June 20, 2012 – Record of Decisions

In attendance:
Carol Hammond, Hope Thexton, Emmanuelle Erny-Newton
Luci Cipera, Darlene McDonald, Anna Stella Magone
Laura McFarlane, Minou Morley (Vice Principal)
Alice Donachey (principal)    , Nathalie Pierre (teacher representative)

Welcome and introductions        Call to order: 7:30 p.m. Welcome and introductions

Adopting May Minutes    May minutes read over by Council and adopted

MASC    Both MASC and Fisher have not found time to hold performances for this year.  Will try to plan for next year

Treasurer’s Report    Report of the spending that was voted on:
Library (final total 995.00) balance: 232.00
Online Resource Magazine (English Programme): 198.00
150 Calculators (Math Programme): 560.00
Science and D&T Programmes: 550.00
Drama: 92.00
Graduation awards, plaques, supplies, cake and refreshments: 725.00
Robotics Kit: 200.00

Grade 8 Trip    The Grade 8 trip to Quebec City went very well and the students who went had a wonderful time.  EF Tours were organized and engaging
Will return to EF Tours for next year
The trip to Mer Bleu did not occur:  therefore, Council allocated these funds to be used toward the planned cross country skiing for the 2012/2013 school year
Survey did not occur for the Grade 7s as was planned but will be offered in September to both students and parents

Spending Requests    Council decided that the following programmes for next year will receive these earmarked amounts:
Start Up costs for Council: $2500.00
Arts enrichment (visual, musical, dramatic, MASC): $2500.00
Cross Country trip for students to MacSkimming: $1500

Lunch Options    Darlene looked into the Booster Juice lunch option put forward at last meeting and Council will go ahead in partnership with the Stittsville franchise for the first session and then re-evaluate at the end of the session to see if this is a viable option for the school

Graduation    Volunteer parents will be decorating the auditorium on Monday June 25 at 7pm.

Succession Planning    Darlene McDonald has volunteered to work on the magazine fundraiser as well as a Boost Juice fundraiser.  Darlene is looking into a Canadian-based magazine company (www.ccrp.ca)
Patti Black has agreed to take on the administration of the pizza lunch programme and the team of parents presently volunteering have agreed to continue next year.  Hope has promised to mentor and help with the transition
Alison Gaiser has agreed to take on the Berry Fund Raiser for next year with another parent
It was suggested that Council try to coordinate the timing of fundraising activities with Summit in the fall, to avoid overloading parents with too much at the same time.

Adjournment    Meeting adjourned at 10 p.m. Next meeting Wednesday, September 26th at 7 pm in the school staff room
Meet the Teacher Night is set for Wednesday, September 19th

NOTE    No vote to adopt these minutes as it was the last meeting of the school year.  Can be adopted by new council in September

May 23, 2012 – Record of Decisions

In attendance:

Carol Hammond, Hope Thexton, Emmanuelle Erny-Newton
Darlene McDonald, Anna Stella Magone, Minou Morley (Vice Principal)
Alice Donachey (principal)    , Kevin Savard (teacher representative)
Nathalie Pierre (teacher representative)

Welcome and introductions        Call to order: 7:10 p.m. Welcome and introductions

Adopting April Minutes    April minutes read over by Council and adopted.

Principal’s Report        A very busy month with school activities
Ministry of Labour came in for weekly inspections of the school and found 34 violations, which is the highest for a school thus far.  Many repairs and storage changes have had to be made before the Ministry comes back.  Much activity from workmen to replace, repair and tweak the facilities so that the school meets the standards.
MFI class enrolment for September will be 23 students which ensures a full class and no splits will be happening
Scheduling and planning for the instrumental music programme is in the works.  Still searching for a qualified teacher to fill the 0.65 position.  The board will provide for a class set of instruments and the music lesson books and stands have already been purchased.  The school will put money aside to help with maintaining the programme.  BOOM will be a year-long programme in conjunction with this new programme: the Grade 8 classes will have instrumental music September to January while the Grade 7 classes will have Fine Arts and then they will switch in late January.  Room 132 will be the new instrumental music classroom.  The new programme will replace one physical education period.  Next year there will be 2 physical education periods, one DPA and one Health.
Financial Audits are being done Board-wide, which now includes school administration sharing their budgets with school councils.  Fisher has school generated funds as well as operation funds.  The school-generated funds include such things as the Milk programme and Ski Club.  The expectation for the school is to be “zeroed out” at the end of the year unless it earmarks money for future spending such as puttingmoney aside to maintain the new instrumental programme and the funding of field trips for those families who have difficulty paying for them.  This process is to help increase transparency between the school and its council.
Fisher has approximately $30 000 from school-generated funding and will use a portion of that to purchase more textbooks and media carts as well as earmarking money for the instrumental music programming

