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PSDS School Community Council meeting minutes                                   June 5, 2017

Welcome

Attending: Jane Thomson (Trustee); Tami Phillips (co-chair); Crystal Marler (Playground Committee); Dan Hardman (Playground Committee); Todd Wainwright (Principal); Tracey Dinsmore (incoming Vice Principal), Velvet Rollin (outgoing Vice Principal; minutes).

Minutes:
Parent Council Report:
No report.

Principal Report:
Fundraising: Todd shared the list of fundraising events held for the grade 7 and 8 trips, whether they benefited individuals or the larger group, as well as the total raised. Total was over $9000 of the approximately
$20 000 total cost.
Next year’s activities: Todd shared that we will use this year’s activities as the basis for planning for next year.
Staffing:
Todd shared that we will have an increase in administrators to 2.5 from 2.0.
EA support has increased by 0.5 EAs.
Office staff has increased 0.2 (equivalent of 1 more day per week for 1 office professional).
Anti-bullying: Todd said we would have a school-wide emphasis on acceptance and diversity next year for character development across the school. Big Kid Entertainment is putting on an assembly for elementary grades in September and an Indigenous Elder is coming to work with the staff around cultural sensitivity in the fall. We can then teach what we’ve learned to the students.

Playground:
Crystal and Velvet presented ideas for painting games on our pavement
Tracy indicated that the board has stencils and paint for painting on our tarmac.

Student Council Report:
Students voted on what to do with the $2500 raised by ELE Student Council this year.
So far:
$600 to Foster Child
$500 to keep for money base for next year’s activities
So $1400 to spend:
Gym equipment $600
Skateboard Park donation $400
Playground $100
School Clothes $200

Plus the Nickel War fundraiser for the Playground: approximately $500 raised.

Grade 8 Fundraisers (Tami and Todd):
Garage Sale and car wash Fundraiser went well ~$400 raised.
Fish Fry went well as well ~$2000 raised.

Jane Thomson:
Went to the Ontario Rural Education Symposium during the day and met with Ministry representatives.
Budget will be at the board meeting tomorrow night.

Other:
President’s Choice also offers grants for student nutrition programs. Think about applying for this support next year. Action Item: Crystal Marler.

SCC Barbeque followed by Secondary Awards Night: Thursday September 21st, 2017.

SCC Meetings for 2017/18:
Mondays: September 11th, October 2nd, November 6th, January 8th 2018 February 5th, April 9th , May 7th , June 4th.

SCC Meeting Adjournment: Moved by Tami and Seconded by Dan.

This is the last SCC Meeting for the year.  Thanks to everyone who attended and contributed to make our school better and better.

School priorities
1.      Ensure a safe and welcoming school environment, Mindfulness…
2.      Student achievement in EQAO math and literacy.
3.      Meet the learning needs of students with exceptionalities as required in their IEPs  
4.      Use learning strategies that work for FNMI youth.





PSDS School Community Council meeting notes                             Monday May 8, 2017

Welcome

Attending: Jane Thomson (Trustee); Courtney Rhodes; Crystal Marler (Playground Committee); Dan Hardman (Playground Committee); Todd Wainwright (Principal); Velvet Rollin (Vice Principal; minutes).

Minutes: We did not have quorum to pass the minutes.

Parent Council Report:
No report.

Principal Report:
Todd shared our upcoming events.

School Climate Survey information went home with students in the May newsletter. Access codes are in the newsletter.

Student Council Report:
No report.

Jane Thomson:
The Chair of the Board Parent Involvement Committee was hoping to visit us tonight, but could not make it.

Budget process is just beginning at the Board level because the Ministry was late releasing information regarding money for next year.

Accommodation Reviews are finished for the year. Need to be careful regarding community dollars going to schools because of the lack of big companies in some communities.

Ontario Rural Education Symposium coming up in Markdale – the date was not available tonight.

Other:
Crystal had heard that claiming your school is nut-free puts you at risk of being sued. Velvet looked it up could not find any evidence that anyone has successfully sued a school for claiming it is nut-free.  

Discussion around there needing to be consistency in what is on both sides of the building…ex. cameras. Parents identified that having cameras on the Elementary side would help with identifying some of the issues we have there.

Concerns re: teachers checking voicemail. Parent

Acknowledgements for donations.

