections as per the legislative and School Council bylaw requirements.