Teachers’ Report        The production of “Cool Suit” is going well and as planned, though it has been a challenging but fun experience for both students and staff.  A special thank you goes out to parent,Vincent Alcaide, who has donated money for the rental of 7 hands-free microphones for student actor use.  Mme Pierre used her $500 “speak up” grant to purchase a hands-free microphone kit for the school.  Programmes for the musical are to be printed up for Monday May 28th in time for the May 29th performance.
Trinity theatre group has been out to the feeder schools performing
Calendar of events for the school is very full with various activities occurring almost everyday filled from now until the end of the year
Sports equipment that was ordered has come in

MASC    Both MASC and Fisher have not found time to hold performances for this year.  Will try to plan for next year

Treasurer’s Report    Laura reported April and May activity, which were mostly payments for the weekly pizza lunch programme, as well as, payments to presenter Paul Davis (336.18), EF Tours ($1140) and library books ($366.67).  To come out still:  the balance of the $1000 for library books; $1500 for the gym equipment; teachers’ wish list items.  Present adjusted balance: $11340.19

Grade 8 Trip    As yet, Mr. Savard has not received the itinerary for this year’s trip and there have been some changes to the schedule along with the theme.  EF Tours had wanted the school to book for next year’s trip by May 31 in order to receive scholarships and other benefits but the school has chosen to wait and see how this trip goes as well as getting feedback from this year’s Grade 7 classes as to what they would like to do for an end of year trip for their Grade 8 year.
A parent has requested help in paying for the balance of their child’s trip and Council agreed to pay the balance after the remaining scholarship money is used.  Somewhere between $50-75 plus lunch money
Mr. Savard will be given $300 for emergency spending for students who may not have enough money for lunches on the trip.
Alissa Petch and Kevin Savard have put together a survey, which will be put on a programme called “Survey Monkey” for the Grade 7 students to complete, in computer labs, while the Grade 8 classes are away.  The survey provides three scenarios and asks the students like about each one and why without comparing one to the other.  It has been suggested that this survey be given out to parents in September to see how the two surveys compare.  The hope is to see if there may be an interest a better, accommodating and more economical option for students and families that is also fun and memorable

Spending Requests    $298.00 for science equipment
Asking for at least 3 class sets of scientific calculators (90 in number x $10 each=$900-1000):  will receive final numbers from Minou Morley
Money for dictionaries ($????)
Requests which came in after meeting:
Subscription to an English literature resource website ($175-225 per annum)
More supplies for Science and D&T ($344.20)

Lunch Options    Darlene looked into the Booster Juice lunch option put forward at last meeting and the franchisee is in Stittsville but is wanting to get into the school lunch market since the company is looking to be approved as a “healthy lunch option” provider province-wide, like a couple of other companies (eg Pizza Pizza).  A wrap with an 8oz booster juice would cost $4, with council adding a $1 for fund raising for a total of $5.  The lunches are nut and peanut allergy free.  Free delivery and divided by classes.  Franchisee is willing to come to school events and sell product with profits going to the school

Graduation    Request is being put out to parents to help with decorating for Graduation

Succession Planning    Darlene McDonald has volunteered to work on the magazine fundraiser as well as a Boost Juice fundraiser.  Darlene is looking into a Canadian-based magazine company (www.ccrp.ca)
Patti Black has agreed to take on the administration of the pizza lunch programme and the team of parents presently volunteering have agreed to continue next year.  Hope has promised to mentor and help with the transition

