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Parent Council Nomination Forms and information sheet about the upcoming election on the school website.   The deadline for submissions will be extended to September 21st, 2016.
If anyone is interested, please email the Committee at marketlaneparents@gmail.com.
 

I also wanted to mention the upcoming seminar at the St. Lawrence Public Library, Helping Your Child Do Well in School and Life.  The seminar will take place on Thurs, Sept. 22, 2016,  6:30 -8 pm.  More information is available at the link cited below. 


Thank you very much.  
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Market Lane School Council

Co-Chair’s Report
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2015-2016 Academic Year

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Co-Chair’s Report

2015-2016 Academic Year

It is with great pleasure that the Co-Chairs for the 2015-2016 academic year report back to School Council on the year’s activities.   Despite a slow start to the year, School Council was able to achieve a number of successes.

School Council worked hard to improve communications in the school with a weekly newsletter that went home to all parents.  The newsletter focused on school and community news, upcoming events, and parenting tips.  The Co-Chairs would like to thank everyone who contributed content to the newsletter.  We would also like to thank the teachers and staff who helped to distribute the newsletter.  A special thanks goes out to Mr. Esse for all his work posting the newsletter to the school website.

School Council was instrumental in launching the Homework Club.  This after school program provided homework support and tutoring for more than 30 Market Lane students.  The Co-Chairs would like to thank Michael Papathanasakis and Principal Lennon for their help organizing this program.  We would also like to thank Angel Narick for providing tasty, nutritious, and inexpensive snacks.

The Co-Chairs lobbied for activity templates to be painted in the junior playground, creating more play opportunities for the students of Market Lane.  We would like to thank Principal Lennon for making this happen.

School Council supported African Heritage Night by providing food for the participants and community.  The Dash Robotics project, organized by Mr. Paufler received support.  And, School Council was able to support three parent workshops:  Math and Your Child, Reading and Your Child, and EQAO Preparation.

This year School Council was able to offer educational seminars to help parents and students.  These include the Financial Literacy for Children, Home Alone, Eating Healthy Snacks, and the Multiple Intelligences Seminars.

School Council also saw fundraising success.  The Adopt-A-School program saw parents and Indigo Books raise more than $2,500 for the School Library.  Through magazine sales the Market Lane was able to raise more than $1,000.  The annual Market Lane Fun Fair raised more than $3,500 to support projects in the classroom.

School Council arranged for the clothes donated by the Market Lane community to be picked up.  Proceeds were used to support projects for students in the upper years.

The co-chairs would like to thank Angel Narick and Amy Sisam for all their work on the Indigio Adopt-A-School Program.  We would like to thank Amanda Campbell and Sofia Ziatar for all their efforts on the magazine sales.  

This year’s Fun Fair was a huge success bringing the community together in a celebration of Market Lane School.  The event also raised more than $3,500 to support program in the classroom.  This event would not have been possible without the help of dozens of volunteers.  The Co-Chairs, however, would like to give a special thanks to Georgia Reynolds, Michael Papathanasakis, and Su-ad Ah-med for all their help this year.

Finally, the Co-Chairs were pleased to be able to establish an Elections Committee to ensure that well organized and fair elections take place at the beginning of the new academic year.

This year was not without it’s share of challenges.  Unfortunately, the Co-Chairs were not able to draft and present a set of by-laws for consideration by School Council.  We were not able to complete and publish the Market Lane Cook Book.  Our outreach efforts also did not result in a significant increase in School Council meeting attendance.  We certainly hope that future School Councils will be able to address these issues.

This year’s Co-Chairs would like to thank the entire community for giving us the privilege of serving School Council this year.  We look forward to seeing future School Councils build on this year’s successes and help make all the students and Market Lane successful.

Mikhael Bornstein                                                       Georgina Dash

Co-Chair                                                                      Co-Chair

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January 2016: Meeting Minutes


Date: January 13, 2016  5:30pm

Location: Market Lane School

Board Member and School Official Attendance:

Mikhael Bornstein – Co-Chair                                                                                                                              

Georgina Dash – Co-Chair

Amanda Campbell -Secretary/Treasurer

Mr. Lennon and Mr. Quon

 

General update:

Meeting called to order and, after amending to include a review of teacher requests was added, agenda was approved.

Fundraising update: QSP campaign wrapped up and we have made $1074.00.

Principal’s Report:

Mr. Lennon presented the Market Lane School SIP. He discussed SMART Goal which are five strategic directions from the TDSB. The goal of the SIP is that learning is happening for all students. In the SIP qualitative and quantitative data is used. The Four Pillars are literacy, numeracy, pathways and community caring. Mr. Lennon wants the SIP to focus on all areas in an attempt to help students reach learning goals.

