School Council

Welcome To The Harrison School Council Page!

Our 2019 - 2020 Council Members

Co -Chair: Liz Parker, Co-Chair – Amanda Bottomley

Treasure: Andrew Pullman, Co-Treasure Kim Anglehart

Secretary: Wendy Pons

Fundraising Chair: Kim Anglehart

Voting Members:

PIC Rep – Vanessa Mitchelmore

Super Council Rep – Jodi Bagley


About the Council

We meet on the second Monday of the month. We hear about initiatives happening at the school both from a school culture perspective and academic perspective. We assist with fundraising events and discuss how to best align the use of these funds with the School Improvement Plan to support student achievement. If this is something you would be interested in, please come out and join us. All are welcome!

Keep informed! - Below please find the last meeting minutes...

Harrison School Council

November 18th, 2019

School Council Meeting Minutes

Attendance:

-Tony Churchill, Kim Anglehart (co-treasurer), Jodi Bagley (super council Rep), Susan Smith, Amanda Bottomley (co-chair), Vanessa Mitchelmore (PIC rep), Wendy Pons (secretary), Liz Parker (Chair), Andrew Pullman (treasurer), Cheryl Deszpoth (Public Health Nurse), Angela O'Drowsky (teacher rep)

Regrets: Heather Haslam-Smith

1. Call the meeting to order Kim called meeting to order

2. Review the fundraising progress of current campaigns (commitment from volunteers to sort orders etc..)

Received an update on current orders from Kim and Liz. Purdy’s is currently at $1000 on orders and Mom’s pantry $1400 on orders.

Discussed ideas to remind parents about the fundraiser: for those that use facebook, they can post reminder there, remind parents what the fundraiser is for: technology, environment and outdoor play

Action Item: Tony will send reminders of the fundraising campaign through Instagram, Harrison happenings for Nov 22nd and one more email before the deadline.

December 12th will need people to sort the orders- Kim and Liz will take the lead. Action Item: Kim will send an email to the group (week of Nov 25th) if they need help with sorting and handing out orders.

3. Cheryl Deszpoth - Public Health Nurse

Cheryl provided an overview of her role in supporting Harrison and to support the school with wellbeing activities. Research has shown that the students sense of belonging is low and anxiety is very high. To address this we can focus on community and supporting those relationships and mental health. Mindfulness in the classroom, student leaders and SWAT team (student lead team to promote wellness). Cheryl discussed an area to focus on this year is parent involvement. There are options for a parent event, family event, display, presentation, stress management and mindfulness. Last year there were presentations on positive parenting and managing challenging behaviours.

Handed out Halton parents resources,

Action Item: Ideas for activities at Harrison that Cheryl can help organize can be emailed to Cheryl directly at

Cheryl.deszpoth@halton.ca

4. Principals report - month in review, EQAO, SIPSA foci, Hold and Secure (internal and private) vs Lockdown (external and public), parents' role around Facebook (code of conduct), communication - new school website

Month in review:

-Wow day related to passions- to improve wellness in the class and mindfulness. Children with like passions came together from across the school and created a pumpkin.

-Halloween Parade and 4&5 went to Amica for parade and trick or treating

-Remembrance day assembly- was a child lead event and went great. Two Veterans attended.

-Report cards went home Nov 18th and interviews are scheduled for this week.

-Bullying prevention week- Harrison students need support around bothering, and ensuring the reaction to the problem keeps the problem small , not so much bullying. The focus is on how can we be kind to another.

A kindness challenge app is being used in the classrooms. Classes have 50 challenges to try and meet.

-Holiday evening concert on Dec 12th. Looking for volunteers for Dec 18th craft day

-Last day of school before break Dec 20th

EQAO- For grade 3’s is completed. Tony reviews data for grade 3 and grade 6 (from Centennial). They use this data to set goals for their grade 4 year.

18 of 22 students wrote last year.

