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Agenda for the next School Council Meeting – Tues, May 15

ALL Parents and Guardians are welcome to attend all or part of the meeting and all are considered members of the Council!

Date: Tuesday, May 15th

Time: 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Gledhill School Library, 2nd Floor

Pizza will be provided! NOTE: There is no babysitting but kids are welcome to come and play quietly in the library or sit with their parents.

Note if the door is locked – please ring the bell and the caretaker will let you in.

Agenda Items

6:00pm to 6:15pm (housekeeping items) Approval of April meeting minutes – Found here

6:15pm to 7:30pm (main agenda items)

  • Round table introductions & overview for new comers
  • Marisa and Lindsay will present the findings from the winter parent engagement survey
  • Gledhill School Council Bylaws – vote to clarify that teachers are not voting members. Any other items parents wish to bring forward for changes may also be voted on (Committee would only like to change these once per year but all suggestions are welcome). Bylaws are located on the blog: https://gledhillguardian.com/council/regulations
  • Call out for volunteers: Breakfast Club, individual council events i.e. Skate Day and Family Fest
  • Chair Updates – Fundraising, Movie Night, Parent Engagement, Communications, Grants, Treasurer, Healthy Kids, Volunteer Coordinator, Ward and School Advocacy, and Eco

Principal’s update

Other Business – Open floor

Upcoming dates:

  • Spring Concert – May 23rd – Pizza and snacks will be sold
  • Pizza Lunch – June 1st
  • Bike Rally – June 5th
  • Next Council meeting – June 14
  • Family Fest – June 22nd
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Last Night’s Council Meeting Highlights and Minutes

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend last night’s council meeting.

For full meeting minutes from last night click HERE

Some highlights and time sensitive discussions included:

  1. Michelle Aarts from PIAC (Parent Involvement Advisory Committee) discussed all the resources they have to offer parents and school councils. Their website is www.torontopiac.com. She discussed important opportunities coming up within the TDSB for parents to learn and provide input:
  • TDSB Parents As Partners Conference Next Weekend (April 28): Community Advisory groups (French, Mental Health and Well being), registration for daycare is closed but you can still go. It’s a free conference for parents, has great resources, navigating special education, what to expect in high school, cultural differences – Location: Beanfield Center in Exhibition Place
  • French programs are being reviewed board wide – Throughout May, there are public forums being held at local schools for parent and teacher input. For dates and locations check out the TDSB site HERE

2. Breakfast Club: Several  volunteers have left and we are losing more people come fall. Some days may have to be cancelled because there is not enough adult supervision – team of current volunteers are meeting to determine the go forward plan. If the program needs to reduce to 4 or less days, parents will be advised in advance.

Reminder, Police checks are required to participate and this takes 3 months, if you have time to help even for an hour – please drop by and coordinate with the team or email jenniferscaife@royallepage.ca

3.  The school will be shut for the summer for construction. This will impact Terry Fox CC & Daycare.

4.  Phil Pothen – a parent from Secord PS came to seek Gledhill parent support on a couple of concerning issues:

  • May 15 – Barbara Gray head of Transportation is meeting with parents to think about Safe walking to school – pedestrian access – should there be additional crosswalks, parking signs etc.
    • Gledhill parents are encouraged to think about if your children’s walk to school could use improvements i.e. crossing Danforth, car dealership, buses not being able to park in front of school because of cars parked/congestion
  • Secord is over capacity (has 14 portables) and is concerned with new condos being constructed on the Danforth – there has not been funds directed to expand schools to accommodate
    • Secord is looking for parent engagement and there is a petition to call for community investment and collection of education enhancement charges – oriented towards Secord but Gledhill will be impacted downstream
    • More information will be posted about this on the blog when it becomes available

5. The council is doing a review of the Gledhill School Council Bi-Laws (see Blog https://gledhillguardian.com/council/regulations for details)

  • There will be a minor change for clarification that teachers are not voting members
  • Next meeting we will vote on this change (requirement) so if anyone else has changes they’d like to recommend, please bring them forward at the next meeting or email us at thegledhillguardian@gmail.com