Adjournment    Meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m. Next meeting Wednesday, June 20 at Carol’s house to celebrate a year well done

April 25, 2012 – Record of Decisions

In attendance:
Carol Hammond, Hope Thexton, Luci Cipera, Laura McFarlane
Jeannine Bradley, Tammy Hall, Maryam Alharethi
Darlene McDonald, Minou Morley (Vice Principal)
Alice Donachey (principal), Nathalie Pierre (teacher representative)

Call to order:     7:20 p.m. Welcome and introductions

Adopting March  Minutes    March  minutes read over by Council and adopted. Send electronic copy to Emmanuelle to have uploaded to Council website

Bus Route 16 Concerns    A group from the Wellington West area has asked if Council would join them in bringing forward concerns about the now permanent route change of the # 16 bus.  Since it does not necessarily affect Fisher students (it is only an extra block for them to walk), Council has decided not to become involved

Principal’s Report    Staffing situation for the fall:  presently 29 staff for September and that is up 0.25 from this year. A Learning Support Teacher (LST) will be replaced with a Learning Resource Teacher (LRT) in title only. There will be 20 homeroom teachers maintained though the arrangement of the homerooms has been changed:  Summit and English streams will each lose one homeroom while FI stream will gain two homerooms with one being MFI
Ministry of Health and Safety came for a surprise audit to check the school for safety concerns and made it halfway through the school.  Will return next week to complete the audit
A group of students getting ready to head off to Waterloo to compete in Engineering Olympics
News of timetabling:  instrumental music programme will be one of the options for students during the DPA period.  Other options will be an art/creativity and/or a leadership class.  An instrumental music teacher will be hired for September and the BOOM music programme will continue as the main music programme.  The school will request Central Funding at the
Board for funds to purchase instruments and ask local music stores to help with repairs on the instruments that the school does have.  A room for instruction and storage will need to be found for this new programme.
International students will be arriving tonight and start school tomorrow in the Summit stream for the next 8 weeks.  They will be pulled out of regular rotation for Math with the teachers who have accompanied them on the trip but otherwise they will be with Summit classes.
The presentation with Paul Davis on social media and internet safety occurred on April 16th to mixed reactions though the presentation to parents did receive more positive feedback and the school received  $240 from the Board for the number of parents in attendance for this event.

Teachers’ Report         Business as usual for the classes and teachers
All but 5 classes attended the play “Xanadu” at Nepean High School and it was an enjoyable play
Regional Badminton Tournaments will be occurring April 26 (Girls) and 27 (Boys) at Fisher
Open Your Eyes will be occurring on May 3rd with the school population.  It is a project where students participate in workshops which look at events and situations that occur in the wider world and expose them to social, artistic, environmental and other causes
Issues about receiving payment from EFI students for the Luv2Groove programme and still working on getting payments from students

MASC    Both MASC and Fisher have not found time to look into performances for this year thus far

Treasurer’s Report     Laura reported that not much activity aside from pizza which is withdrawing from the account at about $300 a week ($1500 for May).  Same day pizza sales are averaging $135 per week.    Overall Adjusted Bank Balance as of April 28, 2012 is $13 804.30.  After spending requests, approximately $6775 in the account

Grade 8 Trip    There was a report of confusion in payments for the extra $10 added to the trip for each student, which Council had agreed to cover.  Some parents have paid this extra cost while others have not and EF Tours said that it would take 4-6 weeks to refund parents though it was suggested by EF Tours  that Council could refund the parents.  It has been decided that due to not knowing who has or has not paid the extra cost, that Council will ask that Mr. Savard  request that EF Tours send out the refund cheques.  Council also needs clarification on how much is still owed to EF Tours since the amount seems low ($661) for the number of students going.
This led to a discussion about next year’s trip.  Concerns were raised that the trip needs to be more accessible for students who may not be able to attend due to economic, cultural or other reasons as well as the concern that students need to take an active role in fundraising and earning the privilege of attending the trip.  What came about from this discussion was that it should be taken back to the students and see what they may want for next year and prepare them for a possible change in the trip as well as getting them to think about fundraising opportunities and involvement.  Options will be offered to the students in a survey format and have the present Grade 7 classes to provide feedback for next year.