Grade 8 fundraising – concern for all the fundraising happening. Parent was not sure what the purpose of the fundraising was, to reduce her own child’s cost of the trip, or to cover the cost of students who can’t afford the trip. Mr. Wainwright shared that the parent committee decided that some of the fundraising would go towards decreasing the costs for students who did not have the funds to cover the cost of the trip, each student would benefit from their personal fundraising efforts, and the rest would be shared among all students.

Grade 7 fundraising – community is “sick” of fundraising and grade 7s are frustrated.

Recommendation is that next year there be a standard that anyone who wants to do any fundraising in the school attends the October Parent Council meeting to make a propposal.

Fundraising in Schools BP4655-D
According to Board Policy BP4655-D at the beginning of each school year, the principal of schools engaged in fundraising will prepare an annual fund raising plan (see AF 4655) in consultation with and upon the advice of school council and /or a school fundraising committee operating in the name of the school. The plan will include all planned fundraising activities by classrooms, teams, school councils, etc. The allocation of funds raised shall be fully disclosed at the beginning of the process.

School Generated Funds - Roles and Responsibilities AP 4661-D
According to Administrative Procedure AP 4661-D
School Community Councils and Other Fundraising Groups:
  • Ensure that the sources and uses of School Community Councils and other fundraising groups generated funds comply with board policy and the established guidelines and are approved by the principal.
  • Ensure fundraising activities involving the students and/or the school are in compliance with board policies and no direct or indirect benefit is derived by a member of the School Community Council and /or other fundraising groups.
  • Ensure that members of School Community Councils and other fundraising groups are aware that where conflicts of interest exist, they are disclosed.
  • Distribute and/or make available the annual financial reports of School Community Councils and other fundraising groups
  • Review records of the School Community Councils and other fundraising groups periodically.
  • Ensure that the Treasurer presents the financial report at meetings of the School Community Councils and other fundraising groups.
  • Ensure that all records and financial reports are available for review at the school.
These minutes will be shared with staff at our May Staff Meeting.

Playground Committee
Fundraising ideas – tree sale – pre-orders only with a delivery date. Spoke to Community Relations at Grey Sauble – White Pine, Spruce, Cedar and Silver Maple (bare root seedlings) recommended – come from native seeds in our area. For Earth Day Grey Sauble does an Earth Day Fundraiser – walk. 50% of money to school, the other 50% to Grey Sauble Conservation. If we can make the ideas mesh with other fundraisers that would be ideal. Scrapbooking day tentatively next January as a possible fundraiser. Possible family game night. P/J/I dance fundraiser. Selling chocolate bars on the May 24th weekend.

Dime/nickel war fundraiser for Playground Committee will be taking place May 15-19 and run by Student Council.

Nicole Campbell at BPDS is a master fundraiser. Jane Thomson will link Crystal to Nicole.

SCC Meeting unofficially adjourned by Crystal and Seconded by Dan.

SCC Meetings scheduled for the remainder of the year:
Monday June 5 at 7:00 pm in the Round Room.

School priorities
1.      Ensure a safe and welcoming school environment, Mindfulness…
2.      Student achievement in EQAO math and literacy.
3.      Meet the learning needs of students with exceptionalities as required in their IEPs  
4.      Use learning strategies that work for FNMI youth.


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PSDS School Community Council meeting minutes                           Tuesday April 4, 2017

Welcome

Attending: Tami Phillips (chair); Megan Jones (Elementary Student Council Staff Supervisor); Crystal Marler (Playground Committee); Dan Hardman (Playground Committee); Jessica Berg; Todd Wainwright (Principal); Velvet Rollin (Vice Principal; minutes).

Minutes: Moved to pass by Crystal Marler. Seconded by Tami Phillips. Passed.

Parent Council Report:
Tami reported that Jane Thompson, our trustee, delivered Parent Council Guidelines to Tami after the last SCC meeting. Guidelines will be stored in Todd’s office. Parents at SCC agreed that we do not need to make photocopies of the large document, but that parents would access online or borrow the original document from Todd.

Principal Report:
Todd shared our upcoming events.

Velvet shared the results of our staff discussions around improving student behaviour at PSDS; with the opportunity for parents to add their input. Comments from parents were that they were pleased to see teachers identify the same issues they feel we have. Input from students in grades 5-8 is also being sought. Mlle Francoeur has already started these conversations with students.

Student Council Report:
Mrs. Jones shared that the Grade 6-8 Dance will be Friday April 28th from 6:30-8:30pm. Cost will be $5 and cost includes a bottle of water. Baked goods will be sold as a fundraiser. Grade 6-8s will provide the baked goods and grade 5s will volunteer to staff the baking tables with relief by Mrs. Jones once in a while so they can dance for a short bit. We have 4 teacher chaperones and Mr. Wainwright. Student Council would appreciate one parent chaperone.

Other:
Crystal had heard that claiming your school is nut-free puts you at risk of being sued. Follow-up: Admin will look into this.
Playground Committee has proposed a “duct tape Mr. Wainwright to the wall” fundraiser. Student Council loved the idea. SCC approves. Mr. Wainwright agreed.

Playground meeting will take place immediately after this meeting.

SCC Meeting adjourned.

SCC Meetings scheduled for the remainder of the year:
Monday May 8th; Monday June 5 at 7pm in the Round Room.

School priorities
1.      Ensure a safe and welcoming school environment, Mindfulness…
2.      Student achievement in EQAO math and literacy.
3.      Meet the learning needs of students with exceptionalities as required in their IEPs  
4.      Use learning strategies that work for FNMI youth.

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PSDS School Community Council meeting minutes                           Monday March 6, 2017

Attending: Tami Phillips (chair); Jon Phillips; Jackson Phillips and Evan Grundman (Elementary Student Council Reps); Megan Jones (Elementary Student Council Staff Supervisor); Crystal Marler (Playground Committee); Todd Wainwright (Principal); Jessica Berg; Kate Rubenstein-Gilbert (Community Police Officer); Susan Canton; Dan Hardman (Playground Committee); Velvet Rollin (Vice Principal; minutes); Sarah Mann.

Minutes reviewed. Moved to pass by Tami Phillips. Seconded by Sarah Mann. Passed.


Student Council Report:
Dance could be Friday April 7th or 21st from 6:30-8:30pm. Looking for 2 parent volunteers. We have 2 teacher chaperones and an administrator.

Listed activities for this week’s for March Madness.

Student Council has $2000 in our account. They would like to have $500 in account at all times. Looking at supporting the school, the community and the world. They gave some ideas of what they are thinking of supporting. Mrs. Gilbert’s class is doing a survey to ask all students in the school what they would like to support with their money.

Input from Parents:
A parent on the playground committee mentioned that we might want to use some of our money to support the Skateboard Park first so they can finish and the whole community benefits, and then focus on raising money for the Playground.

Parents Reaching out Grant – Tami

Principal’s Report:

  • Follow-up from February Minutes:
Bus Supervision parent volunteers – We have one volunteer and busses are going better on Thursdays
because of it.

Junior Curling – Crystal called, but we have no answers yet. Admin to follow-up.

  • EQAO preparations - Letter home - Sample questions and problems are online, but hard copies will also be sent home to families without access to the internet who express interest.
  • March events review
  • Const. Kate Grade 6 OPP Kids program
Supports students, staff and parents in 6 local schools.
Lots of Safety Programs.
Safe Communities Committee – First Thursday of the Month at 3:30pm at the OPP Detachment. Todd and Kate both attend. Everyone is welcome to come out.
We love the way you drive program for Secondary students.
Beach Safety
Bicycle Safety Program
Swim to Survive Program for grade 3s this year. Next year we have the option of getting this training for our grade 6-8s.
Funding for free babysitting courses for students.
VIP Program – for grade 6s. Topics include internet safety, cyber bullying, interacting socially in an appropriate way, drug awareness and peer pressure.
Fraud presentations for community.

A parent asked if the Police do presentations around technology for parents. Officer Kate has offered to put a presentation together.

Constable Kate handed out reusable camera cover stickers for everyone at the meeting – which thrilled everyone. She mentioned that people can access our cameras without us even knowing and that is why it is important to use these stickers when we are not using our cameras.

A student mentioned that his mom checks out what the friends of his sister are posting.

  • School climate survey opens April 24 until May 29 for students, staff and parents
Next fall the results would be reviewed and recommendations would be made regarding how we can make improvements to the school.

Playground meeting will take place immediately after this meeting.

SCC Meeting adjourned.

SCC Meetings scheduled for the remainder of the year:
Tuesday April 4th; Monday May 8th; Monday June 5 at 7pm in the Round Room.

School priorities
1.      Ensure a safe and welcoming school environment, Mindfulness…
2.      Student achievement in EQAO math and literacy.
3.      Meet the learning needs of students with exceptionalities as required in their IEPs  
4.      Use learning strategies that work for FNMI youth.