Math- 10/18 reach level 3-4

Writing 9/18 reach level 3-4

Reading 11/18 reach level 3-4

SIPSA focus -

Math - successful transfer of math strategies used in number talks to word problems (to increase communication and application of math skills)

Literacy - explicit teaching of writing traits (focus on conventions and generating ideas)

Well - being - teaching the use of strategies to help with self regulation (through CPS and Community Circles and Mindfulness) and also ensuring the size of the reaction matches the size of the problem

Hold and secure- refers to private matter happening but normal teaching / learning day (may include inside recess.) Lockdown- more significant, interrupts the day. There was a discussion on the differences between the two and wording used for each situation and the recent change to new wording when the halls needed to be free of people but it was not a hold or secure or a lockdown.

Facebook- Is not monitored by Tony Churchill, if an issue is raised please feel free to direct people to Tony to discuss issues in person.

Communication- New website is being designed. The group got to see the tentative site. Questions about fundraising and forms that could be added. Tentative launch date for January.

5. Review budget – What is the current budget, and do we have a target to raise?

Funds will be directed at school wide initiatives, like library furniture and projectors. Harrison happenings can be used to share what has been done with the money for each initiative.

Andrew suggests that we have a separate bank account for school council rather than having it co-mingling with school accounts.

Action Item: Tony to check what is being done with other schools and consider it. Further thought will be given to this.

6. Review finalized fundraising plan for the year and Revisit/Prioritize fundraising foci – what does school need and what activities will be planned for the year (Jungle Sport, Rocks and Rings, library furniture, K yard repainted, keeping technology up to date (projectors, chromebooks), something new outside to use / play on/with??…)

Plan for 2019-2020 has not been submitted yet. Changes to the plan were made.

Action Item: Tony to submit the completed plan

The fundraising goal for this year will be $10,000

Discussion on what to do with fundraising money occurred. Options include: ideas related to earth friendly, wellness, giving back to the kids etc. Reusable water bottle with Husky logo to give back to the kids, X movement; Jungle Sport ($3000), Rocks and Rings ($300)

$1529 per projector (2 more for this year); Chrome books $286 (10-15 more)

Headphones (unknown cost); Ipads $400

Kindergarden yard- trike path must be adjusted- (painting $300-500)

Carpet for the risers ($400-500)

Gardening and greening ask for donations or purchase(?)

Outside activities or something for the students to play with- Game tables? Pails and shovels? Outdoor chalk boards, Lower basketball hoops ($1500)

7. Super Council Meeting from October 24th – anything to report?

There is a Pro-Grant- through the Provincial government, that is now given to the board and you can get $500 from the school board for specific initiatives.

Action Item: to look into how to apply and get the funding.

8. Any other business

Labour dispute was discussed. Nothing to note at this time. Ensure you are falling the Board website or Twitter feed for up to date information.

9. Next meeting date January 15th 6:30pm


Current Fundraising Initiatives

Mom's Pantry - Starts Nov 4, End Nov 25th, Pick Up Dec 12th

Purdy's Chocolate - Starts Nov 4, End Nov 25th, Pick Up Dec 12th

Boston Pizza - Every Monday - purchase Lunchboxorders.com by noon on Sundays

2019 - 2020 Fundraising Goals and Possible Initiatives / Purchases

The fundraising goal for this year will be $10,000.

Options include: ideas related to earth friendly/environment , wellness, giving back to the kids etc.

Reusable water bottle with Husky logo to give back to the kids

Performance, X movement; Jungle Sport ($3000), Rocks and Rings ($300)

Tech: $1529 per projector (2 more for this year); Chrome books $286 (10-15 more) Headphones (unknown cost); Ipads $400

Kindergarden yard- trike path must be adjusted- (painting $300-500)

Carpet for the risers ($400-500)

Gardening and greening ask for donations or purchase(?)

Outside activities or something for the students to play with- Game tables? Pails and shovels? Outdoor chalk boards, Lower basketball hoops ($1500)

Grade five end of year trip

(Money raised last year was used to help update Library Furniture and some of the additions to the K yard (planters, seating) outdoor equipment for start of the next school year, Grade 5 field trip.)

Next meeting date: January 15th, 2020