Upcoming dates

  • Track and Field Day, April 26th
  • EQAO Info Night at Earl Beatty – 6-7pm April 26th
  • Pizza Day (Grades 1-6) – April 27th
  • Dance-A-Thon (Grades K-6) – May 11th (During school hours)
  • Movie Night – May 11th
  • Next Council meeting – May 15th
  • Special Folkfest at Ted Reeve Arena – Tuesday, May 22nd
  • Spring Concert – Wed, May 23rd
  • Family Fest – EVERYONE – June 22nd

And all past minutes from other meetings can be found HERE

School Council Meeting is Tomorrow Night – Pizza and childcare provided

Our Trustee, Sheila Cary-Meagher, will be our guest speaker for the last School Council meeting of 2017. 

ALL Parents and Guardians are welcome to attend all or part of the meeting and all are considered members of the Council!

Date: Tuesday, December 12th

Time: 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Gledhill School Library, 2nd Floor

Pizza and babysitting services will be provided!

Note if the door is locked – please ring the bell and the caretaker will let you in.

Agenda Items

6:00pm to 6:30pm (housekeeping items) Approval of November meeting minutes – Found here

6:30pm to 7:30pm (main agenda items)

  1. Discussion with Sheila Cary-Meagher, Trustee on role of the principal and trustee.
  2. Movement presentation (pitch for school event using council funds)
  3. Chair Updates – Fundraising, Movie Night, Parent Engagement, Communications, Grants, Healthy Kids, Volunteer Coordinator, Ward and School Advocacy, and Eco
  4. Principal’s update
  5. Update on workshops offered by Public Health Nurse

Other Business – Open floor

Upcoming dates

  • Pizza Day – December 15th
  • Potluck and Family Dance – January 18th
  • Next Council meeting – January 23rd, 2018

January Council Agenda Highlights:

  • Kindie Engagement – discuss opportunity for a special kindie movie night or snack event on pizza day

Agenda for Gledhill School Council Meeting – Tomorrow, Tues, Nov 21 at 6:00pm

Agenda for November’s School Council meeting

Please join us for the School Council meeting – All Parents and Guardians are welcome to attend all or part of the meeting and all are considered members of the Council!

Date: Tuesday, November 21st

Time: 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Gledhill School Library, 2nd Floor

Pizza will be provided!

Note if the door is locked – please ring the bell and the caretaker will let you in.

Agenda Items

6:00pm to 6:30pm (housekeeping items) Approval of October meeting minutes – Found HERE

6:30pm to 7:30pm (main agenda items)

  • Chair Updates – Fundraising, Movie Night, Parent Engagement, Communications, Grants, Healthy Kids, Volunteer Coordinator, Ward and School Advocacy, Eco, Governance
  • Principal’s update
  • Discussion: Interest in workshops offered by Public Health Nurse and timing-
  • Other Business – Open floor

Upcoming dates

  • Gledhill Goes to The Marlies Event – Dec 2nd
  • Movie Night – November 30th
  • Pizza Day – December 15th
  • Next Council meeting – December 14th

French Immersion Pathway to East York CI – Meeting Summary

DA Morrison Middle School hosted a meeting this evening to discuss the Gledhill  Jr. PS to DA Morrison Middle School to East York Collegiate Institute pathway for French Immersion students.

Two members of the TDSB were present and shared the following information:

  • In September 2018, Grade 8 French Immersion graduates from DA Morrison will join a group of Grade 8 French Immersion graduates from Clairlea PS to form the first class of French Immersion at East York CI.
  • It is the TDSB’s intention that staff will be hired accordingly to provide a viable program at East York CI.
  • Other schools will eventually join Gledhill in feeding DA Morrison’s FI program and then subsequently East York CI’s, beginning with Earl Beatty joining our Grade 6’s next year at DA Morrison and several others to follow in 3-4 years. This will result in a gradually increased FI cohort size.

Parents had many questions involving timing of new staff hiring, course selection and cohort size at East York CI. There was discussion of a follow up meeting involving the Principal of East York CI and different TDSB members who would be equipped to answer some of the questions posed.

