About Council

Who We are

The council is made up of parents/guardians who are elected by the parent community within the school. Every parent/guardian has the opportunity to elect council members who they feel will best represent the parent community as a whole. Elected council members are available to listen to comments and concerns from the parent community, and to consult with parents/guardians about matters under consideration by the council, and will act in the best interest of students. School councils play a vital role in the education system. They provide a forum through which parents/guardians and other members of school communities can contribute to improving student achievement and school performance.

What We Do

School council acts as an advisory body that makes recommendations to the principal or to the TDSB on any matter. There are guidelines established by the Ontario Ministry of Education (Education Act 612), as well as council By-laws, which set out the regulations governing how council conducts itself. The purpose of the Parent Council “is to improve student achievement and enhance the accountability of the education system to parents”. School councils are able to make recommendations to their principals and school boards on any matter. Principals and school boards, in turn, must consult with school councils on a variety of matters that affect student learning. They must also consider recommendations made by school councils and report back to the councils on how they plan to act on their advice.

Meetings

All parents/guardians are welcome and encouraged to attend council meetings. It’s a great way to learn firsthand what’s going on within the school, to ask questions, share information, and participate in discussions on matters brought to council. Council agendas are posted on the website at least one week in advance of meetings and paper copies are sent home with students. Minutes are posted shortly after meetings on the website. Meetings are held once a month in the Staff Room. All dates and times are posted on Parent Council Website and reminders are posted to Facebook and Twitter prior to meetings. Free childcare is available.

Council Roles

Chair / Vice Chair – The Chair of the Council is elected by Council members and the other parents and must be a parent who is not employed by the School Board. The Chair is a voting member who, in addition to performing the same duties as other Council members, might arrange for meetings; prepare agendas, chair Council meetings; ensure that minutes of Council meetings are recorded and maintained; facilitate the resolution of conflict, and communicate with the school principal on behalf of the Council. The Chair is an ex-officio member of all standing Committees of the Council and attends such Committee meetings at his/her discretion. The Vice-Chair assists the Chair and, in this person’s absence, acts as Chairperson.

SecretaryThe Secretary keeps minutes of all meetings and arranges to have them published on the school website. This person keeps all records, documents and other property of Council except those kept by the Treasurer.

TreasurerThe Treasurer maintains the financial accounts and records of the Council. This person prepares a budget of expected expenditures for the year to be approved by the Council. A comparison of actual results compared to this budget is presented to the Council on a regular basis. This person also keeps Council funds deposited in financial institutions as approved by the Executive Committee and writes cheques for any expenses approved by the Council.

Ward Representative / Alternate Ward Representative – The school’s Ward Representative attends the local Trustee’s Ward meetings and brings forward issues affecting the school; reports back on any key issues coming from the Ward meeting, and maintains a working relationship with the area Trustee. The Alternate Ward Representative attends the local Ward meetings that the Ward Representative is unable to attend.

Parent Representatives – The General Parent Representative(s) attend Council meetings and participate on any committees established by Council, contribute to discussions of the Council, solicit the views of other parents and members of the community to share with the Council, and observe the Council’s code of ethics and established by-laws. When there are sufficient Parent Representatives an effort is made to establish at least one Parent Rep per grade to facilitate communications between the parents and Parent Council.