Discussion about Brainology and possibilities of looking into it for our school.

Discussion of possible camera installations and the issues that would go with that. Also a discussion of issues with door entrances.

Motion carried to stop clothing drive and donate to charity – possibly Syrian refugees.

Motions Carried: To stop clothing drive and donate to a charity.

Next Meeting: Feb 3, 2016 at 9:15.


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December 2015: Meeting Minutes

Date: December 2, 2015  9:15am

Location: Market Lane School

Board Member and School Official Attendance:

Mikhael Bornstein – Co-Chair                                                                                                                              

Georgina Dash – Co-Chair

Amanda Campbell -Secretary/Treasurer

Mr. Lennon and Mr. Quon

 

General update:

Meeting called to order and after amending to include community cookbook idea, the agenda is approved.

The Council’s priority is to get more parent involvement and communication. Weekly newsletters are the key.

Bylaws Committee has been created and are working on bylaws.

Indigo will be giving the school $2500 thanks to everyone who participated in Indigo Adopt-a-a School program.

Further workshops will come in February. Georgina is looking into the possibility of creating a community cookbook.

There was a possible puppet workshop mentioned and the teachers were being spoken to gage interest.

Fundraising – QSP assembly kicked off campaign November 18. We are collecting orders every day and tallying amounts. Campaign will run until December 19.

Health and Safety Committee: gate issues are still being looked into and a discussion of a possible latch for the gate.

Motion carried to stop clothing drive and donate to charity – possibly Syrian refugees.

Motions Carried: To stop clothing drive and donate to a charity.

Next Meeting: January 13, 2016 at 5:30.

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November 2015: Meeting Minutes


Date: November 4, 2015 5:30 pm

Location: Market Lane School

Board Member and School Official Attendance:

Mikhael Bornstein – Co-Chair                                                                                                                              

Georgina Dash – Co-Chair

Amanda Campbell -Secretary/Treasurer

Mr. Lennon and Mr. Quon

 

General update:

Meeting called to order and, following amendments, the agenda is approved.

Discussion of affirmation cards moved until next meeting.

Bylaws for Parent Council need to be created. Motion put forward, and carried, to strike a by-law committee. The bylaws will be in place for five years and the goal is to tailor existing bylaws to our school’s needs.

Update on the parenting center – in order to bring to member’s attention.

Transition from last year to this year – executive has met and wants to move forward on any outstanding priorities from last year and continue building new items for this year.

Fundraising: QSP magazine campaign will kick off end of November.

Principal’s Update:

Agreement for CUPE workers reached so work to rule has ended but agreement still needs to be reached at local level. Mr. Lennon thinks things should be back to normal soon.

Partnership with YPT will hopefully get started again.

SIP (School Improvement Plan) sets targets for the school in regards to academics and safety. Teachers had not been involved due to strike action but they can now get involved and thus the SIP may change as teachers and management will be meeting again. The target of the SIP is finding in any gaps that can be found.

Mr. Lennon met with the health and safety committee. One concern is greater security involving the kindergarten gate. Mr. Lennon spoke to Peter and the logistics of locking the gate would be difficult. Mr. Lennon met with Safe Schools and there will be ongoing discussion about cameras or a swipe card which needs much review and discussion before proceeding. The TDSB may cover some cost but that is a discussion to be had. There is ongoing discussion regarding need for daycare space and the safety issues involved.

There is no news in regards to the swimming pool costs. As of now we do not have a permit so it will cost $24000 for us to obtain this permit. There was a suggestion for as many parents as possible to contact the responsible parties in Pam McConnell’s office – Kate Hoffmann.

Fundraising Committee – Proposed that we participate in Jump Rope for Heart which was agreed.

Motions Carried: To strike a by-law committee.

Next Meeting: December 2, 2015 at 9:15am.

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October 2015: Meeting Minutes


Date: October 7, 2015 9:15 am

Location: Market Lane School

Board Member and School Official Attendance:

Mikhael Bornstein – Co-Chair                                                                                                                              

Georgina Dash – Co-Chair

Amanda Campbell -Secretary/Treasurer

Mr. Lennon and Mr. Quon

General update:

Meeting called to order and, following amendments, the agenda is approved.

Discussion about how to obtain information from parents. One idea is an information form but there are questions such as how to distribute and do we have the form electronically. There were suggestions regarding how the form could be used and how to deliver it to parents. The Council will consider. There are also currently issues due to the work to rule –parents cannot overstep.