Spending Requests    Council was given more detailed costs for this month from spending requests:
$1531.89 for gym equipment (originally asking $1500)
$1000 for books for the library: $500 for french material and $500 for english (specific amount soon to be coming)
$1400 for for the Quebec City trip (instead of $2000)
$1100 for the Mer Bleu trip for those Grade 8’s not attending QC and for graduation costs
$125.00 for Gr 8 basketball team for tournament registration
$337.00 for part of the cost for the Paul Davis
The Teachers’ Wish list with detailed cost amounts was given to Council

Lunch Options    Council received an email from Booster Juice to provide lunches for students at a cost of $4 for a wrap and a smoothie.  They are approved for the Ministry of Education’s Healthy Food and Beverage Initiative as a “ Sell Most” provider.  They will also deliver. Some concern about waste from the drink cups. Will ask if the offer of $4 per student per week is good for only this year or for next year

Graduation    Request is being put out to parents to help with decorating for Gradation.  More decorations were discovered by Mme Donachey

Succession Planning    Darlene McDonald has volunteered to work on the magazine fund raiser as well as a lunch programme

Parent Concerns    Parent Jeannine Bradley had concerns about the content and aim of iFlurtz and how the results can be construed as well as the sexually explicit musical content from the Luv2Groove programme

Adjournment    Meeting adjourned at 9:15 p.m. Next meeting Wednesday, May 23th  at 700pm

March 28, 2012 – Record of Decisions

In attendance:
Carol Hammond, Hope Thexton, Patti Black, Laura McFarlane, Minou Morley (Vice Principal), Alice Donachey (principal), Kevin Savard (teacher representative)

Call to order: 7:10 p.m. Welcome and introductions

Adopting February Minutes :  February minutes read over by Council and adopted.Send electronic copy to Emmanuelle to have uploaded to Council website

Principal’s Report : Sports and Activities are winding down
Boys Basketball team placed 3rd at Board levels
French Public Speaking placed 1st in two categories and 3rd and students were invited to Toronto
Chess Club placed 4th in competition
Engineering Olympics students will be attending Waterloo
Mr Walls is heading up an intramural Floor Hockey at lunch
April 25th 6-730 pm is the Open House for feeder school students and parents.  Speeches in the auditorium with tours of the school following presentation
Preliminary proposed student numbers for next year is 490; right now 422 students registered
18 students presently registered for the MFI programme; would need 21 in order not to have EFI/MFI split
Instrumental music programme will be starting in September 2012 as an optional programme—possible scheduling option is to use the DPA period as the period where students can either sign up for music instrumental, alternative art or leadership classes
April 18th is the date for the unveiling of the bike racks which were donated as was the installation
Presentation about hosting international students had interest but not enough.  Families still needed to host students coming in April
Fisher Park and Fisher Park/Summit tee shirts ordered:  100 Fisher Park tees ordered and will be sold by the Year Book Committee to raise funds for year book production ($10 each) and 25 Fisher Park/Summit for administrative staff and visiting students

Teachers’ Report : Spring Play Rehearsals are under way and the students are expressing their creativity in the dance portions of the play.
Immersion students participated in Lv2Groove dance courses and there was good feedback from students on the programme

MASC : Still looking into a couple of options to have MASC perform to either a small group or the entire school either as a rehearsal or as a proper performance.  Will speak to contact Wendy about details and get further information soon

Treasurer’s Report : Laura reported that not much activity aside from pizza which is withdrawing from the account at about $310 a week.  Same day pizza sales are averaging $135 per week.  Projected net income from pizza from October 2011 to the end of March 2012 is $6844.  Overall Adjusted Bank Balance as of March 28, 2012 is $11 111.47.

Grade 8 Trip : Report that 113 students are going on the trip.  Conflict about how much more in fees needs to be added to students’ trip costs since the numbers were not met.  Originally were told that it would be $10 per student now possibly $20 per student

Spending Requests : Council agreed to the following spending requests:
$1500 for gym equipment
$1000 for books for the library: $500 for french material and $500 for english
$2000 for emergency funding for the Quebec City trip
$1000 for the Mer Bleu trip for those not attending QC and for graduation costs
Request for a Teachers’ Wish list with detailed cost amounts be given to Council in April for consideration

Graduation : Request is being put out to parents to help with decorating for Graduation

Succession Planning : No volunteers for the fundraising as yet nor for executive positions

Adjournment :  Meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m. Next meeting Wednesday, April 25th  at 730pm

February 22, 2012 – Record of Decisions

In attendance:
Carol Hammond, Hope Thexton, Patti Black, Laura McFarlane, Anna Stella Mangone, Minou Morley (Vice Principal), Alice Donachey (principal), Kevin Savard (teacher representative)

Call to order: 7:10 p.m. Welcome and introductions
January minutes read over by Council and adopted.

Principal’s Report

Students have been busy with many activities:
–Volleyball is ending and basketball is running
–A group of students have qualified to attend the Canada Skills competition in Waterloo in May
–Five groups attended the Science Olympics competition at the Museum of Science and Technology and Fisher earned two silvers
Science Fair will be held at Fisher Park on March 6th, 6-8 pm
Staff would like feedback about the interview process and how to improve it for next year:  the interviews for the French Immersion stream were held in the library on a casual basis while the English stream teachers would contact parents who had students at risk.  About 50 parents attended the afternoon which is a low turnout with over 200 students in the stream
Some of the immediate feedback from Council was:  that the timing (145-5pm) was too early and some parents could not take time off of work in order to come by and speak with teachers; the date was sent out on short notice and again makes it difficult for parents to take time off; being in the library, made it difficult to possibly have a delicate conversation about a student’s progress since other parents and teachers were close by.
The planning process has started for the 2012/13 school year but the school will not have complete population numbers until April or May
Middle French Immersion will be included in the French Immersion stream next year.  Staffing for this programme will be rolled into the French Immersion stream and if numbers stay solid the programme would gain a teacher.   Depending on numbers, there could be a split MFI/EFI class though projected numbers suggest that there will be a full MFI class.
The International Friendship Project is starting up again at Fisher Park/Summit with 12 students and three teachers coming to attend Fisher Park from China, starting April 23rd.  They are staying for 8 weeks and the school is looking for host families for the students.  Interested families need to provide a bedroom for the student, a packed lunch, and provide activities for the student to attend.  Each host family will be compensated ($1500)

Teacher’s Report

Spring Play Rehearsals are under way and the students are expressing their creativity in the dance portions of the play.  Mme Pierre applied for and received a $500 “Speak Up” grant to help fund the play.
Tier One Boys Basketball is well under way and the team is 6-0 so far this season.  The boys have another couple of games over the next couple of weeks.
There will be a basketball tournament being held at Fisher during the first week of March
Geography Challenge will be starting soon
Chess Club is heading off to a tournament
BOOM is in rehearsals
English stream students attended the Winterlude festivities at Jacques Cartier Park and had a wonderful time
Teachers are updating their skills and are sharing their new learning with other teachers
Math Networks was in Fisher classrooms:  nine teachers from other schools spent time setting up a curriculum and lesson plan, which they used with students, then went back to evaluate how that particular lesson went and what could be improved.  It is a good way of learning what works since teachers can see in real time and with real students how a lesson runs

MASC

Looking into a couple of options to have MASC perform to either a small group or the entire school either as a rehearsal or as a proper performance.  Will speak to contact Wendy about details and get further information soon
Treasurer’s Report

Laura reported that not much activity aside from pizza which is withdrawing from the account at about $310 a week.  Same day pizza sales are averaging $135 per week.  Projected net income from pizza from October 2011 to the end of March 2012 is $6844.  Overall Adjusted Bank Balance as of February 22, 2012 is $12 139.00.  Cheques were issued for science fair trophies ($190) and boys’ basketball registration ($210).

Grade 8 Trip

Report that 111 students are going on the trip One student has dropped out.  Four students say that they are intending to go but have not gotten forms back.  Eleven chaperones are required and are receiving complimentary trip and accommodation as part of the package.  Since the school will need 3 buses to send students, it has received 6 scholarships but the trip fee has been increased to $360 from $350.  Council passed a motion to supplement the $10 increase for each student for a total of $1110 since the scholarships will cover the students who need financial assistance

Spending Requests

Council moved that it would reimburse Mme Takoff for certificate paper and judges’ gifts for the Arts d’Oratoire competition.
M Savard brought forward a request to replenish the equipment in the school gym.  He is also approaching Summit and the City to see if they would contribute as well as looking into some grants from various organizations.  The overall amount is $1976.  Council moved to fund whatever is not paid for or granted by other parties since it does not have to pay as much for the Grade 8 trip

Fundraising

Another attempt was made to contact the Comic Book Fair people and their email bounced making it clear that that operation is working at present: there will not be a Comic Book Fair.
Carol and Hope attended the Summit Parent Council to discuss joint fund raising. They came away the idea that the best way to do this would be to have an event or activity that would be focussed on an initiative such a selling water bottles to raise money for more bike racks.
The water bottle fundraiser is to be headed by Eco-Posse and supported by both school councils.  Nothing has come of it as yet and council will look into what will be needed to help in this venture
Fisher T-Shirts were brought to the table again and quotes will be gotten for various inventory thresholds (eg amount for 250 tees, 500 tees, etc).  Council will need to acquire a digitised version of the Fisher Phoenix to save on costs.  The magnet company which has such a copy needs to be asked to send a copy to council

Grade 8 Gradation

Deferred to April since no new information on this front

Succession Planning

No volunteers for the fundraising as yet nor for executive positions

Cancer Fund Raiser

Anne Stella Mangone came to ask about holding a fundraiser with students to raise funds for CHEO’s oncology unit.  She would like to have a few students make up feathered hair accessories and sell them to other students for a nominal costs ($1-2) Council asked if there was a need for seed money for the activity (there was not) and also offered its support for such an event

Adjournment

Meeting adjourned at 9:15 p.m. Next meeting Wednesday, March 28th

FISHER PARK SCHOOL COUNCIL January 25, 2012

Record of Decisions

In attendance:
Carol Hammond        Hope Thexton        Patti Black    Jeannine Bradley
Tina LeMoine(S)        Laura McFarlane    Alice Donachey (principal)
Kevin Savard (teacher representative)

Call to order (Carol): 7:10 p.m. Welcome and introductions

Open positions (Hope)
Secretary’s role of taking minutes will be rotated until the position can be filled.

Bike Racks (Carol)
Carol relayed the history behind how the school will be receiving new bike racks in the spring.  A business called Bike Up is donating used bike racks to the school and the Wellington West BIA will be donating $500 for the proper installation.  School has been asked to provide a plaque or the like to recognize the BIA’s and business’s contribution tot he school.  The unveiling date for the bike racks is to be determined but tentatively either the beginning of April or Earth Day.

A letter of thanks will be sent by Council to the BIA and Bike Up and posted on the Council website

Principal’s Report
1. Welcome Back and Happy New Year
2.Report cards out Feb 10
EFI looking to do an open house Feb 15 (tentative) to have parents come in and chat with teachers in last two periods of day instead of interviews
Teachers needing to talk about students at risk will set appointments with parents or parents wanting to talk to teachers can set up
3.We are busy with high school applications for our Gr. 8 students. We ask that parents have completed course selection forms returned to the school as soon as possible. If parents have questions about course selection or level they should ask the classroom teacher. Ultimately it is the students and parents decision as to the level of course the child attends. To help make the transition to Gr. 9 easier we will have a few opportunities for our students to visit their high schools. (Alice will send a note to the schools)
4. Requests from parents present about sending feedback to high schools about their presentations and when they set them up conflicts between schools and the dates chosen
4. Our school teams and clubs are busy, including volleyball, science and animation teams, spelling bees, eco posse, culture club, boom and drama club, just to name a few.
5. New play chosen for spring production
6. Reminder about nominating teachers for various awards
7. Newsletter has turned electronic and posted on the website:  if parents have not received the newsletter email, please call the office to update your email contact information
8. Music and Art classes will be switching on February 6th so if your child took Music at the beginning of the year, he/she will now switch to Art and vice versa

Teachers’ Report
Kevin reported that teachers are busy with completing report cards and they are figuring out how to proceed with the new interview process
The students are very busy in various activities:  4 basketball teams; girls’ volleyball team; robotics and animation teams competing this coming weekend; various field trips and other activities
Ski Club has almost filled its third bus and is gearing up for the four sessions in February with the Snow Hawks
EFI Grade 7 classes are to be attending cross country classesskiing classes

Treasurer’s Report
Laura reported that not much activity aside from pizza which is withdrawing from the account at about $310 a week.  Same day pizza sales are averaging $135 per week.  Projected net income from pizza from October 2011 to the end of March 2012 is $6844.  Overall Adjusted Bank Balance as of January 25, 2012 is $12882.86.

Spending Requests
Request for $190.86 for Science Fair medals and trophy.  Quote submitted by Mme Nix.  Moved and passed
Laura requested that school look into MASC performances and asked Council to agree to fund a performance especially since the main office of MASC is in the school.  Alice stated that MASC has provided discounted performances in the past to the school (example: the Harriet Tubman play last year) but it would still be a good thing to explore.  Average cost to performance is $500-$600.  Council agreed that it would be willing to fund a performance. (Kevin Savard would gauge interest by teachers)

Fridge Magnets with School Contact Information:  Laura contacted the company which had produced the magnets in the past and received quotes:  500 at $0.32 each or 1000 at $0.29.  Company still has images from past magnets and this makes it easier to have them produced.  Will include school’s website on the magnets along with the school’s office and attendance lines.  Council agreed to purchase 1000 magnets using the Parent Involvement funding from the Board. (Laura will order )

Kevin Savard requested money to fund the Boys Tier One Basketball team, either in whole or in part, so that they can attend a once a week three-week tournament.  Money would go toward paying for the referee fees that are $84 a night for a total cost of $252.  Students involved have been asked to contribute $15 each but some students may be unable to pay that.  One of the coaches, Jamie, is willing to put in funds for one night. Council moved and passed that it would make available up to $252 for the tournament.
(Kevin Savard would follow up with the final amount)
Social Networking Presentation (Carol)
A group will be coming tot he school (tentatively) April 16th to give 3 presentations (two aimed at students during the school day and one for parents in the evening) about internet awareness and safety.  They have given presentations at other OCDSB schools with positive feedback from the school populations.  Fisher/Summit School is funding this event ($700) and is looking to receive support and promotion from councils for this event.  Council agreed that this was a good and timely event to be supporting since concerns about internet safety and awareness and the problems that may come of social networking are in the forefront.  Council will include information about the event on its website and in the newsletter.
If enough parents come to the event, Fisher can receive funding from the Continuing Education Grant.

Fundraising (Hope)
Mabel’s Labels –School’s website link to Mabel’s Labels, http://www.fisherpark.mabel.ca is up and running and there has been sporadic activity.  Fundraiser was included in the school newsletter and hopes are that that will help with exposure and sales.  Commission so far $31 but should grow with time and exposure to the school community.  Next step: to link Mabel’s Labels site to school council website.

Comic Book Fair – Hope contacted the Comic Book Fair organization after November meeting, received a response December 1st saying that they would be sending a pre-sampling package and pre order catalogue.  Package has not been sent yet and Hope has sent follow up email requesting when the package may be sent.  Awaiting response and when it does arrive, Council will be informed in order to decide on next steps.

QSP magazine orders:  Council raised $633 from sales.  Online orders can still be completed throughout the year.

Grade 8 trip
Discussion on need for transparency in allocating subsidies continued. No new ideas on how to distribute funds equitably or how to discreetly make them available without being overwhelmed with requests.  Ideas about students earning the trip through “sweat equity” (helping to clean up drama room or other tasks) and helping out in a fundraiser.  Need to return to this issue at next council meeting.