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PSDS School Community Council meeting minutes                           Monday Feb 6, 2017

Attending: Tami Phillips (chair); Mark and Robin Van Bilsen; Evan Grundman (Elementary Student Council Rep); Pam Grundman; Megan Jones (Elementary Student Council Staff Supervisor); Sarah Brown; Jane Thomson (Trustee); Courtney Rhodes; Crystal Marler (Playground Committee); Susan Canton; Dan Hardman (Playground Committee); Lois Leis; Todd Wainwright (Principal); Velvet Rollin (Vice Principal; minutes)

Minutes reviewed. Moved to pass by Tami Phillips. Seconded by Susan Canton. Passed.

No Chair Report

Principal’s Report:
  • Visits to Elementary Schools and Open House in January went well.
  • Monthly Newsletter – upcoming events; Playground Committee;
  • Secondary Staffing – Glenn Hayhurst for Tech; Lia Edgar for Music; Rose-Ann Bell for Math.
We also talked about our efforts to ensure we have a tech teacher going forward. We will be working with the Principal at BPDS to have a full-time tech teacher between the two schools. Parents made it clear that having technology courses at our school both semesters is a priority because our students are taking these courses to teach them the skills they need for their chosen career paths.
  • Optimist Tea – Todd attended on the weekend and donations will come to our nutrition program
  • Community Safety Committee – Recommended Grade 3 Swim to Survive program. We are going forward with this initiative so our students are safe.
  • May Ipp – Folk Dancing Lessons for grades 4 to 8 – 3 classes for each class.  We are arranging for funding and dates.
Student Council Report:
Evan Grundman – Elementary Student Council; would like help from Parent Council to run a couple of after school dances; $5 including pop and water; would invite other schools in our family of schools to come; Would need to seek permission from other schools. Proposing 7pm-9pm on a Thursday or Friday night. Would sell snacks and drinks. Thinking April or May. Money for Student Council and the Playground Equipment. Parent volunteers would be necessary for it to run. Would allow other Elementary students to meet each other and get to know the high school. Action item for parents and community members: Looking for chaperones and volunteers for the snack table (Secondary students who need community service hours could also do this). Could have a sign in and sign out area and ask for contact information of parents as they drop off their child. Action item for Megan: Parents liked the sign in idea better than permission forms.

Megan Jones – Elementary Student Council Teacher Supervisor
Discussed a project of the Secondary Leadership Class – Kraft Hockeyville.
Action item for everyone: Watch our Kraft Hockeyville video on Youtube, it does not count if we view it on Facebook.

Other Business:
Jane Thomson - Trustee: There are challenges both with being a small school and with being a large school. We will continue to advocate for our students.

Behaviour on the yard:
We have support for students who have behavioural issues so that they are not on the yard with the general student population. Parents indicated concerns with new students with behaviour issues coming from other schools.

Nutrition Program:
Mr. Wainwright showed a picture of the new and improved upstairs trays to the parents concerned. We have received $12 000 for our Elementary nutrition program. Parents indicated they would fundraise for this if we needed more.

SCC:
School Community Council. Most parents don’t know what SCC is and that they are welcome to come to all of our meetings. Action item: Put in newsletter and mention at the start of Christmas and Spring Concerts

Christmas and Spring Concerts: Action item: mention upcoming clubs and sports, SCC meetings – mention at the beginning of the concerts while people are paying attention;

Some teachers use the remind app or group emails - parents appreciate both these types of home contact. Frustration with some teachers not returning phone calls in a timely manner. Action item – Ask teachers to return calls in a timely manner. Ask teachers to remind parents of upcoming SCC meeting through group emails or the remind app. It was also suggested that if you don’t hear back right away make a follow-up call until you hear back.

Outside at bus time:
Lots of activity outside at bus time. Action item: It would be helpful to have parent volunteers at this time. Crystal will volunteer for Thursdays.

A parent asked about taking our students skating
Some classes are, others are not. Each class makes the decision based on other trips, cost, student access to skates and helmets etc. The Wiarton arena does not seem to have extra skates or helmets. Helmets are mandatory.

Junior curling has money available so students can go curling. Very few people access this funding. Action item: Crystal Marler will contact Brenda Barn to inquire.

A parent asked how students know which Clubs and Sports are running in Elementary.
There are announcements every morning to let students know about them – both when to sign up and when meetings or practices are.

Playground update:
Going through phases - $45 000 originally for the first phase, now $36 000. We can get rubber for our base (can no longer use pea gravel, and wood chips would blow away). Rubber cost is equal to the cost of playgrounds, but we are going to apply for a grant for it. We can use parents with trades’ backgrounds to install.