Past Chair/Co-Chair Roles – there was a printout of possible roles for the past chair and co-chair. These roles will go into the new bylaws which will be created over the course of the year.

Statement of Needs form must be submitted by October 25. This form goes to the superindent.

Discussion involving security issues such as North Courtyard safety-can door be made more secure? Community Center doors will be locked.

Do we have a school nurse and would it be possible to get one?

We do have a guidance counselor who is here at certain times and is handling assisting with transitions from grades 8 to high school.

Discussion about the need for after school programs and how we may be able to get volunteers to assist with after school study groups.

Principals Report:

Mr. Lennon discussed the SIP which he will bring to council to review. The SIP (School Improvement Plan) assists the school in setting targets for academics and behavior.

There was discussion of IEP programs and possibly having a workshop around them

Motions Carried: None this month.

Next Meeting: November 4, 2015.

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Mai 2016: Meeting Minutes


Date: May 4, 2016   5:30pm

Location: Market Lane School

Board Member and School Official Attendance:

Mikhael Bornstein – Co-Chair

Amanda Campbell -Secretary/Treasurer

Mr. Lennon and Mr. Quon

Due to low attendance there was a motion brought forward to cancel the meeting. The motion was carried.

Motions Carried: Cancel May meeting.

 

Next Meeting: June 1, 2016 9:15 am.

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April 2016: Meeting Minutes


Date: April 6, 2016  9:15am

Location: Market Lane School

Board Member and School Official Attendance:

Georgina Dash – Co-Chair

Amanda Campbell -Secretary/Treasurer

Mr. Lennon and Mr. Quon

 

General update:

Meeting called to order and agenda was approved. Visioning exercise has been pushed back until next time.

Co-Chairs report on upcoming snack and chats such as Home Alone seminar (May 30th), nutrition seminar, Kids Have Stress Too.

Reminder that April 16 is the Parent Conference. There will be a bus that will take parents to the conference.

Sofia has obtained costs for greeting cards but we are thinking that we will pick this up next year – possibly for Valentine’s Day.

Approved $ for swim team uniforms.

Jump Rope for Heart event –kids are practicing and teachers are very involved-launches on April 18 and May 18 is the event.

Council has approved to pay up to $50 for a pizza lunch for the winning class that raises the most money.

Discussion on how to reach parents of older children-communication is essential.

We will possibly get a request to assist with money for yearbooks/grad medals but so far we have not had anything official.

Dan from the Children’s Garden –looking for volunteers for gardening program.

A representative from the St. Lawrence Community Center discussed spring and summer programs.

Amended BBQ date is June 2.

Principal’s Report:

There has been a secondary homework club created for older kids that is being staffed by Ms. Charles.

The school has a projected enrollment of 342 students at this time. Mr. Lennon is considering opening enrollment to kindergarten kids outside our district. The TDSB has allowed us to maintain our staff but at this time it looks like we will lose an ece but that could change if enrollment grow

Motions Carried: $ for swim team uniforms

$50 for pizza party for Jump Rope For Heart highest earning class.

 

Next Meeting: May 4, 2016 5:30pm.


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March 2016: Meeting Minutes


Date: March 2 , 2016 5:30 pm

Location: Market Lane School

Board Member and School Official Attendance:

Mikhael Bornstein – Co-Chair                                                                                                                              

Georgina Dash – Co-Chair

Amanda Campbell -Secretary/Treasurer

Mr. Lennon and Mr. Quon

 

General update:

Meeting called to order and, after amending to include Ray (Community Outreach Representative from the St. Lawrence Community Center) and Michael (Community Support Worker), was approved. Ray discussed that issues have occurred in the community center involving kids from our school. He proposed an anti-bullying workshop which was met with enthusiasm and we will proceed with open communication.

Michael updated that African Heritage Night was successful. He noted that parents who are interesting in cooking for events could join the Regent Park Cooking collective. Parents can be trained and in turn they would be paid for their cooking. He also advised that the parent conference is April 16 and that we should register quickly as programs were filling up.

Snack and Chats-public library to come in and speak about services. Workshops on how to support learning styles as well as financial literacy (teaching kids how to handle money).

African heritage night- the Council gave $450 for food but we made back $235.00.

The Homework Club is going well! There are 25 students registered and a few on the waiting list waiting list. The school provides the volunteers with tokens and food.

There was much discussion on after school programs and how we may partner with other organizations in the community.

BBQ date us tentatively June 24.

Arts Alive (June 16) auction for the BBQ.

We need volunteers for BBQ.

Bylaws are still to be done.

EQAO sessions are upcoming.

Motions Carried: None this month.

Next Meeting: April 6, 2016 9:15 am


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