School Advisory Council


Welcome Parents and Guardians  

Please join us at our school council meetings this year. This is open to all parents and guardians to learn and contribute to the school and the success of all students in our community. If you have specific concerns regarding your child or a teacher, please book an appointment with the principal.


Upcoming Dates: (The first Wednesday of the month)

Wed, Oct 3, 2018 - 6:00 – 7:30 pm in the staff room

Wed, Nov 7, 2018 - 6:00  – 7:30 pm in the staff room

Wed, Dec 5, 2018 - 6:00 – 7:30 pm in the staff room

Wed, Jan 2, 2019 - 6:00 – 7:30 pm in the staff room

Wed, Feb 6, 2019 - 6:00 – 7:30 pm in the staff room

Wed, Mar 6, 2019 - 6:00 – 7:30 pm in the staff room

Wed, Apr 3, 2019 - 6:00 – 7:30 pm in the staff room

Wed, May 1, 2019 - 6:00 – 7:30 pm in the staff room

Wed, June 5, 2019 - 6:00 – 7:30 pm in the staff room


The Purpose

The purpose of school council is, through the active participation of the school, it's staff, parents, guardians and the school community to improve pupil achievement and enhance the experiences within the education systems to parents.


Ground Rules

    • All School Council meetings are public and open to anyone who wants to attend
    • School Councils focus on the bigger picture and discuss issues that affect the whole school community (School Councils must not discuss individual students of staff members)
    • A School Council has a right to hold its meetings in the school
    • School Council meetings should be held in an accessible place that is convenient to all members including people with disabilities
    • School Councils must meet at least four times a year


Get Involved

General Members are parents and guardians who want to attend meetings and learn more about the school but don't want a position on the council.

Positions on the council are for members who want to be elected to take on more responsibilites. These include:


Chair/Co-Chair/Vice-Chair

    • Voting members
    • Attend four meetings minimum per year as per School Council Regulation. Or as determined by bylaws.
    • Organize meetings; assist with preparing agendas; facilitate council meeting with a positive outcome
    • Consult with parents/guardians about activities (fundraisers, parent engagement, etc.)
    • Communicate with the school Principal, Vice-Principal and other TDSB staff on behalf of the council.
    • Act as a bridge between parents, TDSB and community. Facilitate the resolution of conflict
    • Adhere to the voices of the parents and encourage parents to bring their voices forward.
    • Communicate with the school Principal on behalf of the Council
    • Ensure that minutes of Council meetings are recorded and maintained
    • Participate as ex-officio members of all committees established by the School Council


Secretary

    • Voting members
    • Attend four meetings minimum per year as per School Council Regulation. Or as determined by collective group.
    • Take minutes during meetings, edit and distribute to parents two weeks before next meeting, after approval.
    • After council approval, share minutes with parents, post minutes on bulletin board/ email and place in School Council binder. Make copies for council monthly meeting.
    • Ensure CASL guidelines are followed
    • Manage all internal and external e-lists/social media etc.


Principal

    • The school principal is a non-voting member of the school council. They are an important link between the council and the school. (In fact, a meeting cannot be considered a meeting of the school council unless the Principal, or delegated Vice-Principal, is in attendance).


Parent Representatives

    • Voting members
    • Participate on any committees established by the School Council
    • Contribute to the discussions of the School Council
    • Solicit the view of other parents and members of the community to share with the School Council
    • Observe the Council’s code of ethics and established by laws


Student Representatives

    • Voting members
    • Contributes to the discussions of the School Council
    • Solicits the views of other students to share with the School Council
    • May participate on any committees established by the School Council
    • Communicates information from the Council to other students


School Staff Representative

(One each from the teaching and non-teaching staff)

    • Voting members
    • School staff representatives are voting members who
    • Contributes to the discussions of the School Council
    • Solicit views from their staff groups to share with the School Council
    • May participate on any committees established by the School Council
    • Communicate information back to their staff groups
    • Observe the Council’s code of ethics and established bylaws

Community Representative

    • Is a voting member
    • Contributes to the discussions of the School Council
    • Represents the community perspective
    • May participates on any committees established by the School Council
    • Helps build partnerships and links between the school and the community
    • Observes the councils code of ethics and established bylaws


Resources


This was adapted from Trustee Ausma Mallicks "Your School Council Guide" created in October 2016