Playground meeting will take place immediately after this meeting.

SCC Meeting adjourned.

SCC Meetings scheduled for the remainder of the year:
Monday March 6th; Tuesday April 4th; Monday May 8th; Monday June 5 at 7pm in the Round Room.

School priorities
1.      Ensure a safe and welcoming school environment, Mindfulness…
2.      Student achievement in EQAO math and literacy.
3.      Meet the learning needs of students with exceptionalities as required in their IEPs  
4.      Use learning strategies that work for FNMI youth.




PSDS School Community Council meeting minutes   Tuesday, January 9, 2017

Attending: Tami Phillips; Susan Canton; Dan Hardman, Todd Wainwright; Velvet Rollin (minutes)

Administrators’ report (no other reports were presented):

  • Review of minutes from December meeting and updates:
  • A Milk Vending machine has been ordered. As of today the cafeteria is open to grade 5 and 6 students.
  • Water Bottle filling station: This is a fountain that also has the ability to fill re-usable water bottles. There have been some issues making water connections.
  • EQAO Literacy test: The October test was hacked so most students could not get on the system to write the literacy test. EQAO is currently determining which of our students completed enough of the test to be given an “attempt” or “pass” designation.
  • Collaborative Inquiries:
  • FNMI for JK to 12 – focussed on meeting the learning needs of FNMI students and students with exceptionalities, especially learning disabilities
  • Grade 2 and 3 Mathematics – focussed on increasing student achievement in math and results on the grade 3 EQAO test
  • Grades 5 to 10 Assistive Technology for students with Learning Disabilities
  • Cross Panel (Elementary and Secondary) Literacy and Numeracy for Grades 7 to 10 with teachers and Admin from HEP, BPDS, SAU – focussed on increasing math achievement for Intermediate and Secondary students
  • Grade 8 to 9 Transition information night at HEP on Tuesday, December 13th went well.
Our next one will be a New Grade 9 Open House on January 25th at PSDS from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.

  • School Cash On Line rollout has been delayed.
  • Elementary student behaviour strategies: Parents asked if we could send home information so they had strategies to calm students as well. Ms. Rollin showed the Zones of Regulation being used with some students and   asked if parents would like an information evening regarding this. Parents indicated they are interested in this. Action item: We will make part of an SCC meeting, or immediately following if we can find a teacher who can make an evening meeting.
From the Minutes of the October meeting:

EQAO practice questions – will be sent home by teachers following Elementary Report Cards.
        
Home reading program – The reading program “A-Z Reading” has been ordered for Primary for those teachers looking for a leveled reading program for students to take home.

Playground equipment – Parents see a need for additional playground equipment. Meeting of the committee took place in December and are continuing.

Fundraising – Mr. Wainwright spoke to involved teachers to indicate that all fundraisers should explicitly state where the money raised is going.


B. New items on Principal’s Report for January 2017: Secondary Exams are at the end of this month.

Action Item: Velvet will send an email to Student Council supervisors to ask for students to come and do a short summary report for Parent Council at the start of each meeting. Email was sent January 9th.

SCC Meetings dates for the remainder of this year will be:
Monday February 6th; Monday March 6th; Tuesday April 4th; Monday May 8th; Monday June 5 at 7pm in the Round Room.  A Playground Renewal Committee meeting will follow each SCC meeting.

School priorities
1.      Ensure a safe and welcoming school environment, Mindfulness…
2.      Student achievement in EQAO math and literacy.
3.      Meet the learning needs of students with exceptionalities as required in their IEPs  
4.      Use learning strategies that work for FNMI youth.
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PSDS School Community Council meeting minutes                           Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Administrators’ report (no other reports were presented):

  • Cafeteria and Milk Vending machine
Cafeteria has been losing money, and will require ongoing interventions to help us break even. A milk vending machine has been ordered in an attempt to boost cafeteria sales. Admin has decided to open the cafeteria to grade 5 and 6 students at the suggestion of the SCC.

  • Water Bottle filling station
This is a fountain that also has the ability to fill re-usable water bottles. This was paid for by the Rotary Club as a result of our PSDS Secondary students volunteering at the fair each August. The water bottle filling station is currently being installed in the gym hall and should be available for use when we return to school in January.

  • EQAO Literacy test
October test was hacked so most students could not get on the system to write the literacy test. EQAO is currently determining which of our students completed enough of the test to be given an “attempt” or “pass” designation.

  • Collaborative Inquiries:
  • FNMI for JK to 12 – focussed on meeting the learning needs of FNMI students and students with exceptionalities, especially learning disabilities
  • Grade 2 and 3 Mathematics – focussed on increasing student achievement in math and results on the grade 3 EQAO test
  • Grades 5 to 10 Assistive Technology for students with Learning Disabilities
  • Cross Panel (Elementary and Secondary) Literacy and Numeracy for Grades 7 to 10 with teachers and Admin from HEP, BPDS, SAU – focussed on increasing math achievement for Intermediate and Secondary students
  • Grade 8 to 9 Transition information night at HEP on Tuesday, December 13th,
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.  PSDS and OSDSS presenting.  Another Grade 9 Open House information night will be held on Wednesday January 25, 2016.

  • School Cash On Line
Introductory video was shown to Parent Council members. Will allow parents to pay for school fees and trips online if they wish…parents can still send in money to the school if they wish. However the new system has been put on hold by the Board for the time being.

  • Elementary student behaviour
There is a group of grade 3 students, and another group of grade 6 students, who are not playing well on the yard. Mindfulness has been taught in classrooms, but Ms. Rollin is now starting to meet with small groups of students to work through how to make better choices and avoid these issues.

Action item: Parents asked if we could send home information so they had strategies to
calm students as well. Ms. Rollin will follow-up on this item.

Other:
Girl’s book club – Miss Shaw

From the Minutes of the October meeting:

EQAO practice questions – are available on the eqao website.
Action item: Mr. Wainwright will follow-up on this item and ask that teachers provide some practicequestions for students to ake home to parents.
        
Home reading program – Primary – K-3 – Mr. Wainwright reported back that this is primarily a primary program and that some of our primary teachers have a reading program, but we need to know how they run the program.
Action item: Mr. Wainwright will find out which K-3 teachers have a home reading program, and how they run it, and also encourage all primary teachers to have a home reading program so parents can support their children in developing reading skills.  The reading program “A-Z Reading” has been ordered for Primary for those teachers looking for a leveled reading program for students to take home.

Playground equipment – Parents see a need for additional playground equipment. Meeting of the committee coming up, and asked for a meeting with administration to get the go ahead with proposal. Mr. Wainwright will meet with committee before Christmas break so they can start applying for grants, one of which is due in January.

Fundraising – Most fundraising is done by the Secondary Leadership Class and Elementary and Secondary Student Council. Parents are concerned that:
  • What funds are going to is not made public on advertising for many of the fundraisers.  Parent Council was not aware of the review in the Wiarton Echo which states the fundraising each year.
  • Some of the fundraising is not being done to benefit students at the school but more organizations outside of the school and the Wiarton area.
Action item: Mr. Wainwright will contact involved teachers to find out what fundraisers have taken place and are planned for the remainder of the year, and who they have benefited. He will also make staff aware that all fundraisers should explicitly state where the money raised is going.

Feedback from our School Priorities:
Ensure a safe and welcoming school environment – Parents are concerned with the behaviour of students riding scooters with regards to the safety of other students, buses, parents and themselves. Mr. Wainwright reported that as of about a month ago scooters have been banned for secondary students. Scooters have not been banned for elementary students because they are riding them responsibly.

SCC meetings and meeting dates:
It was determined by the entire group that now that we have more to discuss at SCC meetings that we will return to having a meeting each month, instead of the current every two months. Meetings will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Round Room (drama room).

Meetings dates for the remainder of this year will be:
Monday January 9th; Monday February 6th; Monday March 6th; Tuesday April 4th; Monday May 8th; Monday June 5.


  • School priorities
1.      Ensure a safe and welcoming school environment, Mindfulness…
2.      Student achievement in EQAO math and literacy.
3.      Meet the learning needs of students with exceptionalities as required in their IEPs  
4.      Use learning strategies that work for FNMI youth.




Parent Council Meeting                                                          October 3, 2016

Attendance: Tami Phillips (co-chair), Susan Canton, Sarah Mann, Dan Hardman, Todd Wainwright (Principal), Velvet Rollin (Vice Principal; minutes).
Student Council Report: No report.
Administrators’ report:
  • Elementary enrolment is 338 students. No reorganization necessary.  We fit Ministry and Collective Agreement class size maximums.
  • Secondary enrolment is at 209.25 FTE students.
  • EQAO
Grade 3         reading  53%    writing 64%     math 27%
  • Primary grades (K-3) focusing on all aspects of student achievement, especially math
Grade 6         reading  85%    writing 89%     math 67%
  • Junior grades focus on math especially
Grade 9 math            academic 100%   applied 89%

Grade 10 literacy       first time eligible 48%
                                previously eligible 36%
  • High school teachers focus on facilitating students’ success in Literacy using the strategies that made them successful in Math
  • New office manager, new assistant head custodian, 2 new elementary teachers, four new Educational Assistants.
  • School priorities
1.      Ensure a safe and welcoming school environment, Mindfulness…
2.      Student achievement in EQAO math and literacy.
3.      Meet the learning needs of students with exceptionalities as required in their IEPs  
4.      Use learning strategies that work for FNMI youth.