Kevin Savard reported that 115 students have signed up for the trip, which makes the school eligible for four of the six available scholarships from EF Tours.  The four scholarships can be used by for of the 115 students already signed up. If another 5 students signed up, then the school will receive the remaining two scholarships and avoid raising the cost of the trip for each student to $360 instead of the $350 that was originally quoted.

(Hope) Seven students, who are interested in going on the trip, have been identified as needing either partial or full assistance.  Kevin Savard will ask Grade 8 homeroom teachers about identifying other students who may not be going due to financial difficulties.
Hope to pass on to Kevin her list of student pizza helpers to approach them to see if: any of the students identified are on Hope’s list; or are interested in but not signed up for the trip and if they need funding to go on the trip.  This action made sense since the funds coming from pizza sales go to Grade 8 activities including subsidizing the trip.
Teachers are also exploring alternate locations for next year (Kingston, Montreal) – closer, less costly for transportation and accommodations
Council also determined that money would need to be kept aside for students not going on the Quebec trip to have a day event like last year’s one to Mer Bleu.  Approximately $1000 would be allocated to that day trip and for graduation needs.

Council Website
Mention of sending monthly minutes and end of year reports to Emmanuelle to put up on the Council website
Graduation (Carol)
Request made to have a formal parent run Decorating Committee for the Grade 8 Grad ceremony.  Need to put it into the next school newsletter under Council news

Spelling Bee of Canada (Jeannine)
Jeannine Bradley wants to start a spelling bee club and interested students can enrol in the Spelling Bee of Canada competition but enrolment is not compulsory to be part of the club.  The cost for each student interested in attending the Bee is $35, which would pay for entry and a practice guide. The entry fee and form need to be completed by January 31st. The club will meet once a week, to be determined by Jeannine’s schedule.  Alice suggested that after the Can Spell competition on January 26th, an announcement can be made about the club and Ms Petch be contacted about making the announcement about the club and competition
Yearbook Club
Parent volunteer has started a Yearbook Club with the help of Lifetouch Photography.  The yearbook will be soft covered, approximately 48 pages. The estimated cost is $20 for each order.

Adjournment
Meeting adjourned at 9 p.m. Next meeting Wednesday, Febrary 22nd.  MFI, council funds allocation and Grade 8 trip to be discussed

Annual Report of the Fisher Park Parents Council for 2010-201

Parents Council would like to thank everyone who helped with pizza day, bus trips and our fundraisers.  We’d also like to thank all of the staff at Fisher Park for the wonderful work they do to benefit our children.  Parent volunteers in support of school trips and activities are to be commended as well.  School Council itself was a very small group during the 2010-2011 school year.

Fisher Park School Council actively supports the goals and directions of the school.  As well it is always informative for the parents to hear the principles’ and teachers reports.

Unfortunately, parent volunteers were scarce last year.  Our council was led by an interim Chair as no one officially volunteered to take the position.  Andrea Douglas performed the duties of Interim Chair during the school year 2010-2011.  Our treasurer was Laura McFarlane.  We had a total of three fundraisers.  Council sold frozen berries and organized pizza slices being sold once a week in the cafeteria.  These fundraisers were organized by Hope Thexton.  The third Fundraiser was QSP Magazine sales and was organized by Carol Hammond.  The council was rounded out by member at large Joanna Rzewuski.

 

Funds raised by these projects were used to support:

–       Special Events (grade 8 graduation ceremonies and end-of-year trips);
–       Facilities Enhancement (upgrades to the speaker system for the auditorium); and
–       Curriculum Enhancement (Robotics kits, teacher wish lists – deferred to fall 2011).

 

School Council Membership 2010-2011

Andrea Douglas – Interim Chair
Laura McFarlane- Treasurer
Hope Thexton – Fundraising Co-ordinator
Joanna Rzewuski– Member at Large
Carol Hammond – Member

Submitted by:

C. Hammond
A/Chair
Fisher Park Parents Council                                    October 25, 2011