Use the following link to access information regarding School Councils:
- School Council Handbook
- Involving Parents in the School: Tips for School Councils
- Welcome to Your School Council
According to WRDSB Board Policy 1003:
1.3 School Councils are “to focus on strategies and activities which support student learning, achievement, and well-being”.
In accordance with the WRDSB School Council Handbook (2015), a Public School Council is:
- An advisory role committee only; the ultimate responsibility for the administration and day-to-day school operations rests with the Principal
- A means to advise the Principal on any matter pertaining to pupil achievement
- A voice to provide input to the school Board, when asked for input on policies, plans etc.
Effective Public School Councils:
- Focus on student learning and the best interests of all students
- Build a sense of community
- Promote an inclusive environment, where all parent engagement is encouraged and nurtured
- Organize activities in the school
- Create an open and transparent relationship with the entire school community
- Provide advice and comments, where possible, on areas such as:
- the school-year calendar
- the school code of student conduct, curriculum
- program goals and priorities
- the preparation of the school’s “Principal Profile Form”
A Public School Council shall meet a minimum of four times per school year. Our School Council meets the second Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm and is open to any parent or guardian of a student presently attending our school. Council members consist of parents/guardians, the school principal, school staff and members of the school community.
2018-19 Meeting Dates:
- September 12, 2018
- October 10, 2018
- November, 14, 2018
- February 13, 2019
- April 10, 2019
- May 15, 2019
- June 12, 2019
In accordance with WRDSB AP4017, the Principal determines whether there is a need to fundraise from year to year, based on the purposes of public education including:
Our School Council has raised funds in a variety of ways:
- Poultry product sales (twice per year)
- Poinsettia sales
- Chocolate bar sales
- Garage sale
- Holiday bake sale and raffle
In the past, funds raised have been used to:
- purchase technology (e.g., chromebooks, iPads)
- pay for presentations and experiences that are brought to the school (e.g., scientists in the classroom, tinker truck, author visits)
- make school yard improvements (e.g., gaga ball pit – to be installed in Spring 2019)
If the Principal determines that fundraising is necessary, funds may be raised to support one or more of the following initiatives:
- Capital projects (e.g., installation of creative playground equipment)
- Playground improvements (e.g., Gagaball pit – installation in Spring of 2019)
- Technology resources (e.g., purchase of chromebooks/iPads)
- Specialty items (e.g., equipment for our Makers Space, jerseys for inter-school sports teams, materials for skating rink)
- In-school experiences/presentations
- Our guiding principle is “Bring the World to Floradale Public School”. Our goal is to bring as many experiences into our school so each and every one of our students can benefit.
- In the past, School Council has raised funds to cover costs for special guests such as Tinker Truck, Scientists in the School, an author visit, a nutritionist visit, and historical presentations.
- Starting in 2019-20, School Council will provide even distribution of funds (on a per student basis) for in-school presentations.
- Curriculum-based day trips
- The costs associated with going on a curriculum-based day trip is the responsibility of each students’ parent/guardian
- When fundraising monies are available, curriculum-based day trips costing more than $25.00 per student will be subsidized by School Council on a per student basis (e.g., $5.00 per student)
- To ensure equity of learning opportunities, School Council will subsidize an educational program for those remaining at the school at an equal per student rate (e.g., $5.00 per student)
- Grade 8 Graduation
- Note, there may be years when the Principal determines that there is no need for the School Council to run fundraising campaigns.
Our School Council also:
- Organizes, prepares, and serves our annual Thanksgiving Dinner
- Maintains the yearly skating rink
- Organizes and hosts the annual Family Skating Party
- Hosts Educator Appreciation Luncheons
- Co-organizes the Grade 8 Graduation celebration with staff
We are grateful for all that the Floradale Public School Council does to enhance the learning and achievement of each and every one of our students. If you would like to learn more or get involved, please call the school or join us at our next meeting.
2018-19 Meeting Minutes: