Lots of news to pass on to you all:
1. Next Meeting:
Our next meeting is scheduled for November 12, 2013, from 6:30 p.m., to 8:30 p.m. As always, we will have lots on our agenda! Our Trustee Pam Fitzgerald will also be in attendance. Her input will be most helpful to us, given that the kindergarden playstructure will be one of the items on our agenda. Spread the word to all the parents that you know about attending our upcoming meeting. All parents are welcome to attend at any of our meetings. We welcome and appreciate all parental input, ideas and suggestions, from all parents in our school. It is a wonderful way for parents to be informed about what is happening in our School, about what Council is up to, how parents can be involved, and how important our contribution is to enriching our school for our children.
2. Samko And Miko Sale:
The amazing Samko and Miko warehouse sale runs from November 6 – 11, 2013, and they have incredible prices! Thank you to Jasmine for all her time and effort in organizing this initiative! The sale will make for a nice early start to Christmas shopping! Spread the word out to family, friends, neighbours, and co-workers, that if they attend the sale, to get their receipt stamped at the cash as they are fundraising for Meadowlands Public School. The original stamped receipt is to be returned to the child’s teacher or put in our Parent Council box in the office by November 20, 2013. Samko and Miko will donate 10% of every stamped receipt back to our Council!
3. Upcoming Creativity Workshop:
The OCDSB is hosting a creativity workshop on November 7, 2013, from 6:00 p.m., to 8:00 p.m. It is being held at Lago, on Dow’s Lake, and is free for anyone interested in attending. There will be an impressive panel of guests to share their thoughts and experiences on creativity, followed by a sharing of perspectives about what we need to do to ensure creativity and critical thinking are nurtured in our students. You can go to the OCDSB website to register. Our Vice-Chair Michele will be attending and will report back to us at our upcoming meeting. Feel free to join her there!
4. Upcoming Workshop – Getting your child engaged in learning:
An engaged learner masters more content and develops deeper skills sets. Students who are able to articulate their own thinking become better problem solvers in the academic world, and the real world. This upcoming workshop is an opportunity to understand how to engage your child in tasks. The speaker is John Antonetti, and it is being held on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, Confederation Education Centre Library Room 121, 1645 Woodroffe Avenue. It is a free workshop for parents and all are welcome to attend. If anyone is interested in attending, please let our Chair Connie know and we will have you report back to us at our December meeting. You can email Connie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. Learning Disability Association of Ottawa – Monthly Parent Support/Education Night:
This is for parents of children and young adults with learning disabilities and/or ADHD/ADD. The November topic is understanding learning disabilities, how difficult this can be. It is being held on Thursday, November 7, 2013, from 7:00 p.m., to 9:00 p.m., at 160 Percy Street. You have to RSVP at email@example.com or at 613 567 – 5864. Be sure to check out their very informative website. You can also sign up for their newsletter through their website.
6. Halloween Dance:
Firstly, a super big thank you to Rhonda for once again coordinating and organizing this incredible event for our children!! It was a tremendous success as witnessed by all the happy smiling faces! As well, thank you to all those council members and parents who decorated the day before, or attended the day of to finish decorating, assembled glow bracelets, cut up freezies, handed them out, put together prizes, handed out goodies to the children, and helped with the supervision of the children. These events would not be possible without the invaluable assistance, time and effort, of all of our hardworking and dedicated council volunteers and parent volunteers, many of whom took the day off work to help out! In addition to thanking Rhonda, Council would also like to take the opportunity to thank Connie, Michele, Susan, Amy, Jasmine, Michaela, Leanne, Lindsay, Heather, and Nina! Thank you also to Loma for all her running around in getting us the best possible deal on glow bracelets!