We will post any future meeting dates as they arise.

For information on what French Immersion in Secondary School entails you can visit

http://www.tdsb.on.ca/Elementary-School/School-Choices/French-Programs/Secondary-Programs

School Council Election Results

A big thank you to everyone who attended our first school council meeting! We had a large turnout with many people offering their services to help out the council this year.

Names were put forth for the following council positions and none were contested, so all positions were acclaimed without needing paper ballots:

Your 2016/2017 School Council includes:

Chair: Andrea N-E

Secretary: Jill K-A

Treasurer: Jennifer R

Eco-chair: Amy T

Parent Class Rep: Colette B

Ward & School Rep: Marni K & Heather C

Communications chair: Stephanie R

Volunteer chair: Leslie V

Parent Engagement Chair: Maxine W

Fundraising co-chairs: Melissa H and Scarlett S

Healthy Kids co-chairs: Jill K-A and Naomi W

Governance chair: Lexi E

If you were unable to make the meeting and are interested in getting involved, please email: thegledhillguardian@gmail.com.

Meeting minutes will be posted after each meeting on this site under “Council” and then “Minutes.”

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 25. All parents are voting members of the school council and welcome to attend any meeting. Housekeeping items will be discussed 6-6:30 and main agenda items will begin at 6:30pm. Childcare and snacks will always be provided!

Did someone say “Pizza, Childcare and Conversations with Adults?” School Council Meeting tonight – 6pm

Yes, it’s true!

Our first School Council Meeting of the year is tonight in the library on the 2nd floor – 6pm -7:30pm.

Tonight’s Agenda

6:00pm to 6:30pm (housekeeping items)

Approval of previous meeting minutes – June 7, 2016 (5 minutes)

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BxnaJnOHY6K-Q2J6VjIxSDFTZ2M

Chair Updates – Parent Engagement, Communications, Fundraising, Grants, Healthy Kids, Volunteer, Parent Class Representatives, Ward and School Advocacy, Eco, Governance (25 minutes)

* Pizza lunch dates

* Movie night dates

6:30pm to 7:30pm (main agenda items)

Welcome and introductions (10 minutes)

Principal’s update (10 minutes)

* September class reorganization update

Council position elections for 2016/17 (30 minutes – FOR DECISION for positions not needing voting)

* Update about process

* Overview of positions

* Confirm next steps and timing

Other Business (10 minutes)

Adjournment

Upcoming dates

* TBC once this year’s Council is in place


Each Gledhill parent brings their own set of unique skills and experiences and we encourage everyone to consider where theirs could be helpful to the council.

Council roles are one year terms, so executive positions which need filling each September are:

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. People are welcome to put their name forth as a single Chair or two people can choose to put their names forth as a Co-chair partnership.

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. (Note: Our outgoing 2015/2016 Treasurer will be available to help anyone interested in assuming this role)

Additional Chair Positions which need filling include:

Parent Engagement Chair, Communications Chair, Fundraising Chair, Grants Chair, Healthy Kids Chair, School Improvement Chair, Volunteer Chair, Parent Class Representatives Chair, Ward and School Advocacy Chair, Eco Chair,  and Governance Chair.

Full Descriptions of the electable roles can found here:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BxnaJnOHY6K-VzBmVTEtaGNFQjQ

If you are interested in putting your name forth for a position, please complete this declaration form and submit it to the office before dismissal on Thursday, Sept 22 or at the meeting tonight.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BxnaJnOHY6K-eVJuQXE4TFZiS1E

We will discuss the role of School Council and review our elected positions. At that point, anyone interested in putting their name forward for a council role will be encouraged to do so and voting will take place. All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend regardless of whether they are interested in holding an elected position or not.

Can’t make the meeting? No worries. You can fill out your voting ballot in the school office from Friday, Sept 23 through Tuesday, Sept 27. Results will be announced on Wednesday, Sept 28th.

If you have any questions about the elected council positions, please email us at thegledhillguardian@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you tonight!