Other Business:
Suggestions from parents that we:
  • re-instate a home reading program – where books are sent home with students to be read and recorded on a tracking sheet.
  • Send home samples of EQAO questions that parents can work on with their children.
  • Seek funding for new playground equipment – Hydro One gave a grant to BPDS for playground equipment. Name of interested parents will be given to Crystal Marler.
  • Offer intramurals to students including some for younger students who can’t join teams yet




PSDS School Community Council meeting, Tuesday, June 20 2016

Present: Susan Canton, Todd Wainwright (Principal), Velvet Rollin (Vice-Principal; minutes).

Administrators’ report: Upcoming special events
  • facebook page – promoting the great things and great people in our school (Facebook page was shown to attendees of the meeting).
  • rainbow cross walks painted by our GSA
  • National Aboriginal Day celebration tomorrow as well as our 10th year anniversary of the school – both bells have been delivered to PSDS!
  • SEC
  • Exams start Wednesday
  • Graduation 29th
  • ELM
  • Graduation 28th
  • Proposed meeting schedule for 2016-2017
  • Monday October 3
  • Tuesday December 6
  • Monday February 6
  • Tuesday April 4
  • Monday June 5
No other reports were presented at the meeting.

Next meeting: Monday October 3rd, 2016 at 7pm.


PSDS SCC meeting: Monday, April 18, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
  • Welcome – attendees Dan Hardman parent, Tami Phillips SCC Chair, Mary Salvatore parent, Kelly McDougall teacher, Todd Wainwright principal, Jane Thompson Trustee
  • Chair report – none
  • Student Council Report – none
  • Principal’s report:
PSDS Staff reaching out to our community:       
Upcoming special events
a. Our facebook page PSDS Wiarton – is up and running, promoting the great things and great people in our school, lots of views and likes!
b. Technology night – had to be postponed due to servers being down across the System, next date May 17
c. Great shoreline cleanup – tomorrow 11:35 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
d. Family Math & Literacy night – 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Thursday April 21
e. Eye See I Learn, Lions Club members here to do screening on April 21 for Kindergartens
f. PA Day on Friday April 22, School Effectiveness survey for staff, ELE health and safety training, SEC student achievement meetings
g. ELE Spring Concert Wednesday April 27 7:00 p.m.
h. Grade 7,8 immunizations April 28
i. April 29 Movie night after school – The good Dinosaur, put on by our Leadership Class
5.      Other business
Gay-Straight Alliance Rainbow Flag proposal
- Miss McDougall told the SCC about her proposed GSA flag to celebrate to diversity and inclusivity of our great school.  The funds have been raised by donation and grants.  We discussed getting the message out to everyone and educating parents and community about the significance and importance of a flag. We also discussed the possibility of creating our own flag to celebrate the diversity and inclusivity of our great school.
6. Next meeting Tuesday May 17 2016 at 7:00 p.m. starting with Technology night in Mrs. Jones’ Grade 6 room


PSDS School Community Council meeting           Tuesday, February 16, 2016

  • Welcome
Attendees - Susan Canton, Steve Canton, Tami Phillips (chair), Lori McVicar, Nathan
Higgins (Student Council), Todd Wainwright (P), Velvet Rollin (VP; minutes).
  • Adoption of Agenda and Minutes – Tami moved to adopt; Lori seconded.
  • Chair’s Report – no report.
  • Student Council Report – Nathan Higgins; Fabulous Phoenix Fridays are every second Friday; trying to decide what to spend our money on – indoor soccer nets and balls; Carnival; Canopy tent for track and field and soccer; art supplies (current budget is $3 per student); basketball; large science beakers; biology textbooks (will not be spent on textbooks); wax for ski teams; building supplies for a large Phoenix in the foyer – 8-10 feet tall; more round tables for foyer; water fountain for refilling water bottles (the water fountain project is going ahead); Student Council has $1700 to spend after buying the water fountain and installing it.
Parent suggested Student Council approach local Clubs (eg. Optimist Club) for money.
Student Council would like to know if parents can help with ideas for fundraising. Both
Mr. and Mrs. Canton said they would be willing to help.
  • Staff Report – Mrs. Jones’ grade 6 class would like to do a technology presentation at the April SCC meeting. Granted.
Administrator’s Report -
  • Evacuation on February 8, 2016
Discussion around what went well and what did not. Based on a debrief with Board Health and Safety Officer and Wiarton Emergency Services Co-ordinator we have identified strengths and improvements needed going forward.
Additional feedback was received from Parent Council members, mostly regarding communication improvements [message on phones indicating to parents the situation and where students have been evacuated to (change message remotely); letter home after the fact giving more details about what happened].