Connie’s “rock star boots” were a big hit, with countless little girls at the school as she made her rounds to the classes handing out goodies! Council is pleased to report that we were able to give prizes to all the children who returned pledge sheets. Children either got a Scooby-Doo bucket with little goodies inside, or they got a firefighter hat with goodies. In addition, we awarded to three lucky children, four box seats each, for an upcoming Ottawa 67′s game, and two lucky children received a Halloween bag full of goodies! Because of the kindness and generosity of many good souls, Connie was also able to go from class to class to distribute goodies to all the children – whether they got stickers, safari activity cards, colouring books, tattoos, magnets, pens, army key chains, army necklaces, etc., the children were over the moon, be they little kinders, or “cool grade sixers!” Council was also able to hand out glowstick bracelets
and freezies to all the children as they came into the dance and then left the dance. Every child got something thank you to Council’s efforts!
Council would also like to take this opportunity to thank the following kind and generous persons and businesses who out of the goodness of their heart, donated items to our event that helped make it such a great success for all the children:
* Mcdonalds Merivale Road (for their donation of Scooby Doo buckets and safari activity cards)
* Lieutenant Sandy Garcia and the Ottawa Fire Department (for their donation of fire hats, colouring books, stickers, tattoos, and magnets)
* Sergeant Gareth Webb, Canadian Armed Forces (for their donation of all the army goodies)
* Tess Porter, Professor, Algonquin College, Police and Public Safety Institute (for their donation of all the Algonquin goodies)
* Russ Taylor, HELPLegal.ca (for his donation of 12 box seats at an upcoming Ottawa 67′s hockey game)
* Rick and Cheryl Perras (for their donation of spooky Halloween decorations)
* Pamela Bakhos, TD Bank, Emerald Plaza (for their donation of pens, keychains, and other goodies)
Thank you also to our constant supporter, McDaniel’s Independent Grocer (Merivale and Meadowlands) for their kind discounting of the freezies!
Council would also like to thank the following members for their donations of decorations, items, or prizes to the event – Rhonda, Nina, Michele, and Connie.
If any of you have a connection to a business or organization, and are able to gather items that the children would enjoy, be sure to let us know, as we will always make use of them at our upcoming events! If any of you or someone you know, are in the process of clearing out any of your Halloween decorations, we will happily take them off your hands so that we can use them next year! Feel free to drop them off at the Office for the Parent Council!
The Halloween Dance a Thon was a tremendous success not only because of all of the great fun the children and teachers had, but also for how well we did! Thank you to your kind and generous support, Council will be allocating the grand total of $1,289.29 raised from the event, to sports equipment and physical activity to benefit all of our children!! This is in addition to the amounts Council has previously allocated to this area! If any of you didn’t have the opportunity to send in your pledge forms, we are still accepting them, and they can be dropped off at the Office. All in all, a fabulous amount to be used towards sports equipment and physical activity for all of our children!
7. Parent Resource Centre – This new initiative was discussed at our first meeting by our Chair, as well as in the previous newsletter and posting. Our Chair has been busily gathering information from her own contacts, as well as from the Ministry of Education, our School Board, the City of Ottawa Public Health Department, OCASC, and People for Education. Our School Board representative and our Ministry representative have been very supportive of this initiative. Topics include, bullying, speech articulation, learning, helping children with reading/mathematics, learning disabilities, mental health, nutrition, literacy/numeracy guides, internet safety, etc.
This is an important way for Council to support our parents and offer them the tools, information, and resources to assist them with their children’s learning, behaviour, special needs, mental health, speech articulation, learning disability, etc., as well as with issues such as bullying and internet safety. If any of you have any ties or connections to agencies, or organizations, etc., that you can obtain information from that would be of benefit to our parents, please don’t hesitate to let our Chair know so that we can add it to our Centre. One can never be over-informed when it comes to our children! You can email Connie at firstname.lastname@example.org, to let her know.
8. Kinder Play Structure – Council has allocated already $6000 towards a new play structure for our kindergarden children. Outdoor play is very important to the overall health and well-being of our children. With all day kindergarden now in our school, it is even more important that a new play structure be in place. A sub-committee is to be created that could work with our Principal, with respect to the new kinder play structure. If any of you are interested in taking an active role with respect to the grant application process, researching what is available out there in terms of funds that we can apply for, please email our Chair, Connie (email@example.com) and our Vice Chair, Michele (firstname.lastname@example.org).
LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL AT OUR NEXT MEETING!