  • PSDS Staff reaching out to our community
Committees:     facebook page
BBQ
Character Traits and Celebration of Achievement assemblies
Road hockey tournament
Family Math & Literacy nights
Technology night
Grade 8 graduation
Women in Trades

Packages:
  • Inspiring Your Child to Learn and Love Math – one copy for SCC chair,
  • Building Healthy Relationships – one copy per attendee
PSD School priorities
a. Ensure a safe and welcoming school environment,
b. Meet the learning needs of students with exceptionalities as required in their IEPs  
c. Create Learning Goals and Success Criteria with students
d. Use learning strategies that work for FNMI youth.

  • Other Business
Literacy Program – Parent asked question about Literacy Program offered by outside organization and based out of the Salvation Army. This program used to be offered at PSDS as well, but has been stopped for now. This program had students interacting with a computer program. The literacy program we are currently offering at the school has students interacting with teachers and volunteers and we believe will increase the overall literacy development of our students more than the other program.
Breakfast Program – Concerns raised again. Parents have been asked to make an appointment with Mr. Wainwright to discuss as this has already been discussed at Parent Council.
Mission Statement or Statement of Purpose Inquiry – Request by parent to know what our mission statement or mandate was so we know why we are here. Information will be forthcoming.
School Website – Needs to be updated so old messages are not still on there. Needs to be kept up to date.
Wiarton Lion’s Club (Val Mitchell) donated $500 in books to the library. Has not been acknowledged. Mr. Wainwright will look into this.

  • Motion to Adjourn - Tami . Seconded – Lori McVicar.




Dates for 2016 Council Meetings. all meetings start at 7:00 pm
Tuesday May 17
Monday June 20


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SCC Meeting Minutes: November 17, 2015
Attending: Lori McVicar, Susan Canton, Melissa McLean (chair), Todd Wainwright (Principal), Velvet Rollin (Vice Principal; minutes)
  • Welcome
  • a) Adoption of Agenda: Melissa nominated. Seconded by Lori.
b) Adoption of Minutes from October meeting (read aloud by Velvet Rollin as the wrong
minutes were printed out): Nominated by: Melissa McLean         Seconded: Not seconded
3. Chair’s report: No report.
4. Student Council Report: No elementary student council yet. No report from Secondary Student Council.
5. Staff Report: No report.
6. Principal’s report
Breakfast Club: Continuation of conversation from last month’s meeting re: Breakfast Club and how it is being offered. Parent who is not happy would like to see the legislation re: that supervision of students has to be done by teachers/staff. Also stated that a member of the Optimist Club is not happy that their money is not going towards a “hot” breakfast. Mr. Wainwright offered to speak to member, phone number was not available, but parent will let the other person know he is willing to talk to her. Parent will also be contacting Bev Gateman for follow-up. Parent also indicated that she will be contacting other organizations who have donated to our program to talk to them.
Principal confirmed that all money that is donated to the Breakfast Club goes to the student nutrition program to feed kids in the morning (baskets and trays in classrooms) and at lunch.
One parent does not support the current model of our breakfast program.
We need staff supervision even if we have parent volunteers as volunteers in the school are under the supervision of a staff member.
Parent will get back to us at our next meeting with alternative suggestions for how to move towards what she would like to see, without the program having to run out of the cafeteria with staff supervision.
PD Day: Elementary teachers will be requesting interviews with students whose progress they are concerned about. Secondary reports will be going home on Thursday if possible.
Health & Phys. Ed. Curriculum – We have now met with elementary teachers and they will be sending letters home to parents before they cover sensitive topics with their classes.
7. Other Business: none.
Motion to Adjourn: Moved by Lori. Seconded by Melissa.
Next meeting: Monday January 18th at 7pm in the round room.




































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